A key to answered prayer

Brad Stanton —  March 15, 2014 — 13 Comments

hygdfsThere have been several movies about faith that have been shown to thousands of people around the world. One of them is The Jesus Film. Another is a movie called The Secret. This is a quote from the book The Secret:

“As the film swept the world, stories of miracles began to flood in: people wrote about healing from chronic pain, depression, and disease; walking for the first time after an accident; even recovering from a deathbed. We have received thousands of accounts of the Secret being used to bring about large sums of money and unexpected checks in the mail. People have used The Secret to manifest their perfect homes, life partners, cars, jobs and promotions, with many accounts of businesses being transformed within days of applying The Secret. There have been heart-warming stories of stressed relationships involving children being restored to harmony.”

So my question to you, dear reader is, do you believe in miracles? I certainly do because I have seen so many in my lifetime. When I was a missionary to China I began to spend a lot of time praying and I saw many amazing answers to prayer. Actually many of the miracles I saw and heard about happened in the USA.

Another question, do you believe that a movie or book like The Secret, which expands on Jesus’ teaching of faith, can really inspire miracles? This movie is free to watch on youtube.com. Please leave a comment. Let’s get a discussion going here.

Many people pray and don’t get answers, so they feel Jesus was not accurate when he taught about prayer, or that they are misunderstanding what Jesus said about prayer. But what if the problem is that they have not been trained to have strong faith? Over two dozen times Jesus said the key to answered prayer is faith.

John 14:14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

John 15:7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.

John 16:23 Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.

Remember, it took three years of full time study with Jesus for the apostles to learn faith well enough to perform miracles. Don’t expect to suddenly have mountain moving faith. It takes time. But never give up. Keep building your faith. https://bradstanton.com/2013/06/03/faith-takes-years-to-develop-but-it-is-worth-it/

I wrote a book about prayer. In it I include a number of things you can do to strengthen your faith, including memorizing Bible verses about faith. Another is an acrostic FAITH
F  Find a Bible verse that addresses what you are praying for. This is easier to do than it seems. For example, you can do a word search in Biblegateway.com to find a verse.
A  Ask God in faith
I   Imagine you already have the thing you asked for. This is amazing, it really strengthens faith
T  Thank God for it as if you already have it. Don’t beg, that shows a lack of faith. Once you place your order in a restaurant you don’t keep asking for it do you?
H  Hold on and be happy while you wait for the answer to your prayer.

Every penny I make from my book “Keys To Powerful Prayer” goes to spread faith, hope and love to people around the world through this blog and charity. https://www.createspace.com/4540174 Doing the research for this book really changed my life for the better. CreateSpace is an Amazon company. You can read sample pages of the same book as an ebook on Amazon entitled “Amazing Power of Prayer.” The ebook is the same, it just has a different title. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008EOCODK

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13 responses to A key to answered prayer

  1. 

    A good post, but I wonder if The Lord is more interested in our motives? Weren’t the miracles, and acts of power all about bringing folk closer to The Lord? There may be heartbreak on the way, but it can lead to blessing.

    I’m not at all convinced God wants to bless us per se, because we want stuff, or money for ourselves, but He is keen to bless those who seek to extend His kingdom.

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      Well, I think i agree with you almost completely, not quite sure.

      I certainly believe that miracles and acts of power can bring people close to God today. Yes, I agree motives are the most important. I believe God wants to bless us. He wanted to bless the Jews that Moses brought out of Egypt, but due to their lack of faith most of them didn’t get the blessings. All through the Bible it shows that God wants to bless his children. Any loving father wants to bless his children.

      I believe that God wants to bless us per se, not for anything we do for him. He wants to bless us even if we are not very good to him. I think he is so unselfish that he wants to bless us no matter how good or bad we are, not just because we serve him. If he only wanted to bless us because we serve him, wouldn’t that make him a selfish God? I don’t know. Maybe it would not, maybe it would be one way of guiding us to do his will.

      Heartbreak? Yes I agree that can be good for us too. Just like a father makes his children do things they don’t want to do for their own good, I believe God lets us suffer. He is doing it for us, because that is his nature, to do things for others, not for himself because of his perfect love for us. But I know that he does things for his own glory too.

      I agree if we want things from God just for ourselves, that is a bad motive. James 5 talks about that. But when I see people who have been blessed financially, and the enormous work they can do for God with their money, it makes me realize that rich people usually do a lot more for God than poor people do. That sounds bad, i know.

      When I was a missionary to China i had a strong poverty mentality and i assumed that the more poor a person was, the closer they were to God. (I was pretty poor, let me tell you. And i used up almost all my life savings on the mission field. Then after spending my youth in China I came back to the USA and eventually got my job back-the one I had when I left. Because of my age, my career was completely destroyed. I can never move up the ladder the way I was doing in my 20’s before going to China. Unless some amazing miracle happens I will always be rather poor compared to what I could have been had i stayed here.) But after some years there, i found that the missionaries who got the most financial support were almost always the ones who worked the hardest to serve God and reach people there. It made me rethink my poverty mentality.

      So I certainly agree God is more interested in our motives, but if our motives are pure, we will see some kinds of results. If we never see miracles it means we don’t understand how to have mountain moving faith and we are missing out on blessing people and serving God.

  2. 

    I totally agree! When you believe you have received it, it will be yours. When I ask God for something and I believe it is done, an amazing peace comes over me and I don’t worry or wonder how because I know that there is nothing more to think about, God’s got this, every time.

  3. 
    Granny Squares of Love March 16, 2014 at 11:54 am

    Sometimes, the answer is” no” for reasons we can’t see or even understand from our limited view. I have had experienced a lot of “yes” and a lot of “no.” Still I believe. 🙂

    • 

      I agree, believe that God has three possible answers 1. yes 2. wait 3. no– because I have something better for you. But I know God loves us more than we love ourselves and wants good things for us even more than we do.

  4. 

    I think it is dangerous to think that all prayers will be answered with a “yes”. When a “No” answer is given the person may feel as if their faith was not strong enough. Making victims out of people who already are carrying a heavy load is evil. I have known very faithful people who prayed for certain things (not prosperity) and perhaps the answer was a “No” rather than their prayers were not answered. I do believe that with faith comes strength to endure all things and that God never leaves your side. It’s a complex issue which cannot be dealt with adequately in this venue.

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      Well, I guess I agree. I do believe that God has three possible answers 1. yes 2. wait 3. no, because I have something better for you. It is actually a good thing to realize that our faith is not strong enough, because we can always do things to strengthen our faith. Why would anyone think they have perfect faith? None of us do, but we can memorize verses and do many other things to strengthen our faith. There is enormous hope in knowing that we can strengthen our faith and therefore strengthen our prayers.
      .
      Jesus said that faith is the key to answered prayer, and he said it dozens of times. He often said that if you have even faith like a mustard seed (they are very small) you can move a mountain and nothing will be impossible for you. That is amazing to think about, that NOTHING will be impossible for you.
      .
      I sure don’t want to make victims out of anyone, in fact my goal is for people to believe they are a victor, not a victim. That is why I blog, to strengthen people’s faith and give them hope, faith and love.
      .
      I agree it’s a complex issue which cannot be dealt with adequately in this venue.

  5. 

    I haven’t seen the secret, I heard it was “Prosperity gospel”.

    • 

      Yes, it may be. It seems that the Old Testament may be prosperity gospel also:
      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.
      1 Kings 2:3
      and observe what the LORD your God requires: Walk in his ways, and keep his decrees and commands… so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go…
      Proverbs 31
      My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, 2 for they will… bring you prosperity.
      Prov 818
      With me are riches and honor, enduring wealth and prosperity. 19 My fruit is better than fine gold; what I yield surpasses choice silver.
      Proverbs 11:25
      A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.
      Proverbs 13:21 prosperity is the reward of the righteous.
      Health
      James 513 Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. 14 Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. 17 Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. 18 Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.
      Anything
      Psalm 37:4
      Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.
      Wealth
      Deuteronomy 8:18
      But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
      1 Samuel 2:7
      The LORD sends poverty and wealth; he humbles and he exalts.
      Psalm 112:1 Blessed are those who fear the LORD…Wealth and riches are in their houses
      Prov8: 17 I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me. 18 With me are riches and honor, enduring wealth and prosperity.
      Prov 10: 22 The blessing of the LORD brings wealth, without painful toil for it.
      Checked all the way to Isaiah for wealth verses and the above is all I found
      I am the Lord, is anything too hard for me? Jeremiah 32:27

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