Principles of Effective Prayer 3
Principles of Effective Prayer 3
Purpose: To teach Believers Biblical Principles of Prayer and the fundamentals that guarantee answers to prayer.
What is Prayer?
Prayer is a heartfelt request made upon God the Father in response to a promise He made in His Word. Jeremiah 29:11-13
Prayer is a verbal expression of our heart desires based on God’s promise to meet our needs as outlined in His Word. See Mark 11:24; Romans 10:1.
Prayer is one of the most privileged ministries we have as believers because through prayer we cooperate or partner with God for the fulfillment of His will and plan for our lives. Selah
Many Christians have resorted to becoming prayer collectors, seeking people or organizations who will pray for them but according to the Word of God, every believer is called to pray. See 1 Timothy 2:8; Luke 18:1.
This is one thing many believers are unaware of. We all have equal access to the Father. Jesus said, “When you pray, say, Our Father who art in heaven.” See Matthew 6:9; Luke 11:2. God is our Father. It means we are all His children. He loves us all.
Jesus puts prayer on a very positive note whenever He talked about prayer. He said, “Everyone that asketh, receiveth.” That means God the Father is more eager to answer our prayers that line up with His Word more than we are willing to ask.
Matthew 7:7-11 NKJV
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!
John 16:23-24 NKJV
“And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.
James 1:5 AMPC
If any of you is deficient in wisdom, let him ask ofthe giving God [Who gives] to everyone liberally and ungrudgingly, without reproaching or faultfinding, and it will be given him.
1 John 5:14-15 NKJV
Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.
It is obvious from the Scriptures above that God longs to answer our prayers and grant our requests. Many do not pray because they don’t know the character of God. James 1:5 in the Amplified Translation calls Him “The Giving God” which means He is a very generous Father longing to dispense good things to His children.
I believe we are not receiving because many of us do not pray correctly. So many are ignorant of the fact that to get answers to prayer, we need to pray according to the promises of God’s Word, ask in faith and give thanks unto God the Father after making our requests. If we are not receiving, the problem is on our end. Another other day we will look at the common hindrances to answered prayer. Our focus today is to let you know that God wants to answer your prayer.
Psalms 65:2 NKJV
O You who hear prayer,
To You all flesh will come.
Psalms 91:15 NKJV
He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him and honor him.
Jeremiah 29:12 NKJV
Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.
Jeremiah 33:3 NKJV
‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’
Below are certain things you can pray about and the promises that guarantee answers to prayers:
- For Peace in your city or nation. See Jeremiah 29:7; 1 Timothy 2:1-2.
- For the Leadership of the Nation. See Proverbs 21:1; Ezra 1:1; 1 Timothy 2:1-2
- For the advancement of the Gospel. See 2 Thessalonians 3:1; Matthew 6:10
- For Laborers to be sent into the harvest in the nation. See Matthew 9:37-38; Luke 10:1-2
- For the outpouring of the Spirit. See Zechariah 10:1; Isaiah 44:3; 32:15; Luke 11:11-13
- For the salvation of the lost. See 1 Timothy 2:4; Acts 14:27; 16:14; John 6:44
- For protection and preservation of ministries and missionaries. See 2 Thessalonians 3:2; Romans 15:30-31
- For God to give ministers boldness to teach and preach the truth of God’s Word. See Ephesians 6:19-20; Colossians 4:3-4
- For the saints all over the world. Ephesians 6:18; 1 Timothy 2:1
- For your own needs. See Matthew 6:11; Luke 11:3; Philippians 4:19; Luke 11:5-10
- For justice. See Luke 18:1-8; 2 Thessalonians 1:6
- For wisdom and revelation. See Ephesians 1:16-17; Colossians 1:9; Psalm 119:18
- For your love for God’s Word to increase and abound. See Philippians 1:9-11
- For a revelation of God’s Love. See Ephesians 3:14-19
- For God incline your heart towards the right things. See Psalm 119:36; 141:4; Psalm 86:11
- For guidance and direction. See Ezra 8:21; Psalm 5:8
- For the protection of you and your family members. See Ezra 8:21-22; Matthew 6:13
- For children. Genesis 25:21-23; Genesis 30:22-24; Psalm 127:3; 128:3; 113:9
- For unity in a Church or in the Body of Christ at large. See Romans 15:5-6; Philippians 1:27
- For God to send the right people into your life. 1 Chronicles 12:22
Please pray according to the Scriptures above for whatever your need is and ‘The Giving God’ will respond to your requests. Take advantage of the privilege we have in Christ and make bold demands of a Loving, Generous Heavenly Father who wants to answer your prayers. Selah
Philippians 4:6-7 NKJV
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
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