Praying To Get Results (Christians)

Contents

  • Follow the Rules To Get Results
  • Exchange Petition for Praise
  • You Don’t Have To Worry
  • United Prayer Gets Results
  • Paul at Prayer

 

Always praying in the Spirit with all prayer and supplication….
6:18 —Ephesians

There are various types of prayer, just as there are various sports games, each with its own set of regulations. Baseball rules are not applicable to football. You’d become confused if you tried to apply the same rules.
Similarly, certain types of prayer are governed by principles or spiritual laws that do not apply to other types of prayer. We make a mistake when we group all types of prayer together since if we try to apply the laws that govern one type of prayer to another, we won’t receive the desired results.

Notice our text, Ephesians 6:18, as we search God’s Word for the kind of prayer that produces results. “… praying… with all manner of prayer,” Moffatt’s version says.
“Praying with all sorts of prayer…” reads another version.
Some people believe that every prayer should conclude with the phrase “If it is Thy will.” This is said to be how Jesus prayed. However, Jesus did not always pray in this manner. “If it is Thy will,” Jesus didn’t say when he prayed at Lazarus’ tomb. “… Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me,” he said (John 11:41). He then instructed Lazarus to arise, and Lazarus did so.

This was a prayer to alter the situation. Never say “if” when praying to receive something or change circumstances. You’re applying the incorrect rule, and it won’t work.
A prayer of consecration and devotion was the only type of prayer in which Jesus used the word “if.” “Father, if thou be willing, take this cup from me; however, not my will, but thine, be done,” He prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane (Luke 22:42). Jesus wasn’t pleading for something to change. He was reciting a consecration and dedication prayer. And we should include an “if” in this prayer because we want to be prepared to do what Jesus asks us to do.

We should not pray, “If it be thy will,” when it comes to believing God for something. God’s promise is already written in His Word. It is His will that we be provided for. “Whatever ye wish, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them,” says Mark 11:24. We must recognise that it is God’s will that all of our spiritual, physical, and material needs be supplied.
Even though we no longer live under the Old Covenant, studying the Old Testament can help us better grasp God’s nature. God promised more than spiritual blessings to His people there. He also promised them financial and material prosperity. He vowed that He would heal them and that He would extend their lives (Exod. 23:25,26).

According to Psalm 105:37, there was not a weak person among the Israelites when they were liberated from Egypt, despite the fact that there were over two million people!
God is concerned about everything that happens in our life, and He has provided for us. He promised the Old Testament saints that if they obeyed His commands, they would be able to consume the fruits of the land. This means that we will flourish financially. “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth,” the New Testament effectively reads (3 John 2).

Because He cares about us, Jesus promised to give good presents to His children. He’s talking about our deepest aspirations, and He shows us how to fulfil them. Let’s stick to the guidelines!

The Scripture that reads, “Whatever you request, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them” (Mark 11:24) refers to faith prayer. This is essentially a personal situation. It has to do with your desires. You are the one who is praying, not someone else. It isn’t because someone else agrees with you. When you pray, you expect to receive something. You will have “any things soever ye desire” if you do that. You’ll see progress!

I can make this work for myself, but it’s not always possible for you. Your free will is at stake. The unbelief of one person might invalidate the faith of another. Baby Christians can normally carry on a mature Christian’s faith, but God expects them to establish their own prayer practise and faith after a specific amount of time.
Throughout my years in field ministry, I’ve seen this shown numerous times. I would primarily teach on faith and healing at such church meetings. We would schedule time for questions and answers near the end of the meetings. “Why is it that when I first got saved, I got my healing every time I was prayed for, but now I don’t?” was a common question.

I would respond by comparing new Christians to newborns. Nobody is born a fully developed Christian. God desires for us to evolve and grow. We sympathise with individuals who are physically disfigured and have never fully developed. We should feel the same way about individuals who do not progress spiritually. You were a newborn when you were first saved. Naturally, the preacher may share his religion with you. Christians were praying for you and carrying you, and their faith would help you. But, after a while, God realised that you had been given the chance to grow, whether you took it or not. “It’s time to lay that big baby down and let him walk,” he added. We had a crying baby on our hands at the time. Many people would still prefer to be carried.

As a pastor, I noticed that some people were healed only because of my faith. It was the most simple thing in the world for new converts or those who were new to divine healing to be healed. Those who have been Christians for the longest had the most difficulty being healed.
There was a rebirth of divine healing in America after WWII. It started in 1947 and continued for ten years. I spoke with a number of evangelists in the healing ministry, and they all emphasised the same thing: You wouldn’t get anyone healed until you got past the Full Gospel Christians in the prayer line!

A survey was sent to several thousand people six weeks after a meeting led by a prominent preacher in the early 1950s, asking two questions: Did you receive healing when this man lay hands on you and prayed? Are you still feeling well?
Only 3% of the Full Gospel people stated they were cured out of the 6,000 cards that were returned. However, 70% of the denominational persons were healed, and 70% stated they were still healed six weeks later.
What was the deciding factor? God had high expectations for those who had been taught. People who understand the entire Gospel are expected to operate their own faith. Despite this, they frequently wish to stay infants.

Every Saturday night, my wife and I hosted a healing service at one of the churches we pastored. A woman with arthritis was one of our members. Her entire body was as rigid as a board. Her body was so stiff that if you took her out of the wheelchair and stood her on the floor, she would appear to be sitting.
She was able to cook her meals and conduct her cleaning despite being restricted to a wheelchair. We could pray for her if she got the flu or any other small ailment, and she would be healed.

Finally, we went to her house to pray one day, determined to see her free of her wheelchair. As we prayed, God’s power came down on her and pulled her out of that chair—into the air—right in front of it!
“Oh, oh, oh,” she began to moan, reaching back with her crippled hands and pulling the chair up beneath her. She collapsed in her chair.
“Sister, you don’t have an ounce of faith, do you?” I replied, pointing at her. (She was saved and baptised with the Holy Spirit, but I was referring to her lack of trust in her healing.)

She blurted out, without thinking, “I don’t, Brother Hagin! I don’t think I’ll ever get better. From this chair, I’ll go to my grave.” She said it, and she followed through.
It wasn’t our fault. We had invoked God’s healing power over the woman. It would have loosed her and healed every joint in her body if she had believed and absorbed that power. That is why we hold seminars and other gatherings: to teach individuals and help them grow in their religion.

My sister was diagnosed with cancer several years ago. In her honour, I went to the Lord in prayer. For her life, I fought the devil. She would not die, according to the Lord. Her cancer had been successfully treated, and she had no further symptoms. After five years, she was diagnosed with a different type of cancer in a different place of her body. It had nothing to do with original cancer and was of a distinct form.
My sister lost weight and now weighs 79 pounds. She was going to die, the Lord kept telling me. I kept asking God why I couldn’t make a difference. He informed me that she had five years in which to study the Bible.

He predicted that she would die, and she did. This is a sad example, but it is quite accurate.
If the church continues to grow, new believers will continue to be born. However, if everyone in the church stayed a baby,

Who would be interested in these new ones? The primary goal of an evangelist is to win the lost. If everyone was an evangelist, however, the individuals who were rescued would always be babies. God noticed the need for a shepherd for these babies and placed pastors in the church. He demanded that the sheep be fed. He also hired teachers to help individuals grow in their faith and knowledge of the Bible.

My son, who is over 40 years old, has been ordained as a minister. I carried him on my faith and did his praying for the first 15 years of his life. His healing always came to him. Ken, however, had a terrible ear infection when he was 15 years old. His ear was bothering him and he needed to see a doctor. He had an incurable fungal infection in one ear, which he got while swimming, according to the doctor.
Ken had to return to the doctor several times to have his ear cleaned. The doctor predicted that he would lose his hearing in that ear and that it would cause him problems for the rest of his life.

The Lord told me that because my son understood the road, He expected him to walk in the light of what he knew. My praying, the Lord stated, would no longer be effective.
I had to take Ken back to the doctor around Christmas time to have the fungus in his ear cleaned out again. The doctors told him he couldn’t swim anymore because the fungus would spread faster if he was near water. What the Lord had informed me, I told my son. I told him he’d have to trust God on his own.

Ken glanced at me, still hoping to benefit from my faith. I told him that while I would kneel by him during his prayer, I would not pray; he would have to pray for himself. He prayed for recovery and received it. The fungus never resurfaced throughout the years.
People who follow their natural instincts prefer to stay babies and be carried by someone else. But you can recite the faith prayer for yourself; stop telling yourself that you can’t.

Replace “you” with your name in the following Scripture: “Therefore, I say unto YOU, whatsoever things soever YOU desire, believe that YOU receive them, and YOU shall have them” (Mark 11:24).

When my son prayed, he did just that. He had no evidence of mending when we rose up off our knees. However, when I questioned if he was healed, he said, “Yes!” He claimed he was healed because it was written in the Bible.
Even if the things you pray for haven’t been shown yet, you must proclaim and believe in God. You must maintain your position. If anyone questions you, tell them you believe God heard you. Tell them you believe in God and His Word, regardless of what the devil says.
You’ll see results then!

Chapter 2

Exchange Petition for Praise

As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.

—Acts 13:2

The petition prayer appears to be the only type of prayer we are familiar with. We’re constantly petitioning (or asking) God to accomplish something, which is biblical. However, those Christians in the Scripture referenced above were not pleading with God to do anything. They “fasted and ministered to the Lord.”
The majority of our church services are geared to bring us together and help one another. We sing, yet we only minister to the Lord in a few songs. Instead, we serve one another as ministers. We have unique singing, but we are still ministering to one another rather than to the Lord.

When we pray, we are basically making a request. We’re asking the Lord to come into our midst, present Himself among us, and provide for our necessities. The preacher is not ministering to the Lord when he talks; he is ministering to the congregation. And if we have a time of waiting on God after the service, these prayers are frequently still pleas.
We know that God cares for us and wants to provide for our needs. Our heavenly Father knows what we need, Jesus stated, and we should ask Him to meet those needs. But we’re too often like the little child who said, “My name is Jimmy, and I’ll accept whatever you’ll give me!”

We need moments to wait on God and minister to Him; times when we aren’t asking for anything—not petitioning—but ministering to Him. Perhaps we already make time for this in our own prayer lives, but as a community or as a church, we require this type of prayer. This is where God can work atmosphere. The Holy Spirit presented Himself when they ministered to the Lord and fasted, according to our scripture.
Man was created to have fellowship with God. Because we are God’s children, he is our Father. I am convinced that no earthly parent appreciates their children’s company more than God does.

“Let’s have some other kinds of services,” I said to the folks after the sixth week in one meeting. I’d like for us to come and serve the Lord. I might read a few verses from the Bible or make a few remarks, but I’m not going to preach or teach much. We’re not coming to pray to God; instead, we’ll wait for Him and minister to Him.” I don’t want us to arrive and then have to wait 10 minutes. I want us to arrive with the expectation of waiting at least one hour. We’ll minister to the Lord, telling Him how much we love Him and thank Him for His mercy and generosity.”

People came to worship the Lord. They wanted to wait on God, I discovered. God ministered to us in strange ways in that kind of environment. Even though that happened many years ago, the Lord’s work in those services continues to have an impact today.
I’m convinced that we miss out on a lot of what God has planned for us because we don’t take the time to worship and minister to Him.

The 16th chapter of Acts provides an illustration of this. In Philippi, where they had gone to preach the Gospel, Paul and Silas were arrested. They were assaulted and imprisoned with numerous stripes. “Who, having received such a charge, shoved them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stock,” the jailer was charged (v. 24).
“And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sung praises unto God: and the inmates heard them,” says the 25th verse.

Many of our songs do not praise God, thus they couldn’t have been singing some of the songs we do. Our songs are frequently more of a complaint than a praise. The songs have a “poor old me” mentality, as though we’re poor, depressed, and wandering through life in gloomy valleys. Too many songs are about us—what we’re doing and how difficult life is. If we sing about paradise at all, it’s about when we all arrive. That still does not merit appreciation for God.

Paul and Silas, on the other hand, sang praises to God. It’s also worth noting that the inmates heard them. They didn’t keep quiet about it!
Instead of worshipping and singing praises at midnight, Paul and Silas would have been griping and grumbling if they were like many people today. And the Bible might have said something along these lines: Paul and Silas were griping and complaining around midnight when Silas nudged Paul and asked, “Paul, are you still there?”
“Where else could I be?” Paul wonders in the dim light.
“You know, Paul, you really missed God, didn’t you?” Silas would have replied.

Silas says, “While Paul is trying to figure out where he missed it,” “I’ll tell you one thing: I never went to jail while serving the devil. I’m not sure why God allowed this to happen to us. I’ll be ashamed to go home if I ever get out of here—which I doubt I will—because they’ll call me an old jailbird. That’s all there is to it, Paul—I got hooked up with the wrong guy.”
Paul responds, “We missed it someplace.” “And let me tell you, my poor back is in excruciating pain. I truly believed God was speaking to me in that vision, but if God had been present, we would have been successful.”

During my 12 years as a pastor, I heard similar things from members of my congregation. While a difficulty came their way, some would claim, “I never had it this rough when I was serving the devil.” How do you assist such people?
Well, I’d answer with a smile, “God will pardon you for that.

if you will repent.”
Isn’t it true that Paul and Silas were in serious trouble? They were thrown into the dungeon. Their backs were bleeding from being whipped with countless stripes. Their feet were restrained. I’m sure they were in excruciating pain.

It was a terrible hour for them, but Paul and Silas refused to let the jail get the best of them. That is why so many people get defeated.
Everyone faces difficulties of some sort. We’ve all been battered by life’s storms. However, our attitude—how we perceive and accept a situation—determines how we emerge, or whether we emerge at all.
Let us look at Paul and Silas at midnight, when we don’t understand why things have transpired despite our best efforts. They didn’t go to Philippi for a vacation, after all. They were there to serve the Lord. They hadn’t run out of options.

When things don’t go as planned, people may believe they are acting against God’s will. “What terrible sin have I committed to deserve this?” they might wonder. The devil, not God, was the one who brought the trouble. It was ungodly men that thrashed Paul and Silas, not God. It was the devil who roused those sinful people, not God.
Despite persecution, tribulation, and bleak circumstances,”
The inmates heard Paul and Silas praying and singing thanks to God around midnight.
“They didn’t keep their mouths shut! In jail, they were worshipping God loudly at midnight.
The early disciples were known for their constant praises to God. In Luke 24:50-53, we read:

LUKE 24:50-53
50
He took them all the way to Bethany, where he extended his hands in blessing.
51
And it so that while he was blessing them, he was struck by lightning.

They were separated from them and brought into heaven.
52
They honoured him and rejoiced as they returned to Jerusalem: 53
And they remained in the temple all the while, singing and blessing God.
Then pay attention to lines 46 and 47 of Acts 2:
ACTS 2:46,47 46
And they ate with happiness and singleness of heart, 47 praising God and having favour with all the people, continuing daily with one accord in the temple and breaking bread from house to house. And the Lord added to the church every day those who should be added.

“With happiness and singleness of heart, worshipping God,” says the author. One of the reasons the early Christians’ ministry was so effective was their constant joy and praise of God.
The early Christians’ daily lives included worship and adoration to God. It wasn’t something they did every now and then. We observe far too many folks today who only pray once every six months. Instead of “daily” or “continually,” you’d have to say they praised God “sometimes” or possibly “semi-annually,” as the New Testament believers did.

Smith Wigglesworth, the late actor, once quipped, “When I first get out of bed in the morning, I jump out. I don’t just walk out; I leap out! ‘Praise the Lord!’ I say as soon as my feet touch the ground. Every morning, I thank God.” That’s a fantastic way to begin the day!
It was only natural for Paul and Silas to pray and sing praises to God while imprisoned in Philippi. They were not only heard by the inmates, but also by God. The foundations of the prison shook as a result of a massive earthquake! All of the doors flew open. Everyone’s ties were severed loosed. They were praising God as they were delivered!

Second Chronicles 20, when Jehoshaphat went forth against the enemy, has an Old Testament parallel. Three armies had joined forces against Jehoshaphat: the Ammonites, Moabites, and Mount Seir residents. Because he lacked the manpower to fight them, he arranged a prayer meeting. People prayed and fasted.
A young guy in the assembly was touched by the Spirit of God, and he stood and prophesied. They were told not to be afraid by the Lord. He told them where the adversary was and told them to go up against them since it was the Lord’s war.

They marched toward the enemy the next morning, according to the Bible, with the praisers in front. Imagine these individuals facing three armies of well-trained troops wielding swords, javelins, and spears. The praisers were right in front, leading the procession of God’s army. They weren’t commanded by a swordsman or a spearman. Men sang and praised the Lord as they led them.
They served the Lord as ministers. “Praise the Lord, because His mercy endureth for ever,” they shouted as they marched (2 Chron. 20:21).
“And when they began to sing and to worship, the Lord arranged ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir,” we read in the next verse. They had come against Judah, and they had been stricken.”

God accomplished something for His people when they began to sing and honour Him. They witnessed a demonstration of His power. They didn’t need to draw their swords or throw their javelins. The adversary fled, leaving behind all of their belongings. It took three days to gather all of the spoil and transport it home!
Paul and Silas’ feet were encased in stocks. Their backs were gushing blood. They had every reason to feel depressed from a natural standpoint. But, while they ministered to God at midnight, a demonstration of God’s power appeared.
Many people have been praying and fasting today pleading with God to intervene on their behalf God would bless them abundantly if they would stop praying and start praising.

People need praise services where we come together to worship God and minister to the Lord, not to minister to one another, not to brag on one another, not to tell what I have and you don’t have, or what I’m trying to get.

We require services in which we minister to God and shout praises to Him. We would then witness enormous manifestations of God’s presence in our time.

Chapter 3

You Don’t Have To Worry

Be concerned for nothing, but make your requests known to God in everything through prayer and petition with thanksgiving.
4:6 —Philippians
Casting all your worries on him, because he is concerned about you.
—1 Peter 5:7
Casting your entire care—all your troubles, worries, and concerns, once and for all—on Him, since He loves you and watches over you.
—1 Peter 5:7 (AMPLIFIED)

“I want you to agree with me in prayer about something,” a woman said to me after a service one evening. The responsibilities of life—the worries, the cares of life—are simply too much for me to bear.”
She started crying. “I want you to pray that God will either give me grace to bear these burdens or take away about half of them,” she added earnestly. I can carry around half of them, but not all of them.”
“Dear Sister,” I said, “we don’t need to pray about it because we’ve already received word from heaven.” Our message from heaven is God’s Word. If an angel appeared and wrote with his finger on the ground, His Word would be more certain.

She appeared surprised.
I asked her to read First Peter 5:7 out loud from my Bible. “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you,” she read.
Then I said, “I’m afraid I won’t be able to pray for God to give you the strength to bear your anxieties and cares. He doesn’t want you to have to deal with them. And I can’t ask God to remove half of them since He doesn’t want you to bear even half of them. He wants you to blame them all on Him.”

She exclaimed, “I can’t do it!”

I answered, “God is not asking you to do something you are incapable of. It would be unjust of him to do so. You’ve been praying about it for years and have yet to receive a response. That is not the solution to the problem. You fix this by following God’s instructions.”
“Yes,” she said, “but you have no idea what I’m worried about!”
“But God,” I countered. “He is aware and comprehends. And He told them to lay their worries on Him.”
It seemed to me that someone would be delighted to find that verse in the Bible and even more delighted to put it into practise. “I couldn’t give up worrying,” she remarked as she turned and walked away.

Some people are content with the knowledge that God is aware of and comprehends their difficulties. However, they continue to hold on to their worries, preventing them from receiving relief. It’s not enough that God is concerned and aware. We must continue to do as He instructed: throw all of our worries on Him, for He is concerned about us. This is a commitment prayer, in which we throw or roll our worries and anxieties on Him.
“Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him, and he shall bring it to pass,” reads Psalm 37:5.
This is what Jesus said:

MATTHEW 6:25-27 25 Take no consideration for your life, what you will eat or drink, or for your body, what you will wear. Isn’t life more than flesh, and the body more than clothing?
26
Look at the birds of the air, for they do not sow.

Your heavenly Father feeds them despite the fact that they do not reap or gather into barns. Are you not far superior to them?
27
Which of you can increase his height by one cubit simply by thinking about it?
Jesus is asking whether of you would change anything by worrying. “Therefore, I say unto you, have no thought for your life,” Luke writes (Luke 12:22).

“Be careful for nothing,” Paul advised in Philippians 4:6. “Do not stress or be anxious about anything,” says the Amplified Bible. Too often, individuals want to pray and ask God to help them overcome their fears. However, God commands you to take action. “Be wary for nothing,” he advised. “Don’t be concerned or anxious about anything.”
You are negating the effects of your prayer as long as you do not take this first step—as long as you stress and worry. You haven’t given the Lord your load. It’s still yours. And if you don’t have it, neither does God.

It’s not something you do every day, casting all your worries on Him. It’s an all-or-nothing proposition. This gives Him control of your situation. The Lord could accomplish a lot for us, but we often don’t allow Him to because we don’t follow His guidelines for praying. We don’t follow His instructions. Then we’re puzzled as to why things aren’t working out.
If you give your load to the Lord, He will take care of it. You don’t. You can no longer talk about your anxieties in public. Many people are unwilling to let go of their fears. They profess to, but in reality, they do not. They wouldn’t have any reason for people to sympathise with them if they got rid of them.

This was the first thing God dealt with me about when I was sick and on my deathbed years ago. Before I could achieve physical healing, I had to stop worrying. This is the situation.

 

Many people are not healed because of this. Worry is sometimes the source of their illness. Because the cause of the illness is still present, any symptom alleviation would only be transitory.

You might not believe a 15-year-old boy could be concerned. Children, on the other hand, are carbon copies of their parents, and my grandmother and mother were world-class worriers. I knew they were always worried when I was a kid. I had a cardiac problem that prevented me from running and playing like other kids. I was forced to spend the night with my mum and grandmother. Hearing them grumble and be concerned taught me to be concerned at a young age.
I was saved while unwell, and I vowed God that I would never doubt anything I read in His Word. “As I read the Word and have a deeper understanding of it, I commit to put it into practise,” I said.

“Take no thought for your life,” says the 26th verse of Matthew 6. “Do not be anxious about tomorrow,” a footnote in the Bible I was reading said in Greek. “Do not be concerned, do not be anxious,” stated another source. I was anxious, worried, and afraid. I was prepared to worry myself the rest of the way to my grave, not only because I was practically dead!
I was troubled by my conscience because I was not living out the Word. The words seemed to burst from the pages of the Bible as the Lord dealt with me. But I didn’t think I could live without worrying or being nervous, so I put my Bible away. I was able to get in after that.

Everything I’d read up until that point had been light and blessings, but now it was all dark and murky to me. You won’t acquire any more light (or comprehension) unless you walk in the light you now have. Don’t be anxious about what you don’t comprehend in God’s Word; instead, put what you do know into practise. The rest will be taken care of.

I read on. I even researched the Antichrist. (That was obviously not the issue.) But I felt bad because I wasn’t living out the Word. Finally, I committed myself to God.
“Lord, please forgive me for worrying and being anxious,” I pleaded. Please excuse my anxiety and discouragement. Please forgive me for feeling sorry for myself and having the blues. Please excuse my ‘poor old me’ attitude. You said You’d forgive me if I confessed, so I know You’ll forgive me. Because You’ve forgiven me, I pledge I’ll never worry again starting today. I’m never going to feel anxious again. I’m never going to be blue again. I’ll never be concerned again. I’ll never be defeated.

It’s been several years since I made that vow. Despite the fact that I, like you, have been tempted, I have not been concerned. I have never felt anxious or grown extremely anxious. In all these years, I haven’t had the blues! God’s Word is effective. I would not advise you to do something that I would not do or have not done myself.
I was the pastor of a 23-year-old church when I was 21 years old. There were persons in that church who had received the Holy Spirit baptism two years before I had. You can understand why I’d feel inadequate. I knew something needed to be spoken about the church’s problems, but I didn’t know what. I knew I’d say something stupid if I said anything.

I prayed, “There are issues here, Lord. I’m at a loss on what to do. I’m ashamed of myself.” “Casting all your worries upon him; for he careth for you,” the Spirit of God reminded me (1 Peter 5:7).
I said, “I understand that I have responsibilities as a pastor, but I’m going to give this to You. I’m not going to be concerned. Everything else will be left to You as I proclaim the Word.”
My weight was removed, and I went to church singing.
God appeared to us, and amazing things occurred.

Every first Monday of the month, the ministers in our area had a fellowship meeting. The preachers shared their hardships, concerns, obligations, and concerns. “How is the war going?” they would frequently inquire. (They were all fighting, but I didn’t have to fight.) I was victorious! Men have yet to achieve victory in battle. The struggle belongs to the Lord, but the victory belongs to us.)
These pastors with lengthy faces were talking about their church’s hardships, concerns, and troubles. Later, one of them said to me, “When you’d wave your hand and declare, ‘Men, I don’t care!’ your religion condemned us. Everything is perfect!'”

“The poor boy—he doesn’t have enough sense to worry,” some could say, shaking their heads. I had too much sense—too much Bible sense—to be concerned! I didn’t have any worries if I had cast them on the Lord. He did. I didn’t say there were no concerns. “I don’t give a damn,” I said.
As one pastor put it, “He’s deceiving you. I know him better than the rest of you because I’m his neighbourhood pastor. I’m aware of the issues in his church.”
“Men, I don’t give a damn!” I’d say as I walked by. I didn’t. Once and for all, I had flung them on the Lord. You can as well!

Chapter 4

United Prayer Gets Results

After being released, they returned to their own company and repeated all the senior priests and elders had told them.
When they heard that, they raised their voices in unison to God, saying, Lord, thou art God, who has created heaven, earth, and sea, and everything that is in them…
And now, Lord, behold their threats; and give unto thy servants, that they may declare thy word with all boldness, by stretching forth thine hand to cure; and that miracles and wonders may be performed in thy holy child Jesus’ name.
—Acts 4:23,24,29,30

When you’re in distress, it’s nice to be surrounded by friends. It’s nice to be around folks who can pray. This was confirmed by Peter and John.
On their approach to the Temple, Peter and John passed by the Gate Beautiful and spotted a man who sat there every day begging alms. “Look on us,” Peter said to the man. The beggar raised his eyes, expecting to be given some money.
“I have no silver or gold,” Peter responded, “but I will give thee what I have: Rise up and walk in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth” (Acts 3:6).

Peter took the beggar’s hand in his and raised him to his feet. The man started walking and entered the Temple, “walking and leaping and praising God.” Peter and John were arrested, threatened, and told they could no longer preach or teach in Jesus’ name.
Acts 4:23-30 tells us what happened when they were liberated. “And when they were released, they returned to their own company and repeated everything the chief priests and elders had told them.”

It was wonderful to be among folks who could pray!
If this group of Christians were like those in today’s churches, they would have formed a committee to work out a compromise so that they could all get along. These high priests and elders were, after all, religious people. They believed in the same God, prayed, and went to the Temple, even though they didn’t accept Jesus as Messiah.
However, this group of believers did not form a committee or establish any agreements. “With one accord, they lifted up their voice to God.” There is strength in praying together.

We’re used to doing things a specific way since we come from various faith backgrounds. Sometimes we believe that the way we’ve always done things is the best way to do them. I grew up in a Southern Baptist church and was not used to hearing folks pray together out loud. In our church, prayer was usually conducted by an individual, but we never raised our voices as a congregation.
My grandmother, on the other hand, had been rescued many years ago in a traditional Methodist Campmeeting and was used to hearing people pray aloud.

My grandma attended their meetings after some Full Gospel folks came to our town and set up a tent. She advised me to go as well. Despite the fact that I had never heard of the term “Full Gospel,” I had already been saved and healed.
I came by one night and listened to the sermon from outside the tent. The following week, I stopped by and spent the entire service inside the tent. After preaching, the minister went back through the crowd, shaking hands and asking if anyone were Christians. Almost everyone he spoke with went to the altar. He inquired if I was a Christian. I informed him that I am a minister. He advised me to visit wouldn’t hurt me. Then he went on.

In our church, we didn’t do things that way. For a little minute, I felt offended. I’d never heard of prayer causing harm, so I went down to pray. But it disturbed me because they all prayed out loud while I prayed quietly.
This revival resulted in the construction of a church, and I attended the services because they strengthened my faith. When I went down to the altar to pray, however, I would separate myself from the others. I once dared to tell them that God wasn’t deafeningly deafeningly deafeningly dea He wasn’t nervous either, they replied!

As I pondered, I realised that these folks were aware of divine healing, whereas my church was not. They were also correct regarding divine healing. They may be aware of something that I am unaware of.
I decided to read through Acts and underline with a red pencil every time two or more people prayed together. I planned on seeing how they conducted things back then.
I couldn’t locate a single moment in Acts where there was a group and one person was called on to lead in prayer as I read through it underlining these Scriptures. I also couldn’t discover anything similar to phrase prayers. They raised their voices, according to the Bible. They all prayed at the same time and with the same intensity.

The next time I went to the Full Gospel services, I got right in the middle of them when they prayed.

Chapter 5

Paul at Prayer

And it is for this reason that I pray: that your love may grow in knowledge and discernment.

1:9 (Philippians)
We often say “God bless Sister So-and-So” and “God bless Brother So-and-So” while praying for Christians, yet we don’t find Paul praying in this manner. That style of praying accomplishes nothing except to calm our conscience and make us feel like we’ve prayed.

“I pray that your love may abound more and more,” Paul added specifically. Isn’t that a nice approach to pray for Christians? Paul is interceding for Christians.

Colossians 1:9 says:

1:9 9 COLOSSIANS For this reason, we have not stopped praying for you from the day we heard it, and we desire that you be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual insight.
Paul’s prayer for the Colosse Church can be found here. If you are filled with the knowledge of His Will, you will understand what all these blessings the Father has bestowed upon you.
Paul prayed in Ephesians 1:3: EPHESIANS 1:3 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has lavished all spiritual blessings upon us in Christ.
That means He has already provided everything we require—all of our blessings.

“God bless,” you can pray. “I’m sorry, but I can’t answer that petition,” God would say. That’s something I’ve previously done, but they’re not aware of it.” “[My] prayer [is] that ye should be enlightened with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual insight,” Paul said instead of “God bless them.” That would be an effective means of praying for Christians. Isn’t that what most Christians require?
This prayer was written by Paul under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Because it was given by the Holy Spirit, it would be a nice prayer to pray for yourself. “Lord, I’m going to pray this prayer for myself,” you can say. It is my hope and prayer that I would be filled with understanding of your will.

I believe that praying these prayers for the Christian Church will teach us how to pray for other believers.
In Second Thessalonians 1:11, Paul, for example, wrote:

1:11 2 THESSALONIANS

11 For this reason, we pray continually for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and that he would fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, as well as the work of faith, with power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

“Fulfill all the pleasant pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power,” Paul added. (This is what God desires from us.) “That the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you,” I also enjoy. Who ever thought of praying for a whole church to be glorified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ? Are you praying in this manner? This serves as a hint to us. I believe we must be precise in our prayers for one another.
Paul prayed in a very particular and definite manner. Let’s look at some more Scripture where Paul mentions prayer.

Second Corinthians 1:11 isn’t exactly his prayer for the Corinthians, but Paul is asking their help in prayer: “Ye also helping together by prayer for us ” Paul already had said in the

10th verse, concerning his difficulties, “Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will deliver us.” And then he said, “Ye also helping together by prayer for us, that for the gift bestowed upon us by the means of many persons thanks may be given by many on our behalf” (v. 11).

He’s referring to the church’s prayer of “working together.” Isn’t it true that the church prayed for him? “The effectual fervent prayer of a virtuous man availeth much,” the Bible states (James 5:16). It is advised that we pray for one another. We must remember to pray when individuals are in crisis or their lives are in danger, like Paul’s were.
“And through their prayer for you, which seek for you for the overflowing favour of God in you,” Paul said in Second Corinthians 9:14. He’s referring to others in his workplace who have also prayed for the Corinthians. They prayed for one another and expressed care for one another.

Many times when we pray, we are selfish. In our prayer lives, we should prioritise others. The majority of the time, we only pray for ourselves and our little group or family—our own needs.
“God bless me and my wife, my son John and his wife, us four and no more,” the farmer remarked. We wouldn’t put it like way, but when you think about it, that’s pretty much the length of many of our prayers!
A person’s spiritual growth will need him to reach out and assist others. You can’t prioritise yourself. In order for a church to grow and flourish, it must do the same.
Paul mentions it in Philippians.

). This is quite a statement, isn’t it? Do you remember what happened at Philippi? Do you remember when Paul first went down there? In a night vision, a man stood up and said, “Come over to Macedonia, and help us ” (Acts 16:9). Paul had decided to go into Asia Minor, but said he was forbidden to go by the Spirit. So Paul and Silas went over into Macedonia, and thus the first time the Gospel was preached on the European continent was in Philippi. This is what happened:

ACTS 16:13,14 13 And on the sabbath, we walked out of the city to a riverside, where prayer was customary, and sat down, speaking to the women who flocked there.
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And a certain woman named Lydia, a purple merchant from Thyatira, a God-fearing city, heard us, and the Lord opened her heart, so that she listened to what Paul had to say.
Lydia had become a Christian and had invited Paul and Silas to stay with her. Paul would frequently visit the synagogue in that city to discuss the Scriptures.

“These men are servants of the most high God, who shew unto us the road of redemption,” a small woman with a spirit of divination, or fortune-telling, would declare as she followed Paul and Silas around the streets of Philippi (Acts 16:17). She recognised them because the wicked spirit within her recognised them. (However, who wants the devil to testify on his behalf?)
Finally, one day on the street, Paul turned around and expelled the demon out of her, rendering her unable to tell fortunes. Her bosses were enraged, and Paul and Silas were incarcerated. They were stripped naked, assaulted, and imprisoned. They prayed and praised praises to God at midnight, as we saw previously.

Despite the fact that the Church of Philippi was founded in the midst of persecution, Paul states, “I praise my God upon every recollection of you” (Phil.

1:3). You may praise God for any test if you keep the right attitude. I always give God thanks for them. I praise God for them both when I’m in the middle of them and after they’re done; not because they’re finished, but because I had the honour of showing His faithfulness.
Believers should be overflowing with joy and love, like a sponge. When the adversary puts pressure on you, instead of griping and whining, all that comes out is joy and love!

“…making a joyful prayer for your fellowship in the gospel from the beginning to today” (Phil. 1:4,5). Paul and Silas prayed and sang praises to God while in prison in Philippi. After being delivered, anyone can sing thanks to God; it does not require faith. However, when in the thick of adversity, Paul and Silas sang praises to God at midnight. That is exactly how it should be!
Paul states a few things that provide us insight into how to pray for others and how we should approach prayer. He wrote to the Romans as follows:

ROMANS 1:9-12
9 For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that I never cease to mention you in my prayers; 10 making desire, if by any means now at last, by the will of God, I could have a prosperous trip to come unto you.
11 For I long to see you, so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, that you may be established; 12 That is, so that I may be comforted with you by our mutual confidence.
Paul never failed to pray for the Romans, as we can see from verse 9. (It’s so easy to overlook this.)

ROMANS 1:9-12
9 For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that I never cease to mention you in my prayers; 10 making desire, if by any means now at last, by the will of God, I could have a prosperous trip to come unto you.
11 For I long to see you, so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, that you may be established; 12 That is, so that I may be comforted with you by our mutual confidence.
Paul never failed to pray for the Romans, as we can see from verse 9. (It’s so easy to overlook this.)

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