|I Can Pray Effectively
By Greg Sanders
1 John 5:14 And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. 15 And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for.
How confident are you when you pray? Many people are not convinced that their prayer makes it any higher than the ceiling. They feel like their prayers are too weak or too simple. However, the marks of an effective prayer have nothing to do with the complexity of language or the accomplishments of the person praying. What makes our prayer effective is the fact that we have a heavenly Father who hears us when we call. As a child of God, you can pray effectively when you approach the Father according to His Word.
How can I pray more effectively?
1. Be confident that God hears you.
One of the lies that the enemy uses to undermine the prayer of a person is to convince them that God does not hear them when they pray. Here is the truth: You have never prayed a prayer that God did not hear. Psalm 34:17 The LORD hears his people when they call to him for help. There is nothing sweeter to the ears of a father than the voice of his child. God hears you when you pray.
2. Build your confidence by praying according to His will.
James 4:3 leads us to pray according to the will of God. It says “And when you do ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may squander it on your pleasures.” You can build your confidence by praying with the right motives and praying for things that bring God pleasure. This filter alone will bring much more confidence to your prayer.
3. Believe with confidence that He responds when we pray.
1 John 5:15 And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for. We may or may not always see an immediate response in our circumstances, but that must not rob you of the fact that God does move when you pray. God is often at work behind the scenes long before you ever have any idea that He is operating on your behalf. The practice of believing with confidence is called faith. It is the acceptance of God’s promise in your heart long before you see it come to pass in your life. Remember that when you pray, God responds.
Today’s Challenge: Remember that you can pray effectively. Take full advantage of this great channel of God’s power that is available to you. God is waiting to respond to your prayer. Take time to pray today.