4 Keys To Powerful Prayer
When we begin to live and pray to God like Jesus did, we will see God’s power and blessings and victories in our lives. And in our churches, in our community, and in our nation. And also in and our world. When we are as faithful and devoted to God as Jesus was, then we will begin to see God move in a great way.
We will pray to God the way He wants us to pray, and then see God answer. We will humble ourselves and submit all to God, like Jesus did. Then God will always respond to our prayers.
We Need To Pray To God Like Jesus Prayed
“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but your will be done.” – Luke 22:42
“During the days of Jesus life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.” – Hebrews 5:7
“One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and he spent the night praying to God. When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles.” – Luke 6:12-13
The 4 Keys to Powerful Prayer
Here are the keys to being able to pray to God and always see Him answer. The keys to a powerful prayer life. And a fruitful and victorious abundant life that God wants you to have:
1st of 4 Keys to Powerful Prayer – Close Fellowship With God (Jesus is Your First Love)
1 Corinthians 1:9 “God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
God desires you to have close fellowship with Him. When you do not spend any time with God and are not desiring this close fellowship with Him, then your prayers will not be as God wants them to. And you will not see powerful results to your prayers.
Jesus needs to be your First Love and Treasure and Passion. Fellowship with Him needs to be a high priority in your life. You need to seek God Himself, and not just things and answers from God.
Matthew 6:33 “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
Matthew 22:37-38 “And He said to him, “‘ You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind .’ 38 This is the great and foremost commandment.”
1 John 3:21-22 ” Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; 22 and whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight.”
Here are some more verses to read:
- James 5:16b
- Proverbs 21:21
- 2 Corinthians 5:9, 14
- John 14, 15
- Revelation 2:1-4
2nd of 4 Keys to Powerful Prayer – You Need to Continually Pray & Depend On God
Matthew 7:7-8 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”
James 4:2b “You do not have because you do not ask.”
The original word used in Matthew 7:7 for “ask” means to “keep on asking” or “continually ask”. God wants you to humbly depend on Him and keep on asking Him for what you need. And keep on asking until you receive His answer.
Some people have a problem with humbling themselves and having to ask God for things. Or to help them with a problem or a difficult situation. God wants us to humble ourselves and to humbly depend on Him, so that we can then see and experience His faithfulness and His goodness when He answers our prayers.
1 Peter 5:6 – “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time.”
Matthew 23:12 – “Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.”
Here are some other verses to read:
- Jeremiah 33:3
- Acts 1:14
- Acts 2:42-47
3rd of 4 Keys to Powerful Prayer – Pray to God And Ask According to God’s Heart & Will
1 John 5:14-15 says “This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.” How can you pray to God and ask according to His will ?
Learn to pray God’s word. When you pray God’s word, you are praying according to God’s will. His good and perfect will. Search the Bible and find prayers and verses that you can pray. You will see a great difference in your prayer life. And you will see your prayers become more effective and powerful. Because you are praying according to God’s will, you can expect God to answer.
Here are more verses to read concerning this area of your prayer life.
- James 4:3
- Luke 11:1-2
- Psalm 34:8
- Isaiah 30:18
- Exodus 33:17-19; 34:5-8
4th of 4 Keys to Powerful Prayer – Expect God to Answer Your Prayers
When we pray according to God’s Word and His will, we will always see Him answer. Then we can always expect answers to our prayers. We can expect God to answer all of our prayers, if we are willing to accept His timing and His way of answering. We need to submit to God’s perfect will and realize that He will most likely answer in a different way than we think He ought to.
Psalm 5:3 “In the morning, O Lord, You will hear my voice. In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch.”
James 1:6-7 “But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord.”
Other Bible verses to read:
- Hebrews 11:6
- I John 5:14-15
- I John 3:21-22
Prayer Is Designed To Change Us And Our Hearts
One of God’s desires is for us to become more like His Son Jesus. This is the best type of person that we can be. A person of godly character. A person of honor. And a person of high integrity. And a person of glory.
The time that we spend in fellowship with God, through prayer and reading & studying His word, is designed to change us. Constant and steady time with God each day will help to transform us to be more like Christ.
Romans 8:28-29 “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. 29 For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son”
“Prayer is designed more to adjust you to God, than to adjust God to you and your desires.” – Oswald Chambers -“My Utmost For His Highest”
“The FERVENT (passionate, heart-felt, strenuous) prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” – James 5:16b
We Must Humble Ourselves, And Pray To God
Individual Christians and Churches today need to see the vital need to humble themselves before God, and to fervently pray. And to hungrily seek His face. And to turn wholeheartedly back to Him, or there will be NO POWER in what they do.
We need to learn what the early church in Acts (see Acts 1:14, 2:42-47, 4:23-33, 6:4,…) knew. That there is a DIRECT CONNECTION between prayer, submission, and total commitment to Jesus, and the Holy Spirit filling and empowering them. The more they obeyed God and prayed, the more God did in and through them. They prayed for 10 days straight, then Peter preached for 10 minutes, and 3000 people were saved. Fervent prayer always needs to accompany our efforts to share the Gospel with others and make disciples.
Fervent prayer is absolutely vital to fulfilling God’s kingdom work and mission. Because we cannot produce eternal fruit by ourselves. We must have God strengthening and empowering us in order to be fruitful in ministry and missions.
“The truth is, I have seen God do more through 10 minutes of real prayer than through 10 of my sermons.” – Jim Cymbala / Brooklyn Tabernacle
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