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Brad Stanton —  May 25, 2015 — Leave a comment

prayer changes thingsI have seen and heard of many, many miracles in my lifetime. One miracle that I’ll recount here is a miracle of healing for ….my car. Sounds silly right? But my car got fixed miraculously.
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I was driving a lady and her son to church one Sunday night in the mid 1980’s. In those days cars had carburetors. Someone had poured sugar into my gas tank because I crossed a picket line. My car would act like it was out of gas, then start going again. I’d lose power several times, but the engine always kept going. But the problem go worse and worse as the days went on. That evening on the way to church the car was really sputtering and it finally stopped. It wouldn’t start again. So we had to walk the rest of the way to church.
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At the end of the church service the lady asked the church to pray for my car, which they did. I went to my car, turned the key and it started beautifully and never gave me any trouble after that. It was a miracle. More miracles and information about the joy of prayer in my book: Keys to Powerful Prayer at www.getprayerpower.com


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2. Ask God for it in faith.

Matthew 7:8 For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him

who knocks, the door will be opened.

Simply put, ask God for what you need. Another “A” in our FAITH acronym

might be “Agree.” It is good to find other people to agree with you in prayer.

Matthew 18:19 tells us, “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree

about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.”

3. Imagine the answer to prayer in your mind.

Imagine it like you already have it. If you are praying for a relationship to

get better, imagine that it is. Your optimistic attitude will help change the

relationship. That is the way God created faith. On the other hand, being

pessimistic, lacking faith, and thinking about negative things, will cause

problems in the relationship. When a person thinks about the negatives of the

relationship, he will be more likely to get angry or do other things that are not

good for the relationship. I have seen this happen many times in my own life

and in the lives of others.

It is important to imagine you have already been given the answer to your

prayer, because if you have faith and you pray in God’s will, you do already

have the answer. I will explain this more in the chapter on Daniel.

4. Thank God for it.

In Mark 11:24 we read, “Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you

have received it, and it will be yours.” Notice it says “…believe that you have

received it…”. This means that at the moment you ask God for it, you receive

it. However, it may take some time for it to materialize or to become substance

Some translations of Hebrews 11:1 read, “Faith is the substance (my emphasis)

of things hoped for…” Daniel prayed in Daniel 10, but the powerful angel that

came to give him the answer to his prayer was detained by Satan or a demon.

There was apparently a wrestling match in the unseen world. Paul said we

wrestle not against flesh and blood but against the powers in the heavenly

realms. These powers will do everything possible to damage our faith and

prevent us from getting an immediate answer to our prayer.

God could have answered Daniel’s prayer immediately if He wanted to, but for

some reason, He allowed the struggle in the heavenly realms to continue for

days before the angel was able to reach Daniel. Romans 8:28 says that in all

things God works for the good of those who love Him and are called according

to His purpose. God is certainly powerful enough to answer your prayer

immediately if He wants to, but usually He takes some time before He answers

it. God is more concerned about us growing spiritually strong than getting

everything we want right away. Just as our parents did not give us everything

we wanted because they knew it was for our best, God also sometimes does

not give us what we want when we ask for it. Every parent has probably had

a child who wanted to eat ice cream for supper; however, the parent knew it

would not be good for the child and did not permit it.

See the books on prayer.


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Real faith means taking action. We have faith that a chair will hold us up when

we sit in it because we have experience with chairs. If our experience told us

that blue chairs usually broke, it would make us wary of blue chairs. We would

probably test them a bit before putting all our weight on them.

On the other hand, since we don’t know when God will answer our prayers, it is

often not a good idea to take certain actions. We can pray for health, but should

not quit taking medicine until we discuss it with our doctor. Maybe God chooses

to heal us through the medication. Keep taking the medication but pray and

then thank God that He is healing your body.

Often God will answer our prayer even if our faith is weak because it is His will.

In the book of Acts, Peter got out of jail when a room filled with believers prayed

for him. When he came to the very door of the house where they were praying

and knocked, they did not believe the servant girl when she told them it was Peter.

 

Now that we’ve established the critical component of faith in powerful prayer,

let’s look at an acronym that is a simple way to remember the five steps

to powerful prayer. Each of these steps will be explained more fully in later

chapters, but for now, let’s look at the acronym FAITH.

 

F Faith and Find a Bible verse to stand on.

A Ask

I Imagine the answer

T Thank God for it

H Hold on to your faith and be Happy while you wait

 

1. Faith. Have faith when you pray and Find a Bible verse to stand on.

Matthew 9:29 “According to your faith will it be done to you

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

Mark 11:23, 24 “Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received

it, and it will be yours.”

Find a verse in the Bible that applies to your prayer request. At first, that

seems restrictive and difficult, but there are so many promises in the Bible, you

will surely find one if your desire aligns with God’s will. For example, if you

are praying for money, get a concordance and look up verses that speak of

wealth or prosperity. Joshua 1:8, Psalm 1 and Psalm 112 are a few of many

good verses about wealth. If you are praying for a relationship, look up verses

on love. If you are lacking something, think of Psalm 23:1 “The Lord is my

shepherd, I shall lack nothing.”

Find scriptures that promise you an answer to your prayer. It is a good idea

to memorize a verse or two of those promises. Many times you will not find a

specific verse that promises you what you are asking. That is okay. Just have

faith and pray for it.  See the books.

More in a few days about this.


IMG_2004smallx2Chapter 2 FAITH

Mark 9:23 “Everything is possible for him who believes.”

It never ceases to amaze me that God considers faith so important. Faith is

critically important to answered prayer. It is the vehicle that saves. Ephesians

2:8,9 says we are saved by grace through faith.

In South Korea, Dr. Cho prayed for church growth when his church was very

small. What did his faith look like? It looked like happy optimism that what

he prayed for would happen. He prayed that a large number of people would

join the church. Then he actually got a tape measure and began measuring

how much space he would need for all those people. He was so sure that it

would happen that he took action.-.And he and many others in his church were

rewarded when God answered his prayers. Dr. Cho now pastors the largest

church in the world.

 

The Holy Spirit living in you (if you are a Christian) is much more powerful than

you can imagine. He provides power to dramatically change your life from a life

of losing to a life of winning. He gives you the power to demolish strongholds in

your life such as additions, bad habits, worry, sadness, or any other negative

emotions.

The power of the Holy Spirit within you is waiting to give you the peace and

victory most people would not even believe is possible. Belief is the key. You

have to believe and have faith that your dream will come true through prayer. If

your goal is to improve a relationship, you have to believe that your relationship

will improve. You have to believe that you will achieve your God-given dreams

and goals in life. A great man of God once said “Work like everything depends

on you and pray like everything depends on God.” It is true.

Jesus said, in Luke 17: 21, “The kingdom of God is within you…” Did you know

that you have a very powerful kingdom living in you? Stop and think about that.

There is so much power to achieve your dreams that you will never stop finding

the end to that unlimited power.

 

You have probably heard about the man who strung a wire cable across

Niagara Falls. A large crowd gathered as he walked across the wire. He

got a wheelbarrow and asked the crowd if they believed he could push a

wheel barrow across the wire. Most clapped and expressed their faith that

he could do it. But then he said “Okay, who will ride in the wheelbarrow?”

No one volunteered. They apparently didn’t have enough faith to ride in the

wheelbarrow high above the waterfall.

Books on prayer.


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.