There are many fantastic promises given to us about prayer through Jesus Christ. In this article you will find only a few of them.
Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.…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. —Matthew 18:18–19
The number in prayer: any two of you. The place of prayer: on earth. The scope of prayer: any thing. “It shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.” That is a broad and glorious promise!
Jesus also promised: Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. —Mark 11:22–24
What a fantastic promise! Also, Jesus said, And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. —John 14:13–14
Another promise: “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you” (John 15:7). Also, “Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it [to] you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask [the Greek is intensive— ‘please ask’], and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full” (John 16:23–24).
Here the Lord is begging you to ask Him anything and He said He will do it. These are extremely broad promises to prayer. But to whom were the promises made? Jesus wasn’t talking here to the multitudes. In every case Jesus was talking to His disciples. Who qualifies as a disciple? Jesus said,“If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me” (Matthew 16:24).
A person who has denied himself, taken up the cross, and is following Jesus Christ can take these promises and lay claim to them. Anything he asks, desires, or wishes will be done. But, by the very virtue of the fact that a disciple has denied himself, he is not seeking the
things that would glorify his flesh. The very fact that he’s taken up his cross, he’s not seeking his own glory, but reckoning himself to be dead with Christ. He is now identified only in the things that God wants: committing himself, his ambitions, and his life totally to Jesus Christ. The true thrust of prayer is always, “Nevertheless, not what I will, but Thy will be done.” Only by denying yourself, taking up your cross, and following Jesus Christ do you receive access to the powerful promises of God regarding your prayers.
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