Scripture For Today:
1 Corinthians 11:13
“Judge for yourselves: Is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head covered?”
What John Had to Say About Prayer pt 2
Yesterday, we started to look at what the Apostle John has to say about prayer. Today, I want to look at what John wrote about the teaching of Jesus in the Gospel of John, Chapter 15 and verse 7:
“If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, you shall ask what you will and it shall be done unto you.”
Notice what these words say. They correspond directly with what we read yesterday in First John 5:14-15:
“And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, he hears us; and if we know that he hears us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.”
In other words, if we know God hears our prayer and our petitions, then we can KNOW (which the Amplified Bible says, “We can have the assured confidence” that we HAVE the petition that we desired of Him.
I’ve taught on the “Prayer of Petition” before – extensively. I’m not going to launch out into a deep teaching on it again. Go back in the archives and look it up.
But, for those that may not have heard that teaching, or for those that need a refresher, let me just explain the concept to you…
First, to present a petition before God to have a particular need met, whether it is healing for you or a loved one; whether it concerns finances or employment or whatever, you must be VERY SPECIFIC.
This is not one of those “general prayers” that you pray during your prayer time.
You need to go about it like a lawyer presenting a case before a judge in court. In fact, you are presenting your case before the Great Judge. God Himself. Amen!
Just as a lawyer would take hours to prepare a case that he or she would present before the Supreme Court of the land, you should take your time and prepare your prayer of petition.
That means looking up EVERY scripture that has anything at all to do with your situation. Every single scripture. Write them down, by hand (not on the computer).
Why? Because by writing them each by hand, you must mentally read and then write the scripture out. This reinforces the scripture in your mind.
Then, you write out your “petition.” What are you asking God for? What is it you want Him to do? What is the “ruling” you want Him to issue in regards to your petition?
You then state your case in a summary statement right up front. Maybe something similar to:
“Father God, I request you heal my body of this (cancer or whatever it is). I know you have healed others in the past that have had the same thing. I know you honor your Word. In fact, there have been other cases in which you have issued this type of ruling from your Word.
In the following situations, your Word says: (and then you list every single instance and scripture reference you found in your research).
Then, finish it off by saying, I pray all of this IN THE NAME OF JESUS.
That is a quick summary of the Prayer of Petition. Do not rush this. It may take you a week to write it out. It may take you an hour or more to pray. That’s OK. That’s the way it should be!
Now, I want to pray for you…
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