STEPS TO A POWERFUL PRAYER LIFE
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When it comes to developing a powerful prayer life some think it to be an easy task, others see it as a must, and there are christians who have a very hard, and difficult time with remaining consistent and steadfast when it comes to prayer. In a christian’s walk with the Lord in their spiritual tool box prayer is the ultimate tool that must be used on a daily basis.
For example, a car can not be driven without gas. If a driver waits until the tank is on empty they will have one or two choices:
1.) Walk to the gas station with a gas can or;
2.) Have someone push their car to the nearest station
In other words if a Saint of God does not have a habit of praying daily their spiritual tank will be on empty. When trials and tribulation occur they either have a hard time praying or they need someone to help pray them through. This is why it is essential to have a daily prayer life in place. No chrisian should ever have their spiritual tanks on empty. Empty meaning, no prayer, no power, no Holy Ghost, no strength to seek God. This is why it is a prerequisite to start everyday with prayer and thanksgiving before God.
Developing a powerful prayer life is a healthy way to a strong relationship with the Lord. When a christian has a powerful prayer life drawing from within to pray when trouble arises is not difficult when an individual has taken the time to develop a prayer life. Meditating on, and/or committing scripture to memory is the most effective way to develope your prayer life. All christians want to see results when they pray. Some individuals give up on praying because they feel as if they won’t get any results or they have prayed and didn’t get any results.
Prayer does work, and prayer does get results. Being consistent is important, this is not to say that one must pray over the same prayer request over, and, over again, if you are asking God for a particular answer in a situation. Cover your prayer with scripture, believe God, and let God handle it, turn it over to God after you have prayed and believe God to answer. Patience is key just because God will have you wait does not mean he is not going to answer your prayer. Often times when individuals pray and they don’t get exactly what they prayed for they feel that will God will not answer their prayer. This is not true. God knows exactly what we need and when we need it. Isaiah 55:8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.” The Lord knows, and sees much farther up the road then we can, when we pray and we don’t get exactly what we have prayed for we tend to get confused and say this is not what I prayed for.
I have heard Christians say I am mad at God, and I am tired of praying for the same thing and not getting any answers I say to them how can you get mad at God? Instead we must examine what, and why we are praying for something. We also should examine the intent of our hearts of why we are praying for something. The scripture states in Hebrews 4:12 “For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
Don’t give up on developing a prayer life. Keep praying daily starting with 5 minutes a day, and build your prayer life up to an hour. Getting started is the hardest part when starting out to do anything. Once you get started you will begin to see the fruit of your laboring in prayer.
Finally when developing a strong and fervent prayer life, praying daily is essential. Of course there are and will be a day when you wake up late or something happens to cause you to miss your regular devotional prayer time. This is never, ever an excuse to fall down in your prayer life and keep missing days of not praying. It is to easy to get lack in a prayer life. Once you have it going keep exercising your prayer muscle. Another point to mention in developing a prayer life, learning to be lead by the Holy Spirit is key. Just because it is a regular prayer time does not mean the Lord will have you switch gears and put a song of praise on your heart. Some prayer times you may praise, and worship and end your devotional time with a prayer. One key point is not to get stuck in the habit of praying the same way each and every time. Always be open to the Holy Spirit to follow His leading.