Effective Prayer (or, How To Get What You Really Want)
How does this play out for us as Children of God making requests of our Heavenly Father? How can we pray more effectively, given that we seem so small and our God is the Creator of the Universe?
There is nothing we can say or do that will ‘authorize’ God to do anything, so we should pray for those who are disobedient just as He would. The ‘Name of Jesus’ is not a lucky charm or a formula; it carries such a powerful weight of authority that it cannot be a wish in the dark or a throw-away line.
We must acknowledge who God is and gain clarity in seeing Him both seated on the Throne and delighted to welcome us because of Jesus; we must make our requests known, but also be open and willing to receive any answer He may give; and the more lines of communication are kept open through an ongoing relationship, the more effectively we can pray.
Is it OK to pray for things you want?
If you want to get through this article quickly, the answer is yes; you don’t need to read any further.
What does God say about asking for what you want?
7 Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you: 8 For everyone who asks receives; and everyone who seeks will find; and everyone who knocks will be opened.
What is the right way to pray to God?
Humble yourself before God by dressing simply (if possible), not flaunting your prayer to those nearby, and praying on your knees with your head bowed (if possible). Read from the Bible. You might want to start by reading a passage from the Bible that has special meaning for you.
Why does God want us to pray?
God’s desire, according to the book of Ephesians, is for us to pray “on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests” (Ephesians 6:18). We turn to prayer because it is the most personal way to experience God, encounter Him, and grow in knowledge of Him.
Does God care about what I want?
God is able to do abundantly more than we can ask for, think about, or pray for, just as Solomon was able to do abundantly more than we can ask for, think about, or pray for. God’s heart is to do even more than you are asking for.
How do you ask God for something you really want?
God can answer vague prayers, but being specific creates a stronger bond between you and Him. Tell God what you want or need and ask Him to provide it for you.
Can you ask God for signs?
God wants His people to rely on Him for deliverance, so asking Him for a sign today means we want to know what He has to say before we act. But God knows our motives, so if we’re asking for a sign for ourselves u2013 a selfish and pointless desire to know u2013 you won’t get one.
What does the Bible say about being too generous?
2 Corinthians 9:10-15 You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God through us, and their hearts will go out to you in their prayers for you because of the exceeding grace God has given you.
What are the 5 basic prayer?
Adoration, contrition, thanksgiving, and supplication, abbreviated as A.C.T.S., are the four basic forms of prayer. The Liturgy of the Hours, the seven canonical hours of the Catholic Church prayed at set prayer times, is recited daily by clergy, religious, and devout believers.
Do I pray to God or Jesus?
We cannot go wrong when we pray directly to God the Father, who is our Creator and whom we should worship. We have direct access to God through Jesus, who is not limited to priests and prophets, but is available to all of us.
What are the 4 types of prayer?
u201cPrayer is the raising of the mind and heart to God or the requesting of good things from God,u201d writes John Damascene. This definition encompasses the four main types of prayer: adoration, contrition, thanksgiving, and supplication.
How do I pray to God for a miracle?
Repeat the Catholic “Miracle Prayer” to help you focus: “Lord Jesus, I come before Thee, just as I am, I am sorry for my sins, I repent of my sins, please forgive me, and I forgive all others for what they have done against me in Thy Name.”
Does God hear my prayers?
We are taught in the scriptures that if we address God with faith and real intent, He will always hear our prayers and will answer them; in our hearts, we will feel the confirmation that He does hear us, a sense of peace and calm; and we will also feel that everything will be fine if we follow the Father’s will.
How do you talk to God?
It’s fine to pray with your eyes open and your head held high, just as it’s fine to pray kneeling and silent. It’s common to recite some traditional prayers out loud, but it’s also very common to pray silently to yourself.