Gloria Copeland sermon - Prayers That Work With God. You can live in constant contact with God! Watch Gloria Copeland and Billye Brim on Believer’s Voice of Victory as they relate how you have a purpose in prayer—to use your words to confess, pray and cooperate with God. Ask, believe and receive—those are the prayers that work with God!
I know my God has made the way for me. I know my God has made the way for me. ANNOUNCER: Welcome to the Believer's Voice of Victory. Today, Gloria Copeland welcomes special guest, Billye Brim, as they share insight into prayers that work with God. Get ready to strengthen your prayer life. Now, here's Gloria. GLORIA: Hello, everybody. Welcome to the Believer's Voice of Victory. Our--one of our very favorite people, Billye Brim, is with us today.
Full Text - Prayers That Work With God - Gloria Copeland
And she's going to be expounding on what, Billye? BILLYE: Well, actually, I don't know. GLORIA: She doesn't know-- BILLYE: GLORIA: --but she will get it. BILLYE: Here's the thing about it now, Glo. One thing I've got to explain to you folks out there is I just don't come on this program and just take over. It's Gloria who has to do a lot of TV. She's glad for me to do that. She says-- GLORIA: Absolutely. BILLYE: She says, "You--"
GLORIA: That's why I have you come. BILLYE: I know it, so you can take a kind of a rest. GLORIA: That's exactly right. BILLYE: So I just don't want them thinking-- GLORIA: Are you accused of taking over? BILLYE: I am accused every once and a while, you know, just one or two. GLORIA: Billye, Billye, would you take over now, please? BILLYE: Now here's another thing. GLORIA: Okay, what? BILLYE: I don't exactly know what I'm talking about today.
GLORIA: Well--so what's unusual about that? BILLYE: You almost--there you have it. GLORIA: No, I'm just kidding. BILLYE: Because we don't know everything, for one thing. I mean, we don't gloat. GLORIA: We just don't. Well, Billye, people don't know unless you tell them we don't know. BILLYE: Oh, I shouldn't have told them, I guess. But here's the thing about it. GLORIA: Okay, I'm serious now. BILLYE: I know we're going to talk about prayer and we're going to get to where we talk about prayer. But before we get to talk about prayer, I'm going to talk about some other things I've just now discovered. GLORIA: Good. BILLYE: Yes. You know, we pray for revelation knowledge, Gloria. GLORIA: That sounds--that sounds exciting. BILLYE: We say to the Lord, "Give unto us a spirit of wisdom and revelation." GLORIA: Amen. We expect it, too. BILLYE: And we expect revelation and we're getting revelation. GLORIA: Amen. BILLYE: I know we are. I know the church is growing because Brother Hagin--you know I worked for Kenneth E. Hagin for a long time. And he said that he had more contention, more people get angry, when he taught about ruling and reigning in life according to Romans 5:17-- GLORIA: Hmm. BILLYE: --which says, "Those who have received abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness shall reign as kings in life." And he said people would argue with him. They would fuss with him about that more than anything else. Well, that-- GLORIA: The same thing's true about prosperity. BILLYE: Yes, it's true. GLORIA: Teaching on prosperity stirred up more people to get mad. You'd think we were preaching poverty or something-- BILLYE: I know. You'd think they'd be happy.
GLORIA: --not prosperity. BILLYE: But here's the thing about it, Gloria. GLORIA: What is it? BILLYE: People are getting more used to it, you know? GLORIA: Oh, prosperity's pretty much accepted. BILLYE: Yeah, see? That's what I'm saying. GLORIA: It just takes a while. BILLYE: That's what I'm saying. We have progressive revelation. GLORIA: You're right. I see that. BILLYE: And when Brother Hagin said that years ago--now people aren't mad when you talk about taking the authority of the believer-- GLORIA: No. BILLYE: --and sitting in their seats every day-- GLORIA: No. BILLYE: --and ruling and reigning. They don't get mad about it. GLORIA: Because they've been taught some things. BILLYE: And so here's--
GLORIA: We've been taught some things. BILLYE: Here's what I think we're growing. GLORIA: Okay. BILLYE: You know the Bible. You grow. You get born again a baby, and then you feed on the sincere milk of the Word that you may grow their body. So you feed your spirit and you grow. Now, the whole Body of Christ, it seems to indicate that we're being changed into a place from glory to glory to glory--
GLORIA: Yes, it does. It says it. BILLYE: --to where the Spirit of the Lord will fill us in our meetings. GLORIA: Oh, yes. BILLYE: So we're growing in things. We're getting revelation. Now, your husband--I heard him, well, at our autumn prayer meeting, Autumn Assembly of Prayer on Saturday morning. And if you don't have it, it's worth getting. He came into that place on Saturday morning, that theater where we were having it. And he noticed that the first--the rows in the theater were so close to the stage, he wondered how he was going to pray for the people. So I had already announced to the people, "Those of you who are going on a foreign mission trip, we'll pray for you today." So--and that stage, Gloria, they told us, "You can't have more than 42 people on it at a time. It could fall." GLORIA: Huh. BILLYE: So-- GLORIA: That's encouraging. BILLYE: So we--I had--I had-- GLORIA: And great would be the fall of it. BILLYE: I know! So I had announced that we're going to pray for these people that are going to go on a foreign mission trip. So they came and paraded across the stage. And Ken ministered to them and he ministered fire, the fire of God. Well, then he would turn around to the people in the congregation and he would say, "Fire, fire." Oh, we had an amazing thing happened. We had amazing miracles. And--now Bibi told me--she noticed this because she watched on live-stream. GLORIA: Mm-hmm. BILLYE: Bibi does our hair. Plug for Bibi. And Bibi told me she watched it and she could see it on the screen that the people turned red. They would turn real red. Their faces would redden. GLORIA: Wow. Hmm. BILLYE: Because the fire of God, the heat of God would come into them. And he felt it, you know, in his hands. Remember how Brother Hagin would say that when he went to heaven, and the Lord laid the palm of his-- GLORIA: Yeah. BILLYE: --the finger-- GLORIA: A finger. BILLYE: --of his hand in each of Brother Hagin's hands and it felt like a coal?
GLORIA: A fire? BILLYE: A coal fire, you remember? And was it Isaiah that said there's--that the Lord took a coal off the altar and put it on his lips? GLORIA: I don't remember who it was. BILLYE: I hope I got it right anyway. GLORIA: Somebody did. BILLYE: Somebody did. It was either him or Ezekiel. I think it was Isaiah. But the fire of God--I've been thinking about that, you know, since Ken talked about it. And so we have--out at Prayer Mountain, we have a Sunday corporate prayer meeting. And I was getting ready for my Sunday corporate prayer. And I was going to teach on United Prayer for an Awakening. And we'll talk about that, too, before we get through with these two weeks, about how you pray in united prayer. Brother Hagin always said, "There are things you can get in united prayer that you can't get any other way." So we're going to talk about united prayer here for an awakening and we're going to talk about that. But later--but right now, I've got to tell you what happened Sunday morning when I'm just getting ready to teach. And I don't know all there is to know about this subject, but I'm seeing it. You know how the Lord--like, Ken, when He had him to preach on the anointing--
GLORIA: Mm-hmm. BILLYE: --the anointed One and His anointing, well, you could just see it everywhere in the Bible after that. So now, fire, we're going to be talking about fire. And I'm going to tell you what I saw Sunday morning. Now, I got up Sunday morning. And I know I'm going to teach the corporate prayer at 3:00. And I got up thinking about United Prayer. And a kind of a question kind of went across my mind, "What was the first prayer in the Bible?" I thought, "Well, the book of beginnings is Genesis. So I'll look there and I'll see if I can find the first prayer in the Bible." Well, when I get there, I'm coming to Genesis 2. And this is the Stone Edition of the Chumash. In Hebrew, you count like this: Echad, shtayim, shalosh, arba, chamesh. "Chamesh" is five. So "Chumash" comes from that word "chamesh," and it means the first five books of the Bible. It means the Torah.
So every year--I mean, the Jews read through this Torah, the first five books of Moses, every year of their lives. So this is the Chumash, and it's called the Stone Edition because that means--the Stone Edition put the comments from the rabbis, you know, down in the bottom. So I'm reading on chapter two of the Chumash. Now, you want to think, too, about this. Jesus said--when He started talking to the disciples, the apostles--that he was going to go to the cross, John 14, 15, 16, and then His prayer in 17, He starts talking to them. He knows that He has been rejected. And so He begins, then, to talk about new creation realities. And He begins to tell them that He's going to send the Holy Spirit who will live inside them and teach them. He says, "There are things I want to share with you, but you're not ready to take it yet." So that's how it is with us. We have progressive revelation. And this that I'm going to talk about today that has to do with the fire, it is progressively coming to me about the association with the power of God, the fire of God, and prayer. So this is what happened last Sunday morning. This--chapter one, it gives like an overview of creation. And then chapter two is like a commentary on it. So I'm going to start reading it. I'm going to read from the Hebrew translation into English from the Stone Edition of the Chumash. This is actually in your Bible, Genesis 2:1. So, "Thus the heavens and the earth were finished in all their array.
By the seventh day, God completed His work which He had done and He abstained on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it because, on it, He abstained from all His works." Now, verse 4, and I did put "verse 4" down here, "These are the products of the heavens and the earth when they were created on the day that HaShem God made earth and heaven." Now, this word that they say, "HaShem," it means "the name." This is the--this is the first mention in the Torah of the four-letter name of God, which we don't know how to pronounce because the Jews didn't pronounce it. Only the high priest went into the Holy of Holies once every year on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, and he would pronounce this name 26 times. GLORIA: Hmm.
BILLYE: But now they haven't had the temple in 2,000 years. So they don't really know how to pronounce it, and they wouldn't pronounce it. The Jews regard this four-letter name of God as so holy that they don't--they don't pronounce it. And Christian writers have guessed at the pronunciation, and they call it "Jehovah" or even "Yahweh." And in our--they--we even honor this in the King James translation of the Bible. They don't try to pronounce it or write it out. They put capital L-O-R-D. But when they put capital L-O-R-D, that means this--this word, the four-letter name of God. And the Hebrews say, "HaShem." That's what they put in their Bible because it means "the name," the ineffable name of God. So this is the first place that four-letter name of God is used. I'm going to read it again. "These are the products of the heavens and the earth when they were created on the day that HaShem," the name, Yod-Heh-Waw-Heh, "God," Elohim, "made earth and heaven." In Genesis 1:1, it says, "In the beginning Elohim created the heavens and the earth." So we get down to Genesis 1:2 and we find that this name, this four-letter name, "YHWH," is used.
This is the first mention of it in Chapter 2, in verse 4. I wrote this out for you. GLORIA: You already wrote the note? BILLYE: I wrote the note, yeah. GLORIA: Okay. BILLYE: "This is the first mention in the Torah of the Hebrew four-letter name 'Yod-Heh-Waw-Heh.' This name signifies the eternity of God because its letters are also those of the words, 'He was, He is, and He will be.' In the words of Rambam's--" and that's one of their sages, "--fourth principle of faith, God," quote, "is the very first and the very last. Everything in the created universe must have a moment when it came into existence, but God is infinite. He transcends time. In recognition of this concept, the four-letter name is often translated, 'The eternal one. He was, He is, He is to come," Yod-Heh-Waw-Heh. Now we're going to go to verse 5. "Now all the trees of the field were not yet on the earth, and all the herb of the field was not yet sprouted, for HaShem--" that would be Yahweh "--God had not sent rain upon--" and this I'm reading from there-- GLORIA: Okay. BILLYE: "--had not sent rain upon the earth, and there was no man to work the soil."
So we see that the trees and the fields he's talking about--you know, it doesn't say that he created plant life. That was already there from the pre-Adamic civilization. But it was going to be called forth. It was under the earth to be called forth. Now, those had not sprung forth yet. Why? It says because "God had not sent rain upon the earth, and there was no man to work the soil." So according to their midrash, according to their oral tradition, Adam called for rain. He prayed for rain, and they see that as the first prayer in the Bible. I--I don't know if that's true or not, but, I do like this phrase that they have here. "This demonstrates--" And I put this note down here. "This demonstrates a basic article of faith. God provides what man needs, but it is up to man to pray and otherwise carry out his spiritual responsibilities."
GLORIA: Or you could say, "receive," which the New Testament said, "Believe you receive when you pray." BILLYE: Absolutely. And see, so according-- GLORIA: So that's-- BILLYE: That's--you have to do it, in other words. On the earth, you've got to ask. GLORIA: Yeah. BILLYE: On the earth, you've got to believe.
On the earth, you've got to receive. Now, He's going to give it. God sends it. GLORIA: Yeah. BILLYE: But there's something about man that has to cooperate with God. And you've got--you've got to say that about all prayer. GLORIA: Well, wouldn't you say that means man's got to come into agreement with God? BILLYE: Absolutely. And man has his part. GLORIA: Yeah. BILLYE: And God is the provider of all. But man's going to have to ask Him. Man's going to have to believe and have faith, because it's faith that receives from God. GLORIA: That's right. BILLYE: So, this could be, if they're right, the first prayer in the Bible--I don't know if they are, but I absolutely know that they are right about, this demonstrates that God provides, but it's up to man to pray and otherwise carry out His spiritual responsibility.
So we're going to be talking about prayer. We're going to be talking about working with God. We've got our parts. Bless the Lord. And they mentioned here that Sarah, Rebekah, and Rachel were all barren. But they prayed, and they received Isaac and they received Joseph and Benjamin and their children. And there's something about when you pray, and it's faith--the seed, in this case, children, they're very special in the Bible when their mothers and fathers had to pray for them and receive them from God. GLORIA: Yeah. BILLYE: Now, here's something interesting. GLORIA: That's interesting. BILLYE: Here's what I say when I read--when I recommend Hebrew books like this. GLORIA: Yeah, mm-hmm. BILLYE: Hebrew translation is just very, very good. They've been speaking Hebrew for 4,000 years.
So I like to read their translations. Sometimes their notes, I agree; sometimes I don't agree. But it's like Brother Hagin. I think this is some of the deepest theology--not theology, but guidance that Brother Hagin ever gave, and it was this. He said, "We used to have in our backyard an old cow. That was our milk supply." That's the same when I was a kid. Everybody had a barn in their backyard and they had a cow. GLORIA: Yeah. BILLYE: And he said, "Every once in a while, we would throw a bale of hay out to that old cow, and that hay would have some sticks in it." And he said, "Then after the hay was all gone, we'd go out there and the cow had spit out the sticks." GLORIA: I remember him saying that. BILLYE: He said, "Have at least as much sense as an old cow." GLORIA: Yeah. BILLYE: "Eat the hay and leave the sticks." GLORIA: I remember that. BILLYE: So that's what I do with--when I'm looking at these things, you know? And I like to learn from them because they--4,000 years they've been studying the meaning of these words. GLORIA: Mm-hmm. BILLYE: So I learn from them, but now here's how they see this. I don't know if it's true or not, but it's--I didn't exactly spit it out because there's a lot of things in the Bible we don't know. There's a whole lot we don't know. GLORIA: Really, Billye? BILLYE: No. GLORIA: Are you kidding me? BILLYE: Don't tell the people watching this program, but there's a lot of things--
GLORIA: This is a revelation. BILLYE: --that Gloria and I have yet to find out. Bless the Lord. GLORIA: And we're trying. BILLYE: And we're doing our best. GLORIA: Yes, amen. BILLYE: That's right. And especially-- GLORIA: What page are you on in your-- BILLYE: I'm on--I'm on Genesis 2. And you've got your--you've got your Bible, but you're going to have to turn it around because you remember how they do, they go from the back to the front. GLORIA: Yeah. BILLYE: Your ribbon's in it.
GLORIA: Oh, okay. BILLYE: Yeah, if you'll just open that up there. And you'll go to verse 6. Over here, you'll find verse 6. GLORIA: Okay. BILLYE: Okay. It begins, "a mist." Verse 6 up here. GLORIA: Up here? Okay. BILLYE: Yeah. "A mist--" Oh, now you caused me to lose it, Gloria. GLORIA: I'm sorry. BILLYE: But I found it back. "A mist ascended from the earth and watered the whole surface of the soil. And HaShem formed the man of dust from the ground and He blew into his nostrils the soul of life. And man became a living being." Now, creation scientists, they often say that--they talk about this mist and how it was and how they knew that it was and that it watered the earth. But according to the Hebrews, this is what they think. They think that--okay, that this mist--and I may have it right here.
Okay, no, I don't. I put it right over here. This mist ascended from the earth, over there on verse 6, and watered the whole surface of the soil. "And HaShem," that would be Yahweh again, "God formed the man of dust from the ground and He blew into his nostrils the soul of life. And man became a living being." Now, they say that "This is similar to a kneader," k-n-e-a-d-e-r, "who first pours in water and then kneads the dough. Then here, too, He watered the soil and then He formed man." Everything God formed from words, "Let there be light. Let there be this. Let there be that," except man's body. GLORIA: Hmm. BILLYE: And man, in--and, actually, man's spirit as well. It says right here that--and "They believed that the mist watered the soil and then He formed the body of man with His hands."
God made our bodies with His hands, and He breathed our spirits into us. Phew. And He breathed our spirits into us, and they say, then, that, "Thus God made man out of both lower earthly and upper heavenly matter, his body from the dust and his soul from His Spirit. The soul made man a living being," which Onkelos translates--now, Onkelos is one of the ones who made one of the first translations of the Bible. He translated from Hebrew into Aramaic. Aramaic's what Jesus spoke, but this was long before Jesus that Onkelos--I had a Jewish rabbi said, "You can remember his name. Just think of Uncle Loss." So Onkelos translated it, "and man became a speaking spirit. Accordingly, the life that is unique to man, in which only God could blow into him, is the rational soul that includes the power of intelligent speech. This is what elevates a human above animal life, the ability and therefore the responsibility to use His intelligence in God's service." Man became a speaking spirit. GLORIA: Yes, amen. BILLYE: Now, science sees three classes of beings on earth; animal, vegetable, mineral.
Did you ever play 20 questions? You've got to say, "animal, vegetable, or mineral." But Judaism divides the animal class into two parts: Those who speak, and those who don't speak. So here we see that there are animals on the earth. They don't speak. GLORIA: Okay. BILLYE: But what differs us? We're in the animal class, according to science, animal, vegetable, mineral. But what's the difference in us? We have intelligent speech, and we were created with intelligent speech, to use it in the service of God. That's its created purpose. GLORIA: Think about all over the earth, people have a language. BILLYE: Yes. GLORIA: They could just have said, "Ugh. Ugh. Ugh-ugh." BILLYE: Right, right. GLORIA: "Ugh-ugh-ugh." BILLYE: You're right. Glo, that's a point. GLORIA: He gave them a language. He gave us a language. BILLYE: Now, what purpose but to work with God? GLORIA: To reveal. BILLYE: To work with God, to use that voice in prayer, to use that voice to confess things into being. We're created in God's image. GLORIA: Yeah. And how much revelation is there in, "Ugh"? BILLYE: Right.
GLORIA: He knew we had to have words. BILLYE: We have to have words-- GLORIA: We had to have a language. BILLYE: --so they can take on--bring heaven to earth, in a way. GLORIA: If you--if your Bible just said page after page of, "Ugh. Ugh-ugh, ugh-ugh-ugh-ugh," you wouldn't learn much. BILLYE: No. GLORIA: BILLYE: And it's intelligent speech. And it's to be used in God's service. GLORIA: Praise God. BILLYE: So we're going to get to prayer. GLORIA: Good. BILLYE: But we're going to see that right from the beginning, God gave us something so we could pray. I suppose He could have been any way He wanted to be. I suppose He could have been unapproachable and that we would have nothing to do. He could just tell us what-- GLORIA: Yeah. BILLYE: --order everything around, but no. GLORIA: It's not the way it was. BILLYE: He gave us a will, and He gave us speech. GLORIA: Praise God. BILLYE: Praise His name. GLORIA: And so when we come along after centuries, and God creates Word people. BILLYE: Word people. Word, words-- GLORIA: Words, Word people, people that go to the Word, that put these words in their eyes, in their ears, in their mouth-- BILLYE: Mouth. GLORIA: --in their heart, and in their mouth. BILLYE: Yeah. GLORIA: Word people. BILLYE: And create. GLORIA: Yeah. BILLYE: Whew. GLORIA: Praise God. I like it. BILLYE: I'm learning more as I go here.
GLORIA: I like it. Praise God. Uh-oh. He's counting us down. What is that? Billye and I'll be right back