Mar 16, 2011

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How to Pray Effectively and Get Results Now

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“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16 (KJV) The essence of prayer is to get results, to have your prayers answered. Many people pray but get no results because they do not know how to pray effectively. Our Father really wants to answer ALL our prayers but we need to know how to effectively pray and receive these answers.

Prayer is a channel of communication with God and for you to effectively communicate with Him, you need to identify who He is to you. If you see God as a task master you will relate and talk to Him as a hard boss. But if you see Him as a father, you will relate and talk to Him as a child would talk to his father. It is very important to identify your level of relationship with God because this will affect your state of mind and mode of approach in prayers.

In addition to knowing your relationship with God, you need to know and practice the following steps on how to pray effectively:

1. Believe that God will answer you.

Doubting God’s will to answer you will produce no result no matter how long you pray and cry to Him. God says in 3 John 2 that He wishes above all things that we prosper and be health, even as our souls prosper. So, you must believe that He will answer you to get results.

2. You need to know and meditate on what God says about that issue you want to pray about.

This will strengthen your faith in God and His willingness to answer you. The Word of God concerning that issue will become very real to you. Also, it will drive away any form of fear, doubt or unbelief that will try to stop you from receiving your answers.

3. Get rid of hindrances to answered prayer

There is need for you to deal with anything the devil can use to accuse you before God. These include unforgiveness, bitterness, un-confessed sin, etc. God is a just judge and if you harbour any of such things, you will not receive your answer. In Mathew 6:12, 14, 15, Jesus encourages us to forgive others so we can receive same from God.

4. Start prayers with thanksgiving and praise

Psalm 100:4 tells us that we are to enter God’s presence with thanksgiving and praise. Don’t be in hurry to start making your request known to God. First appreciate God for who He is and for His goodness unto you. In the Lord’s Prayer (Mathew 6:9-13), Jesus showed us an example of how we must first praise and glorify God before asking for anything from Him.

5. Pray God’s words.

God wants you to remind Him of His words, not how bad the devil has worked against you or your loved one. 1 John 5:14-15 tells us that when we pray according to God’s will, He hears us and whatsoever we ask He will do for us. Therefore, God answers according to what He said in the bible.

6. Pray for God’s kingdom and for all men

We were admonished both by Jesus (Mathew 6:10) and Paul (1 Timothy 2:1-3) to always pray first for God’s will to be done on earth and also for all men especially our leaders. Paul says that it is good and acceptable in the sight of our father, God.

7. After making your request known, believe that you have received

As Mark 11:24 says, when you have made your requests known unto God, you must believe that God has already answered you. Believing you have received before you see the result shows that you actually have faith in God and His ability to give you the results you desire. This is a crucial step on how to pray effectively and get results.

8. End with thanksgiving and expect a physical manifestation of your answer.

Thanking God at the end shows that you believe it is settled and done. And Proverbs 24:14 says that your expectation shall not be cut off. You will receive what you expect. So, expect a manifestation of what you have asked of God.

9. Refuse to doubt

Many times after prayers, the enemy will come to test your faith. He will send thoughts of unbelief to make you doubt whether God will do as you have requested of Him. At this point you need to steadfastly resist the devil’s suggestions for as long as he persists. The bible says that he will flee when we resist him, James 4:7

10. Declare your victory

Say as often as you can and to as many people who will listen as possible, that you believe that God has answered your prayers. Mark 11:23 says that you shall have what you say. Declaring your victory gets God’s attention and puts the angels to work in order to get your results established.

Many people get frustrated and discouraged when they pray and get no results. And this is not the will of God for us. Following the above steps on how to pray effectively will surely ensure you get results. Our father wants to answer our prayers. Even when the answer seems delayed, God will surely bring it to pass. Therefore, next time you get talking to God, practice the steps and you will have the answers knocking on your door.

How else can you pray effectively and get results?

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  1. Thank you for your help in showing me how to pray more effectively. I will use this way of praying for now on.

  2. stanley Rop says:

    The steps has really enriched me on how to pray and have your prayer answered by God

  3. This is a nice little step by step class on praying effectively but there are a few very important things missing.

    For example, it would have been good if the need to “be strong in the Lord and the power of His might and wear the whole armour of God” had been brought in there somewhere as an essential precursor for “praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit.” Ephesians 6:10 – 19. We do need to fully acknowledge the spiritual battle that is often involved in prayer that gets results.

    A couple of other things missing are 1) praying in the Spirit in the sense of looking to the Spirit for His intercession and guidance in our prayer petitions (Rom.8:26-2) and 2) praying with real earnest fervency (James 5:16b). We do need to recognise the essential role of the Holy Spirit in our prayers becoming effective prayers.

    Praying in the Name of Jesus also hasn’t found it’s way into the steps yet.

    It’s a good start though and should help many on the way to seeing more of their prayers answered.

  4. lanreabolaji says:

    God bless you so good. It is so inspiring. May our God futher open the eyes of ur understanding….pst lanre

  5. Although, I enjoyed reading this post, I am concerned with the following statement in the post in step 1:

    “God says in 3 John 2 that He wishes above all things that we prosper and be health, even as our souls prosper.”

    This is not correct. God did not “say” that in 3 John 2. The Apostle John wrote this short epistle (letter) of inspiration and support to Gaius, an exemplary follower (maybe even minister) of the Christian church. The words in 3 John 2 denote John’s satisfaction with Gaius’ “walk”. Other Christians of the church spoke of Gaius and his obedience to the fundamentals of the faith (see verse 3, “For I rejoiced greatly when brethren came and testified of the truth that is in you, just as you walk in the truth.”)

    This epistle was John’s letter specifically written to Gaius to keep him lifted up and to let him know that his faithfulness and obedience were appreciated by the Apostle John.

    I pray your continued strength in the Word of God. Thank you for your post on prayer…we need it.

    God bless.

    • Hello Desiree. Thanks for your comment.

      Yes, the letter was written to Gaius by Apostle John. Also note that 2 timothy 3:16 tells us that “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” So, like other epistles in the New Testament which are also letters to people, I believe 3 John 2 is God speaking to us.

      God bless you

  6. Indeed these are the right steps …but i learnt more from you added to the ones i know . God bless you for your teaches

  7. Tiffany says:

    Hello Ngozi,
    I just wanted to thank you for your post, it was exactly what I was looking for. I started following the steps you had laid out for prayer…and I had 2 specific prayers answered this week! Thank you!
    God Bless and keep on teaching!

    • Hello Tiffany.
      I am very happy to read your testimony. I give God praise.
      It is really encouraging to know that the post helped you to get your answers.
      I pray that God will answer the rest of your prayer requests speedily in Jesus name.

      God bless you.

  8. Emmanuel says:

    Thanks for this teaching, its really nurishing

  9. Thank you for sharing from the richness of your spirit.God bless you.

  10. Rev Kaseke says:

    Thank you very much. Its inspiring and i find it helpful for the lesson i am preparing on prayer

  11. Thanx for sharing! Let ore dew of Divine blessings from Heaven settle on your life irresistibly in Christ Jesus. I am going into a prayer that must be answered. I have been well encouraged by two of your posts on this blog. I’m using this opp to ask all here to unite with me on this intention: i want to have a living relationship with the Living God characterized by a clarity of communication with Him. Then, let me share one scripture that helps me stay more focused @ prayer: Psalm 94:9 “… he who planted the ear, can’t he hear? He who made the eye, can’t he see?” it gives me logic strong enough to be certain God has hearing ability & consciousness, and so hears me. Thank you.

  12. Gladys Samuel says:

    thank God for these steps

  13. Benedict says:

    God bless you for the post. It is a helpful teaching. May the oil of God continue to flow in your life for more exploit in Jesus Christ in name.

  14. thanks for being a blessing to me, may the good lord continue to iincrease you, in Jesus precious name, Amen…

  15. Francis says:

    So wonderful and inspiring. Thanks be to God for this ur teachings. Thank you too. Keep it up. Frank O. Frank

  16. Thanks ,I was so inspired by ur post. I also need to advance in my spiritual life..may God help ur ministry.

  17. Rev. Babagata Ibrahim says:

    Good piece, encouraging and helpful to any that will really want to pray. The Spirit will always fill in any gap that is missing none can ever be complete and none is incomplete when the Spirit is leading any one in the place of prayer. God bless your input.

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