In the last newsletter, we saw how prayer changes things, but what are the most important elements of our prayers? What ensures that our prayers will be answered?
- We pray God’s Word and will. If it isn’t in the Bible, we must have the peace of the Holy Spirit in our hearts and know from several witnesses that what we are praying agrees with the Word of God.
- We pray in faith. Faith is a result of the Word of God made real in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. We know that we know that we know…He said it, we believe it, and it is a done deal. We are persuaded that God will perform His Word.
- We pray from a heart of thanksgiving. We are so grateful our Father loves us and wants His best for us. We are so grateful our Lord Jesus Christ laid down His life for us and provides everything we need for life and godliness. And we are so grateful the Holy Spirit lives in us to teach, comfort, and guide us.
Did you ever consider thanksgiving as a formidable war tactic? Well, it is!
In Psalm 100:4, we are commanded to “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise.” Jehoshaphat saw the power of thanksgiving in battle:
Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying:
“Give thanks to the Lord,
for his love endures forever.”
As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated.
2 Chronicles 20:21-22
We can give thanks to the Lord at all times and in all situations because He is pouring out His love in our hearts at all times and in all situations. Because of His love for us, Jesus already won our battles – and Satan and every demon from Hell hate that truth! They hate it so much that when we lift our voices in praise and thanksgiving, they are filled with confusion and flee.
When you are in a fight, thank God continually, begin your prayers with thanksgiving, end your prayers with thanksgiving, and let the last words before you sleep be, “Thank You, Father!”