“Would you please pray for me?”
I get asked this a lot. I could pray for you – but I’d rather share some truths with you to help you pray powerful prayers yourself. So that you can get “yes” answers every time. A bold statement? But the truth in God’s Word backs me up.
More often than not, the underlying reason why people ask me to pray for them is because they think I have more of an “in” with God than they do. Or the need is so great that they feel they need to bring in “the big guns” – that perhaps God will answer if someone, they perceive as “more spiritual,” approaches God on their behalf.
Feelings of unworthiness, guilt and shame are big motivators to employ a “go-between.”
Some churches actually teach you that you need a “go-between” an intercessor, a minister or priest to present your prayers or confessions to God.
But let’s look at the truth about answered prayer.
In order to get your prayers answered you have to know two things:
Your identity. And Your inheritance.
Here’s the good news. Jesus is the only intercessor you need.
When you believed and confessed that Jesus is the Son of God, that He died and rose again, you were saved according to Romans 10:9-10. By accepting Jesus’ sacrifice you have been MADE righteous. Another way to say this is that Jesus made you “accepted or in right-standing” with God – period.
Romans 3:22 We are MADE right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. (NLT)
If you have received God’s free gift of salvation through Jesus, you are also a child of God.
John 1:12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.
This is your identity. A fully and completely accepted child of God!
Every morning when I wake up I start my day by reminding myself of my true identity. I say to my Father, “Thank you that I am Your child and that I am accepted by God (declared righteous) because of Christ Jesus!”
It is critical to know this fact so that you can come boldly to the throne of grace to find help in time of need. No guilt or shame, no unworthiness – Jesus made you worthy.
If there is some sin in your life that has interrupted your relationship with the Father, just tell him, “I really messed up. That was sin. Thank you that I am forgiven!” Now move on. Ask for His grace to keep you from falling into that sin again. 1 John 1:9 is your promise for forgiveness.
Now that you know who you are, next – you’ve got to know your inheritance – what belongs to you.
Your Inheritance is a big subject. But for today, in nutshell – your inheritance includes all the promises of God!
Here’s why I can claim you’ll get a “yes” answer every time:
2 Cor. 1:20 says, “All the promises of God In Him are “Yes” and in Him “Amen,” to the glory of God through us.”
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Knowing you are in right-standing with God and knowing what belongs to you, gives you the confidence to come boldly to your Father and claim His promises.
Now I am going to tell you my secret weapon for answered prayer…
It’s 1 John 5:14-15 – (I’ve memorized this one – you might want to as well.)
Here’s what it says in the Amplified Version
14 And this is the confidence (the assurance, the privilege of boldness) which we have in Him: [we are sure] that if we ask anything (make any request) according to His will (in agreement with His own plan), He listens to and hears us.
15 And if (since) we [positively] know that He listens to us in whatever we ask, we also know [with settled and absolute knowledge] that we have [granted us as our present possessions] the requests made of Him.Read that through a few times.
Notice the writer uses as many confidence building, bold, absolute words as he can fit into a verse? Our inheritance is to expect “yes” answers to our prayers!
But here’s what tripped me up for years – in verse 14 it says “if we ask according to His will.” This makes it paramount that we know what His will is in order to pray and expect answers.
God doesn’t keep “His will” a secret. His will is: All the promises in the Bible. If you don’t know what these promises are download my free gift.
God’s promises never expire and He never changes His mind. He doesn’t do for one person and not for another.
All who believe can claim His promises.
So here’s my simple formula for effective, “yes” answered prayer:
- Find a promise.
- Believe it and claim it as your own (and don’t let go of it.)
- Thank God for fulfilling that promise in your life.
Late last fall we were traveling across Wolf Creek pass in Colorado on the west side of the Rocky Mountains. It started to snow. Quickly the snow intensified to blizzard level, we could hardly see the road in front of us. It was a white-out. We didn’t dare stop for fear someone would rear-end us. So with white knuckles gripping the steering wheel – we claimed these promises:
Psalm 121:8 “The Lord will protect your comings and goings both now and forever.”
Psalms 91:11 “He will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.”
So I prayed (with eyes wide open)
“Thank you Father that I am your child and your Word says that you protect my comings and goings now and forever. Thank you that you set angels guard around us and keep us in all our ways. Thank you that we will safely cross this mountain today! Amen.”
Then we rested in those promises and didn’t let fear overtake our faith. We made it safely over the mountain and lived to talk about it.
Prayer is simply talking to your Father, Who loves you. And taking Him up on His promises. Whenever you are praying and claiming any of the promises that Jesus already paid for – you can expect a “Yes” answer every time!
I’d love to hear what you’re praying and believing God for, so I can agree with you. Go ahead and leave me a comment below.