Prayer is not a magic formula. Prayer is conscious, concerted, confident conversation with the King of the Universe, the Creator of All, The Omnipotent God. Jesus instructs us that all the inheritance of God has been placed in His hands and we are to take that inheritance in Him and use it for good. Prayer is a distributor of the good inheritance of Jesus, the Christ.
John 15: 12 “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. 13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14 He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. 15 All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.
In my lifetime, I have written thousands of notes and messages on prayer. It is the channel of God’s delivery. It is the power He uses to change us and conform us to His mindset. When we live in the mindset of God, our lives change immediately. Out of the abundance of our heart and thinking come the words and actions of our lives. Change the heart, change the words and action. Change the words and action, change the results.
Make a decision to get what you need from God and His manners and motions. Quit looking to your own wisdom and actions to give you results. Trust in Him with all your heart and you will gain understanding and effectiveness. He will cause what you do to succeed beyond your simple ability.
The first part:
I will get what I need from God. I will give what I get to others. I will meet with God on His terms with His people. I will get what I need from God.
E.M. Bounds – “God has of his own motion placed himself under the law of prayer, and has obligated himself to answer the prayers of men. He has ordained prayer as a means whereby he will do things through men as they pray, which he would not otherwise do. If prayer puts God to work on earth, then, by the same token, prayerlessness rules God out of the world’s affairs, and prevents him from working. The driving power, the conquering force in God’s cause is God himself. ‘Call on me and I will answer thee and who thee great and mighty things which though knowest not,’ is God’s challenge to prayer. Prayer puts God in full force into God’s work.” [E.M. Bounds “The Weapon of Prayer” Chap. 2]
Faith is assertive. Express your faith with confidence.
Align your life with His life. In His path, there is full supply.
There is a time to declare, “Enough”. There is a time to stand your ground and refuse to be moved.
Take that step. Stand at His throne with confident expectation.
As a young manager, I worked for a large corporation. Over 25,000 employees worked alongside me. The company hit a snag in profitable growth. During that snag, all increase in salary froze. No one could get a raise. I prayed. I placed my situations in the hands of the God of Situations. My manager came to me with a 25% increase in pay. I did not have to ask him. I did not have to plead with him. He came to me. The Lord of Life is the Lord of money. The Lord of Creation is the Lord of growth. I will get what I need from God.
Hebrews 4:16 (NKJV) 16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Ephesians 6: 10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,[c] against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Discussion Questions For You and Your Group:
- Why are we more comfortable trusting in a company and their rules to take care of our wages instead of trusting in God to take care of our wages?
- Easier to understand?
- Other people talk about it?
- Something else?
- What does it take to move us out of our comfort zone and trusting what we know and into the limitless zone of God’s supply?
- A disaster?
- An issue that is impossible without Him?
- When will you begin to trust God to be your supply instead of your understanding?
- What can you place in His hands today as a matter of believing prayer that will start a new life of faith and trust in Him?
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