PRAYING TO KNOW THE POWER OF PRAYER

Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you” — Matthew 7:7 
  INTRODUCTION

We ask for everything but are still not happy because we didn’t see the kind of answered prayers we desired.   You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. — James 4:3 Prayer is not just asking for things, far more important, prayer is talking with God. It’s getting close to and spending time with the One you love. It’s seeking Him first, touching Him, getting to know Him better, being with Him, and waiting in His presence. It’s acknowledging Him as the source of power upon whom you depend. It’s taking the time to say, Speak to my heart, Lord, and tell me what I need to hear.   

GOD KNOWS WHAT WE NEED For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. — Matthew 6:8  God already knows what we need, why do we even need to ask for anything?”   God knows our thoughts, but He responds to our prayers. We have to come to a place of realizing that prayer is a privilege that is always ours, but the power in prayer is always His. Without God, we can’t do it. Without us, God won’t do it.    Things wouldn’t happen in our lives unless we prayed. And we no longer just ask for things, but partner with God. Aligning our spirit with His, and together we would see that His perfect will would be done.    

HOW TO PRAY EFFECTIVELY  

We all know that when friends don’t see each other and communicate frequently, they can become emotionally separated. Well, it’s the same with us and God. If we don’t keep in touch with Him, we begin to feel distant from Him even when we’re not. This is why we must pray daily. Also, When we are in the presence of God, His character is formed in us.   Many of us are especially vulnerable to the enemy’s attack on our self-worth. It doesn’t take much to discourage us, and feeling distant from God will do it. That’s why it’s important to start the day with some kind of prayer. We have to establish ourselves and our lives as being connected to Him.   We can’t receive God’s best for our lives, and we can’t push back the things that were never God’s will for us, except through prayer. We have to learn that we can’t leave our lives to chance. We have to pray over anything that concerns us, no matter how big — “With God, nothing will be impossible” – Luke 1:37 — or how small — “The very hairs of your head are all numbered” – Matthew 10:30.      


FIFTEEN REASONS TO PRAY:
To seek the face of the Lord and know Him better (Psalm 27:8)  
To get your eyes off your problems and onto the Lord (Psalm 121:1)  
To speak to God (1 Peter 3:12)  
To unburden your heart (Psalm 142:1–2)  
To make your requests known to God (Matthew 21:22)  
To hear God (Proverbs 8:34)  
To be free of suffering (James 5:13)  
To resist temptation (Matthew 26:41)  
To be rescued from distress (Psalm 107:19)  
To receive God’s reward (Matthew 6:6)  
To withstand evil (Ephesians 6:13)  
To have joy (John 16:24)  
To get close to God (Isaiah 64:7)  
To be healed emotionally (James 5:13)  
To have peace (Philippians 4:6–7

CONCLUSION

Do whatever you have to do to secure a place and time to pray. Sometimes we have to revise our plans, but securing a time and place to be alone with God is worth any effort.   We don’t ever feel inhibited because we think we can’t pray. If we can talk, we can pray. And don’t be concerned about prayer talk, church talk, or Christianese talk. The Bible tells us the only qualifications we need:   He who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. — Hebrews 11:6 

We just have to believe that He is a good God.   The more we pray, the more we will find to pray about, and the more we’ll be led to pray for others: family members, friends, enemies, and all those in authority in any area of your life (pastor, teacher, boss, governor, president). You’ll pray for them not only because they influence our emotional health and because part of the peace we experience will result directly from that type of praying, but because Jesus asked us to do it.

Prayer is powerful! There are so many reasons to pray beyond the top 15. What are you praying about? Who are you praying for? Stay Blessed! Please continue to join us on Asempa 94.7 FM – Sunday 5.30 am., Sunny 88.7 FM – Tuesdays 5:30 am; and Uniiq 95.7 FM – Saturdays 7:30 pm, YFM 107.9 – Sundays 6.30am; for our Radio Bible Study as well as Sunny FM 88.7 FM every Sunday at 3:30 pm. for Hymn and their Stories.  

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