Believers are told several times in the scriptures to pray. Prayers are more than an emergency tool box one takes out when faced with a problem that desperately begs a solution. Prayers are our primary means of communicating with God and relating with the spirit realm from where we actually operate. Physical occurrences and happenings have their root and solutions in the realm that is invisible to the natural eye. From there we fight battles that establish and enforce the victory given us in Christ Jesus. But all these are done in the place of prayer.
However, the effectiveness with which one prays and whether or not the demands made in prayers are manifested in the physical is a matter that very much relies on the faith demonstrated by the person or people praying. Let’s start by establishing that the act of prayer is in itself a demonstration of faith. Therefore, it should be carried out from beginning to end in a posture of belief and trust in The One to whom we make our appeals and on whose ability we trust for a change.
The level of trust and dependence on God however varies from one believer or person to the next. That is why the Bible makes mention of strong faith (Romans 4:20), great faith (Matthew 8:10), little faith (Matthew 6:30), weak faith (Romans 14:1) and no faith (Heb 11:6). The last is not related to Christians because Romans 12:3 lets us know that every believer is given the measure of faith. Our level of trust and dependence on God is demonstrated first in the nature of our prayers and then in the actions that follow our prayers.
Be conscious of the Presence and ability of God with you.
As children of God, it is important to walk in the consciousness of the fact that God is always present with us and that presence of course has enough power to cause changes, though the ability of the Spirit is manifest in different dimensions.
How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with Him.
His presence with us should serve as an assurance that we are not just praying to an unseen God in Heaven but to one who is closer to us than our very own skin. Upon this foundation is the assurance that He knows and hears when we pray. Jesus Himself gave us this assurance before physically leaving the earth to be with The Father in Heaven.
The Spirit of Truth. The world cannot accept Him, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. But you know Him, for He lives with you and will be in you.
Be assured that God hears and is eager to answer you
Therefore, the next step to take when exercising your faith in prayers is to walk in the consciousness of the fact that the God to whom you pray hear you and is willing and able to answer.
…and it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.
This assures us that the prayers we make gets God’s attention and response. The thought and assurance of it should help you remain confident and instant in prayers.
The power of God was present to effect changes
Luke 5:17-20 (KJV)
And it came to pass on a certain day, as he was teaching, that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, which were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judea, and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was present to heal them.
God is ever present with the believer and in His presence there is nothing impossible. In His presence every naturally impossible situation is made possible as those who pray cooperate with Him to establish His will in their lives and on earth.
All you need is believe as you pray
Never go to the place of prayers with doubts or uncertainties in your heart about the ability or willingness of God to grant your request. Settle every uncertainty first by finding scriptures that back your request and promise you an answer before going to the place of prayer. It is what we are told to do in scripture. He says …
present your case, says the LORD. Set forth your arguments, says Jacob’s king.
When you pray, do so with faith in God for a definite request. It is also vital to take note that the Bible says we should Believe when we pray, not after we have prayed and seen the answers manifest. If you don’t believe at the time of prayer, you may never see the answer after the prayer.
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it , and it will be yours.
Let you action and attitudes be those of faith.
You can always tell whether or not a man believes when he prays by looking at his attitude and actions after prayer. There is a common of two farmers who went to God asking for rain so that their crops could prosper. After the prayer, while one went home to idly wait for the rain to fall in answer to his prayer, the other took his tools and began preparing the ground to plant. Now as simple as the story is, it is a clear pointer to what faith in prayers means. Faith without works is dead, the bible says. When you believe that God hears your request and answers them, you need to take actions that align you with His answers to see them come to pass.
To end this lesson, it is important for you to understand that prayers that really bring results are made to God and they are a testimonial of one’s relationship with Him. If you desire to have an extraordinary prayer life that makes impact to your life and the world around you, you need to have a relationship with God and that can on be establish through Jesus Christ. We therefore invite you to a relationship with God by making the following prayer.
Dear Heavenly Father, I come to you in the name of Jesus Christ your first begotten Son. I believe He died and resurrected again for my justification. Your word declares, whosoever shall call upon the name of the LORD shall be saved. I confess Jesus is my LORD and Saviour. I accept Him in my heart. Fill me now with your Holy Spirit and empower me to live for you alone. AMEN!
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