Wednesday, March 28, 2012

How To Pray Effectively ?

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A.There are some Bible verses that will show us about effective prayer as follow :

1. Pray according to God's will : This is the confidence we have in approaching God: 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 what we asked of him" (1 John 5:14-15)

2. Pray with a righteous mind"…The prayer of a 
    righteous man is powerful and effective" 
                                                                                                                                 (James 5:16)

3. Keep on praying with a thankful heart : Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ  Jesus"  
                       (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

4. Beware of your motive : When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures" 
                                                                                                                                    (James 4:3)

5. Pray in the Holy Spirit : "In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes  for us with groans that words cannot express"  
                                                                                                                          (Romans 8:26)

B.The teaching of Jesus about prayer : 

1. Faith will always be the key :

"'Have faith in God,' Jesus answered. 'I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, "Go, throw yourself into the sea," and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins'"
                                                                                                                     (Mark 11:22-25)

2. Pray in the name of Jesus :

"And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it" (John 14:13-14).

Conclusion :
After we have just grasped some basic principles on effective prayer and what Jesus has to say about prayer, we need to put it into practice. Let's say a prayer item today, just put all these in a prayer and see How God will answer your prayer. Your experience will help lots of people. God bless you.



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