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Daniel 10:12-13

“Then he said to me, Fear not, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your mind and heart to understand and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come as a consequence of [and in response to] your words.”

Here are seven keys to getting your prayers answered.

1.       Fear Not

First, God wants us to eliminate the fear of failure

Joshua 8:1

“And the LORD said unto Joshua, Fear not, neither be thou dismayed: take all the people of war with thee, and arise, go up….”

Second, God wants us to know that He is our salvation so we have not reason to be fearful or afraid.

Psalm 27:1

“THE LORD is my Light and my Salvation--whom shall I fear or dread? The Lord is the Refuge and Stronghold of my life--of whom shall I be afraid?”

Third, God doesn’t want to us worried or fearful about what my happen tomorrow.

Romans 8:32 NLT

“Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.” 

Matthew 6:34 MSG

"Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don't get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes."

Fourth, God is your helper so there’s no need to fear.

Hebrews 13:5-6 AMP

“So we take comfort and are encouraged and confidently and boldly say, The Lord is my Helper; I will not be seized with alarm [I will not fear or dread or be terrified]. What can man do to me?” 

Fifth, fear will flee when God takes you by the hand.

Isaiah 41:9-10 MSG

“Don't panic. I'm with you.  There's no need to fear for I'm your God.  I'll give you strength. I'll help you. I'll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you."

Sixth, God is fighting against your enemies with you so you have no reason to fear.

Exodus 23:22

“But if you will indeed listen to and obey His voice … I will be an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries.”

Romans 8:31 AMP

“… if God is for us, who [can be] against us? [Who can be our foe, if God is on our side?]” 

Seventh, you have no reason to be afraid because of the anointing that’s

living within you.

1 John 2:26 MSG

“I've written to warn you about those who are trying to deceive you. But they're no match for what is embedded deeply within you—Christ's anointing, no less! You don't need any of their so-called teaching. Christ's anointing teaches you the truth on everything you need to know about yourself and him, uncontaminated by a single lie. Live deeply in what you were taught.”

2.       The day you decided

First, this is a decision you make.

Job 22:28 TLB

“You will decide on a matter, and it will be established for you, and light will shine on your ways.”

Second, you must make a decision whom you will serve.

1 Corinthians 2:2 TLB

“For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. “

Third, you must decide to walk in His ways and keep His Word.

Deuteronomy 26:17 AMP

“You have [openly] declared the Lord this day to be your God, [pledging] to walk in His ways, to keep His statutes and His commandments and His precepts, and to hearken to His voice.”

Fourth, when you act on your decision. . .things begin to change.

Genesis 24:42 NCV

“Today I came to this spring. I said, ‘Lord, God of my master Abraham, please make my trip successful.”

Fifth, things will change today. . .by the decisions you make or fail to make.

Deuteronomy 30:15 TLB

“Look, today I have set before you life and death, depending on whether you obey or disobey.

Sixth, once you make a decision. . .He wants you to keep it.

Deuteronomy 6:6 NCV

“Always remember these commands I give you today.”

Seventh, decide today. . .how you will use your time and who you will serve.

Psalm 90:12 CEV

“Teach us to use wisely all the time we have.”

3.       Purposed in your mind

Proverbs 2:2 NCV

“Listen carefully to wisdom; set your mind on understanding.”

Colossians 3:2 NASB

“Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.”

1 Corinthians 2:16 AMP

“For who has known or understood the mind (the counsels and purposes) of the Lord so as to guide and instruct Him and give Him knowledge? But we have the mind of Christ (the Messiah) and do hold the thoughts (feelings and purposes) of His heart.”

Philippians 2:5 AMP

“Let this same attitude and purpose and [humble] mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus: [Let Him be your example in humility:]”

Philippians 2:2 GWT

“Then fill me with joy by having the same attitude and the same love, living in harmony, and keeping one purpose in mind.”

4.       Purposed in your heart

Daniel 10:12

“. . . for from the first day that you set your mind and heart to understand. . .”

First, there is only One person we need to be concerned with.

1 Thessalonians 2:4 NLT

“For we speak as messengers approved by God to be entrusted with the Good News. Our purpose is to please God, not people. He alone examines the motives of our hearts.”

Second, what purpose shall our hearts fulfill?

1 Timothy 1:5 NLT

“The purpose of my instruction is that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and genuine faith.”

Third, we must understand the seasons of God.

Ecclesiastes 3:17

“I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.”

Fourth, understanding of the heart. . .is not surface knowledge. . .you must go deep.

Proverbs 20:5 ESV

“The purpose in a man's heart is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out.”

Fifth, pursing His purpose in your hearts empowers you fulfill His promises.

Hebrews 4:12 AMP

“For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.”

Sixth, your understanding heart isn’t just for your benefit.

Colossians 4:8 NASB

“For I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know about our circumstances and that he may encourage your hearts.”

Seventh, always have a good attitude when giving of yourself to help others and/or for the work of His kingdom.

2 Corinthians 9:7 NASB

“Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”

5.       Humble yourself

First, the secret to riches, honor and the good life is found in humility.

Proverbs 22:4

“By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and life.”

Proverbs 22:4 AMP

“The reward of humility and the reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord is riches and honor and life.”

Second, God places a high value on humility. . .so the obvious question is where does it begin.

Acts 20:19

“Serving the LORD with all humility of mind. . . .”

Third, your humility can be stolen from you.

Colossians 2:18

“Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility. . .” 

Fourth, humility will give you a choice between disgrace and wisdom

Proverbs 11:2 NLT

“Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.” 

Fifth, thinking that you’re “IT”. . .the ultimate success will end poorly but humility will bring you honor.

Proverbs 29:23 NLT

“Pride ends in humiliation, while humility brings honor.” 

Sixth, humility is proven and demonstrated through wisdom and understanding.

James 3:13 NLT

“If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom.” 

Seventh, offers specific ingredients for humility.

Philippians 2:2-4 NLT

“Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.”

6.       Your words were heard

First, God hears you.

Psalm 145:19

“He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them.”

Jeremiah 29:12-14 AMP

“Then you will call upon Me, and you will come and pray to Me, and I will hear and heed you.   Then you will seek Me, inquire for, and require Me [as a vital necessity] and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.  I will be found by you, says the Lord, and I will release you from captivity. . .”

The words that you speak to Him are not only heard but acted on.

Psalm 86:5-7

“In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee: for thou wilt answer me.”

Second, angels hear you.

Psalm 103:20

“Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.”

7.       I have come as a consequence

Daniel 10:12 AMP

“. . . I have come as a consequence of [and in response to] your words.”

Proverbs 18:20 AMP

“A man's [moral] self shall be filled with the fruit of his mouth; and with the consequence of his words he must be satisfied [whether good or evil].”       

Proverbs 18:20 GNT

“You will have to live with the consequences of everything you say.”

Proverbs 18:21 GNT

“What you say can preserve life or destroy it; so you must accept the consequences of your words.”

Your answer is coming. . .do not despair. . .deliverance is coming to your house and it’s coming soon.

Daniel 10:13 AMP

“But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me for twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief [of the celestial] princes, came to help me, for I remained there with the kings of Persia.”

Daniel 10:18-19 NLT

“Then the one who looked like a man touched me again, and I felt my strength returning. Don’t be afraid,” he said, “for you are very precious to God. Peace! Be encouraged! Be strong!”