Principles of Effective Prayer
What is Prayer?
Prayer is a heartfelt request made upon God based on His Word with His promise to meet that need.
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.
From the text above, it is obvious that our prayers must be based on God’s Written Word. God’s Word is the Written Revelation of God’s perfect will. When we pray according to the Word we get heaven’s attention and the Father is committed to bringing that Word to pass.
Many people pray out of presumption and assumption. Prayers must be born out of a conviction rooted in God’s Word and fueled by a genuine heartfelt desire for what you want from God. See Mark 11:24; Romans 10:1.
John 15:7 NKJV
If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.
All through Scriptures, all effective or answered prayers were prayed according to the Word of God. For instance, consider Jacob’s prayer in Genesis 32:9-12. It was obvious that Jacob petitioned God based on His Word.
Genesis 32:9-12 NKJV
Then Jacob said, “O God of my father Abraham and God of my father Isaac, the Lord who said to me, ‘Return to your country and to your family, and I will deal well with you’: I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies and of all the truth which You have shown Your servant; for I crossed over this Jordan with my staff, and now I have become two companies. Deliver me, I pray, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau; for I fear him, lest he come and attack me and the mother with the children. For You said, ‘I will surely treat you well, and make your descendants as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.’ ”
Jacob kept on making his request based on what God had told him. God cannot deny Himself. He is obligated to perform His promise in the Word when we bring His Word to Him in prayer. Before you make your demands on the Father through the Word, it’s important to know what the Word of God promises. Search the Scriptures to find the promises that guarantee your right to that request. Then bring up these Scriptural premises as you present your requests to God the Father.
When Moses the Man of God interceded for Israel, he reminded the Father of His promise to Abraham, Isaac and Israel (Jacob) and God relented from the judgment He wanted to bring upon Israel. See Exodus 32:7-14. When David prayed in 2 Samuel 7:25-29, he petitioned the Lord based upon His Word. Daniel followed the same example. See Daniel 9:1-3. This is the pattern throughout Scripture. When you pray, you pray according to His revealed will in His Word or your personal word from the Lord and based on the revelation of God’s character. That’s the kind of prayer that works and gets results. Selah
For further reading, please read Nehemiah 1:1-11; 2 Chronicles 6:12-41; 20:3-12; Deuteronomy 9:25-29.
To be Continued….