PRAYER WORKS

Luke 18:1 (The Message)
Jesus told them a story showing that it was necessary for them to pray consistently and never quit.


Prayer Works!


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.

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I am a follower of Jesus. I am a grateful delivered woman who was once an addict, but now God has restored me and renewed me. I have been redeemed and remade by our Creator through salvation of His Son, Jesus Christ! I just want to share what God has done in my life that you may have the opportunity to experience the same joy He gave me. I give God all the glory for everything in my life for I couldn't accomplish anything apart from Him. If ye shall know the truth, the truth shall set you free, John 8:32. He puts people in my life that help me and gives me the opportunity to help another. I am never surprised by his love and blessings. God has placed a confidence and love in myself that I have never had before… so "Thank you God".. for the many True Blue Christians you have put in my life and for all the blessings you bestow on me daily. I have not come this far without lots of prayers and the help and love of my true friends and family and I thank you God for those special people in my life. You are 100% my Savior! I will forever have your name on my lips. I realize now with lots of prayer and reading of the Word… that all the answers were here for me and I never asked the questions. Although I still struggle daily with other life’s daily cards that are dealt, I have an attitude now of “NO MATTER WHAT “– I will praise You, Lord~~~through my storms and my triumphs! I have much more to share and would love to answer any questions anyone may have for through all my trials what has come to be is that I want to help others to see what I didn’t see and hopefully prevent the same hurts, guilt, shame and woes that I had to deal with and give them the best gift of all… JESUS! I believe it's important that we know who we are in God ... We are a one of a kind and God has made us like no other for a purpose- His purpose. Yes, bad things happen and yes, we make poor choices, but we don't have to continue to make them. God's mercies are new each day. Once we realize, know and most importantly believe who we are in Christ, that we are a child of God, we are not an accident, and whatever the circumstances before us each day no matter what they are... God gives us the choice and the power of Him to choose right and live right. We no longer have to live in the past, but in the present and look with expectation to the future with God by our side guiding us and directing our steps. He is our strength and our hope needs to reside in Him. Let his power and love work in your life today and see that life does not have to be the way you are living now. He wants to help you, but you have to let him. He can't make us come to him, he is not lost - WE ARE! Please share this blog with others to encourage them for the glory of God!
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3 Responses to PRAYER WORKS

  1. darva says:

    I sooooo needed this reminder. Thankk you.

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  2. Sue-Ellen says:

    I love this… I was taught how to pray using the ACTS as a guide.. It really has helped me to remember to Praise God and thank him for blessing us with all that we have before I ask for His forgiveness or any other prayer requests.. He wants to bless us and make us the best that He sees we can be, but He also wants us to ask for that blessing.. ❤ u girl

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