We who have entered into a covenant with God through the blood of Jesus Christ are partakers in the promises of God, found in His Word, the Bible. We have given our life to God and promised to obey His Word. He in turn not only gives us the power to obey His commandments, but also is ready to pour His blessings upon us because we are now His children. Everything His Word promises is for us to receive. We must appropriate these blessings by faith.
Speaking the Word of God with a first person application is one way of expressing the kind of faith which pleases God. By confessing our obedience to a commandment of God we are boldly declaring our allegiance to God. We are trusting God for the power to walk in obedience to what He told us to do. It is important to confess like this because our verbal commitments steer the direction of our life. It is also important because many of God's promises to us are conditional upon the kind of faith which leads to obedience.
By confessing a promise in the first person we are boldly stating that we are the ones that it applies to. We definitely express faith that we are the ones who are going to receive the blessing.
HOW PRAYER IS ANSWERED
The Bible reveals that prayer is answered:
Immediately at times: Isaiah 65:24; Daniel 9:21-23
Delayed at times: Luke 18:7
Different from our desires: II Corinthians 12:8-9
Beyond our expectations: Jeremiah 33:3; Ephesians 3:20
LEVELS OF PRAYER
There are three levels of intensity of prayer: Asking, Seeking and Knocking:
“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. (Matthew 7:7-8)
Seeking is a different level of prayer. This is the level of prayer where answers are not as immediate as at the asking level. The 120 gathered in upper room where they continued in prayer is an example of seeking. these men and women sought fulfillment of the promise of the Holy Spirit and continued seeking until the answer came (Acts 1:2)
And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for.(1John 5:14-15)
Knocking is a deeper level. It is prayer that is persistent when answers are longer in coming. It is illustrated by the parable Jesus told in Luke 11:5-10. It is also illustrated by the persistence of Daniel who continued to "knock" despite the fact he saw no visible results because Satan hindered the answer from God (Daniel 10).
. . . Yet you do not have because you do not ask. (James 4:2)
NOTE: Attend our "Power of 12" small group studies for a chance to gain a greater understanding of the power the Prayer of Petition gives you as a believer. Each session will allow you an opportunity to ask questions and gain clarity. Sessions are held on the last two Wednesdays of each month.