When we pray, God immediately gives us His answer using a promise in the Bible! We can then walk in this revelation with hope, or make the necessary corrections according to His word. So what’s yours?
The Bible was written a long time ago, but it’s the Word of God and we can trust it. It is still effective today, and through the Word, our Heavenly Father speaks to us, corrects us, and promises us answers to our requests. When we read the Bible, we should not take it simply as a history book. This is the way God has chosen to speak to each of us. Even if all of us read the same scripture, the Lord often brings out a passage to teach us personally. This is the beauty of the Word of God: His message is personal to each of us.
Therefore, we must open our Bible with an expectation of receiving something specific for us from God. Sometimes it will be a message of comfort, and sometimes it will be a message of correction (2 Timothy 3.16-17). After all, we are His children and He has the desire to develop the character of Christ in us, not only to comfort us! When a verse seems to come out of the Bible to touch us directly, it is a personal revelation. For example, there are several verses that speak of healing, but there may be one that will be more convincing for you: it is your personal revelation.
When you have these revelations, you can pray with confidence by declaring this promise. “Lord, I thank you that this thing is going to be fulfilled because it is written [quote the verse] and you can not lie. So I trust you and I expect the answer to my prayer now.” After all, God’s reputation is on the line! “I will bow down facing your holy Temple, and I will thank you for your love and loyalty. You have made your name and your word greater than anything” (Psalms 138:2 NCV).
The promises of God help us overcome doubts, fight off worry, and stand firm in our faith. This helps us to have an image of our response. For example, I had a fever this week, I had to go to bed and wondered how I would do all my housework, my parenting and ministry tasks. But right away, the story of Peter’s mother came to my head: as soon as Jesus prayed for her, she began to serve them. So I knew that by asking my husband to pray for me, that I would be on my feet and ready to do my tasks. I could already imagine myself back in shape by looking at this Bible story. I know that God is the same yesterday, today and forever. And yes, the next morning, I was making pancakes for my family!
Always pray with the Word. “If you remain in me and follow my teachings, you can ask anything you want, and it will be given to you” (John 15.7 NCV). If you have not received any revelations that are attached to your prayer, you have no assurance that your prayer will be answered. Therefore, you will pray in doubt (James 1:6-7) or you pray only religiously, without power (Matthew 6:7).
This applies to all your needs: whether for healing, for financial breakthrough or for your future marriage! Many Christian singles ask God for a husband or a wife. However, they lack the conviction, based on the Word of God, that their Father wants them to get married! There are several verses that speak of marriage, but which one did you personally receive to walk in faith towards your marriage?
It may be a verse that seems to make little sense to other people, but this verse will be your assurance that it is the will of God and so it will strengthen your faith. Each person has a different life and has had different experiences. So we can not take the verses of others without thinking. We must have a good time with God, read the Bible abundantly with an open heart to receive a personal promise. I could give you my personal verse, but I don’t want to influence you. To each their revelation!