SATURDAY 23 OCTOBER 2021
One important truth about prayer is that we are required to demonstrate our faith in God instantly, when we ask for anything we desire. As the righteous, we are to believe and receive our answers immediately, even as we pray, not that we shall one day, in the near future, receive what we prayed for.
Reference: 1 John 5:15 New Living Translation (NLT) "And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we already possess what we have asked of Him."
This knowledge is very important: "And If we know that He hears us". Beloved its amazing how many of God's children who do not know this. If you are among those who know that He hears you when you make your requests, then the second knowledge is guaranteed. In other words, If you "know" that He hears you....you equally "know" that you already possessed your requests at the point of asking. You must be a person of deep conviction about receiving answers to your prayers.
Both "knowledge" work simultaneously. However the first knowledge is the Greek word, "Ginosko", which denotes, "to come to know, recognize and understand." Considering the rendering, "And if we know that He hears us", it means, "if you have come to recognise and understand completely." This implies personal knowledge or awareness of a truth that works. Therefore, it suggests "to know in the sense of realizing". Notably, this very knowledge or realisation has to do with two parties involved. "If we know that He hears us", which means, "we and God" are involved in the matter. Therefore, its a knowledge in continual progress because there is an active personal relationship between the one who "knows" and the Person "known" for what He can do. In this case, the person known is God and He hears you.
The second knowledge is: "we know that we already possess what we have asked of Him", and the Greek word for "know" here, is "proginosko" which denotes "to know beforehand." It's no longer "if we know", because we have graduated from the first knowledge. The second is full assurance of knowledge of something ahead of its real existence or manifestation. It suggests that the answer to the request presented in prayer is so real within the ambit of the "knower's perception." For instance, after praying about the request, you just know that you have answers to your request because you can perceive it inwardly, without the presence of doubt. In other words, you are aware that you have something before it happens or exists in your life or world, which is foreknowledge.
In Mark 11:23-24 (NKJV), Jesus says, "For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be removed and be cast into the sea', and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them." When we pray and declare, we must not harbour any doubt in our hearts, if we know truly that God hears us. For this reason we must believe that we received whatever we asked for - at the very point of prayer, then we shall have it in reality. Shalom!
Scripture Reading - Proverbs 15:29; Matthew 7:7; Luke 11:9-10; Matthew 21:22; John 16:24; Romans 8:32.
Guided Prayer: Thank you heavenly Father for teaching me that the condition for the success of my prayer is instant assurance and receipt of the things I prayed for. Therefore, my faith is expressed far beyond the sphere of doubt and unbelief and my expectations are met beyond measure. With confident assurance that my prayers are heard, I always receive and possess extraordinary answers according to your perfect will in Jesus' Name, Amen!