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Prayers That Avail Much: Three Bestselling Volumes Complete in One Book
by Germaine Griffin Copeland
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The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available — dynamic in its working.
- James 5:16 AMP
Prayer is fellowshiping with the Father — a vital, personal contact with God,Who is more than enough. We are to be in constant communion with Him:
For the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous — those who are upright and in right standing with God — and His ears are attentive (open) to their prayer....
- 1 Peter 3:12 AMP
Prayer is not to be a religious form with no power. It is to be effective and accurate and bring results. God watches over His Word to perform it (Jer. 1:12).
Prayer that brings results must be based on God’s Word.
For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power — making it active, operative, energizing and effective; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [that is, of the deepest parts of our nature] exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.
- Hebrews 4:12 AMP
Prayer is this “1iving” Word in our mouths. Our mouths must speak forth faith, for faith is what pleases God (Heb. 11:6). We hold His Word up to Him in prayer, and our Father sees Himself in His Word.
God’s Word is our contact with Him. We put Him in remembrance of His Word (Isa. 43:26), asking Him for what we need in the name of our Lord Jesus. The woman in Mark 5:25-34 placed a demand on the power of God when she said, “If I can but touch the hem of his garment, I will be healed.” By faith she touched His clothes and was healed. We remind Him that He supplies all of our needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Phil. 4:19). That Word does not return to Him void — without producing any effect, useless — but it shall accomplish that which He pleases and purposes, and it shall prosper in the thing for which He sent it (Isa. 55:11). Hallelujah!
God did not leave us without His thoughts and His ways for we have His Word — His bond. God instructs us to call Him, and He will answer and show us great and mighty things (Jer. 33:3). Prayer is to be exciting — not drudgery.
It takes someone to pray. God moves as we pray in faith — believing. He says that His eyes run to and fro throughout the whole earth to show Himself strong in behalf of those whose hearts are blameless toward Him (2 Chron. 16:9). We are blameless (Eph. 1:4). We are His very own children (Eph. 1:5). We are His righteousness in Christ Jesus (2 Cor. 5:21). He tells us to come boldly to the throne of grace and obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need — appropriate and well-timed help (Heb. 4:16). Praise the Lord!
The prayer armor is for every believer, every member of the Body of Christ, who will put it on and walk in it, for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty through God for the pulling down of the strongholds of the enemy (Satan, the god of this world, and all his demonic forces). Spiritual warfare takes place in prayer (2 Cor. 10:4; Eph. 6:12,18).
There are many different kinds of prayer, such as the prayer of thanksgiving and praise, the prayer of dedication and worship, and the prayer that changes things (not God). All prayer involves a time of fellowshiping with the Father.
In Ephesians 6, we are instructed to take the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, and “pray at all times — on every occasion, in every season — in the Spirit, with all [manner of ] prayer and entreaty” (Eph. 6:18 AMP).
In 1 Timothy 2 we are admonished and urged that “petitions, prayers, intercessions and thanksgivings be offered on behalf of all men” (1 Tim. 2:1 AMP). Prayer is our responsibility.
Prayer must be the foundation of every Christian endeavor. Any failure is a prayer failure. We are not to be ignorant concerning God’s Word. God desires for His people to be successful, to be filled with a full, deep, and clear knowledge of His will (His Word) and to bear fruit in every good work (Col. 1:9-13). We then bring honor and glory to Him (John 15:8). He desires that we know how to pray, for “the prayer of the upright is his delight” (Prov. 15:8).
Our Father has not left us helpless. Not only has He given us His Word, but also He has given us the Holy Spirit to help our infirmities when we know not how to pray as we ought (Rom. 8:26). Praise God! Our Father has provided His people with every possible avenue to ensure their complete and total victory in this life in the name of our Lord Jesus (1 John 5:3-5).
We pray to the Father, in the name of Jesus, through the Holy Spirit, according to the Word!
Using God’s Word on purpose, specifically, in prayer is one means of prayer, and it is a most effective and accurate means. Jesus said, “The words (truths) that I have been speaking to you are spirit and life” (John 6:63 AMP).
When Jesus faced Satan in the wilderness, He said, “It is written...it is written...it is written.”We are to live, be upheld, and be sustained by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God (Matt. 4:4).
James, by the Spirit, admonishes that we do not have because we do not ask. We ask and receive not because we ask amiss (James 4:2,3). We must heed that admonishment now, for we are to become experts in prayer, rightly dividing the Word of Truth (2 Tim. 2:15).
Using the Word in prayer is not taking it out of context, for His Word in us is the key to answered prayer — to prayer that brings results. He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we ask or think, according to the power that works in us (Eph. 3:20). The power lies within God’s Word. It is anointed by the Holy Spirit. The Spirit of God does not lead us apart from the Word, for the Word is of the Spirit of God. We apply that Word personally to ourselves and to others — not adding to or taking from it — in the name of Jesus. We apply the Word to the now—to those things, circumstances and situations facing each of us now.
Paul was very specific and definite in his praying. The first chapters of Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and 2 Thessalonians are examples of how Paul prayed for believers. There are numerous others. Search them out. Paul wrote under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. We can use these Spirit-given prayers today!
In 2 Corinthians 1:11, 2 Corinthians 9:14, and Philippians 1:4, we see examples of how believers prayed one for another — putting others first in their prayer life with joy. Our faith does work by love (Gal. 5:6). We grow spiritually as we reach out to help others — praying for and with them and holding out to them the Word of Life (Phil. 2:16).
Man is a spirit, he has a soul, and he lives in a body (1 Thess. 5:23). In order to operate successfully, each of these three parts must be fed properly. The soul, or intellect, feeds on intellectual food to produce intellectual strength. The body feeds on physical food to produce physical strength. The spirit — the heart or inward man — is the real you, the part that has been reborn in Christ Jesus. It must feed on spiritual food, which is God’s Word, in order to produce and develop faith. As we feast upon God’s Word, our minds become renewed with His Word, and we have a fresh mental and spiritual attitude (Eph. 4:23, 24).
Likewise, we are to present our bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God (Rom. 12:1) and not let that body dominate us but bring it into subjection to the spirit man (1 Cor. 9:27). God’s Word is healing and health to all our flesh (Prov. 4:22). Therefore, God’s Word affects each part of us — spirit, soul, and body. We become vitally united to the Father, to Jesus, and to the Holy Spirit — one with Them (John 16:13-15; John 17:21; Col. 2:10).
Purpose to hear, accept, and welcome the Word, and it will take root within your spirit and save your soul. Believe the Word, speak the Word, and act on the Word—it is a creative force. The Word is a double-edged sword. Often it places a demand on you to change attitudes and behaviors toward the person for whom you are praying.
Be doers of the Word and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves (James 1:22). Faith without works or corresponding action is dead (James 2:17). Don’t be mental assenters — those who agree that the Bible is true but never act on it. Real faith is acting on God’s Word now. We cannot build faith without practicing the Word. We cannot develop an effective prayer life that is anything but empty words unless God’s Word actually has a part in our lives. We are to hold fast to our confession of the Word’s truthfulness.Our Lord Jesus is the High Priest of our confession (Heb. 3:1), and He is the Guarantee of a better agreement — a more excellent and advantageous covenant (Heb. 7:22).
Prayer does not cause faith to work, but faith causes prayer to work. Therefore, any prayer problem is a lack of knowledge or a problem of doubt — doubting the integrity of the Word and the ability of God to stand behind His promises or the statements of fact in the Word.
You can spend fruitless hours in prayer if your heart is not prepared beforehand. Preparation of the heart, the spirit, comes from meditation in the Father’s Word, meditation on who you are in Christ, what He is to you, and what the Holy Spirit can mean to you as you become God-inside minded. Just as God told Joshua ( Josh. 1:8), as you meditate on the Word day and night and do according to all that is written, then shall you make your way prosperous and have good success. Attend to God’s Word, submit to His sayings, keep them in the center of your heart, and put away contrary talk (Prov. 4:20-24).
The Holy Spirit is a divine helper, and He will direct your prayer and help you pray when you don’t know how. When you use God’s Word in prayer, this is not something you just rush through, uttering once. Do not be mistaken. There is nothing “magical” nor “manipulative” about it — no set pattern or device in order to satisfy what you want or think out of your flesh. Instead, you are holding God’s Word before Him. Jesus said for you to ask the Father in His name.
We expect His divine intervention while we choose not to look at the things that are seen but at the things that are unseen, for the things that are seen are subject to change (2 Cor. 4:18).
Prayer based upon the Word rises above the senses, contacts the Author of the Word, and sets His spiritual laws into motion. It is not just saying prayers that gets results, but it is spending time with the Father, learning His wisdom, drawing on His strength, being filled with His quietness, and basking in His love that bring results to our prayers. Praise the Lord!
The prayers in this book are designed to teach and train you in the art of prayer. As you pray them, you will be reinforcing the prayer armor, which we have been instructed to put on in Ephesians 6:11. The fabric from which the armor is made is the Word of God. We are to live by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. We desire the whole counsel of God because we know it changes us. By receiving that counsel, you will be “...transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind — by its new ideals and its new attitude — so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you]” (Rom. 12:2 AMP).
The Personal Prayers (Part I) may be used as intercessory prayer by simply praying them in the third person, changing the pronouns I or we to the name of the person for whom you are interceding and then adjusting the verbs accordingly. The Holy Spirit is your Helper. Remember that you cannot control another’s will, but your prayers prepare the way for the individual to hear truth and understand truth.
An often-asked question is this: “How many times should I pray the same prayer?”
The answer is simple: You pray until you know that the answer is fixed in your heart. After that, you need to repeat the prayer whenever adverse circumstances or long delays cause you to be tempted to doubt that your prayer has been heard and your request granted.
The Word of God is your weapon against the temptation to lose heart and grow weary in your prayer life. When that Word of promise becomes fixed in your heart, you will find yourself praising, giving glory to God for the answer, even when the only evidence you have of that answer is your own faith. Reaffirming your faith enforces the triumphant victory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Another question often asked is this: “When we repeat prayers more than once, aren’t we praying ‘vain repetitions’?”
Obviously, such people are referring to the admonition of Jesus when He told His disciples: “And when you pray do not (multiply words, repeating the same ones over and over, and) heap up phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think they will be heard for their much speaking” (Matt. 6:7 AMP). Praying the Word of God is not praying the kind of prayer that the “heathen” pray. You will note in 1 Kings 18:25-29 the manner of prayer that was offered to the gods who could not hear. That is not the way you and I pray. The words that we speak are not vain, but they are spirit and life and mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds. We have a God Whose eyes are over the righteous and Whose ears are open to us:When we pray, He hears us.
You are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus, and your prayers will avail much. They will bring salvation to the sinner, deliverance to the oppressed, healing to the sick, and prosperity to the poor. They will usher in the next move of God on the earth. In addition to affecting outward circumstances and other people, your prayers will also affect you.
In the very process of praying, your life will be changed as you go from faith to faith and from glory to glory.
As a Christian, your first priority is to love the Lord your God with your entire being and your neighbor as yourself. You are called to be an intercessor, a man or woman of prayer. You are to seek the face of the Lord as you inquire, listen, meditate, and consider in the temple of the Lord.
As one of “God’s set-apart ones,” the will of the Lord for your life is the same as it is for the life of every other true believer: “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matt. 6:33).
Finding Favor With Others
Father, in the name of Jesus, You make Your face to shine upon and enlighten __________ and are gracious (kind, merciful, and giving favor) to him/her. __________ is the head and not the tail. __________ is above only and not beneath.
Thank You for favor for _____________ who seeks Your Kingdom and Your righteousness and diligently seeks good. __________ is a blessing to You, Lord, and is a blessing to ___________________(name them: family, neighbors, business associates, etc.). Grace (favor) is with _____________, who loves the Lord Jesus in sincerity. __________________ extends favor, honor, and love to ___________(names). __________ is flowing in Your love, Father. You are pouring out upon __________ the spirit of favor. You crown him/her with glory and honor, for he/she is Your child — Your workmanship.
____________ is a success today. ____________ is someone very special with You, Lord. ______________ is growing in the Lord—waxing strong in spirit. Father, You give __________ knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom.
You bring __________ to find favor, compassion, and loving-kindness with __________________(names). ____________________ obtains favor in the sight of all who look upon him/her this day in the name of Jesus. _______________ is filled with Your fullness — rooted and grounded in love. You are doing exceeding abundantly above all that _____________ asks or thinks, for Your mighty power is taking over in ____________.
Thank You, Father, that _______________ is well-favored by You and by man, in Jesus’ name! Amen.
AMP Psalm 8:5
Daniel 1:9 AMP
Zechariah 12:10 AMP
Ephesians 3:19, 20
Health and Healing
Father, in the name of Jesus, I come before You asking You to heal me. It is written that the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if I have committed sins, I will be forgiven. I let go of all unforgiveness, resentment, anger, and bad feelings toward anyone.
My body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, and I desire to be in good health. I seek truth that will make me free — both spiritual and natural (good eating habits, medications if necessary, and appropriate rest and exercise). You bought me at a price, and I desire to glorify You in my spirit and my body — they both belong to You.
Thank You, Father, for sending Your Word to heal me and deliver me from all my destructions. Jesus, You are the Word Who became flesh and dwelt among us. You bore my griefs (pains) and carried my sorrows (sickness). You were pierced through for my transgressions and crushed for my iniquities, the chastening for my well-being fell upon You, and by Your scourging I am healed.
Father, I give attention to Your words and incline my ear to Your sayings. I will not let them depart from my sight, but I will keep them in the midst of my heart, for they are life and health to my whole body.
Since the Spirit of Him Who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in me, He Who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to my mortal body through His Spirit Who dwells in me.
Thank You that I will prosper and be in health, even as my soul prospers. Amen.
Scripture ReferencesJames 5:15 NKJV
Proverbs 4:21,22 NAS
1 Corinthians 6:19,20
Psalm 103:3-5 NAS
Romans 8:11 NKJV
3 John 2
Isaiah 53:4,5 NAS
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