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Prayer That Works


“Ask and you will receive.  Search and you will find.  Knock, and the door will be opened to you.  Everyone who asks will receive. Everyone who searches will find.  And the door will be opened for everyone who knocks.”

Matthew 7:7-8

 

I believe in the power of prayer, but sometimes I don’t know the exact words to pray for someone else.  One day I received a beautiful prayer taught to me by my favorite Bible teacher, Charles Stanley. When Charles Stanley pointed the way to this glorious prayer, I felt alive in the power of prayer.  Between knowing the exact words to bless my beloveds and being able to stand on the Words right out of the Bible, I felt His strength in every word. I promise to pray this prayer every day.  There is power in the Word of God, and when we say these words, we know that God will answer our prayer and that by saying this prayer we have surrendered the outcome to God.  In the book of Colossians we read about Thanksgiving and Prayer, and this beautiful prayer.  You can substitute the person’s name when you read the word “you”.  I say this prayer for my children every day.

“Because of this, since the day we heard about you, we have continued praying for you asking God that you will know fully what he wanted. We pray that you will also have great wisdom and understanding in spiritual things, so that you will live the kind of life that honors and pleases the Lord in every way.  You will produce fruit in every good work and grow in the knowledge of God.  God will strengthen you with his own great power so that you, will not give up when troubles come but you will be patient.  And you will joyfully give thanks to the Father who has made you able to have a share in all that he has prepared for his people in the kingdom of light.  God has freed us from the power of darkness and he has brought us into the kingdom of his dear Son.  The Son paid for our sins and in him we have forgiveness.”

Colossians I verses 9-14

 

I recently heard a wonderful sermon preached by Gloria Copeland on receiving God’s blessings.  She said that it takes more than just asking God in prayer…it takes believing that you have already received what you have asked for.  This new teaching really struck a note in my spirit.  Truthfully I had prayed many times for my children, family, friends and for guidance and help.  Yet had I really believed when I asked God for anything?  I think I kept asking and asking and asking, saying the prayer over and over again.  When I should have just believed I had received and thanked God even before I saw evidence of the answered prayer.

If I could give you a blessing today it would be that I know Jesus will strengthen you when you say this prayer, and whoever you are praying for will receive new guidance. He will shed clarity on all the decisions that you and the person you are praying for need to make.  He will mark His path with diamonds that will reflect His will for your lives.  He will give you His blessings and you and your beloveds will have God’s favor shining on your every step.  Expect great miracles for the Holy Spirit to brighten your thoughts and to renew your mind.  Believe you have received and thank God for your answer before you see the evidence.  Expect a miracle, and that miracle will strengthen your faith.  Thank God every day for answering your prayer and do not let doubt steal your miracle.  I have been praying the prayer from Colossians for a very long time, yet I had forgotten one important thing, to pray this prayer with the spirit of joy believing that He will answer my prayer and in the spirit of thanksgiving that my prayer is already answered:

 

“And you will joyfully give thanks to the Father”,

 

I must pray always with praise and thanksgiving believing that God is already answering my prayer as I speak the words.  

 

Thank you Father for giving me the words and teaching me about what spirit I should come to your throne with and believing with faith that you have already answered my prayer.  Thank you God for giving me the opportunity to share this new teaching with others and for sewing this blessing into their hearts so that their prayers are answered.  We give all the praise, honor and glory to your name in Jesus Christ. Amen

“And all things you ask in prayer, believing you shall receive.”Matthew 21:22 

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