Do you ever feel
like you don’t know what to pray?
Or maybe you feel like your prayers are useless and instead of reaching up to heaven— like a deflating balloon they lose air and plummet to the ground.
Friend, we all feel this way sometimes. I think if we are all being honest, our prayer life can get a little dry, leaving us feeling disconnected from God and unqualified to pray for someone who needs it.
It can be intimidating.
Especially when you’re leading a small group. Your supposed to be the leader, right?
As I sat at church listening to my pastor preach, I knew I should be leading a small group. “The harvest was plenty, but the workers were few.” So as soon as the service ended, I rushed over to the table and signed up to lead.
Several days later, the realization hit me, “I’m going to have to pray in front of these people!”
I’d love to say that I was excited, but the truth is, I was extremely anxious.
What if I didn’t know what to say?
What if I prayed wrong? (Is that even possible?)
Would they think I was a bad leader?
Insecure thoughts raced through my mind as I considered the task before me.
Of course, once the group began and I finished praying my first simple prayer, the fear subsided and it no longer plagued me.
That was nearly 10 years ago.
Although prayer has become one of my passions, there are still times when insecurity tries to rear its ugly head.
But it looks a little different now.
Rather than being intimidated by praying, the enemy tries to convince me that my prayers either won’t work or that I will declare something and it won’t come to pass.
Why is that?
Why does the enemy try so hard to stop us from praying?
Prayer is powerful.
God knows it. The enemy knows it. Usually the only ones who don’t know (or perhaps forget) are us!
Let’s take a moment to dissect James 5:16 to see what the Bible says about prayer.
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16 (emphasis mine)
3 Words that Characterize Powerful Prayers:
- Effective: To be powerful in action. It actually stems from the word “work”(Strongs G1756). I don’t know about you, but I want my prayers to work!
- Earnest: There are several different translations that use the word either earnest or fervent. Earnest means diligent (Strongs G4705). In other words, prayers should be carefully crafted. Be intentional.
- Avail: To be of force, to be effective, capable of producing results. It also means to be strong or have power (Strongs G2480).
So what does all of this mean?
We can have prayers that are powerful in action, that work, and produce results if we carefully craft them.
How to Pray Powerful Effective Prayers
Today I want to share some prayer secrets with you.
When studying about prayer, God began to reveal to me several scriptures that seemed to point to powerful power. I have used these scriptures to begin to pray strategically.
Rather than praying random prayers, I wanted to have intercessory prayers—prayers that had power behind them, knowing that they were working for those I was praying for.
There are 4 key parts to these prayers:
Begin with Thanksgiving
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. Psalm 100:4 (NKJV)
All my prayers begin with thanking God. We enter into His presence when we thank Him. When I begin thanking Him, I also begin to get His direction and guidance on any situation. His Holy Spirit begins to guide me on what to pray next.
Pray/ Declare God’s Word
“So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:11 (NKJV)
Praying God’s Word is as if God Himself is speaking the words. It cuts through bone and marrow and gets right to the heart of the situation. When we pray His words, we are lining up with what He has already ordained. We confess what He has promised.
Believe You Will Receive
“If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” Matthew 21:22 (NIV)
Your faith, or believing what your speaking, is essential to receiving.
Close in Jesus’ Name
…that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, Philippians 2:10 (NKJV)
Everything must bow to the name of Jesus—every hurt, every situation, anything with a name.
When I close in Jesus’ name, it’s as if I’m closing the deal with Him in agreement. When He died and rose again, we were given all authority, and using His name is one of those privileges.
At first it may seem difficult and awkward to pray this way, but the more you do it the more it will become second nature.
The key to prevailing at anything
is to practice . . It is no different with prayer
Try starting with a morning/evening habit of using this method to pray for your family. Keep it simple and write it down. With intentionality and studying the Word of God, your prayers will become powerful, effective and produce much fruit.
Will you pray & believe with me?
Thank you, Lord for Your goodness in our lives. You are faithful—abounding in mercy and grace. Thank you, that you have given us authority over all the power of the enemy. What we loose on earth, will be loosed in heaven. Not only have you given us power over the enemy, but You’ve given us power to use our words to speak blessing over ourselves and others. Help us to use our words to speak life and to glorify You. When we declare Your promises, we can be confident that they will not return void. Holy Spirit guide us in our prayers. Continue to reveal Your Word and Your ways to us, that we may have powerful, effective prayers. In Jesus’ name, Amen!
How is God encouraging you today?