WHAT IS PRAYER?
When we talk of prayer, we discuss a universal way of communicating with supernatural beings. Prayers are not only done in churches or by Christians, other religions use one form of prayer or the other. This post is about the kind of prayer God answers.
See also: Bible verses about Prayer
Now as Lutheran or Pentecostal Christian, we must learn how to pray to God effectively so that we do not relent in our holy faith. It is a privilege to get the chance to pray to God, we must not misuse the privilege at all.
Hebrew 10 verse 11-25.
11 Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, 13 and since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool. 14 For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.
15 The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says:
16 “This is the covenant I will make with them
after that time, says the Lord.
I will put my laws in their hearts,
and I will write them on their minds.”
17 Then he adds:
“Their sins and lawless acts
I will remember no more.”
18 And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary.
THE PRAYER GOD ANSWERS
A Call to Persevere in Faith
19 Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Effective Prayer: The Prayer God Answers
1. Know God: The Prayer God answers
1 Peter 3:12 says, “For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
Remember, the prayer of a sinner is an abomination to the Lord.
2. Have a clean Heart: The Prayer God answers
There are so many evil doctrines going around our cities and country now, as well as so many evil teachers of the law. Answers to prayers cannot be bought by the works of man.
Holy is our God, if you are unclean you cant see his face, neither can you come to His presence. You must have a clean heart if you want God to give answers to your prayers. There is no magic, no shortcut. Psalm 66: 18.
3. Pray with right motives: The Prayer God answers
James 5:16b. This is a very important prerequisite of answered prayers. Matt 6 verse 5-6. The heart of man is secretive truly, but it is crystal clear to God. James 4 verse 1-3. Annas prayer wasnt answered because she knew how to pray with zeal, but because she made a perfect spiritual deal with God.
She was willing to give birth to a child for Gods use God answered with immediate effect. Motives go a long way in determining if God answers our prayers and requests or not.
4. Have a forgiving spirit: The Prayer God answers
If you have anything against anyone, the chances of your prayers being answered are very low. Mark 11 verse 25. The prayer God answers is produced out of a forgiving heart.
Matthew 6:9-13 Revised Standard Version (RSV)
9 Pray then like this:
Our Father who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
10 Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread;
12 And forgive us our debts,
As we also have forgiven our debtors;
13 And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
5. Pray in accordance to the Will of God: The Prayer God Answers
Dear brethren in grace_ our God is not a robot. He does what He wants. He has His wills and purposes for all things. God is everywhere, He always hears your prayer but sometimes He wont answer because your will is inversely tangential to His will.
See also: Big Lesson from the Book of Ruth
Consider the case of Jesus in Gethsemane. We can search out the will of God in the Bible. You should let the Holy Spirit lead you. And if you dont get that right, begin to speak in tongues. You can speak in tongues for hours. You wont miss your way with that.
6. We must pray in Faith: The Prayer God Answers
James 5: 1 8. When you pray, believe God will answer your prayer. Ezekiel 37. There is nothing impossible with our God, so have faith- believe. Always hold on to the word of God. Psalms 23: 4. People run around because they are afraid. You must know your place in Christ Jesus, be very careful the type of prayer mountain you go.
See also: Bible verses about Prayer and Faith
7. Pray with thanksgiving: The Prayer God Answers
Learn to start your prayer with thanks to God. Praise the Lord before you ask, and praise Him at the end of your prayer to show that you believe He has heard and that He will answer you. Thats the way to get things from our God. Philippians 4 verse 6
8. Pray Continually: The Prayer God Hears
This does not mean you should involve yourself in unprofitable repetitions. 1 Thessalonians 5 verse 17. Th e prayer God answers must be done continually, as a sign of faith in God.
9. Be Specific (make definite requests): The Prayer God Hears
Philippians 4 verse 6 (Amplified Version). God doesn’t answer miscellaneous prayers; learn to be specific in your request. Don’t just tell God to bless you, state the type of blessing you want.
To some, getting a child may be a blessing, it may not to others. We have different people with different manners of need; yours is very different to mine.
Pst. (Dr) Titilayo Olaposi