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What we do before and after praying can affect whether prayer is answered or not. We have discussed that before praying we find the will God for the need or situation and pray that.
Now, this page will focus on making declarations after we pray to keep our "believing we receive" (Mark 11:24) strong, so that we don't let go and assume a prayer didn't get answered just because we don't see anything immediately. There is usually some period of time, often a long time, before we see an answer to prayer. We don't understand why that is, but people who are successful in getting answers experience this and do not give up on prayer when an answer does not show up right away.
1) For a health need-
Jesus bore my sins in his body on the tree, so that I might die to sin and live for righteousness; by his wounds I have been healed (from 1 Peter 2:24 NIV). I agree with this and so declare my healing.
2) For a financial need-
My God supplies all of my needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus (from
Phil. 4:19 NIV). Therefore, I thank You, Father, that this need is met.
After saying "Amen", how we talk about the prayer concern is just as important as the prayer itself. The reason for this is because the words we speak will either allow the power of God into our situation or keep it out. Jesus said, "If someone... does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him" (Mark 11:23 NIV). What we talk about reveals what we are believing (or doubting) in our hearts, "... For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks" (Matt. 12:34 NIV).
So, after praying, making declarations built on scripture keeps pressure on the answer coming. Personalizing scripture verses so that they apply to our circumstances and then declaring them keeps us actively engaged in the prayer process. It keeps us focused on the answer, not the problem, and keeps our faith active. 2 Corinthians 4:13 (AMP) tells us that "... we have the same spirit of faith as he had who wrote, I have believed, and therefore have I spoken. We too believe, and therefore we speak..."
By making declarations we are agreeing with what God's Word says and allowing the power of God to work continually in our situation. "So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11) (NIV)
The Amplified Bible translation of Job 22:28 says, "You shall also decide and decree a thing, and it shall be established for you; and the light [of God's favor] shall shine upon your ways."
Declaring God's Word over your prayer is another aspect in the complexity of successful praying.
Below are links to scriptures speaking about the power of God, healing, finances, and children.
Read them to build up your faith and confidence in God's help. Personalize and declare them as an integral part of your prayer life:
Provision / Prosperity Scriptures (for finances)
Scriptures for Children (or young family members)
|Food for Thought
|A Guide to Shaping Prayer
|The Bible & Prayer
|Scriptures As Prayers
|Scriptures For Prayers
|Power of God Scriptures
|Scriptures for Children