PRAYING SPECIFIC PRAYERS HELP US TO MATURE.
WHEN WE SPEAK TO GOD, IT IS EASY TO DEFINE WHAT OUR REQUESTS ARE.
WHEN THE ANSWERS COME, IT IS EASIER TO IDENTIFY THE ANSWERS.
FROM THIS MOMENT FORWARD, WHENEVER YOU PRAY, ALWAYS ASK YOURSELF IF IT ANSWERS THE QUESTION, ‘WHAT?’
WHATEVER YOU ARE DEMANDING IN FAITH SPECIFICALLY, YOU WILL GET IT THIS SEASON.
YOU ARE NOT PERMITTED TO RETURN EMPTY HANDED AT THE END OF THESE 21 DAYS PRAYER AND FASTING.
-Pastor (Mrs) Faith Oyedepo at CHoP.
Father, this morning we have returned with hearts of gratitude for answered prayers. We thank You for these amazing testimonies, they shall be permanent. Again, this morning by Your Word speak to us: transform us again, change our lives again, let none of us return the same way we came and let Your name be glorified. In Jesus mighty name we pray.
This week in our Covenant Hour of Prayer, the subject of consideration is captioned:
ENGAGING THE WONDER OF SPECIFIC DEMANDS ON OUR PRAYER ALTAR
Say with me, “specific.” Again, the loudest you can.
It is very clear that making demands specifically on our prayer altar can produce wonders and this in every area of our lives.
-Therefore, beginning from this moment, you will begin to experience wonders in your prayer life.
We are all familiar with the story of blind Bartimaeus, he met with Jesus and in (Mark chapter 10) verse 51, Jesus said to him, “what wilt thou that I should do unto thee?”
Say with me, “What?” I will like you to underline that word in your Bible, ‘What?’
That refers to asking the blind man specifically what his request was. A prayer that is specific will always answer the question ‘What?’
If you are praying a prayer and it has no answer to the question, ‘What’, then that prayer is not specific.
We see Jesus reiterate the same thing: “…whatsoever”, talking about the word, ‘What?’
Answering that question, ‘What?’ is critical if our prayers must be specific. Therefore, if we want answers to our prayers, we must learn to be specific.
What does it mean to be specific?
Simple: it means to be clear about our request.
To be clear about what you are asking God to do and this is a major requirement for our prayers to be answered.
Why is it so? I have come to discover that being specific in prayers is one of the major ways, it’s one of the greatest ways of nurturing our relationship with God and growing in faith.
Think about this: you ask a 5-year-old to pray, no matter the circumstance, whether a prayer to be prayed before bed time, at night, or a prayer to be prayed when you are about taking off for a trip as a family, or a prayer to be prayed before going to school in the morning, the content of that prayer of that 5-year-old is usually revolving around the same words: Oh God, bless my Daddy and my Mummy; my brother and my sister and everyone.
5-year-old. But you don’t a 25-year-old to pray the same prayer, do you?
The circumstance will determine the kind of prayer if the same father, the mother, the Daddy, the Mummy are to pray. The prayer at the dining table will be different from the one before a trip. Why? Maturity.
It’s the same thing in our walk with God and with our prayer lives. So it is very important for us to learn to be specific in our prayers, among other things, because it helps us to grow, it helps us to mature. When we speak to God, then it is easy to define what our requests are. So when the answers come, it is easier to identify the answers.
-From today, your prayers shall no longer be wasted.
We will look at 2 examples in scriptures this morning:
- The first one is Nehemiah
“…For what dost thou make request?” You see that word, ‘what’ again, please underline it.
“For what?”: In other words, be specific. The King said to him, “be specific.”
Nehemiah 2:5 – Now the King is also asking specific questions
Say with me, “specific.”
According to his request, it was granted unto him. He was specific. The King asked him to be specific and because he was, he got what he wanted.
In our prayer lives, from this moment forward, as we pray and make requests on whatever matter, whether matters of the Kingdom or issues that affect you as an individual, always ask yourself, “this my request, has it answered the question: what?”; if it has, then you are on your way to it.
-Nehemiah made it, you will make it.
- The second example is Elisha
Elisha demanded for the double portion of the spirit upon Elijah and he got it.
-Whatever you are demanding in faith and specifically these 21 days beginning, you will get it.
-You are not permitted to return empty handed at the end of these 21 days prayer and fasting.
2 Kings 2:9, 15
“…Ask what is shall for thee…”: You see that question, ‘What?’ again
Look at what happened in (2 Kings chapter 2) verse 15, remember the sons of the prophets were mocking him before, that this time, they came to meet him. Not only that, they bowed themselves to the ground before him. These were people that were mocking earlier.
Why? He made specific request and he got it.
-At your return from this mountain of 21 days of prayer and fasting, everything that has been mocking you before, they will begin to bow down to you.
Remember the testimony we heard this morning. The first one, “we thanked God specifically and it happened.”
The second one: prayed specifically and that issue of shame concerning his health became an issue that God took control of.
-Everything that is trying to bring you shame, as you return from this mountain, it shall become a testimony.
Therefore, in conclusion, we must continue to make specific demands on the God of multiplication.
-Your season of glorification is finally here.
Aren’t you grateful that you have a Father in Heaven that you can call unto at any time of the day, your circumstance notwithstanding and receive an answer from Him?
The remaining days of these prayers and fasting, therefore, be specific and God will surprise you.
-You will return as a surprise to yourself.
-You shall no longer pray in vain.
-The God of wonders will visit somebody here.
Prayers: Receive grace. Lord, from this moment forward, every time I pray, grace to be specific, no more wandering in prayers.
Grace to be specific and be able to answer the question, ‘What?’, I receive it in Jesus name.
Pray that prayer for yourself in one moment.