Are You Praying With Power? 5 Keys to More Effective Prayer

Effective prayer is prayer that attains what it seeks. ~ Charles Finney

Do you believe in God?

I’m guessing you do if you are reading this. Now for the more important question …

Do you BELIEVE God?

When He says something in His Word, do you trust it as much as you would your doctor or attorney? If you do, if you believe what He says and trust the results, then you can pray with power.

When Jesus spoke, things happened. Storms stopped, a fig tree died, lepers were healed. What seemed like impossible situations in the natural changed completely in accordance with His words.

Now, here’s the thing to remember. Jesus IS The Word. His full power and authority are vested in the Bible, God’s written Word.

“In the beginning … God said … ” and it was so. (Read Genesis, Ch. 1)  Every time He spoke, something happened. Later, in John 1:1, the Apostle explained that ‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God’. We understand the concept of Trinity, God being Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Verse 3 goes on to explain that ‘all things were made by him [The Word, Jesus]; and without Him was not any thing made that was made.’

USE THE WORD

The word ‘davar’ is Hebrew for ‘word’. In the beginning was davar and davar was with God … Davar also means ‘thing’ – the thing that the Word creates. When Jesus talked about the seed growing up and becoming greater than (Matt. 13:32), He was referring to the process that changes words into things. The sower soweth the word/davar (Mark 4:14).

We can tap that same creative power by putting God’s Word in our mouths. The Word grows up and becomes greater than … Speak The Word until it grows up to become the thing that you said. The more you speak, the stronger and bigger it grows!

The Word is the Source of creative power. Both Genesis and John referred to the same event, “In the beginning … ” To pray effectively, we should also start with the Source. God created with His words. Nothing happened until He spoke. Therefore we can assume that the most effective prayer is spoken. Releasing words into the heavenlies gets God’s attention.

BUILD YOUR FAITH

So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Rom. 10:17). The more you speak, read and listen to the Word, the stronger your faith becomes. Hearing builds faith. When you speak, you hear yourself talk. When you read, you hear the words in your head.

The more Word you pour in, the sooner your faith reservoir is filled. When it overflows, power pours out, connecting your words with the Divine Source of power. Effectual, powerful prayer connects faith to your words. The more Word you hear, the stronger your faith. The stronger your faith, the more you can pray powerful, effective prayers.

You can test this in the natural. Do you listen to the news on a consistent basis? After while, doesn’t it become depressing? You are hearing negative, fear-building words – and it affects your attitude, your thinking and your spirit. Soon, you’ll repeat what you heard, giving those words more power. You are connecting your faith and your words with the negative reports you heard.

The Bible explains it this way, out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks (Matt. 12:34). Matthew goes on to explain in v. 35 that good treasure in the heart brings forth good things, while evil treasure brings forth more evil. Your heart (spirit) decides, not God. What you hear and absorb is what you will eventually speak … and what you will receive. Prayer is only as effective as what is in your heart.

BE CONSISTENT

God is not going to sow your word-seed for you. That’s your job. Jesus’ is the high priest of [your] profession (Heb. 3:1). When you ‘profess’ something, you align or affirm allegiance to it. If you speak God’s Word, Jesus is anointed and appointed to bring your words (His Word in your mouth) to pass. He connects heaven’s power with your words. Ps. 103:20 says the angels hearken unto the voice of his word. You put angelic forces to work on your behalf when you speak God’s Word.

By the same token, Satan is ready and eager to make your negative words come to pass. You already understand the concept of ‘majority rule’. You’ve got God’s Word on one side and negative, fearful words on the other. That’s one to one. You have the deciding vote. Whose side are you going to take? Whose words are you going to speak? Your words create your circumstances, just like God’s words created the firmament, the earth and everything on it.

Where are you now? Look back at what you have been speaking. Praying for deliverance, then telling everyone who will listen how bad things are in your life is like planting seed, then digging it back up and planting weeds instead. Don’t scatter weed seeds into your faith field. Don’t contaminate your harvest!

EXPECT RESULTS

There are any number of verses in the Bible that promise results.

  • Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.  And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. (John 5:14-15)
  • My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him (Ps. 62:5)
  • Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them and you shall have them. (Mark 11:24)
  • Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. (Heb. 4:16)
  • Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. (Ps. 37:4)

Now we are back to the original question. Do you BELIEVE God? Are you confident that you will have what you ask and speak? Are you expecting to receive your desire, your prayer, answered? Are you waiting patiently, confidently expecting?

Expectancy is evidence of your faith. Low or no expectation means your faith level is low. Refer to Key #2!

BE EXCEEDINGLY GRATEFUL

Faith believes you receive when you pray, so the net result should be gratitude. After all, you already have it if your prayer was consistent with His Word. When Jesus multiplied the loaves and fishes, he ‘gave thanks’ before the multiplication took place (Mark 8:6). Before Lazarus was raised from the dead, Jesus thanked God that He heard his prayer (John 11:41). 

If the Word is your seed, and faith is the water, gratitude is your fertilizer. Ephesians 5:20 says to give thanks always. And the recurring theme throughout the Psalms is praise and thanksgiving.

THE RESULT

Do you truly believe that you have the petition you desired? Powerful prayer is confident prayer. It is connected and supported by faith, not by feelings or emotions. Doubt and fear short-circuit faith’s power.

Your faith will be tested; Satan will see to that. But if you stand in faith, confident and consistent, expecting to see God’s power and glory, if you will believe what He says and trust Him to bring it to pass, if you will speak the word only, then your prayers will connect you with Heaven’s power. For whatsoever is born of God overcomes the world: and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith. (I John 5:4)

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