By SOUGHTOUT E. MATTHEW
Prayer is spiritual means of communication between man and his creator, God. Prayer is not a one way thing; but like two way traffics, when we send prayers up to God and He send answers down to us.
It is crucial to understand that there are countless prayers men prayed without getting any result or answers at the end of the day. This exercise becomes wasted effort. This is not because; God cannot answer prayers; but because we don’t know how to pray effective and result-oriented prayers.
KEYS TO EFFECTIVE PRAYERS
In this article, I will be sharing with you on five keys to effective prayers. And these keys include:
- BEING SPECIFIC IN YOUR PRAYERS:
To be specific means to be detailed. It means to be direct in your prayer. It means to go straight to the point and describe what you actually need. It means to be exact on what you will, wanted or really needed.
And Jesus said:
“If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you”. Joh_15:7
Furthermore, He asked:
“what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?” Mat_7:9-10
When we tell God the exact thing we want, that’s what He is going to give us. He cannot give us what we do not bargain for in prayers.
Hannah asked God for a male child, He gave him to her.
“And she vowed a vow, and said, O LORD of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the LORD all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head. And they rose up in the morning early, and worshipped before the LORD, and returned, and came to their house to Ramah: and Elkanah knew Hannah his wife; and the LORD remembered her. Wherefore it came to pass, when the time was come about after Hannah had conceived, that she bare a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, Because I have asked him of the LORD”. 1 Sam 1:11, 19-20
Barthemaus asked for the recovery of his sight, and it was done unto him.
“And Jesus stood, and commanded him to be brought unto him: and when he was come near, he asked him, Saying, What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee? And he said, Lord, that I may receive my sight. And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee. And immediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God: and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise unto God”. Luk 18:39-43
God gets confused and fail to answer our prayers when we do not specify what we really want. Do you need money? Tell God the exact amount and currency you needed. Do you need a car? Tell Him the exact make, model, colour and features you want. Whatever be the thing you need, just be specific about it in your prayers. This also enables you to know that in deed God has answered me, when you see the manifestation of those things you requested from Him.
- BEING BOLD IN YOUR APPROACH TO GOD:
Prayer is one of the medium man can approach his maker, God. But it is important to note that approaching God is not the issue; but how we approach Him matters.
One of the things that make a difference between slaves and sons is the bold approach. Slaves approach their masters with fear, perhaps, so they won’t be scold, rejected or embarrassed; but sons approach their fathers with boldness.
God is our father and we are His children. We should come before Him with boldness. We shouldn’t come to Him as if He will reject us. God won’t do that to His children.
When we know that what we need is with our father, we should boldly approach and ask of Him.
“For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need”. Heb 4:15-16
- SURRENDERING TO GOD:
Man is the only creature of God with will-power. This makes us to go for what we choose to get or do. But when it comes to prayers, God has His will for us. He has what he want to give to us. Our prayers will never be effective when we trade God’s will for us for ours. We need to give up ours for His.
The will that will be done on the earth and in every situation is not our will; but God’s. Jesus our perfect example knew that too and it is written concerning Him:
“And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done”. Luk 22:41-42
A leper understood the power of surrender, he asked Jesus, saying; if you are willing, you will heal me. And Jesus said to him, I will be healed and immediately he was healed of leprosy.
“And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean. And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed”. Mark 1:40-42
- BEING PERSISTENT IN PRAYER:
The effectiveness of our prayers is dependent on how persistent we are. The blind man on the Jericho highway got answers to his request because; he was persistent in asking for God’s mercy.
“And it came to pass, that as he was come nigh unto Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the way side begging: And hearing the multitude pass by, he asked what it meant. And they told him, that Jesus of Nazareth passeth by. And he cried, saying, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me. And they which went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace: but he cried so much the more, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me. And Jesus stood, and commanded him to be brought unto him: and when he was come near, he asked him, Saying, What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee? And he said, Lord, that I may receive my sight. And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee. And immediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God: and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise unto God”. Luk 18:35-43
Persistence is an act of faith. It is to refuse to succumb to pressure that doesn’t want you to receive what you need through prayers. It is to refuse to quit praying until you get your answer. It is to refuse to take no for an answer.
The Bible says,
“And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves; For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him? And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee. I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth. And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” Luk 11:5-13
To be persistent in prayers is to refuse to give up praying until something happens. Until you get the answers to your prayers, you can’t stop asking.
It is crucial to note that in the school of prayer, resistance and opposition is not a substitute at all. God is aware of it. He knew why He allows it to come and resist and oppose your requests. This is not because He cannot answer your prayers immediately every time; but allows them come to test how persistent you are. He allows them to come to test your staying power in prayer. But the ability to say No to such opposition and resistance will make you prayers effective and result oriented.
The Bible says,
“And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith. And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily…”. Luk 18:1-8
- BEING STRONG IN FAITH:
God’s problem is not that He cannot answer our prayers. He is a prayer answering God. His problem in answering our prayers is traceable to faithlessness on our side.
The Bible says:
“And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith. And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” Luke 18:1-8
God is looking for faith in order to answer our prayers or grant our requests. When He finds faith in our prayers, He is pleased and He will reward our prayers with answers. This is because; He is the rewarder of those that diligently seeks Him and without faith, it is impossible to please Him.
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him”. Heb 11:6
Whatever we desire which we cannot get by ourselves, is worth praying for. And whatever desire that is worth praying for is worth believing. Until we believe, we cannot have what we prayed for.
“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
Prayer that is effective and result producing must possess strong faith. Strong faith is great faith. It is the kind of faith that does not give up. It is the kind of faith that against hope, believe in hope. It is the kind of faith that never put into consideration anything in the natural that seems to tell you reason why what God has promised will not come to pass. It is the kind of faith that does not stagger in unbelief and doubt; but keep giving glory to God. It is the kind of faith that is fully persuaded that what God promised, he is well able to perform. With this kind of faith in your prayer, answer is bound to come.
“Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara’s womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform”. Rom 4:18-21
Looking forward to your question(s) and comments.
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