Prayers That Create Miracles
God Is Able!
He is able to do what we ASK.
He is able to do ALL that we ask.
He is able to do ABOVE all that we ask.
He is able to do above all that we ask or THINK.
He is able to do ABUNDANTLY above all that we ask or think.
He is able to do EXCEEDING abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, —Ephesians 3:20
With these amazing and powerful words, the apostle Paul gives an irresistible statement of God's immeasurable ability to answer our prayers. Our God is unquestionably able to give us far more than we could ever hope to have or even image to be available to us.
However, this does bring up a singular difficulty. If God is so able, why do we see so few people experiencing this abundance of answered prayer? I mean, really, how many of us find God doing even what we ask, let alone “exceeding abundantly above” all we ask?
God’s Ability And Your Ability
One solution to the problem of ineffective prayer is discovered in the simple fact that God’s ability is inescapably linked to the exercise of our ability. The standard for answered prayer, Paul says, is:
…according to the ability that works in us,
it is interesting to note that the word translated “according to” is the Greek word, "kata." In this particular place, it carries the idea of one thing conforming to another thing, or of one thing being given out in proportion to another.
I think we can all agree that God is indeed “able,” but his working on your behalf,under normal circumstances, cannot exceed the working of a certain amount of ability that is in you.
The phrase here in Ephesians, “according to,” establishes the limits within which the divine ability can ordinarily operate on your behalf. While on the one hand the power of God is limitless, on the other hand its outworking in your life will generally be in proportion to how (or if) you use your own ability. His “working” will conform to your “working.”
There are, indeed, many things only God can do, and there are some things which only YOU can do. When you do what YOU can do, God will do what HE can do.
Your Amazing Ability
Of course you are wondering what your ability is. I suppose there are endless possibilities to offer in that regard, but I will suggest only three (3) things that will bring you to a new level of answered prayer.
These three (3) things are already in your possession. They are not things you have to work to get before you may proceed. And if you use them the way God has intended for them to be used, you will enter a place where God's boundless power can begin acting on your behalf.
Your Power To Choose
I am not talking about petty choices like right or left, up or down, but moral choices, your capacity to choose to act contrary to your own nature. We can choose to rise to the heights of heaven, or to sink into the deepest recesses of hell; we can choose to live lives that are holy, or to live unholy lives; we can choose to be ruled by faith, or to be ruled by fear; we can choose to obey God, or to disobey him.
Your entire life is the result of all the choices you have ever made. Some were good choices, some were bad choices. We are constantly being forced to decide between two or three or even more choices. it is up to us to decide what attitudes we will demonstrate, what strategies we will employ, how we will respond, etc. Our ultimate destiny is undeniably established by the choices we make every day. It can hardly be surprising, then, that all of our interactions with God begin with a choice. This is clearly seen in Scripture:
I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: —Deuteronomy 30:19
And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. —Joshua 24:15
It is not possible to miss the challenge to make a right choice. In like manner, Paul imposes a choice upon us by setting before us all the unspeakable strength of God. Paul declares that, “GOD IS ABLE!” He then challenges us to make a choice to believe that God is able.
You can bring yourself one step closer to a miracle by accepting (choosing to believe) that God is able; and then by deciding, deep in your heart, that you will unwaveringly depend on him to do abundantly what you ask.
The Power To Persist In Your Choice
Often making the right choice is easy, but once you have made that choice, how do you stick to it?
People often decide to believe the promises of God, but when the answer is delayed, or because opposition rises up against them, they falter, turn away, and abandon their choice.
A man who is full of faith today, but tomorrow is filled with doubt; who prays with perfect boldness today, but is found murmuring against God tomorrow, this type of man will receive nothing from God (James 1:6-8).
We pray. We believe. Then the testing begins. During this time of waiting for the answer to appear, do you hold to your choice, or do you become discouraged and reject the promise of God?
Certainly, there is such a thing as a “trial of faith,” but the trial, itself, should fill you with great joy, because the scripture says:
Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: —1 Peter 1:6-7
The Bible speaks of the army of Israel being determined to believe God, and to go forth and conquer the Philistines. But when Israel saw the vast Philistine army coming across the valley, their faith failed. Fear conquered them before they ever engaged the Philistines, and they all turned and fled for their lives. All that is, except one man, Eleazar.
Eleazar laughed and stood his ground. He drew his sword and cried out,
I believe God!
Whereupon, Eleazar fought against the Philistines until they lay in piles all around him, and God “wrought a great victory that day.”
The rest of the Israelites did not even come close until it was all over. The sole reason they came back was to loot the bodies of the Philistines. One man, despite overwhelming odds, held to his choice, and a wonderful miracle took place. And here you must make no mistake; that victory was not the result of the fighting tactics of Eleazar, that victory was the result of his SHOUT, "I BELIEVE GOD."
While you are busy gathering those things that are necessary for successful prayer, prepare yourself to believe the promise of God, then, come what may, hold to your choice.
Your Power To Confess Correctly
One of the greatest attributes we possess is the power of speech. it is part of our likeness to the image of God. We can speak:
- creatively or destructively
- positively or negatively
- in faith or in doubt
It is almost universally true that no man’s prayer of faith can rise above the level of his confession. What you SAY is what you will GET. While it is true there are abuses of this principle, the truth of that principle remains valid. What you are SAYING is what you are are going to RECEIVE.
Therefore, if the things you are saying contradict the will of God, if you express doubts or unbelief concerning his promises, if you complain about his ways, you may be making it impossible for your prayer to be heard.
On the other hand, if you confess faith in the promises of God with boldness, if you declare that your choice is to believe those promises, if you support that choice with an unrelenting affirmation of confidence in God’s ability, then you will open a channel through which all of heaven’s bounty can be channeled to meet your need.
In light of the foregoing it is not surprising that James writes:
Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body. Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth. Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! —James 3:3-5
If you hope to enjoy continual success in prayer, you MUST learn to control your speech, and steadfastly maintain a bold, positive, confession of faith. You are either going to talk your way into or out of answered prayer.
The High Priest Of Your Confession
Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; —Hebrews 3:1
Now here is a foundational passage of scripture that deals with prayer, but it also contains one crucial condition.
The text says that Christ (Messiah) is the Apostle and High Priest of our “confession.” Quite simply this means the Jesus (Yeshua) will act as your apostle only if you make a correct, proper, and Biblical confession of your faith. The things you say, and the way you say them, are the key to this powerful ministry of the Messiah (Christ).
If you make a good confession, speaking positively and boldly in harmony with the promises of God, then all of the treasures of Messiah’s apostolic and priestly ministry will be released into your life. But if your confession is wrong, then heaven is free (or required) to remain silent and to ignore your prayers.
Jesus gave particular attention to the subject of confession when he taught the people in Palestine. He taught them:
Speak Out Your Faith In The Power Of God
Most people have a general faith in the power of God, but that faith is vague and uncertain. Thus, when the matter comes down to their own, personal need, their faith begins to erode and vanishes. They either doubt that God can do anything, or that he will do anything. Therefore, the underlying problem is not a lack of faith in God's power in a general sense, but rather, in a specific and personal sense.
The real question is not whether God can do “anything,” but whether he can do THIS specific thing you need. It is not a matter of whether ALL things in general are possible, but whether THIS thing is possible. This point is clearly illustrated in Matthew 9:27-30.
Two blind men came to him crying out for their sight to be restored. the first thing Jesus did was to ask them,
“Do you believe I am do this?” (emphasis mine)
He did not ask if they had faith in the power of God. He asked them plainly, “Do you believe I am do THIS?” He wanted them to say clearly, strongly, and unwaveringly that they believed he had was able to give them exactly what they asked.
Only after they replied, “Yes, Lord!” did he then say to them, “According to your faith be it unto you.”
It must be emphasized that Jesus did not act on static, unspoken faith. He waited until he had heard the spoken declaration of what it was they were believing for. Jesus wants to hear you boldly speak out your faith in his ability to meet your particular need.
Speak With Passion
If you want the heavenly things God has stored away for you, then you must have vigorous faith. You will have to demonstrate some spiritual exertion yourself. Victory belongs to the bold. As James states it:
The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. —James 5:16b CJB
It is not merely the prayer of a righteous man that is effective…it is the POWERFUL prayer of a righteous man. Heaven is moved by a loud cry. Prayer should storm the walls of the kingdom. Prayer should be offered as a notice of a drawn on the powers of heaven, Prayer should never be offered in an uncertain whisper.
Now, it is accurate to note that this type of passion in prayer does not always have to be expressed by making a lot of noise. Indeed, you can often speak quietly, and perhaps sometimes not at all. But behind your prayer there MUST be a flame of purpose which will allow for no denial, an undeniably sincere cry in your heart that wrestles for a miracle from God.
Search the gospels and see how people prayed who came to the Messiah for healing. Over and over you will find expressions like, “cried out,” or “begged him,” or “said with tears,” or “called loudly,” and so on. Those people prayed with energy and with singleness of purpose and desire; they called upon God with all of their heart; they knew exactly what they wanted and were determined to get it. But, and this is most important, they received their miracle.
Hebrews 3:1 impels us, not only to hold fast to our confession of faith, but also, and more importantly, to CONSIDER JESUS. That means we are to affix our:
- faith, and
…solely on Jesus (Yeshua)!
Be bold to confess your faith in his power. Pray with passion.
By utilizing these simple principles, you can secure miraculous successes in prayer.