Study in Prayer – January 11 – Guard Your Mind and God Will Answer

Scripture of the Day:   

Jeremiah 29:12

“Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.”

Guard Your Mind and God Will Answer

In order to receive the answer to your prayers, you need to believe that God WILL answer prayer. We are told over and over and over that God “hears us” and “delivers us” and He “will answer” our prayers.

But even with all of the promises of God on this subject, doubt still creeps in “this time.”

Questions like, “Will He answer – this time?”

Or “I know He answered my prayers before – but will He do it “this time?””

We need to be on guard against any thoughts that come into your mind concerning whether or not God will answer your prayers.

You see, thoughts are actually governed by observations. You then associate those observations with what your desires are. “Are these things lining up with what I expect?” “Are these things I see, are they God’s way of answering my prayer?”

The Bible says we are to cast down our imaginations that try to exalt themselves against the Word of God. That’s why you need to stay away from all places and things that do not support your affirmation that God has answered your prayers. Your thoughts are governed by your actions.

That means, sometimes, you will have to stay away from the kind of churches that can put more unbelief in you than they do faith. I’m not speaking bad about any churches or their pastors – but you know as well as I do there are some well meaning pastors that walk, unknowingly, in unbelief in certain areas.

For example, some pastors do not want to teach on prophecy because they feel it just makes people fearful. They do not want to make their people afraid – despite the fact the Book of Revelation clearly states that those who read or in other words, STUDY, the last the book of the Bible – will be BLESSED.

There are those pastors who refuse to teach on Divine healing. They don’t want to get people’s hopes up. They don’t know how to teach on the subject of “walk by faith and not by sight.” They acknowledge that Jesus healed. The Apostle’s healed. But they don’t believe ANY of that is for today. They will admit that “sometimes” God will Divinely intervene and they give Him praise in those instances. But they will not willing teach on it nor are they willing to stand in agreement with YOU for your healing.

It is better to leave those churches, despite your friendships, despite your loyalty to “the pastor” and stick to your loyalty with GOD.

Studies have shown that you are the sum total of the 5 people you most hang out with. If you are a business person and you want to take your business to the next level of success, you need to start associating with those who are at least one step ahead of you, preferably three of four steps ahead of you. WHY? Because they KNOW what you are going through. They understand the processes you need to take in order to achieve your desired goals.

But, if you just hang around with those who are on the same level as you are – all you do is talk with one another about “someday.” But nobody really does anything to move up the ladder of success and make “someday” equal TODAY.

Even worse, is to start associating with those who are not as successful as you are and taking input from them and, the next thing you know – you have regressed down to the level they are at.

Folks, if you are needing healing – you need to associate with ministries that BELIEVE God still heals today. Not those that believe it stopped with the Apostles. Amen!

If you need a financial break through – you need to associate with ministries that operate on the financial success principles.

If you need to learn about PRAYER and “How to get your Prayers answered! “ You need to associate with ministries that believe God still answers prayers today!

That is why we are teaching every single day this year. That is why you are here! Amen!  God has Divinely brought us together for a purpose. And that purpose is to bring you into a deeper prayer life with Him so you CAN get your prayers answered. Glory to God.

Philippians 4:8 tells us what to think about. If we follow this advice – it will help to run those thoughts of doubt out of our life forever and keep us focused on God’s Word and God’s Answers to our prayers. Listen to this verse:

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true (God’s word is truth, right), whatsoever things are HONEST (it is impossible for God to lie – therefore He is as Honest as it gets), Whatsoever things are JUST (God is a just God, amen); whatsoever things are PURE (God is pure LOVE. He IS LOVE. Pure through and through). Whatsoever things are LOVELY – no impurities at all , Whatsoever things are of a GOOD REPORT – which means there is no shadow of turning at all. A GOOD REPORT is what those who are doing God’s work receives. AMEN!

IF there is any VIRTUE (again, virtue means pureness, wholeness – which only comes from God), and if there be any PRAISE – all Praise belongs to GOD and not man – THINK ON THESE THINGS.

Amen. Let me read that verse one more time as we get ready to close, without my moving commentary. In fact, let’s make that our closing prayer for you today. I want to pray this verse as a prayer over you and for you. Amen. Join me in receiving this prayer into your  life today…

“Finally, my brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of a good report – if there be any virtue and if there by any praise – THINK ON THESE THINGS.”

In Jesus name – amen!

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