Hitting The Target Through Prayer
Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty (inaccessible) things, which you do not know. Jeremiah 33:3
Prayer is our line of communication with God, but many who pray don't receive an answer quickly so they give up. In order for one to hit the target he must first take aim, and to aim in prayer is to be specific in our requests and not just generalize our prayer such as, God save the world, a noble request indeed, but like firing your gun in the air it will not hit the target. Why you ask, doesn't God want to save the world, yes He does, but He wants us to do it on a one on one basis, unless of course He chooses to bring about a revival of souls.
Take for instance the time Jesus was called to the grave of Lazarus His friend who had died and was entombed some four days. Jesus said, "Lazarus, come forth!" If He had just said, "Come forth!" the whole graveyard would have been raised from the dead, but Jesus was specific in His prayer and His friend was raised. God told Jeremiah to call to Him, and He would answer, a simple statement but a promise for us to stand upon when asking for a specific answer. In order to begin we must select a target and then we send our request to God in faith, believing, He will answer and then we resist the powers of darkness who come to deflect our prayer through fear, doubt and unbelief.
But is our prayer in God's will, the answer is: His will is His word and in His word you will find His will because He has given us some eight thousand promises to remind Him of that which He has promised us. This is where a lot of people get hung up on the question of God's will, is it, or isn't it? The Holy Spirit is our scope on our rifle of prayer and in most cases He will reveal to you whether or not something you are requesting is in the perfect will of God.
Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:12,13
PRAYING IN THE SPIRIT
For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries. I Corinthians 14:2
Speaking in tongues is in itself a mystery gift from the Lord in that it is in most cases misunderstood, but vital in our quest to be able to see our requests in prayer answered. An unknown language that only the Lord understands, unless of course someone receives an interpretation. In order to receive this gift one must first be baptized in the Holy Spirit and then the Spirit will give the divine utterance.
The gift of tongues was used on the day of Pentecost where one hundred twenty disciples of Jesus spoke to 3000 people in their own language, and as a result of being able to hear the gospel, they were saved. There are a variety of tongues and their manifestation is led by the Holy Spirit's direction for us to use in certain circumstances which we otherwise would not know what to do. This gift is not connected to our brain as some would tend to think, but comes out of our innermost being like the saying says: rivers of living water!
When we are praying for a certain request to be answered we can use our "Prayer language" or in other words, our own personal gift of tongues to obtain in the Spirit, that which we are desiring from the Lord. This gift empowers us to be lifted up into the realm of the Spirit, outside of the natural human understanding and enables us to communicate directly to the throne of our heavenly Father.
Therefore let him who speaks in a tongue pray that he may interpret. For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful. What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding. I Corinthians 14:13-15
God who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did. Roman 4:17
Creative power is the ability to call things into existence that don't otherwise exist. This miraculous power is given to us by the Holy Spirit and is available to us to perform extraordinary miracles, signs and wonders in order to receive the answer to our request. Jesus employed this gift to raise the dead, open blind eyes and to walk on water, something totally impossible in the natural realm of nature.
Ezekiel was shown a graveyard of dry and dusty bones and was asked the question, "Can these bones live?" Ezekiel answered and said, "O Lord you know." Then God told him to prophesy to the breath to come from the four winds and breathe on these slain that they might live. To prophesy is to say what God says, and to prophesy to the breath is to ask for the Holy Spirit's power to call into existence that which does not exist. When we use this supernatural creative power in faith, believing God for a miraculous outcome, His Spirit begins to do that which God has spoken through the mouth of His servants.
Several years ago we had a young man overdose on heroin in our home in which he had come to be delivered and he had his dealer drop off several hundred dollars of heroin and cocaine in our mailbox in which he later retrieved and shot up that night while we were asleep. When I found him the next morning he was dead and cold with dried blood on his shirt having aspirated on a lethal dose of heroin and cocaine. Without hesitation we called 911 and began to pray in desperation and in forty five minutes he began to breathe and God was beginning to work on his behalf. Later at the hospital they were going to un-hook him from life support when the Spirit had me go by his room and blow upon him the breath of life and when they took out his life support his eyes opened and he got out of the hospital free from brain damage, and today is married with a son, set free and raised from the dead!
So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, and they lived, and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army. Ezekiel 37:10
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin