Rebuilding the Foundations of Prayer (Psalm 11:3)

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# My Dear Pray-ers,

## Mathematics

Have fun with me as we go through this, and note that, as with many complicated mathematical formulas, they are constantly being rewritten.

This one is no exception.

Going through my Secret Mathematical Prayer Formula I realized an error.
If I were to multiply "zero" by the rest of the formula, the logical  answer to "Y" would be zero. That needed to change.

Fortunately mathematics gave me the solution. Hence, the last multiplication sign was recalculated as a minus sign.

And voila!

So this is our FINAL equation:

## Defining Terms

At the end of this E-Letter I will read the completed equation to you.

In the mean-time, let's dive in.

"Y" stands for a YES to your prayer!

Have you ever considered that Jesus never went to the Father wondering about His answer? Jesus always prayed expecting a "YES" and so should you. Even when He gave us the model-prayer in Matthew 6:9ff the entire tenor of it is, expect God to answer. And earlier in verse 6, talking about prayer Jesus said, ". . . your Father . . . will reward you."

If you are wondering about the Garden of Gethsemane experience Jesus had, consider two words, "wrestling" and "submitting." Jesus wrestled and since He knew the Father's will, He (Jesus) submitted to the Father.

Jesus' dealings with prayer were ALWAYS with an expectation of a YES, because He trusted His Father.

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"P" is the act of PRAYING.

This should be easy to figure out since this is what we are dealing with. And yet, do you realize that there are SOME THINGS that we do not have, because we do not ask? (See James 4:2).

I suspect some of you are thinking, "Why ask? Doesn't God already know our needs BEFORE we ask (Matthew 6:8)?

Have you considered why we pray at all? It is for one reason. God WANTS a relationship with you! Think about that! In spite of you (and me), He wants a relationship with you (and me).
"A" stands for the word ABIDING.

And why is the equation "2A" above? Because the word "Abide" appears twice in John 15:7 and both occurrences are very significant, and very different from one another.

I recently heard a pastor quote this verse by saying, ". . . abide in Him and in His words." BUT MY READERS, that is not what the passage says. It says that you are to ABIDE IN HIM and let His words ABIDE IN YOU.

When His words abide in you, that is when you start asking His will. This happens because they are His words. And then the last part of the verse becomes true, "then you will ask whatever you will and it will be done unto you."

You can abide in him all day long but if you don't let his words abide in you, you don't have a prayer. Sorry for the pun.

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"F" stands for FAITH.

But not just any faith! It stands for "∞F" which is an "infinite amount of faith."

Now before you start to get depressed, because your faith isn't that great, let me remind you of what Jesus said by first telling you what He did NOT say.

• Jesus did not say you have to have a TON of faith. The AMOUNT OF YOUR FAITH is not the issue.
• Jesus DID say, you could have as little faith as a mustard seed and accomplish what is needed (Matthew 17:20).
Another time we'll discuss why teachers tell you to build your faith to astronomical proportions, but not here.

What I will tell you though, is why you can have "infinite-faith, sufficient-faith, perfect-faith," even if your faith is only comparable to a mustard seed.

The answer is the rest of the equation within the parenthesis.

"W" is WILL, God's will.

The equation says, "infinite faith ⟹ W"

In other words, infinite faith occurs "If and Only If it is centered on God's will."

Look at 1 John 5:14-15. When does God's answer come? The passage clearly says, when we ask according to His will.

It ain't rocket-science, is it?

But it does require the next portion of the equation.
"S" is the act of SUBMITTING to God.

I'm sorry, but you knew that the "S" word would enter this equation somewhere, didn't you?

The problem with the "S" word is that it requires you to trust Him. Do you think you trust God? Are you sure? Or are you just hoping you trust Him?

Take this test and find out:

• Get a blank piece of paper.
• At the top write, "God's Will for My Life."
• And then sign-it, BLANK.
Okay, I just told you the PROBLEM with the "S" word. Now let me give you the "ginormous" benefit of the "S" word. It is found in both Mark 11:24 and the rest of the equation, within the parenthesis.

Note that the "S is Congruent to I" and,

"I" represents God already "IN THE PROCESS" of answering your prayer.

You see, the ginormous benefit in doing "S" namely, submitting to God is because God tells us we can believe that we have "already received" what we are talking to Him about.

Let me say it this way, "God is already "I" IN THE PROCESS of giving me what I ask.

Work the Secret Mathematical Prayer Formula backwards:

• "I" God is already "In the process" of answering my prayer,
• "S" When I submit
• "W" To His will,
• "F" With my mustard seed faith

"d" represents DISOBEDIENCE.

The mathematical term in front of this parenthetical portion of our Prayer Formula means "an empty or 'null' set" of both the "d" and the "c" of our formula. In other words we're not to have any "d" and any "c" in our life.

"d" being disobedience is pretty straight-forward, right? So let's look at "c" and understand it.

"c" is the act of using the word CAN when you pray.

Going back to Mark 11:24, where we are told to "believe that we have already received" that which we are praying for, I'd like to ask you, the reader, to do something for me, okay?

I would like you to be EMBARRASSED the next time you use the word "can" when you pray!

And here's why.

Assuming the Holy Spirit didn't make a mistake, and Mark 11:24 can be believed, God is already in the process of giving you your answer! Think about that! Since that is the case, why are you asking Him if He "can" do it?

Let's get back to the "d" word for a moment. In Psalm 24:3-4, we are told to enter His presence with "clean hands and a pure heart." Why? Because sin has an impact on your prayer life (Proverbs 28:9, Isaiah 59:2, and a host of others).

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## Putting It All Together

• You WILL get a YES
• When you PRAY,
• If you ABIDE in Him AND His words ABIDE in you.
• Then your sufficient FAITH,
• Subject to His WILL,
• Causes you to SUBMIT to Him
• After all, He's already IN THE PROCESS of answering!
• Motivating you to OBEDIENCE
• Eliminating CAN from your prayers

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