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Principles of Effective Prayer 4

Principles of Effective Prayer 4

Purpose: To teach Believers Biblical Principles of Prayer and the fundamentals that guarantee answers to prayer.

What is Prayer:
Prayer is the verbal expression of the desires of our hearts based on a promise in God’s Word to meet that particular need. See Jeremiah 29:11-13; Mark 11:24; Romans 10:1; 1 Timothy 2:1-4.

Prayer is the vehicle for the accomplishment of God’s will in the earth. See Matthew 6:9-10; Genesis 32:9-12; Nehemiah 1:4-11; Daniel 9:1-19.

Based on our definitions above, it is obvious that whenever we pray, we must pray according to the Scriptures. This is because prayer is a legal request. In Law, your petition has to be based on or in line with the Law or the legal statues that govern that state, territory, region or kingdom.

In the kingdom of God, there are laws. When we function according to these laws, we are guaranteed answers and returns to our actions and deeds. We will be exploring these issues so that you may be able to overcome all forms of hindrances to your prayer.

A. The Law of Knowledge.

Whenever you pray, you need to come the Father on the basis of the promises of God’s Word. Before you pray it is important that you search the Scriptures to know the promises in God’s Word that guarantee the things that you desire from Him. This knowledge stirs up confidence in our hearts and gives us the legal grounds to present our petitions or requests to a Just and Loving Father God. This is what people like Daniel did when He petitioned God concerning Israel’s return to their own land. He reminded God of what He spoke through Jeremiah. See Daniel 9:2-23.

Jacob reminded the Lord of what He promised Him when he prayed in Genesis 32:9-12. God sent an angel in response to his demands and granted what he requested. In Exodus 32:7-14, Moses pleaded with the Lord for Israel’s preservation concerning His promises to their fathers. And the Lord spared Israel. God is obligated to perform His promise when we make Word based demands. This is the reason why He commands us to put Him in remembrance and bring forth our strong reasons whenever we pray. See Isaiah 41:21; 43:25.

James 4:3 NKJV
You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.

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.

B. The Law of the Heart:

Whenever you pray, it’s important that you pray from your heart. Prayers that are mere lip service amounts to nothing. Your heart is the seat of your inner man. See 1 Peter 3:4. In the New Testament, your heart is your spirit. Romans 2:28-29; Psalm 51:6; Job 38:36. God is a Spirit. He desires that our prayers, worship or service proceed from our spirits. See John 4:23-24; Romans 1:9; 7:6.

Jeremiah 29:12-13 NKJV
Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

Matthew 15:7-9
Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying:
‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth,
And honor Me with their lips,
But their heart is far from Me.
And in vain they worship Me,
Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ ”

Romans 10:1 NKJV
Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved.

James 5:16b AMP
The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].

A prayer that does not spring from the heart is a waste of breath. You must mean what you say and say what you mean. Heartfelt prayers get God’s attention when they are in line with the Word of God. The condition of your heart also matters when it comes to receiving answers to prayer. Think about it.

Acts 8:21-23 KJV
Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God. Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee. For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity.

Psalms 66:18-19 NKJV
If I regard iniquity in my heart,
The Lord will not hear.
But certainly God has heard me;
He has attended to the voice of my prayer.

C. The Law of Desire:

In the realm of the spirit, we attract what you desire. Desire is the longing of the heart. John G. Lake calls it, “The calling of the soul.” Desire is a function of focus. If you focus on something long enough it will consume you. As you meditate on the promises of God concerning something you desire that He has promised in His Word, your heart and mind will suddenly be consumed by a strong passion, longing or desire for that thing. According to the Scriptures, Desire is the thirst of the soul. See Psalm 63:1-2.

Isaiah 55:1 NKJV
“Ho! Everyone who thirsts,
Come to the waters;
And you who have no money,
Come, buy and eat.
Yes, come, buy wine and milk
Without money and without price.

Isaiah 44:3 NKJV
For I will pour water on him who is thirsty,
And floods on the dry ground;
I will pour My Spirit on your descendants,
And My blessing on your offspring.

Matthew 5:6 NKJV
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
For they shall be filled.

John 7:37-38 NKJV
On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”

D. The Law of Love.

Love is the unconditional disposition of goodwill to the undeserving. See Matthew 5:43-44; Luke 6:35. Fulfilling the royal love of love opens the door to a world of endless possibilities, unusual miracles and uncommon favors. Love must become the greatest motivator for all that we say and do. See 1 Corinthians 12:31; 13:1-3; 14:1.

1 John 3:22-23 KJV
And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.

When we are walking in strifes, quarrels, envies and schisms our prayers will be hindered. You will find your hopes, aspirations and prayers disappointed many times over if you do not walk in love. Strife is a blessing blocker.

James 3:16 KJV
For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.

1 Peter 3:7 KJV
Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.

Jesus said, “And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.” (Mark 11:25)

Strife, unforgiveness and bitterness will hinder your prayer. Praying for something out of envy will hinder your prayers. God wants us to ask out of love and not out of bitterness.

Hebrews 12:15 KJV
Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled.

Acts 8:21-23 KJV
Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God. Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee. For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity.

James 4:1-3 KJV
From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.

To get answers to pray consistently you must get your heart right. Forgive those that have offended you. Be merciful to the people around you. Be kind to the people in your sphere of contact and God to reword you. See Matthew 5:43-48. Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy.

Please go over the article again and again at your spare time until it get ahold for yourself the principles that will make you a go to person when it comes to prayer because you always get an answer to your prayers. Selah

Have a fruitful and fulfilling day today characterized by manifestations of favor and opportunities of uncommon increase in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

To be continued….

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