10 Steps To Effective Prayer (Part One).


Since this is a lengthy but very important post, we have split in into two parts. Part One covers steps 1 to 5 and Part Two covers steps 6 to 10. God willing, we will publish Part Two on Monday, July 20, 2015.

STEP 1. PRAISE

Psalm 9:1 (NIV) says “I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders.”

NOTE: Praise is expressing to God your appreciation and understanding of His worth. It is saying “Thank You” for each aspect of His Divine Nature. Your inward attitude becomes your outward expression. When you praise God, you help yourself by expanding your awareness of who He is. 
 
STEP 2. CONFESS

Psalm 139:23 (NIV) says “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.”

NOTE: Ask God to search for sin and point it out to you, even to the level of testing your thoughts. This is exploratory surgery for sin. How are you to recognize sin unless God points it out? Then, when God shows you, you can repent and be forgiven.

STEP 3. WATCH

Colossians 4:2 (NIV) says Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.”

NOTE: Have you ever grown tired of praying for something or someone? This verse tells you to “devote” yourself to prayer and be “watchful” in prayer. Your persistence is an expression of your faith that God will answer your prayers. Your Faith shouldn't die if the answer comes slowly, for the delay may be God's way of working His will in your life. When you feel tired of praying, know that God is present, always listening, always answering...maybe not in ways you had hoped for, but in ways that He knows are best for you.

STEP 4. INTERCEDE

1 Timothy 2:1-2 (NIV) says I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.”

NOTE: Although God is all-powerful and all-knowing, He has chosen to let you help Him change the world through your prayers. How this works is a mystery to us because of our limited understanding, but it is a reality. We are all urged to pray for each other and for leaders in government. Your earnest prayers will have powerful results.

STEP 5. PRAY

Philippians 4:5-7 (NIV) says “Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

NOTE: Verse 5 tells you to be gentle (reasonable, fair minded, and charitable) to those outside the church, and not just to fellow believers. This means that you are not to seek revenge against those who treat you unfairly nor are you to be overly vocal about your personal rights.

Verse 6 tells you not to be anxious about anything. This may seem like an impossibility...we all tend to worry about something. You are advised to turn your worries into prayer. If you want to worry less, then pray more. Whenever you start to worry, stop and pray.

Verse 7 tells you that God's peace is different from the world's peace. True peace is not found in positive thinking, in absence of conflict, or in good feelings. It comes from knowing that God is in control. Your citizenship in Christ's Kingdom is sure, your destiny is set, and you can have victory over sin. Let God's peace guard your heart against worrying.

End Of Post (Part One)

To Be Continued On Monday, July 20, 2015

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