What are some of the insights to effective praying, getting one's prayers answered now.. do ask the father in Jesus name to start of with..
#1 Is Your Relationship with God
This, in my opinion, is the #1 secret for being able to get more of your prayers answered by God the Father. This particular secret is the first step you will need to make before you can really expect to have any major success in your prayer life with God the Father.
Here is the Scripture verse that perfectly lays out this #1 principle.
"IF YOU ABIDE IN ME, AND MY WORDS ABIDE IN YOU, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples." (John 15:7)
Look very, very carefully at this verse to see what Jesus is trying to tell you. He is giving you two powerful pieces of revelation in which to grasp if you want to be able to get God the Father to answer more of your specific prayers. Here are the two main points.
1. Establish a Personal Relationship with God
The first part of the first sentence - "If you abide in Me" - is telling you that the very first thing that God is wanting from you in order to be able to properly approach Him for prayer is for you to establish a very strong personal relationship with Him!
Jesus is using the word "abide."The word abide means to "continue in a state or place, to endure." What Jesus wants from us is that we are willing to abide in Him, that we are willing to live in Him. Being willing to abide in Jesus means that we have established a good, personal, in-depth, intimate love relationship with Him.
The #1 reason God created the human race was for intimate fellowship. God has this incredible love for us humans, and He wants more than anything else that we approach Him and enter into this one on one personal relationship with Him.
If you really stop and think about this - what is the greatest joy that a person can have on this earth? What is the one thing that most humans long for? What is the one thing that makes you cry when you see this at the movie theatres?
It is the longing for a personal love relationship with a person of the opposite sex - the longing for a true soul mate. Why? Because that one person, more than any other person, is the one who can really get to know you. It is the one person who can become your best friend. It is the one person who you can tell anything and everything to.
It is the most unique of all human relationships. Some of you have found this true love and others of you have not. The ones who have found this one true love in their lives know exactly what I am talking about. Those of you who have not found this one true love know the longing you have to find this one special person.
This same longing that we have to meet this one true soul mate is the same longing that God has for all us. Except with God, this longing for us is much more intense. The fact that He would send His one and only Son down to our earth to physically die on a cross for us in order to bring us back to Himself shows more than anything else how much He really does love all of us.
The best analogy that I can give you on this is the "best friend analogy." God wants to become your best friend - over your soul mate and over any other best friends you may have. He wants to be #1 in your life and He will not settle for anything less. The Bible says that God the Father is a "jealous God - a consuming fire."
Some Christians believe that if they go to church once a week, sing a few songs in church and pay their tithe, that they are "in relationship" with God. God wants more than this. He wants you 7 days of the week - not just one time a week in your church.
He wants to be able to freely communicate with you 24/7. He wants you to talk with Him just like you would talk to your best friend. He wants dynamic, free flowing conversation with you on anything you want to personally discuss with Him, no matter how small or trivial it may seem to you. And He wants you to be open to listening to anything that He may have to say to you.
What happens to some Christians is that they have not established this kind of personal relationship with God, and then when a crisis or emergency presents itself, it is already too late to try to get God to answer their prayer.
Notice that Jesus starts the first sentence out with the word "IF." IF you have established a personal relationship with God, THEN you can approach Him with your prayer requests and THEN He will answer them.
Too many Christians attempt to use God. The only time they ever approach God is when they need something. God thus has no natural desire to answer any prayer request they may have because they have never established any type of true personal relationship with Him.
One of the things that I feel like the Holy Spirit has conveyed to me is that if you really want to be able to get God to answer more of your prayers, you have to create a desire in Him to want to answer more of your prayers. And the #1 way that you create a desire in God for Him to want to answer more of your prayer requests is to establish a good, personal, one on one love relationship with Him.
The Parent-Child Analogy
The analogy the Holy Spirit gave me to understand all of this was the "Parent-Child Analogy." Imagine you have two small children. The one boy really loves you. He has established a true loving personal relationship with you. He wants to hang out with you.
He comes home and tells you everything that happened to him today. He tells you all the little things that may have gone right or wrong during the day. He values your opinion.
When he gets older and more mature, all of sudden he wants to hear about your problems. He wants to know more about you, your past, why you do what you do and why you think the way that you do. This child is truly abiding in you, truly living in you.
You feel like you and him are "one in spirit." As a result of this close personal relationship, you can read each other minds and thoughts. As you grow older, your personal relationship deepens and keeps getting better and better.
Then you have the other child. He could care less about you and your personality. The only time he will ever approach you is when he needs something. He will even go as far as to act like he cares about you, but once he gets what he wants from you, he is back to ignoring you until the next time he needs something from you.
As he grows older, you grow farther and farther apart. When he is finally able to leave home on his own, you never hear from him unless he once again needs something from you. He hardly ever calls or comes over.
Now if you are the loving father over these two children, which of the two will you have a strong natural desire to help out when they may need your help on something? You will have no natural desire to help the one who has been using you over all of those years.
However, with the child who has established a true loving personal relationship with you, you will bend over backwards to give that child anything and everything that he may need. Why? Because he loves you for you! He doesn't love you for what you can do for him. He loves you for the person that you are and for the friend that you have become for him over all those years.
In fact, your love for this loving son will be so great, that a lot of times you will give him what he will need before he will even ask you for it. Why? Because you are so in tune with him, you will know what he will need sometimes before he will even know what he will need. Then you will want to give it to him before he will even ask you for it because your love for him is so great. You have a very strong, natural desire to want to make him happy - all because of the good personal relationship that he has established with you over all those years.
It is the exact same way with God the Father! Establish a true, loving personal relationship with God and see if your whole life doesn't do a complete 180! Nothing will move God the Father to want to work on your behalf as establishing this kind of loving personal relationship with Him will!
However, one word of caution. God cannot be tricked or duped. You cannot approach God trying to enter this kind of personal relationship in order to get Him to give you all of your wants and desires. Your motives must be pure!
You enter into a personal relationship with God because you want to get to know Him personally! You don't enter into this kind of a relationship to see how much He can give you. You have to want God for who He is - not for what He can do for you. The Bible tells us to seek the face of God - not His hand.
For those of you who have truly established this kind of personal relationship with God, I'm sure that you can testify that this is truly the greatest experience that anyone of us can have this side of heaven - that this one and only true God in the entire universe can actually make direct contact with you, communicate and talk directly with you, and establish a real intimate personal relationship with you.
For those of you who have not really established this kind of personal relationship with God, the one thing that I can personally tell you is that there is nothing to be afraid of. God will handle and relate to you on the level that you are currently operating at with Him. This kind of personal relationship with God is not built overnight, but over time.
God can satisfy and meet the deeper longings of your soul and spirit that no human can reach! He can truly love you deeper and better than any human can. You can totally trust Him because He is perfect in all of His ways. He will not hurt you or harm you in any way. God has no dark side to Him, so He is completely trustworthy. He is totally incapable of hurting you in any way.
Some Christians are afraid to go deeper with God in this kind of a personal relationship because they have been terribly hurt in other love relationships - whether it be with parents, friends or lovers. All humans are imperfect, and they are thus not capable of giving you any kind of perfect love. Since God is completely perfect, He is the only One that can give you the perfect true love that you are seeking after.
2. The Bible
Now we come to the second secret that is in the above verse. Note the second part of the first sentence says, "My words abide in you." I believe Jesus is telling us two things in that sentence.
His "Words" are literally meaning His Words. If you have established a true, personal, loving relationship with God, He will talk to you just like you will talk to Him. And if He is talking to you, then His words will be abiding in you! This thus will be as a direct result of free flowing dialogue that you have with God as a result of having had established a close personal relationship with Him.
The other meaning to the word "Words" I feel He is referring to is Scripture - the Bible. If you really want to enter into a close personal relationship with God, then you have to be willing to spend some type of regular quality time studying the Bible. The Bible is the only true source that we have down on this earth where we can really learn all about God the Father, His Son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.
When you enter into a true personal love relationship with someone, the first natural desire you will have is to want to get to know everything about that person. You will want to know about all of their likes and dislikes, where they have come from and what they have been through. And the only way that you can find all of that out is by asking a lot of questions. With God, the #1 way that you will learn about Him is to read the Bible, because the Bible will tell you everything that you will need to know about Him, His Son Jesus Christ and His Holy Spirit.
You have to seek out knowledge about God - and the Bible is the #1 main source that we have on this earth that can teach us about God and all of His ways.
To summarize the revelation in the above Scripture verse in one bottom line statement:
God is looking to establish a one on one, personal love relationship with each one of us. This is done in two ways:
- By establishing a direct, free flowing and spontaneous best friend relationship with God where you commune with Him on a regular and frequent basis in the exact same way that you would with a best friend.
- And by seeking after God by trying to get to know all you can about Him by studying and meditating on what is written in the Holy Bible.
I guarantee you that if you are willing to enter into both of these realms with God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit, your life will never be the same again. This close, intimate personal relationship that you can enter into with God will be the door opener that will change the course of your entire life. The journey is there for who all willing to accept and step into it!
Prayer Secret #2
The Will of God
Prayer Secret #1 - establishing an intimate personal relationship with God the Father gets you into the door with Him. It gets you to the point where God will now listen and consider each of your prayer requests.
Prayer Secret #2 is the next step when approaching God with a specific prayer request. This one seems to be so easy to grasp, but many Christians violate this basic common sense principle. Prayer Secret #2 is making sure that your prayer request lines up with the will of God for your life.
I have a pet saying when it comes to this principle. The saying is "Father always knows best." God always knows what is best for you. You do not! God’s knowledge and wisdom is perfect. Yours is not! God knows what your future holds. You do not! Too many Christians are constantly asking God for things that He does not really want them to have. Here is the main Scripture verse where this principle is clearly stated."Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything ACCORDING TO HIS WILL, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him." (1 John 5:14)
Interpretation - God hears your prayer only if the prayer request is according and in His will for you and your life. If it is not, then the above verse implies that He will not hear your prayer, and thus will not grant the prayer request.
This is where each Christian has to get a grip on any specific prayer requests that they are presenting to God. If God comes back to you letting you know that what you are asking for is not in His will for you, then you have to let it go, trust God that He knows best and move on.
When you approach God with a specific prayer request, I feel like this is very serious business. You are asking God to bring something to you that normally would not be coming your way. You are asking God to supernaturally bring or allow this request to come to you through Him.
So the first thing that you have to do before approaching God on your specific prayer request is to make sure that your request is in His will for you and your life. There are several ways you can do this.
1. Analyze Your Prayer Request
Sometimes it is quite obvious that the request is needed and in His will for you. You don’t even need to pray about whether or not it is in His will for you. The answer is already obvious and you can go ahead and shoot your prayer through.
An example would be is that maybe you just lost your job. You now have to go to God and ask Him to lead you to the next job. You already know this request is in His will for you because you need a job to survive and put food on the table. This is quite obvious, and you can now go ahead and start pressing in and praying to God that He lead you as to where He will want you to go next.
Sometimes the request is not so obvious as to whether or not it is God's will for you. Maybe you are dating someone and you would really like to marry that person. However, God has not voiced His opinion on the issue yet. The way to properly handle this is to go to God and ask His perfect will on the situation - whether or not you should marry that person. If you really love this person and really want to marry him or her, the best way to word your prayer is to tell God you would really like to marry this person - but only if it be in His perfect will for you to do so.
This way you are on safe ground with God in the way that you have worded the request. You have voiced your opinion on the matter - but you have also let Him know that He knows better than you do, and that you will not marry this person unless it is in His perfect will for you to do so.
2. The Holy Spirit
The other way to approach this is to simply ask the Holy Spirit if you should approach God with the request. I believe that the Holy Spirit knows most of the time whether or not God will answer your specific prayer request. You can save yourself a lot of travailing and praying by getting the Holy Spirit’s answer before you waste your time and God’s time by praying on a certain issue.
For those of you who have established a good inner connection with the Holy Spirit, the above is rather easy to do. You simply tap into Him, ask His opinion and most of the time you’ll pick it up with an "inner knowing" from Him as to whether or not you should proceed any further in approaching God with the request. For those of you who have not yet established this kind of inner connection with the Holy Spirit, you can still go ahead and ask Him, and He will somehow get through to you as to whether or not you should pray on the issue or not.
Here are 3 short, but powerful stories that really illustrate the importance of making sure that all of your prayer requests always line up with the will of God for your life.
1. STORY #1 - About 10 years ago, a friend of mine told me this story and I will never forget it. One of her girlfriends had been dating a guy for about two years. Everything was going great. She got to the point that she was now wanting to marry the guy. She went before God and started praying and asking God if she should marry him. God came back with a one-line answer and the answer was "He is sufficient for now."
This obviously was not good enough for her. She kept pressing God for an answer as to whether or not she should marry this man. God came back with no answers every time she asked.
After about 6 months of asking God for His opinion and not getting any kind of answer, she decided to make her own decision and marry the guy without waiting for God’s confirmation or approval.
Six months into the marriage relationship, this guy’s dark side all of a sudden started to emerge. He started to physically abuse her. The beatings got so bad that she had no other alternative but to divorce the guy for fear he was going to end up killing her.
I have found from personal experience that whenever God is silent on a specific prayer request, that means to hold your position and do nothing until you receive a further word from Him as to whether or not you should move in the direction that you are looking to move into.
2. STORY #2 - Here is another perfect example on this. Another one of my friends was dating a guy for about 1 year. She too started asking God if she should marry him. She got no answer for at least 3 months. Again, she got impatient waiting for God to answer her. She went ahead and married the guy without any leading from the Holy Spirit to do so and no confirming activity from God that she should marry the guy.
One year into the marriage, she found out that her husband had been having an affair behind her back with one of his secretaries during the entire year that they had been married! They were divorced shortly thereafter.
Do you see what happens when you go against God’s will on a specific request? Total death will result. In this case, both girls saw their marriages end up in divorce because they were not patient enough to wait for God’s answer on their prayer requests! They were both praying for marriages that obviously were not in the will of God for their lives. That’s why I say God always knows best.
God knew the one guy had a dark side that would emerge once he married the girl. He knew the other guy would not stay faithful once he got married to the second girl. Neither girl could have known that those things were going to occur. But God does know all these things and what our futures will hold for us, and that is why your prayer requests have always got to be within His will for your life or the consequences could be disastrous like they were in these two stories!
3. STORY #3 - The third story is my own personal story. About 15 years ago, I was dating a girl for about one year when she got diagnosed with cancer. The doctors told her she had a 50/50 chance of making it. She immediately started chemo and the rest of the appropriate cancer treatments. I took her to see Joyce Meyer for a healing, along with some of the other ministers in our area who were supposed to have the gift of healing operating through their ministries.
None of the ministers brought healing to my girlfriend. I then started to try and pray myself to see if I could get God to heal her. I will never forget what happened when I did. As I approached God the Father with the request, I felt the Holy Spirit put up a shield between me and God the Father. I initially ignored the shields and continued to try and pray through to God for this request.
As I started praying the appropriate words, I saw my words travel about two feet in front of my mouth and then drop straight to the ground. I could tell my words were not "hitting" God. I then felt the Holy Spirit start to literally pull back on my words as I was trying to release them to God. There was no anointing on my words. I had no wind at my back from the Holy Spirit to be approaching God with this request. I was really straining in trying to get my words to reach God the Father.
After about the 5th or 6th time when trying to pray to God about this and picking up the above resistance from the Holy Spirit each time I tried to pray, I immediately stopped and asked God if I should even bother to continue to pray on this issue due to the resistance I seemed to be picking up from the Holy Spirit.
I then received an immediate answer. I was given a strong knowing that God did not want to heal her and that it was His will that she be brought home to Him - and if I continued to try and pray for this healing against His will, that I would just be expending useless energy. He made it loud and clear that His mind was already made up on the issue and that I was to let it go.
He then conveyed to me as to why He was not going to considering healing her. Long story short, my girlfriend was 40 years old when she came down with the cancer. 8 years prior to this, she got diagnosed with the beginning stages of emphysema. The doctors told her that if she did not quit smoking, that she would end up in a wheelchair and on an oxygen tent on a permanent basis.
For whatever reason, she would not quit smoking and she continued to smoke for another 8 years. The emphysema was starting to break into the next level and she still would not quit. She then broke out with the cancer. God made it very clear to me that He gave her 8 years to clean up her act, to heed the warnings from the doctors and to quit smoking.
Our bodies are a gift from God and He expects us to do the best we can with them - especially in the area of taking proper care of them. When she refused to take proper care of her body by giving up smoking, God decided He was not going to heal her and that she would have to brought home much earlier than He would have really liked.
I believe to this day that had my girlfriend quit smoking 8 years before coming down with this cancer, that there would have been a very good chance that God would of healed her of the cancer when she was stricken with it. But because she did not have proper regard for her body, God had no natural desire to heal her when this emergency presented itself. And God gave her plenty of time to get her act together before the cancer hit - 8 years!
I did not tell my girlfriend what I felt God had conveyed to me. I did not want to cause her to lose hope in the event I had not properly heard from God on this issue. She tried several other healing ministries, along with continuing all of the cancer treatments, but nothing worked. She died one year later after getting diagnosed with the cancer.
1. As you can see from the above three stories, you can save yourself a lot of blood, sweat and tears when praying to God if you can pick it up ahead of time whether or not your specific prayer requests should be brought before God the Father for His consideration. That’s the beauty of the ministry of the Holy Spirit. One of His jobs is to help us in our prayer life with God the Father.
The Holy Spirit knows most of the time whether or not God will answer your specific prayer request. By tapping into and connecting up with Him on a specific prayer request, you’ll go a long way in being able to decide when to approach God in prayer and when not to.
For those of you who have not got this far in your relationship with the Holy Spirit in order to be able to pick Him up and read His movements, you can still approach both Him and God the Father before you attempt to pray and just simply ask God if it is His will that a specific prayer request be put before Him.
I have found that God will always come through loud and clear on this issue. Remember, God wants more than anything to establish a loving personal relationship with you - and in that relationship is the benefit of being able to approach Him with your specific prayer requests.
2. God really wants to show your how to play the prayer game. It is prayer that will pull down miracles from God. You just have to learn what the ground rules are and how to play the game with Him. The Bible lays down all the ground rules that you will need to know in order to become a very effective prayer warrior.
For whatever reason, God has this thing set up in that He will not move a lot of times on a situation unless we go into serious prayer with Him. The art of prayer is a powerful tool in the hands of a Spirit-filled believer. God can be moved to answer prayer no matter how dire the circumstances. You just need the knowledge on how to properly approach Him in order to get Him to move on a certain situation.
I think you will find the remaining prayer secrets very interesting, as they will give you several different options in which to approach God with your prayer requests. I believe knowledge is power. With knowledge comes the ability to know how to properly play the game.
I will leave you with one last thought. One of the benefits of having established a true personal love relationship with God the Father is the ability to be able to approach Him with your specific prayer requests. Think of the consequences and the possibilities of this privilege that we now have with God the Father.
God has full power to do or to accomplish whatever He should so desire. The Bible says that "With God, NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE."
God loves to answer prayers. Prayers to God can save lives, change circumstances and prevent catastrophes. The Bible says that God is looking to "show Himself strong" on behalf of those who have established a true loving, personal relationship with Him. However, many Christians have not really grasped the power and potential that they have if they would simply learn how to properly pray to God to get Him to move on certain situations.
Many people are so wrapped up in themselves and their own lives, that they fail to see how their prayers to God can help someone else out who may be in a dire situation. One of the prayer secrets I will be discussing shortly is the power of intercession - the ability to stand in the gap for someone else, approach God as his advocate and pray to God to help them out of a dire situation.
Many people don’t really know how to properly approach and pray to God the Father. As a result, people are either dying early before their time is really up or they are forced to live under tragic circumstances due to no fault of their own. Accidents happen. Bad things can happen. But prayers to God the Father can either prevent the bad things from happening before they happen or change the situation for the better once the bad thing has happened.
Remember, our God is in the life saving business! Our God is a God of miracles. He is just looking for true prayer warriors to pull down these miracles that He is only too anxious to release!
Think of the possibilities that we all have with this privilege that we have from God - to be able to boldly approach His throne for prayer anytime, anywhere and for any situation - to be able to save the day for someone else who may be at death’s door!
This is the call of the Eagle. A true Eagle of God is a "master prayer." He has learned the fine art of being able to properly and effectively pray to God in order to literally move mountains when needed. Nothing is impossible for a true Eagle of God because he knows nothing is impossible with the God he serves.
Mark my words! God will be raising up an army of Eagles in the coming years that will fly with the power and anointing of God such as the world has never seen before or will ever see again. The Bible says in the latter days just before Jesus comes back, that an army will raised up. The verse is Joel 2:2. It reads:
"A day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness, like the morning clouds spread over the mountains. A people come, great and strong, the like of whom has never been; nor will there be any such after them, even for many successive generations."
The rest of the verses then go into how powerful this army will be and the exploits they will do under God’s anointing and power.
For more information on all of this - see my article titled "Prophecy from Jesus to Mary Baxter on Joel's Army to Come" under the "Prophecies" section. A woman by the name of Mary Baxter received a direct Word from Jesus about this army and who He will be calling to be a part of it.
This was a very powerful Word given to this woman and I believe that this army will be coming out of this generation!
Prayer Secret #3
God Will Hear the
Prayers of the Righteous
Prayer secret #1 - establishing a good personal relationship with the Lord will get you into the door with God so that He will now be willing to hear your prayers. Prayer secret #2 - making sure that your prayers line up with His will for your life will dramatically increase the chances of God actually answering any of your prayers.
This will now lead us into prayer secret #3. Before I start to go into some of the more heavier aspects of actually moving into prayer with the Lord - there is one more secret that I must first list out in order to help increase your chances of getting God to answer a lot more of your prayers. If you are not aware of this particular secret and are not abiding by it - there is a very good chance that God is not even going to listen to what you have to say, much less even consider answering any of your specific prayers.
The verses I will list in this article are all very straight forward and need no fancy interpretation. They mean exactly what they are saying.
These particular verses are telling us that God will not be hearing the prayers of someone who is not keeping His commandments - of someone who is not living a righteous life in His eyes. Granted, we have all been made righteous before the eyes of God the Father as a result of Jesus Christ dying on the cross for all of our sins. The righteousness of Jesus has now been imputed to us.
However, this does not give us the license and the right to start sinning again. Though we have all been made righteous before the eyes of God as a result of what Jesus did for us on the cross - we still have to make every effort to try and live a good and righteous life and stay out of any unacceptable sins in the eyes of God the Father. This secret right here is a major reason why many Christians are not having much success in their prayer room with God the Father.
As you will see in the verses I will list in this article, the Bible is telling all of us loud and clear that our slates have got to be fairly clean before God is going to work with us in His prayer room. However - please note this does not mean you have to be totally perfect. We all have our rough edges, our character flaws and faults, and our little vices that we have a hard time in getting any victory over.
I believe there is a certain amount of slack with the Lord for some of our imperfections, frailties and weaknesses. None of us will ever become the fourth person of the Holy Trinity. That is why Jesus had to come and die for all of us - due to the sin nature that we were all born with that constantly keeps getting us into trouble.
Per the article I did titled "Sanctification," God the Father wants to start the process of sanctifying us in this life us once we become saved and born again. But this sanctification process is a progressive and constantly ongoing process that will go on for rest of our lives. As a result, we always have to continue to keep working with the Lord on allowing Him to mold, shape and transform us into a better and more holy people.
As you continue to grow in this sanctification process where God the Father is slowly forming and molding you into the express image of His Son Jesus Christ - you will find two main things that will start to occur. First - you will start to see the boundary lines that God will set up for you. These boundary lines are lines being drawn in the sand by the Lord of where you can go in this life and where you cannot go - what you can do and what you cannot do.
God will make it very clear to you through the conviction of the Holy Spirit as to how far you can go with Him on certain issues. And this is where you really have to stay on top of your game with the Lord if you want to keep everything running and flowing smoothly if you are walking in God's perfect will and plan for your life.
These next set of verses are telling us the following:
- That the effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man will avail much
- That God will answer our prayers if we are keeping His commandments
- That God will hear and answer the prayers of the righteous
- But that God will not hear or answer the prayers of those who are not obeying His commandments
One of the verses I will list below is very extreme and intense. This verse says that your sins and your iniquities will literally separate you from God - and that He will hide His face from you and that He will not even hear your prayers and petitions.
Though Jesus has died for all of our sins - we can't use this as an excuse to go back into areas that we know God does not want us treading into. Perfect examples of some areas where Christians can really get themselves into major trouble with the Lord are adultery, using drugs, abusing alcohol, verbally and/or physically abusing their children or their spouses, holding any major unforgiveness towards others and stealing or scamming from others.
The Lord will let you know loud and clear how far you can push some things with Him. And once you cross that line in complete and total disobedience - then you have just taken yourself right out of His prayer arena and have dramatically reduced any chances of getting any of your prayer needs met or answered.
So before you really decide to get serious with the Lord in your prayer closet, make sure that you do not have any blocks or hindrances in your walk with Him that would keep Him from wanting to work with you. If you don't, and you have certain sins or transgressions that have not been properly dealt with, then you will be wasting both His time and your time by even continuing to pray in the first place.
If you really want to get serious with the Lord in your prayer life, study these next set of verses very carefully, and ask the Holy Spirit to show you if you have any personal areas that have to be dealt with so that you do not have anything that would be prevent God the Father from wanting to work with you.
If you do have any blocks, hindrances, sins, transgressions or iniquities operating in your life that are unacceptable in the eyes of God - and then you do get these sins and transgressions dealt with and removed with the help of the Holy Spirit - then you will have just opened up a major door to the throne room of God Almighty Himself - and He will now be willing to listen and to hear any specific requests or petitions that you may have. Many Christians have made major advances and breakthroughs in their prayer life with God the Father once they were taught this basic 101 principle.
I'll go ahead and list each of the verses under the appropriate captions below so that you can see exactly what God the Father is trying to tell you with the way that He has worded some of these particular verses.
1. God Will Hear the Prayers of the Righteous
These first four verses are major. The first verse I will list is only one sentence long - but it perfectly drives home the point on this topic. It simply says that God the Father will "hear the prayers of the righteous" - but that He is "far from the wicked."
The second verse then really confirms the wording of the first verse when it says that the "eyes of the Lord are on the righteous" and that "His ears are open to their prayers." It then once more ends stating that the "face of the Lord is against those who do evil."
The third verse specifically says that God the Father will answer our prayers "because" we are willing to keep his commandments. In other words, God will answer your prayers if you are keeping His commandments. This verse also makes the statement that we have to do what is "pleasing in the sight of the Lord." If you are doing anything that is not pleasing to Him - then again, it could prevent you from getting more of your prayers answered by Him.
If you look at the flip side of this revelation - this flip side is telling you that God will not be hearing or answering any of your prayers if you are not keeping His commandments or if you are out doing wicked things or living any kind of a wicked life.
Here are four major, powerful foundational verses that you will need to grab onto if you want to have any kind of major success in your prayer room with God the Father.
- "The Lord is far from the wicked, but He hears the prayer of the righteous." (Proverbs 15:29)
- "Let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers; but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil." (1 Peter 3:11)
- "And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight." (1 John 3:22)
- "The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much." (James 5:16)
Notice that the last verse says that the effective, fervent prayer of a "righteous" man will avail much.
Put all four of these verses together - and the message is coming through loud and clear. If you want to have any kind of a chance of having any kind of an effective and powerful prayer life with God the Father, then you are going to have to be willing to stay out of any sins or bad activities that you know will not be pleasing to Him, or that you know will be going against any of His basic commandments on how we are to live out this life.
You are going to have to make every effort on your end to stay on the righteous side of the fence in your walk with the Lord - and to stay away from the areas that you know that He will not want you to cross over into.
2. Your Iniquities Will Separate You From God
I have always found this next verse to be one of the more heavier verses on the consequences of continuing to live in major sin after you get to know your Lord and Savior. Even though this first verse I will list is from the Old Testament - I believe that the specific wording of this verse also applies to all New Testament Christians.
Though God can now fully forgive all of your sins as a result of Jesus dying on the cross for all of us - this does not give you the right to keep on sinning - especially if you know that you what you are doing is a real sin against God to begin with.
This next verse will tell us that our iniquities, if they are bad enough, can literally "separate us" from God. This verse then makes the very intense statement that He will hide His face from us and that He will not even hear us if we try and speak to Him. This is about as graphic of a warning that we can receive from the Lord if any of us is wallowing and walking in any heavy sin areas - and then we try to approach Him to answer any of our prayers in the prayer room.
The second verse then says that he who turns his ear away from hearing and obeying any of God's laws - that even his prayers will be considered an abomination before the eyes of God. So not only will God turn His back on you and refuse to hear anything you may want to say to Him - but He will now consider any of your prayer requests to be an abomination in His sight if you are asking Him for something - and then at the same time you are continuing to walk and live in some of the heavier type sins.
God will not be mocked!
You cannot be out having multiple affairs on your spouse, verbally and/or physically abusing your spouse or your children, scamming others in your job, abusing alcohol, doing drugs - and then think that the Lord is going to turn a blind eye to all of this because His Son has already paid the price for your transgressions.
The Bible is emphatically clear. You can only receive God's forgiveness for the sins you already know about if you are willing to confess these sins out to begin with - and then repent and agree to make every possible effort not to go back into those sins.
The word "repent" means to be willing to turn away from those sins. It means to be willing to have a change of mind, a change of attitude and a change of heart concerning those sins. It means to be willing to see that they are wrong in the eyes of God.
As a result of this separation that can occur, many of God's children have lost contact with Him because they have refused to pull out of some of these heavier sins. This is not to say that they have lost their eternal salvation with Him - but they are losing any chance of having Him work full force in their lives with what little time they still have left down here to accomplish anything worthwhile for Him.
These are two very strong verses. Here they are:
- "But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear." (Isaiah 59:2)
- "One who turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be an abomination." (Proverbs 28:9)
These two verse perfectly line up with the verses mentioned in the first caption. Again, no fancy interpretation needed on these verses. They mean exactly what they are saying.
3. Holding Unforgiveness Towards Others
One very special area that God is really wanting all of us get a real grip on is holding any unforgiveness towards anyone who may have wronged us. As you will see in the verse I will list below, it literally starts out with the words "And whenever you stand praying."
From there, it goes on to state that we are to forgive anyone that we may have something against - and then it ends with the very dire warning that if we don't forgive those who trespass against us, then God will not forgive us our trespasses.
This verse is thus giving us two very solemn warnings. With the verse actually starting out with the words "whenever you stand praying" - I believe that God is trying to tell us that we should not even bother to attempt to approach His throne room for prayer if we are holding any serious unforgiveness towards anyone else.
Here is the verse:"And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses." (Mark 11:25)
To those of you who may be having a hard time in connecting to the Lord in your prayer life and don't seem to be getting too many of your prayers answered - ask the Holy Spirit to show you if you have any blocks or hindrances in your walk with the Lord that is affecting your prayer life with God the Father - especially in the area of unforgiveness.
If the Holy Spirit does show you that you have some areas of unforgiveness in your life that may need to be dealt with - work very closely with Him in getting these matters resolved with the Lord. If you don't, you may continue to stay stuck and grounded in your prayer life with God the Father. And if you can't get your prayers answered with the Lord - then you are not going to be able to continue to move much further ahead in your walk and destiny with Him.
Your prayer life is like the oil to the engine. Shut your prayer life down - and the whole engine will bog or shut down.
4. Husbands - Honor Your Wives
This next verse is another very interesting verse. In this verse, God is telling all husbands to honor their wives and to dwell with them "with understanding" - and that if they don't, their prayers will be "hindered."
In other words, God is telling all husbands to treat their wives in a godly manner, with love and proper respect - and not to be running roughshod over them since they are considered the weaker vessel in this verse. If you are not treating your wives with respect, kindness and proper understanding - then God is telling you that you are going to have a very tough time with Him in the prayer room in being able to get Him to answer a lot of your prayers.
The fact that God is isolating this particular quality along with the problem of holding any unforgiveness towards anyone else is telling you how big of a deal these two issues are with Him. The fact that He is going to shut down your prayer life with Him if you are in violation of these two principles is a very serious warning.
Here is the verse:"Likewise you husbands, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, THAT YOUR PRAYERS MAY NOT BE HINDERED." (1 Peter 3:7)
The Bible tells us that the husband is supposed to be the head of the household. If the husband is mistreating his wife, then God is not going to be hearing his prayers. And if the husband is not going to be able to get any of his prayers answered - then the rest of the household could seriously suffer as a result.
There thus could be a serious domino effect that could occur in a household if the husband does not have his act together with his wife and with his God. Your prayer life is the lifeblood of your engine with the Lord. If that shuts down - your walk and your whole forward momentum in the Lord could stall or completely shut down.
Husbands - make sure that your house is in order if you want to continue to propel forward at maximum speed and maximum power in your walk and call with the Lord.
If you don't, God will personally shut you down until you can get your house back in order.
When you put all of the above verses together - you can't help but see a major prayer secret. Though we have all been made perfectly righteous in the eyes of God as a result of Jesus dying on the cross for all of our sins - we still have to make every effort on our end to stay out of any serious sins and transgressions - especially the kind that we know will get us in major trouble with the Lord.
You simply can't be doing drugs, abusing alcohol, cheating on your spouse, scamming and cheating others on your job, delving into areas of the occult, chasing after other false doctrines and religions - and then think that the Lord is simply going to turn a blind eye and let a lot of these matters go without you having to suffer the consequences as a result of treading into territories that are expressly forbidden.
You play - you pay - either in this life or the next!
There thus will always be serious consequences for entering and engaging in sins that do not get confessed and forgiven under the blood of Jesus. And one of those severe consequences is having your prayer life get completely shut down with God the Father.
The Bible once again could not make things any more clear. God the Father will simply not be hearing any of your prayers or listening to anything you may have to say if you are not making some kind of concerted effort on your end to live a good and righteous life under the direction and guidance of the Holy Spirit.
For the most part, most Christians know how far they can push the envelope with God the Father. Through the convictions of the Holy Spirit, most Christians know where their boundary lines are set at with the Lord.
Tread past those boundary lines - and you could risk having God turn His face away from you and refuse to hear any of your prayers, petitions or requests. And if you can't get God to answer any of your prayers in this life - then you have just taken yourself right off of His playing field and you have now just been asked to sit on the bench in His dugout!
If any of you feel like your prayer life has stalled or has been stuck in neutral with the Lord for quite sometime - try asking God to show you if there are any blocks or hindrances by way of any sins or transgressions that may need to be dealt with. Be sensitive to anything that the Holy Spirit may want to bring up from your past.
Whatever the Lord may bring up for you that has to be dealt with - take each one of these problems and issues head on. If you don't, and you don't get these matters totally resolved with the Lord - then you will continue to stay stuck and grounded in your prayer life with Him.
And if your prayer life continues to stay stuck and grounded as a result of your refusal to pull out of certain sins and transgressions that He wants you to pull out of - then you will have just taken yourself right off of His major league playing field - and you will continue to stay seated on the bench in His dugout until you can agree to see and do things His way.
Some of God's people right now are in judgment with Him. When that happens - their calls and their walk with Him will completely shut down until they agree to repent and turn from the sins and transgressions they have been walking in.These verses are giving you major revelation in an area where many Christians have got themselves in trouble with the Lord.
I'll end this article with a word to the wise - God always knows best. Do things His way and your life and your walk with Him will become much easier.
Do things your way - and you will eventually end up becoming a train wreck just waiting to crash and burn. The choice is yours.
How to Release God’s Healing ON OTHERS Power Through Prayer
IF YOU BEGIN TO PRAY FOR THE SICK AS OUTLINED BELOW, YOU TOO WILL BEGIN TO SEE JESUS HEAL THE SICK THROUGH YOUR PRAYERS..(1 Ki 8:28 KJV) Yet have thou respect unto the prayer of thy servant, and to his supplication, O LORD my God, to hearken unto the cry and to the prayer, which thy servant prayeth before thee to day:(2 Chr 6:19 KJV) Have respect therefore to the prayer of thy servant, and to his supplication, O LORD my God, to hearken unto the cry and the prayer which thy servant prayeth before thee:(Psa 102:17 KJV) He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer.(Prov 15:8 KJV) The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.(Prov 15:29 KJV) The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.(James 5:15 KJV) And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.The Basics by Dr. Gary S. Greig Dr. Mark Virkler Rev. Frank Gaydos John G. Lake Ministries, Pennsylvania Healing Rooms Ministry DirectorTHE BASIC KEYS TO RELEASING THE LORD’S HEALING ANOINTING IN, ON OTHERS, OURSELVESBasics1) Focus on God, His word, his promises, Jesus, not on yourself or the others at all, do forget everything else, worship Him, God, Jesus alone...(Gen 20:17 KJV) So Abraham prayed unto God: and God healed Abimelech, and his wife, and his maidservants; and they bare children.Take the initial step.. start a ongoing relation with Jesus through your ongoing personal prayer, communication with God.It is not God's ability to heal others too that is the key issue but clearly our own personal lack of unpracticed faith, our own lack of prayer.. for we are firstly too secular, too worldly minded too often to be used spiritual by God. .(Eccl 3:11 KJV) He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.(Mat 6:24 KJV) No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.(Mark 3:27 KJV) No man can enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house.(Rev 3:8 KJV) I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.2) As an obedient, humble, faithful servant of God continually daily do Ask God by faith for the Holy Spirit’s power to be released, to see it, and do beforehand by faith thank God for it . Promise and give God all, all of the credit for the healings, miracles, works of God, do not take any, any of it for yourself, for it will be deadly for your own spirituality next if you do.. Pride still is a deadly sin.(Psa 51:17 KJV) The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.(Isa 8:15 KJV) And many among them shall stumble, and fall, and be broken, and be snared, and be taken.(Ezek 34:16 KJV) I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick: but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment(2 Cor 4:7 KJV) But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. 8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; 10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.(James 4:3 KJV) Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? 6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.3) Rely on the direct input from the Holy Spirit, listen to him before you do even next pray, Engage the Prayer-type that the Spirit leads you to pray..(John 5:19 KJV) Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.(John 15:5 KJV) I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.(2 Cor 13:8 KJV) For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.
4) Dipstick (Check personally for the full filling of the Oil of the Holy Spirit) and Remove the personal Blocks(1 John 1:9 KJV) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.The Confession of sins, restitution might be first required by the person being prayed for as well.(James 5:14 KJV) Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: 15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
5) Next do hold in your mind the detailed faith-picture of the person healed as given to you by God , and do not waver, do continue to thank God soley for it(James 1:6 KJV) But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. 7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. 8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.6) Differentiate between a miracle and a healing.. Miracles are instantaneously while Healing my have a time element.. but all healings, miracles too can be certified by medical doctors.7) By faith in God hold on to the healing recognizing that false symptoms counterfeit by the devil can come next instead and cause you to doubt, even to lose your healing.(John 5:14 KJV) Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.(John 5:15 KJV) The man departed, and told the Jews that it was Jesus, which had made him whole.(John 8:11 KJV) And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.Expanded Statement:
1) See Jesus transfigured in God’s light (Matt. 17:1-8), forget yourself, and worship Him in your spirit. (Bib. Found. sec. III-IV)
2) Ask for and see Jesus’ divine healing light and power radiating onto and into the person; see it focused on the infirmity, and thank the Lord that the anointing is being released and coming in. (Bib. Found. sec. III,VI-VII)3) Engage the prayer-type that the Spirit leads you to--petition, command, or pronouncement; if led by the Spirit to use command prayer, you may first command the pain to leave in Jesus’ name, then command the underlying disease to leave. (see Healing Prayer Outline)
4) Ask the person how they feel (better, same, worse), and remove any inner blocks or demonic influence, as the Lord leads you to. (see Healing Prayer Outline and Bib. Found. sec. IX-XI)
5) Hold in mind a detailed faith-picture of the person healed and say, "Thank you, Lord, that that is the way it is going to be, because your power is healing this person." (Bib. Found. sec. III, V)Releasing the Healing Anointing of Jesus in Prayer
Methods and procedures do not heal. Jesus does. But these are some points which help us draw near to Jesus and discern what He wants to do through us in prayer.1. FOCUS ON JESUS/ FORGET ABOUT EVERYTHING ELSE--Dial down, quiet yourself and tell the person being prayed for to dial down, quiet themselves and focus on Jesus who is always with us (Matt 28:20).
Tell the person just to receive and not to strive or pray themselves or pray in tongues, which tends to block the Holy Spirit from healing a person (Isa. 30:15 ""In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength"; Jesus had to take the blind man away from his friends when his friends "begged Jesus to touch him," (Mk. 8:22) suggesting emotionally intense fear-filled striving).
--With your mind’s-eye (eyes of your heart) see Jesus as He is described in His Transfiguration in Matt. 17:1-8—See Jesus’ face and clothes full of God’s brilliant light (Heb. 1:3), surrounded by the bright cloud of God’s Spirit. See Jesus’ light (His anointing and power) radiating onto you and into you. Keep your focus on Him (worship the Giver not the gifts) and praise Him in your spirit for His sacrifice on the cross for our sins, for His love and power.
--Keep your inner attention on Jesus always throughout the prayer time. Listen to any specific insights or guidance Jesus may speak or bring to mind for the prayer time or the person by tuning to the voice and vision of God (i.e. spontaneous thoughts and spontaneous pictures—for help learning to hear God’s voice, maybe go to http://www.cwgministries.org/Free-Christian-Books-and-Articles.htm and click on "The Four Keys to Hearing God’s Voice"). What is the Lord doing in this person’s life and what does He want to do through your prayers?
--Assume God will send healing unless He has shown you otherwise ("the prayer of faith will heal the sick person (Grk. fut. Indicative sosei "will heal" not "may heal" or "might heal...if it’s God’s will")" Jas. 5:15).--Keep your eyes OPEN so you don't miss the signs of the Holy Spirit's manifestations on the person.—some typical signs: eyelids fluttering, change in breathing, slight shaking, flush on skin, radiant sheen on the face, visible peace:
† Possible responses to the presence of God and the power of the Holy Spirit:1. Shaking or trembling (Exo. 19:16; Ps. 2:11; 96:9; 114:7; 119:120; I Chron. 16:30; Ezra 9:4; Ps. 2:11; 119:20; Isa. 66:5; Jer. 5:22; 23:9; Dan. 10:10-11; Mat. 28:4; Acts 7:32; Heb. 12:21).2. Falling over-- "resting" or "being slain" in the Spirit (I Kgs. 8:11; Ezek. 1:28; 3:23; Dan. 8:17-18; 10:9; Mat. 28:4; Lk. 9:32; Jn. 18:6; Acts 9:4 (26:14); I Cor. 14:25; Rev. 1:17).3. Intoxicated state of mind (Acts 2:4, 13, 15; Eph. 5:18; cf. I Sam. 1:12-17; I Sam. 19:23f.).4. Laughing, shouting, or crying (Gen. 17:1, 3, 17; Ezra 3:13; Neh. 8:9; 12:43; Ps. 126:2; Prov. 14:13)5. Feeling heat, energy (Mk. 5:30; cf. Col.1:29 energeia // dunamis ).6. Deep peace (Rom. 15:13; I Cor. 14:33), etc.7. Radiance on one’s face (Acts 2:3; 6:15 and 7:55; II Cor. 3:18 (and Exo. 34:29).
2. ASK FOR THE HOLY SPIRIT’S HEALING POWER TO BE FULLY RELEASED INTO THE PERSON
--Ask the Lord to release His power--"Jesus, please release the healing power and light of Your Holy Spirit on this person."/ "Come Holy Spirit, release your healing power and light on this person." (Ezek. 37:9 Hebrew bo’i haruakh "Come O (Holy) Spirit!" [Heb ruakh here clearly refers to the Holy Spirit, because in Ezek. 37:6 ruakh is translated in the Greek Septuagint as pneuma mou "My Spirit" referring to God’s Spirit and because of the allusion to creation by the Holy Spirit in Gen. 1:2]; "O Lord, I call to you; come quickly to me" Ps. 141:1; II Cor 3:17 "Now the Lord is the Spirit").
† The Holy Spirit is always with us (John 14:16-19; Psalm 139:7-10).
†† But He comes specially and manifests special anointing for special purposes (Luke 5:17 "the power of the Lord was present to heal" implying that there were times when the power of the Lord was not present; I Cor. 5:4 "When . . . the power of the Lord Jesus is present"; Isa. 55:6 "Seek the Lord while He may be found; call upon Him while He is near").
--WAIT--and this is hard--until you see signs of the Holy Spirit's presence on the person—often but not always eyelids fluttering, change in breathing, muscle spasm or rippling, shaking, flush on skin, radiant sheen on the face, visible peace, falling, laughing, crying ("And the power of the Lord was present for him to heal the sick" Luke 5:17; "Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him" Ps. 37:7)
--With your mind’s eye, see the healing power of Jesus as His radiant light entering the person’s body. Whether you perceive the anointing as warmth, tingling and electricity, as many do, or not, keep seeing in your mind’s-eye the anointing entering the person and going to the place of infirmity (while keeping your primary attention on Jesus), because unless there is a block of some sort (sin, unforgiveness, anxiety, fear, unbelief), the Lord’s anointing is really going into the person. Focus the healing anointing by asking Jesus to intensify His power and healing light in the spot of the infirmity and by seeing Jesus’ healing light penetrating and increasing in intensity in the exact location of the infirmity.--Thank the Lord as an expression of faith (Ps. 22:3-4; 50:23; 2 Chron. 20:21- 23, 27): "Lord, thank you that your healing light and power is going into this person and into the place of infirmity." Thank the Lord whether you feel or sense anything happening or not.
3. ENGAGE PRAYER AS THE SPIRIT LEADS—PETITION / COMMAND / PRONOUNCEMENT
--Pray as the Lord leads you to, with Petition/intercession to God and/or words from God spoken to a condition or demon or to the person (e.g. Mk. 1:25; 7:34; Luke 4:39; Jn. 11:41-43; Acts 28:8).--Petition/Intercession ("So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, 'Father, I thank you that you have heard me. . . ." Jn. 11:41; "His father was sick in bed, suffering from fever and dysentery. Paul went in to see him and, after prayer, placed his hands on him and healed him" Acts 28:8. --Command ("Be quiet! . . . Come out of him!" Mk. 1:25; "Be clean!" (to a leper) Mk. 1:41; "Get up!" (to a lame man) Mk. 2:11, Jn. 5:8, Acts 9:34; "Stretch out your hand" Mk. 3:5; "Get up" (to a dead person) Mk. 5:41, Lk. 7:14, Acts 9:40; Jesus spoke to a deaf man's ears, "Be opened!" Mk. 7:34; Jesus "rebuked the fever, and it left her" Lk. 4:39; "See again! (Grk. Anablepson)" (to a blind man) Lk. 18:42; "Lazarus, come forth!" Jn. 11:43; "Walk!" (to a lame man) Acts 3:6; "Stand up!" (to a lame man) Acts 14:10).--The Command prayer is the most frequent type of healing prayer in the Gospels and Acts, so expect the Lord to lead you to use the prayer of command a lot in healing prayer.
--Maybe First command the pain to leave the person: "Pain you leave this person’s body (arm, leg, heart, etc.) now! Obey the body and blood of Jesus! It is written, ‘By His wounds we are healed’ (Isa. 53:5; 1 Pet. 2:24), and we proclaim that by Jesus’ wounds this person’s body is healed in Jesus’ name."Don’t be afraid to command pain to leave more than once (Jesus had to pray for the blind man more than once in Mark 8:23, 25.) Usually it leaves after 2- 3 times of command prayer.
--Then command the underlying disease (cancer, arthritis, etc.) to leave the person—treat it like an intruder and tell it to leave and never return in Jesus’ name. Notice Jesus "rebuked" the fever in Lk 4:39 like He "rebuked" (same Greek word) demons elsewhere (Matt. 17:18; Luke 9:42; Mark 9:25 He rebuked the evil spirit: "You deaf and mute spirit . . . I command you, come out of him and never enter him again!").
--Pronouncement ("Woman, you are set free from your infirmity" Lk. 13:12; "Your faith has healed you" Lk. 18:42; "Take your mat and go home" Mat. 9:6; "Go . . . wash in the Pool of Siloam" Jn. 9:7; "’Go, show yourselves to the priests.’ And as they went, they were cleansed" Lk. 17:14).
4. DIPSTICK (CHECK THE OIL) & REMOVE ANY INNER BLOCKS
--Ask questions?? ("How are you feeling? Better? Worse?") during prayer to find out what the Holy Spirit is doing, for more information or redirection ("Do you see anything?" Jesus said to a blind man during prayer Mk. 8:23; Elijah sent his servant to the edge of Mt. Carmel seven times to see if the rain he was praying for had come yet, James 5:18 and I Kings 18:41-44).--Be sensitive to the Holy Spirit for insight about possible blocks to the Lord’s healing in the person’s life--e.g., unforgiveness, anxiety and worry, fear, unbelief, demonization, sinning which led to damaged emotions or damaged relationships, etc. (James 5:15-16 "The prayer of faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven; Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed"; Matt. 13:58 "And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith"; 1Cor. 11:29-30 "For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself. That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep [died]").
5. KEEP PRAYING AS THE LORD LEADS, PICTURING THE PERSON HEALED
--Hold a detailed picture in your mind of the person completely healed (Heb. 11:13 shows that faith-picturing is a key element of faith). Ask the Lord to give you a picture of the person healed as the Lord wants Him to be. Then hold that picture of the person in your mind as you thank the Lord that His power and healing anointing are accomplishing the healing: "Lord, thank you that this is the way this person is going to be healed, because that is your will for him. We thank you that your power is working this healing in him now and bless what you are doing in him."
6 BIBLICAL FOUNDATIONSI. Healing is Not Just "One of the Gifts"--Healing Shows Non-Christians and Christians God’s Power and Love. A careful study of the Gospels and Acts shows that one of the chief functions of healing in the New Testament is to accompany the preaching of the gospel and to show people God’s power and mercy. Healing is not just one of the gifts of the Spirit. In the New Testament, healing ministry is a primary tool alongside preaching God’s Kingdom to show those who don’t know God as well as God’s people the power of Jesus’ cross to forgive their sins and restore them to the life of God: Mat. 4:23; 9:35-36; 10:1, 7-8; 11:5; 12:15, 18; 15:30; 19:2 (cf. Mk. 10:1); 21:14 (cf. Lk. 21:37); Mk. 1: 38-39; 2:2, 11; 3:14-15; 6:12-13; 10:1 (cf. Mat. 19:2); Lk. 4:18; 5:17, 24; 6:6-11, 17-18; 7:22; 9:1-2; 10:9, 13; 13:10-13, 22, 32; 14:4, 7ff.; 21:37 (cf. Mat. 21:14); 16:15-18, 20; Jn. 3:2; 7:14-15, 21-23, 31, 38; 10:25, 32, 38; 12:37, 49; 14:10, 12; Acts 1:1; 2:22; 3:6, 12; 4:29-30; 5:12-16, 20-21, 28, 42; 6:8, 10; 8:4-7, 12; 9:17-18 (cf. 22:13), 34-35; 10:38; 14:3, 8-10, 15ff.; 15:12, 36; 18:5, 11 (cf. II Cor. 12:12; I Cor. 2:4-5); 19:8-12; Rom. 15:18-19; I Cor. 2:4- 5; 11:1; 12:1-11, 28-31; 14:22-25; II Cor. 12:12; Gal. 3:5; Phil. 4:9; I Thes. 1:5-6; Heb. 2:3-4; 6:1-2; Jas. 5:13-16.II. Embracing God's General and Specific Will concerning Healing Scripture clearly shows that as a general rule it is God's will to heal the sick. James 5:15 says "the prayer of faith will heal (Greek future indicative) the sick" not "the prayer of faith may or may not heal the sick." And the overall witness of the New Testament regarding God's attitude toward healing shows that God desires to heal. Any reader of the Gospels knows that God’s Son healed the sick. Acts and the Epistles show that the apostles and Early Church laity healed the sick (Stephen, Philip, Ananias, the Corinthians, Galatians, Jewish Christian churches, etc.; E.g., Acts 3:6, 12; 4:29-30; 5:12- 16, 20-21, 28, 42; 6:8, 10; 8:4-7, 12; 9:17-18 (cf. 22:13), 34-35; 14:3, 8-10, 15ff.; 15:12, 36; 18:5, 11(cf. II Cor. 12:12; I Cor. 2:4-5); 19:8-12. Rom. 15:18- 19; I Cor. 2:4-5; 11:1; 12:1-11, 28-31; II Cor. 12:12; Gal. 3:5; Phil. 4:9; I Thes. 1:5-6; Heb. 2:3-4; 6:1-2; Jas. 5:13-16.). God gave the church gifts of healing (I Cor. 12:9). As well, He commands the church to pray for the sick in James 5:14-16. So we know from all this evidence that as a rule, God desires to heal the sick. Scripture also makes it clear that in a minority of cases for various reasons the early church did not always see all the sick healed (2 Tim. 4:20; Phil. 2:26-27; 1 Tim. 5:23; Gal. 4:13-14). If we read about the prayer of faith that makes the sick person well in James 5:14-18, we find that the way that Elijah listened to God's immediate word and then prayed in 1 Kings 18, is an example of the prayer of faith that will make the sick person well. Elijah first heard the prophetic word of God in 1 Kings 18:1 that God was going to send rain, and then in 1 Kings 18:41-45 Elijah actually prayed for the rain that God said He was going to send. So the faith that heals the sick involves hearing what God wants to do in prayer for the sick person and praying that out over the sick person until we see the fullness of healing manifested in their body, just as Elijah prayed until he saw the rain finally begin to come.DIVINE HEALING TOOLBOXJAMES 5:14-18 1. Remove blockages by confessing your sins one to another (Jas. 5:14-18): Each person in the group (prayer ministers and person being prayed for) is to focus on Jesus with the eyes of your heart. Fix your eyes on Jesus and ask Him if there is anything that is blocking His healing power from flowing to you. Receive His response back by tuning to spontaneous thoughts and pictures (For help learning to hear God’s voice, go to http://www.cwgministries.org/Free-Christian-Books-and-Articles.htm and click on "The Four Keys to Hearing God’s Voice."). Make sure you are living a healthy lifestyle, which includes a nutritious diet, regular exercise, fasting/cleansing and stress-free living. Confess your sins based on what you receive. Learn to confess your sins moment by moment so you stand clean before the Lord. This group stance of humility and holiness releases God’s power.
2. The foundation for healing is entering God’s presence: The Lord said to one Christian colleague of Dr. Virkler’s, "First you must practice My presence. Then we'll talk. My presence is really more important than My words. The healing takes place while in My presence." Become Christ-conscious by worshipping Christ in your spirit. See Jesus transfigured in God’s light (Matt. 17:1-8). Ask for, see and release His healing power, which can be seen as light, and felt as heat and tingling. His power to heal is released through His presence.
3. Discover and deal with the root cause of the infirmity: Have the sick person, pray, "Holy Spirit, please show me the root cause of this sickness in my body." (His body, his memory and the Holy Spirit within him know exactly what the root of the sickness is.) Then instruct him to quiet himself and tune to the voice and vision of God (i.e., spontaneous thoughts and spontaneous pictures) and share with you what comes to him. Apply the appropriate prayer.
4. Assume three parts to healing prayer: (removing pain, casting out demons, restoring body parts) Speak to the pain to be removed. It is easy, builds faith once the person being prayed for feels some pain leave, and removes this distraction from the person being prayed for. Firmly command the specific afflicting demons to be loosed. Assume demons in most/all situations. Demons were frequently involved in the conditions Jesus healed, as is suggested by comparing the summary description in Mark 1:39 with the parallel summary statement of Matt. 4:23: Mark 1:39 "So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons." Matt. 4:23 "Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people." Speak lovingly and specifically to the damaged body parts to be restored to their normal function.
5. Receive divine revelation: As you see Jesus and watch His healing power and light pour into a person, ask Him to show you exactly what needs to be healed and how He wants to heal it. Receive His answer by tuning to spontaneous thoughts and pictures, and act in obedience on what He is telling you. Engage the prayer-type that the Spirit leads you to--petition, command, or pronouncement.
6. Team up for greater revelation: Two or three prayer ministers who are all open to God showing them any keys to removing blocks and sharing what they are receiving with the group which then acts upon it, will generally widen the reception of divine revelation and very quickly break the yoke of the infirmity, restoring the person to health.
7. Powerful prayers which detach demons: Person being prayed for and prayer counselors stay tuned to flow and act upon impressions to pray in any of the following ways:1. Forgiving anyone God brings to mind;2. Confessing any sins God brings to mind;3. Breaking generational sins and curses;4. Severing ungodly soul ties;5. Replacing negative beliefs;6. Renouncing inner vows; 7. Breaking word curses;8. Receiving inner healing through seeing visions of Jesus in the memory;
9. Casting out demons. All of these can be covered systematically with a "Contributing Strands Worksheet" found at www.cwgministries.org/Freebooks. htm and see Dr. Mark Virkler and Dr. Patti Virkler’s book, Prayers
that Heal the Heart (Bridge-Logos, 2001), for full discussion of these issues.
10 . Anoint with oil: Use oil that has been prayed over for an impartation of divine healing power (James 5:14-15).11. Intensify the flow of healing power by seeing: Ask for and see Jesus’ divine healing light and power radiating onto and into the person; see it focused on the infirmity, and thank the Lord that the anointing is being released and entering the body.12. Give a divine radiation treatment: Have a group of two to five people keep their hands (both hands – so an spiritual circuit is completed) on a sick person for 10-20 minutes releasing God’s power/light into him.
13. Get feedback regularly: Ask the person how he or she feels (better, same, worse), and respond as necessary. Learn again from your own personal past experiences too.
14. See it done: Hold in your mind a detailed faith-picture of the person healed and say, "Thank You, Lord. That is the way it is going to be, because Your power is healing this person.(1 Tim 5:22 KJV) Lay hands suddenly on no man,Additional Notes(1 Tim 5:22 KJV) Lay hands suddenly on no man,Some of the distorted preachers, even pentecostals do too often do teach that any Christian should not be sick at all and that we can always immediately claim our sickness healing by faith and God will always heal us. They seem too easily to forget that a temporary human sickness can temporary serve God's purposes. But also yet the Fundamentals Evangelcials too now also go overboard denying that any healing tend to exist today as well. Relatedly as Jesus himself had said this is not always the case.. sickness can exist for the glory of God too. But it is still always God will to deliver us from all evil, all sicknesses now too.. and how and when he God chooses to do so is his prerogative..Relatedly a too common Pentecostal Word Faith teaching is that it is solely, always your own personal fault for being sick. This false teaching of sin being the cause of all sickness can also be found in Hinduism as well. They teach that it is because of your own lack of faith and/or knowledge, unconfessed sins if you are sick or poor. This unloving, cruel and unbiblical teaching does not come from God but from Satan who distorted God's basic truths on healing. Can you imagine the gall of anyone, even a false elder, pastor, unlovingly trying to tell a person to their face that the reason their daughter sick is because of their lack of faith? or that God is punishing them of their own sin? Can you imagine the cruelty in telling a person bound to a wheelchair that if they had enough "faith" they would surely "Rise and be healed?" But what does the Bible say about it, teach.Most of the problem with the clear Christian teaching discrepancies on Healing and Sickness is due firstly to the real personal ignorance of what the Bible teaches even about Healing. Most Christian people wrongfully rely mainly on some famous preacher who is pro or con to healing and Not on God and his Word firstly. Many people have their mind made up beforehand anyway and are not honestly open to the subjects and they thus tend use out of context bible verses, the preachers quotations to try to suit, substantiate their own pet views.. they need to read these verses..(Mat 8:7 KJV) And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him.(Mat 10:1 KJV) And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.(Mat 10:8 KJV) Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.(Mat 12:10 KJV) And, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days? that they might accuse him.(Mat 13:15 KJV) For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.(Mark 3:2 KJV) And they watched him, whether he would heal him on the sabbath day; that they might accuse him.(Mark 3:15 KJV) And to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils:(Luke 4:18 KJV) The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,(Luke 7:3 KJV) And when he heard of Jesus, he sent unto him the elders of the Jews, beseeching him that he would come and heal his servant.(Luke 9:2 KJV) And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.(Luke 10:9 KJV) And heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.(Luke 14:3 KJV) And Jesus answering spake unto the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath day?(John 4:47 KJV) When he heard that Jesus was come out of Judaea into Galilee, he went unto him, and besought him that he would come down, and heal his son: for he was at the point of death.(Acts 4:30 KJV) By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.Just cause some preacher does not have the faith to heal, has never been used by God in healing does that now wrongfully mean the Holy spirit gift o healing has ceased? no! Of course not. So what if there any instances of believers in the Bible that asked God for a healing and were refused? Do we next make the false general statement wrongfully that God refuses all request for healing thus? Did Jesus automatically heal all those who came to him? no? or there were conditions to be met to be healed by Jesus in the New Testament too. Now what were the conditions of healing? And why were some refused their healings? just Unconfessed sins? Does the fact that a sickness may return nullify the first healing? No of course not.. I prayed for a person and he was healed.. years later the sickness return and I wanted to pray for them again but God said no, I will not hear your prayer, he is an unrepentant evil person. Are there any instances of believers in the Bible that remained sick or died from a sickness and does the death of any believer now supposedly nullify any possible healing of others? of course not! ? Is it not a fact that all healing are temporary anway for we all do die?
Now let us all look at the common quotation of Apostle Paul supposedly applicable on Healings "For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong," 2 Corinthians 12:8-10.It is agreed that the Apostle Paul had a thorn in the flesh that was particularly troublesome. Now was this thorn specifically a sickness and so what specific sickness? Partial Blindness? Why does God in his word define it as a "thorn", a specific abusive messenger of Satan, and not rather a specific sickness. Paul he had asked the Lord three times to take it the thorn, not to some it only means the supposed sickness away but God said, "no." So despite God's refusal to heal him? Paul rejoiced because of his infirmities? and where is such a reference in the Bible it is a sickness still?.. there is no such reference the bad preachers imply the thorn was a sickness cause it is convenient for them to do so.Here is the undeniable reality God rather promised the Apostle Paul that he would next suffer physically for Christ sake cause he persecuted Christians.. this suffering included the physical persecutions he received while preaching the Gospel. (Acts 9:15 KJV) But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:16 For I will show him how great things he must suffer for my name's sake. (1 Cor 4:11 KJV) Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwelling place; (1 Pet 2:20 KJV) For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. if you have doubts what it means to be buffeted see (Mat 26:67 KJV) Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others smote him with the palms of their hands,)"Ye know how through infirmity of the flesh I preached the gospel unto you at the first. And my temptation which was in my flesh ye despised not, nor rejected; but received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus," Galatians 4:13-14.
(2 Cor 4:7 KJV) But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. 8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; 10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. 11 For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.Now in the Old Testament King David said this about his own afflictions: "It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees...I know, O Lord, that your laws are righteous, and in faithfulness you have afflicted me," Psalm 119:71, 75. "The LORD hath chastened me sore: but he hath not given me over unto death," Psalm 118:18. "Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word," Psalm 119:67.The lying bad Preachers here too try to tell you this affliction was a sickness of David .Yet we have no mention at all in the Bible that these afflictions were any specific sickness, rather David clearly was persecuted by his son, and others.. and all as a direct result of his adulterous sin with Bathsheba and the murder by David of her husband now as well. What the preachers too do not know the Bible well enough to share the truth? it sure seems so.Let us all refer also to the case of Job and his sickness.. who said " Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD...Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? Curse God, and die. But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil (Calamity)? In all this did not Job sin with his lips...Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him," Job 1:21, 2:9-10, 13:15.Clearly note that Job was eventually healed and lived to an old age.. this is undeniable too. (Job 42:10 KJV) And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.(Job 42:11 KJV) Then came there unto him all his brethren, and all his sisters, and all they that had been of his acquaintance before, and did eat bread with him in his house: and they bemoaned him, and comforted him over all the evil that the LORD had brought upon him: every man also gave him a piece of money, and every one an earring of gold.(Job 42:12 KJV) So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses.(Job 42:16 KJV) After this lived Job an hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons' sons, even four generations.17 So Job died, being old and full of days.Some people are sick due to their own fault.. but not all persons. We need spiritual discernment on how to deal with the sick..(1 Cor 10:21 KJV) Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils.(1 Cor 11:29 KJV) For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.(James 5:14 KJV) Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: 15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.I rightfully suggest all person themselves now really go back to the Bible.. even on the subjects of healing and sickness.. I believe in going to see a doctor after we prayed about it.. still God has promised for his children he would do for them what the Doctors cannot do. WE as Christian operate also under a higher law than the earthly laws of medicine.(Eccl 3:11 KJV) He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.(1 John 2:15 KJV) Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.(Prov 23:4 KJV) Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom.(Prov 28:20 KJV) A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.(Prov 28:22 KJV) He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him.(Mat 6:24 KJV) No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.(1 Cor 16:22 KJV) If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha.(Mat 7:16 KJV) Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?(Mat 7:20 KJV) Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God. Phil. 1:11The perverse prosperity prostitutes, adulterers.It has been my too many years of personal experiences that the perverse prosperity prostitutes, adulterers, idolterers persons, who mainly tithe to get richer and not rather to help the poor persons, for they do generally as well despise the poor and needy persons, covet to be rich they can be found in both the secular and religious camps, and their behaviors tend to be very similar. Even the religious persons, the rather still carnal persons, the Judas followers, while they now even do profess to be moral good living persons still when it comes to making more money they clearly bend their rules on morality, ethics, honesty, and they will even cheat, lie steal to acquire more wealth... they mainly still also do see other people as slave objects, slaves that can be used to help them increase their personal acquisitions and they will cast out, sell out their poor relatives, relationships still too.. but they still will even profess to be good persons now too... and try to by their way into heaven.(Mat 25:34 KJV) Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: 36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. 37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? 38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? 39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? 40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. 41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: 42 For I was an hungered, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: 43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. 44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? 45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. 46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment:(James 2:1 KJV) My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons. 2 For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment; 3 And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool: 4 Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts? 5 Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him? 6 But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats? 7 Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called? 8 If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: 9 But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors. 10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. 11 For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law.(1 Tim 5:8 KJV) But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.(1 John 1:9 KJV) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.(Jer 2:20 KJV) For of old time I have broken thy yoke, and burst thy bands; and thou saidst, I will not transgress; when upon every high hill and under every green tree thou wanderest, playing the harlot.(Jer 3:6 KJV) The LORD said also unto me in the days of Josiah the king, Hast thou seen that which backsliding Israel hath done? she is gone up upon every high mountain and under every green tree, and there hath played the harlot.(Jer 3:13 KJV) Only acknowledge thine iniquity, that thou hast transgressed against the LORD thy God, and hast scattered thy ways to the strangers under every green tree, and ye have not obeyed my voice, saith the LORD.(Mat 23:37 KJV) O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!(Prov 23:5 KJV) Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.(Ezek 6:13 KJV) Then shall ye know that I am the LORD, when their slain men shall be among their idols round about their altars, upon every high hill, in all the tops of the mountains, and under every green tree, and under every thick oak, the place where they did offer sweet savour to all their idols.(Psa 35:13 KJV) But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer returned into mine own bosom.(Psa 69:13 KJV) But as for me, my prayer is unto thee, O LORD, in an acceptable time: O God, in the multitude of thy mercy hear me, in the truth of thy salvation.(Psa 9:9 KJV) The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. 10 And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee. 11 Sing praises to the LORD, which dwelleth in Zion: declare among the people his doings. 12 When he maketh inquisition for blood, he remembereth them: he forgetteth not the cry of the humble.(Psa 48:1 KJV) Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness. 2 Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King. 3 God is known in her palaces for a refuge.(Psa 62:5 KJV) My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him. 6 He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved. 7 In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. 8 Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah. 9 Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie: to be laid in the balance, they are altogether lighter than vanity. 10 Trust not in oppression, and become not vain in robbery: if riches increase, set not your heart upon them. 11 God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God. 12 Also unto thee, O Lord, belongeth mercy: for thou renderest to every man according to his work.(Psa 104:16 KJV) The trees of the LORD are full of sap; the cedars of Lebanon, which he hath planted; 17 Where the birds make their nests: as for the stork, the fir trees are her house. 18 The high hills are a refuge for the wild goats; and the rocks for the conies. 19 He appointed the moon for seasons: the sun knoweth his going down. 20 Thou makest darkness, and it is night: wherein all the beasts of the forest do creep forth. 21 The young lions roar after their prey, and seek their meat from God. 22 The sun ariseth, they gather themselves together, and lay them down in their dens. 23 Man goeth forth unto his work and to his labour until the evening. 24 O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.(Isa 25:1 KJV) O LORD, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth. 2 For thou hast made of a city an heap; of a defenced city a ruin: a palace of strangers to be no city; it shall never be built. 3 Therefore shall the strong people glorify thee, the city of the terrible nations shall fear thee. 4 For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall. 5 Thou shalt bring down the noise of strangers, as the heat in a dry place; even the heat with the shadow of a cloud: the branch of the terrible ones shall be brought low. 6 And in this mountain shall the LORD of hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined. 7 And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the veil that is spread over all nations. 8 He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken it. 9 And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation. 10 For in this mountain shall the hand of the LORD rest, and Moab shall be trodden down under him, even as straw is trodden down for the dunghill. 11 And he shall spread forth his hands in the midst of them, as he that swimmeth spreadeth forth his hands to swim: and he shall bring down their pride together with the spoils of their hands. 12 And the fortress of the high fort of thy walls shall he bring down, lay low, and bring to the ground, even to the dust.I have had some very dramatic, real VALID personal experiences with Healing.. they were mostly unexpected onesIt all started mostly when my 6 month daughter was diagnosed as being seriously ill, likely to die a vegetable within 3 years. I had no experiences in healings. I had also just gone to a new church, the Christian Missionary Alliance church, and I had read their church doctrines on healing. She was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, which is derived from two Greek words, hydro, meaning water, and cephalus, meaning head, and once was called "water on the brain." Hydrocephalus is the condition caused by the accumulation of an abnormally large amount of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the skull, or cranium. Normally, CSF flows continually from the interior cavities in the brain (ventricles) to the thin subarachnoid space that surrounds the brain and spinal chord. 1/10000 babies are born that way.My wife who was also a nurse was very very depressed about it.. so I suggested we separately read the Bible and ask God what to do about itGod next told us three things in our Bible reading-1 She our daughter was not sick for our sin, or our fault2: She will be healed God had needed her for his glory3: I now was to ask the local church elders to pray for her healing.(James 5:14 KJV) Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.When I approached the local Alliance Church pastor to have the elders to pray for my daughter he was hesitant, the local Church had really never done it before but eventually they agreed to come to our home two days later to pray for our daughterAbout 6 elders came and prayed for her and next day God had told me she was healed, but physically there was no evidence of it.. her head swelling had not gone down... that was what I was expecting to happen.. I was really expecting a miracle, not a gradual healing.I was dismayed next also that I got a phone call that two church elders who prayed for my daughter undeniably rather clearly got immiediately healed, one of a neck problem and one of an arm problem too.Next the local Shriner's children Hospital called and wanted us to bring our daughter for medical testing and surgery. When I prayed God had replied that the doctors had told me she was sick, and the doctors would tell me she was well. When we went to the Hospital, I told the attending nurse that my daughter was healed but she of copurse did not believe me. I als had told her no operation would be needed. On the next day at 8:30 am they took her for a brain scan, and hours later it became very quiet on the floor, the nurses were whispering. and 3 doctors dressed in white came to see me and my wife and said.. we have no explanation for it but she has healed herself, there will need no need for surgery and I can take her home the next day.My story did not end there, for the next day at 3:30 pm ,when my wife and I got in the family car to take our daughter home, and when I went to start the car, the gas accelerator got stuck and the car started to race down the street at rapidly accelerating speed on it's own. it was a dead end street too. And all I could do was cry Jesus help me.. and next the car stalled and stopped immediately.God told me that the devil was mad, mad that we had robbed him of a sick child and that he the devil was going to punish another child next, and that I was to pray for the child and the father. So I did right there I prayed for the unknown to me Child's protection and healing.We next took our daughter home and the doctors told us that she would have headaches for a few days cause of the medical testing, and you could see her in pain, her eyes were rolling.. but I said if God could heal her of brain problems he can deal with a headache and I prayed for my daughter immediately at home and clearly her headaches stopped.The next day we got a phone call that the visiting Church football evangelist daughter was born that day at the same Shriner's hopistal with the same sickness my daughter had, she had hydrocephalus and spinal Biff. The very next day I divinely met the same football player on the street on the way to work unexpectedly and we both went for coffee. I told him that God had told me that he God would hear my prayer and his daughter too would be healed.. even though he may not believe me.. and she evntually was too.It was not all personally rosy for me after my own daughter's healing for too many local Christian people got mad, jealous, bitter over the miraculous healing.. some even lied and said the devil healed her, and sadly eventually I had to leave this local church because of the too many unpleasantness. but a doctor in the same church was converted, he had recognized personally what sickness my daughter had being a doctor, and he next said only God could heal her and he accepted Jesus as his savior. And while God still heals the devil also still tries to rob it, to destroy it, to discredit it.. and he will even uses some professing Christians to do so.. sad isn't it.
(Psa 34:18 KJV) The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.
(Psa 51:17 KJV) The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
(Isa 57:15 KJV) For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
(Isa 66:2 KJV) For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.
(Isa 40:31 KJV) But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
(Luke 18:1 KJV) And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;
(Heb 13:5 KJV) Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.