Thursday, March 14, 2013

Step 7: Give God the Praise

Philippians 4:6

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;

The scripture above says do not be anxious for anything. The Amplified Bible says, “Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything.” Being fretful and anxious is not faith. You can fast and pray for many days, but if you are fretful and anxious about the matter, praying won’t do you any good. You have to go to God believing, not fretting.

Since you have prayed, and you believe that you have what you prayed for, the next thing to focus on is thanking God for the answer. After all, what do you say when someone gives you something? You say, Thank you.

Once you’ve prayed for a thing, make every other statement about it a statement of faith. You asked for it. You believe you receive it. Now thank God for it, even if it had not yet materialized. Thank God for it in faith that He has already provided it for you. Hold fast to the promise of God. Never let it go and never accept defeat. You need only do one thing. Thank God for it. There is no need to explain anything to anyone. Just thank God for it.

Don’t be tempted to pray for it again. It’s not necessary. God is not deaf, nor has he had a memory lapse. To pray for the same thing again would be unbelief. Be a believer and thank God for it until you get it.

I want to share a situation that Brother Hagin shared in his book “Prevailing Prayer to Peace”

"During a convention once in Texas, I heard Rev. Raymond T. Richey lead in prayer for a man who was in the hospital, dying. After we prayed, we thanked God that He had heard us.

"Brother Richey started to walk away from the pulpit, but then turned around and went back to the microphone. He asked how many in the congregation were going to keep praying for this man in the hospital. Nearly everyone raised his hand.

“ 'What do you want to do that for?' Brother Richey asked. 'We already have prayed for him. Now let us keep praising God because He has healed this man.'

"At the close of the service, someone came in and announced that the dying man had suddenly revived and was going to be all right. He had seen Jesus walk into his room and say, 'I am the Lord that healeth thee.' He had awakened and immediately was well. This had happened while we had been praying."

Practice the seven steps to answered prayer and you will see dynamic results in your prayer life.

Recommended Reading:
Praying to Get Results by Kenneth E. Hagin

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