PRAYERS THAT WORK
I have met a lot of people that pray a lot but still have no victory in their lives. I have met others that prayed little, but their prayers were answered. The difference is whether there is any faith in the prayers.
Over 30 years I learned a lesson about prayer. I was watching an episode on the television where a man gave a remarkable testimony. He shared that he was quite sick, but that his wife had prayed, and the Lord told her “it was not a sickness unto death.” He grew sicker and went to the hospital and he died. Upon his death, he immediately went through a tunnel and saw Jesus. He felt no pain and was so happy to be in the Lord’s presence.
Then, he saw hundreds of sparks going up and down. He asked the Lord, what the sparks were, and the Lord told him, “they were prayers being offered up for him.”
He then asked him “Why are some going up and some going down?”
The Lord spoke to him and said, “The sparks going up were prayers that had faith in them and the ones going down were prayers with no faith." He also told him that prayers often were prayed but then were cancelled because the person would say, “I hope it did some good.” There was no faith in those prayers, and those prayers were void.
Then the man said he came to a beautiful river and saw a young man on the other side of the river. He asked the Lord “Who is that?”
The Lord told him that it was his glorified body. The man stepped into the river to go to this new body, but the Lord told him “No, you can’t go there. You have to go back.” The man argued with the Lord telling him that he wanted to stay. The Lord again, said “No, you have to go back because I told your wife it was not a sickness unto death.” The man replied with, “She will understand.” The Lord again said “No.” You have to go back. Then instantly the man was back in his body, and of course recovered.
I thought about that testimony and realized that I had used those same words, “I hope it does some good.” I knew that my prayers were “void” because of this. After this, I never said “I hope it does some good” again.
What about you? Do you hope when you pray, or do you have confidence that when we ask God that He will answer our prayers? Faith believes without seeing. So, if your prayers aren’t being answered, change your hope into faith, and believe the promises of the Word of God. God cannot lie. He also cannot change what you speak. You must put faith into your prayers to see results!