TOPIC: Effective Prayer -By David Ibiyeomie
Not every prayer produces result; many people pray but few obtain answers. There are factors that can help you to pray in a way that it can produce the intended result. When you pray, you are giving earthly approval for heavenly involvement.
Matt.18:18 -Verily I say unto you, whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Prayer is communicating with God on the basis of His word and our relationship with Him. There are certain ingredients that can produce result when applied during prayer. Effectiveness in prayer is not measured by your acrobatic display or by the extent of noise you make while praying. Effective prayer is not measured by the volume of tears you shed; it is not also measured by your complaints.
Heb.4:12 – For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
God’s word reveals His will, His ways and His promises to you. God’s word is a very vital instrument during prayer because it communicates God’s desires and His ways to us. When you know His words, you know what He actually wants and expects from you. Knowledge of God’s word will also help you to know the capacity of what He can do. A good knowledge of God’s ways will grant quick answers to prayer.
Dan.11:32b – … but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.
God’s word reveals His person, His abilities and capabilities; thus, if you know God’s words, it then means that you know God. You cannot do exploit without the knowledge of God’s word.
James 4:3 – Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
Knowledge of God’s word will also enable you not to ask amiss. It is not every request made in prayer is granted because some people ask amiss in prayer. When you know God’s word, you will ask in line with His word and not deviate.
To win a case in court, a lawyer must cite relevant laws and references applicable to that situation. With that, the judgement will be delivered on his behalf. So also, when you appear before the supreme court of the entire universe, you ought to refer to the constitution which is the word of God and cite scriptures relevant to your request. God is always looking for opportunities to honour His word.
Isaiah 43:26 -Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified.
God’s word guides us to the use of scriptural language in prayer. When you speak scriptural language in prayer, God’s response will be favourable because you are speaking His language. Therefore, speedy delivery of answers to your prayer is tied to your correct use of scriptural language because God cannot break His word or that which has come out of His lips.
You can obtain wisdom on how to approach prayer in various dimensions from God’s word. There is a dimension of talking with God and another dimension of addressing the devil.
Learn to adequately prepare before praying. Prayer is dynamic; so, at every situation, you should go and strategize. Locate appropriate scripture applicable to the area of need, meditate on them and war with the word accordingly. Have faith that your prayer is answered and continuously thank God for the answered prayer and the answers will manifest speedily in the name of Jesus! Your desires will surely be granted and victory will be guaranteed in the name of Jesus the Christ –Amen!!!
God bless you