I warmly welcome you to this edition of the program, Building on the ROCK with Pastor Murphy. This program is designed to empower you achieve your dreams in God through His Word. It is an honour to share the all powerful Word of God with you today. My name is Murphy Okpala. Today I will be discussing the topic: Praying Your Future as part of the series titled Dwelling in the Land but before we go on with the discussion let’s listen to this lovely song.
Artist: Nichole Nordeman
Song Title: Holy
Scripture: Romans 8:25-26
In continuing with the series we have been discussing over the past 3 weeks, on the activities you need to engage in on a daily basis for you to see all God promised you come to pass in your life, today we will be looking at the third activity which is Prayer.
Prayer is an essential activity for anyone to see the promises of God become a reality in their lives and guarantee the good future God has planned for them. As a matter of fact what Jesus paid for, you have to pray for. By His death and resurrection Jesus paid for everything you need to live a good and godly life and offered it to you free of charge but it is in the place of prayer that you take hold of all these good things that Jesus has already prepared for you.
As I said last week everything you will ever need according to God’s agenda for your life already exists in God’s presence. Ephesians 1:3 says that God has blessed us with all spiritual blessing in the heavenly places i.e. in God’s presence. By His blood, Jesus purchased in advance everything you require to live a good life and fulfill your destiny. He deposited these things for you in an account in the presence of God so that when you require them it will be released to you. However it is through effective praying that you actually discover what is in that account and make withdrawals when necessary. The unfortunate thing is that most people know the importance of prayers but how many people actually pray effectively?
Effective Praying is a Skill, one to be learnt!
As I often say prayer is a skill that needs to be learnt through teaching and developed through practice. Without effective prayer you will not be able to convert the things Jesus has already prepared for you in the heavenlies into your life here on earth.
As you may already know from the previous editions of this series, whenever God wants to release the things Jesus purchased to you He first gives you a promise. And as you dwell in that promise like it is already happening in your life, God by His power starts making that promise a reality you can see with your physical eyes. But it is effective praying that releases the power of God to make that promise a reality for you.
[quote]Prayer is a skill that needs to be learnt through teaching and developed through practice.[/quote]
The first thing you need to know about effective praying is that God’s promises to you from the scriptures is the basis on which you make your prayers effective. God is more interested in fulfilling His promises than meeting your desires. When He gives you a promise it is a call to prayer. In 2 Samuel 7 after Nathan the prophet told David what God promised to do for Him and His family, David’s first response was to go before the Lord in prayer. God’s promise became the basis for David to make His request to God, asking Him to fulfill what He has promised & God answered Him. In the same way if you make God’s promise to you the basis of your prayers, you will receive your request from God.
This is actually the first step to seeing that promise become a tangible reality in your life. Jesus said in Mark 11:24 that whatsoever you ask the Father, when you pray you should believe you have received it and then you will have it. In other words Jesus was saying that whenever you make your request based on God’s promise, you have to believe that you have received what you asked before you can actually hold it physically in your hands.
How to Pray your Future Today
The period between when you make your request and when that request gets in your hands is where you dwell in the land of promise in prayer i.e. start seeing yourself in the promise fulfilled. This is the period where the thing you have received from God gets converted from its spiritual form into its physical form which you a can enjoy on the earth and bless other people with.
At no point in this process should you think you don’t have what you requested for because you can’t see it with your physical eyes.
You should trust God’s promise like a little girl will trust her father that promised her to buy her shoes. Typically when a father makes a promise to his child, the child boldly goes and tells his friends with confidence like he has new shoes even though He has not seen it yet. That is how you should treat the things you have asked God based on His promise to you.
[quote]When God gives you a Promise, it is a call to Prayer.[/quote]
Enlisting the Holy Spirit in Prayer
Your prayer during this period should be in the Spirit, because the Spirit of God who dwells in you will help you pray accurately in order to generate the power necessary for the conversion because the effective prayer of the righteous makes tremendous power available.
Romans 8:25-26 says when you hope for something you do not yet see you should wait for it patiently and in that period of waiting the Spirit of God helps your weakness in prayer. So you need to depend on the Holy Spirit to help you in your prayers during this period of waiting.
IN PRACTICE THIS IS HOW IT WORKS. When you wake up in the morning go to God with thanksgiving and singing for the promised fulfilled, praising Him from the depth of your heart. Then you ask the Holy Spirit to help you pray effectively concerning the thing you are expecting. Then yield to Him preferably praying in tongues. As you pray this way the Holy Spirit will start giving you pictures of your future where that promise has been fulfilled in your life. This does not happen every time you pray like this though. But praying like this always generates the power required to pull those things from the spiritual realm into this physical realm where you can enjoy it. As you do this, in no distant time, things on the earth will start working together to bring a manifestation of the things you are expecting.
What I have given you above is just like a template. As you practice it you will realize the unique way it works for you. But if you are doing it correctly the results you will get will not be far from what I just explained.
[quote]You don’t need a prophet or pastor to help you pray the blessing of God into your life.[/quote]
This prayer lifestyle of dwelling in the land is a privilege of every child of God. You don’t need a prophet or pastor to help you pray the blessing of God into your life. You don’t even need me to pray for you. If you are a Christian indeed and you practice the things I have been sharing in this series you will realize that all the miracles you have been hoping for and going to one prayer house to another for will become a permanent reality in your life.
BEFORE WE END OUR PROGRAM TODAY, I want to give you an opportunity to make Jesus Lord of your life. He wants to make Himself real to you if you will let Him. Say this simple prayer with me:
Jesus I know you are the son of God and you died for my sins. Today I give you my life, take me and change me. Be the Lord of my life. Thank you Lord, for I am now yours!
If you sincerely made that prayer from your heart, you are now a child of God and have started the journey of a fruitful life. Join a Bible believing Church that will help you grow in God. If you reside in Enugu city feel free to visit us at The Cornerstone Church, Trans-Ekulu, we will be glad to have you.
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