How to Pray – Understanding Prayer

Prayer is simply communicating with God. It is two-sided: talking to God and listening to Him. John Wesley said, “It seems that God can do nothing except someone prays.” God does not respond to need. He responds to faith – people who believe His Word and pray in accordance with it.

God cares about our every need, and He has designed the vehicles of prayer and faith as the channels by which we receive from God. God desires to hear and answer our prayers. If our desires are consistent with godliness or with His Word, then He will grant those desires. Notice what believers are instructed to do.

And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; (Luke 18:1)

Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; (Ephesians 6:18)

Pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17).

Practical Tips:

  1. Pray in a quiet place free of distractions.
  2. Pray early in the morning when your mind is not cluttered.
  3. Do not do all the talking. Learn to listen to God’s voice.

PRINCIPLES OF GETTING ANSWERS TO PRAYER

  1. WE ENTER INTO GOD’S PRESENCE THROUGH THE BLOOD OF JESUS.Christ died for us and accomplished everything we need in this life through His blood and sacrifice on the cross.

    He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? (Romans 8:32)

    Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood
    of Jesus…(Hebrews 10:19)
  2. WE COME TO GOD IN BOLDNESS.We believe with confidence that God is obligated to answer our prayers, just as a natural father is obligated to take care of his son.

    Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need (Hebrews 4:16).
  3. WE MUST REALIZE THAT WE ARE RIGHTEOUS.We have the right to stand before God as if we have never done anything wrong. Through Jesus Christ and faith in Him, we have right standing with God.

    Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: (Romans 3:22)
  4. WE MUST EXERCISE FAITH BY BELIEVING BEFORE WE SEE RESULTS.Faith is not hoping, doubting, orquestioning God’s Word or will. It is believing that we receive and not wavering in what we are believing and receiving.

    Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them (Mark 11:24).

    Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering;(for he is faithful that promised;) (Hebrews 10:23).
  5. WE MUST MAKE SURE WE ARE IN RIGHT RELATIONSHIP WITH OTHERS.We cannot afford to walk in strife, bitterness, resentment and unforgiveness (home, family, career, church).

    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. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses (Mark 11:25-26).
  6. WE MUST MAKE SURE OUR MOTIVES ARE PURE.God looks at our motives each time we pray.

    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 (James 4:2-3).
  7. WE MUSTKNOW THAT WHAT WE ARE PRAYING FOR IS GOD’S WILL AND THAT WE HAVE A PROMISE TO PRAY.  God will hear and answer any prayer that is prayed according to His will or His Word.

    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 (1 John 5:14-15).
  8. WE END OUR PRAYERS IN PRAISE OR THANKSGIVING. Praise is faith in action. When we truly believe we have received from God, we will thank Him before we see anything. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name (Psalm 100:4).
  9. WE ADDRESS OUR PRAYERS TO THE FATHER IN THE NAME OF JESUS. We come to God on the basis of who Jesus is, not who we are. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it  (John 14:13-14).
  10. PRAY IN TONGUES. Praying in our prayer language by the direction of the Holy Spirit is a key weapon in prayer and spiritual warfare. Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; (Ephesians 6:18)

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