By Funmi Komolafe
“I have been praying for years, yet God has not answered “.These are the words that come to the mouths of some believers who may have been asking God to intervene in their situation through prayer.
However, such words hardly bring the desired answers. If anything, that kind of thought could dampen our faith. It could also mean that we are questioning the awesome power of the Almighty God, which we should avoid.
Whatever it is, we must bear in mind that we have our own responsibility which, in most cases, is beyond prayer.
I can make it
A believer is not a true believer if he lacks confidence. It is often said that one cannot have faith and fear. Once you have faith, you must not only have confidence, you must demonstrate it.
Our authority is found in Mark 5 verses 25-29. This is the story of the woman with the issue of blood who had been battling with this challenge for 12 years.
My emphasis is on verses 28 and 29 . It states: “ For she said, ‘If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole’. And straight way, the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of the plague”.
In this story, our Lord Jesus, as usual, had a crowd around him. The woman had faith but she confidently surged through the crowd to touch him and the Holy Bible records that “ she was healed of that plague”.
For someone who has been believing God for children, you may have been praying but have you demonstrated confidence?
This can be done when you shop for a few baby things and begin to confidently speak into them the word of God that promised you children. This may look odd but such activities bring results and, in some cases, instant result.
Why? It is simply because your spirit picks up your words and the Hosts of Heaven act on it.
We find authority for fruitfulness in Deuteronomy 7 verses 13 and 14. Part of verse 13 states: “ And He shall love thee and bless thee and multiply thee: He will also bless the fruit of thy womb….”.
Verse 14 states emphatically, “ Thou shall be blessed above all people; there shall not be male or female barren among you, or among your cattle”.
When we remind God of his word, he moves on our behalf.
If yours is marriage, then go buy a ring or a veil or whatever item you could use on your wedding day and begin to speak into it using Genesis 2 verse 18 : “ And the Lord God said, ‘It is not good that a man ( or woman) should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him”, JKV.
If yours is about promotion, go and purchase a card of congratulations and begin to speak the word of God as stated in Psalm 75 verses 6 and 7 which state: “ For promotion cometh neither from the east , nor from the west nor from the south . But God is the judge; he putteth down one and setteth up another”.
However, for those believing God for promotion the word is not for people who are lazy and seeking undeserved promotion. In this instance, we are referring to those who deserve to be promoted but for some reasons, others have vowed not to see them promoted.
These steps, when taken, not only confirm that we have faith but also demonstrate our confidence that whatever we are believing God for will surely manifest.
Steps to take
I share with you a sermon of Pastor Gbenga of Osho of Laughter Foundation International Ministry on this subject.
He suggested that the first step is for a believer to decide what you want from God. In other words, if you want children, you must state clearly the sex and the number. Is it a boy, a girl, twins or triplets.
The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God ( RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, once told the congregation that we should always ask the Lord for big things.If you have been waiting on the Lord for years, you need to begin to ask for twins or triplets except of course you know you do not have the capacity to have multiple babies.
I share with you the experience of a couple from Edo State. They have been waiting on the Lord for children. God answered and they had a baby girl, but, somehow, the baby developed complications a few days after delivery and died.The parents were devastated .They didn’t stop coming to church or query God why he allowed that to happen.Both husband and wife intensified their service and worship to God.
Barely a year after they lost that baby, they had a set of twins: a boy and a girl.
Before the twins were 16 months old, another set of twins were born. This time , two girls.
Had they decided to shun God, would they have had these children? Your guess is as good as mine.
Having identified the relevant Bible passage as stated earlier, the next step is to get the word rooted in your spirit and that is what is meant by your spirit accepting the word. For this to happen, one needs to meditate on the word.
Meditating on the word helps us to fully understand the word and builds our confidence.
Tackle the enemy
Having done all these, sometimes, the hand of the enemy still manifests .So, another step that must go hand-in-hand with the earlier mentioned steps is to learn to tackle the enemy.
Remember, we are discussing spiritual enemies.
A lady once said anytime she got pregnant, she would always have a dream of someone’s hand pressing her tummy down. Once that happens, she loses the pregnancy.
For someone believing God for promotion, it could be a dream of a promotion letter snatched. Other women have had dreams of people snatching babies from them. All of these are indications that a force of darkness is obstructing a miracle.
The good news is that our God is able.Before the enemy acts, he knows and has provided the solution. It is our duty to apply the solution which is rooted in the word of God.
Isaiah 49 verses 25 and 26 assure of God’s ability to subdue all enemies.
They state: “But thus saith the LORD, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children. And I will feed them those that oppress thee with their own flesh ; and they shall be drunken with their own blood, as with sweet wine : and all flesh shall know that I the LORD am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob”.
With this , God has equipped you to fight back but do you have the confidence? You just need to build up that confidence.
With the word of God in you, and your proper and regular usage of the word, answers to your prayers will come speedily by the Grace of God.
Very soon, I see you sing, ‘I never knew he would answer me this way’.
That is your song in Jesus name.