Often people wonder how to get answered prayer. Have you ever been praying over a concern of yours for some time and thinking you should have seen bigger results by now? This has certainly happened to us during our years of following Christ! Over time we learned several important factors that have helped...
First, we realized sometimes results don't come because of asking the wrong request in prayer. James 4 talks about asking something of God amiss, or asking something for the wrong reasons. Sometimes we discovered years later after praying a prayer, that we really had no idea when we were facing an issue, what it was that we or someone else really needed. Often we humans think we need to give God some advice through prayer about how to best help our personal lives! Have you ever been there?
Some of the best prayers we can offer are praying and declaring God's Word and His faithful promises over our situation. This allows Him to decide the best way to answer. Isaiah 55:11 says "It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to and it will prosper everywhere I send it."
Faith begins where the will of God is known. The will of God can be discovered by looking at Jesus' ministry as well as looking at heaven. So as an example, we know from scripture that it is God's will to save, to restore broken hearts, to heal sickness and disease, to provide, to have our children and family all serving God, and so on.
One of our favorite prayers to pray regularly over our children and all of our amazing High Point Church family is Colossians 1:9-12.
"So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.
We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy, always thanking the Father."
This scripture also touches on a second reason that prayers sometimes aren't answered in the time frame we desire. Some things just require faith and patience! If this is the case, put a written scripture up in a place you will see it daily to remind yourself of God's promise in your specific area of need. Also keep next to this first scripture promise, Hebrews 6:12. "...Imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises."
Lastly, remember to keep praising by faith that you have your victory now, since the Word tells us "NOW faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" Hebrews 11:1.
We praise God now for the victory promised in His Word, even before we see it with our natural eyes. We can boldly approach a His throne of grace and ask for help in our time of need!
Praying for God's wisdom and grace to abound in the your life!
Have a supernatural September!
Shaun & Amy