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5 Keys to Effective Prayer

Five Keys to Effective Prayer

5 Keys to Effective Prayer

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5 Keys to Effective Prayer, These keys will help you learn and know how to pray effectively.

No matter our circumstances, we have the privilege of praying to our Father who is in heaven, and so we should pray! But what are some key components of effective prayer?

1. Pray rightly.

You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. (James 4:2-3)

Praying rightly for something that would glorify the Lord is an excellent way to pray. A key to praying rightly is to pray for things that are on God’s heart – like asking the Lord for the opportunity to share the gospel with a family member or co-worker, or for the ability to love your neighbor. We can also pray directly from Scripture. To pray from Scripture, try using your favorite Psalm or Proverb and reading it out loud. Pray rightly.

2. Pray with confidence.

Do you pray confidently? All of us who follow Jesus Christ have the Holy Spirit living inside of us. If we believe this to be true, then how could we not be confident about coming humbly before the Lord? God’s Word tells us,

And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him. (1 John 5:14-15)

Every time I pray, I am confident that God will listen and answer my prayers according to his goodwill. Brothers and sisters in the Lord, our confidence should be in Christ and because of Christ. Pray with confidence.

3. Pray continuously.

I often pray for people and their circumstances until they are resolved. A case in point, I prayed for my mom’s salvation for over 11 years until she received Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. During those 11 years, I did not waver in believing that he would answer my prayer, and I am happy that he answered in the affirmative.

God wants us to be persistent in prayer. In 1 Thessalonians 5, the Apostle Paul urges us all to “pray without ceasing” (v. 17). I liken this act to a child who desperately wants something from a parent and continuously asks and pleads with them over a long period of time until they receive God’s answer. Pray continuously.

…And I Will Answer You

God answers prayer. In fact, I can’t recall a time where he didn’t answer a prayer of mine. And while I am always looking for him to answer in the affirmative, sometimes he doesn’t answer that way. We need to be prepared to receive an answer that might not make sense to us.

So, how does God answer prayer? His normal mode of answering is either “yes, no, or wait.” No matter how he answers, we can trust that his wisdom far exceeds our own and that he alone knows what is best for us at all times (Jeremiah 29:11). So what are some key components of God’s response to prayer?

4. God answers in his time.

God assures us that he will answer our prayers in his perfect timing. Psalm 69:13 states,

But as for me, my prayer is to you, O Lord. At an acceptable time, O God, in the abundance of your steadfast love answer me in your saving faithfulness.

While we wait for his perfect timing, we must be patient. Psalm 37:7 states,

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!

How are you having to wait on God’s perfect timing?

5. God answers for his glory.

God gets all of the glory, no matter our prayers or how they are answered by him. Isaiah 24:15 states,

Therefore in the east give glory to the Lord; in the coastlands of the sea, give glory to the name of the Lord, the God of Israel.

We are commanded to give him glory. God does not share the spotlight with others. Isaiah 42:8 reminds us,

I am the Lord; that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to carved idols.

We were created for his glory (Isaiah 43:7), and so everything we do for his glory (1 Corinthians 10:31)!

How do you give God the glory he deserves?

Great and Hidden Things

The Lord calls us to call on him for everything in our lives.

Perhaps one day Alexander Graham Bell’s telephone might become obsolete, but calling out to our great God never will. We can be confident that calling out to him through Jesus Christ, God will hear us and answer us in His perfect timing and for his glory.

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