When praying, there are few things I should keep in mind so that my prayers are effective. Here are a few…
First, I should know that I do not pray in order to get my Father’s attention. I already have it. If Jesus died for my sins and so that I may have life abundantly (John 10:10) that means that God is very interested in me. Therefore, I must have His attention always. The Bible also tells me that without faith, it is IMPOSSIBLE to please God, and that I should approach His throne of grace with BOLDNESS (Hebrews 11:6; 4:16). He is never too busy and is pleased when I approach Him in FAITH.
Second, pray in the name that’s above EVERY OTHER NAME!!! JESUS!!!!!! He Himself told us in John 15:7 that if we remain in Him, we can ask for anything in HIS NAME, and it would be done for us. Therefore, it is important we pray in FAITH, beleiving we have received what we have asked for in the Name of Jesus (Hebrews 6:12).
Third, I must know the Word of God so that I may pray according to it. If I do not know what He says in His written word, then I will not know what His will is for me, and therefore cannot pray His will. James 4:1-4 tells us that we don’t receive because we ask with the wrong motives, or because we don’t even ask! Sometimes we think it’s selfish to ask God! But we are told in 2 Peter 1:3,4 that He has given us ALL things for life and godliness and in 1 Tim 6:17 we are told that he gives us ALL things FREELY TO ENJOY. That means that it is okay to ask Him, correctly, as He is the one that gives us all things anyway!
Last, if we still have trouble praying, or may know what to pray about but not exactly how to do it, I have great news!! The Holy Spirit can help! He ALWAYS comes to the rescue! As He is in us, and He is the very voice of Jesus within us (John 14:10,16,17), He can help us pray so we can do so according to the very will of the Father (Romans 8:26-28). The only thing we have to do is look to Him and He steps right in. He helps in our weaknesses. What weakensses? The weakness of not knowing how to pray! He has it all covered!
So friends, let’s pray effectively! Let us keep in mind that we pray in order to communicate with our Father, and not to get His attention. We pray in faith, in the name of Jesus, according the the will of God as it is found in His written word. Still need help? No problem! Let us then look to the Holy Spirit to help us out and be our guide in prayer, and we will for sure pray the will of God every single time we pray. Keeping these simple truths in mind will help us pray effectively each and every time!