The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective – James 5:6.
Prayer is communication between man and his God. Prayer is not only about making demands, there is more to it, It should include worship, confession and thanksgiving. God can do nothing for humanity unless is response to prayer. And we need to be specific about the people and things which we pray for.
These Are Some Keys For Effective Prayer.
1. Upright Living.
God is holy and he does not delight in unholiness. For God to listen to our prayers and answer us, we must live upright lives; we must present ourselves holy before God in prayer. “We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listen to these godly man who does His will”, – John 9:31. We cannot expect God to meet our demands when we would not keep his commands. Keeping God’s commandments is living upright. God is powerful and able to do everything we ask. “Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, neither His ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your sins have hid His face from you, that He will not hear,” – Isaiah 59:1-2.
“If I had cherished sin in my life, the LORD would not have listened, – Psalm 66:18. These were the words of King David, a great King of Israel who knew the keys to God’s heart, and for that reason enjoyed God’s favor all the days of his life. Living upright is a key to God’s presence, thus access to His treasury.
2. A Forgiving Heart.
A heart of forgiveness is a gateway to the presence of God. Being unforgiven makes us sinful and God does not hear the prayers of sinners. When we forgive those who trespass against us, we are also guaranteed forgiveness from God. And when we are also forgiven by our father in Heaven, we are cleansed from stains of sin and therefore stand holy before God and eligible to get the answers to our requests. This is what Jesus had to say about forgiveness. 24 “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. But if you do not forgive, neither will your father who is in Heaven forgive your sins”, (Mark 11:24-26).
Some people may intentionally hurt or offend you, but in your own interest, you ought to forgive them even if they don’t show remorse or feel sorry for what they have done to you. This way you are automatically forgiven for the wrongs you ignorantly did and didn’t remember to ask for forgiveness. When we forgive others, it benefits us more than those we forgive.
3. Pray With Concentration.
“So Ahab went up to eat and drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel, and he cast himself down upon the earth, and put his face between his knees”. (1 Kings 18:42). Elijah casting himself down and putting his face between his knees means he wanted absolute concentration while praying to God. He did not want to look elsewhere or get his eyes caught up somewhere thereby losing focus on God and what he was praying for. Prayer is a communication between man and divinity and therefore needs not to be distracted. In the Bible, whenever a Jew was praying, to God, he would turn to face a wall or pillar so that he won’t get distracted.
Isaiah 38:2, “Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall and prayed unto the LORD”. Today, It is advisable that you close your eyes while praying to God to avoid distractions. This makes prayers effective.
4. Pray Continually And Persistently.
1Thessalonians 5:18, “Pray without ceasing.” You must pray continually. It is a key to effective prayer. You must pray and not get tired. You should not be tired of praying because prayer is the key to our desires and requests.God does not get tired of listening so we should not get tired of praying. In Luke 18:1, Jesus told His disciples to always pray and not give up. He told them parable to persist in prayer.
5. Be Specific About Your Requests.
“In bitterness of soul, Hannah wept much and prayed to the LORD. And she made a vow saying “O LORD Almighty, if you will only look upon your servant’s misery and remember me and not forget your servant but give her a son, then i will give him to the LORD for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head,” 1 Samuel 1:10-11. Like Hannah have to know what you really need and pray to God for it. Hannah went up to the temple to pray so many times but always with one request, and that was what she really needed.
You should go to God with what you need not what you just want. You have to be specific with your prayer. Not asking for so many things that you won’t be able to handle. One at a time. It makes prayer effective and open to immediate answers.
In conclusion, you need to go before God in prayer with a pure heart and with great faith. You should pray with boldness believing that God is able to do everything we ask Him. God loves to see us say bold prayers. It shows how much we believe in Him. Jesus assured us, saying, “You may ask me for anything in my name, and i will do it,” john 14:14.
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