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Guidelines for Prayer

Posted by Cinda On March - 17 - 2013

In a little pamphlet entitled, “What every Christian should know about PRAYER” (author unknown), there are 8 conditions suggested for effective prayer. They are quoted here as a general guide:

biblereading1. BE PREPARED in heart and mind. Put other tasks away and read Scripture before praying. If possible, prepare a special place just for you and Jesus.

2. REALIZE the presence of Christ in your life, feel His nearness. “I am with you always.” Matthew 28:20

3. BE CONFIDENT. Pray with faith, expecting your prayers to be answered. “And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.” Matthew 21:22

4. BE RECEPTIVE to God’s message to you. Accept His wisdom; don’t “preach” to Him. It’s as important in prayer that we listen to the voice of God as when we lift up our voices to Him. The voice of God? Often it’s the indescribable peace we get in our inner being. Sometimes, it’s a special word from “His Word” that gives us clear direction or better understanding of something we’re going through. Sometimes it’s just having the assurance that He will never leave us or forsake us. Hebrews 13:5

5. DEVOTE yourself to God with all your love and desire; put yourself totally in His control; surrender your life to Him. There’s no better place to be.

6. BE MODEST in the way you pray. Don’t pray to “show off” to others. Think of prayer as a dialogue between you and your Father in Heaven, because it is. A loving, growing relationship with the One who loves you and pours out His tender mercies on you, anew each morning.

7. DISCIPLINE yourself with daily prayer. Be consistent. Be persistent. We do what is important to us! In the beginning, even schedule it in as you would other activities. “Just do it” until it becomes a natural part of your day. That special time of your day you look forward to and desire above all other.

8. BE UNSELFISH as you pray. For whom are you praying? Don’t ignore others for your own interests. As we pray for the needs of others, God will move on your own.

Not quite sure how to pray? Consider these six areas in your prayers…

praisegod2THANKSGIVING … offering our prayers in return for God’s gifts to us. His greatest gift is Jesus. Remember to thank Him for His Word and the power of the Holy Spirit that lives in all believers. His blessings. Gratitude for body, mind, and life. Family. Friends. Once you get started, you’ll find the list is endless.

CONFESSION … telling God about our sins, failures, and so on. Confession means “coming into agreement with God” concerning what He has already said in His Word about sin. We confess these to experience His forgiveness. It’s a show of humility and our daily need for the Savior.

PRAISE … worshipping in the highest, most personal way. A heart surrendered to the Almighty. It’s worshipping God’s greatness and love, not only for “what” He does, but for “who” He is.

PETITION … asking for our needs of health, of strength, and our walk with Christ. Whatever needs we have, knowing that the God of the universe who made us, also sustains us.

INTERCESSION … praying for the needs of others. The down-trodden, the oppressed (physically, emotionally, and mentally), our enemies and those who have hurt us. Those who witness for Christ. Again, the list goes on. Ask the Holy Spirit to impress on your heart for whom you should pray.

GUIDANCE … asking God to teach us to live like Christ, according to His Word. To guide us and direct us on our journey through life. Prayer moves the hand of God…in your life and the lives of others!

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