Prayers that get answered

James 1:5

If any of you deficient in wisdom, let him ask of the giving God (who gives) to everyone liberally and ungrudgingly, without reproaching or faultfinding, and it will be given him.

The mess in your life is your own making. They came through your own lack of wisdom. You got yourself in trouble. You didn’t listen to God to start with. You didn’t follow peace. You can still even in the midst of that, can go to God and ask Him to help you, and He won’t reproach you which means shame or blame. He doesn’t find fault with you. He just helps you. That doesn’t mean He doesn’t teach you, train you and correct you.

If you have a child that has not done all their chores this week but they are outside playing in the neighborhood and now when bully gets after them. And you hear them screaming for help. You’re not going to check their list of chores to see if they got all their check marks. Otherwise, it’s too bad for them. If the door is not open you may go through it, to get outside to help your kid. And that doesn’t mean that you won’t correct them later about their chores. That doesn’t mean that you might not even tell them that they can’t go outside. But you will not refuse to help your children, though they are not perfect and don’t do everything exactly the way you want them to.

So stop letting the devil steal from you, by thinking that you dare not ask God to help you because you have not done everything that you should do. Just own it.

James 1:6-8

  1. Only it must be in faith that he asks with no wavering (no hesitating, no doubting). For the one who wavers (hesitates, doubts) is like the billowing surge out at sea that is blown hither and thither and tossed by the wind.
  2. For truly, let not such a person imagine that he will receive anything (he asks for) from the Lord;
  3. (For being as he is) a man of two minds (hesitating, dubious, irresolute), (he is) unstable and unreliable and uncertain about everything (he thinks, feels, decides).

Doubt leaves us midway between believing and not believing. And this says we’re not to become people of two minds. The Bible talks about the mind of the Spirit and the mind of the flesh. We have to learn to live by the mind of the Spirit. There are times when I can believe something with my heart, but the enemy is going to use my mind to try to steal my faith. It is important that we believe all the way through to the manifestation. I can pretty much promise you that doubt is going to come against your mind, but that’s when you need to go back to the mind of the spirit. And very often go back to the scripture, what does the word say; you see it doesn’t matter how I feel; it doesn’t matter what I think; it doesn’t matter what people say; it doesn’t really matter even what my circumstances are.

The only thing that really matters is what the word says. This is what it means to walk by the word. When you’re standing in faith for something or you ask God for something and it’s not happening. When we pray for somebody else God begins to deal with them. It is very possible that when you start praying for somebody, they can act worse than they did. Then what the devil wants you to think is sure isn’t working. But what you need to say you can take your doubts and head back to hell where you came from, because it is God’s will that all should be saved.

I have prayed and I believe that God is working in my behalf right now. And not only will that help the answer come through, but here’s a really good benefit you stay happy and excited in the meantime. Everybody is excited when they’re expecting a breakthrough at any moment. A positive expectation is something good about to happen any moment. We need to wake up and think I can hardly wait to see what God does today.

Mark 11:23, 24

  1. Truly I tell you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt at all in his heart, but believes that what he says will take place, it will be done for him.
  2. For this reason I am telling you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe (trust and be confident) that it is granted to you,and you will (get it).

We need to believe we’ve got it before we see it. We’ve got two lives – spiritual life and a natural fleshly life. The spiritual part of us cannot be seen. It operates in an unseen realm, where there are unseen yet wonderful amazing things happening. When God suddenly does something in your life, that doesn’t mean that was when He started working on it. God is already working in your behalf.

2 Corinthians 4: 13

Yet we have the same spirit of faith, as he had who wrote, “I have believed and therefore have spoken,” we too believe, and therefore we speak,

When doubt comes, open up your mouth and confess what you’re believing and not the lie the devil is telling you. Just because a crook knocks on your door that doesn’t mean you have to let him in. If we know very much about God at all to be honest, we rarely ever doubt that God can do something, but we doubt that he will do it for us. It’s easier sometimes to tell somebody else what to do for them and believe it for them than it is to believe it for ourselves; and that’s because we look at all of our mistakes. God is merciful. I am not focused on what is wrong with me. Whatever I am, I am I Christ and whatever I’m not I’m still in Christ.

If I do anything good it’s because He enabled me and if I do anything bad then He’s the only one that can forgive me. The only way you can thank God for showing you what’s wrong with you is if you’re not condemned by it.

2 Corinthians 5:21

 He that knew no sinbecame sin that we might be made righteousness of God in Christ.

Romans 5:20

Where sin abounds, grace does much more abound.

In Him, we are justified, made right with Him, sanctified, redeemed, set free.  Our imperfection has nothing to do with God’s ability and willingness to answer our prayers.

Hebrews 4:15

For we do not have a High Priest who is unable to understand and sympathize and have a shared feeling with our weaknesses and infirmities and liability to the assaults of temptation, but One who has been tempted in every respect as we are, yet without sinning.

Jesus knows what it’s like to be in a human body and how doubts come, temptations come, impatience come; He understands all that. He made it through all of it without sinning and He did it for us and we get the reward that He deserves.

Hebrews 4:16

 Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God’s unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy (for our failures) and find grace to help in good time for every need (appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it).

Don’t ever draw back from asking God to help you. Our faith should be in Jesus. Because of that we can come boldly to His throne.

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