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Christianity Oasis Ministry has provided you with this Christian Prayer study for an effective Christian Prayer Life. This Christian Prayer Life study with effective Christian Prayer Life guide looks at Christian Prayer Life methods and asks what is an effective Christian Prayer Life, why is an effective Christian Prayer Life important, how does one obtain an effective Christian Prayer Life and maintain an effective Christian Prayer Life. Most do not know what effective Christian prayer is or how effective Christian prayer can be made even more effective and how this effective Christian prayer is accomplished. This effective Christian Prayer Life study will reveal what the Bible shares with us about effective Christian Prayer Life. Let us seek and find the truth within the Bible of effective Christian Prayer Life with an effective Christian Prayer Life message in this effective Christian Prayer Life Bible study, shall we?


CHRISTIAN PRAYER

You will absolutely love this Bible based study on Effective Christian Prayer Life. It matters not if you have recently become a Christian or if you are a seasoned Christian. We all want our Christian Prayer life to be more effective as to enhance our communication with God.

In this study, youíll discover that effective Christian Prayer is simple and with just a lil insight from the Bible, you can improve your Christian Prayer life dramatically.

Before we start, there are a few misinterpretations about Christian prayer, and Christian prayer habits that you may have formed that need to be looked at before you can expect positive improvement in your Christian prayers, so letís talk for a moment about what Christian prayer is NOT.

Please donít be offended if one or more of these things describe a pattern or habit that you follow in Christian Prayer. But instead, rejoice that after learning more from the Bible about Christian prayer in the next few minutes, youíll be on your way to a closer relationship with the Lord.

Christian Prayer is not . . . a daily rattling off of your list of complaints to God. Most of the things we complain to God about can be changed by our own choices. Always remember, we are Godís servants, He is not ours.

Christian Prayer is not . . . something we do because we feel obligated. Our Father wants us to spend time with Him because of a sincere desire to, not because we need to have our prayer time card punched.

Christian Prayer is not . . . a one sided conversation, itís two. Youíre not the only one present and participating. This will be elaborated on later in our study.

Christian Prayer is not . . . better because of how long a time you spend doing it.

Christian Prayer is not . . . reciting the same words over and over and over again, most of the time with no emotion, or even with your mind concentrating on something completely different while the words drone in your mind. When Jesus spoke the Lordís prayer, He said that this was the manner in which we should pray, not the only prayer we should offer. A heartfelt prayer is not repetition.

If any of these things have become your Christian Prayer habits, get ready for a totally new attitude about Christian prayer, you may find your Christian Prayers more an obligation than a Spiritual adventure where you are talking to GOD.

The first thing you need to do is relax. Your Christian prayer life is as YOU-nique as you are. No two people pray alike. No two Christian prayers are exactly alike. Only you can decide how you pray.

Ready?

Letís get started.

 

EFFECTIVE CHRISTIAN PRAYER LIFE

HOW DOES ONE OBTAIN AN EFFECTIVE CHRISTIAN PRAYER LIFE AND MAINTAIN AN EFFECTIVE CHRISTIAN PRAYER LIFE?

THE WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, WHY AND HOW OF
EFFECTIVE CHRISTIAN PRAYER LIFE

 

WHO?

An important thing to know about prayer is understanding WHO youíre praying to.
Get to know who the Lord is.

God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are one entity (see the Trinity study), and youíll find that building relationships in prayer with and THROUGH all three will enhance your Christian prayer life and help you to grow in Faith.

Though the three are ONE ...

1 John 5:7
For there are three that bear record in Heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

Itís important to know the different ďpersonalitiesĒ of the three divine persons of God. Just as you have a body, soul and spirit, and are still only one person, and we are created in Godís image - God has three parts as well.

The soul --- God

The flesh --- Jesus

The Spirit --- The Holy Spirit

 

GOD

God is your Heavenly Father. He created you. He knows everything about you. Everything! Every need, want, and emotion, every quality and quirk. And He loves you more than any human has the ability to love. Though your sins can never extend further than His GRACE, He is a jealous and peculiar God and wants your complete and unwavering devotion. He will discipline you out of love and you should welcome that discipline with an attitude of yearning to always seek, return and remain in His good graces. God is love. Talk to God as your Father, because He indeed is.
 

JESUS

Jesus is your Savior. Never forget that He died for you. Because the world saw Him in the flesh, most people find it easiest to relate to Jesus. He is FORGIVENESS. If you feel that the Lord is upset with you, Jesus will intercede to God if you ask Him sincerely. He understands our human nature, having lived in flesh and blood Himself. He understands temptation, disappointment, physical and mental agony, trial and tribulation and every human emotion that exists. Jesus is your friend ...

John 15:14
Ye are
my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.

How many of your friends have died so that you can be forgiven of all your sins and live forever?

Talk to Jesus like He is your best friend ... Cuz He IS.
 

HOLY SPIRIT

The Holy Spirit is your Comforter.

He is TRUTH. Jesus sent Him to guide us because He would no longer be here in the flesh, and He understands how tough it is to live a godly life in an ungodly world.

The Holy Spirit is a gentleman. He will not enter your heart if Heís not invited by Faith. Heís your Helper. If you donít know what to do or say about something, the Holy Spirit will lead you if you only ask. He is the Spirit of God. He waits for you to commune with Him. He is your companion, your Spiritual intuition.

The Holy Spirit is the voice inside of you that encourages you to always do the right thing. Talk to the Holy Spirit like He is your mentor. Cuz He is.

As your Christian prayer life expands, youíll get a better feeling of how we are to pray:

TO God
THRU Jesus
BY way of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 8:26-27
Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities:
for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And He that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because He maketh intercession for the Saints according to the will of God.

Sooooooo, our prayer comes from our Soul and is FELT by our own spirit and the HOLY SPIRIT feels it and makes intercession for us thru Jesus to GOD.

The Holy Spirit INTERPRETS our Christian Prayers.

Pretty cool huh?

Each different circumstance and your relationship will deepen with each of them as time goes on. Just as you want God to love all of you - mind (soul), body, and spirit, He also wants you to love and pray to all of Him.

Proverbs 15:8
Prayer of the upright is a delight to the Lord.

 

WHAT?

What is Christian prayer? Prayer is the way that Christians communicate with God. But do you feel like you are at a loss for words when you pray? What on earth are you supposed to talk about when you pray, anyway?

If youíre new to prayer and youíre having trouble getting started, or just feel your prayer is not as effective as you imagined it should be ... Maybe this will help.

Pretend that someone just introduced you to Jesus for the first time, and left you alone together to talk. Get to know Him. How do you do that?

TALK

What would you tell Him? What would you ask? You may feel a bit silly, being that He already knows you better than you do, but tell Him all about you. You may learn things about yourself that you didnít know, because many times we donít discover things about ourselves until we talk about them.

BEAR YOUR SOUL

Are there questions that youíve always wondered about Him?

ASK

Are there things about yourself that youíve never told anyone?

CONFESS

It will bring you closer to Him and your friendship will begin to flourish.

TRUST HIM

Share your successes, your failures, your dreams, your disappointments, your happiness, your sadness.

He IS your best friend.

If you feel you need guidance, or if youíre lonely, the Holy Spirit is waiting for your invitation.

Sometimes you may just feel like spending time with the Lord, without speaking. Just knowing His presence is with you, is very fulfilling. Sometimes you just canít put your thoughts into words when you want to pray, but not to worry, because God knows your heart.

REMEMBER ...

Romans 8:26
Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but
the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

AND HE DWELLS WITHIN YOU

 

1 Corinthians 3:16
Know ye not that ye are the Temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

Sooooooo, just pray away ...

 

WHEN?

There is no designated time to pray.

The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are available whenever you want or need to talk to them.

They are open 24/7.

You donít have to make an appointment, call ahead of time or save up your prayers for Sunday morning.

Just invite them into your heart.

Psalms 55:17
Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and He shall hear my voice.

 Be Passionate

James 5:16
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The
effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

And He WILL hear and answer you.

 Jeremiah 33:3
Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.

 
When you first wake up, say "Good Morning" to God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Hide and watch whether the times you remember to do this, if your day goes better. Put something on your nightstand, or your bathroom mirror that will remind you that He is waiting for you to talk to Him.

Attach a "post it" note to your kitchen cabinet, on the refrigerator, or anywhere and everywhere to remind you to greet Him throughout the day. If your child woke up and didn't say good morning to you, you would be hurt or think he was mad at you. Don't ignore God . . . you are His child.

PRAY ALWAYS

 

WHERE?

Jesus taught us that we should pray in private.

Matthew 6:6
But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

This doesnít mean that youíre confined to your room when you pray.

You can pray anywhere, anytime, just as long as it is only between you and God.

This brings up some questions.

What about blessing meals or praying in church?

Certainly our Father wants the church to pray together, but community prayer is quite different from personal prayer.

Praying for others is such a wonderful gift. In praying for someone else, you could be releasing miracles for them.

You just never know the power of prayer.

2 Corinthians 1:11
Ye also helping together by prayer for us, that for the gift bestowed upon us by the means of many persons thanks may be given by many on our behalf.

 

Acts 12:5
Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.

If everyone present is praying in unity, remember what Jesus said:

Matthew 18:20
For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

If youíre giving thanks for a meal, and everyone present is in agreement to give thanks, likewise, you are glorifying God together, if youíre not seeking edification because of your prayer. 

BUT ... BEWARE

Matthew 6:5
And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

Ahhhhhhh, we have just been warned by our Lord.

Letís say you are in a chat room and someone opens up the floor for prayer for something or someone. Everyone begins to put their petitions up on the board.

THIS is where you must be careful ...

In many cases ... Some souls carefully choose their most eloquent words to post,  and it is clearly for self edification. Some continue adding additional words, trying to outdo the others present.

Theyíre not speaking TO God ...
They are speaking for the other people in the room to NOTICE THEM.

Now this does NOT apply to those who are praying for others and truly led by the SPIRIT of God. It is not WHAT you do but WHY.

REMEMBER ...

If someone wants to be prayed for, your silent prayer speaks volumes to God, compared to revealing your intimate conversation with Him in an open forum.

PONDER AND PRAY ON THIS

In addition ... If there is godly conversation in the room and youíre Spiritually moved by it, an enthusiastic ďAmenĒ or something similar is quite different and righteous of course.

Nobody wants to quench your passion, but there is a time and a place for everything. In Christian prayer, the time is any time, and the place for personal Christian prayer between you and God, is in the privacy of your mind and heart, with God. 

REMEMBER ...

Matthew 6:5
And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

Matthew 6:6
But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

Oh and speaking of hypocrites and Pharisees ... Here is something shared about being haughty in your prayer.

Luke 18:10-14
Two men went up into the Temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.

The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.

And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.

I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

 

WHY?

There are myriads of reasons why one would pray,

But, you may note that most of them fall into about five categories.

Praise

Confession

Request

Thanksgiving

Communing
 

Psalms 150:6
Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.

Confess your sins

 1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

John 15:7
Abide in Jesus, His words in you, and ask what you will.


 

 Philippians 4:6
In everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your request be known to God.


 

Psalms 62:8
Trust in Him at all times; ye people,
pour out your heart before Him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.

Do you ever pray with thanksgiving?

That means do you thank God in advance for the things you ask Him for? When you do this, youíre showing the strength of your Faith and your lack of doubt.

James 1:5-7
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in Faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.

Make sure youíre not being presumptuous by doing this, youíre showing praise.

 

HOW?

As you learned at the very beginning of this study, everybody prays differently. Sometimes you may pray for hours at a time, and sometimes you may just whisper one word (like Alleluia or Thanks or Amen). How you pray is entirely up to you. Just remember, there are no limitations on prayer, small or large. Your Father judges your heart, and the only thing that He wants from you, is sincerity.

Here is the sample prayer Jesus gave us ...

Matthew 6:9-13
AFTER THIS MANNER therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in Heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the Kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
 

Remember this is a MANNER of prayer as the Lord said.

He is NOT suggesting you just repeat this as your Christian prayer:

Matthew 6:7
But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

With that in mind, there are some things in the Bible that you may find helpful to know about Christian prayer.

 

GODíS WILL BE DONE

What does that mean, anyway ... 

It means that youíre putting your life in Godís hands and giving Him the controls.

Ask according to Godís will.

1 John 5:14-15
And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask any thing according to His will, He heareth us ...

 So ... ALWAYS ask for GOD's will to be done when praying.

Matthew 6:9-10
After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in Heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy Kingdom come, 
Thy will be done in earth, as it is in Heaven.   

Even Jesus did so ...

Matthew 26:42
He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it,
thy will be done.

We need to make sure it is God's will not only in prayer but in our own plans ...

 James 4:15
For that ye ought to say,
If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.

We are told NOT to wish God Speed to one who has false doctrine.

2 John 1:11
Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:
For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.

So obviously, we are to PROVE ALL THINGS before we pray for something.

1 Thessalonians 5:21
Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
 

This is especially important when youíre praying for others.

Consider this if you will ...

What if someone asks you to pray for a specific reason for them, or what if you, in the goodness of your heart, take it upon yourself to pray for something that someone didnít ask for, but you believe it would be a blessing for them.

Innocently, you pray for them, but unbeknownst to you, the prayer is NOT Godís will for them. The prayer is not answered in the way hoped for, and questions arise about believing to receive, and asking in Jesusí name, and innumerable other doubts.

IN PARTICULAR IF YOU PRAYED OPENLY

This, my friend, can be harmful to their Faith, and yours. Not only this, but if the prayer does come to pass, if it was NOT Godís will, this can be devastating in unimaginable ways. When you pray for someone else, always be certain, that youíre praying for Godís will to be done.

WHEN YOU PRAY FOR SOMEONE, BE SURE IT IS GOD'S WILL.


GOD ANSWERS PRAYER


There is a little saying that goes like this:

God ALWAYS answers all prayers.
His answers CAN BE ... Yes, No, and Not now.


Remember that praying for Godís will to be done in our lives may be a little hard to grasp at first, because the human creature is naturally a selfish being. We want what we want. But what about what God wants? He is our Creator, after all. He owns the remote control of our lives. He created a plan for us, but sometimes we think we are the ones in control.


Many are the plans in a manís heart, but it is the Lordís purpose that prevails.

Proverbs 19:21
There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.

The world and itís desires pass away, But the man who does the will of God lives forever.

1 John 2:17
And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

Many things the world offers look exciting, but we donít see what lies behind or beyond its deceptive promises.

BUT ...  Our Father and protector does.

We often make our own plans and think weíre headed in the right direction, but if we donít involve God in the planning, we will probably end up on the wrong path. Donít get this wrong now, God loves you so much that He wants to give you the desire of your heart, and He wants your plans to succeed and your dreams to come true, but when we pray for something that will hurt us or is not His will, He patiently leads us in the right direction.

May He give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.

 Psalms 20:4
Grant thee according to thine own heart, and fulfil all thy counsel.

He finds ways to fulfill our hopes while still conforming to His will.

Oft times ... At first it may seem like your prayer is not answered, but if we follow the direction that He points us in, weíll find what we were looking for, without disappointment. Many times youíll realize that what you were praying for, was something you really didnít want.

Praise God for His infinite wisdom!

So, how do you avoid going in the wrong direction in the first place? Commit (trust) your prayers and plans to Him, and Heíll show you the right thing to do.

Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.

Proverbs 16:3
Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.

The more you grow in Him by following His plans, the more you become like Him. You will sense His will, because He lives through you, guiding you and conforming you to His image. The more you become like Him, the closer youíll be to the center of HIS will for you and your life.

Jeremiah 29:12-13
Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

Donít forget to listen when you pray. Listen with your heart. Ask Him what He wants to say from His heart, and then listen. Youíre having a conversation with the Lord, so give Him a chance to talk.

Give Him time to answer. Donít forget that God is a Spirit.

 John 4:24
God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.

So, His answers may not be in the form that you expect. You never know how He may answer you as He has in the past according to the Bible, with wind, thunder, a hand in the clouds or a hand writing on a wall or perhaps a still small voice as Elijah described:

1 Kings 19:12
And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

These next passages show the different ways that people EFFECTIVELY prayed in the Bible.

Kneeling before the Lord during prayer reveals reverence for the Lord.

Psalms 95:6
O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.

 

Daniel 6:10
Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.

 

1 Kings 8:54
And it was so, that when Solomon had made an end of praying all this prayer and supplication unto the LORD, he arose from before the altar of the LORD, from kneeling on his knees with his hands spread up to Heaven.

 

1 Timothy 2:8
I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.

 

Luke 22:41
And He (Jesus) was withdrawn from them about a stone's cast, and kneeled down, and prayed.

 

Acts 9:40
But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed.

Prayer is all about reverence and getting a leash on our flesh.

The Lord has made it clear that EVERY knee should bow to Him.

Romans 14:11
For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.
 

WHAT KEEPS SOME FROM WANTING TO GET DOWN ON THEIR KNEES?

It is the flesh.

The flesh is selfish and almost prideful in nature. Perhaps due to the Original sin within:

CHECK OUT THIS STUDY:

So, forcing our flesh to become obedient by bowing to the Lord is a show of devotion not only in soul and spirit ... But FLESH.

So why not give it a try and add FAITH that it will bring forth a more effective relationship between you and your LORD to bow to Him in His Spiritual presence.

Psalms 95:6
O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.
 

 

The choice is up to you ...  

I believe it would improve your relationship with your Lord to show more respect and would bring forth better fruits. I believe while down there, one day it will just come to you, why you are down there in such a humble position ...

He is GOD and we ... Are NOT.

God gave His only Son so we could get into Heaven and that ONE act, that ONE choice alone earns Him our deepest respect.
 
THAT ... Is reverence.

He and He alone truly does deserve it ...

 

Below are some of the words of Jesus concerning prayer.

Ask and you shall receive.

Matthew 7:7
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

Believe to receive.

Matthew 21:22
And all things,
whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

You must desire, believe and forgive all when you pray.

Mark 11:22-25
And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have Faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray,
believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in Heaven may forgive you your trespasses.

LOVE is also a VERY important part of prayer.

To avoid prayer being hindered you must love all.

1 Peter 3:7
Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life;
that your prayers be not hindered.

 

 Matthew 5:43-48
Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and
pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?

 

OTHER WAYS YOU CAN OFFER PRAYER

KEEP A JOURNAL

You may have heard before that the Bible is the Lordís love letter to you. How about writing down your prayers to Him? Itís also a great way to see the progress of your prayer life and your walk of Faith.

DAVID DID ... IN HIS PSALMS

 

ANSWERED PRAYERS

Think about when we discussed praying for Godís will a few moments ago, and remember that Godís perspective is eternity. When He answers a prayer, our temporal outlook on our lives, sometimes cause us to limit our perspective and we canít see the potential of the blessings that He bestows on us.

You may pray for the opportunity to serve God better, and His answer to your prayer may not be the same plan as yours. Keep your heart open to the doors He opens in your life. There may be sacrifices that are necessary in order to fulfill His will. The means by which His will is accomplished may seem extreme to us, but donít forget,

He IS in control, and He knows whatís best.

Things that seem tragic to us, are sometimes a blessing from our Father.

For example: Sometimes the only way to make time in some peoples lives to serve Him is to remove us from things that we hold most important to us, because we put those things above and before Him.

John 15:2
Every branch in me that beareth not fruit He taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, He purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

Jesus explains this, that God purges, or prunes our lives, so that we can produce more fruit for Him. 

FATHER, ITíS ME AGAIN

Remember that little saying about Godís answers to prayer being ...

Yes, No, and Not now?

Letís talk about when the answer is, Not now.

Sometimes we must be patient in waiting for our prayers to be answered. Godís timing isnít always our timing. We tend to want things to happen NOW, we donít want to wait.

But, again, we donít see the full picture. From eternity, the things we think are important donít amount to much, but God created us with a specific purpose in mind, and His timing is perfect!

So, when we think things are moving too slow in our life, we need to wait, because God is moving everything into its proper place. Jesus told a parable to His disciples about this, that people should always pray, and not to lose heart.

 

Luke 18:2-8
There was a judge in a city, that had no respect for God, nor man. And there was a widow in that city, and she came to him saying, Help me against my adversary. And he wouldnít for a while, but afterward he said to himself, Though I have no respect for God or man; but because this widow troubles me, Iíll give her justice, lest by her continual pleas, she wearies me. Jesus said, Listen to what the unjust judge said.
And shall not God protect His own elect, who pray day and night to Him, though He is patient with them for a long time? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily.

Donít lose heart!
WAIT ON THE LORD

Donít be impatient for the Lord to act.
Travel steadily along His path.

Psalms 37:34
Wait on the LORD, and keep His way, and He shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.

IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST

Always ask in Jesusí name.

Jesus said:

John 14:13-14
And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

Consider Jesus as the bridge between you and God.

1 Timothy 2:5
For there is one God, and
one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus ...

This is a good time to talk about something VERY important . . . I wonít mention any names or specific teachings. Iíll let YOU be the judge. Mary (the Mother of Jesus) was a special woman that God chose as a vessel to bear Jesus. She was pure and humble and God blessed her.

Now, I am VERY aware that this topic is a sensitive issue to many, and most would prefer to just close their eyes and ears and repeat "la la la la la la la" as loud as they can.

I donít seek to divide the body of Christ nor do I seek to judge ANYONE because I believe in Grace. However, I tickle ears poorly and TRUTH must prevail.

This topic was brought before me and Iím not asking that you believe my words ...

But rather ... HIS WORD.

There are a lot of people that pray TO MARY and THROUGH some past Saints. The problem is that not only does the Bible NOT say ANYTHING about praying to her or through any Saint, but says just the opposite. There are a lot of people who were raised, believing that it's proper to ask a dead Saint for intercession for them.

Some people think if you ask St. Christopher to talk to God, you'll be protected when you travel.

Some people think if you bury a statue of St. Joseph in your front yard when your house is for sale, St. Joseph will ask God to make the house sell faster.

Some people believe that if you lose something and you ask St. Jude to have a word with God, you'll find whatever it is you lost.

Some people think that if you say 371 Hail Mary's, your prayer will be answered, and then you have to tell 9 friends about it or all deals are off.

Maybe you were taught this way of praying and never questioned it, but we are taught to PROVE ALL THINGS.

1 Thessalonians 5:21
Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

So let's do a little probing for proof, shall we? As you learned earlier, the Bible teaches us to pray in the name of JESUS.

John 14:13-14
And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

The Bible is very clear that JESUS is the mediator between us and God and that NOBODY gets through to the Father without going through JESUS.

REMEMBER ...

1 Timothy 2:5
For there is one God, and
ONE mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus ...

 

John 10:9
I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

You MUST enter in the JESUS door to get to God. 

John 16:23-26
And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, He will give it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full. These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father. At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you.

So we pray ...

TO God
THRU Jesus
BY the Holy Spirit

Again ... The Holy Ghost communes with our spirit and shares with God what we pray for.

Romans 8:26-27
Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities:
for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And He that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because He maketh intercession for the Saints according to the will of God
.

Ponder on this TRUTH ...

Why would anyone have you pray through THEM instead of Jesus, as it is written to do?

Would this not hinder the prayer?

Has Mary or any Prophet of God, Apostle or Christian that you've ever read about in the Bible EVER suggested that you pray to or through THEM to God?

The entire Christian way is based on humility.

If you still have your nose turned up because of the way you were taught, there's always one thing you can do ...

PRAY ABOUT IT

Just make sure you do it in the NAME OF JESUS.

 

IN CONCLUSION

EFFECTIVE CHRISTIAN PRAYER LIFE TRUTH ON EFFECTIVE CHRISTIAN PRAYER LIFE VERSES WITH EFFECTIVE CHRISTIAN PRAYER LIFE MESSAGE

As you can see, whether you hit your knees when you first wake up in the morning, or whether you squeeze your eyes shut, or whether you lace your fingers so tightly that your knuckles turn white, or open your arms and lift your hands toward Heaven, or whether you look up or bow down, or face the east, or light incense, or burn a votive candle in the dark, these things are all up to you.

PRAYER IS PERSONAL AND PRIVATE

As any secret convo you have with your best friend or spouse would be.

 

The important ingredients to effective prayer are ...


OBEDIENT REVERENCE
IN THE NAME OF JESUS

FAITH
PASSION

NO REPETITION
NO HAUGHTY OR VAIN THOUGHTS
FORGIVE ALL
LOVE ALL
GOD'S WILL BE DONE
GIVE THANKS

Follow this recipe and your spirit will feel it and God's Spirit will hear you and God will answer with YES ... NO ... Or NOT NOW

 

God bless you, and may your prayer life prosper with every passing moment!

 

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