WORD OF GOD AND PRAYERS
The bible is a word of God, which comes directly from God through His inspired servant empowered by the Holy Spirit. The main purpose is to give mankind a revelation of God. It is the invaluable treasure God has given to man. The word of God meets the need of all men always and of all races.
The word of God reveals the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners and the happiness of believers. God’s word is a life-giving force.
Prayer is the communication between God and man. It is the physical as well as the spiritual means of seeking divine attention, in other words, pray is simply asking, seeking and knocking. Matthew 7:7.
It has the potency to effect a permanent change in the lives and conduct. It is God’s word that set the captive free from the bondage of sins and Satan. No man’s education is complete if he does not have the word of God in him. No Christian believer can live the Christian life to the fullest without adequate knowledge of the word of God.
Every Christian believer, worker, and the minister should be a specialist in the word of God 1st Peter: 2:9; 4:11; Haggai 2:11. All without exception, must go back to the word of God, align ourselves with Him the word, rather than to the people around us.
The truth is, it is impossible for man to live a life in his own strength seeking to please God. The word of God has this to say. By strength shall no man prevail. God’s word is a spiritual sword the ignites Gods victory in a believer’s life. Hebrew 4:12. It represents the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to the believer. 2nd Timothy 3:12. God respects His word and all human beings must honour the word of God. Psalm 119:89.
CHARACTERISTICS OF GODS WORD.
Infallibility: The word of God will never fail.
Immutability: The word of God does not change in time and season.
Creativity: Genesis 1. God used His Word to bring the universe into existence.
Perfection: Healing powers, it has healing power over infirmity and disease.
Illumination: It is a lamp unto a Christians foot and a light unto the path of a believer. Psalm 119:105.
Wisdom and understanding: Psalm 119:130. It giveth understanding unto the simple people.
Restoration: It has the power to bring back into replacement Joel: 2:25.
Reversibility: It can reverse any situation by the prophetic command or prophetic action. Ezekiel 37: 1-4.
Power for forgiveness: God is the only being that has the divine power of forgiveness through His word. Psalm 130.
God’s word alive in us
God is the greatest of all authors and the author of life itself. He comes to dwell with us through his Holy Spirit. Jesus said, “If a man loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him” John 14:23. If we accept his gracious invitation, God literally makes his home with us.
When we read the words of Scripture do we mainly seek wisdom and inspiration for living a better life? A good motive indeed. But God wants his word to not simply improve or reform us. He wants his word to transform our every thought and action.
“My thoughts are not your thoughts”
The Lord, in his wise and gentle manner, will prompt us to pray for guidance and direction, when you are expecting Him to answer your question most of the time He will lead you to a passage in the Bible for an answer. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55: 8-9.
POWER OF WORDS IN THE SCRIPTURES.
The word of God is a vehicle of power.
There are three kinds of word in the bible.
- The word that carries positive power.
- The word that carries negative power.
- Neutral words.
The word of God has creative power, that is why the word of God in Job 22:28 says “whatever we decree shall be established.”
God said “Let there be light and there was light in Genesis 1. It was the same word God spoke that gave the universe a shape and new beginning.
POWERS BEHIND THE WORD.
Whatever God tells us is for our utmost good. The commandments God gave us are of both spiritual and physical importance, hence it is essential we listen and obey God always. Words are not just spoken, most of what we say are backed up by some power. That is, the word which we speak have to spirit beings behind them. Words do not exist in isolation, they carry power.
How did the serpent lead Adam and Eve into the bondage of sin? He did so by speaking words to them. He manifested his lying nature through his words. What the serpent spoke to our first parents in the bible has continued to trouble us. Words go beyond the arrangement of letters. They can be likened to a container that can be filled with anger, malice, envy, cursing or destruct. A war of words is presently going on the planet earth. Words can summon good or bad spirits.
For whatsoever is born of God overcomes the world: and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith.1st John 5:4. Satan came in Matthew 4 and confronted Jesus and on three counter attacks Jesus pulled out the word against him. It is written” it is written” “After those three powerful commands the devil left Him.
The centurion said to Jesus in Matthew 8:10. “Speak the word only.” The word alone is more than enough to win the war that is learning your destiny asunder because he controls all things by the power of the word. Jesus was teaching but we were told that “The power of God was present to heal.” Luke 5:17. That is as the word was coming out of His mouth, power was going forth to heal the people. In Roman 11:16, Paul said, I am not ashamed of the gospel of Jess, for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believes.”
HOW TO PROCESS THE WORD OF GOD.
How do you process the word, to attain your desired victory?
DISCOVER IT: For, discover the word that is relevant to your situation. Be convinced that the truth of the word will guarantee your deliverance. Locate the appropriate words. Knit them together before presenting it to God Isaiah 41: 21. Thereafter, settle down, take your Bible, listening to anointed tapes that address the issue at hand, read anointed books also, to find out what is missing, and in no time, you will walk into your freedom.
BELIEVE IT: It is your faith that converts the word into power. The word of God is not power until you believe it, because like Paul said, “it is the power of God unto salvation for them that believe.” Faith must accompany the word to profit it. Hebrews 4:2.
PRAY IT: After finding and believing, the next thing to do is to pray using the appropriate scripture, for instance, It is written you took my infirmities, so it cannot be there, I lay hold on my freedom from this affliction today, in the name of Jesus.
CONFRONT THE OPPOSITION: Believe that you have received what you asked for, then go with the notion to confront the situation. Mark 11:23 says: “If you will say to this mountain” Not God shall say to this mountain…” You need to take that step. By this, you receive the backing of our heavenly Father.
DECLARE YOUR VICTORY: put your faith into actions. Let your action fall in line with your declaration.
DEMONSTRATE YOUR VICTORY: Declare your victory, put your faith into actions. Let your action fall in line with your declaration.
REFUSE TO QUIT: The decisive step is to refuse to quit. The Bible says, cast not away, therefore, your confidence, which has great recompense of reward.” Hebrews 10:35.
These are the seven scriptural strategies for supernatural.
WHY DO WE HAVE TO PRAY BIBLICALLY?
- Because it is from the Bible you will know the mind of God.
- It is from the Bible you will know whom to pray to.
- The Bible tells us to pray without ceasing. 1st Thessalonians 5:17.
- It is from the Bible you will know the kind of prayer to pray. Matthew 22:27.
- It is from the Bible you will find testimonies and prayer that have been answered.
- It is in the Bible you will know how to pray. Matthew 6:1-4.
- It is from the Bible you will see how to pray. Matthew 6 5-15.
RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN PRAYER AND THE WORD OF GOD
Any prayers to God must be rooted in the word of God. You must be familiar with the word of God to pray with the word of God. John 20:31; 1 Corinthians 10:11.
We need the word of God to enable us to pray a Godly prayer. Without Gods word, one cannot know the will of God. It is the will of God that gives a person the confidence that his prayers have been answered. According to 1st John 5:14, which says “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: We cannot have the confidence that our prayer is answered without Him that if we ask any thing according to his will He heareth us.
I, even I, am he that blotted out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins. Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified. Isaiah 43: 25-26.
BENEFITS OF PRAYER
- Prayer gives us victory over our enemies – Esther 3:10.
- Prayer changes evil conditions. John 16:33. King David against Ahithophel’s counsel 2nd Samuel 15:31. King Hezekiah’s prayers to God regarding a letter of threat from King Sennacherib of Assyria. Isaiah 36 & 37. Peters deliverance from prison Acts 12:5.
- Prayer can alter Gods decision. King Hezekiah of Judah, Jonah at Nineveh are good examples.
- Prayer can turn an impossible situation to possible Genesis 25: 19-23.the birth of Jacob and Esau. 1st Samuel 1. Elkanah and Hannah, the Birth of Samuel.
Prayerlessness is expatriation from God’s kingdom. It is an outlaw, a high crime and a constitutional breach of contract. A Christian who relegates prayer to a subordinate position in his life soon loses whatever spiritual zeal he might have acquired. The Church of Christian fellowship that makes little prayer cannot maintain vital piety and such is powerless to advance the gospel. Wherever there is little praying in the pulpit, spiritual bankruptcy is imminent.
“Like a tree planted by streams of water,” Psalm 1:3 the soul is irrigated by the Bible and acquires vigour, produces tasty fruit, namely, true faith, and is beautified with a thousand green leaves, namely, actions that please God. The Bible, in fact, leads us towards pure holiness and holy actions. In it, we find encouragement to all the virtues and the warning to flee from evil. The Bible is a scented garden, delightful, beautiful. It enchants our ears with birdsong in a sweet, divine and spiritual harmony, it touches our heart, comforts us in sorrow, soothes us in a moment of anger, and fills us with eternal joy. Let us knock at its gate with diligence and with perseverance. Let us not be discouraged from knocking. The latch will be opened. If we have read a page of the Bible two or three times and have not understood it, let us not be tired of re-reading it and meditating on it. Let us seek in the fountain of this garden “a spring of water welling up to eternal life” John 4:14. We shall taste a joy that will never dry up because the grace of the Bible garden is inexhaustible.