Understanding Effective Prayer

91 year old woman praying and attending church service.
91 year old woman praying and attending church service. | Source
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Praying People

Prayer Meeting copyright © Sandra Mireles
Prayer Meeting copyright © Sandra Mireles
Prayer Meeting copyright © Sandra Mireles
Prayer Meeting copyright © Sandra Mireles

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.

Honest Relationships

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

Pray for one another.
Pray for one another. | Source

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!

The Weapons of Our Warfare.
The Weapons of Our Warfare. | Source

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.

God wants to live in your heart. You must invite Him to come in.
God wants to live in your heart. You must invite Him to come in. | Source

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.

Does Prayer Work

Do you believe prayer works?

  • Prayer works and God answers some of my prayers.
  • God does not answer my prayers.
  • I do not know. I find it hard to believe in prayer.
  • There is no God. Prayer is a waste of time.
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Smireles 2 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you, Jo_Goldsmith for stopping by and reading my hub. As a prayer minister I am blessed when I am able to bless others. Keep on praying and talking with God. He will deliver you and comfort you in your need. Blessings.


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Jo_Goldsmith11 2 years ago

What a blessing it is for me to read this. I have had to cast my struggles and recent heartache onto God. He has given me peace and provided me the strength to get through this.

He is refining me and conditioning my heart for his will. I thank you for sharing this so beautifully and I voted up +++ and shared. I wish you many blessings and it is so nice to meet you.

Shalom


Amanda 3 years ago

This is so true, but hard to do! It helps me if I don't watch the news or look at the tv websites. I used to have WRAL as my home page. Had to stop. I saw too many bad tnihgs. This way I don't know about it! LOL


Louise 3 years ago

My Grandmother had a worry box...she would open this pretty litlte tin every night and caress the velvet lining. Then she would explain to any inquisitive child standing nearby that it was where she placed her worries of the day so that God could handle it. This brought back a memory so vivid that I had to share it with you...thanks for the memory!hugsSandi


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schoolgirlforreal 4 years ago from USA

That video was so beautiful!

Thank you for writing this hub, many need to know these things, God bless you!


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Smireles 6 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you, DeBorrah,

I truly believe that through prayer we are able to change the world. I just released my new book WALK IN THE LIGHT about intercessory prayer. Blessings!


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago

Smireless! Insightful & Beautiful! Prayer is spending quality time with the Lord expressing how you feel and listening as well! It is a two way communication! He already knows; we just have to to be willing to humbly submit ourselves to Him!

"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." Amen!

This will help many! God is AWESOME! Thank you for sharing, In His love & Blessings!


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Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV

Smireles you have written a great informative HUB. I often use prayer in a conversational manner. I do try to follow the answer given by our Lord and Savior Jesus when He was asked, "Lord teach us how to pray.". This does not necessarily mean to recite the Lords Prayer, but the elements contained within the Lords Prayer give us guidelines as to the type of prayer God listens to when we pray.

Praise of God and His glory is the expression beginning The Lords Prayer.

Surrendering our Earthly will and subbmitting to Gods will is an essential element of successful prayer.

Asking for our daily sustenance, not excessive Earthly treasure, is an element in successful prayer.

Praying for forgiveness of our trangressions with the condition the we too are willing to forgive the transgressions of others is essential to successful prayers.

Although not implicitly stated I truly believe that all successful prayer begins with thankfulness to God for our very existence, and the privledge of being aware of the glory of His Creation.

If one wants to pray for a specific personal miracle, always remember to state "Thy will be done".

If we pray and follow the words and beliefs, in our actions, of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we will experience the greatest miracle imaginable. That miracle being eternal life with God and our Lord and savior.


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Smireles 7 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you, Lgali!


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Lgali 7 years ago

nice and true good hub


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Smireles 7 years ago from Texas Author

God has always been faithful to me. Prayer is an important part of my life. I hope my hub will help those who do not know how to pray. Thank you Coffeesnob and James!


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

This is a wonderful message. I should pray much more than I do. Some have never been taught to pray at all. I hope this helps a lot of people draw closer to God and realize the power He can have in their lives.


coffeesnob 7 years ago

Smireles thanks for a great hub. You are right that there should never be a time we cannot pray. There have been times in my life that I could only pray "Lord have mercy on me" and Oh my he took it from there. God bless you.


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Smireles 7 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you so much. Prayer is very close to my heart!


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BJC 7 years ago from Florida

You are a very annointed and gifted writer. Your article touched on several important issues - forgiveness, dilligence, and honesty. Please keep giving us more.


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Smireles 7 years ago from Texas Author

Judydianne, you are absolutely right. Many people do not understand this and think that every time they pray the answer is yes. It is not!


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judydianne 7 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

We also need to know WHEN God has answered prayer.

Sometimes He says, "Yes, you may have it." "No, this is not good for you." "Wait, I have something better." or "My grace is sufficient for you."

God doesn't always give us exactly what we ask for. He has the right to say no according to His wisdom.


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Smireles 7 years ago from Texas Author

Duchess, I agree with you although I am a strong believer in prayer. On the opposite side of the fence I feel strongly that the devil gets the blame for a most of the things we bring on ourselves by our actions!


Duchess OBlunt 7 years ago

I like that you say prayer is a conversation with God.

I personally believe that God is not responsible for as much as we make Him out to be. I think our actions and the consequences of our actions are responsible for much of what happens in our lives. However! I do believe that Gad can work through us despite ourselves (thank goodness).

Prayer - like conversation - is one of the basic "getting to know you" principles. From there the possibilities are endless


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RNMSN 7 years ago from Tucson, Az

beautiful and true. thank you

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