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Chapter 1 You will receive answers to prayer!

I’m not going to tell you that you will get everything you want through prayer.

No, I’m going to tell you about something even better. You will get everything

God wants for you through prayer because God wants the best for you. He

wants even better things for you than you do. God loves you much more than

you love yourself and wants you to have joy and peace even more than you do.

You will get everything you want through prayer if it is God’s will and you have

faith.

Yes, it’s true: You will experience powerful answers to prayer if you use the

guidelines for prayer found in the Bible. We’ll explore these guidelines as

we travel this prayer journey together. It is said we use less than 10% of our

brainpower; but I think it’s very safe to say that most Christians use less than

10% of their prayer power. I have been in many churches across the United

States and I find that most people don’t understand the power of prayer. Why

is it that some churches see remarkable answers to prayer and others do not?

Perhaps you know some Christians who have very powerful prayer lives. Yet

others, who seem to be “good Christians”, do not. Those believers with powerful

prayer lives have learned and practice what the Bible says about how to have a

powerful prayer life. After you read this book, you’ll know the secret, too.

God doesn’t want powerful prayer to be a secret. He wants your prayers to

be powerful and He wants you to experience good things as a result of those

prayers. I believe with all my heart that God put us here on earth for a reason.

The reason is to glorify God and to love him. Hebrews 11:6 tells us: “And

without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to

him must believe that he exists and that he rewards (my emphasis) those

who earnestly seek him.” We glorify God and please Him when we seek Him

through prayer. But to really glorify Him, we need powerful prayer.

Our journey toward a powerful prayer life begins with faith. In Matthew, we

read, “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” (Matthew

21:22). But you might ask, how do I have faith, how can I really believe

God will give me what I ask for? Or perhaps you’re asking, why don’t we

get everything we ask for immediately? Those questions will be specifically

answered in the chapters that follow; but as we begin, let’s take a look at the

faith that is required for powerful prayer.

Faith is more than just belief. It involves hope and love. The apostle Paul said

“these three things remain: faith, hope and love and the greatest of these is

love.” Love is incredibly important and it is what God wants from us. We will

never have a powerful prayer life if we do not truly love God. Our faith in God

must be firmly rooted in our love for Him.

If you get a Bible concordance and look up any word, it will show you many

places in the Bible where that word is used. Try looking up the word “prayer”

in a concordance and read each passage. Look up the word “faith,” “belief,”

and other words that are involved with powerful prayers. It is amazing to see

how these ideas are explained in the New Testament Gospels and throughout

the entire Bible. When you see all the verses on “belief,” it gives you a new

perspective of the concept of belief. I did this with many of the words associated

with prayer. I was amazed at the new perspective it gave me and the power of

the thread of ideas that were woven through the first four gospels .

The Bible verses in the preface of this book are not just fun ideas, they are

law. We are familiar with the law of gravity and we can never break it.. We can

design airplanes that produce lift by the shape of their wings and in so doing fly

through the air. But even airplanes can’t break the law of gravity. If the airplane

runs out of fuel it would slow down, the air rushing over the wing would not

provide lift, and the airplane would fall. In the same way, these Bible verses

about prayer are laws set in stone.. It is impossible for them to fail. If you latch

on to the promises and work hard, you will not fail to accomplish the goal the

verses promise. But it takes faith and persistence.

When I was a teenager I read a book by Arnold Schwarzenegger about weight

lifting. I don’t know if Arnold was a Christian, but he believed in the power

of faith. He said it was very important to visualize your muscles becoming

larger if you really wanted them to grow. I find that many of the people who

are outstanding in their field understand this concept. They understand how

important it is to visualize goals as is if they have already come about.

At the time I read Arnold’s book he was not very famous. Outside of the “body

building world,” most people had never heard of him. The only movie he had

done was a documentary. In the book he said that his goal was to come to the

United States and become a famous actor. I had a very difficult time believing

this would be possible since I had never heard of any body builders becoming

famous actors. His goal seemed a little bit too lofty to be believable. But, as we

all know, he did it and accomplished his goal. He said that many people did not

understand his goals and dreams. In other words they thought he was crazy

because he dreamed so big. Not only did I think it would be unlikely for him to

become a famous movie actor but if you had told me that he would someday be

the “Governator” of California, I wouldn’t have believed it.

And as I read Schwarzenegger’s book, I thought the idea of visualizing larger

muscles in order to get larger muscles seemed a bit silly. Now I realize it is not

silly at all. When you set your mind on a goal it is very important to visualize it

or to imagine it in your mind. Jesus talked about how powerful thoughts are.

He said to think lustfully is the same as doing sexual sin. If Jesus considered

thoughts this powerful, we should too. When you pray for something, picture it

in your mind as if it has already been given to you. This is faith. This is belief.

It seems that every person who accomplished big things in life understood the

power of faith. They understood th concept of imagining the goal as if it was

already achieved. Henry Ford, the man who revolutionized the auto industry

once said, “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, either way you are right.”

Thomas Edison had only a few months of formal education but he became one

of the best inventors the world has ever known. He was known for persistence

and not letting failures get him down. In fact, he considered failures to be

successes because each time he failed to find a way to build an electric light

bulb, it was moving him one step closer to his goal.

Winston Churchill said “Never, never, never give up.” He was a man familiar

with suffering. The difficulties he faced in life forged him in the crucible so that

he became tough enough to lead Great Britain through one of her most difficult

times—World War II.

Just as Schwarzenegger, Ford, Edison, and Churchill persisted in imagining

and reaching their goals, we must do the same in prayer. Many people don’t

get answers to their prayers because they give up too soon.

My friend Mitchell is an engineer and scientist at an aerospace company. I

received the following email from him about a dramatic change in his unborn

child’s brain after a group of Christians prayed for the baby: The findings of

this morning’s sonogram are good. First and foremost all praise be to God! God

is good all the time! Secondly, I want to thank you all for your prayers, your

continued prayers for our family, and for our unborn son. Most of you know of

the nature of our unborn sons condition but some of you may not. I will briefly

share with you what the healing hand of our God has done. Our son’s ventricles

in his brain were much too large because of pressure that was building on the

brain. The ventricles were measured to be 0.95 cm on the first sonogram when

the condition was found and were re-measured this morning at a text book

perfect level of 0.71 cm. Let this testimony of Gods healing hands and answer

to prayer be known to all! Thank you all again and may all the praise and glory

be to God!

You have enormous potential. Mitchell’s story shows how God wants to do

great things through His people. Paul tells us in Ephesians that you are God’s

workmanship created for good deeds which God planned in advance for you

to do. That word, “workmanship” means that you are a masterpiece created by

God to do good works. When you do good deeds to others, most of them in turn

will do good deeds to you.

Your first Prayer Exercise: Every day, repeat this verse ten times: Matthew

21:22 “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” There

will be other verses to memorize from the Bible in this book. Memorizing and

meditating on scripture is one of the most important parts of empowering your

prayer life. Pray for powerful prayers and faith. God WILL help you!

The great thing about the principals in the Bible for powerful prayer is that they

work for every Christian, every time! It never fails because they are promises

from God.

Just think, we can pray to overcome any sin and God will give us the power to

do it. He will help us overcome bad habits, overeating, destructive pleasures,

substance abuse, or any other addiction. Usually with the more difficult

addictions people need a support group or professional help along with prayer.

We know God will do it because it is His will that we don’t sin. What a blessing

this is! Think about having no chronic sin in your life and the destructive habits

that accompany it. You can be completely free.

Take a moment to read Psalm 1. It promises you success if you do certain

things. Why doesn’t everybody get success? Because they don’t accept it by

faith. Joshua 1:8 promises success if you do certain things, but again, it must

be accepted by faith. We must visualize it. We must imagine it. Jesus said

thoughts are powerful. Do you believe that is true? Let me share with you

some incidences in my life when powerful prayer greatly impacted me.

When I was in China, I was sitting on a metal chair playing a video game when

the telephone rang. I turned quickly and bumped my elbow against the steel

chair. The pain was intense because I hit the funny bone, but I thought the

problem would go away soon. The initial discomfort went away but there was

a painful tingling feeling that got worse as the days went by. With my elbow

still bothering me, I went to a conference in Hong Kong about the Holy Spirit.

There, someone was praying for the healing of the people in the audience. I

thought it was nice that people were praying, but I didn’t think it had anything to

do with my problem. Suddenly, I realized the tingling that had been constant in

my elbow was gone. My elbow was healed and the tingling never came back.

Prayer will work for you. You will discover that prayer is extremely powerful.

But first you must learn the basic principles for praying powerful prayers. The

two basic principles are:

1. ask in accordance with God’s will; and

2. have faith that He will answer your prayer.

If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer. It works all the

time, it works with every Christian and it never fails. That is God’s promise.

So, now that I have laid the basic groundwork, we can begin with the important

ideas of how to go about getting more faith and praying powerful prayers. We

discover in the next chapter how the acronym FAITH explains the basics of

powerful prayer.

Yes, you will have amazing answers to prayer! See the books.

Health

Brad Stanton —  September 24, 2014 — 3 Comments

?????????????Bo Sanchez writes about a friend of his who was dying of kidney failure. His creatinine level was too high and there seemed to be no way to lower it without a kidney transplant or dialysis. He was given six months to live.

Bo prayed with him for healing. A year later Bo saw him again. He was not only still alive, but Bo was amazed at how healthy he looked. He was lean and trim and looked like an athlete.

Bo asked him what happened. The man said “I started getting exercise every day. In fact, I play four hours of badminton every day with my wife and kids. My creatinine levels are down and I feel great.”

Bo had another friend who found out she had cancer. At first she stayed in bed and cried most of the day. But later she realized this kind of lifestyle was not helping her health or her happiness, so she decided to find things to do that she loved doing.

Now she lives her life to the fullest. She is a public speaker and travels around the country (Philippines) to give hope to thousands of people.

Some time later Bo met her again and she was still at it, traveling around and helping people. You would never guess she has cancer. That is because she is not a cancer victim, but a victor.

“Nothing can stop you from living life with joy.” ~ Bo Sanchez

Bo Sanchez is a writer of motivational books and a speaker, speaking to thousands of people each week in the Philippines.


7558068-hundred-dollar-billsFaith

Many times in this blog I have written about the power of faith. Both atheists and Christians believe that it is critical for success.

Your beliefs may be limiting your life more than you realize. Our mind is like an iceberg, with the conscious part like the part of the iceberg above water and the subconscious being the submerged part. The subconscious is much larger than the conscious. Sounds hard to believe doesn’t it?

Freud wrote about the importance of the subconscious mind. At that time many were surprised to learn how influential the subconscious is. Now most people understand that it is true.

When we are not getting the results in life that we want, it is good to check our limiting beliefs. Maybe in our conscious minds we want to get out of debt and have an abundance of money but we always seem to be broke all the time because in our subconscious we feel money is wrong.

Poverty

People who are often in financial trouble probably have a bad attitude about money. Whether they know it or not, they are repelling money from themselves. The negative attitudes and feelings limit their faith that is needed to attract money.

Many people believe that money is somehow evil. If you believe that it is more noble to be poor than rich, or that it is a sin to be rich, you will probably find yourself repelling money.

1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

The words “love of money” are the Greek word “philarguria.” It means:

  1. Avarice, insatiable greed for riches; inordinate, miserly desire to gain and hoard wealth.

  2. extreme or excessive economy or frugality; stinginess;

  3. Sordidness: morally ignoble or base, vile, meanly selfish, self-seeking dirty filthy

  4. extremely stingy; miserly; extremely poor; destitute; indigent; poorly or inadequately supplied; lacking in means or resources.

So this word can actually mean “extremely poor.” Why do most Bible translators translate it as “love for money?” Probably because we don’t have a word in English that has the same meaning, and the context of the verse before it seems to indicate that it means something like an unhealthy love of money. But everyone likes money, unless they don’t have enough of it. Then they have a bad attitude about it and probably feel uncomfortable when they get bills in the mail or have to spend a lot of money that they don’t have.

Jesus said if you have faith the size of a mustard seed you can move a stronghold (mountain). Matthew 17:20. Poverty is a stronghold and can cause many problems. When a person is poor they often feel they are not able to help others financially. However, Jesus said that if you give, you will receive in the same measure that you give. Luke 6:38. That means that if you gladly give, you will receive.

God’s idea of prosperity

Deuteronomy 5:33 Walk in all the way that the LORD your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess.

Deuteronomy 6:24 The LORD commanded us to obey all these decrees and to fear the LORD our God, so that we might always prosper and be kept alive, as is the case today.

Deuteronomy 28:11 The LORD will grant you abundant prosperity—in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your ground—in the land he swore to your forefathers to give you.

Deuteronomy 29:9 Carefully follow the terms of this covenant, so that you may prosper in everything you do.

Deuteronomy 30:1 [ Prosperity After Turning to the LORD ] When all these blessings and curses I have set before you come upon you and you take them to heart wherever the LORD your God disperses you among the nations,

Deuteronomy 30:15 See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction.

Joshua 1:8 Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

Hopefully the information above will help your subconscious mind realize that money is not dirty or sinful. You can also make up your own affirmations and say them out loud or silently to get this idea deep into your subconscious.

More verses about prosperity, click here.

So, let me know what you think about all this. Also, if the link above doesn’t work, please comment. Thanks and have a great week.


waltonIf people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish. ~Sam Walton

Do you feel that your ideas are not well received by others? We all probably feel that way from time to time. Here are some examples of people who had great ideas, but no one wanted to listen. They should have, because the people in these examples took their ideas to other people and made a fortune. Keep trying, don’t give up. Whether you are struggling to improve your marriage, your career or anything else in your life, keep the faith. God loves you and is looking out for you and he will give you the power you need to life a victorious life.

Long ago Sam Walton (the founder of the huge Walmart chain of stores found in numerous countries around the world) worked at K-Mart. He worked and thought very hard and came up with a better way of buying things to sell at K-Mart. He carefully put together a pitch to sell it to upper management. They listened and chuckled and told him “Son, that’s not the way we do business here.”

Sam believed in himself and the idea so he took his idea out and started a business with it. Now K-Mart has a hard time keeping many of their stores open due to competition with Walmart.

Long ago an engineer realized that since crystals can be made to vibrate at a very constant rate when energized with a small electrical current, one could put a crystal in a watch and keep more accurate time than ever before in the history of the world. Swiss watches dominated the world market. So he carefully planned out a pitch to bring to the top leaders of the Swiss watch company for which he worked and told them about the benefits of crystals. . They listened and chuckled and told him “Son, that’s not the way we do business here.”

He believed in himself, so he brought his idea to Texas Instruments and Casio and the rest is history. Now it is hard to find watches for sell that don’t use crystals.

Alexander Graham Bell attempted to sell the patent for the telephone to the president of Western Union. The president sneered and asked what in the world he would do with a silly electrical contraption like that.

A few  years later, writes Julie M. Fenster in American Heritage, the president of Western Union “told colleagues that if he could get the patent for $25 million he’d consider it a bargain. By then it wasn’t for sale.”

You have probably heard of other similar stories. Belief, or positive thinking is so important. Jesus called it faith. People are usually not open to new things. Some of the ideas in this blog are new to some people and they think the ideas are crazy, but the ideas I blog about have changed my life for the better. I try to only choose powerful ideas to write about. Unfortunately my book The Amazing Power of Prayer gets put in the category of “silly ideas” quite a bit but finding the ideas and writing about them really changed my life for the better. http://getprayerpower.com/i


Og-Mandino-Quotes-1Og Mandino wrote The Greatest Salesman In the World in 1968. It was incredibly successful and continued to sell about a million copies a year for 30 years. It is still selling well today. The reason it is such a powerful book is that Og knows how to be successful and teach you how to be successful in anything you do. But more importantly, he teaches how to have a happier life and good attitudes that bring about success.

In the book there are ten “scrolls” or short lessons about how to be successful. All ten are listed here. (click to read them) I have already written about Scroll One in my own words. Here is scroll 2 from Og’s book:

The Scroll Marked 2

I will greet this day with love in my heart

For this is the greatest secret of success in all ventures. Muscle can split a shield and
even destroy life but only the unseen power of love can open the hearts of men and
until I master this art I will remain no more than a peddler in the market place. I will
make love my greatest weapon and none on whom I call can defend against its force.

My reasoning they may counter; my speech they may distrust; my apparel they may
disapprove; my face they may reject; and even my bargains may cause them
suspicion; yet my love will melt all hearts liken to the sun whose rays soften the
coldest clay.

I will greet this day with love in my heart.

And how will I do this? Henceforth will I look on all things with love and I will be
born again. I will love the sun for it warms my bones; yet I will love the rain for it
cleanses my spirit. I will love the light for it shows me the way; yet I will love the
darkness for it shows me the stars. I will welcome happiness for it enlarges my heart;
yet I will endure sadness for it opens my soul. I will acknowledge rewards for they
are my due; yet I will welcome obstacles for they are my challenge.

I will greet this day with love in my heart.

And how will I speak? I will laud mine enemies and they will become friends; I will
encourage my friends and they will become brothers. Always will I dig for reasons to
applaud; never will I scratch for excuses to gossip. When I am tempted to criticize I
will bite my tongue; when I am moved to praise I will shout from the roofs.

Is it not so that birds, the wind, the sea and all nature speaks with the music of praise
for their creator? Cannot I speak with the same music to his children? Henceforth
will I remember this secret and it will change my life.

I will greet this day with love in my heart.

And how will I act? I will love all manners of men for each has qualities to be
admired even though they be hidden. With love I will tear down the wall of suspicion
and hate which they have built round their hearts and in its place will I build bridges
so that my love may enter their souls.

I will love the ambitious for they can inspire me; I will love the failures for they can
teach me. I will love the kings for they are but human; I will love the meek for they
are divine. I will love the rich for they are yet lonely; I will love the poor for they are
so many. I will love the young for the faith they hold; I will love the old for the
wisdom they share. I will love the beautiful for their eyes of sadness; I will love the
ugly for their souls of peace.

I will greet this day with love in my heart.

But how will I react to the actions of others? With love. For just as love is my
weapon to open the hearts of men, love is also my shield to repulse the arrows of hate
and the spears of anger. Adversity and discouragement will beat against my new
shield and become as the softest of rains. My shield will protect me in the market
place and sustain me when I am alone. It will uplift me in moments of despair yet it
will calm me in time of exultation. It will become stronger and more protective with
use until one day I will cast aside and walk unencumbered among all manners of men
and, when I do, my name will be raised high on the pyramid of life.

I will greet this day with love in my heart.

And how will I confront each whom I meet? In only one way. In silence and to
myself I will address him and say I Love You. Though spoken in silence these words
will shine in my eyes, unwrinkle my brow, bring a smile to my lips, and echo in my
voice; and his heart will be opened. And who is there who will say nay to my goods
when his hearts feels my love?

I will greet this day with love in my heart.

And most of all I will love myself. For when I do I will zealously inspect all things
which enter my body, my mind, my soul, and my heart. Never will I overindulge the
requests of my flesh; rather I will cherish my body with cleanliness and moderation.
Never will I allow my mind to be attracted to evil and despair, rather I will uplift it
with the knowledge and wisdom of the ages. Never will I allow my soul to become
complacent and satisfied, rather I will feed it with meditation and prayer.

Never will I allow my heart to become small and bitter, rather I will share it and it will grow and
warm the earth.

I will greet this day with love in my heart. Henceforth will I love all mankind. From
this moment all hate is let from my veins for I have not time to hate, only time to
love. From this moment I take the first step required to become a man among men.
With love I will increase my sales a hundred-fold and become a great salesman. If I
have no other qualities I can succeed with love alone. Without it I will fail though I
possess all the knowledge and skills of the world.

I will greet this day with love, and I will succeed.