Press on in prayer verbally confessing God heard your request
We determine our faith or belief by our confession. Few people perceive the effect that the spoken word has over their own heart and over the adversary. The enemy hears our conversations and apparently never forgets them, while we descend to the level of our confession. The Word only becomes real when we confess its reality.
“Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.” (Hebrews 4:14).
We express our faith by the confession of our lips (Romans 10:9, 10). Whatever the lips speak should agree with the faith of the heart. Words contrary to the promise destroy and neutralize the prayer. Words are seeds, but words that we confess are seeds that we have planted. Repeated confession is analogous to watered seeds. We must water the seeds of faith with the confession of the promise.
Your confidence is not on the prayers of other people, but on the unchangeable and indestructible Word of God. Therefore, refuse to permit your lips to destroy the effectiveness of the Word. Guard your confession well, even though it seems to human eyes that God has not answered your prayers.
Press on in prayer rejecting all doubt that attacks your mind
Allow each thought, each image and desire to affirm that you have what you asked for. Do not look to the circumstances, to the symptoms, but fix your sight on the Word and this will keep the doubt away. Between your request and the effective manifestation of the answer, there is a time that may be more or less prolonged. During this period, Satan will try to cast doubts upon your mind. It becomes necessary to maintain a firm attitude so as not to accept them but to keep the faith.
Doubt is a thief that steals the blessings of God. It is the number one enemy of faith (Matthew 14:24-31). Doubt hinders answers to prayer. It is the mother of defeat (James 1:6-8). When we doubt the Word of God, we believe something contrary to it. To doubt the Word is to doubt God himself.
Any substitute to faith in God and His promise destroys the life of faith; destroys prayers and brings the burdens back. Doubt and faith cannot remain together. If one comes in through the door, the other leaves through the window.
Press on in prayer overcoming doubt
- Maintain control over your mind. Doubt operates on the level of the mind; the Word of God and faith operate on the level of the spirit. It is therefore necessary to use the available weapons to overcome thoughts of doubt (2 Corinthians 10:3-5). Be ready to refuse any thought or image contrary to your prayer. Control your thoughts in accordance to Philippians 4:6-9.
- Use the promises of God as weapons against the attacks of doubt. The Word of God confessed with authority and faith keeps the enemy away (Matthew 4:1-11).
- Concentrate on the faithfulness of God and His Word. This strengthens faith and pushes doubt out of the way. Our faith is founded on that which God is (Romans 4:19-21). It is your assurance in the Word of God that guarantees the victory against the attacks of doubt.
Press on in prayer meditating on what God has promised
My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart; Proverbs 4:20, 21
When God fulfills His promises before our eyes, we exchange the image of the problem for the image of the promise. This is fundamental. We attain our victories or defeats first in our mind. The circumstances that surround us will try to impose their images. However, if the Word of God is before our eyes it will compose images of the promises that will overcome. We feed these images by meditating on the promises that serve as the basis for our prayer. We meditate and ruminate when we pass the Word through our mind repeatedly and absorb all of the spiritual nutrients from it. It is to have a promise present and living in the memory. Through meditation, we internalize the promise and thus we assure the certainty of its manifestation (Judges 1:8). Meditation favors the permanence of the Word, which is a condition for the answer to prayer (John 15:7).
We demonstrate our love for the Word through actively meditating on it. The psalmist exclaimed how he loved the law and how it was his meditation day and night (Psalm 119:97 148; Psalm 1:2). The constant meditation on the Word generates images within us of the abundant promises of who we are in Christ. This ensures that when we have a specific need we will readily offer a prayer in accordance with divine principles. Through meditation, God warms our heart and nourishes our faith:
“My heart was hot within me; while I was musing, the fire burned. Then I spoke with my tongue:” (Psalm 39:3).
Meditating on the Word leads us to a greater knowledge and intimacy with God because the basis of faithfulness in the fulfillment of the promise resides in the person of God:
When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches. (Psalm 63:6).
If I know God then I know that His promises are faithful and true. To meditate on the Word requires a firm decision. It is a question of choice and discipline (Psalm 119:11; 27; 48; 78; 145:5). The habit of meditating on the Word makes us wise and gives us the knowledge of the ways of God:
“I have more understanding than all my teachers, For Your testimonies are my meditation” (Psalm 119:99).
Press on in prayer thanking God before you see the answer
You must not wait for the manifestation in order to give thanks. Give thanks immediately because your conviction is that God is faithful to His Word and materialization of the answer is just a matter of time. Praise is an expression of faith in God based on the promises of God. However, praise also strengthens faith (Romans 4:20). Praise must accompany prayers (Philippians 4:6, 7). Every petition must be marked with thanksgiving.
Praise for the answer to prayer before seeing its manifestation liberates the operation of the power of God. Jesus before the open tomb of Lazarus said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard Me.” (John 11:41). Lazarus was soon outside of the tomb, alive. The thankful heart that waits for the physical manifestation of God’s answer with praise and thanksgiving enters into the rest of faith.