Principles for Effective Prayer

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Prayer is the oldest but the most powerful weapon a Christian has. It is the key to a victorious life like a key to open the morning and a lock to close the night. Yet among the Christian tools, it is the most neglected and abused. It seems like the most boring subject matter to discuss.

According to a famous Filipino evangelist, Mike Lacanilao, prayer is the simplest cry. It is talking to God with a deeper meaning. Prayer is an outpouring of spirit and emotion, which is beyond the words that we can say. It is moving the God of the universe to act on our behalf.

An effective prayer is one that touches the heart of God to move.

 

Why do we need to pray?

  1. The Word of God commands us to pray.

“Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up”. –Luke 18:1

“pray continually…” -1Thessalonians 5:17

  1. We have a contest to win.

“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”-Matthew 26:41

“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people”. –Ephesians 6:18

  1. We have a position to occupy.

“…The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” -James 5:16b

 

The Principles for Effective Prayer

P-ersonal relationship with Christ. John 15:1; John 1:12; Romans 8

We need to have a personal relationship with Christ for Him to hear our prayers. Not all people are children of God, only those who have received Him as Lord and personal Savior.

R-epentance and Righteousness. Psalm 66:18

The Lord will not hear our prayer if we have hidden sins in our hearts.

A-doration, Respect and Awe. Psalm 27:4

When we come to the Lord in prayer, we must come with an attitude of adoration, respect and awe.

Y-ielding to the Will of God. John 15:7

When we come to the Lord, we must be ready to submit to the will of God. We must be ready and willing to obey.

E-xpectant Heart. Mark 11:24; 1 Peter 5:7

When we come to God in prayer, we must come expecting to receive the answer.

R-ejoice in the Lord. Philippians 4:4

We must come with a joyful heart in the presence of God.

 

What does Intercessory Prayer do?

  1. Unity in the church
  1. Healing in the church
  1. Causes revival, growth and maturity
  1. Empowers the workers and lay leaders of the church

 

Pastor Allan Asuncion

I have condensed this post from the message of Rev Allan Asuncion, Administrative Pastor of Tatay United Methodist Church, Rizal Philippines at our Seminar on the Principles for Effective Prayer and Praying for One Another, which has been held in our church, the Lagro United Methodist Church last July 15, 2012 at 2:00PM.

I hope by sharing this priceless knowledge, those who would be able to read this may find a new encouragement or inspiration to pray. Prayer is the strength of a Christian just as the poster in our church bulletin board says, “Seven days without prayer makes one Weak”. Indeed, we can draw strength from talking with God and immersing into His glorious presence. There is no other way of nurturing our personal relationship with our Lord Jesus than by soaking ourselves in His presence where we can express our love and devotion for Him.

Life on earth is full of complexities that at times, we begin to hate the world. There is hope in Christ and we can experience the fullness of life that He has promised if we continue without exhaustion to abide in Him: in His word and in His presence. Then we can triumph over each day’s temptations and pass each test that comes our way, which would bring us to the fullness of Christ-likeness even while we are still here on this earth.

Since Jesus Came Into My Heart

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things have become new.” –2 Corinthians 5:17 (21st Century King James Version)

What is the difference between someone who has faith and someone who has not?

This is a very interesting question to consider. What is the difference between someone who says he is a Christian and someone who is not? Is there nothing? What separates the two?

Someone confesses, “I used to be a chain smoker, but when I have received the Lord in my heart, I have overcome my desire to smoke”. Another testifies, “I used to be hooked on porn but when I have received the Lord in my heart, I have learned to quit viewing porn materials”. Another says, “My life had no direction and headed to disaster. I committed criminal acts thinking that life was all about power and money. I ended up in jail. Through a jail ministry, I met the Lord and I received Him as my Lord and Savior, now I am free. Maybe not physically, but I found new life free from misery”.

The greatest miracle in life is a change of heart. A person living with hate, anger and misery turns to God in humble repentance is the sweetest miracle and it is all because Jesus has come into his heart.

If you receive the Lord into your heart, there will be an indescribable change: a change that will make you a new being with new focus and direction, and with a new way of life.

We as Christians have experienced this change, since Jesus came into our hearts.

Fairest Lord Jesus

“Thee will I cherish, Thee will I honor, Thou my soul’s glory, joy and crown”…

These are my favorite lines from the hymn “Fairest Lord Jesus”. They are the last two lines from the first stanza. The words describe a Christian’s passion for God within his heart; that he longs to love and honor God and seeks his personal glory, joy and reward from Him.

We can meditate upon the glory of God in creation. How in His power he has created all things beautiful. If he has created the universe, what else can He not do for His children?

The Lord is fairest! I have looked for the meaning of fairest: it means best, brightest, finest, pleasantest, clearest or cloudless. Indeed, the Lord Jesus is the best friend we can all have. While He is God, yet He reaches out to us not just as a powerful Deity to mere creatures but also as a wonderful and loving Friend that satisfies all our longings and fills all our emptiness.

God has created us and has given us the breath of life but we have fallen and have lost that life. Yet Christ has come, has ransomed us from death, and has given us new life in Him that is everlasting and free from all evil.

It is only but fitting to cherish and adore the One who has given Himself for us to live in the newness of life that exalts the power of God that works relentlessly in and through us. It is only but fitting to sing and praise our fairest Lord Jesus!