Prayer is simply communicating with Jesus, just like you would talk to a good friend.
You don’t have to follow any routine for Him to hear you. To be effective, prayer doesn’t depend on the position of your body, but the position of your heart.
Just tell Jesus what’s on your mind. He loves to listen to you. He’ll either:
- Solve the problems that you face, or give you the strength to make it through them.
- Or He can reveal to you how to take your God-given authority, facing the problem directly yourself by commanding the problem to go in Jesus’ name. (See Acts 3)
Lots can be said about prayer, but here are a few tips that help get results:
- Be wholehearted: The intensity with which you request God’s help is often reflected in the answer you receive.
- Be specific: Tell Jesus exactly what the problem is and what you want Him to do about it.
- Claim God’s promises: God has made many promises in the Bible that He will keep in answer to prayer. He wants you to hold Him to them.
- Thank God for answering: Thank Him for the answer, even before it arrives. Praise moves God to act on your behalf. It shows Him that you believe His answer is on its way even if you haven’t received it yet, but you act as if you already received it because you believe He is faithful to keep His promises. What would you do if you knew someone had sent you a gift in the mail and it was on its way? You’d thank him in advance.
Save a Life–Pray!
By Luo Yi
Picture life-and-death situations and the solution that saves the day:
- A drowning man is thrown a lifesaver.
- Someone bound in chains is released.
- An abandoned baby is found, fed, and loved.
- A bridge is built across a raging river so people in danger can safely cross.
- A helicopter spirits passengers and crew from a sinking ship.
This is what God does when we pray.
When we pray, we open the door for miraculous intervention to take place. We’re allowing God’s hand to move, to rescue those in need.
The next time you pray for some person or situation, stop and think of what is needed to change things, and then picture God’s hand intervening in a miraculous way. See it in your mind’s eye, claim it, and believe it for the result you want.
According to the level of your faith it will be done for you, in answer to your prayers.
Heart to Heart Communication
Sometimes prayer can just be communing heart to heart, not even talking.
The story is told of a certain minister who was disturbed to see a shabbily-dressed old man go into his church at noon every day and come out again after a few minutes. What could he be doing? He informed the caretaker and asked him to question the old man. After all, the place contained valuable furnishings.
“I go to pray,” the old man said in reply to the caretaker’s questioning.
“Come, come now,” said the other, “you are never long enough in the church to pray.”
“Well, you see,” the old man went on, “I don’t know how to pray a long prayer, but every day at twelve o’clock I just come and say, ‘Jesus, it’s Jim.’ I wait a minute and then come away. Even though it’s just a little prayer, I think He hears me.”
When Jim was injured some time later and taken to the hospital, he had a wonderful influence on the ward. Grumbling patients became cheerful, and often the ward would ring with laughter.
“Well, Jim,” said a nurse to him one day, “the men say you are responsible for this change in the ward. They say you are always happy.”
“That I am! I can’t help being happy. You see, it’s my visitor. Every day he makes me happy.”
“Your visitor?” The nurse was puzzled. She had noticed that Jim’s chair was always empty during visiting hours, for he had no relatives. “Your visitor? But when does he come?”
“Every day,” Jim replied, with a light in his eye. “Yes, every day at twelve o’clock He comes and stands at the foot of my bed. I see Him and He smiles and says, ‘Jim, it’s Jesus.'” —Author unknown
Prayer for the Day
Thank You that You understand my heart. Thank You that I never have to worry about whether You understand or not. When I feel that I can’t explain properly and I fumble over my words, or when I can’t find the right words to express what I really want to say, thank You that I can just rest in Your arms and know that You make sense out of these words I speak. Thank You, Jesus, that I don’t always even have to talk to You in words. You just understand everything I’m trying to say, as I pour out my heart to You.
Promises to Claim
If you shall ask any thing in My name, I will do it. (John14:14)
And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask any thing according to His will, He hears us: and if we know that He hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him. (1John 5:14,15)
Whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive. (Matthew 21:22)
Whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. (Mark 11:24)
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. (Matthew 7:7-8)
Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:7b)