Prayer is such a massive potential. And our development in prayer is limitless. When we know something of our standing before the Ultimate Throne, all bets are off!
A little Q & A … What’s the #1 reason a prayer is not answered? We can be sure of this, an un-prayed prayer is an un-answered prayer! James wrote, “You do not have because you do not ask” (James 4:2).
Jesus says to us, “Ask (literally, keep asking), and you shall receive.” Dallas Willard refers to it as the power of request—something a child innately knows and practices at the highest level!
Persistence is the magic bullet. The only way you can fail is if you stop praying. 100 percent of the prayers I don’t pray won’t get answered. —Mark Batterson
But, on what is the confidence of our praying based? This is where the potential of prayer is discovered. What is our standing before Father God as we come to Him in childlike faith?
I’m sure there’s more, but these 3 truths will help us start building a solid faith-confidence.
1. We appeal to the Father on the merits of Christ’s righteousness
We do not come to the throne of grace in our own standing.
As a believer, we have right-standing with God the Father because we are the righteousness of God in Christ … “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Cor. 5:21).
Of course we “work out” the righteousness of God in our lives in a practical way. For the Christ-follower, this is sanctification. We progressively conform to the image of Christ (Rom. 8:29).
But the essence of our standing before the Father in prayer is the righteousness of God in Christ which is accredited to our account by faith.
This totally disarms the Accuser! It’s a 100% fail-proof foundation.
2. Jesus said we would pray to the Father in His own personal name
Praying “in Jesus name” is not something we casually say at the end of a prayer because we’re ready to stop praying.
It’s actually a power of attorney before the Father. It’s legal. Jesus has given us His name.
As we have the mind of Christ, praying in His name, it’s as if Jesus Himself is conversing with the Father. This understanding is a prayer weapon that the adversary of prayer does not want us to know and move in!
Utilize your legal authority!
3. Jesus Christ’s firstborn rights over all creation
This understanding has come to me in my own time with the Lord …
The firstborn had special rights and privileges. As the only begotten (unique) Son of God, Jesus has firstborn rights over the entire created order. The New Testament says we are joint-heirs with Him. And He has given us His name as a legal right.
“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together” (Col. 1.15-17).
So, we can preface our asking with something like this …
“Father, hallowed be your name. I worship you and recognize you for all that you are. May your kingdom and your will be progressively realized in our world. I now come before You on the basis of the perfect obedience and righteousness of your only Son, Jesus Christ. As I seek to progress in the mind of Christ, I make request before You in Jesus Christ’s name, praying before you in His stead. I employ the authority of the name of Christ. And I appeal to You on the basis of Jesus Christ’s firstborn rights over all things. It all came through Him, and it’s all for Him. Amen.”
This will get us started, building our confidence in prayer as we rehearse our standing before the Father.
Q4U: Can you see the potential? What do you desire to bring before the Creator with the power of request?