As we celebrate the National Day of Prayer I wanted to share with you a nugget concerning prayer, from the original languages of our Bible.
Mt 21:22 And <2532> all things <3956>, whatsoever <302> <3745> ye shall ask <154> (5661) in <1722> prayer <4335>, believing <4100> (5723), ye shall receive <2983> (5695).
In the instructions of Jesus to us out of Matthew 21:22 we find a few interesting points from the original Greek. The word “ask” is the Greek word “aiteoo”. Here the Lord is not talking about only offering generalized prayers but about very specific petitions and requests. This is what the word means. God enjoys our asking in specific and pinpointed petitions and will answer every one of them if they are brought to Him in faith.
“Aiteoo” in the Greek aorist tense. This verb tense is a most magnificent tense, one which is truly not found in our English. More than being a simple past tense, the aorist is defined as the puncticular tense. It is specified as a punctuation mark on the timeline of moving history. In reality this is the definition of an event. Whereas our past tense simply describes the event as something which has passed, the aorist views it not just as a past event but as one which is completed. The aorist shoots a photograph of the event as tangible object, entity or reality in history, one commenced and terminated. It focus is not just on its being something past but as a tangible object which can be picked out, handled and observed from the timeline of history. This is crucial in our learning to operate by faith and see powerful result to our prayers.
Mt 9:29 Then <5119> touched he <680> (5662) their <846> eyes <3788>, saying <3004> (5723), According <2596> to your <5216> faith <4102> be it <1096> (5676) unto you <5213>.
In Matthew 9:29 Jesus tells us as He opens the eyes of the blind man who the miracle occurred according to or proportional to the man’s faith.
Everything that Jesus commanded done, He spoke it out in the aorist tense. Jesus’ faith operated in photographs of tangible events, entities or realities accomplished and completed. When He spoke to a leper to be cleansed, his faith was such that He saw and felt the cleansing of the leprosy as a completed reality. When He spoke it into the air over the ill man, the completed event of the healing permeated into the man and healed him.
Hebrews 11:33 ) Through faith <4102> we understand <3539> (5719) that the worlds <165> were framed <2675> (5771) by the word <4487> of God <2316>, so <1519> that things which <3588> are seen <991> (5746) were <1096> <0> not <3361> made <1096> (5755) of <1537> things which do appear <5316> (5730).
Finally, Hebrews 11:3 tells us that the worlds are framed by the word of God. The worlds, “aioon” describes successive, continual impacts of tangible realities of the Kingdom of heaven intruding upon the natural kingdom of the earth at every moment of every hour. The scripture tells us that these successive impacts of heaven upon us are framed by what we say. The word framed, is just what it says. As a picture needs a frame to adjust, hold it in place and hang it for display and observation so the word of God creates, molds and frames the worlds of the kingdom of heaven by what we say and brings it to pass by faith. When we pray in aorist photographs of completed realities, what we frame are completed events which come to pass by faith. Try praying like that. As a matter of fact our whole life of faith should be lived out with aorist faith.
Mt 1:22 Now all this <5124> was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,
The whole or entire thing was done (seen by faith in the Spirit) so that it might then be fulfilled…..