by Gail Ramsey
Why do my prayers never seem to get answered? Is there a trick to praying right? Am I doing something wrong? I'm at the end of my rope.
Prayer is one area of our life that Satan is trying to distort. Words are snares if they're spoken wrong.
Jesus tells us in Mark 11:23, "…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 come to pass, he will have whatever he says." Notice that He only mentions once that we must "believe", but THREE times He talks about what we "say".
Let's go to the next verse Mark 11:24, "Therefore (because of the preceding verse) I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them."
God says whatever you pray, whatever you believe, THAT'S what you're going to get!
In order for our prayers to be effective, our conversation must line up with our prayers. In other words, if we are praying for healing, we must stop telling everyone how sick we are, how awful we feel, and how we "just don't seem to be getting better". Or, if we've asked God to bless our finances, we can't allow our circumstances to force us to confess, "We're never going to get out of debt!" or "We simply don't have enough money for all these bills!" Your words cancel your prayers!
Now, I'm NOT saying to lie, or deny the facts. But the fact is that facts can change, but truth never changes. God's word is truth. If your prayers agree with what God's Word says about your situation, and your words and constant conversation agree with what God says instead of what your circumstances look like, then results are already guaranteed according to Mark 11:23.
King David said, "I will order my conversation aright." Proverbs 18:21 tells us that "death and life are in the power of the tongue." Matthew 12:34 reminds us that "out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks." If I pray my problem, it's going to grow stronger and get worse! If I pray my desire, I'm releasing the answer and the answer is on its way because God's Word says, "I will give you the desires of your heart" God's Word says that if you hold fast to your confession, it's going to come to pass. Matt. 21:22 promises us "Whatever things you ask in prayer believing, you will receive." Watch your words, and watch things change!
Gail Ramsey, an ordained minister, portrayed the role of Susan Moore on the ABC soap opera General Hospital. She had other roles on the TV programs Mike Hammer, Generations and California Dreams. Today Ramsey leads Semeion Ministries where readers can write her at 4610 Virginia Ave, Longbeach, CA 90805.