PRAYING to God brings us closer to Him. When we need guidance, peace of mind, or healing, we often think of asking God for help. But for many of us the tendency is to pray only when we’re already in trouble. Sometimes it may seem difficult to set aside the time, or praying may not occur to us until we’re facing serious difficulties. I used to be like that. Although I had been taught to pray daily, my prayers were more habitual than deeply thoughtful. As I gained a better understanding of God, however, and began to see how effective prayer could be in my everyday life, I realized that I didn’t have to wait until things got bad to pray. And now I find myself praying daily even if I don’t have an immediate need.
Daily prayer can be inspiring, protective, uplifting, healing. And, while praying in this way doesn’t necessarily eliminate all of our problems, it does give us a head start on overcoming the difficulties we do face. Often when we’ve prayed diligently beforehand, we look at a problem as an opportunity to prove or demonstrate the spiritual facts we’ve already come to understand. To put it another way, we learn to trust our prayers. Eventually we find that our trust in God has been so well established that we turn to Him naturally — and immediately — even during trying times. When this happens the greatest joy isn’t always the healing that comes from turning to God, but the fact that we were once again able to trust our prayers to God.
Prayer restores the peace, trust, and joy that are natural to man, God’s offspring. Concern can be replaced with the spiritual understanding that all of God’s ideas are in the right place. Self-condemnation can disappear when we realize that our prayers are effective and all we need to do is listen for God to reveal to us what to do and then act in obedience to Him. Put your trust in God
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Secrets in Prayer
Prayer Secret No. 1: Set a Goal for Prayer
“Could you not watch with Me one hour?” –Matthew 26:40, NKJV
Many years ago, Gloria asked the Lord to teach her how to walk in the spirit—one step at a time. One of the first things He told her to do was spend an hour each day praying in the spirit. Even though she spent most of her time in the Word of God already, even five minutes praying in the spirit felt like an eternity. But she had determined to obey Him and seek Him with all her heart, so she set the goal and has met it with very few exceptions ever since. It took switching around her whole routine and rearranging her schedule—but she did it!
As she began to spend an hour a day praying in other tongues, her life changed dramatically. She was hearing from the Lord more, and circumstances in her life had improved. The only thing she had done differently was pray for a set amount of time each day—without fail.
Why is it important to set a goal for prayer?
For more, see How to Set and Meet Prayer Goals.
Rather than praying according to her own mood or schedule, Gloria set a goal for prayer through the leading of the Holy Spirit. The Lord soon revealed to her the importance of this goal through Jesus’ example.
In Matthew 26, Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane just before He went to the cross. He warned the disciples of the temptations to come—the lure to be offended, fall away and be scattered. Peter said he would do anything for the Lord, including die for Him. However, Jesus knew the trying of their faith was about to come, and so His instructions to them were “watch and pray” (verse 41). So, what’d they do? They fell asleep instead!
Jesus responded, “Could you not watch with Me one hour?” (verse 40, NKJV). Here, He mentions a specific amount of time for prayer, rather than leaving it open-ended. Jesus was calling His disciples to a specific place in prayer.
With that in mind, what might Jesus be saying to you today?
Perhaps He would say: “Can’t you pray with Me one hour? Can’t you visit with Me one hour? Can’t you watch with Me one hour?” Think about that. He told His disciples to watch and pray, so when temptation came, they wouldn’t enter into it. The same thing is true for you. He isn’t trying to make a demand of you to pray—He is trying to protect you, bless you and fellowship with you.
Setting a prayer goal keeps you from cutting your time with God too short. It keeps you from the distractions around you or from skipping that time altogether. Perhaps you’ve found yourself trying to pray, but then the dog needs to be let out—then back in. Kids have questions, phone calls come in and look at that pile of dishes in the sink! It goes on and on. We live in a world of distractions. Setting a goal for a certain amount of time and sticking with it says, “This is what I’m doing right now. Those other things can wait.” As Pastor George Pearsons says, “Put a ‘Gone Fishing’ sign on your mind and keep praying.”
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As you set a goal for prayer in your life, it may not be for an hour at first. Seek the Lord, and ask Him what He would have you do. No matter what you decide, be sure to set a goal and stick with it. No excuses. The devil will try to come in and disrupt your goal in any and every way possible. Don’t let him get away with it. Your life will never be the same!
“I pray in the spirit an hour a day because God told me to. And I tell you, it’s changed my life.” –Gloria Copeland
Secret No. 2: Be Consistent with Prayer
“Pray without ceasing.” –1 Thessalonians 5:17, NKJV
Years ago, when Kenneth and Gloria were living in lack and learning how to walk by faith, the Lord spoke something to Gloria’s spirit—In consistency lies the power. Power comes when you are consistent with your words, prayer life and in your pursuit of God. In consistency lies the power.
In other words, if we want to walk in the full blessing and victory God intended for us to enjoy, we need to be consistent in the things of God. Going after God in spurts won’t do it. The more we give ourselves to the spirit, the more we spend time in prayer, the more time we give God—the more we’ll walk in the full measure of His blessing.
What makes someone get up day after day and do the same thing whether they feel like it or not?
The answer is simple: Desire.
How much do you want a change in your life? How much do you want victory?
To be consistent in daily prayer, you have to get to a place where you want victory more than you want an extra half hour of sleep, time in front of the television, or any other routine you may have.
You can’t be a yo-yo—up one day and down the next—and reach your goals. Consistency equals stability, strength and power. As Pastor Terri Copeland Pearsons says, “You can’t lift weights one day and expect to see a measurable result.” It is the consistent exercising of your spiritual muscle through prayer that will, over time, produce big results in every area of your life.
Spiritual consistency is worth the cost. The payoff is exceedingly abundantly above all you could ever imagine (Ephesians 3:20-21). But most believers don’t do that. That’s why there are so many “faith failures” around. They stand on the Word, or spend time with the Lord one day and fall off it the next.
What we need to do is “continue.” Jesus said if we’d continue in His Word, then we’d be His disciples. He said if we’d continue, we would know the truth, and that truth would make us free (John 8:31-32). There’s a revelation of God that comes from consistency that the inconsistent person will never see.
Determine today to be consistent. Don’t try to base today on yesterday’s prayer time. Base today on today’s time with Him. Start a consistent prayer time today. Then tomorrow, get up and do it again!
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Gloria’s good friend and frequent guest on Believer’s Voice of Victory (BVOV), Billye Brim, prays Ephesians 1:17 over her life every morning—consistently. Her time with the Lord is a non-negotiable in her life—and she reaps the fruit of it in a blessed and fulfilled life.
“Jesus isn’t fickle. He doesn’t change His mind from one day to another. He’s constant, and if you’ll press in to Him, He can cause you to be that way, too.” –Gloria Copeland
Secret No. 3: Believe You Receive When You Pray
“You can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.” –Mark 11:24
The final prayer secret from Gloria is one Jesus gave us in this verse. When we pray, we are not to believe we will receive in the future—we are to believe we receive right at that moment. Most people pray and expect the answer to come later, but Jesus says to believe we receive when we pray.
To believe you receive when you pray means you take it. Take what? Anything you need that is in line with the Word of God. Jesus said to pray for whatever you desire (Mark 11:24, KJV).
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How can you prepare your heart to receive when you pray? By building the Word of God so strongly in your heart, you won’t even consider anything else. To stay in faith, it takes the Word of God. You can’t stay in faith and watch cartoons 24 hours a day—you’ve got to feed on the Word. That’s how faith comes.
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