And, did you know that you have legal rights with God?
I received a wonderful question about this from a reader recently. The reader had seen one of my blog posts encouraging you to “put a demand on God in prayer,” and he wanted clarification about what on earth I meant!
It's a great question. So, in case others are wondering the same thing, I thought I'd share my response here.
Here's my answer in a nutshell:
Putting a demand on God means to pray in insistent, demanding faith.
It means to demand, in prayer, that He give us what He says in His Word we can have.
Jesus taught that we should pray this way in Luke 18:1-8. This passage says:
Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart, saying:
‘There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man. Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, ‘Get justice for me from my adversary.'
And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, ‘Though I do not fear God nor regard man, yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.'”
Then the Lord said, ‘Hear what the unjust judge said. And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?'” (Luke 18:1-8).
In the passage above, Jesus taught us that insistent, demanding prayer gets results. In fact, He indicated that He calls this type of praying “faith,” and He wondered if He would find it on the earth when He returns.
Another biblical example of what it means to put a demand on God:
The easiest Biblical illustration I know is to look at Mary, the mother of Jesus, and what she did at the wedding at Cana. Here's a link to a post in which I write about that.
Also, the post discusses Abraham and others. Please be sure to read it in detail!
Jesus also taught us to put a demand on Him in faith in many other places.
- Think of the woman with the issue of blood, who put a demand on God for healing by touching Jesus' robe without permission. She was healed–and Jesus said that her faith had made her whole.
- Think of the centurion, who said “you only have to speak the word and my servant will be healed.”
- Think of the lepers and blind people … so many that Jesus healed. They all refused to be denied, because they knew who Jesus was and what He could do.
You put a demand on God when you pray insistent prayers … and you keep praying until you get what you're asking for.
It's all based on what God's Word says He wants to give you and do for you.
You have to know what God's Word says. And you have to pray in faith, based on what His Word promises, if you're going to get anything from God.
And as long as you know what His Word says, anything promised to us in that Word is always His will for all of us. However, we have to go to Him in prayer and ask for it, sometimes repeatedly, in order for His will to be released on the earth.
Basically, demanding prayer is insistent prayer.
And insistent prayer is the prayer that believes God means what He says, and that is determined we're not going to give up asking until we see His will done on the earth and in our lives.
You have to understand that you have legal rights with God.
God's Word is your evidence, and the blood of Jesus purchased complete and total access for you. Everything God said in His Word is true, and everything He promised you will happen …
… IF you call Him in on His evidence.
IF you lay out the evidence before Him and demand a verdict.
God is a just Judge. He has a legal process, and His legal process is that He always answers His own Word. The thing is that He has given stewardship of the earth over to men. This earth is our territory to steward, and God is serious about that. All authority belongs to Jesus, but He has delegated authority to us on the earth during our time here.
And God doesn't violate the authority He delegates.
Since He has given authority on the earth to us, He needs our permission to move in the realm He has entrusted to us. How does He get that permission? Through our prayers.
Your prayers literally make the Kingdom churn.
It's YOUR PRAYERS that get God to move, because it's your prayers that ALLOW Him to move:
- It's your prayers that allow Him to show up in heathen countries with visions of Jesus at night for people who have never heard the name of Jesus.
- It's your prayers that allow Him to pour out His Spirit and sweep the earth with the revelation of His glory.
- It's your prayers that reach the drunk person on the street corner in the ghetto, suddenly bringing them back into their right mind and desiring to get right with God.
- And it's your prayers that get you the answers you desire in your own life–your prayers that bring in the miracles you need.
Yes, it's your prayers. And if no one is praying now, then God still honors the prayers of the saints throughout the ages. Those prayers are stored up in vials in Heaven, and at the right time they are poured out as incense in God's nostrils–bringing the ANSWERS to those prayers into the earth.
So your prayers get answers. Your prayers move Heaven and earth.
But you have to pray in faith, and the best way to pray in faith is to pray legally. Find out what God's Word says about something. What does the Bible clearly outline as being God's will? And once you find out, that's the evidence that demands a verdict from the Lord.
So then you lift up that evidence to God in prayer.
You come before the Lord as before a just Judge, for that is what He is.
And when you do, you tell Him something like this:
“God, Your Word says ____. Your Word says that You will do ____ when I do ____. I have done it, Lord, and now I insist and demand that You do _____, according to what Your Word says You will do.
You have no choice, Abba Father, and I thank You that You are not holding back. You were just waiting for me to give You permission to move on the earth and in my life. And since You are a good, good Father who always honors His Word, and You are ready, eager, and willing to give good gifts to Your children, and since Your Word says _____, then You have to do it and You will do it–and I thank You for it.
In Jesus' holy and precious name, amen.”
You have legal rights with God.
You have the right–indeed, the obligation–to put a demand on God for everything He said He would do in His Word. You have the right to have Him answer you and give you what you ask for. You have the right to ask God for all the THINGS Jesus said you should ask for, that your joy may be full.
What are you putting a demand on God for today?