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The Marriage of Grace and Faith Births Answers to Prayers Based on the Expressed Will of God in His Word

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“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast,” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

Jesus thank You for making a way for grace, for saving us from eternal punishment, and making a way for us to put our faith in You to receive eternal life by faith alone, not by anything we do or don’t do, lest anyone should boast, but by what You did, so we can boast in You alone, giving You ALL the credit and glory You deserve.

And through this same grace, we are able to boldly stand on Your Word and promises and receive them by faith, based on Your finished work of the cross and perfection alone.

Only believe – Jesus, Luke 8:50.

You purchased life and life more abundantly for us (John 10:10). The ability to use Your name and authority. And glory to You, Lord, to be indwelt by Your VERY Holy Spirit.

“Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your JOY may be full,” (John 16:24).

Hallelujah! We bless Your name, O God. You are worthy to receive all blessing and glory and honor and power forever.

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Tenacity and Prayer

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tenacity – noun – The quality or fact of being able to grip something firmly; grip; very determined; the quality or fact of continuing to exist; persistence.

I have been seeing the word – TENACITY – over and over regarding prayer. Even in a book published in 1925. And remembering Elijah and the cloud as small as a man’s hand as the example of tenacity in prayer is so helpful.

It’s not what we see, it’s what God says and already sees because it’s His Word, we just keep praying (gripping and taking the Word, that IS Jesus, for ourselves) until WE see it too.

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Elijah Prophesied and Prayed UNTIL God’s Will Came to Pass – 1 Kings 18

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1 Kings 18 is a great example of persisting in prayer based on knowing the Word and will of God – which we can today because we have 100% of His Word to know His will in many things.

So He tells us His will (His Word), and we pray and don’t give up until we see.

God tells Elijah: It’s going to rain. = God’s Word and expressed will was given to Elijah.

Elijah could either take God for His Word and will OR reject it for himself, not pray His will into the earth for it to rain.

What did Elijah do?

He took God for His Word, prophesied it, kept His eyes on God alone despite what he saw in the natural (longtime drought) and prayed until it came to pass. This is a beautiful picture of prayer, instructing us to do the same.

God’s will: .E.g. By Jesus’ stripes, we WERE healed, 1 Pet 2:24.

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So we can prophesy the same over ourselves or loved ones AND pray until we SEE it come to pass in the natural, gripping what is in the spirit realm (God’s will), and pulling it into the natural realm through “praying and not giving up” prayer, based on the Word and will of the Father.

1 Kings 18:1; 41-46

18 And it came to pass after many days that the word of the Lord came to Elijah, in the third year, saying, “Go, present yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain on the earth.”

1 Kings 18:41-46

41 Then Elijah said to Ahab, “Go up, eat and drink; for there is the sound of abundance of rain.” 42 So Ahab went up to eat and drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; then he bowed down on the ground, and put his face between his knees, 43 and said to his servant, “Go up now, look toward the sea.”

So he went up and looked, and said, “There is nothing.” And seven times he said, “Go again.”

44 Then it came to pass the seventh time, that he said, “There is a cloud, as small as a man’s hand, rising out of the sea!” So he said, “Go up, say to Ahab, ‘Prepare your chariot, and go down before the rain stops you.’ ”

45 Now it happened in the meantime that the sky became black with clouds and wind, and there was a heavy rain. So Ahab rode away and went to Jezreel. 46 Then the hand of the Lord came upon Elijah; and he girded up his loins and ran ahead of Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel.

Praise God! His Word is given for our instruction out of His great love for us.

Our good Father does NOT leave us unequipped in the land of the living. We have His Word (will), His Holy Spirit and spiritual gifts, and the power of prayer to carry us through to victory in all things.

Psalm 34:19 – Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.

Hallelujah! Glory to the Lamb who was slain. Who took our place!

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Do Not Retreat, Pray Through to Breakthrough – Forward, Forward, Forward, the Lord Says

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God is good, and He made His will known regarding a great many things in His Word. In that goodness, He also included many promises to us, His children. And many of them are conditional requiring believing and praying and not giving up.

The Holy Spirit has been speaking to me about spiritual battles, and the need for fervent, persistent, consistent, effectual prayer in order to win battles for the answers to our prayers to manifest. Every battle is not this tough, but many are.

effectualproducing or able to produce a desired effect.

God tells us we are to pray prayers in such a manner, fervently, persistently, consistently, and full of His Word (life), SO THAT, they produce the desired effect. This is not commanding God in any way. This is taking Him for His Word and believing it can’t return to Him void as He promises. Believing that His Word is also a weapon to defeat the enemy because He says so. Praise God that we can look to His Word and find His will and pray, ask God, and speak His Word – a weapon – to situations to see victory and breakthrough.

Yesterday, the Lord was showing me how giving up on praying through all the way to breakthrough can be like retreating from the enemy, standing still and doing nothing while the enemy pummels us, even forfeiting the “land” previously won in the spirit realm through our many prayers. Thus, just handing over ground we had occupied. God wants us to take back ALL the land that is ours, that was stolen, not just a portion, as any remaining portion we allow him to keep is enough to bring much trouble and sorrow.

What happens with ceasing in prayer instead of praying without ceasing is in our standing still, the enemy beats us back, back, back from the battle line and just railroads us, wears us out until we give up altogether, and believe the thief’s slithering lie, “Sssss..It must not be God’s will…ssssssss.” Now, I am not magnifying the devil here, I am simply saying, we can give up praying too soon and forfeit to that snake in certain battles meant for us to win.

How can God’s very will and promises from His Word NOT be His will?

They can’t. So we pray and don’t give up.

The Lord said to me, “Do not retreat,” I knew by the Spirit that meant, do not stop praying and speaking my Word about it and to it, “Pray through to breakthrough. Forward, forward, forward.” Forward here meaning, “Praying without ceasing, fervently, effectually, sometimes aggressively, speaking His Word, the most powerful weapon, pushing the enemy back, back, back, until we win and take back ALL the land that was stolen.”

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“And nothing of theirs was lacking, either small or great, sons or daughters, spoil or anything which they had taken from them; David recovered ALL,” (1 Samuel 30:13).

I could see that prayer was like attacking the enemy – boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom – tearing down strongholds, flattening hindrances and obstacles or empowering us to leap over them, reclaiming land from the enemy until it is ALL ours again. No mercy for the enemy. We pray, we praise, and God fights the battles for us, yes, but we MUST pray. And pray what He says – asking and speaking according to His Word and will.

Forward, forward, forward only. Do not slack in prayer. The Word says, “And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force,” (Matthew 11:12).

Prayer can be violent and must be because we are fighting a wicked enemy who seeks only our demise.

I strongly encourage you to read the book of Joshua as a picture of the will and promises of God which are ours, but that we must battle in prayer oftentimes – CONTINUALLY pushing forward – and stay in faith in order to receive (win).

God said to Joshua and the children of Israel (so God’s will): The land is yours.

But the land He said was theirs was occupied with many enemies. Translation. They had to possess the land (the very will of God) for themselves knowing they’d also defeat their enemies if they trusted in God and took Him for His Word and will.

So must we must possess the land through prayer believing and not doubting, in faith. Actively, not passively. Read Luke 18 about the persistent widow about another example of possessing the Word for ourselves until we see.

Jesus won the war and gave us His Word – God won. So we too can win our battles, but we can lose some battles by forfeiting, by giving up before we see His Word come to pass, and blame God for unanswered prayers when it is that we gave up, maybe rejected His Word/will for ourselves through unbelief before we broke through and fully retook ALL the land the enemy stole, etc. Thus allowing him to occupy it, wreaking havoc like sickness and disease, relationship problems, etc.

Forward, forward, forward until breakthrough.

Thank You, Lord, for Your faithfulness to teach us in all manners of circumstances. Thank You for showing me this to share because You WANT us to be VICTORIOUS in every battle and have equipped us to win by winning for us 2000 years ago. It is finished. We receive by faith, through believing prayer what You already won FOR us. Hallelujah! All glory and honor and praise to You alone.

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If you are a born again, child of God, His Word applies to YOU and YOURS, can be taken as fact, and applied to your lives. BUT we must become as little children in our faith, believe and not doubt, only believe and even boldly expect to receive.

God says all His promises are YES and AMEN, and He cannot lie, but we can reject His Word, therefore His will, for ourselves by rejecting His Word as not for us. If you haven’t already, make the choice to take God for His Word, the GREATER reality, speak life, saying what He says alone about every circumstance in Your life. Know His Word. To know His will. Not secondhand through teachers and preachers of the Word. For yourselves. It’s more vital than ever. We must solidify our faith on the Rock in order to stand in these last of the last days. Fear not.

“Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them,” (Mark 11:24). 

“But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the will of God for themselves,” (Luke 7:30). 

“For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith,” (Romans 1:17). 

“For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways,” (James 1:7-8).

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