10 Keys To Effective Prayer
Prayer is a powerful weapon and gift that our Father has given to the believer to advance His kingdom on earth. Jesus is the perfect prayer and our Chief Intercessor. If you want to learn how to get answers to your prayers, read and study how Jesus prayed and got results in the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. I thank Jesus for sending Holy Spirit to help us pray in our understanding or native language, and with groanings and utterances (our heavenly prayer language or tongues) when we don’t know how to pray.
I have learned to always yield to Holy Spirit’s leading in prayer. Why? Because I want God’s perfect will to be done, not mine. When you pray Holy Spirit-inspired prayers in your priestly, kingly authority, God will answer because He’s given the believer legal jurisdiction and kingdom dominion on earth as it is in heaven. (Genesis 1:26-28, Romans 8:26-28, Revelations 1:5-6) Here are ten ways to pray effectively. Although there are more, these ten principles will help you align your heart to pray God’s will and reap results.
- Understand that it’s not our mighty prayers, but our Father who answers prayers mixed with the God-kind of faith when we pray to Him in Jesus’ name. Always pray led by Holy Spirit. When the answer comes, remember to give God all the glory for He alone is our Source. John 14:13-14, Hebrews 11:6, 1 Corinthians 10:31
- Wait upon the Lord or minister to Him in your secret place. Prayer is not just talking to God, it’s communing or fellowshipping with Father. Create an altar or special place in your home where you meet with God. Make it a standing appointment. Bring your Bible, journal and prayer shawl, if you have one, with you. In your secret place, begin to thank and praise our Father for His tender mercies and loving-kindness. You’re not meeting with Him just to get something from Him, but to lavish your love on Him. In exchange He will transform your heart to beat as one with His. Psalm 16:11, 40:1-3, Isaiah 40:31, Song of Songs – all, Colossians 4:2
- Read the Word of God everyday. Meditate it daily. Study it regularly. The Word of God is the will of God. As you daily immerse yourself in it, you will become sensitive to the leading of Holy Spirit. You will pray more accurately. You will understand our Father and Jesus’s nature and character, so you operate just like them. The Word of God is impregnated with creative power, so you can call things that be not as though they were. The washing of the water of the Word transforms your mind into the mind of Christ. Matthew 6:16-18, Romans 12:1-2, 2 Corinthians 1:10, I John 5:14-15, 2 Timothy 2:15
- Fast and pray to uproot unbelief from your heart. When you fast, remember to spend time in prayer and the Word, so your spirit man is increasingly sensitive to the leading of Holy Spirit. 2 Chronicles 7:14, Isaiah 58, Matthew 6:14-15
- Confess and repent for sin or unforgiveness against others or yourself, so that Father God will forgive your sins. Then your prayers and fellowship with Him will be unhindered. Pray from a heart filled with God’s love or agape. We should forgive others because Father God, through Christ Jesus, has forgiven us. Matthew 6:14-15, Mark 11:25, Ephesians 4:32
- Bless your enemies and don’t curse them. Don’t speak guile or evil about someone because sweet and bitter water should not flow from the same fountain. Agree quickly with your adversary. Don’t try to get revenge, for God tells us in the Bible that vengeance is mine, I will repay. Matthew 5:43-48, Luke 6:27-36, Romans 12:14-21
- Pray persistently led by Holy Spirit, especially when you’re interceding for others. Since their will is involved, we must continue to stand in the gap until that precious one yields his or her will to God. This can be a long prayer campaign. However, our God is faithful to deliver our loved ones, if we are faithful to pray through. Ezekiel 22:30, Luke 18:1-8, James 5:16, Ephesians 6:18
- Know when to pray or ask God for something, or when to say or decree a thing. When you pray, you are operating in your priestly authority. When you decree a thing, you are operating in your kingly authority. You are both priest and king. As you flow with Holy Spirit, He will tell you when to pray and when to say. Mark 11:22-25, Isaiah 43:26, Job 22:28
- Obey God! It’s the doers of the Word of God that prevail, not the hearers, confessors, note-takers or churchgoers. This is one of the most important principles that I have learned from my Pastor, in addition to the power of prayer, the God-kind of faith, victorious living and focus. John 15:7, I Corinthians 6:9-10, James 1:21-27
- Remember it’s quality, not quantity of prayer. In other words, if two agree concerning a request that agrees with God’s Word, He will grant it. I’d rather have two believers red-hot and fervent in prayer than 1,000 lukewarm. One can chase a 1,000, but two 10,000. So let ‘s make sure when we come together to pray to our Father that are hearts are pure, our hands clean, so we can boldly approach the throne of grace with anticipation and confident expectation for an answer to our prayers.
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