Today’s post is a continuation from my post of yesterday, 10 Guidelines to Effective Prayer – Part 1. If you have not read that already, I would suggest doing that before reading Part 2.
Prayer is such an important issue, that none of us should take it lightly. I hope you enjoy part 2.
6. If you want results in your prayers, do not be negative. Positive results come from positive prayers. Instead of praying, oh LORD, why are you letting this happen to me, pray, oh LORD please show me how to make this situation better. And as always, pray in faith, not in hope!
James 1:6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.
Matthew 21:22 And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”
Also, an important aspect to prayer is praying according to God’s will. Praying for a car, if you really need one is a reasonable prayer; praying for a brand new Mercedes might not be. Just saying!
1 John 5:14-15 14 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.
7. Remember, that sometimes God’s answer is no. We don’t always understand why, but God does know best. Keep in mind there are times when we might ask God for something, but He might have something much better in mind. There may also be circumstances to our detriment we are not aware of, but God is. This of course, is not an excuse not to pray in faith; just in case God does not answer our prayer. Don’t ever let unanswered prayer shake your faith, always believe for the best.
As you can see from the next scriptures, Paul asked God to remove something from Him three times, and was told no. God has His reasons, and we need to accept that.
2 Cor. 12:7-9 7 And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. 8Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. 9And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
8. After you have prayer, put it in God’s hands. This doesn’t mean God is going to do everything for you, but if you are in His will, He will bless your results. If we do our part, God will certainly do His.
We must trust God, and not let our own fear overrule our faith. Remember, when you bring a problem and put it before God in prayer, make sure you don’t pick it back up when you’re done praying.
Psalm 112:7 He will not be afraid of evil tidings; His heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD.
Trust God, have faith!
9. Love your enemies. Not love as an emotional feeling, but love as a commitment and way of life. We must pray for people we don’t like, or who have treated us badly. Anger and resentment are a cancer that will eat away at us and short circuit our prayer.
That doesn’t mean we try to lie to God. If we’re angry at someone, we need to tell God, David certainly did. The thing is if we ask God to help us overcome that anger, He will do just that. But the decision to want to forgive has to come from us.
Luke 6:27-31 27 “But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you. 29To him who strikes you on the one cheek, offer the other also. And from him, who takes away your cloak, do not withhold your tunic either. 30 Give to everyone who asks of you. And from him who takes away your goods do not ask them back. 31And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise.
10. Make a list of people you want to pray for. The more you pray for others, the more positive results you will get from your own prayers. We need to live our lives in a spirit of prayer. Prayer isn’t just something you do, but a spirit in which you live your life. Say silent prayers for people all throughout the day.
Prayer costs us nothing but some of our time and the benefits are beyond measure. If you don’t feel as close to God as you would like, pray, pray and then pray some more.
I pray these guidelines will help you to develop a deeper and richer prayer life!