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10 Steps To Effective Prayer (Part Two).

10 Steps To Effective Prayer (Part Two).
 
This
post is continued from
“10
Steps To Effective Prayer (Part One)”
covering
steps 1 to 5.

STEP
6. PETITION

Matthew
7:7

says

Ask
and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the
door will be opened to you.”

NOTE:
Here,
Jesus is telling you to persist in pursuing God. People often give
up after a few halfhearted efforts and conclude that God cannot be
found. But knowing God takes faith, focus, and follow-through, and
Jesus is assuring you that you will be rewarded. Don’t give up in
your efforts to seek God. Continue to ask Him for more knowledge,
patience, wisdom, love, and understanding. He will give them to you.

STEP
7. GIVE THANKS

1
Thessalonians 5:16-18

says

“Be
joyful always, pray continually;
give
thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ
Jesus.”

NOTE:
Your joy, prayers, and thankfulness should not fluctuate with your
circumstances or feelings. Obeying these three commands…be joyful,
pray continually, and give thanks…often goes against your natural
inclination. But, when you make a conscious decision to do what God
says, you will begin to see people in a new perspective. When you do
God’s will, you will find it easier to be joyful and thankful.

STEP
8. MEDITATE

Joshua
1:8

says

Do
not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it
day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in
it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”

NOTE:
Many people think that prosperity and success come from having
power, influential personal contacts, and a relentless desire to get
ahead. But the strategy for gaining prosperity that God taught
Joshua goes against such criteria. He said that to succeed, Joshua
must (1) be strong and courageous because the task ahead would not be
easy, (2) obey God’s laws, and (3) constantly read and study the Book
of the Law…God’s Word. If you want to be successful, follow God’s
Word. You may not succeed by the world’s standards, but you will be
a success in God’s eyes…and His opinion lasts forever.

STEP
9. WAIT AND LISTEN

Psalm
46:10 says

“Be
still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”

Ecclesiastes
5:2

says
Do
not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter
anything before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let
your words be few.”

NOTE:

War, destruction, and calamities are inevitable, but so is God’s
final victory. At that time, we will all stand quietly before the
Lord Almighty. How proper, then, for you to be still now, reverently
honoring Him and His power and Majesty. Take time each day to be
still and to exalt God. Prayer is a two-way communication. First,
you pray.
Then,
you listen.

Don’t just pray and then begin doing other things and not give God
any time to answer you.

STEP
10. PRAISE

Psalm
52:9

says

I
will praise you forever for what you have done; in your name I will
hope, for your name is good. I will praise you in the presence of
your saints.”

NOTE:

Finish your prayer with Praise by repeating
Step
1
.
Then, frequently give God Praise by telling others about all the
good things God has done for you.

FINAL
NOTE
:
These
“10
Steps To Effective Prayer”
only
apply to those persons who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior
and Lord. God is not obligated to answer any prayers from a person
who has not accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord. God may
answer their prayers but He is not obligated to do so.

End
Of Post (Part Two)

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