December 10, 2010


Posted in Faith tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:00 am by Lisa Ritchey

Why are we so surprised when we actually get a prayer answered?  If you don’t want it answered, don’t pray it, but if you do, then pray the prayer knowing it will be answered. Just be sure that it is according to God’s will.  How do we know if it is? 

  1. What does the Scriptures say about it?   
  2. If it is a prayer for healing, The Bible says,

    And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.”(James 5:15). Or   “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. (1 Peter 2:24).

    No stipulations, you just were.  

    Is it for finances?  

    “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” (3 John 1:2) or “But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.” (Deuteronomy 8:18)

     For direction or wisdom? 

    “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” (James 1:5)

    Whatever the situation, find what the Word has to say about it, and stand on that Word. He will do it for you, too. 


    “Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:” (Acts 10:34)

  3. You better be hearing His voice when He speaks to you.  If you are one of Jesus’ sheep you do.
  4. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:” (John 10:27) and “… Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.” (John 18:37).

    If you pray wrong, one job of the Holy Spirit is to let you know.   This is called “quickening”. The ability to hear this quickening comes through the “crucifixion of the flesh”[1] (fasting[2]) and prayer. Staying in The Word helps, too.  

If one is not praying a prayer of faith, why pray at all? I really just don’t understand that. When I pray, I get really upset if what I asked does not happen[3].  He said it, and so I, not hope for but unwaveringly expect it to happen.

 We are to trust God to do what we ask Him to do.  Faith is another way of saying “trusting God to do what is asked”.  If you are not going to pray a prayer of faith, or an effectual,fervent prayer[4][5], then why bother?
But if you do, Ce-lebrate Jesus!

[1] For a more detailed study of this topic, please see my  previous article The Flesh vs. The Spirit
[2] For a more detailed study of this topic, please see my previous articleFasting: What is it? Who should do it? Why do it? How do I do it?
[3] For a more detailed study of this topic, please see my previous articlesWHERE IS THE POWER IN THE CHURCH TODAY? Part 1 and

[4] James 5:16

[5] From Strong’s Greek Dictionary entry #1756; “to be active, efficient: – do, (be) effectual (fervent), be mighty in, shew forth self, work (effectually in).”   A prayer that works.

© Lisa Ritchey, 2010.

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