Lord of all creation - I come to You now in the name of this Jesus I have heard about.  I was born into a sinful world and have lived in ignorance and rebellion to Your truth.  Jesus, I accept You as God manifested in the flesh, born as an offering for my sins.  Born to pay the price I am unable to pay - the price required for restored fellowship with my Creator.  Please forgive me and make me a vessel fit for Your use.  I release any bitterness or unforgiveness in my heart and ask You to deal with those situations.  I believe You were born of a virgin, died on the cross, rose from the dead on the third day, ascended into heaven and are now sitting at the right hand of the Father, making intercession for me.

You are now Lord of my life.

JESUS IS COMING SOON!  HOW SHALL WE ESCAPE IF WE NEGLECT SO GREAT A SALVATION?
Confess Jesus before men and He will confess you before the Father.

Salvation
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size
  • default style
  • blue style
  • green style
  • red style
  • orange style
You are here: Home The Prayer God Answers

Pastor

Emeka Ately
Pastor, Evangelist
All Souls Ministries
MOP Companion Ministry

Helpmate

Augustina Ately
Ministry Partner
Wife & Mother
Orphanage Director
"Mother Sarah" to Children

The Prayer God Answers

Sunday, 23 October 2011 01:19
Print PDF
User Rating: / 1
PoorBest 

"And when thou prayest" (Matthew 6:5) what is prayer? To say that prayer is communication with God. Prayer is the sincere desire of our souls expressed to God.

Prayer is what allows us to establish intimacy with the creator. Prayer creates an awareness of God's constant nearness to His people. Prayer is also how unbelievers, recognizing their sinful nature and need for salvation, reach out by faith to receive God's gift of eternal life.

Prayer is also the expression of praise to God as well as medium through which petitions are made on behalf of human need. Prayer is described, explained and illustrated through the Bible. The greatest and most profound demonstration of prayer is illustrated in the earthly life of Jesus, Who is often recorded praying to His heavenly Father.

GENERAL REQUIREMENT FOR EFFECTIVE PRAYER

1. FORGIVING SPIRIT: (Matthew 6:14) why is forgiveness so difficult for us?
Our nature thrives on retaliation, or seeking vengeance. To truly forgive as Christ taught us. An unforgiving spirit can overwhelm us and create a barrier between us and God. Actually our forgiveness towards others is but the outgoing of God's forgiveness expressed towards us.

2. HUMILITY AND REPENTANCE: (Luke 18:10-14) Both the Pharisees and the publicans (or task collectors in this story) could represent lost men. The publican expressed the only prayer that God can hear from sinners -- a prayer of confession; admission of sin; a cry for mercy. The prayer of the Pharisees describes the person who considers himself "good" and therefore a credit to God and His kingdom. The person considers his good works the price of admission into the kingdom of God.

3. UNCEASINGLY: (1 Thessalonians 5:17) "Pray without ceasing." We must keep the communication line between us and God open constantly. Our very attitude of life should be an expression of prayer to God. This unceasing communication with the Father God will foster a beautiful and cherished "naturalness" in our prayer.

PERSONAL REQUIREMENTS OF EFFECTIVE PRAYER

1. PURITY OF HEART: (Psalm 24:3-5, 66:18-19) God (through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit) reveals sin when it exists in the lives of His people. If, after that, we don't deal with our sin, our prayers are aborted. "The hill of the Lord" and "His Holy Place" describes the experience of personal confrontation with God. "Clean Hand" indicates that our actions are open for God to see. And "a pure heart" indicates that any sin in our life is confessed.
2. FAITH: (Matthew 21:22) Sadly, not every Christian who prayers believes that God has power to answer prayers. To truly believe with intensity of faith requires us to cultivate the gift of faith that God gives to each believer in embryonic form.

3. IN CHRIST NAME: (John 14:13) "And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son." This is not just a religious formula we use to close our prayers -- it is recognition that the source of all good things is Christ. His Name represents all the He is.

4. ACCORDING TO GOD'S WILL: (1 John 5:14) "And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hearest us". This, indeed, is the ultimate secret to effective prayers. Prayer must be an integral part of a Christian's life. We should engage in secret (private) prayer (Matthew 6:6); in family prayer (Acts 10:2, 30)

OVERCOMING THE ENEMIES OF FAITH

1. IGNORANCE: You cannot believe a promise until you hear it or find it. Much unbelief rises out of the fact that people just don't know what the Bible says. The cure for this is study, meditation and consideration of the Word.

2. UNBELIEF: This is the sinful choice to NOT believe God. It is usually motivated by pride, rebellion and ignorance. The cure for this is the humbling of oneself. Also, fasting is often very effective in destroying the power of unbelief because it aids in humbling ourselves and in removing fleshy distractions to the voice of God. If fasting is done properly, it can help us to focus on God and will make the spiritual things more intense to us, thereby destroying unbelief.

3. FEAR: Negative fear is a negative emotion based on the real expectation of bad things to come. It is rooted in anxiety and a lack of trust in God's Fatherly protection and love. "Perfect love cast our fear." (1 John 4:18).

God is perfect love Therefore by seeking God, His presence and the fullness of His Spirit; we will be set free from fear. When we are conscious of God's power, it is very easy to be courageous and bold. We expect success when we are conscious of God's power. It is very easy to be courageous and bold. We expect success when we are to go. To overcome fear, we must look to God and not to natural considerations, which could cause our failure if God were not with us. Peter was looking at the wind and the waves and was overcome by fears, which paralyzed his faith and caused him to sink. He needs to keep looking to Jesus. God says, "FEAR NOT, FOR I AM WITH YOU." (Isaiah 43:5). God gives us a reason not to fear and commandment to fear anyone or anything except the Lord is sin. We can overcome this sin by being full of God and looking to Him. Also, we must forgive all men if we want to be delivered from this form of torment. (Matthew 18:34, 1 John 4:18)

4. DOUBT: Doubt is an enemy of faith because it speaks with a voice that challenges the truth or the reliability of what we should believe. To overcome doubt, we must fill ourselves with the Word of God -- meditating deeply and repeated on it.

Double is the evidence of an unconsecrated heart and mind. It is the evidence of lack of devotion to God's Word. Doubt, like fear, torments. We must forgive others and give our whole heart to God. We must stop listening to the voice of demons or the voice of our own carnal mind, trained from early days to resist God. However, doubt will never be fully overcome until we accept the Bible as God's voice to us.

Last Updated on Sunday, 23 October 2011 02:46