Ephesians 3:14 – For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ . . .
When Jesus said He would build His church upon “this rock,” the rock about which He was speaking is the rock of revelation knowledge of His Word. The Word is forever settled in heaven. The Word, Jesus, is the same yesterday, today, and forever. It is absolutely unchangeable. One of the key activities to which the believer should be continually engaged in the laying of that foundation is prayer. Praying the Word is laying the strongest possible foundation upon which to build your life, and the life of others, in the kingdom of God. The foundation built in this manner is unshakeable.
When you have needs in your own life, you need to be able to pray the prayer of faith. That clearly indicates you must have knowledge of the Word, for faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. Without faith it is impossible to please God, and praying without a foundation of the Word of God is not faith-based praying. And while this is a hard saying, praying without faith as a foundation does not please Father, and therefore will not be heard and answered. In order to pray a faith-based prayer, one must have knowledge of the Word of God relating to that prayer that it is indeed the will of God. That is why one must “study to show himself approved unto God. “
When you pray for others, the same is true. You need to be able to pray the prayer of faith, that is, a faith-based prayer, built soundly on the basis of the Word of God. My friend, much of the prayer that people offer to the Lord is, in reality, sloppy prayer, built solely on desire and mental assent. Such prayer is not acceptable to the Lord. I did not write the Scriptures, and neither will I apologize for the truth set forth therein. God’s Word is God’s Word, and regardless of how many have tried to weaken it, dilute it, and even pervert it, God’s Word is God’s Word, and it NEVER changes. Once again, I write, “without faith it is impossible to please God.” If you are praying for someone else, be sure your prayer is based on the Word of God, for then, and only then, can your prayer be truly faith-based.
I should note here that I am writing about praying in the understanding (your known language), NOT praying in the Spirit. When you pray in the Spirit, it is as Holy Spirit gives utterance, and that prayer will ALWAYS be faith-based, for it is the perfect will of Father, and will ALWAYS line up with His Word.
Manna for Today – Ephesians 3:14-21; Ephesians 6:10-18; Colossians 1:33-14; Philippians 1:3-11; Matthew 6:5-15; Psalm 119:89; Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 13:8; Romans 10:17; 2 Timothy 2:15; Mark 11:22-24