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"Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened." (Matthew 7:7, 8)

Prayer is powerful, prayer is decisive, and in fact prayer is necessary. Prayer unfortunately, is understood by many to be a highly complicated or sophisticated technique of getting the Almighty to hear us. This is not so however! Prayer is letting God know what’s on your mind. Prayer is asking God for something you want or need. Prayer is thanking God for His mercy, forgiveness and unconditional love. In other words, prayer is simply communication with God.

Prayer does not need to be full of complicated language for God to listen. You do not have to pray like: “Oh omniscient, omnipresent Master of the universe. May your humble servant ask for but a moment of thine most valuable time?”

God hears every one of our prayers and is quick to answer those who are obedient to His Word; the righteous. : “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” (John 15:7)

God’s desire is to have a personal relationship with each and every one of us. God loves us so much that He wants our relationship with Him to be eternal! (See John 3:16) It is God’s desire to take care of His children. God doesn’t want us to rely on the world’s system for anything. When we need something He always wants us to look to Him. He wants us to rely on the prayer system; the faith system. God wants to be the provider in every area of our life. Food, clothes, shelter, money, protection, healing, whatever our need may be, He wants to be the source of our supply.

In the Bible God has promised believers He would meet their every need. He has given us His Word and “God is not a man, that he should lie…” (Numbers 23:19) God is not a man, nor does He think like a man, nor does He act like a man, nor does He break His promises. God is not a liar, God is not unjust; God’s Word is concrete, tangible, trustworthy and complete. God is our Heavenly Father, He is our rock, He is our refuge, He is our Savior and He is our provider!

God has given us definite promises in the Bible however they are all based upon our covenant with Him. When we accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior we entered into a covenant relationship with God. A covenant, in our situation, is an agreement between God and us in which God makes certain promises and in return requires certain behavior for their fulfillment. We must understand that all covenant promises are conditional; they are based on our actions.

To best illustrate what I’m saying let’s look at Joshua 1:8, 9: “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” Now notice what God is saying there: “once you fulfill what I say, then you will be prosperous and have success.”

Prayer, in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and faith are the tools God has given us to bring our covenant promises to manifestation. Prayer, faith and obedience to the Word however are the completion of our covenant responsibilities. To maintain our end of the covenant we have with God, we must always seek the Kingdom of God first, and let obedience to His Word rule and rein in our hearts and lives. If you are obedient to the Word of God first, then faith and prayer will automatically be an indispensable part of your life. Prayer however can exist without obedience. So can faith to certain degrees.

Obedience to God however cannot exist without faith and prayer therefore “… seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things (food, clothes, shelter, money, protection, healing; the things we seek in prayer) shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33)

As I said before prayer is simply communication with God. There is however a right and wrong way to pray. Whenever you go to God in prayer, go to Him in the name of His Son Jesus, for Jesus said: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.” (John 16:23, 24) Jesus is the only intercessor between us and God the Father.

All prayer must be in faith, unwavering faith; this is crucial. When we go to the Lord in prayer we must ask of Him “…in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.” (James 1:6-8)

Many Christian today believe that we must have great amounts of faith in order for our prayers to be answered. They believe without this enormous faith they will receive nothing from God. This is not what Jesus taught however. In fact He taught the opposite.

Let’s look to the Bible and see what Jesus has to say about faith: "…If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you." (Matthew 17:20) Notice that Jesus says the faith we need is comparable to a grain of mustard seed! A mustard seed is tiny. Jesus chose to illustrate His point with a mustard seed not only because of its size however. A mustard seed does not cross-pollinate. You cannot “contaminate” a mustard seed; cross pollination will not work. In other words our faith is to remain unwavering or uncontaminated. Fear contaminates faith; tolerating fear will pollute and destroy your faith if you let it. Fear is not of God, but of the devil. (See 2 Timothy1:7) Fear is something to be resisted and rebuked in the name of Jesus. Fear is sin.

Simply put, faith filled prayers are successful prayers. Fear based prayers are disastrous prayers. Never pray out of fear. Fear is having faith in satan’s ability to destroy.

When in prayer, avoid vain repetition. Matthew 6:7 explains: “But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.” Avoid praying vain repetitious prayers every day and night. A vain repetitious prayer is a prayer that truly does not have your heart in it. Memorized prayers like the Lord’s Prayer are not in vain if you’re praying in sincerity! Any prayer that your heart is not in is in vain. Vain repetitious prayers are like automated messages, and sending an automated message to God is not the communication He wants from us. If you keep sending God automated messages, you’ll just start getting His answering machine, and He won’t return your calls.

The Keys to successful prayer:

Faith: “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” (Mark 11:24)

And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.” (Isaiah 65:24)

Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.” (Matthew 6:8) We must first, before we even pray, believe that God can do what we’re asking of Him. God knows our needs, and truly desires to bless us. Prayer can simply be telling God you’re faithfully trusting in Him. Faith comes by the Word, and is a necessary ingredient for a successful prayer life. Without faith your prayers will be in vain.

Righteousness: “The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.” Keeping ourselves from sin is another ingredient for a successful prayer life. It’s true that God will sometimes answer the prayers of even the ungodly, however we are not looking for an few answered prayers here and there. We want a continual supply line of blessings and fulfilled covenant promises!

In His Name: “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.” (John 14:13, 14) Jesus has given us the authority of His name, and through His name all things are possible unto us!

Meekness: “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.” (James 5:16) Humble yourselves before others; share your hardships and faults, so that others may benefit from your experiences. Understand that you are no better then them and they no better than you, but we are all better then we used to be because of that which Christ has done for us. Pray for others and do good to them; obey the Lord, so that His Word will be fulfilled in you and others will do to you as you have done to them.

In Secret: “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.” (Matthew 6:6) Do not make a show of prayer for the glory of others. When you pray, pray in sincerity, enquiring of the Lord and you will be heard.

Friends, God is our commander and chief and we need to be in constant communication with Him. We need to enquire of Him before making any moves in our lives, whether they are great or small. Sometimes what seems like a small insignificant decision can have great consequences. Take up the shield of faith and stay rooted and grounded in God’s Word. Put off sin once and for all and open the spiritual supply line that God has prepared for those who love and serve Him.

Fulfill your end of the covenant, and I guarantee you, God will be faithful to fulfill His. I pray, as always, in the name of our redeemer Jesus Christ that you open your heart to this message and seek a closer relationship with God, if you haven’t already. A relationship filled with renewed faith, which is maintained by perfected prayer and continual obedience to His Word; the covenant relationship the Lord intended us to have with him. Amen.

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