Today, I want to talk to you about, “Create Prayer Receipts.” The reflection is based on the Gospel story of the woman who suffered hemorrhage for twelve years. She learned of Jesus’ reputation as a compassionate healer with a 100% healing record. One day, she caught up with the Master, and in the middle of a crowd, “she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole” (Matthew 9:21). At the touch of Jesus’ garment, the hemorrhage ceased – exactly as the woman had pictured in her heart.
She had what the Bible calls, “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). When you request for anything in prayer, this principle applies. You need two things: substance, and evidence. Substance is the essence of the thing you desire, for instance, a job promotion. Evidence means picturing yourself already enjoying the good you desire.
Working together, these elements serve as your receipt, testifying that there has been a transaction (an agreement), that what you want has been granted – which should already give you a feeling of relief, assurance, and gratitude.
There are laws governing prayer. One such law is The Law of Receipt. Regardless of your past, current or future circumstances, when you make a prayer request (if you want the prayer to work), you must assume your request is granted. And, because it is granted, you must have a corresponding feeling of gratitude and a mental image to match. You must feel it spiritually before you can see it materially.
God honors the receipt, not the words you say. The prayer is not legally binding, but the receipt is. The receipt within your heart is a legally binding spiritual document – in the form of a mental image with its corresponding feeling of gratitude. The Akans in Ghana have a saying, “Yɛbɛgye nti, y’ada ase” (roughly translated, “Because we shall receive, we already give thanks”).
Around the world, there are many who pray, but few can say they see their desires manifest rapidly and consistently. It is not because they are unworthy. The problem is, we seldom teach the laws governing prayer, so a lot of people assume that all you have to do is just pray. Jesus understood prayer laws, hence statements like: “What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them…” (Mark 11:24). In other words, if you want your desire manifested, create its receipt in your heart (substance plus evidence equals manifestation).
So long as you have the receipt in your heart, it is a sure sign that what you want shall manifest outwardly. What is in your heart is what dictates your outward experience. Without a receipt, there is no transaction, and your case is weak. For your prayer to be complete, you need to create a receipt and keep it in a safe place, i.e., in your heart, because “where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Matthew 6:21).
With love and blessings
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