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Friday, January 11, 2013

Soul Food : Effective Prayer Life

Leading a prayerful life is the most powerful thing any child of God can do. There is power in prayers, in fact, it's the key Jesus has given us to unlock our blessings & reach our potential.  Apart from that, it's also the only way to fight the devil. "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places" [Ephesians 6 : 12] and the only way to fight spiritually is through prayer. Prayer is also one of the ways we can get closer to God {the only other way is reading the Word). Without prayer, a Christian is not really a Christian. It's like being an athlete that goes without eating or exercising. What you get is a very sick athlete not even worthy of that title. So we have to pray, no questions about it. As Christians, we have to be aware the world is not just made up of what we see. Everything that happens in the physical realm has already manifested in the spiritual realm that is why we fight spiritually. There is more to the eyes can see therefore nothing should be taking for granted, as a "coincidence" and please don't rely on that old saying "seeing is believing". The devil is serious about taking us down & making our lives already hell on earth so we also should be serious about praying. We have the authority through Jesus Christ which means we have all the tools we need.

But what good are tools without a proper method? Prayer is essential but there are so many misconceptions about prayer that so many Christians are not praying properly. Improper prayers do not yield the results we need. Like one of my leaders used to say, some prayers don't even get to the ceiling. It's all about praying effectively. Contrary to popular belief, it's not really the quantity of your prayer but the quality.

Check out these points to help you build an effective prayer life

1.God is not an errand boy -- It's something most of us have been guilty of at least once in our Christian life. We come to God with a grocery list-like of requests & that's that. "God I want this, that, & more of that one and this after the other one..." That's not going to yield much results because you have the wrong motives. "When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures" [James 4 : 3]. If you find yourself praying in such a manner, it's time to stop.

2.let go & let God -- Even before you kneel down to pray, already submit to God in your heart & surrender your time of prayer to Him. Let Him orchestrate it & you'll be amazed how He'll do it. Spending some time in praying & worshiping God prior to praying helps with this point.

3.be lead -- When you pray, let God lead you in prayer. Let Him open your eyes to some prayer points that He knows you need to deal with. He knows everything. When He puts a prayer subject in your mind, you need to yield. If you already have a list don't be rigid about it and pray about what God wants you to. The same goes the other way round. If God tells you to change one of your prayer points in one way or the other or to skip it because it's not relevant you need to yield and obey.

4.be relevant -- When praying, being relevant is really important. For example, if you've just heard some news that have disturbed you earlier that day or week, it's not time to leave it out of your prayers, you need to include it. Pray about pertinent issues; news that are going around; situations that are affecting you. Including them in your prayer time will yield results.

5.pray for others -- It's a huge slab of what makes up the foundation of our prayer life. Remember point 1, God is not an errand boy and your prayers are not a grocery list? Well, now that you've understood that, you also need to know your prayers are not about you alone. The earliest Christians didn't start praying for themselves, but they pray for others. All through the New Testament, we are told to "pray for one another" [James 5 : 16; Acts 1 : 14; Ephesians 6 : 18]. We are each other's keeper & helper. Don't let the world fool you by saying, "it's a dog eat dog world". We need each other to survive & that's the truth. The act of prayer is not selfish. For an effective prayer life you need to constantly remember your brothers & sister in Christ, loved ones & even enemies [Matthew 5 : 44]. As you intercede for others, God will have your back too. Don't forget, "it's more blessed to give than to receive" [Acts 20 : 35]

6.pray with violence -- very important attitude to take up when praying. I'm not saying as you pray start hitting the wall and slapping people, NO, but have a spiritual sort of violence. Some prayer points are meant to be whispered others are meant to be shouted. This is especially true for warfare. You can't be binding no demons and sitting all cute under the bed cover whispering "I bind you, I bind you...". Even the devil needs to see your anger. Pray with fervor & determination. Praying with violence is also a way to show you are not taking NO for an answer. Don't forget warfare is an important part of our Christian life though this is not what we are taught anymore. Remember I said we are fighting the devil...When in a fight you need to make the other person see you mean business. Same goes for prayer. Don't hesitate to get up, pray loudly, shout & pray in tongues - as the spirit leads.

7.spread out your prayer points -- Often, we don't have time to cover all our prayer points each time we get on our knees to pray for various reasons like time & such. One solution God has dropped in my spirit is to spread out your prayer points (with the help of the Spirit) through the week. Let God guide you on how to spread different prayer points but this does not stop you from letting God lead your prayer points each time or from praying about urgent matters. It's not an excuse to get lazy with it either. If God permits you, spread it out so you can cover more ground in time instead of always having to cover the same prayer points when there are others you want to get to.

8.be precise -- God is not a vague God. ASK with boldness [Matthew 7 : 7]. Being too vague can be a sign of not knowing what to pray about. If this is the case, try looking around you and in your life and make notes of what might need changing, what you don't like and what you would like to see. Before you know it, you'll have a list of prayer points. The Bible is also FILLED with prayer points! So next time you pray, instead of, "God please give my family good health", you can say "I rebuke every disease in my family, known & unknown. I command their bodies to be aligned with the Word of God because Jesus' body was broken so we could be made whole. I cancel every doctors' report & claim your word that says, we shall not die but live to declare the goodness of God". It's just an example. Try getting to the root of your prayer points & dissecting them if you find they are too vast.

9.environnement matters -- to pray effectively, you have to have the right environnement. No, you cannot pray with the tv blaring over your shoulder or with your radio on. It's not possible. You will not be able to concentrate or really commune with God. Neither can you pray when you are half asleep, bloated or tired. The results will be ineffective prayers. What's more, you cannot pray properly while your heart is on something else. You need to give God your full 100%. Shut the world out. Shut yourself somewhere if you have to. This is why it is important to find the best moments of the day that works for YOU to just shut yourself out and pray, and believe me it is possible no matter your lifestyle! Let God show you how.

10.length matters? -- remember I said a Christian can be compared to an athlete? Well guess what, each athlete exercises and each time they do, they always want to push harder because their body adapts to each level. Same thing with prayer. I'm not saying you have to pray 5 hours a day no but I am saying, whatever length of time you are devoting to prayer, even if it's 1 minute, you need to slowly & through God's guidance increase it. Why? Because prayer build our relationship with God & our spiritual level. Once you get to a level, we have to continue going because stagnation means one thing : no growth. Not growing means we are not being sufficiently equipped to fight & this can lead to being  submerged - This is not our portion in Jesus' name. There is no LENGTH of time we have to pray but we just have to keep on going stronger.

11.set backs -- Lastly, it's set backs. We all get discouraged, loose our focus etc. It's nothing new but don't let the devil lie to you & mess up your prayer life. Don't let a few set backs (sin, disappointment etc) crush your faith or blur your vision. What is important is to always be prepared to pick up where you left up. Your prayer life is between you and God, don't let anyone talk you down or look down on your concerning it. Just keep on going at your own pace but just don't stop.  

 That's it on building an effecting prayer life. Don't let the enemy lie to you. You can be prayerful. It's not meant for the few elite. It's for ALL OF US. Build your prayer life according to your lifestyle & spiritual guidance from God. And as you pray, remember prayer isn't prayer without FAITH [Hebrews 11 : 6]. If you are finding it hard to pray or can't just make it a habit, try these points & commit your difficulties to God. He will help you. Don't forget, you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you [Philippians 4 : 13].

God bless you richly.



18 comments:

  1. awesome! That helps a lot. thank you!

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    1. All the glory be to God sis :) Glad it is of help

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  3. I love this and thanks for sharing.

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  4. thanks for sharing... this was definitely a blessing... it's like a mini teaching but on blogger... God bless you and give you more wisdom and revelation so that you can share with us...I am blessed!

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    1. All the glory be to God sis :) I am so glad it was a blessing! AMEN to that powerful prayer!

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