Principles of Effective Prayer 6
To teach Believers Biblical Principles of Prayer and the fundamentals that guarantee answers to prayer.
What is Prayer?
Prayer is man talking to God about a need, a desire or an intention on God’s terms. See 1 John 5:14-15
All through Scripture, it is evident that effective or result oriented prayer has to be based on God’s Word or His revealed promises. For example if you consider the prayers of Jacob, Moses and Daniel, one thing is obvious, they petitioned Hod based on His Word.
God’s Word is the Written documentation of God’s perfect will. It is the Written revelation of God’s will for our entire lives. God never contradicts His Word. When we talk and act in line with God’s will, that is, His Word, God is obligated to grant our requests.
1 John 5:14-15 KJV
And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
Today we will be examining the sixth law that facilitates answered prayers. This particular point is a difference maker. It can determine whether you get the right response to your request or not.
F. The Law of Praise or Thanksgiving.
Praise is the verbal expression of heartfelt appreciation to God for what He has done, what He is doing or what He is about to do. This is also one of the definitions of thanksgiving.
Philippians 4:6-7 KJV
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
What yeast is to bread to make it rise, Praise and Thanksgiving is to our prayers to make it ascend unto the Lord. What salt is to our meal to make it palatable, Praise and Thanksgiving is to our prayers to make it acceptable to the Lord. Let’s examine some Scriptural examples.
John 11:41-44 KJV
Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me. And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.
Jesus prayed before He raised Lazarus from the dead. The atmosphere of praise and thanksgiving is the breed ground for uncommon miracles. If you would simply make out time to thank God or praise Him for what He has done, what He is doing or what you expect Him to do, you experience speedy answers to prayers and see the Hand of God in the most unusual way.
Acts 16:25-26 KJV
And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.
Learn to praise God and intentionally thank Him about whatever you are praying about. Your praise and your thanksgiving creates the environment in which God’s creative power manifests. Praise opens doors, facilitates divine intervention and accelerates answers to prayers. Remember Jehoshaphat in 2 Chronicles 20.
2 Chronicles 20:22-24 KJV
And when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten. For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of mount Seir, utterly to slay and destroy them: and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, every one helped to destroy another. And when Judah came toward the watch tower in the wilderness, they looked unto the multitude, and, behold, they were dead bodies fallen to the earth, and none escaped.
Psalms 67:5-7 KJV
Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee.
Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God, shall bless us.
God shall bless us;
and all the ends of the earth shall fear him.
Make up your mind today to create a time to praise God and intentionally thank Him for something you are believing for and watch God intervene, accelerate and speed up the answer to that request. Let’s do this. Selah
For the king and His kingdom,