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Do you want to see more of your prayers being answered? Are you tired of praying and not seeing any results? Today I want to share with you how you can pray more effectively.
Okay so today I want to share with you 3 practical ways you can improve your prayer life and hopefully see more answers to prayer (that’s what we all want right?)
1. Pray with a PURE HEART – There are at least 5 reasons that the Bible teaches you can pray as hard as you can and God won’t answer your prayers.
a. Marital conflict – 1 Pet. 3:7 – God is like, “if you’re not treating your spouse right don’t come asking me for anything.”
b. You’ve offended someone – Matt. 5:23-24 – So if you’ve offended someone and you haven’t sought that person’s forgiveness then God says don’t come asking me for anything.
c. Unforgiveness – Matt. 6:14-15 – Also if you’re unwilling to forgive others God won’t answer your prayers because you’re not willing to do the very thing that opens up the door for you to even pray to God.
d. Unconfessed sin – Ps. 66:18 – Also if you have any known sin in your life you should ALWAYS confess it before asking God for anything.
e. Wrong motives – Jam. 4:3 – You’re asking God for something but it’s really a selfish motivation God may not answer that prayer.
f. So make sure to check the condition of your heart before you ever ask God for anything.
2. Pray Persistently – Now this is where many of us fail. Do you know why many of our prayers aren’t being answered? It’s because we don’t PERSIST in prayer. We pray one or two times and then when God doesn’t answer we give up. But notice that even Jesus encourages us to pray repeatedly.
a. Matt. 7:7 – He said, “The Bible says, “ask, seek, knock.” When you go to someone’s house you don’t knock one time and expect them to open the door. You keep on knocking until they open the door. Why because you know they are home. In the same way, God is inviting us to keep on knocking on heaven’s door until it opens or until God clearly shows you that it is not His will for your life.
b. You may ask, “why won’t God just give me what I want the first time?” It’s because persistent, repeated prayer demonstrates that we truly believe in our heart that the God we are praying to has the ability to bring to pass that which we are praying for. And faith always pleases the heart of God. Maybe God is waiting for you to continue to persist in prayer before He answers your request.
c. Luke 18
d. ENDING QUESTION: What prayer have you given up on praying for because God hasn’t answered it in your timetable? I encourage you to persist in prayer until you get a clear answer from God no matter how long it takes.
3. Pray Precisely/Specifically – Have you ever noticed how many of our prayers are basic? I’m reminded of the story in Mark 10 where a blind man is crying our repeatedly, “Jesus have mercy on me” (persistent but not specific) so much so that the people around him told him to shut up. Finally, Jesus invited him to come to him and asked him, “WHAT DO YOU WANT ME TO DO FOR YOU?” And the man said, “I want to see.” And he received his sight. The point is not that the man was healed but rather that Jesus is INVITING us to be more specific with our requests. It forces you to really think about what it is you are trusting God for. HOW WILL YOU KNOW YOUR PRAYER IS ANSWERED IF IT’S NOT SPECIFIC? If God were to pose this question to you, how would you answer?
So if your prayer life has gotten a little stale, I want to encourage you starting today that when you pray to make sure that first of all your heart is pure before God, secondly no matter how tired you get to persist in prayer and finally, don’t be afraid to ask God specifically for what you want. God in His word is inviting us to pray this way.