Summary: Biblical principles to take a person's prayer life to the next level
Nine Principles for Powerful Praying
Preface- Prayer is a mystery- Almighty God does NOT need our help but He gives us the joy of partnering with Him! (Father/Son mowing grass or Mother/Daughter baking a cake)
Prayer is the foundation for all life changing ministry with eternal results- Pray the price
The devil is terrified of God's power released through prayer- not our human abilities!
Our confidence is NOT in our ability to pray, it is in GOD’s ability and faithfulness to answer!!!
1. Proper POSTURE- A visit to the Oval office/Have a sense of awe
Remind yourself who you are addressing/who you are praying to:
Yahweh- the Great I AM
Jehovah Adonai- LORD and Master of the Universe
Jehovah Jireh- the Lord God who is my provider
Jehovah Rapha- the Lord God who is my healer
Jehovah Shalom- the Lord God who is my peace
El Shaddai- the God who is more than enough
El Elyon- the God of the FINAL word
When I have the proper posture and exalt Him to His rightful place above all else then I develop the proper perspective.
2. Proper PERSPECTIVE- Seeing things from God’s point of view
“Then the LORD said to Moses, Go to Pharaoh and say to him, this is what the LORD, the God of the Hebrews says: Let my people go!” (Exodus 9:1) When Moses approaches Pharaoh he was reminded of a GOD that can make a bush burn and not be consumed!
“And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. Come here, he said, and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and wild animals! Then David said to the Philistine, You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the Name of the LORD Almighty, the GOD of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the LORD will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a GOD in Israel. All those gathered here today will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD’s, and He will give all of you into our hands.” (1 Samuel 17: 43-47)
David had a confident faith and was reminded of God’s faithfulness from the lion and bear!
God sees Goliath not as an obstacle too big to overcome but as a target too big to miss!
God is NOT the least bit concerned with humanly impossible odds- in fact He relishes the opportunity to do something so great and so mighty that ONLY He gets the glory!
The size of the giant doesn’t matter! Judges 7- Gideon and 32,000 Israelites are facing 300,000 Midianites. (10 to 1 odds) “The Lord said to Gideon, You have TOO MANY men. I cannot deliver Midian into their hands or they will boast it is our own strength that saved us. Now announce to the army, anyone who is afraid may go home.” (Judges 7:2-3) Only 300 soldiers remain to face the 300,000. (1000 to 1 odds) God is supremely confident in HIS power and ability and so should we!
“I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?”(Jeremiah 32:27)
“Behold the Lord’s arm is not too weak to save you, nor is his ear too deaf to hear you call” (Isaiah 59:1)
My circumstances say this BUT GOD says this! (And HE will have the Final word on this matter!)
3. Proper PRIORITY- Don’t Stand up the King of the Universe!
“Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:12-13)
“If my people who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)
4. Pronounce PRAISE- God inhabits the praises of His people (Psalm 22:3)
Praise is a weapon- it routs the enemy! (Psalm 149:6)
“About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose.” (Acts 16:25-26) Praying and praising always brings God’s power on the scene!
5. Practice PURITY- Clean hands and a pure heart (Psalm 24:4) Don’t choke off the power!
If we allow the air filter in our car to clog with dirt the engine won’t run very well and has no power!