The Power of Prayer is your connection with God. God can
change any situation, in your personal life, your family, or your
nation. Ask God in prayer to help you with the situations you face in
life. Believe in God. There is a wonderful power in prayer; it has no
boundaries. However, many of us arent sure how to get started or what
to say. Prayer is simply having a conversation with God. This may sound
scary; after all, who are we to talk to the God of the universe? But God
wants us to talk to him often, and if we make it a habit, it wont seem
as scary. Having the right foundation in prayer is much more important
than whether you sound fancy or not. Actually, you can talk to God
just like you would talk to a friend. So instead of worrying about how
you will pray, focus
on what you need to say. The power of prayer clears your mind and heart
of fear and expands your trust in God for the right outcomes.
The Bible talks about
petitioning God in prayer this means to plead or sincerely ask Him
for something. To present your requests to God is simply to tell Him
what you need. Praying about each worry or need in your life will make
you feel less burdened because it invites God to be involved in every
area of your life. When He is in charge of each aspect of your life,
there is nothing to fear.
Here are seven steps that can help you pray more effectively and strengthen your relationship with the Lord:
1. Acknowledge your personal relationship with God as His child.
Recognize that God is holy and powerful, and give Him the reverence
that He deserves. Dont ever think that He is too reverent to know
personally. He cares deeply for each of us, and having a loving
relationship with Him is like that between a parent and child.
2. Acknowledge your respect for who God is.
Commit your life to God each day,
promising to live according to His will. God is the creator of all
things and the author of everything good. In your thoughts and in your
words, dont forget to give Him the respect he deserves. Praise God
during prayer and throughout your day, becoming absorbed in Him.
If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. (John 15:7)
3.Confess Your Sins.
Its important to ask God for
forgiveness of your sins and for His blessing. God loves us all
unconditionally, but He wants us to acknowledge that we are sinners and
need His care to stay on the right path. Repentance is a sign
of understanding that we have all broken Gods commands, and that we
are truly sorry. By recognizing that we have allowed sin to come between
us and God, we can destroy the barrier of sin and once again grow
closer to Him.
4. Ask God For Anything.
Many of us feel guilty if we ask God
for anything, fearing that we arent worthy and that by demanding
anything, we might anger God. Its just the opposite by asking God for
something, we are admitting that we cant do it alone; we are showing
that we need His divine intervention and that we trust that He will help
us. Nothing could make God happier!
5. Be Specific.
Prayers can be general,
such as a prayer for Gods blessing, but He encourages us to be
specific, as well. When we ask the Lord to help us find a better job,
resolve a problem with our spouse, or help with anything else that is
personal to us, we are opening our innermost hearts to Him. This
personal, specific kind of prayer tells God that we have faith in Him,
that He will watch
over us in every way. He wants to be the Lord of our lives in all
things large and small; so dont hesitate to pray to find a way to get a
new dryer if yours breaks down!
6. Have an attitude of Expectancy and Faith.
Trust that God can answer any
prayer. Have faith that God will hear you when you pray according to His
will. After all, how can you expect your prayer to be answered when you
doubt it will to begin with? Dont pray out of fear or desperation or
because nothing else has worked. Pray confidently, with faith that God
will fulfill your expectations in the best way possible for you, born
out of His divine wisdom.
Listen to me! You can pray for anything, and if you believe, you will have it. ( Mark 11:24)
7. Pray in Jesus name.
When we pray in Jesus name, we are
showing our reverence for Gods only son. We are able to acknowledge
that Jesus death on the cross is payment for our sins by honoring His
ultimate sacrifice in our prayers. It unites us with the new life of
Christs resurrection. The foundation of life as a Christian is also the
foundation of prayer doing everything in Jesus name.
Whatever you ask in my name, that I will do. (John 14:13)
Every prayer is important, and every
prayer counts. Our prayers exalt Him for who He is, and Gods awesome
power can work through them. In His presence is where we will find our
greatest blessings. And so when we pray, we should enter into His
presence, submitting to His righteousness.