There are five basic keys to receive the promises of God that most people do not realize. A lot of people pray to God, but many of them do not receive their answers to prayer. They along with those around them wonder why that is, some even think that God is withholding the answer to their prayers to test them or for some other reason.
- First on the list a person needs to know what is available.
- Then they need to know how to receive the answer which would also be the promise of God.
- Then they need to know what to do with it after they have it.
- Another important key is that they need to make sure their need and want is parallel.
- And finally they need to know and understand that God’s ability equals His willingness.
1. When we pray, we must know what is available. Sometimes we pray for things we have no business praying for and other times we’re praying for things that God has already given to us. When we pray we need to expect to receive whatever it is that we are praying for until we have received it.
In John 10:10 KJV it reads:
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill and to destroy: I (Jesus Christ) am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
Jesus Christ came that we might have a more than abundant life. Then why is it that Christians are sickly and lacking? If you look in the third book of John all the way in the back of your Bibles, before Revelations you will find a promise relating to this.
III John 2:
Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.
Ephesians 3;20 says:
Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.
God is able to work exceeding abundantly above all that we could ask or think. Many times we have a problem expecting Him to provide what we’re asking, yet here He promises abundance even above what we ask or think. It’s according to God’s power which is a part of the holy spirit, the gift that He gave- that is in us.
But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Whose riches? His riches. God promises to supply all of our need. If all of our need is supplied, then we have no want. God encourages us in Ephesians to abound so that we can give to others. It’s difficult to give to others out of our need, therefore we need to raise our expectations concerning God’s heart for us and our families. The best way to do this is to find promises in the Word of God that you can learn and memorize, so you can be the best for Him.
2. How do we receive the promises of God? We believe that they will come to pass in our lives. The Bible, the Word of God is filled with over 900 promises, these are things that we don’t need to pray for, as they are already ours. Many times we just need to hold out our hands to receive the abundance He has in store for each and ever one of us.
When you have money in the bank that is rightly yours, do you pray before going to the bank to make a deposit? Do you pray that the money will be there and that the teller will give you what you ask for? No, absolutely not! Why is that? Because the money is yours already, you expect to receive whatever you ask the teller for.
All the promises of God are in our spiritual wallets or pockets already. All we have to do is realize this and be ready to utilize what is there when we need it. Check out Hebrews 11:1
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
An expanded understanding of this verse would be. Believing is the title deed to things prayed for, the evidence they are yours before they are seen.
It would be like ordering a car, paying for it ahead of time and receiving the title deed. Since it’s paid for and you have the title deed, you wouldn’t worry about receiving it, you expect it to be yours and you expect the car dealership to be calling you any day to say that you can pick it up.
Matthew 21: 22 states
And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.
In Mark is a similar verse, but it’s stated a bit differently.
Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
This believe ye receive them is to believe you have already received the answer to the specific prayer. Whatever you are praying for, if it’s a promise in God’s Word, then it’s a given that it is yours. Believe as if you’ve already received it,and it will surely come to pass.
God is not a man that He should lie. Whatever He has promised He is waiting for you and I to expect to receive the promises from Him, so He can bless us more abundantly.
In the NIV version of the Bible, this verse in Mark 11;24 is plainly stated.
Mark 11:24 NIV
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that yiou have received it, and it will be yours.
So to receive anything from God we must find out what is available and then know how to receive it, which is to believe before we have it. Keep that title deed for the specific promise in your pocket. When you are concerned about the situation, pat your pocket and remind yourself that you have the title deed. It is yours, and God will provide, because His Word is truth.
If need be, you can write on a piece of paper the promise and label it title deed and then carry it with you until you receive it into manifestation, which is receiving it into the senses world.
3. The third key is what to do with it after we have it.
If we are praying for prosperity so we can have enough to not only meet our need but be able to help out others as we are encouraged to do in Ephesians.
Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.
God doesn’t expect us to give what we need for our own living expenses, unless of course He tells you to do so, but He promises to supply all our need. When we steward our money, we will have extra so that we can give to those that need it. This could be helping out with someone in particular in our church, helping out food pantry’s or even helping out a specific individual that God may place on our heart.
When we get the prosperity that we’ve been praying for, generally it’s not wise to begin spending it on things that we think we need or want, especially if we have bills that are behind.
If we are ever unsure about how to spend the prosperity that we’ve received from God, then set that money aside and pray that God shows you the best use for the money.
4. The forth key is to keep your needs and wants parallel.
This one can be difficult to learn and walk by. Many of us, would like what we see others have. Those things can become wants, we can easily twist them into needs for various reasons, and it can seem like our need and want is parallel. It may still be good to sit on the idea awhile in prayer before going out and getting the item as soon as the cash is there to get it.
For instance, a couple of years ago I decided to check out juicing. I chose to purchase an inexpensive juicer as I wasn’t sure whether I would make it a lifestyle, even though I was hoping that I would. It was something that I had been thinking of doing for quite some time, but I can’t say that I prayed about it or waited for the green light from God before getting it.
I did use it for the first summer, but soon realized how much of the produce was lost in the juicing process for one cup of juice. I enjoyed drinking the different concoctions I came up with, and I used it fairly faithfully for several months. I was hoping to lose weight doing this and although I knew it had great health benefits, I didn’t lose the weight and felt that I was wasting the bulk of the produce that didn’t end up in the juice.
I do hope to use it again more consistently one day, but I don’t really have the extra funds to supply the amount of produce it takes to juice on a day by day basis. Personally, I think it was a good learning experience, yet I think I could have used the money better elsewhere at the time.
So I have a need to eat better, I wanted a juicer, but I didn’t need a juicer to eat produce. Now the produce is tucked away into a cupboard awaiting the day when I choose to use it again.
5. The fifth and final key is to remember that God’s ability equals His willingness.
And being fully persuaded that, what He had promised, He was able also to perform.
The context here is talking about Abraham who is the father, spiritually of all those that believe. When God told Abraham that Sara his wife would conceive in her old age, and knowing that she was barren, Abraham did not believe immediately. It took him several years to get to the place where he staggered not at the promise of God.
He (Abraham) staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;
Abraham finally got to the place where he believed that what God had promised He, (God) was able to perform. If God was not willing to give us the many promises that are found in His Word, then He would never have placed them there in the first place. Again, God is not a man that He should lie.
God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?
God is willing, therefore God is able to do what He has placed in His Word.
The Word of God is the will of God. God is able and willing to do all that He has promised in His Word.
- Ephesians 1:15-23 Knowing God better (boynhillbiblestudies.wordpress.com)