Successful prayer is according to God’s revealed will
Faith begins with the revelation of God’s will. He reveals His will in the written Word. God has bound himself like a prisoner to His Word. The Word is the expression of God’s essence. He is absolutely faithful to what He has promised.
You should not be interested in desiring what God does not want for your life. As you search the Word, under the direction of the Holy Spirit, you will discover whether your desires should be abandoned or if they are worthy of being transformed into objects of prayer.
Without the foundation of God’s Word, it is impossible to pray in faith. However, the knowledge of the God’s will, revealed in His Word, will give you the certainty that your request will be answered (1 John 5:14). The knowledge of God’s promises related to your desire, will awaken and feed your faith (Romans 10:11). God has given us the promises of his Word as safeguarding weapons against the attacks of Satan while we wait for the manifestation of his answers to our requests (Luke 4:-12).
Prayers based on God’s Word
The Bible has many examples of requests to God based on His promises. Note the following examples:
David prayed for his household so that it would be stable and endure forever. God’s Word supported this prayer. The prophet Nathan transmitted the promises of the Father to him and He prayed according to them (1 Chronicles 17:23; 26; 27).
At the dedication of the temple, Solomon presented his requests according to the promises of God (2 Chronicles 6:14-17).
When the enemy troops threatened Jehoshaphat, he went to the house of the Lord and cried according to the promise (2 Chronicles 20:6-12).
Examples of needs and the respective promises of their fulfillment
- Needs of an appointment (Philippians 4:19)
- Prosperity (Daniel 28)
- Health (Isaiah 53:4; 1 Peter 2:24)
For each request that we make to God we must have a biblical passage that supports it. No one presents a request before a court of law without first invoking the support of a law. In the same way, our requests before the throne must have the support of the written Word of God, the Bible, which is the Constitution of the Kingdom.
Successful prayer clearly reminds God of his promises
If you already know what you want from the Father and you have verified that it is something that He has promised in His Word, all that is lacking is that you present your case before Him, by way of a request. The Word encourages us not to be anxious about anything but to make our requests known before Him.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. (Philippians 4:6).
God gave us the right to make petition as the way to satisfy our needs as His children.
- Ask and you shall receive. (Matthew 7:7)
- For everyone that asks receives. (Matthew 7:8)
- Ask and you shall receive. (John 16:24)
- You have not because you ask not. (James 4:2)
- How much more will your heavenly father give good things to those who ask him? (Matthew 7:11)
- And everything you ask in prayer believing you shall receive (Matthew 21:22)
- How much more will your heavenly father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him (Luke 11:13)
- If you ask me anything in my name I will do it. (John 14:14)
The high priestly prayer of Jesus in John 17 is full of requests to the Father. He asked:
- For himself: “glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was” (Verse 5).
- For the unity of His disciples: “I pray for them, that they may be one as we are” (Verse 9; 11).
- For his disciple’s joy: “that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves” (Verse 13).
- For his disciple’s protection: “I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one” (Verse 15).
- For his disciple’s sanctification: “sanctify them in the truth” (verse 17).
- For results of his disciple’s work: “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word;” (verse 20)
- For his disciple’s spiritual unity: “that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me” (verse 21).
- For his disciple’s participation in His glory: “may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me” (verse 24).
Successful prayer and Word based petition
When we pray we must believe that God has answered our request and the answer is already on the way. Faith has the faithfulness of God and His Word as its foundation (Numbers 23:19). Faith is a precursor of all answered prayer. It is a bold confidence in God, an anticipated certainty of the miracle that will come (Mark 11:23, 24).
True faith is that which appropriates the promises in the kingdom of the spirit before they manifest themselves before our eyes (Hebrews 11:1; 6). The only prayer that God hears is that which we offer in faith. The limit of what one can reach through prayer lies in each person’s faith. A person’s prayer life will be just as strong as the faith that he or she has in the person of God (Matthew 17:20; Mark 9:23; James 5:15). What is it like to grow in a stronger faith?
- Remember that each person has a measure of faith (Romans 12:3).
- Study God’s Word (Romans 10:17), because faith is based on God’s promises. To the extent that we become familiar with God’s nature as revealed in the Bible, our faith will be developed (John 15:7).
- Submit yourself completely to the leadership of the Holy Spirit and God’s will. The Spirit interprets the word in our hearts.
- Act according to the measure of faith that you have.
Things to avoid for successful prayer
- Do not force yourself to believe; simply act in accordance with God’s Word.
- Do not be double minded in such a way that one moment you confess: “Yes He heard my prayer. I am healed!”, Or “I have the money.”, or even “I got the job”, and then at another time begin to question how all of this will happen or what needs to happen so that you can reach these goals. Your last confession will destroy your first. A wrong confession destroys the prayer of faith.
- Do not trust in the faith of other people, have your own faith. In the same way that you have your own clothes, you should have your own faith. Act according to the Word on your own.
- Do not speak in unbelief. Never admit that you are a “doubting Thomas” because this is an insult to the Father.
- Do not speak about sicknesses and problems.
- Never speak of failure. Speak about the Word, its absolute integrity and about your confidence in it. Speak of your readiness to act according to the Word and stick with your confession of faith.
Successful prayer principles for reflection
- You cannot build up your faith without practicing the Word.
- You cannot develop a prayer life that is nothing more than words, unless God’s Word plays a real part in your life.
- If you live the Word, you will practice the Word.
- You may be a Bible teacher, you may know the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, but this does not mean that you walk by faith. Do not live in the kingdom of feelings. Rather live out the Word according to the size of your faith. My prayer life only has value to the extent that the word on my lips are alive. Moreover, it only lives if I practice it (James 1:23, 24).
Successful prayer is offered by practicing believers
- The practicing believer is a new creature in Christ
- The practicing believer is a member of Christ’s body, a child of God with a legal position and divine ability operating in a mortal body
- The practicing believer has open access to appear before the throne at all times
- The practicing believer possesses God’s justice, which enables him to present himself in the Father’s presence with the same freedom that Jesus had.
- The practicing believer is a doer of God’s Word: the real secret to a life of prayer.
Characteristics of a non-practicing believer
- The non-practicing believer lives as a common person. When facing a crisis the non-practicing believer seeks out someone who can believe for him.
- The non-practicing believer offers prayers that are little more than empty words when they could have been full of faith, born of real fellowship with the Father.
- The non-practicing believer is a negligent hearer that confesses God but does not walk in the Word.