15. May 2017 · Comments Off on DEVELOPING AN EFFECTIVE PRAYER LIFE · Categories: God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Prayer

PRAY IN THE SPIRIT at ALL TIMES and on EVERY OCCASION. STAY ALERT and BE PERSISTENT in your prayers for ALL BELIEVERS EVERYWHERE (Ephesians 6:18 NLT).

Beloved, when it comes to prayer, there are a number of things Apostle Paul advises that you should do.

PRAY IN THE SPIRIT – That is prayer that arises from the Spirit of God within you. Why?… for we do not know what prayer to offer nor how to offer it worthily as we ought, but the Spirit Himself goes to meet our supplication and pleads in our behalf with unspeakable yearnings and groanings too deep for utterance (Romans 8:26 AMPC)

The battle you are fighting is spiritual and must be fought in that regard so your prayer must be done with the help of the Spirit. We are fighting against principalities and powers in high places (Ephesians 6:12) and as you pray in the Spirit, it’s amazing how the Lord will open your eyes to see who your real enemies are and how they are plotting against you… the same people that smile at you in the day time.

ALL TIMES and on EVERY OCCASION – Beloved, we are to… Pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17 NKJV). This means you are to make prayer a way of life. God is everywhere you are so master how to always talk to Him. And you can do this without uttering a word. While in the office, before you respond to someone, just quietly say… Lord what should I say? One of the things I’ve observed is that as you spend more time in conversations with the Lord, you have less time to listen to the lies and manipulation of the enemy.

STAY ALERT… Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8 NLT). Beloved, praying always helps you STAY ALERT. Someone once said; “do not allow the enemy give you a prayer topic to pray about” so guard your territory through prayer.

BE PERSISTENT! Jesus talks about the Persistent Widow (Luke 18:1-8) who would not take NO for an answer. One thing the enemy tries to do is bring discouragement. Have you ever prayed for something, only for the situation to get worse? That’s not the time to give up. Rather, it’s the time to keep PUSHING.

And then, we don’t just pray for yourselves… BE PERSISTENT IN YOUR PRAYERS FOR ALL BELIEVERS EVERYWHERE. Beloved, we all need to get over ourselves and our pity partying and start interceding for others. You may be thinking… what about me? But do you know that praying for others takes your mind off your own problems?

There are people that have been made weak and helpless by their situation that need your prayers. We are told that… Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him (Acts 12:5 NIV).

Beloved, I could go on and on but these are some of the ways you can develop an effective prayer life and I pray that as you take a stand to pray, may you win every battle thrown your way.

God bless you in Jesus Christ name
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