Knowing the Word
How do believers get Spirit – directed thoughts? Paul says they come from being combined with Spiritual words ( 1 Corinthians 2:13 ). In other words, the only place you’re going to find Spiritual thinking is in a Spiritual book. And there’s only one perfect, Spiritual book. This means,
you can’t pray like you ought to pray unless you know the word of God.
I hate to say it, but I’m afraid a good portion of our prayers can basically be trashed because they have nothing to do with God’s revealed Word. They don’t reflect his thinking at all. God is only going to answer prayer that is consistent with his word. So you and I must allow ourselves to be captivated by the mind of Christ, which comes as the Spirit of God combines the Spiritual thoughts of God with the Spiritual words of God. Then we will be addressing the Spirit’s concerns in the Spirit’s way. The first thing you need to know about prayer, is that you don’t start off talking about your problems. You start off talking about the Greatness of God, and to quote his word back to him.
God will honor his word.
You quote what he said in his word concerning your problems. He already knows what you are going through, He just wants you to talk to him and hold him to his word. If his word says it, he will do it. When God’s people pray in the Spirit, something is going to happen.Why don’t we see more things happening in our lives today, God moving in a special way? Why don’t we see impossible marriages and unhappy homes put back together? Why don’t we see people falling back in love again? Why don’t we see more addicts loosen from their addictions? Why aren’t more believers freed from their depression and all manner of mental and emotional prisons? I’ll tell you why, it is because we don’t talk to God the way the believers did in Acts 4,
They were able to combine spiritual thoughts with Spiritual words. They went to the word and reminded God of what he had promised. And because they had that confidence, they could pray boldly in the Spirit, Lord because you said it, we believe you will do it. Learn to take God at his word, he will do just what he said he will do.