Sunday, February 17, 2013

Seated in Heavenly Places

Do you sometimes feel your prayers aren’t going beyond the ceiling?  Maybe you’re tempted to think God isn’t hearing them at all.  If that’s the case, then let me share a simple truth that can help transform your prayer life.

I’ve heard Christians talk about “bombarding” or “storming” the gates of heaven when praying.  Yet the gates of heaven aren’t closed at all to those who know the Lord.  Ephesians 2:6 says God has “raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.”  Spiritually speaking, you already have a position of authority in heaven.

Unanswered prayers are not God’s fault.  Sometimes it’s due to our own disobedience such as not tithing (Malachi 3:8-10) or being in strife with our spouse (1 Peter 3:7).  Demonic opposition can also delay prayers from being answered.  The prophet Daniel fasted and prayed for 21 days until he received an answer that had been immediately sent to him by an angel (Daniel 10:12).  Under the New Covenant, we have greater promises and therefore should expect quicker results. 

God knows what we need before we ask Him (Matthew 6:8) and even wants to give us the desires of our heart (Psalm 37:4).  So if you are a born again child of God, don’t think you have to “rend the heavens” to receive answers to prayer.  You are already a King’s Kid seated in heavenly places!

 “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” - Hebrews 4:16

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