How to Pray Powerful Prayers
I love Luke 5:16 because it shows that just like you and me, Jesus wanted a break from the demands of his busy life to renew his batteries and devote time with his Heavenly Father. The life of Christ is meant to provide us illustrations we can trail and study from. So, even though he was God incarnate, Jesus didn’t draw on his superpowers as the Son of God when it came to facing life’s challenges. Instead, when he was tired, weighed down or in need of spiritual nourishment, he would “sneak out” to perform services of prayer — working into the power, insight, and purpose that can only be established in God’s presence.
But He Himself Withdrew To The Wilderness And Pray.—Luke 5:16, AMP
How to Pray Powerful Prayers
Prayer is one of the most prevailing weapons God has given us, and looking ahead at 2021, I trust it has never been more significant for God’s people to be on our knees. But to be familiar with how to pray is not very easy. Jesus’ disciples felt the same confusion. They were conversant with the oft-frequent prayers of the Torah. But Jesus prayed with a kind of power and supremacy they had never seen before — as though God was listening! So when they went to Jesus, as told in Matthew 6, they didn’t say, “Teach us another prayer.” They said, “Lord, teach us to pray.”
The Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13) is Christ’s response. It is a beautiful prayer and one that every Christian should hide in their heart — I challenged my granddaughter to memorize it. But graceful as the words are, I don’t believe Jesus planned it to develop extra ritualistic prayer. Rather, it was to be an example of how to pray.
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This, then, is how you should pray:
‘Our Father in heaven,
hallow be thy name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we also have forgiven those who trespass against us
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from every evil one.’
Here are eight guides on how to Pray powerful prayers.
- Know to whom you are speaking.
Prayer is a discussion with God, and every discussion start by addressing the person to whom you are speaking by name. Jesus started with “Our Father in heaven.” He focuses on a distinct person — the Heavenly Father with whom he has a personal relationship. We have the same right to call God “Father,” and there are times when we need to talk with our Abba Father, Daddy God. But God is three different persons in one: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
I find it useful in my prayer times to concentrate on which of the Holy Trinity I need to communicate with. Usually I communicate to Jesus, the friend who is closer than a brother and the Savior of my soul. Most times I cry out to the Holy Spirit, who fills and bestows me to do the tasks Father God has called me to do. Having a different sense of who I am speaking to helps me express what I want to say and how I want to say it.
- Thank him.
A heartfelt thank you is always a great conversation starter. Like every parent, God loves to see that we have thankful hearts. But more importantly, as we take the time to praise God for all He has done in the past — the answered prayers, the impossible situations overcome the healing and grace — our faith to trust for even better answers to prayer grows stronger and more confident. Praise unlocks the entrances of heaven and should always be part of our quite time with God.
The Lord’s Prayer is not the only residence where Jesus role-modeled a heart of submission and obedience to the will of God over his own wants and needs. In the Garden of Gethsemane, hours before Jesus’ execution, he prayed, “let not my will be done but yours.” In a world where right and wrong are commonly confused and the future is so unclear, it can be difficult to know how to pray or what to request for when challenging circumstances rise. But the one thing we can know with absolute certainty is that God’s plan for those who love him is good, and the safest place we can be is in the center of his divine will.
- Say what you need.
In Jesus’ time, bread was a staple — one of the most essential needs of life — and he did not hesitate to ask God to provide it. But we often hesitate to bother God with the little things we need, thinking he shouldn’t be concerned. And when the big problems come, we try all we can to solve the problem before we think to pray. The Bible says, “You do not have because you do not ask God.” So don’t hesitate to ask God for what you need this year. Our heavenly Father desires to give us decent gifts.
- Ask for forgiveness.
James 5:16 tells us that if we want our prayers to be heard, our hearts need to be true with God and with each other. If you sense your prayers are bouncing off the ceiling, take some time to check your heart.
- Pray with a friend.
There is power in agreement when we implore in Jesus’ name. When I have a vital need to present to God, I often call a colleague to pray together with. If you don’t have one, make finding a reliable prayer partner one of your aim in 2020.
- Pray the Word.
My mom was a spiritual prayer warrior, and more that I know about prayer I learnt from her. I loved to hear her pray because for each necessity or condition, she would claim a scripture of assurance. “The Word of God is supreme and is our great spiritual defense,” Mom would say. “Pray the Word, Marilee. Pray the Word.”
Jesus did the same when he was tested by Satan in the desert (see Luke 4:1-12). He was the Son of God, but he did not use his divine authority. Instead, he used the authority of the Scriptures.
- Memorize Scripture.
The most vital key to a lively prayer life is to comprehend our spiritual authority in Christ as explained in the Scriptures. The only way to do that is to become intimately familiar with the Bible. Even a few minutes a day in the Word of God will add strength and authority to your prayers this year.
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