I want to talk about prayer this week and how to pray more effectively to see the results of what we are asking of our Father. First of all we have to pray according to God’s word and we have to pray with faith believing that our prayers are being heard and being answered.
I John 5:14-15 says, “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.” If we pray according to God’s will then this scripture proves that He not only hears us but He also answers our prayers. What is God’s will? God’s will is anything that His word has promised to us such as: strength, joy, peace, prosperity, forgiveness, hope, salvation, and mercy to name just a few of His promises.
A key to getting prayers answered is using the name of Jesus when you are praying. When I first came to know the Lord and would hear people praying, I would always wonder why the prayer would end with, “in Jesus’ name, Amen.” Then I found the scripture in John 14:13-14 that says, “And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” It finally made sense to me why prayers were ended in Jesus’ name. Jesus himself said to use His name in prayer when asking something of the Father. Now we can conclude that praying to the Father in Jesus’ name will make our prayers more effective.
When we are praying we have to use God’s word in our prayers if we truly want to see results. For example if you are praying for healing, then you need find scriptures in the Bible that promises health or healing. If you are seeking joy, then take the time to search for those verses that talk about joy. Over the years I have looked up scriptures and written them in the back of my Bible on various topics that I have prayed for. I use those scriptures during my prayer time and include them by saying, “Father, I thank you that your Word says..,” about joy, peace, or what it is that I am praying for at the time.
I have also found that we have to give God something to work with when praying. His word says in Jeremiah 1:12, “Then said the LORD unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten my word to perform it.” The Bible also says in Isaiah 55:11, “So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” When we pray using Bible verses then it allows the Lord to perform the scripture that we are praying. He watches over His word to make sure that it happens.
Another key to prayer is giving thanks to the Father when asking Him to grant our prayers. I Thessalonians 5:18 says, “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” If we truly believe in the power of prayer and that our prayers will be answered then we should not be afraid to include thanksgiving in our prayers. We should go ahead and say thank you to our Lord for hearing us, knowing that He not only hears us, but that He is going to answer our prayers as long as we are praying according to His will.
Prayer can be broken down as simply talking to God; in spending time with Him and asking Him for the things that we desire for ourselves and especially for others. Prayer is conversing with the Father and giving Him the praise and the thanksgiving that He deserves. We should not say the same thing over again. We should communicate with our Father and let our requests be made known to Him. Jesus talked about this in Matthew when He was teaching His disciples how to pray. In Matthew six, Jesus describes exactly how we should pray and He also explains the rewards of prayer.
Talk to your Father on a regular basis, use the keys that He left us to get your prayers answered, and always remember to give Him praise for what He has done, for what He is doing, and for what He is going to do.