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  • Allen Domelle

Next Level Praying




Numbers 21:3

And the LORD hearkened to the voice of Israel, and delivered up the Canaanites; and they utterly destroyed them and their cities: and he called the name of the place Hormah.

Israel was in a battle for its existence. Arad the Canaanite had taken some Israelites captive as he fought against Israel. Israel needed God to step in. They had prayed before, but there was no answer. Their conclusion was to make a vow with God that if He would deliver them, they would utterly destroy the cities that Arad controlled. The result of this vow was that the LORD hearkened to the voice of Israel and delivered them.

Every believer faces times in their lives when it seems that God is not answering their prayers. It is not that God is not hearing their prayers; it is that they need an answer for a specific thing in their lives. Whether it be a church or an individual, God gives four things someone can do when they need a prayer of the next level answered.

First, make a deal with God when you need a next-level prayer answered. Israel’s vow with God was a deal they struck with God. In other words, they sat down at the bargaining table of prayer and made a deal with God that if He answered their prayer, they would give Him one of His desires in return. When you need a next-level answer to prayer, make a deal with God that benefits Him, but keep your part of the deal when He answers. God is a businessman Who is in the deal-making business. If you truly need an answer to prayer, you will not be afraid to give up something for God so that He will give up something for you. Making a win-win deal for both sides is one way to get a next-level prayer answered.

Second, fast and pray when you need a next-level prayer answered. Jesus says in Mark 9:29, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting. When praying daily for God to answer something does not bring an answer, consider fasting and praying to get God to answer. This kind of prayer is a next-level prayer that only comes by fasting and prayer. If you need God to step up to another level, He is capable of doing so, but He also wants to see if you are willing to step up to another level in prayer by fasting. Fasting proves to God that you are willing to step up to the next level of prayer so that He will step up to the next level in answers and power.

Third, go soul winning when you need a next-level prayer answered. Jesus says in John 15:16, …go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. The soul winner always has more power with God because they have a bargaining chip of fruit to use to get God to answer their prayer. Going soul winning not only helps the lost to get saved, but it also gives leverage to the believer in their prayer lives. Don’t expect God to answer your prayers regularly if you are not interested in His business of reaching the lost with the Gospel.

Fourth, attempt something great by faith when you need a next-level prayer answered. Faith attempts will always get God’s attention because it shows Him that the believer truly wants Him involved in their life and ministry. Therefore, when you need God to answer a prayer, don't wait for the answer, but attempt something by faith so that God must step in and answer because He has promised to always honor one’s faith. God is more apt to answer the prayers of the believer who is willing to let God show His omnipotence through their faith attempts.

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