Mark 11:15-17 (KJV) And they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves; 16 And would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple. 17 And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.

Jesus told us here the house of God shall be called a house of prayer. That’s why the church needs to make prayer their priority especially this time in the earth.

When praying we have to understand there are two levels, two realms: the realm of the natural and the realm of the spirit. For things to be done in the natural in the Kingdom of God, they are going to have to be first done in the spirit and that means somebody is going to have to pray and get that done in the spirit.  Even getting people born again, there has to be prayer to birth them first in the spirit.

Wherever there is evil going on in the world, it is going to have to be the church that is going to remove it and we will do it by getting to the root of these problems. We are the world’s only hope because we are the only ones who can take down Satan and his demon spirits behind all the problems in the world. The Word tells the church we are seated far above all demons operating in the world.

Ephesians 6:10-18 (KJV) Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Look at that, “Praying always with all prayer.” 

Ephesians 6:18 (AMP) Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty.  

All manner of prayer means different types of prayer.

Intercessory Prayer is one prayer and that would be prayer for ministries, people to come into the Kingdom, prayer for the President of the United States, neighborhood drug problem, other believers struggling in their lives and so forth.

Petition Prayer is asking for something.  We find scriptures for petition prayer in these two scriptures.

Mark 11:24 (KJV) Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. 

Philippians 4:6 (AMP) Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.  

The priority of prayer, that if you want to receive something from God, you got to pray it and once you prayed then you got to believe you received it when you prayed.

Prayer of Agreement is two or more people agreeing in faith for something in prayer.

Matthew 18:19 (KJV) Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. 

It didn’t say Father in Heaven might answer your prayer of agreement, but it says it shall be done by your Father in Heaven.  God is mindful of His covenant with you and He always keeps his part of the covenant and answers your prayers.

Psalm 105:8 (AMP) He is [earnestly] mindful of His covenant and forever it is imprinted on His heart, the word which He commanded and established to a thousand generations,  

We see covenant in operation in Luke 11.

Luke 11:1 (KJV) And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.

So, John taught his disciples how to pray.  No wonder he was having all that success.

Luke 11:5-8 (KJV) And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves;

Now some people think this is a whole other story here, but Jesus was still talking about prayer.

Luke 11:6-8 (KJV) For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him? 7 And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee. 8 I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth.

I like the Amplified Translation of verse 8,

Luke 11:8 (AMP) I tell you, although he will not get up and supply him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his shameless persistence and insistence he will get up and give him as much as he needs. 

Jesus is talking about prayer and he’s talking about someone who needs prayer and how prayer is answered and it’s not just because you are a child of God.  Prayer is answered first if we follow Biblical rules by which prayer has to be offered and that we understand our covenant with God and that we have a covenant right to answered prayer.  Here’s what I am talking about when I say Biblical rules found in 2 Corinthians 4:13,

2 Corinthians 4:13 (KJV) We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;

This scripture shows us a prayer rule, that we have got to believe prayer, that God hears us when we pray, and our prayer is answered. 

Matthew 9:27-30 (KJV) And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, Thou Son of David, have mercy on us. 28 And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord. 29 Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you. 30 And their eyes were opened; and Jesus straitly charged them, saying, See that no man know it.

Now here’s what I am pointing out.  First, there was a shameless approach to Jesus.  Jesus was going in the house and they come on through the door.  Same with the man healed by Jesus when let down from the roof by his friends who had torn off the roof, it was a shameless approach. The woman with the issue of blood, she pressed her way through the crowd, and she could have been stoned but notice her shameless approach got her healed.  All of them acted because they believed and that’s when you can tell somebody believes.  The word believe has to do with unqualified committal, whatever it takes. It has no boundaries to it.  When I’m talking about the prayer of agreement, the prayer of petition, prayer of intercession; all of these follow that same shameless rule.

God tells you He is not going to give you the answer to your prayer because you are a friend but because there’s a covenant between you and Him and that you believe that covenant guarantees you have a right to answered prayer. When we don’t understand prayer this way then we end up with the nothing changing.

Prayer is joining forces with God and absolutely allowing God to work. He won’t move without prayer. God is going to be resting until prayer wakes Him up.  I know God never sleeps but I am just saying God needs us to pray to allow Him to work.

The Lord tells us to put Him in remembrance in our prayers.  

Isaiah 43:26 (KJV) Put me in remembrance: …

Most of God’s people don’t know what God said but He tells us to remind Him of what He said in prayer.  That’s another prayer rule we need to remember.

Prayer works by faith.  We must believe prayer works every time or why pray.

1 John 5:14-15 (KJV) And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: 15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

John 11:40, Jesus is at the graveside of Lazarus.  Martha very kindly reminds Jesus her brother has been dead for four days and he is stinking.  That makes no difference.  It’s never too late for prayer.

John 11:40-42 (KJV) Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God? 41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. 42 And I knew that thou hearest me always: …

Jesus operating as the Son of Man and not the Son of God is showing His disciples how prayer works, and He knows as the Son of Man He is under covenant with God and God cannot break that covenant. So, Jesus said out loud, “Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me and I knew that thou hearest me always.”

Lastly, a very important prayer rule to our praying should be to follow our prayers with thanksgiving.

Philippians 4:6 (KJV) Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.  

Prayer should always be followed with thanksgiving.  Thanksgiving is another way to prove that we are using faith when we prayed and that we believed our prayer was heard and answered.

I shared with you rules to getting your prayers answered and if you go by the rules of prayer, your prayers will be answered every time.

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