Understanding Effective Prayer
What is Prayer?
Prayer is a conversation with God. It is exactly like any conversation you may have with another person. The difference is that you are talking to the Supreme Being of the Universe. When you first begin to pray you are like a baby taking those first stammering words. Soon you get the hang of it and you begin making sentences. Then you make paragraphs and so on. God wants to talk to you. He does but most people are so busy reciting their wants they never stop to listen.
You must be honest and open in your relationships. Take care not to harm or hurt one another by harsh words or actions. When you have hurt someone, apologize and make it right. With a sensitive nature that cares for others you will keep open and honest relationships that make for easy communication with God. When you pray one for another God heals and delivers. Needs are met, and souls are added to the church!
This is the first step to praying effectively.
Confess Your Faults To One Another
James 5: 16 Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. NKJV
There should never come a time in the life of a believer when he or she cannot give their burdens to the Lord. However, if your prayers never reach beyond your personal concerns you are not enlarging your reach or moving up the ladder toward intimate knowledge of God. Be honest about your failings. Try to change your behavior
Communication Is Important to God
What is Faith?
Faith is at the core of the Christian experience. Hebrews 11:1 states, Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. That means that your belief that something you have asked of God will happen is so strong that you are able to reach into nothingness and pull your need into the real world.
2 Corinthians 5: 7 For we walk by faith, not by sight. Read in context this verse refers to the resurrection. However, the words may be applied to all life experiences. This verse should be applied to any experience that is hard to understand. When you cannot see the way forward, God will go before you if you put your trust in Him.
Psalms 34: 5 I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.
Change Your World Through Prayer
Through prayer you are able to change your world. As you become more adept at praying you enlarge your reach to effect change in the larger world. Before any of this happens you must have faith. Many people think you have to come to God with formal prayers that were written by those who knew God intimately. This is not true. But...you must have the desire to know God intimately! This is the most important requirement for the beginner. If you seek Him with your whole heart, you will find him.
Matthew 11: 28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Pray For Each Other
Does God Say No?
James 4: 3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. NKJV
This is an important scripture. What is meant by asking amiss? Asking God to provide your needs is not the same as asking for your wants. There are those among us who believe that living for God means that God will bless you with great riches. I do not find that the scripture bears this out. James was not only speaking about money. He was also speaking about pleasures. While I do not believe that God wants us to live miserably unhappy lives, He is not going to make every one of us wealthy. We should not judge those who have hard times as if they are not living right!
What is Spiritual Warfare
Spiritual warfare stated simply is intercessory prayer that goes beyond praying for everyday needs. This is crisis praying and it is Biblical. The Apostle Paul was quite familiar with Warfare prayer.
2 Corinthians 10:1-6
New King James Version (NKJV)
The Spiritual War
10 Now I, Paul, myself am pleading with you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ—who in presence am lowly among you, but being absent am bold toward you. 2 But I beg you that when I am present I may not be bold with that confidence by which I intend to be bold against some, who think of us as if we walked according to the flesh. 3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.
Cast Your Cares on The Lord
1 Peter 5: 5-7
5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resists the proud, and gives grace to the humble.
6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
7 Casting all your care upon him; for he cares for you.
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