What Does It Mean To Put a Demand on God?
Have you ever wondered what it means to put a demand on God?
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?
Supported by Mat 18:19 and
This message is solid gold.
Very helpful! Thanks for sharing!
Hi good day,
Great Message. My demand on God today is for my healing in body, mind ,and spirit. I know without a shadow of a doubt that healing is in God’s will for us so we can declare and claim what is rightfully our according to His word. In Jesus name. Amen.
Exactly how I see it as well. Prayers without ceasing. He delights in this from His children. For when our prayers are aligned with His word, our Father knows we enjoy learning the truth of His word. Thank you Sister.
I’ve heard people say you can’t tell God what to do, but your doing what Jesus is telling you to do, don’t lose faith in the last days.
We need to be desperate to recieve God’s promise in prayer and not allow fear dictate to us.
Thank you for the reminder that our persistent prayer is not a result of lack of faith but on the contrary.
Great post!!! This weekend we had a powerful anointed man of God speaking at our church during a 3 day conference. God is a miracle worker! I will try to keep this short, and to the point. I had just asked my husband yesterday, How do you pull on God? I received a simple answer. He said, just ask in faith. This true prophet of God, whom we did not know, was calling out people by name, first and last, their birthdates, anniversaries, their children names, and siblings, etc. He began on Friday, and each nite the services were elevated. My husband is a minister & always receives a prophetic word from the Lord. So on Friday, I prayed, “Lord, I am standing in the need of prayer’. On Saturday, I prayed, Lord, I need a word from You. Sunday morning, I prayed, Lord, don’t forget about me. Sunday night was the last service meeting, and I arrived late. I was praying in the Spirit believing God would not forget about me. I missed all the praise and worship b/c I was really late. The place was standing room only, but I found 1 seat all the way in the back, then I heard the man of God say, is there a Patricia in here. He said if you are, come quickly to the front. I went up and there was another lady named Patricia too. Then he said I believe the last name is McNeal, that did it for me!! We have a book of Acts church, and I know God loves me, but I was beginning to think something was wrong with me, b/c our whole church was receiving words of knowledge whenever we gathered on Sundays and Wednesdays. But, when I went forward to receive, our Pastors, (who are truly anointed and bear good fruit), had no word for me. I am a faithful servant, but I was getting desperate. The prophetic word that I received yesterday was right on target. It helped to revive my soul, and God is truly my all in all.!!! NOTHING IS IMPOSSSIBLE FOR HIM.
Bold prayer as per His evidence, deep revelation there. Thank you
Thank you!! This is something I had been wondering about.
Thank you for all your posts!! Very inspirational and good for me. We are struggling these days with several things, beginning to not know what to do.
Wow right on target ????what a great word God has implanted in you Jamie??Thank you for sharing ??I truly feel blessed??????God is great soooo great ????????
The word of God says we should ask and it will be given, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened. Everything that we ask in the name of Jesus and believe that it has been accomplished, so will it be. So as far as we haven’t received, we have to continue with asking and believing. May the Lord bless us all to the glory of Jesus name.
Mary P ,Thank God,for the word,,I’m truly thankful for the word,I got to stay on my face,God bless you
Thanks for this Jamie. I want to encourage everyone. Things may not come when you want them to but they come right on time. Just keep trusting and believing in him.
Thank you once again Jaime for this timely blog. I have been praying insistently over a period of time, since last month in particular, for the Lord to restore the job and dignity of one of my family members whom some co-workers have slandered, one in particular, did everything in his power to back-stab her in order to get the current position she holds in her office. So effective and convincing was this man’s lies that he was able to sway the boss’ hand in having him remove my family member from that position, paving the way for him to take over shortly. Of course he has already proven to be a failure and that he cannot handle the job but he is a close friend of the boss and that is how he got so far in the first place. Dear Jaime and other Presence Seekers, please join hands with me in prayer to stop this unfair treatment that has been meted out to a dedicated worker and to halt permanently, the unfair process of removing her that has already began. Thank You All
Amen never looked at it that way
Amen!! This is right on time as usual. I am in need of healing for skin issues and for abdominal issues. I’ve been believing God to see a physical manifestation of the healing to take place immediately. While I know some healing may tarry, I believe that God can do this for me now! Please agree with me in prayer.
Thank you Lord for Jamie! May you continue to Bless her INDEED! Thank you Jamie, your always right on time!
I see now I am struggling with assurance and confidence in this area. One because much of which I heard was to the opposite and because I learned behavior and eroded confidence to go to my father, mother and others in authority because of my confidence in going to the first *my father* it seemed by the time I asked it was ok well, I gotta do for this one now and you next time…next time never really came, as the quiet child, I just got pushed to the back of the line. I lost confidence and it’s followed me , right into my perception of Father God. Then being told in churches over the years don’t question God and certainly don’t go demanding from Him…this word from you has me seeing the root. It has been exposed. Thank you.
thank you for this very timely
I am truly blessed !!!
thank you Jesus.
God bless you Jamie.
Thank you Jamie. This came in just as I was giving up on something I’ve prayed long and hard for. This word just jump started my spirit again. Thank you!
This really encouraged me, please pray for me.
This is an eye opener. Very insightful and helpful for my enquiry. Bless you.
What does Jesus tell us to ask for? Because I want a million dollars but that would be manipulation and worldly haha
Ask for anything that is in accordance with His Word!
Hi Jamie, I liked your article, but find it faulty. I have been praying insistingly for 40 years, using scripture as my evidence of God’s promises. But 40 years of nothing but silence has taught me that persistence will never work. We as people can only take so much of being ignored, even by God. The harder I try the more distant God seems. My prayers are for a variety of “things”, but mostly for happiness, contentment, peace and piece of mind. Which includes resources to glorify God by helping others. Nothing hurts more than feeling ignored by God. Is it wrong to need God to provide a tiny bit of proof? God may not leave me, but that doesn’t mean he cares enough to answer my prayers, or help me. I’m told God won’t bring harm to us, believe me that God’s silence is harmful in many ways. One last thought, God only does what is good for us. God thinks that pain and suffering are good for us. Pain and suffering are not good for us.
God Bless You Jamie, keep up the good work.
Hi Kenneth, thanks for writing in. If I may be so bold, it seems apparent to me from reading your comment that your problem is doubt and unbelief. God never honors doubt and unbelief; the Bible says that, without faith, it is impossible to please God. The Bible also says that the person who doubts will never receive anything from the Lord. So I encourage you to repent for your doubt and unbelief, get to know God–who is not a man that He should lie, and who only gives good and perfect gifts, and who is GOOD through and through–and make Jesus your Lord and Savior (for right now you do not know Jesus, based on what you have said of Him), and wash your mind in the soap of God’s Word–believing everything He said–and allow Him thereby to transform your life. You will never receive anything from the Lord until you do these things. But when you do these things, everything will change for you.
Many blessings to you in Jesus’ name. Thanks for reading.
First, sorry it took so long to reply. You said my problem is doubt and unbelief and that I have to repent of both. I have done that, long before you said it. I gave myself to God through Jesus over 40 years ago. I have asked God for help with everything the Bible says we should ask. I read my Bible daily and pour over God’s word. Nothing ever jumps out of the Bible, no matter how much I read it. I have never heard, seen, or felt anything from God. Just silence. I admit that I haven’t always been dutiful in my actions regarding God and Jesus. This said, I have never stopped believing in God and Jesus, nor have I stopped loving both of Them. If there is any doubt or unbelief it is a result of many years of nothing from God and Jesus. So many prayers not answered, even those that I know are within what the Bible says is God’s will. Never comforted by God or Jesus in the worse parts of my life. God’s promises broken. If there is doubt or unbelief, it caused by lack of action on God’s part. God promised that He would meet us along our journey, hasn’t happened. I don’t know why God created me, just to ignore me. Torture me with silence. ????? I have given God permission to do anything He wants to me, to act in my life, to make His will be done. I am extremely disheartened by the nothing.
Thanks, God bless you, in Jesus holy name, Amen.
Ms Jamie I really enjoy reading your mini courses but in this mini course you stated about reaching the wine olds on the corner in the ghetto me being a African American I find that part of your mini course very offensive why couldn’t you just say trying to reach all wine olds on the corners but wine olds are not just in the ghetto they are everywhere
Hi Joyce, thanks for writing in. I’m wondering: Why would you connect the term “ghetto” to your being African American? I never did. The term “ghetto” has nothing to do with race.
I thank God we can ask Him for our needs, but I don’t agree in demanding God for anything. Asking works just fine. 🙂