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EFFECTIVE PRAYER........Makes our Fellowship with the Father Sweet!

  • Knowing how to pray effectively is one of the first and primary skills a believer  should acquire. 

  • Believers who cannot pray effectively and continually will end up in frustration. 

  • Believers who cannot pray effectively will have problem fulfilling their destiny in Christ


Prayer is the key to successful walk with God and whosoever possess the power of prayer becomes a mighty instrument in the hands of the Almighty.

The aim of most of our prayers to God is to be blessed, but there is more to prayer than blessing.  Through prayer, we lift up our earthly burden unto God , asking for His mercy and intervention.  Through prayer, we intercede for friends in need, nation and more importantly, through prayers, we change situations we do not like in our lives.

The principles of effective prayer remains the same irrespective of the challenges and tough times we experience. Our Saviour, Jesus laid the foundation for prayers in His days and if you will examine Mathew 6:9, Mathew 7:7,9, you will observe three levels of prayer.
We cannot see God, but through prayer, we come boldly enter into the presence of the Father and ask for help in times of need. Also, as royal priesthoods, joint heirs with Christ, the power and ability to decree a things and it is established unto us depends so much on the fellowship we have with the Father, our faith in Him and our continuous praises, worship and Thanksgiving we render unto the Most High God.

So, prayer and ability to pray effectively is a skill every believer should develop and practise daily to enjoy his or her daily living.  In looking specifically at how to pray effectively, it is very important that each time we pray, our request agrees with what is in our heart. Your prayer should be from the heart, otherwise such a prayer may never be answered. 

It is because of the crucial role prayer play in the life of a believer that prompted this piece on Effective Prayer and many more that will come on the topic.  I hope it will bless readers. 

Some of the basic requirements for effective prayer include:

Basic Requirements

1. Faith: - In Mark 11:22-26 -  Jesus answered and said to His followers, "Have faith in God.  For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be removed and be cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. 

Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.  This means that you should believe that you have whatsoever you say, especially when you believe before starting your prayer. You should believe before you start praying.

2. Relationship: - Another basic for answered prayers is the kind of relationship you have with the Lord.  When a believer has the right relationship with the Father, then praying and praising God is always a sweet experience.  When you have the right relationship with God as a child of God, you know that your Father will hear your prayers and when He hears your prayer, He will answer. 

A Father and son relationship means that whatever things you ask when you pray and believe that you receive them, you will eventually have them. But when there is no relationship with the Father or if the relationship is not solid, there will be doubt, whether the Father will hear the prayer at all. When a believer has a good relationship with the Father, there is no longer doubt.

3. Forgiveness: - In addition to having faith, Jesus advised us further to forgive people who have offended us. In Mark 11:25-26, Jesus says  "And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.  But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses."

How to make your Prayer Effective:

Prayer is a two way communication between the Almighty God and man.  A believer’s prayer life should be based and built upon the word of God, the same for his prayer life.  Prayer should be offered to God with the hope of answers. Jesus said we should ask, seek and knock for anything we need.  If we seek, we’ll find, ask and it shall be given and knock the doors of heaven, it shall be opened to us.

The following steps will make your prayers effective and fruitful:

1.     Make Specific requests with scriptural backings:

Every time you stand to pray, make sure your requests are specific and clear. Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, give me a brand Honda Jeep car for my family, an accommodation in Gwarimpa Estate, Abuja; Father, please give me a Laptop computer. Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, I join my hands with my wife to ask for a baby boy.  Be specific.

2.      Pray According to the Word

We cannot over-emphasize the importance of the Word of God in the life and prayer of the believer.  Faith begins when the will of God is known and we know that God’s Word is His will. When you are asking God for a godly woman to marry, then locate the scriptures that talked about virtuous woman, the scripture that say it is not good for a man to be alone etc. Look for the bible passage promising your request. Make it a point of duty to pray with a scripture backing up your request. If the scriptures did not promise the things you are desiring, you need not proceed with the prayer until you find a scriptural backing.

3.      Use the Word of God to fight the devil

When it is a deliverance case, when you are tormented by demons or human agents – be focused on the victory Christ gave you through His blood at the cross.  Use the Word of God, Blood of Jesus, Fire of the Holy Ghost to fight the devil.  Remember that Jesus used ONLY THE WORD OF GOD to defeat the enemy.  It is written, It is written.  Use the word of God to prevail over the devil and his agents.

4.      Be Positive in your thinking – Be Expectant

Receiving from God is by faith and in the matter of faith, doubt is excluded.  Whenever you pray, without doubting anything, your answer will surely come.  After you have prayed in faith according to God’s word, do not entertain any doubt or thought of not receiving answers, rebuke every such thought.  Jesus said, when you pray, believe you have receive your answer before you see it manifest, then you are saying you believe the Word of God and such faith moves God.

So, after praying, guide your mind against every contrary thought, thoughts that bring doubt about God’w word or God’s ability to answer.  We must cast down evil imaginations and every high thing that exalted itself against the knowledge of God.

5.      See Yourself with your Answer

If you were to pray for your healing, after the prayer begin to see yourself well and going about your business.  See a new pictures of yourself doing what you couldn’t do when your sick. Continue to meditate on the word of God promising you healing and see yourself in possession of what you have asked from God in prayer. 

Beloved, never allow the Word to depart from your heart, eyes and mouth after prayers, else if the word of God depart from you, you may not see the manifestation of your heart desire because God moves and works  in line with His words. 

6.      Give God thanks for your answer

Give God praise and adoration due Him for His mercies and blessing in the years past and for the specific things you are requesting through prayer.  Lift up your heart and mouth and praise Him daily and continue to praise Him for the answer to your prayers.  Don’t wait until you receive your answers before you praise and worship God for prayers answered.  The biblical principle is that you believe and confess that you have received what you are asking for…and then the answer will manifest.

7.      Pray without season

We are to pray without season - daily.  When all is well with us and when we are facing challenges.  However, we must remember some of the rules as follows:

Whatever things you desire, when you pray, believe that you receive them and you shall have them - Mark 11:22-24.  This is the rule 1.  Believe first and then you will receive.

When you stand praying - Forgive those that have offended you and those having any ought against you, quickly go and make peace with them, so that your heart is free from offense, which hinders your answers without you knowing. 

Pray according to His will and promises.  This means that we should know the will of God concerning many issues we are praying about, so we can order our prayers right.

The Person Praying

The person praying to God for help and deliverance should settle certain issues in his life like:

1.      You should deal with sin – for God hate sin.  Stay away from sin and all sinful acts and thoughts, so that your prayers are not hindered.  Sin will prolong your suffering.

2.      Tell God the truth, no hypocrisy – for He knows all men.

3.       Give up every secret sin in your heart (Psalms 66:18).  That sin you hide to enjoy will hinder your prayer and reduce you to a morsel of bread before God.  Give it up now!

4.      You must have faith in God and His Word and demonstrate this faith openly. Mark 11:24

5.      Forgiving the people who offend you is one of the conditions for your prayers to be answered.  You must forgive all offence; even the offence of your enemies also.

Receiving From God

1.      Faith is at the center of receiving from God. He is ready to release all that your faith can obtain.

2.      When your request gets to God, He is looking to see your faith in His ability to answer the prayer. Some people brought a sick man to Jesus in Luke 5:18-20, He did not bother with the faith of the sick man, but the faith of the men that brought him.  When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the sick man “Thy sins are forgiven thee”.

3.      Your faith determines what you get from God.  It can heal your Mother, brothers and sisters, living miles away from you.  Your faith is demanded in your walk with God.

Beloved, the time is short, Jesus is coming soon.  Prepare to meet your Saviour and the time to prepare is NOW.  Give your heart to the Lord today.


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