The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
James 5:16 NIV
We simply do not know or understand the power that exists when we pray. We can effect change, bring healing, gain endurance, and bring about personal transformation for ourselves and for others.
However we often find ourselves thinking, “I pray, but I do not sense any power and I sure do not hear God’s voice. Am I doing something wrong?”
If this is your situation, then I ask you this – are your truly connecting with God in deep fellowship? Do you model how Jesus prayed? By this I mean begin your prayers by showing God reverence for who He is – “Holy God/Father who is in Heaven” is always a great way to begin your prayers. It lets God know you fully appreciate who He is and you know where He is.
Next, always be specific with your prayers and always start with your petitions for others before yourself – “God I would ask tonight that you bring your peace and strength to John who recently lost a family member….” This shows God your more interested in others comfort and help before yourself.
Finally, confess any sins that you are aware of and then be specific in asking God for whatever in weighing heavy on your own mind and in your own life – “Lord I would ask that you guide me to make the right decisions in my life and give me the strength to stand behind the decisions I make.”
Praying this way is glorifying to God, shows Him you are keeping him first place in your life, shows Him you care about others, shows him that you agree with Him that you have sinned at some point in the day and you want to confess and repent of those sins, and finally that you trust Him to help you.
Here is an example of a prayer that God totally ignores – “God please bless me and my family.” What in the world does that even mean? Bless you how? When? Where? Why? Here is another prayer that God ignores, “Thank you God for not making me a loser like my coworker. Please ensure that they never get a promotion.”
God waits for you EVERY DAY to talk with Him in private – just you and Him. He waits patiently, like a loving, caring friend for you to speak with Him just like you would any other friend. Let me caution you – please do not ignore God. Talk with him like you would your best friend. You will please God and He will certainly hear and answer your prayers when they come from the right attitude and from a grateful heart.
God, thank you for your patience with us. We get so very busy with our lives and we often find that we do not spend enough time with you. Let us never forget that You are THE SOURCE for everything for us in life and let us come to You DAILY with a heart filled with gratitude and love. Remind of all of the times when you have answered our prayers in the past and remind us that you will never leave us nor forsake us when we come to you in the right manner. In Jesus name, AMEN!
Pastor Brad Komgenick