Most people don’t know how to pray effectively, they fail to realize that you can’t just go bulldozer or bombard your way to God without going through protocol. No person in their right mind can do that to the presidents or prime ministers of any country, so what makes you think you have the audacity to do it to God, the owner and master of this universe, who is of greater significance than anyone on this earth. Even though the guidelines are there for us to follow most people don’t follow them, some folks just go straight to their demands without even acknowledging which God they are praying to. Are you praying to our Heavenly Father or the small g-o-d of this evil world, because if you want the riches of this world more than the riches in Heaven, then you are praying to satan the small g-o-d of the world; Which means ye are of your father the devil, and the lust of your father you will do (John 8:44).
Just like how people give respect and honor to the important people of this world, our God deserves the utmost respect, honor and praise over every human being that He created, that’s why Jesus’s example of how to pray in Matthew 6:9 -13 starts out with acknowledgement, reverence, respect and honor. Jesus’ example then leads to repentance or asking for forgiveness of sins of omission and commission, which are sins you willingly do, and those you don’t realize or recognize because of ignorance. Yes! We have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God as we see in Romans 3:23; However, the great lawyer and advocate that represents us put an escape clause in the contract in 1 John 1:9 which says, “If we confess our sins, He (God) is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” You better believe you need cleansing before you talk to God, would you go and speak with any president of any country smelling like a skunk or dead animal. I don’t think so, therefore you can’t do it to God, so repentance opens the door for communication.
You might think you don’t have to repent because you think you are righteous, let me remind of what He said in Isaiah 64:6,“But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” or 1 John 1:8 which says,”If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” If this sounds like foolishness to you, then this is one of the reasons why your prayers are not answered because it’s not effective. Let me simplify it for you; To speak to any important person in this world you will have to go through the preliminaries of setting up appointments, check points and the works, so what makes you think you have the audacity or authority to just force your way into the presence of the King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Immortal, Invisible, and only wise God like He is not important and demands and deserve your respect. In Luke 10:19 you have the power to tread on serpents, scorpions, and the enemy, NOT HIM, who holds all power in His hands. You better back up and find out who He is, before he wipes you out like how your father the devil fell.
Isaiah 59:1-2 “Behold,the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; nor His ear heavy that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear.”
When do you pray ?Is it only when you want something or when you are in trouble. Whenever you do make sure your request and petitions are lined up with His will, thoughts and plans for your life. Let me remind you of what He said in Isaiah 55: 6-9, “Seek ye the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near; Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts, and let him return unto the Lord, and He will have mercy upon him..for He will abundantly pardon; For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord; For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” In Matthew 6:10 it says,” Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven,” which means your petitions and requests are based on His will, which is a million times better that what we would want, because all His gifts are good and perfect (James 1:17). What you ask for is nothing in comparison to what He has for you.
However, your order of prayer when convenient should be repentance, praise, petition, spiritual warfare, praying in the spirit, and end with praise and thanksgiving for everything you ask or prayed for. Allow me to briefly touch on the ones I mentioned earlier and the ones I didn’t mention above. Repentance removes the devil’s right to accuse you before God, it makes Jesus’ job much easier defending you; yes Jesus is seated at the right hand of God interceding on our behalf (Romans 8:34). Praise and Thanksgiving ushers us into His presence as we see Psalms 100:4 urges us to do. Praise and thanks gives us the privilege of expressing our faith, trust, and hope in our omnipotent God, (it drives the devil crazy because that was his main job of singing to God), thus freeing our minds of any circumstances that may exalt itself above the true and living God, who is the supplier and sustainer of our needs. Which brings us to the part most people rush to, and love, which is Petition and request.
Our petitions and requests should line up with God’s Word and His plans for our lives, which the indwelling Holy Spirit is aware of, Philippians 4:6-7 gives us the legal God-given right through Jesus Christ, which tells us, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your request be made known unto God; and the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Now after you make your request and petition known don’t pester God or try to figure out how He is going to do it. Just give Him thanks for it in faith, every time you pray, because God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we may ask or think according to the power that worketh in us (Ephesians 3:20).
Next is Spiritual warfare. When we pray there are forces that are beyond our control that delay the answers to our prayers, like what happened to Daniel (seen in Daniel 9:1-27); This shows us that our fight is not against each other, as Ephesians 6:12 says, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Our good lawyer, defender, and redeemer (Jesus) provides a way to overcome that minor obstacle in Matthew 16:19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven to bind the enemy on earth and in heaven and loose the Holy Spirit and the angelic host to fight for us in the spirit realm. While we exercise our authority down here, seen in Luke 10:19, to tread upon serpents, scorpions and all the power of the enemy, and nothing can hurt or harm us.
Then we pray in the Spirit, where those who speak in the heavenly language speak in an unknown tongue to God,where no humans or demons understand, only the Holy Spirit and God as we see in 1 Corinthians 14 :2. As I said we have a lawyer and defender who left no stones unturned for the enemy to use against us, therefore, because we are weak and infirmed as Romans 8:26-27 points out to us, Jesus made sure He did not leave us comfortless or defenceless so He ask God to send the comforter (John 14:16), who is the Holy Spirit, who knows God’s will and plans for us, and also makes intercessions for us. Then we finish with praise and thanksgiving to God for hearing and answering our prayers. Ephesians 5:20 tells us to give thanks in all things, which shows God we don’t take Him for granted and we are appreciative of everything He is doing on our behalf.
Praying is something every believer should do at least twice a day. Please do not take God for granted otherwise He will do the same to you. Remember whatever you sow you will reap as we see in Galatians 6:7. The more you put into praying, the more you will get out of praying, God loves to talk to us, and have that intimate relationship with us. If you don’t have a relationship with God and desire to have one so that your prayers will be effective, just go to the top of this blog, click on to the salvation page, and follow the instructions,then allow the Holy Spirit to lead and direct you for the rest of your life.
Now unto Him who is able to keep us from falling, and to present us faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to Him who is Immortal and Invisible, the only wise God, our Savior, be glory, praise, honor,and thanks for using me to release this message. In Jesus name, Amen