Prayer is one of the greatest gifts the Father has given us. Through it, we enter into relationship with God, and can approach Him as His children, knowing He’s our only trusted source of advice. He is our most willing and accessible friend, never too busy to answer when we call.
Through His Word, the Lord urges us to seek Him in prayer because He knows we are frequently trapped in personal, family, emotional and even ministry-related situations which can only be transformed through an intimate dialogue with Him. The answers we are seeking are found in prayer; neither friends, nor books, nor counselors will give us what prayer gives us; there is no other source. It’s important to understand that some things come directly from God, for He is the drinking fountain of all wisdom.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT EFFECTIVE PRAYER:
- THE BLOOD OF JESUS STRENGTHENS YOUR PRAYER
When we pray, it is important to keep in mind that we approach God with freedom through the blood that His Son, Jesus Christ, shed on the cross of Calvary. That is when you visualize and confess how just one drop of the blood rises up in favor of your request, bringing the answer you need. Transform your secret place into a workshop, where through prayer, day by day, you become an expert in confessing and correctly applying the blood of Jesus over every need in your life, family and nation.
- PRAYER IS EVERY BELIEVER’S RESPONSIBILITY
Through the Word, the Father tells us we must pray, and as His children we need to obey what He asks. The true purpose of prayer is to determine the will of God for something in our lives and pray about it until it becomes a reality.
- PRAYER IS A PRIORITY
Prayer was a priority in Jesus’ life, even more so than sleep, a social life and food. Prayer was the most important channel of communication between Jesus and His Father, and the same is true for us. “After He had sent the crowds away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray; and when it was evening, He was there alone” Matthew 14:23.
- PRAYER IS PART OF THE LORD’S MINISTRY
You have been called to be a priest; ministering to God should come before ministering people. As a child of God, do not stop ministering to Him through your praise, worship, prayer and by meditating on His Word. This priestly duty was given to us through the blood of Jesus; His blood has justified you to enter into the Holies of Holies.
- PRAYER IS A CHANNEL OF COMMUNICATION BETWEEN YOU AND THE HEAVENLY FATHER
To pray means to spend time with God because you love Him. It is an intimate dialogue through which we can share with Him what is on our heart. There are no secrets between Him and us. It is during this time, that we experience the fullness of the Holy Spirit filling our lives.
- JESUS, OUR GREAT INTERCESSOR, WHO GIVES US THE PERFECT EXAMPLE OF A LIFE OF PRAYER
Prayer is the most distinguished example in the life of Jesus, one that you can follow and imitate in your Christian walk. It is an selfless act that is generally not seen or appreciated by others, because those who surround us only witness the results.
- PRAYER GIVES GOD THE LEGAL POWER TO ACT ON EARTH
In Matthew 6, verse 10, Jesus taught us how to pray, “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven”. He also said, “whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven” (Matthew 18:18). What we can conclude from these verses is that God has limited His move on the earth, and He will only take action when His children pray. Heaven is waiting for those of us, here on earth, who are willing to pray for something to happen.
- PRAYER IS AN INVITATION TO REST IN HIM
Prayer is God’s invitation to give Him your problems, burdens, anxieties, and worries… “casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).
- THROUGH PRAYER, WE RECEIVE REVELATION AND THE MIND OF GOD
The Lord will reveal to you what He desires you to pray for. Through the Holy Spirit, He will guide you to cry out for a specific problem, for an individual or a special situation. God will allow you to see things how He sees them. This is why, as intercessors, we must carefully guard the secrets God reveals to us in prayer.
Janeth de Barrios
Pastor MCI Bogotá