by: Creflo Dollar
Prayer is the ability to communicate on a personal level with your heavenly Father. Unfortunately, people have allowed traditional teaching on the subject to rob them of the blessings produced by praying according to God’s Word. There are those who believe that God hears and answers any kind of prayer. I have even heard people say that they can simply speak to God as though they are talking to a friend or relative. While you can talk to God as you would your best friend, you must pray according to His will. This simply means praying what is written in God’s Word.
In order to receive answers to your prayers, it is important to make sure that you are praying what God has already said. In other words, you must speak His language. When you pray, don’t make the mistake of dwelling on the problem and spending most of your time telling God what’s not going right in your life; He knows what you are going through. The best thing to do is search the scriptures and pray the solution He’s already provided in the Bible.
For example, if you’re suffering from a sickness, don’t confess that you’re sick by saying, “I’m sick.” Instead, confess your healing by saying to yourself and others, “According to Isaiah 53:5, by His stripes I am healed.” When speaking directly to God, make it personal by praying, “Lord, Your Word says, ‘[Christ] was wounded for [my] transgressions, He was bruised for [my] iniquities: the chastisement of [my] peace was upon Him; and with his stripes [I am] healed.’ Therefore I believe I’ve received my healing in Jesus’ Name!” This prayer will get results when it is spoken in faith.
Also, you must enter prayer believing that everything you are seeking from God—healing, salvation, eternal life, deliverance and prosperity—have already been given to you through the authority of the name of Jesus. John 16:23 in the Amplified Bible says:
And when that time comes, you will ask nothing of Me [you will need to ask Me no questions]. I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, that My Father will grant you whatever you ask in My name [as presenting all that I am].
If you are a Christian, Jesus has given you the right to use His name to make requests of the Father. The name of Jesus is your “claim ticket” to the promises of God. Just like the claim ticket you receive to pick up your item when you make a purchase at certain stores, it gives you access to the Father’s blessings. In the name of Jesus, you can go boldly to the throne of grace and obtain all that Jesus has already purchased for you as a result of His death, burial and resurrection.
When you endorse your prayers with the name of Jesus, the Father responds to you in the same way that He responds to His Son. Every prayer Jesus prayed was answered! You too can have every prayer answered by believing in the authority of the name of Jesus. Make a decision today that you will never end a prayer without first obtaining your claim ticket—the name of Jesus!
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