By Bishop David Oyedepo
You donâ€™t appear at a war front just like that; you have to prepare adequately because it is warfare. If you must win the war, there is need for adequate preparation. Last week, I taught on heart preparation as a key to winning the war of prayer. This week, I will show you another dimension of preparation that will enable you to win the war of prayerâ€”Word preparation. Without the Word, every prayer ends in utter frustration.
Godâ€™s Word says: “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us.” (I John 5:14).
The Word of God (Godâ€™s will) is the only thing that grants you access in heaven. It is Godâ€™s language. Without it, Godâ€™s ears remain deaf to whatever you are saying, causing your prayer to bounce back to you.
There is no point saying prayer that God does not hear. Itâ€™s like somebody who picks up his telephone and just starts talking into it, even though the line hasnâ€™t gone through. Godâ€™s Word is what gives worth to your prayers, and qualifies you for a heavenly audience. When you consider that prayer is seeking justification against the accusations of hell, then you will understand that the reason many donâ€™t get answers is because they are not prepared for what they are doing.
If you donâ€™t know how to approach God with His Word, prayer will continue to be a hit-and-run experience for you. Note that God is the Judge of the whole earth. As one coming to plead your case before Him, there is need to correctly position yourself by collecting adequate and relevant materials that will enable you win the case.
No lawyer, for instance, can expect to win a hard case without doing qualitative preparations. If he fails in his preparations, he will only end up making a fool of himself before the judge and his client. Lack of Word preparation is the reason for our frustration in prayer. Many lazy people console themselves by saying; â€œI know God will do it some day,â€ when they have done nothing on their own part to commit God to their desires.
It takes the Word to get God committed to anything you desire from Him. A friend and I went out to pray one day, and my Word preparation was in order. As we got to the place where we were to pray, the Lord said to me; â€œI have heard you.â€ So, I turned to my friend and told him, â€œThe Lord spoke to me now. He said He has heard me.â€ We then went ahead and praised the Lord and left. Our request was granted just as we desired it!
Donâ€™t rush God, first set yourself (II Chronicles 17).
If you take enough time to prepare in the Word, you will spend less time in prayers and get more results eventually. There is a level of Word preparation you will engage in, that God would not even allow you to finish talking before He steps into action and establishes your desire. Your preparation in the Word can secure you an approval from heaven, even before you begin to speak!
When your heart is stuffed with relevant scriptures that help you to communicate your desires effectively, your prayer becomes effectual, and makes tremendous power available. Letâ€™s stop suffering with vibrations and gyrations, rather, letâ€™s sit down and calculatively engage in Word-backed communication with God for outstanding manifestations on earth. Before you engage in any prayer session, sit down and prepare, like one going to court. Organize, and if possible, write down your prayer points and the Scriptures that commit God to grant you your desires. Sometimes, I write down my prayers like a case, then I read them aloud to God, who is the Judge of the whole earth. He said: “Come let us plead together…” (Isaiah 43:26).
I say to Him; â€œThis, this and this are what are happening, but according to this and this in your Word, they ought not be happening. Because You abide faithful and cannot deny Yourself, and You change not, this is what I want to be done.â€ Stop playing religion, because when faced with your hottest battle, there may be nobody near you and if you donâ€™t know how to connect God, what becomes of you?Â So, brace up! You must have a Word stuffed heart, to maintain a hotline communication with God (Colossians 3:16). Prayer is communication, not emotional displays. God is not moved by your tears; He is only moved when you ask according to His will. So, all you need is the right Words and your communication with God will be through. It is the Word of God that makes one outstanding in life. When you are Wordless, your prayer canâ€™t be genuine. You will either be under pressure, or just be playing games.
How can you be praying on the same issue for over one year without getting an answer, and you have never bothered to sit down and ask yourself, â€œWhat is missing?â€ It is Godâ€™s Word that connects you to Him for response. Until you remind Him of His Word that commits Him to your deliverance, your prayers will continue to remain unanswered. (Isaiah 43:26).
Friend, the power for adequate Word preparation is available, if you are saved. You get saved by confessing your sins and accepting Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. If you are set for it, please say this prayer: “Lord Jesus, I come to You today. I am a sinner. I canâ€™t help myself. Forgive me my sins. Today, Lord Jesus, I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Thank You for saving me! Now I know, I am born again!”
From December 8-12, the story of many lives will be re-written at SHILOH 2009â€”an annual prophetic gathering of the Winnersâ€™ family, coming up at Faith Tabernacle, Canaan Land, Idiroko Road, Ota. Come for a change of status at the event tagged, Hour of restoration! Come fully prepared to receive your own portion.
Every exploit in life is a product of knowledge. For further reading, please get my booksâ€”Winning prayer and Keys to answered prayer.