Prayer After the Cross

Mar. 9, 2020 | By Creflo Dollar

Summary

Prayer is incredibly important, and there is a difference between praying before the cross and praying after the cross. Before Jesus came, the people’s law-based prayers focused on efforts to get God to move; afterward, grace-based prayers now focus on thanking Him for what He already did. Whatever happens in the natural begins in the supernatural. Trusting in Christ empowers us with the same authority as He has, with the same ability to make things happen in the earth by praying. Prayer is the connection that opens the door for all of God’s blessings to be manifested in our lives. It is the process of granting permission for heaven to show up with the finished works of Jesus. Prayers prayed in faith have the power to change lives.

  1. Effective prayer requires a healthy dose of trust.
    1. Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints (Ephesians 6:10-18).
      1. We can trust in God and be strong in Him, not in ourselves.
      2. We must put on God’s armor to withstand the trickery of the enemy during spiritual warfare.
      3. We have already obtained victory in the battle through Jesus. We pray from the perspective of maintaining that victory.
      4. Our enemy is not flesh and blood. It is principalities, powers, and spiritual wickedness.
      5. The word of God helps us stand strong. Prayer is affirming to God what He has already said.
    2. While you also cooperate by your prayers for us [helping and laboring together with us]. Thus [the lips of] many persons [turned toward God will eventually] give thanks on our behalf for the grace (the blessing of deliverance) granted us at the request of the many who have prayed (2 Corinthians 1:11, AMPC).
      1. When people and give thanks believing God has already bestowed grace and blessings, results are inevitable.
      2. Prayer is the bridge that allows the blessings from heaven to travel to us and manifest themselves.
      3. Grace and favor show up when we pray.
    3. Is anyone among you afflicted (ill-treated, suffering evil)? He should pray. Is anyone glad at heart? He should sing praise [to God]. Is anyone among you sick? He should call in the church elders (the spiritual guides). And they should pray over him, anointing him with oil in the Lord’s name. And the prayer [that is] of faith will save him who is sick, and the Lord will restore him; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offenses, your sins) and pray [also] for one another, that you may be healed and restored [to a spiritual tone of mind and heart]. The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working] (James 5:13-16, AMPC).
      1. Prayer heals the sick and afflicted.
      2. Praying for each other from a position of faith changes things.
      3. We have received all power and authority. Our prayers give heaven a permit to work in our lives.
      4. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you (Luke 10:19).
    4. But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up (Acts 9:40).
      1. Prayer after the cross needs no drama or excitement, just faith.
    5. And it came to pass, that the father of Publius lay sick of a fever and of a bloody flux: to whom Paul entered in, and prayed, and laid his hands on him, and healed him (Acts 28:8).
      1. Before Paul healed Publius’ father, he prayed. This was part of the process of permitting God to work a miracle of healing.
    6. And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness (Acts 4:31).
      1. Just like the apostles, we, too, can shake things up with prayer.
  1. Prayer is a conversation with God. We must remain in that mode of communication.
    1. Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth (3 John 1:2).
      1. Prayer brings prosperity in every form, both physically and spiritually.
    2. We must be consistent in our prayer lives.
      1. Pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
      2. But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word (Acts 6:4).
    3. Giving thanks and rejoicing are also important components of prayer.
      1. Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving (Colossians 4:2).
      2. Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer (Romans 12:12).
    4. We do not need to make our prayers long-winded or dramatic, just consistent. Short, simple prayers will get the job done.
      1. Prayer resulted in the angel freeing Peter from prison and leading him to safety.
      2. Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him…And when he had considered the thing, he came to the house of Mary the mother of John, whose surname was Mark; where many were gathered together praying (Acts 12:5, 12).
    5. Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places (Ephesians 1:15-20).
      1. Paul gave thanks for the believers, and prayed for wisdom, knowledge, and revelation form God.
      2. He prayed that Christians will come to know the power of Christ.
  1. We must avoid praying foolish prayers.
    1. Some people pray for God not to take His Holy Spirit away. However, He promises He will never leave us.
      1. …For he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee (Hebrews 13:5).
    2. Others put their hands together and ask Him to be with them. Whenever we pray, He is with us.
      1. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them (Matthew 18:20).
    3. Still others request for God to visit them. However, if we have been born again, Jesus lives in us permanently.
      1. …And, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen (Matthew 28:20).

    For more on how Jesus’ blood sacrifice on the cross profoundly changed prayer, click on the link below for the two-message series, Living Under the Correct Covenant.

    http://bit.ly/LivingUndertheCorrectCovenant2MessageSeries

    Scripture References

    Ephesians 6:10-18

    2 Corinthians 1:11, AMPC

    James 5:13-16, AMPC

    Luke 10:19

    Acts 9:40

    Acts 28:8

    Acts 4:31

    3 John 1:2

    1 Thessalonnians 5:17

    Colossians 4:2

    Romans 12:12

    Acts 6:4

    Acts 12:12

    Ephesians 1:15-20

    Hebrews 13:5

    Matthew 18:20

    Matthew 28:20

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