Prayer Bible Study
Christianity Oasis Ministry has provided this Effective Prayer Bible study sharing how to pray effectively to enjoy an effective Christian prayer life. We'll also look at all aspects of the Christian Walk. This Effective Prayer study brings forth Truth, understanding and genuine peace.
Welcome to our Christianity Oasis End Times Bible study program. This is our guest favorite, essential and super important ... Effective Prayer Bible study sharing the Biblical teachings and tried and true techniques found in the Bible concerning how to pray effectively as to obtain and maintain an effective Christian Prayer life and how the faith building and hope enhancing message within affects you as a Christian today. The intriguing and thought provoking blessing within this Effective Prayer Bible study revealing the mystery of how to pray effectively to achieve genuine and extremely effective Christian prayer.
Effective Prayer Bible Study on How To Pray Effectively for an Extremely Effective Christian Prayer Life
Greetings ... 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, you'll discover that effective Christian Prayer is
simple and with just a little 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 let's talk about what Christian prayer is
Please don't be offended if one or more of these things describe a
pattern or habit that you follow in Christian Prayer. But rather,
rejoice that learning more from the Bible about Christian prayer,
will have you well on your way to a closer relationship with the Lord.
- Effective 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 God's servants, He is not ours.
- Effective 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.
- Effective Christian Prayer is not ... A one sided
conversation, it's two. You're not the only one present and
participating. This will be elaborated on later in our study.
- Effective Christian Prayer is not ... Better because of
how long a time you spend doing it.
- Effective Christian Prayer is not ... Reciting the same
words over and over again, most of the time with no emotion, or even
with your mind concentrating on something completely different while
the words wander in your mind. When Jesus spoke the Lord's Prayer, He
said that this was the manner in which we should pray, not the only
prayer to offer.
- Effective Christian Prayer is not ... Repititous. A
heartfelt prayer is not repetition, it is spontaneous.
If any of these things have become your Christian Prayer habits, get
ready for a totally new attitude about effective 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 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.
We're going to take a sort of detective approach to investigating our
Christian prayers and discover more about the Who, What, When, Where,
Why and How of Effective Christian prayer. Ready? Let's get started.
Effective Prayer Bible Study Procedure
How to Pray Effectively and Easily
An important thing to know about prayer is understanding who
you are praying to. Get to know who the Lord is.
Jesus and the
Holy Spirit are one entity (see the
study), and you'll find that building relationships in prayer with
and through all three will enhance your Christian prayer life
and help you to grow in faith.
Now, even 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.
... It's important to know the different "personalities" 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 God's
image - God has three parts as well.
The soul --- God
The flesh --- Jesus
The Spirit --- The Holy Spirit
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.
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
Ye are my friends, 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? Effective Prayer Bible study tip ... Talk
to Jesus like He is your best friend ... Because He is.
The Holy Spirit
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.
Another Effective Christian prayer life tip ... The Holy Spirit is a
gentleman. He will not enter your heart if He's not invited by faith.
He's your Helper. If you don't 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 ... Because He is.
As you learn how to pray effectively, you'll get a better feeling of
how we are to pray:
By way of the Holy Spirit.
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
27 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.
What is Effective Christian Prayer
Prayer Bible Study on How to Pray Effectively Facts
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?
Here is another Effective Prayer Bible study tidbit of Truth ... If
you're new to prayer and you're 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?
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
didn't know, because many times we don't discover things about
ourselves until we talk about them.
Bear Your Soul
Are there questions that you've always wondered about Him?
Are there things about yourself that you've never told anyone?
It will bring you closer to Him and your friendship will begin to
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 you're lonely, the Holy
Spirit is waiting for your invitation.
An effective Christian prayer life fact ... Sometimes you may just
feel like spending time with the Lord, without speaking. Just knowing
that His presence is with you, is very fulfilling. Sometimes you just
can't put your thoughts into words when you want to pray, but not to
worry, because God knows your heart.
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 ...
Effective Prayer Bible study timing answer ... 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
don't have to make an appointment, call ahead of time or save up your
prayers for Sunday morning. Just invite them into your heart.
Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and He
shall hear my voice.
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye
may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man
And He will hear and answer you.
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 "PostIt®" 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.
Effective Christian Prayer Location
Effective Prayer Bible Study on How to Pray Effectively and Privately
Jesus taught us that we should pray in private.
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 doesn't mean that you're 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
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
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:
For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I
in the midst of them.
If you're giving thanks for a meal, and everyone present is in
agreement to give thanks, likewise, you are glorifying God together,
if you're not seeking edification because of your prayer.
But ... Beware
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.
Effective Christian prayer life warning ... Ahhhhhhh, we have just been warned by our Lord.
Let's 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.
They're 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.
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 you're
Spiritually moved by it, an enthusiastic "Amen" 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.
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.
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.
10 Two men went up into the Temple to pray; the one a
Pharisee, and the other a publican.
11 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.
12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I
13 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.
14 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 Do We Need Effective Christian Prayer
Effective Prayer Bible Study Reason
There are myriads of reasons why one would pray, but, you may note
that most of them fall into about five categories.
Below are some examples of the categories above:
Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye
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.
If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask
what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
In everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving,
let your request be known to God.
Trust in Him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart
before Him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.
Effective Prayer Bible study trivia question ... Do you ever pray
Let's elaborate on that point for a sec. That means do you thank God
in advance for the things you ask Him for? When you do this, you're
showing the strength of your Faith and your lack of doubt.
5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that
giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be
6 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.
7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any
thing of the Lord.
Be careful that you're not being presumptuous by doing this, you're
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 or just smiling and picturing yourself with God hugging you).
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.
That being said, look with me at what Peter, who learned first hand
from Jesus, that being righteous is important to God and has an
effect on prayer:
1 Peter 3:12
For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and His ears are
open unto their prayers:
but the face of the Lord is against them
that do evil.
Here is the sample prayer Jesus gave us ...
9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father
which art in Heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
10 Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from
evil: For thine is the Kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for
Effective Christian prayer life reminder ... Remember this is a
manner of prayer as the Lord said. He is not suggesting that you just
repeat this mindlessly. He wants your sincerity, and love and to know
you. Not recitation.
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 all that in mind, there are some things in the Bible that you
may find helpful to know about Christian prayer.
Effective Christian Prayer if it Be God's Will
Effective Prayer Bible Study Truth
Ask According to God's Will.
What does that mean, anyway ... To ask for God's Will? It means that
you're putting your life in God's hands and giving Him the controls.
1 John 5:14-15
14 And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that,
if we ask any thing according to His will, He heareth us:
15 And if we know that He hear us, whatsoever we ask, we
know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him.
So ... always ask for God's will to be done when
9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which
art in Heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
10 Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as
it is in Heaven.
Even Jesus did so ...
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
We need to make sure it is God's will not only in prayer but in our
own plans ...
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
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
So obviously, we are to prove all things before we pray for
This is especially important when you're praying for others. Consider
this if you will when contemplating how to pray effectively for other
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 didn't 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 God's will for them. The prayer is not answered in the way
hoped for, and questions arise about believing to receive, and asking
in Jesus' name, and innumerable other doubts.
In particular if you prayed openly for all to hear. This, my friend,
can be harmful to their faith, and yours. When you pray for someone
else, always be certain, that you're praying for God's will to be
God answers prayer, just make sure it is God's will because He knows
what is best for you.
There is a little saying that goes like this: God always
answers all prayers.
His answers can be ... Yes, No, and
Important Effective Prayer Bible study morsel ... Remember that
praying for God's 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
Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose
There are many devices in a
man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.
The world and it's 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 don't see what
lies behind or beyond its deceptive promises. But ... Our Father and
How to pray effectively for an effective Christian prayer life danger
... We often make our own plans and think we're headed in the right
direction, but if we don't involve God in the planning, we will
probably end up on the wrong path. Don't 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
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, we'll find what
we were looking for, without disappointment. Many times you'll
realize that what you were praying for, was something you really
didn't want or wasn't really in your best interest.
Praise God for His infinite wisdom! He knows all the angles, and the
impact, and ... Well, He is omniscient!
So, how do you avoid going in the wrong direction in the first place?
Commit (trust) your prayers and plans to Him, and He'll show you the
right thing to do.
Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.
There is a force out there that is attempting to overtake us all; it is Satan. There is another force that is protecting us from him; it is the Holy Spirit. It is a battle for souls. This battle is called Spiritual Warfare, and like it or not, you are right in the middle of it.
How to Prepare for Spiritual Warfare