I read recently that when we were still sinners it was ok for us to say pleading, begging prayers to God and He would listen BUT once we are born again and already redeemed by His blood, God wants us to USE the power that comes with His Word and resurrection in our prayers..and in our life.
PRINCIPLES OF EFFECTIVE PRAYER – THE POWER OF PRAYER
-from the book " One Word From God Can Change Your Life"
“Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”
God intends to answer our requests - God wants us to get results when we pray.
He never intended us to stumble around in the dark when we pray or just hope for something to happen. We have to put away our childish ideas about prayer and replace them with God’s power packed principles.
1. Believing and praying on the name of Jesus results in answered prayers.
It is not the length of our prayers that gets results.
1 John 3:22-23 says “Whatsoever we ask, we receive of him. Because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.”
Praying all night is not what gets the ear of God; it is believing on the and praying in the name of Jesus. Praying all night is quite an accomplishment, but praying on the name of Jesus is basing your prayer on His accomplishments, not yours.
Living a life that is not pleasing to God hinders your prayers. Disobedience robs you of your confidence in Him, but even then Jesus is still the answer. He is our Advocate with the Father. Don’t run from God when you sin, run to Him! Act on 1 John 1:9. Confess your sin and receive your forgiveness. Don’t let sin and condemnation keep God from moving in your life, your heart and your circumstances. Jesus is faithful and just to forgive you when you repent.
He wants to answer your prayers.
2. Praying according to the will of God.
The written Word brings the will of God out of the realm of obscurity. When we pray in line with the Word, we pray according to the will of God. When we let the Word of God engineer our prayer, “ this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hears us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him. 1 John 5: 14-15
Prayer based on the Word begins with the answer and doesn’t concentrate on the problem.
1 Peter 2:24 says that by the stripes that Jesus bore, we were healed. Just as in the forgiveness of your sins, your healing was provided for through the cross. If the Word says you were healed, then God’s will is for you to be well. Let the Word of God settle the issue once and for all. Throw out all the arguments, and believe the Word.
3. Believe when you pray.
Mark 11:24 says, “What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”
Make the decision that God’s Word is absolutely true.
If God said that you were healed , then believe that you were healed when you prayed, not when you began to feel better.
3. Faith is your response to what God has already provided.
When you base your prayer on the fact that the answer is already yours, then the only thing left is to begin the application of your faith.
Faith is released in 2 ways: by saying it and by acting on it.
If 1 Peter says2:24 says you were healed, then don’t say “ I’m sick.”
Say “I believe that by the stripes Jesus bore for me, I am healed.”
And then act on it. Real Bible believing demands action.
If someone came running in your front door and said “ The house is on fire”
And you believed it, you would immediately get out. You wouldn’t wait until you saw smoke!
Faith in God’s Word works the same way. Don’t wait until you feel healed to believe it. Believe it before anything you can see happen. Faith makes prayer work; prayer doesn’t make faith work.
If your needs have been piling up, don’t panic. Pray! Your spiritual, mental, physical, financial and social needs can be met by the power of Almighty God.
Just follow God’s principles of prayer and make your requests known unto Him; then start to praise, knowing the results are on the way!