Oftentimes our prayers are hindered because of the type prayers we pray. In order to know how to pray with faith, we must know God’s feelings on the matter, or situation with which we are confronted. Let me give you a perfect example.
Some years ago as a young pastor, I was faced with the need for a second automobile. So, in prayer I sought the face of God and asked Him if it was His will, would He help me get another car. I prayed, and prayed, but seemed to get nowhere close to an answer. I couldn’t figure out the problem. Have you ever been in that position?
Well, as God’s grace would have it, I stopped by one of my widowed church member’s house to employ her prayers with mine. Oh, how I have thanked God over these many years since for His wonderful revelation knowledge! Since that day my life was changed for the better, and I thank God for it!
My life was blessed beyond measure having had the opportunity of knowing Sister Bessie Jenkins (no relation, except through the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ!) You would really have had to have known her to really appreciate this little woman!
Bessie Jenkins stood about 4’-10” tall. Fat, short and walked like a little duck. As far as academic credentials, I doubt seriously if she ever went past elementary school, yet, she was so full of God’s wisdom and knowledge. I would often stop by just to listen and learn from her!
As I pulled up into her yard, I found her crawling out from under the house. I asked her, “Sister Bessie, what in the world were you doing under the house, honey?” She looked at me and said, “Sweetheart, I had to spread my “taters” out so they could thy.” Ok, fair enough.
As we went into the house, she asked what could she do for me? I told her I stopped by to see if I could get her to help me pray about another car. She looked at me, as only she could and asked did I really need another one?
I looked at her thinking, “I don ‘t believe I’m hearing this!” Slightly irritated and annoyed that she would even ask such a thing, I looked her dead in the eyes and said, “Sister Bessie, do you think I would be asking you to help me pray for it, if I did not really need a second car?”
Unperturbed by my lack of mature wisdom, she just smiled and said, “Well, son, if you know you really need it, then you ‘re praying the wrong kind of prayer and under these conditions you never will get an answer! You know if you need it, then it’s already God’s will, and what you need to do is start praying what kind and color you want!!!”
Oh, man, what a revelation turned on inside my spirit! Never before had I seen it in this light! And guess what? That one statement turned my faith around 180 degrees! Within a week and a half I had the color, and the type of auto I wanted!!!
Remember, Jesus said, we do en. not knowing the Scriptures, nor the power of God! God will provide, He will, He will provide!!! Get in the Book, find the blessed provisions that have already been made available, and lay hold on them! They belong to you, and Satan can do nothing about it if you will hold fast your confession of faith without wavering!.’! God will provide, and it is but a small thing in His sight to do it for His children!!!
Dr. Raleigh D. Jenkins, With Permission, God Will Provide! p. 254 – 257.
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