“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”
I have come to realize through study there is a pre-requisite in my believing that my prayers will be answered, we must first understand this precept: The power to believe a promise depends entirely on our faith in the one who promises. Trust in a person creates trust in his word. It is only when we enjoy a personal loving relationship with God himself that our whole being is opened up to the mighty influence of His holy presence and the capacity will be developed in us for believing that He gives whatever we ask: (Believing Prayer, Andrew Murray).
BUT………..what is the very first responsibility before our prayer? “if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” Once we have done this then our conscience is clear before God and HE hears our prayer. Faith to believe this can live only as it is nurtured by God himself.
Realizing all of this and planting it deep within my heart was my first objective. I am finding as I spend more time in prayer and meditation I am drawn into a fuller relationship with Jesus, this is the beginning to realizing the possibility of “believing prayer” that will be answered. When we engage in praying for blessings on others, I believe God hears and answers, because His desire is to bless His children!
Do you find yourself doubting that God hears your prayer and therefore will not answer? I learned this in reading recently; a heart that is full of God has power for the prayer of faith. Faith in God gives birth to faith in the promise, the promise of answered prayer. Isn’t that so encouraging? However, I am reminded of ‘faith the size of a mustard seed’ and I pray, God please forgive and heal my unbelief!
“Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”