To Pray Effectively

Preparation to be able to pray

  1. Matthew 7:3 says why behold the moot in your brother’s eye, but consider not the beam that is in thine own eye?  To pray we have to be of the right mindset.
  2. Matthew 7:7 ask, and it shall be given you; seek and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. To pray we must sincerely want for what we are asking.
  3. Matthew 8:27 what manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!   To pray we must be in awe of Jesus.                         
  4. Matthew 14:33 then they that were in the ship came and worshiped him, saying, of a truth thou art the son of God.   To pray we must be convinced that Jesus is worthy of worship.
  5. Matthew 20:23 it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my father.  To pray we must see that God is in charge of our life and desires regardless of what we want.
  6. Luke 11:2 when you pray, say, our father which art in heaven. To pray realize that you are praying to God the father and direct our prayers to him.
  7. John 14:13 and whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the father may be glorified in the son. To pray realize that while we are praying to the father, but we have access to him through the son and therefore conclude your prayers in Jesus’ name.
  8. John 15:7 if ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what you will, and it shall be done unto you. To pray realize that our prayers are less likely to be answered if we do not abide in him which means that we reside in him and have the boundaries that are not outside of him such as the walls of our house. To pray realize that we must be open to his Word and follow what it says.
  9. First Timothy 2:5 for there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.  To pray we must realize that Jesus is the one who sacrificed himself for our sins and continues to mediate in our behalf to the father. We only pray to the father and only the father because Jesus granted us access into his throne. Praying to anyone or anything else is useless.

Additional thoughts….

Avoid praying for historical events such as, “when they attended the meeting last week.” 

Avoid rambling in your prayer when you are asked to pray for a specific thing event such as, “bless this offering and all the people going on a hike next week.”

Avoid joking as a part of your prayer such as, “bless this food and help Tim to not eat so much so that he gets fatter.”

Avoid prayers that mention erroneous theology such as, “bless this time together and help the speaker to talk about how to help the woman in my favorite TV show.”

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