Summary: Remarkable prayer will bring remarkable results. God’s word has some good lessons to build an effective prayer life.
LET US MAKE THE MOST OUT OF OUR PRAYER LIFE...
THE EFFECTUAL FERVENT PRAYER... TOOLS FOR EFFECTIVE PRAYER
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
I. DO WE FOCUS OUR HEARTS AND MINDS TO PRAY EFFECTIVELY?
James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another,
that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man
A. If we value prayer we must pray wisely according to the WORD OF GOD.
REMARKABLE PRAYER BRINGS REMARKABLE RESULTS!
B. My oldest son says:
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN EXISTING AND THRIVING IS EFFORT.
C. WILL WE PRAY THE PRICE?
II. ONE MORE NIGHT WITH THE FROGS?
A. Will you honestly answer this question?
WHAT DO I NEED TO CHANGE IN MY PERSONAL LIFE?
AM I WILLING TO MAKE THE CHANGES THAT I NEED OR WILL I PUT UP
WITH THIS PROBLEM LONGER...
Exodus 8:9 And Moses said unto Pharaoh, Glory over me: when shall I intreat for thee, and for thy servants, and for thy people, to destroy the frogs from thee and thy houses, that they may remain in the river only?
10 And he said, To morrow. And he said, Be it according to thy word: that thou mayest know that there is none like unto the Lord our God.
B. Moses is talking to Pharaoh. Pharaoh’s nation of Egypt is in a terrible pickle.
Frogs are every where. Frogs in the beds. Frogs in the ovens. Frogs? Frogs?
Moses tells Pharaoh: I will make the frogs leave...
Pharaoh is so glad...
Moses says: When do you want the frogs to leave?
PHARAOH’S ANSWER AMAZES ME...
IN THE MORNING... ONE MORE NIGHT WITH THE FROGS?
Why would you want one more night with the frogs... ???
C. I KNOW WHEN YOU WILL CHANGE:
WHEN THE PAIN OF STAYING THE SAME BECOMES GREATER THAN THE
PAIN OF CHANGE THEN YOU WILL CHANGE...
D. Prayer changes things. Prayer changes people.
I have often found that when I pray for others to change, God changes me.
E. Today let us evaluate our prayer habits. Do you love to pray?
F. Prayer is a VENT, a way of releasing faith and submitting my heart to the Divine plan for me.
G. I think good prayer is talking, praying in the Spirit and praising.
I have learned good prayer takes time to be still and allow time to listen.
Many do all the talking and never listen to the Divine heartbeat that brings great joy.
H. Some say I can not feel anything, so I stop praying.
Real effective prayer is a time to release faith.
When you can not feel your prayers --- could be a time of testing, ---
to see do you believe or are you just talking?
III. ONE OF THE MOST MISQUOTED SCRIPTURES IS FOUND IN LUKE.
MANY STATE THE VERSE: --- LORD TEACH US HOW TO PRAY...
THIS IS NOT WHAT LUKE RECORDS...
LUKE SAYS: THEY ASK THE LORD: TEACH US TO PRAY...
A. Effective prayer is coming into the alignment of God’s word.
Luke 11:1 And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.
B. Their request was that Jesus would teach them to pray!!
Lord teach us to pray.
We need the birth of a prayer warrior spirit in us first and others second.
IV. LET US LOOK AT SOME BIBLICAL RULES THAT PROMOTE EFFECTIVE
PRAYER HABITS... PRAYING IN THE SPIRIT ENLARGES OUR PRAYERS ABILITY
TO REACH THE FATHER...
A. To pray effectively we need to know the heart of God.
Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
Jude 1:20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,
B. The Spirit of God knows the heart of God, and the Son’s wishes.
Good effective prayer must get beyond the letter of the law into the Spirit of the law.
C. We do not always understand the spiritual battles ongoing in this world. When we yield to God’s Spirit. We can pray more effectively.
Please, Lord enlarge my hands and teach me to pray effectively by PRAYING
IN THE SPIRIT and teach us to pass the habit to others?
V. TO PRAY EFFECTIVELY WE MUST NEVER FORGET THE BASICS:
WE MUST PRAY IN THE NAME OF JESUS.
A. Have you ever written a check and filled it all out properly and forgot to sign it?
Legally that check is worthless without a valid signature.
B. To lay a petition on the Father’s desk we must validate the request in the sweet name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.