Today’s blog is a guest post by author Marsha Randolph on the subject of prayer. I’d love to hear your thoughts in response to this. Please leave your comments below, and be sure to visit Marsha’s blog.
The key to any prayer is: knowing God’s will. God wants you well, He wants you prosperous and He wants you to grow spiritually:
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. 3 John 1:2
As an intercessor there are three categories that I generally am asked to pray about: Health, Finances and Spiritual Welfare (salvation). God’s will is not a mystery not even in these areas. His will is found in His Word.
HEALING– Jesus was beaten with 39 stripes so that all would be healed.
But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. Isaiah 53:5
who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed. 1 Peter 2:24
FINANCES– God does not want you to experience lack.
that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing. 1 Thessalonians 4:12
As for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, and given him power to eat of it, to receive his heritage and rejoice in his labor—this is the gift of God. Ecclesiastes 5:19
SPIRITUAL WELFARE– God wants all men to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior.
3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2:3-4
And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved. Acts 2:21
You do not have to have a title behind or in front of your name to pray effectively, just believe in Jesus. Manifestation of a prayer request involves faith and belief. Faith has been given to us by God. What we believe is based on what we know to be true.
Now He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief. Matthew 13:58
If you are a believer in Jesus then you have faith given to you by God.
For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. Romans 12:3
Studying the Word of God; learning to focus and trust in His promises; and confessing His truths and not the reports of others will help you strengthen your belief.
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. Philippians 4:8
Then God will give you what you ask for.
Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. Matthew 7:7
I believe that 100% of effective prayer is sanctification, which is the reason we are left here on earth. God might cause us to be sick and poor in order to sanctify us.
Susan, thanks so much for commenting. I agree we are being continually refined for God to form us into the image of Christ. (Some of us are really stubborn and need more refining than others! :O) My personal belief is that sickness originates from original sin and satan, although God allows sickness sometimes for His glory, like in the case of Job. No matter what, though, I believe we just need to keep praying because God hears our voice–and to be His hands and feet to love, heal, minister and set people free here on earth. Thanks for sharing. Sanctification is an interesting topic to study!