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?