How do you know if they are? Is it when your prayers are answered? How sure are you? We’re all used to different ways of praying. Something I know for sure, praying from the heart is a great way to start a prayer. Jesus gave us a guide of “how” to pray but it doesn’t mean that it will be a scripted prayer. Scripted prayers might lead to scripted lives. Are your prayers scripted?
Being able to pray to God is a really amazing feeling! It’s a personal bonding time with the Lord of Lords and King of Kings! It’s a privilege—a great honor for us to be able to pray to the Living God who can hear us and act on our behalf.
In Jesus’ Name
There IS power in the name of Jesus. We always here that. What we need to do is believe, receive and understand how powerful Jesus is that even the mention of His name can move mountains. Jesus suffered and died on the cross so that we can approach God’s throne and not burn to death. It’s all because of Jesus that we can do all the things we can do now. Jesus said that no one goes through the Father EXCEPT through Him. Only through Jesus’ name can our prayers be effective. No one else’s.
Prayer is powerful because we approach the throne of God. It has resulted to a lot of miracles and amazing manifestations of God’s limitless power. It is operative when we pray according to God’s will. We will get an idea of God’s will when we know His Word. That means we have to know Scripture. We have to read and understand the Bible.
Scripture says that “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective” (James 5:16) and that “the prayer of the upright pleases Him” (Proverbs 15:8). That means we have to confess our sins before Him. We have to repent of our sins. Approaching guilt will create a wall and we won’t be able to say our heart’s desires if we know we are hiding something from God. He knows when we’re pretending. So we have to come clean.
Coming clean means confessing our sins—each and every one of them. Leave no stone unturned. Coming clean means asking for forgiveness and repenting. Turn away from everything the Bible calls sin. Worshipping idols, rejecting God’s call or ignoring His advice, or turning a deaf ear to the cry of the poor, all become obstacles to our effective prayer life. Check your motives. Why are you praying and what are are you praying for? Is it a selfish desire? Is it to hurt others?
We should pray continually with faith and thanksgiving when we present our requests to God. Approach the throne with reverence. Mention and acknowledge God’s power and position. He is not only our provider but our Gloriously Rich Provider! We have to pray with a forgiving heart toward others.
Meeting our Faith
Strong faith, not flowery words pleases Him. We don’t need to impress Him because he knows what we need. We don’t need to pretend. We have to come naked, so to speak. It says in Isaiah 59: 2, “But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear” but because of what Jesus did on the cross, there is hope because it also said in 1 John 1:9 “if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness”.
It may seem like a long list of things to think of just to say an effective prayer but effective prayers don’t depend on how well we pray. It all depends in the power of the name of Jesus! Prayer is a time to strengthen our relationship with God, our Father in heaven. It’s a time for Him to embrace us in His majestic arms and make us feel His Holy presence. Experience that close encounter with Him. When we know Him, we will be confident that He will be merciful to extend His grace and favor to meet our faith and bless us with answered prayers and praise reports.
When our prayers are answered, we should make sure to focus on the Bless-er, not the blessing. It is easy to lose track of the most important thing. We get answers to our prayers not because of what we do. Our prayers are answered because of His love, grace, mercy, favor and power. We should give glory to whom it is due.
Do you have an idea how to pray effectively? How will you start? Start by praising and worshiping God. Sincerely ask forgiveness of your sins, be humbled by His presence. Seek Him. Speak to Him like He is in front of you. And then, surrender. Lift all your concerns to Him. Cry to Him. Share your feelings. Ask for help. Don’t stop.