How You Might Be Reversing the Prayers You’ve Been Praying in Faith

Have you ever found yourself saying the exact opposite of what you have been praying? Whoa Nelly! How can that be? Let me show you how negative statements can reverse the prayers you have been pleading to have answered.

One time when I was scheduled to speak at a conference I got the worst cold I can ever remember. I had so much snot bubbling out of my nose; it was red from constant wiping.

My head hurt. My body ached. For 3 days I couldn't breathe without doing so through my mouth. How was I supposed to speak for 45 minutes to a conference room full of people with my nose plugged to capacity?

I woke up that morning complaining. That's right. I was sick and I wanted God to know it. (As if he was unaware!) I said, "God, why would you allow me to be so sick the day I am scheduled to speak? I feel awful!" Know what happened? I felt worse and my body weakened. I wanted to go back to bed.

How Things Changed

Thankfully, as I was getting ready a verse of Scripture came to mind. It was Philippians 4:13 that says, "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength." So I said it out loud. Then I said, "My body is stronger and I am getting better."

Immediately I started to straighten up. Saying those words made my body come into agreement with what I was saying. I felt stronger. I felt better. I was determined to quit complaining which would have undermined my prayer. Had I kept saying how bad I felt, my body would have come into agreement with that instead.

Personal Prayer Sabotage

Sometimes we sabotage our own prayers by speaking the opposite of what we are praying. Can fresh water and salt water come out of the same spout? No! Negative statements that are opposite of what we are praying reverse what we are asking God to do.

For example, you pray something like this with great faith, "God, please heal my body." You even thank him for it. But within hours you're down at the coffee shop telling a friend, "Every day I get up my back is worse than the day before. My back will never get better.”

You're right!

You're back will never get better. Why? Because you are telling it what state to be in. Look, if you want to see your back pain go away, quit inviting it to stay.

You're going to get what you say. Think that's crazy? Jesus didn't. He told us to speak to the mountain and tell it to move. Paul in the Bible was gutsy too when he said, "Call things which are not as though they were." (Romans 4:17)

This wasn't my idea. This is God's. I'm just smart enough to believe it. Actually...I've seen it.

Jesus said…

Truly I tell you, whoever says to this mountain, Be lifted up and thrown into the sea! and does not doubt at all in his heart but believes that what he says will take place, it will be done for him. (Mark 11:23 AMP) (Underlining mine!)

James said…

A word out of your mouth may seem of no account, but it can accomplish nearly anything--or destroy it! (James 3:5 MSG)

You know people who want to loose weight right? I bet you also know people who want to loose weight and they let comments fly out of their mouth like, "I'm so fat!" Yikes! They're telling their body what it will be. Until they say, "I am loosing weight." they most likely won't. Their circumstances are going to line up with what they tell them to.

Or someone says, "I will never be able to afford a nice car or house." Yep. They won't. Why? Because they've declared it. Their words have creative power. And they will subconsciously believe what they say and they will act in ways that will bring about those results.

You will have what you speak.

Those who are careful about what they say protect their lives, but whoever speaks without thinking will be ruined. (Proverbs 13:3 NCV)

There is no greater way to ruin your life than speaking just anything that comes to your mind.

So here's a prayer tip: If you are trying to get a situation to line up with what you are praying - quit saying the opposite of what you want. Stop saying the opposite of what you are praying and believing. Your words have power. Circumstances are activated by what you speak.

Stop reversing your prayers with negative statements. Speak what you want, not what you have, and watch it take shape!

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Tell us, how have you reversed the prayers you've prayed over the years. Have you found that speaking what you want becomes reality when you believe it in faith?

Prayers Without Emotion Are Just as Powerful

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Ever thought that your prayer had to be emotional to be effective?

I admit it feels good to have emotions wash over me when I am spending time with God. Sometimes I am moved to tears as I pour out my heart. But at other times I have prayed almost completely void of emotion.

Many times I've had a blank stare piercing the heavens with no feeling behind it. I didn't feel like I could feel God's presence and I wondered if something was terribly wrong. Can you relate? Have you ever prayed this way?

James 5:16 says:

The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. (NKJV)

You might read this scripture and think you have "work up" your emotions for your prayer to pack power. But packing a punch in the spirit realm has more to do with your faith than it does your emotions.

Emotional Response is Not An Indicator of Faith

The mistake we sometimes make is measuring our prayer time by our emotional response. Know what? There will be times you pray with more emotion than others and it has more to do with your mental, physical, and emotional state than it does your prayer.

I'm sure you'll agree with me, some days you could cry buckets over a cup of spilled coffee. Other days, you take it in stride. Some days a car cutting you off on the highway can evoke strong emotions. And hopefully not strong words or hand gestures! Other days, you just let it roll off your back.

Factors Impacting Your Emotions When Praying:

  • How much sleep you've been getting
  • How much stress you are under
  • If you are not feeling well or are in pain
  • If you have a headache
  • Your personality and temperament
  • Your upbringing (some people were raised in a very non-emotional environment)

Our prayers do not hinge on feelings. They hinge on faith. The Bible doesn't say, "without feelings it is impossible to please God." NO! It says, "without faith, it is impossible to please God."

While a fervent passionate prayer avails much, the Bible doesn't say passionate prayers are the only ones that work with God. This verse is just stating that when you are in a fervent prayer mode - it reaches the heavens. This isn't the only kind of prayer that works. Other kinds of prayer do too. So don't feel bad if your prayers aren't drenched with emotion, soaked with tears, and unique facial contortions.

Pray in faith - and your prayer will be just as powerful!

What do you think? Have you ever been trapped into thinking your prayers had to be drenched with emotion when you prayed? Leave your remarks in the comment section.

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The Key to Growing Miracles with Your Prayers

Cassie Hendon

This is a guest post by Cassie Hendon. Cassie is a worship leader and assistant at City of Life Church, Kissimmee, Florida. (She's one of my favorite vocalists and passionately pursues God in a big way. Get to know her better and what God’s putting in her heart by reading her blog at CassieHendon.com)

"How many of you need a miracle in your life?  Raise your hand."  As my pastor said these words at City of Life's Night of Visitation, the atmosphere was so full of faith it was palpable.  My eyes involuntarily filled with tears.  How many times had I stood there, raised my hand when asked this same question, and asked God for my miracle?  Fifty?  One hundred?  Five hundred?  Countless times.

We were gathered together that night to worship God.  To spend an entire service singing, praising, and honoring Him. So many times I had stood there asking for my miracle. I hadn't felt like praising Him.  The situation seemed too dark for praise.  Yet that night, as the tears welled up, I was filled with thankfulness. A joy unlike anything I'd felt in a long time.

My Miracle

For the first time in a long, long time, I didn't need a miracle.  God had answered my prayer. The Sunday prior, in a church over 1,000 miles away something changed. My dad stood in his pulpit and invited those who were far away from God to return to Him.  He asked those who needed God to stand. He wanted to pray with them for salvation.  Among those who stood - my brother.  My miracle.

Here's all I understand about answered prayer: we ask, God answers.  Sometimes He answers immediately; sometimes it takes months, years, decades.  This answer took over a decade to come.

There were times I grew weary praying for my brother's salvation. Times when I was the only one serving God in my family.  Times when, after talking to him and "taking the temperature" of his heart toward God, it seemed he was moving farther away from than closer to Him.

All I knew was God's will - that my entire family be saved (Acts 16:31).  There's such a beautiful rest we can enter into when we want the same thing that God wants.  God wants it, so we say "let your will be done, Lord" and know that the salvation of our family members is part of that package.

Dreams Do Come True

Last night I stood at the same place. And instead of asking for a miracle, I rejoiced.  I had finally received the thing that I had longed for.  I can only compare receiving an answer to prayer to Psalm 126. David describes it like being in a dream:

When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,

we were like those who dreamed.

Our mouths were filled with laughter,

our tongues with songs of joy.

Then it was said among the nations,

“The Lord has done great things for them.”

The Lord has done great things for us,

and we are filled with joy.

Restore our fortunes, Lord,

like streams in the Negev.

Those who sow with tears

will reap with songs of joy.

Those who go out weeping,

carrying seed to sow,

will return with songs of joy,

carrying sheaves with them.

Your Prayer is a Seed

Every prayer you pray is a seed sown.  Many times our prayers are accompanied by tears of sorrow, tears of compassion, tears of distress.  Many times, these tears last for a long, long time.  Yet when you persist in prayer, you know that each prayer is a seed in the ground.

You can be certain that you WILL return to the place that you've planted those seeds of prayer, and the harvest you've prayed for will be abundant.  That's your miracle.  The tears pay off as your arms are so full of harvest that you can hardly hold it all.

My encouragement to you:  stay in the place of prayer.  When you don't think you have one more prayer in you for a specific person or situation, pray again.  Scrape together your faith and ask God for what's pressing on your heart just one more time.

I promise, He will answer.  You WILL receive your miracle.  

What miracle have you been seeding for? How often have you felt like giving up on your miracle? Share with us in the comment section.

Special Invitation for you: If you are in the Central Florida area August 19th join us for a special healing service as Evangelist Daniel Kolenda ministers at City of Life Church at 7pm. Daniel Kolenda's ministry is marked by healing signs and wonders, and we believe that God is going to move in great power on this day. Click here for more info.

Why Doesn’t Jesus Heal Today Like He Did in the Bible? He Does!

I hear people ask from time to time, "Why doesn't Jesus heal people today like he did in the Bible?"

If you've ever wondered...he does! You just don't always hear about it. Listen to this story from a lady named Patty Wallace that proves my point.

Patty's Story

Two years ago Patty had muscular dystrophy. I say had because on Sunday morning April 18th, 2010, at 7am that all changed. That Sunday morning Jesus was up to his old tricks. I say that tongue and cheek because some wonder if he's still in the miracle working business. This proves he is.

Patty woke up to go to the restroom because she was sick. She thought she was coming down with a virus of some sort. She went back to bed and her husband brought her a washcloth. As she was wiping her face she was praying, asking God to heal her of the muscular dystrophy. What happened next was amazing.

Patty said that Jesus got right in her face, called her by name, and said: "Patricia Diane, how many times have you asked me to heal you? You ARE healed in my name. Get up and walk." Used to limping and dragging her right leg from the disease, she sat up.  God told her to get up and out of bed so she walked to the bathroom where her husband was cleaning up her mess. This time her walk was without a limp. She was no longer dragging her leg. And her seizures were no more.

What happened?

Jesus healed her. Just like he did for the people we read about in the Bible.
After Jesus returned, he walked along Lake Galilee and then climbed a mountain and took his place, ready to receive visitors. They came, tons of them, bringing along the paraplegic, the blind, the maimed, the mute—all sorts of people in need—and more or less threw them down at Jesus' feet to see what he would do with them. He healed them. When the people saw the mutes speaking, the maimed healthy, the paraplegics walking around, the blind looking around, they were astonished and let everyone know that God was blazingly alive among them. Matthew 15:30 (The Message)
What kind of miracle do you need? You could be next. Jesus does still heal today like he did in the Bible.

Dare to believe.

Special Invitation for you: If you are in the Central Florida area August 19th join us for a special healing service as Evangelist Daniel Kolenda ministers at City of Life Church at 7pm. Daniel Kolenda's ministry is marked by healing signs and wonders, and we believe that God is going to move in great power on this day. Click here for more info.