Luke 18:1 (The Message)
Jesus told them a story showing that it was necessary for them to pray consistently and never quit.
Prayer is communion and communication with God. Like every proper communication, it should be a two-way affair – We talk to the Lord, and then we listen for His voice, direction and guidance. Prayer works because Jesus is still in the business of answering prayers!
Essentials of prayer:
1. Prayer must be in the Name of Jesus, not in the name of any saint or anybody else. In John 14: 13, Jesus said “You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father” (NLT). Why? Because “that there’s one God and only one, and one Priest-Mediator between God and us—Jesus, who offered himself in exchange for everyone held captive by sin, to set them all free” ~1 Timothy 2:5 (The Message).
2. As a good rule of thumb, prayer should follow the acronym ACTS. Please note however that the ACTS acronym is only a guide :~
Adoration – Start with praise; praise God for who He is: “Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name” ~ Psalm 100:4 (NLT)
Confession – Confess any sins you have and ask for forgiveness: “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” ~ 1 John 1:8-9 (NIV)
Thanksgiving – Now thank Him for everything He does for you – the air you breathe, your family or job or daily provision, whatever: “Bless the LORD, O my soul, And all that is within me, bless His holy name” ~ Psalm 103:1 (NIV)
Supplication – Finally you may now present your requests to the Lord: “You haven’t done this before. Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy” ~ John 16:24 (NLT)
3. Prayer must be consistent. God expects us to pray consistently and regularly ~ in good times and bad. Some people only remember to pray when they are trouble. We said earlier that prayer is communion, which means God enjoys our company! He wants to share fellowship with us all the time.
4. We must never quit! We must continue to pray until we have either a conviction in our spirit that it is done or the physical manifestation.
Lord Jesus, I thank You for the gift of prayer! Teach me the secret of successful prayer. Help me to be consistent in my praying, and never give up. In Jesus’ Name I pray. AMEN.