Friday, April 27, 2007

Effective Prayer

When you pray, do you believe that your prayers are effective? When you say, “Amen” do you believe that what you have prayed will be done?
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. (James 1:5-8)

Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. (James 5:16)

And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. (Mark 11:22-24)

Many people do not know what it means to pray as the Lord and the Scriptures have declared. When you pray do you really mean “Amen” or do you pray “if it be Your will”?

Most of us have been taught for much of our lives that we should pray “if it be Your will” which leaves us unchanged. When we learn to pray “Amen” our prayers become truly effective.

Which way do you pray?

If you would like to read more on this subject, I have prepared an exposition entitled, “What Is Prayer?”

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