How to Have a More Effective Prayer Life
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Unexplainable peace (passes all understanding)
To claim this promise…free from fear, anxiety, frustration…we have to follow this prescription God’s way, to a “T”.
3 elements here:
The definitions of all 3 will teach us much about prayer.
“Prayer”—carries the idea of adoration, devotion, and worship
[exactly the opposite of rushing into the presence of God…which is how most of our prayer lives are!]
Being still and knowing He is God/meditation/seeking peace and being still
“careful for nothing”=to be pulled apart/drawn in separate directions
when we have a giant problem/mountain to cross…we need a correct view of God/how big He is
Next to me my problem seems very big/next to God very small!
We need to be able to view our problems not in relation to my power, but God’s/not in relation to my resources, but God’s!
Some say, “I take my BIG problems to God”
But are there any big problems next to God?
Ill.—student asked teacher if there’s life on other planets/bible teacher answered that “Eve” means mother of all living, and she didn’t think so/then why go to all the trouble of making all the other planets?/what trouble?!
And He’s big enough to deal w/ my problems if I’ll let go and let God!
So start off prayer time w/ praise time, worship, adoration…being still and thinking of how great and powerful He is…thanking Him for flinging the stars into space [omnipotence]/and omnipresence: that’s He’s everywhere at all times, He’s w/ me in this problem, darkness, difficulty.
17 How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! 18 If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee. 19 Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God…
Hear the victory in that verse? It’s the result of worship, adoration, and praise at the beginning of the prayer!
…also, thank Him for His omniscience=all knowing
Ps 103:14 -
For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.
To be transparent, I struggle sometimes as a younger pastor w/ self-doubt, and wondering if I’m capable of this position…as the honeymoon period has ended, I’ve become a target to those not interested in following…the armchair pastors, and often it seems like it’s impossible to please people, there’s no appreciation, and going all the way to the top, I’m not developing leaders and growing people, and cannot even get people in leadership to recognize the spiritual condition we’re in and what God’s mind is on this, and I feel like I’m just not going to be able to do it all, and so I’ve been asking myself the question, should I step out of the way? Was my job just to come energize for a while and get the building settled? I never want to be in the way if my time is done!