Hitting The Target Through Prayer, Part III
"Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. "For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened." Matthew 7:7,8
The simplicity of God's word sometimes hinders us because we find it hard to believe that He will in fact answer our prayer and give us our requests. Remember, God is not a cruel taskmaster and He has hidden in His word great and magnificent promises and treasure for us to seek out in our endeavor to reach Him. God is a loving Father that enjoys waiting for His children to find that which He has hidden, so that we can experience the mysteries of His kingdom!
In order for one to ask, seek and knock one has to believe that God is a rewarder of those who take Him at His word in faith and trust Him to do that which He has promised. The word says that nothing shall be impossible to him who believes and with these three keys we have access to a vast array of answers to our prayers. Nothing shall be impossible covers a lot of ground and opens for us a treasury of the faithfulness of God. God has given the body of Christ the same promises that Jesus stood on when He walked the earth and displayed great works of faith by using these three keys that open to you the greater works that He promised to those who believe.
We as the people of God should be turning the world upside down by believing God to do great and mighty things because of our prayers and faith in Him. The word of God is full of the testimonies and stories of great men and women of faith who accomplished miraculous things, people just like us who chose to step out and believe.
"Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? "Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? "If you then, being evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in Heaven give good things to those who ask Him!" Matthew 7:9-11
THE PRAYER OF AGREEMENT
"Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in Heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in Heaven. "Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in Heaven." Matthew 18:18,19
There is not a lot of instruction available in order for one to bind and loose, but by faith and the leading of Holy Spirit one can accomplish much by appropriating it in your prayer life. To bind is to tie up, and to loose is to untie, but what has to be discerned is what you are binding and what you are either untying, or loosing into a situation. For instance, when you bind a sickness and send it away, you then must loose healing in it's place thereby replacing the bad with something good.
The prayer of agreement is one of the most powerful weapons in the arsenal of God, available to us for the destruction of strongholds, healing the sick and casting out demons just for a starter. Jesus sent His disciples out in two's in order for them to have agreement and to double their strength in prayer. This practice led to one hundred twenty of them coming into one accord and the results were astounding as the Lord filled them with His Spirit and gave them a harvest of 3000 souls. Being of one accord is likened to a symphony of musicians playing a song in which all are in tune with one another and it produces a beautiful sound, but if just one is out of tune everyone immediately knows it.
If the body of Christ would ever get a hold of this and agree together to begin to harvest the earth in one accord instead of competing with one another to see who is bigger or better or who has more truth or power or finances, we would see a great revival sweep across the earth, ushering in the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ and with it, the kingdom of Heaven on earth! There is strength in numbers!
"For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am in the midst of them." Matthew 18:20
THE PRAYER OF FAITH
Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will deliver the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins he will be forgiven. James 5:13-15
God has provided benefits for His people who take Him at His word and stand on His promises. Healing, deliverance, provision, miracles, signs and wonders are available to those who believe! Jesus said that nothing would be impossible to him who believes and as He instructed His twelve to go, He has also sent us into the realm of His kingdom to pray and believe Him for great and mighty things.
After Jesus was resurrected He found His disciples sitting at the table in unbelief and He rebuked them because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen. He then reaffirmed His commission to them to go into all the world and do the same things He had done while on the earth! We have been given all the benefits of the kingdom of Heaven here on earth, to heal the sick, cast out demons and to perform greater works of signs, wonders and miracles than even the Lord Himself did.
The prayer of faith is our entrance into the kingdom of God where all things become available to those who ask, seek and knock. The treasure chest of God is open to His children to come and partake of His favor and blessing and to delight in the desires of the heart and to receive all that is our divine inheritance on earth as it is in Heaven!
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man ( or woman) avails much. James 5:16
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin