Ephesians Chapter 6
Prayer is a method of communication by means of which
any soul on earth may present his/her requests to Yahweh
the Almighty God of Israel. Most forms of communication,
such as the telephone, radio, television or data transmission by
computer, can breakdown and messages do not get through.
The system of prayer, though operating on an infinitely
higher plane than any man-made telecommunication system,
is no exception. It can also breakdown. But, in
some strange way, even though prayer operates on an infinitely
higher level than, say, local area networks (LAN)
do, to correct faults in prayer is easier by far than repairing
the telephone or fixing a computer. What’s
more the parameters of prayer are extremely simple:
Here then is a brief outline of the spiritual parameters,
conditions and guarantees of answered prayer. Put them
into practice and your life will be immeasurably blessed.
Ignore them and you will live in a world of spiritual darkness,
never really understanding where in this universe you
fit and what is the purpose of your existence. Students are,
therefore, advised to look upon this lesson as one of the most
important in the entire series. Make sure that you
read it over and over again. Re-reading these truths is a
sure way of fixing them in your mind.
- Meet Yahweh's spiritual conditions,
ask in Messiah's Name Yeshua, (Jesus)
and your prayers will be answered,
and that to your utter amazement.
- Ignore His conditions and most of your prayers
will go unheeded, even though you were to employ a
million words in an attempt to gain His attention.
- FAITH. The first requirement in prayer is to believe that the
Almighty God exists. That He is the Creator and
the rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Yahweh has
filled the universe with stunning evidence of His presence.
Look above and around and you will have to admit that such
breath-taking design and power could never have originated
without a master mind behind it all. That mind is
Yahweh’s mind. And yet the beauty of the
physical creation, wonderful though it is, is only a small part of
His handiwork. There are other areas of His activity of which we
know little which are greater by far than the physical creation.
Yes, every logical mind will admit that the Almighty God must exist.
Only fools reject that fact. See A Voice In The Wilderness -
Canada articles on Evolution
for further study. (Hebrews 11:6, Psalm 14:1)
- OBEDIENCE. The next requirement, and this is certainly the most
unpopular one, is to be prepared to amend one's ways and
to live a life in obedience to the commandments of God.
Failure to meet this mandatory condition is the main cause for
failure to get results in prayer; for it is a fact that the Most High
will never answer the prayer of a person who knowingly continues
in sin. Success in prayer in other words is directly related to one's
willingness to change for the better. Indeed the holier a person
becomes the more effective will be his/her prayers.
(2 Chronicles 7: 14, Psalm 66: 18, Proverbs 28: 9, James 5: 16-17)
- MOTIVES. Self centred prayers which are prompted by unsanctified
motives - even if they are voiced by a believer - are seldom
if ever answered. Or rather the answer is - No! Prayers motivated
by the spirit of competition, greed, self glory or pride
are really a waste of time; for Yahweh will never grant a request
that has at its source some unworthy motive. (James 4: 1-3)
- ASK IN YESHUA’S NAME.
This phrase does not imply that merely voicing the Master's name
(Yeshua, Emmanuel or Jesus) will somehow work
miracles and cause a request to be granted; or that a prayer with the
words, ‘in Jesus’ name’ tagged on the
end is somehow given special treatment. No, the phrase
‘in Jesus’ Name’ means by the
authority and power of Yeshua, in his cause, for the extension of
Yahweh's Kingdom or in accordance with His holy will and purpose.
In other words if you ask for anything in the interests of Yeshua's cause,
for something that is in line with His will - it will be granted!
Let me repeat It will be granted!The astonishing promise,
that every request made in the Master’s Name will be
granted, is repeated several times in the Scriptures. It comes with
all the guarantees of heaven itself. It just cannot fail. Get the parameters
right and everything worthwhile is possible! Let every believer
pause and consider the unspeakable value of the Saviour's advice on
prayer. His actual words - yea promises may be found in the
following passages: Study them carefully.
(John 14: 13-14, John 15: 7-8, John 15: 16, John 16: 23-24, 1 John 5: 14-15)
- Prayer may be made for a wide variety of things.
Here is a sample list of acceptable things to pray for.
- For forgiveness and cleansing from sin. (Psalm 25:16-18)
- For the Holy Spirit. (Luke 11:13)
- For faith and wisdom. (Luke 17:5, James 1:5)
- For the insight and understanding of Yahweh's law. (Psalm 119:18)
- For healing (approach the elders as instructed). (James 5:14-15)
- For day to day provisions. (Matthew 6:11)
- For fellow believers to grow in grace and generally benefit. (Colossians 1:9-10)
- For others and especially those in authority. (1 Timothy 2:1-3)
- For the workers in the Lord's field. Matthew 9:38)
- And even for your enemies and persecutors. (Matthew 5:44)
- EXPECT RESULTS
- Yes, believe, ask and expect results. In fact wait for results
and prepare for their arrival.
(Matthew 21: 21-22, James 1: 6-7, Psalm 40: 1, Psalm 130: 5-6)
- If no results are forthcoming, even after a period of waiting,
check your life and motives and pray again. Persevere.
(Luke 18: 1-8) If desperate, begin a fast and invite other Christians
to join with you in more prayer. If still no results arrive, do not despair,
Yahweh has a very good reason for not granting your request. Read
(Luke 18: 1-8 and 2 Corinthians 12: 7-10). Study the book of Job. It will
show you how that behind the scenes an almost incredible drama was
being enacted to prove to the angel host that Job worshipped Yahweh,
not for personal gain as Satan had implied, but because he (Job) admired
the Almighty. There may well be a similar drama being enacted in
your life. Above all, if you are going through an equally tragic
experience do not give up your faith in God when your prayers appear
to go unheeded. If you have re-checked every condition mentioned in
this lesson and still get no results, you may be sure that Yahweh has a
perfectly good reason for not granting your request. It is at this stage -
when nothing seems to move - that a believer's faith is tested
to breaking point and (2 Corinthians 12: 7-10) must become a living
reality to you. It is, of course, possible that your life or motives are not
quite right and you yourself are unaware of this. Examine
yourself, pray about it and wait for an explanation. It will come.
- MODES AND TIMES OF PRAYER
- Make prayer a habit. In fact wrestle with God and - dare we say it - overcome Him.
- Of course you should not be presumptuous, but neither should you
cringe. Rather be respectfully bold with God.
- Raise your hands when praying if opportunity allows. This was a
habit of patriarchs, prophets and apostles.
(Exodus 17:11-13, 1 Timothy 2:8)
- Pray mostly in secret. This allows more freedom. Keep public
- Kneel when possible without becoming ostentatious.
- Pray in the morning and again in the evening. But any time of the
day or night will do. Never give up the habit of prayer.
(1 Thessalonians 3:10, 1 Thessalonians 5:17)
- Try fasting. Fasting is prayer's invincible ally.
- If you have never prayed, ask Yahweh to teach you. (Luke 11:1) Bear in mind
that every prayer is sifted, edited and presented to the Most High by the Holy
Spirit in a way that will do justice to its true meaning.
The criterion of a good prayer is, therefore, not the glowing language
used to express it, but rather the spiritual content of the prayer and
whether or not God grants it.
- Above all remember that prayer is the believer's most powerful weapon in
his/her fight against evil, and it is still true to say that:
"Satan trembles when he sees the weakest saint upon his
Yahweh is even now, waiting for the church to wake up to the power of prayer,
to make prayer a habit, to ask and receive of Him the immeasurable bounties He
has already provided in Jesus. And it is a constant cause for divine amazement
that so few believers even want to understand the subject or give themselves to
prayer. (Ezekiel 22:30-31, Isaiah 59:15-16)
And so we will end this lesson reminding you of your duty to pray.
Indeed it is your privilege to pray; for coupled with faith, prayer
is the finest communication system with the Almighty the church possesses. To be
sure it may breakdown, but that is usually because we have not understood its
requirements. But though it is sometimes difficult to understand it is easy to start
again. Prayer is an extremely powerful system. More powerful than wealth, or talent,
or numeric supremacy. Prayer can do anything Yahweh can.
So, meet the divine conditions, ask and receive,
and shall we say, surprise God, yourself and everyone else.
In the Son’s Name - For the Father’s glory.
Elder: Max W. Mader