Praying Effectively

Picture1aaPrayer is a very special bond between you and your creator, your savior. Praying may or may not be effortless for you and there are no rules or regulations when it comes to praying. The important thing in how to pray effectively is that you do pray as it says so clearly in many places in the Bible:

“Rejoice always, pray continually, and give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” Thessalonians 5:16-18

Praying is simply communication between you and your God, it is a conversation. There are no secrets to how to pray perfectly because there is no such thing. There is no right or wrong. However, you want your prayers to be effective and we will share with you what the Bible teaches us about how to pray effectively, but in simple plain language.

While the effectiveness of prayer is not related to how long you pray. It is related to the fact that you DO pray. Take the time to pray no matter how busy your life is or whatever you are going through, take the time and make the time to pray. While you can pray anywhere, like meditation it helps to find a place which is quiet and where there are no distractions. If you are in a busy noisy place just close your eyes and block out the surrounding noise and concentrate on your prayer. The more effort, feeling and truth you put into your prayers will assist in praying effectively.

“But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen.” Matthew 6:6.

It does not have to be formal but just a conversation with a friend, a supporter, a confidante. Talk as you would to your mother, your child or your friend. It does not have to be prepared like a rehearsed speech but from the heart. Do not be afraid to share your innermost thoughts and feelings with God, you will not be judged.

“Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you” Jeremiah 29:12.

You need to know why you are praying and what you are asking of your Savior. You need to believe that your prayers will be answered. Be as honest and open as you can as this will provide your message to your Savior very clearly.

“ But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind” James 1:6

“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours” Mark 11:24.

Remain positive in your prayer and do not focus on the bad things around you or how poorly you are feeling at the time. In praying effectively, prayer need not be full of complaints, gripes or pity for yourself. While things and people around you may be getting you down, The Lord is there to help you and so focus on why you are praying to him and what you are asking of him.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” Philippians 4:6-7.

Share your praying by showing love to others in your life and even strangers or someone you have met that may be struggling and needing help. Share the love you have for your God with others.

“And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them” John 4:16

“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love” Ephesians 4:2

In your prayer place your trust in God and be not afraid. Have no doubts but only belief in the powers of your Savior.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight” Proverbs 3:5-6.

In praying effectively to your Savior, it is important to be able to accept and embrace the results of your prayer. Accept what your God has given to you and live your life according to how he answers your prayers.

“Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us” Romans 12:6

The final phase of prayer is thanking God for what he has given you and what he will continue to give you in his almighty power. Give him praise for what he does for you.

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

“It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High” Psalms 92:1

Finally, while your prayer should just be a conversation and informal, when praying effectively it is good to have a simple backbone or structure and you can follow this whenever you wish to pray. The four basic elements of prayer are very simple. Ask, Believe, Receive and Thank.

  1. Ask your Lord Jesus Christ to help you with what you are praying for
  2. Believe that he will listen and act.
  3. Accept whatever he has in store for you.
  4. Thank him and give him praise.

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