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“The Prayer of a Righteous Person

is Powerful & Effective.”

    - James 5:16b [NIV]

“Jesus never taught His disciples how to preach, only how to pray... To know how to speak to God is more important than knowing how to speak to man.”

Andrew Murray

Food for Thought

Building upon the foundational truths discussed in the previous tabs, here are some more ideas about establishing and effective prayer:

† God asks us first of all to pray for leaders and those in authority over us (1 Timothy 2:1).

† God has all of the supply we need, and there is no problem too hard for him.  No matter what our need, we will never go to God and have Him say, “Sorry, your problem is just too big for me to handle.”

† God’s will and His priorities have to be first in our lives

          if we want to continually experience answered prayer:

    “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with

    all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first

    and greatest commandment” (Matthew 22:37).  

   See also Matt. 6:33 and Psalm 37:4.

† We must belong to the family to be taken care of or to receive the inheritance- when we belong to the family, we have a right to ask for things. Belonging to God is a choice; every day we can choose to be a part of God’s family or not.  He is God to the world but Father those who choose to be in his family.

     † God moves in our lives when He is asked; He is not a puppet master who micro-manages every little detail of             our lives.  There are many things that just happen in our lives, but they are not God’s perfect will for us.

† Sometimes God’s answers will just take us one step at a time, the same way He led the Israelites with a cloud by day and fire by night and would find the best places for them to camp each day (Exodus 13:21).

† God has a system of how He would like things done that is revealed in the scriptures; being in the system puts us in line to receive His help and provision.

† Hearing from God is not always easy because of the many “voices” in our head that come from our own experiences, opinions, and things we have been taught over the years.

† Prayer needs to be very specific.  We need to think through to exactly what we are asking God for or asking God to do.

† Repentance is a good thing; it is a gift, a wonderful thing to be cherished and exercised.  It puts us in right standing with God and into a close relationship with God that sets us up for blessing and for answered prayer.

† Praying in the Spirit (praying in tongues) means we can pray the perfect prayer- the Holy Spirit leads the prayer.  He is doing the praying through us.

† Answered prayer can take time and persistence- time spent praying for an extended period and persistence in waiting for an answer.  Sometimes we pray a little; when the answer doesn’t come, we give up.

† Seeing the enemy is real and active on the earth. Not everything that happens is God’s will. The enemy has power on the earth that we must stop and counteract.

† Give and it shall be given unto you – how is our giving to others and to God’s work?

† Thanking God for what we do have can bring answered prayer. In the story of the loaves and fishes (Matthew 14:16- 21), Jesus thanked God and the loaves and fishes multiplied.

† Are we focused on what Jesus did for us on the cross and realize that is the basis from which we approach God in prayer?

Questions to Ask Ourselves:

Prayer can be done anywhere, at any time.  We are not limited to our churches, bedsides or prayer closets.  Prayer is and should be a constant process everywhere we are and everywhere we go.

“God shapes the world by prayer. The more prayer there is in the world the better the world  will be, the mightier the forces against evil."  

E.M. Bounds