Tomorrow, a friend and I will begin teaching a class on prayer. I am excited because once again I am teaching something I am passionate about, and I am teaching from one of my favorite books in the world, “Bible Prayer Study Course” by Kenneth E. Hagin. A refresher is always, well, refreshing!
As I was praying about tomorrow God spoke to me and said, “So many people have not received their answers to prayer, not because I wasn’t willing to give it, but because they weren’t willing to wait”. I have heard people say over and over the reason why some prayers are not answered is because it wasn’t God’s will, or it was because the answer is no. When does God say, “No”? One of the reasons is when people can pray out of selfish motives. The Bible tells us James 4:1-3 the following-
What leads to strife (discord and feuds) and how do conflicts (quarrels and fightings) originate among you? Do they not arise from your sensual desires that are ever warring in your bodily members?
2 You are jealous and covet [what others have] and your desires go unfulfilled; [so] you become murderers. [To hate is to murder as far as your hearts are concerned.] You burn with envy and anger and are not able to obtain [the gratification, the contentment, and the happiness that you seek], so you fight and war. You do not have, because you do not ask.
3 [Or] you do ask [God for them] and yet fail to receive, because you ask with wrong purpose and evil, selfish motives. Your intention is [when you get what you desire] to spend it in sensual pleasures.
“Nos” sometimes come from praying selfishly and with evil motives! It does not come from “not having enough faith”. Since we know what prayers DON’T get answered, we can take the opposite and know the prayers that do!
The Bible says if we pray anything according to His will (the Bible) believing He hears us, we will have what we ask for! Let us look-
King James Version (KJV)
14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
Notice He says, “….whatsoever we ask….” but it also says, “…if we ask any thing ACCORDING TO HIS WILL…” If you are praying what the Bible says, in other words if you have a verse that backs your request, you WILL NOT be told no IF you remain in faith! Let me give you an example of this.
In 2005, I had a hysterectomy. When I came out of surgery, my heart was racing and would not stop without medicine. The doctors released me to come home after two days with a beta-blocker. It made me so sick!! I had severe nausea, no energy! I could not even get out of bed unassisted to go to the restroom. I asked my husband to hand me my Bible and to leave me alone until I called for him. I needed time alone with God. I began to pray fervently in the Spirit!! When I opened my Bible it fell to Psalm 16. I had never seen this particular verse before that time. It says-
8 I have set the Lord continually before me; because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
9 Therefore my heart is glad and my glory [my inner self] rejoices; my body too shall rest and confidently dwell in safety,
11 You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy, at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.
When I saw the part that says, “…MY BODY TOO SHALL REST AND CONFIDENTLY DWELL IN SAFETY…” I knew I was healed! There was no way around it!! What excited me even more was no matter what the devil would try to bring on my body, after finding this scripture, I knew it would ALL be healed!! I threw out my medicine (YOU DON’T DO THIS…I don’t know where your faith is) and until August 2012, tachycardia was gone! It is September 2013, and I take no medication for my heart because when that FOOL devil tried to bring it back on me, I dug in again and ALL symptoms are gone! Praise God!!!
Now, let us look at that last episode of tachycardia. There is a lot to learn here. Oral Roberts did a study of all the people he could contact that had been healed in his meetings. He found only about 98% kept their healings! As he researched further, he found why. When the devil would come back to put those same symptoms on people they would say, “Well, I guess I didn’t get my healing after all. The same symptoms are back so I must have lost my healing”. What happened? They didn’t know WHO brought those symptoms back, and they didn’t know how to rebuke the one who did!
Oral Roberts and Ken Hagin began to teach how to be healed and keep your healing. Thank God, I had read Ken Hagin’s book on this!! Sure enough, here comes that FOOL devil, again with his old bag of tricks. He decided to dump it out all over me!! My heart began to race and back on the medicine I went. One night, I “came to myself” and had a revelation. I had not resisted the devil at his onset and I didn’t rebuke him.
I got up, it was night time when this came to me and I had already gone to bed, and I rebuked, cursed the devil, and began to claim my healing with the Word of God, again. This time the symptoms did not immediately leave as they did the first time. At that point I had a choice! I could have said, “Well, God I guess You aren’t going to heal me this time.” Or I could have put a time limit on God and if it had not happened by that time I could have decided it wasn’t God’s will to heal me. How sad, because the Bible says we are ALREADY healed not trying to GET healed! If I had done either of those things I would still be on a beta-blocker today. Praise God, I take NO medicine for my heart because I don’t need it! I continued to stand on God’s word! When my heart would try to race, even with the medicine, I would say, “Praise God I am healed and whole by the stripes 0f Jesus!!” It was on a Wednesday night about two months ago it manifested! GLORY TO GOD!!!
Now, was I getting a “no” from God when I didn’t see what I prayed about immediately? Or was I getting a “no” when I didn’t see it 2-3 months later? NO! When Daniel prayed he had to wait 21 days for his answer to get to him. God sent the angel with the answer the second he prayed, but the angel had been fighting demons in the heavenlies and that is what took so long for the answer to come!
This is why it is so important to pray in the Holy Ghost! He prays God’s perfect will for us and through us for other people and satan has no idea what is being said so he can’t sabbotage it!
Hold on to your “believer” folks! If you are going to throw something down or away let it be human reasoning and doubt!! Stay with the Word!!! It is worth it! Don’t put time limits on God! Pray, believe and praise God for your answer and then let God show out on your behalf from there! Blessings to you, precious reader!! Simply, Juliana
1 Hear this, all you peoples; listen, all who inhabit the world, 2 both low and high,[a] rich and poor together. 3 My mouth speaks wisdom; my heart’s meditation brings understanding. 4 I turn my ear to a proverb; I explain my riddle with a lyre.
5 Why should I fear in times of trouble? The iniquity of my foes surrounds me. 6 They trust in their wealth and boast of their abundant riches. 7 Yet these cannot redeem a person[b] or pay his ransom to God— 8 since the price of redeeming him is too costly, one should forever stop trying[c]— 9 so that he may live forever and not see the Pit.
10 For one can see that wise men die; foolish and stupid men also pass away. Then they leave their wealth to others. 11 Their graves are their eternal homes,[d] their homes from generation to generation, though they have named estates after themselves. 12 But despite his assets,[e] man will not last; he is like the animals that perish.
13 This is the way of those who are arrogant, and of their followers, who approve of their words.[f]Selah 14 Like sheep they are headed for Sheol; Death will shepherd them. The upright will rule over them in the morning, and their form will waste away in Sheol,[g] far from their lofty abode. 15 But God will redeem my life from the power of Sheol, for He will take me.Selah
16 Do not be afraid when a man gets rich, when the wealth[h] of his house increases. 17 For when he dies, he will take nothing at all; his wealth[i] will not follow him down. 18 Though he praises himself during his lifetime— and people praise you when you do well for yourself— 19 he will go to the generation of his fathers; they will never see the light. 20 A man with valuable possessions[j] but without understanding is like the animals that perish.
1 I will exalt You, Lord, because You have lifted me up and have not allowed my enemies to triumph over me. 2 Lord my God, I cried to You for help, and You healed me. 3 Lord, You brought me up from Sheol; You spared me from among those going down[a] to the Pit.
4 Sing to Yahweh, you His faithful ones, and praise His holy name. 5 For His anger lasts only a moment, but His favor, a lifetime. Weeping may spend the night, but there is joy in the morning.
6 When I was secure, I said, “I will never be shaken.” 7 Lord, when You showed Your favor, You made me stand like a strong mountain; when You hid Your face, I was terrified. 8 Lord, I called to You; I sought favor from my Lord: 9 “What gain is there in my death, if I go down to the Pit? Will the dust praise You? Will it proclaim Your truth? 10 Lord, listen and be gracious to me; Lord, be my helper.”
11 You turned my lament into dancing; You removed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, 12 so that I can sing to You and not be silent. Lord my God, I will praise You forever.
1 Lord, do not rebuke me in Your anger; do not discipline me in Your wrath. 2 Be gracious to me, Lord, for I am weak;[a] heal me, Lord, for my bones are shaking; 3 my whole being is shaken with terror. And You, Lord—how long?
4 Turn, Lord! Rescue me; save me because of Your faithful love. 5 For there is no remembrance of You in death; who can thank You in Sheol?
8 Depart from me, all evildoers, for the Lord has heard the sound of my weeping. 9 The Lord has heard my plea for help; the Lord accepts my prayer. 10 All my enemies will be ashamed and shake with terror; they will turn back and suddenly be disgraced.
The man’s oration to Ithiel, to Ithiel and Ucal:[b]
2 I am more stupid than any other man,[c] and I lack man’s ability to understand. 3 I have not gained wisdom, and I have no knowledge of the Holy One. 4 Who has gone up to heaven and come down? Who has gathered the wind in His hands? Who has bound up the waters in a cloak? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name, and what is the name of His Son— if you know? 5 Every word of God is pure;[d] He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him. 6 Don’t add to His words, or He will rebuke you, and you will be proved a liar.
7 Two things I ask of You; don’t deny them to me before I die: 8 Keep falsehood and deceitful words far from me. Give me neither poverty nor wealth; feed me with the food I need. 9 Otherwise, I might have too much and deny You, saying, “Who is the Lord?” or I might have nothing and steal, profaning[e] the name of my God.
10 Don’t slander a servant to his master or he will curse you, and you will become guilty.
11 There is a generation that curses its father and does not bless its mother. 12 There is a generation that is pure in its own eyes, yet is not washed from its filth. 13 There is a generation—how haughty its eyes and pretentious its looks.[f] 14 There is a generation whose teeth are swords, whose fangs are knives, devouring the oppressed from the land and the needy from among mankind.
15 The leech has two daughters: “Give, Give!” Three things are never satisfied; four never say, “Enough!”: 16 Sheol; a childless womb; earth, which is never satisfied with water; and fire, which never says, “Enough!”
17 As for the eye that ridicules a father and despises obedience to a mother, may ravens of the valley pluck it out and young vultures eat it.
18 Three things are beyond me; four I can’t understand: 19 the way of an eagle in the sky, the way of a snake on a rock, the way of a ship at sea, and the way of a man with a young woman.
20 This is the way of an adulteress: she eats and wipes her mouth and says, “I’ve done nothing wrong.”
21 The earth trembles under three things; it cannot bear up under four: 22 a servant when he becomes king, a fool when he is stuffed with food, 23 an unloved woman when she marries, and a servant girl when she ousts her queen.
24 Four things on earth are small, yet they are extremely wise: 25 the ants are not a strong people, yet they store up their food in the summer; 26 hyraxes are not a mighty people, yet they make their homes in the cliffs; 27 locusts have no king, yet all of them march in ranks; 28 a lizard[g] can be caught in your hands, yet it lives in kings’ palaces.
29 Three things are stately in their stride, even four are stately in their walk: 30 a lion, which is mightiest among beasts and doesn’t retreat before anything, 31 a strutting rooster,[h] a goat, and a king at the head of his army.[i]
32 If you have been foolish by exalting yourself or if you’ve been scheming, put your hand over your mouth. 33 For the churning of milk produces butter, and twisting a nose draws blood, and stirring up anger produces strife.