“And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1).
When you study the lives of the early prophets and the apostles, even the Lord Jesus Christ, you’d find they were very effective in their prayer lives. In our opening verse, disciples asked Him to teach them how to pray because they observed how effective His prayers were. So, it is not just enough to pray; it is the effectual, fervent prayer of the righteous man that produces results.
There are scriptural rules and guidelines to effectual prayers. There are some things you have to pray about continually, you intercede continually; and there are things that you pray for only once, because if you keep praying about them, you are getting into unbelief, rather than applying your faith.
Meanwhile, there are things you are not even supposed to pray for, because no matter how long you pray about them, God is not going to respond because your request is spiritually illegal. So, there are different kinds of prayer and different rules governing them. Get our books: “Praying the Right Way” and “How to Pray Effectively” to learn more. You do not just pray; you pray according to the rules, and the rules follow the different kinds of needs.
Of course, in prayer, something important you always require from God is direction. It is not like you are going to be asking Him all the time how to pray about a particular situation, but even without you asking Him, He gives you the direction through the Holy Spirit, because that is one of the things the Holy Spirit came to do in your life. This is one of the reasons you must pray often in other tongues.
The Holy Spirit and the Word are your keys to effective prayer. He will bring the Word of God to your consciousness as you pray. Remember, Jesus said, He would guide you into all truth. He will teach you all things (John 14:26). He will show you what to do in every situation. Jesus said, “He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life” (John 8:12 NKJV). How do you follow Him? It is through the Word and guidance of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is alive in you today, but then He gives you the Scriptures, God’s Word, to guide you in all things, including how to pray effectively.
Thank you, dear Father, for the precious gift of the Holy Spirit whom you sent to give me direction and guide me into all truth, including being effective in prayer. Today, He guides me to know and pray your will and make tremendous power available to change my world, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
1 John 5:15-16 (KJV) “And if we know that he hears us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him. If any man sees his brother sin a sin which is not unto death; he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.”
James 5:16 (AMPC) “Confess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offense, your sins) and pray [also] for one another, that you may be healed and restored [to a spiritual tone of mind and heart]. The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].”
1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN
Luke 6:17-49 & Deuteronomy 31-32
2 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN
Romans 3:13-19 & Psalm 95-96
Rhapsody of Realities 26th March 2022 Devotional was composed by Pastor Pastor Chris Oyakhilome (D.Sc., D.D.). President of Loveworld Inc. aka Christ Embassy Int’l
LIGHTGOSPEL COUNSEL’S: Until you are brought back to life, God regularly standing presence will never be with you. You must be born again to enjoy constant triumph. If it’s not too much trouble say the showed petition beneath in Faith.
Lord Jesus, come into my life. I acknowledge You as my Lord and Personal Savior. I believe in my heart that You died and became alive once again to save me. Thank You Lord for saving me, in Jesus precious name, Amen.