Welcome to part 2 of changing your life through prayer. In part 1, we discussed why prayer is important and roadblocks that can prevent us from praying. Today we will be digging deeper into speaking powerful prayers. We will go through the weaknesses of passive prayer and then the key points of powerful, world-altering prayers.
Have you ever prayed for something for a couple of days then got no response and given up?
Have you ever prayed for something so hard and felt completely let down by God when you didn’t get your way?
Most of us get into a habit of dishing up weak, vague prayers that we sort of hope might be answered.
As a child I even thought that if I didn’t say ‘in Jesus’ name, Amen’ at the end of my prayers then they wouldn’t be answered.
To me, prayer like this shows a lack of faith and a limited relationship with God.
Someone who strongly believes in Jesus and has an intimate relationship would pray like this:
Boldly, confidently and frequently, without fear of rejection or abandonment.
Instead of meekly coming to God with elusive prayers, we should be shamelessly asking for bigger and better things.
I feel that to our detriment, we have been taught that asking God directly for things we desire is somehow un-spiritual.
However, if you are a follower of Christ; if you love him and eagerly spend time in his presence, then you need not fear asking for the desires of your heart, because they will naturally be aligned with his will.
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”- 1 John 5:14
God is a loving Father. He doesn’t seek to punish us. He desires to lavish us with blessings. We are his precious children. He delights in knowing us and wants nothing more than to make his love known.
We don’t have to be afraid of God judging, rebuking or disregarding us. In fact, the minute you make yourself vulnerable and open up to God, he will be there uplifting you.
With all this in mind, let’s talk about the practical side of prayer.
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So how should we be praying?
- Be specific about what you ask.
We tend to be vague with God. Most likely this is to protect ourselves and prevent our hopes from being crushed if it doesn’t come into being.
However, Jesus teaches us to be bold when we pray. To have absolute faith that God will provide for us. God is ready and willing, sometimes he’s just waiting for us to ask.
– That friend you want to be saved…pray for it to happen this year!
-That job you are unsure about…pray for absolute clarity about your decision.
“Ask, and it will be given to you seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” – Matthew 7:7
2. Be pedantic.
Often I think we can be guilty of treating God like a life boat. We are quite content to go through our daily lives without including him, but when the water starts rising, suddenly we cry out to him.
God wants us to come to him with everything. When life is great and when you feel like you are sinking. Whether the issue is big or small, start allowing him to be included in every decision you make.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” –Philippians 4:6-7
- Without doubting.
There is no point in asking God for something if you don’t even believe he can or will give it to you.
There is nothing God cannot do.
It is arrogant for you to think your situation is too big for God to deal with, or too small for him to care about.
Instead, trust in his absolute faithfulness, that the time will come when you will receive an answer.
“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
- Be persistent
Often we will ask God for something once or twice and then give up when we hear no response. We think God is too busy or uninterested to process our request.
But like a child that seeks the attention and praise of an adult, we must come to God tugging on the hem of his robe continuously. God might make us wait a while for an answer to allow our passion and faith to grow stronger.
“pray without ceasing.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:17
- Give thanks.
It’s easy to get wrapped up in the worries and desires we need God to sort out for us, that we forget to thank him for his goodness.
The Lord who created the magnificent universe, the intricate dance of life and gave breath to your very lungs, cares enough about you to answer your prayers…I think that is worthy of praise.
“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
Make no mistake, there is almighty power in prayer.
It breaks down walls.
It opens doors.
It leaves the enemy trembling.
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“Prayer is a shield to the soul, a sacrifice to God, and a scourge for Satan.” ~ John Bunyan
So let’s come boldly before God with our prayers. Let prayer become our war cries, our lullabies and our secret weapons.
Start putting God first, and I promise you…your life will never be the same.
Do you have any prayer requests?
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