Rhapsody of Realities
Pastor Chris Oyakhilome D.Sc, D.D ;
THE PRAYER RULES ;
(Three Important Principles To Praying Correctly) ;
TO THE BIBLE 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 MSG ;
“Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live.”
“Oh Jesus, I come pleading before you today… hear me as I pray to you. Amen.” Sounds like a prayer you’ve probably heard some Christian pray, right? Well, that’s not prayer at all! Not many know how to pray the correct way, yet God told us to pray, not for praying sake, but because He planned to answer. There’re vital rules and elements of prayer that, if and when clearly understood and applied, would make prayer more effective.
One such rule of prayer is praying in the Name of Jesus. Jesus gave us the power of attorney to use His Name, which means when we pray, we’re standing in His place: “… whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you” (John 16:23). You’re to function in the Name of Jesus, in His place, with His authority, and in His character (Colossians 3:17). When you pray, it carries the same power and authority as though Jesus Himself were the one speaking.
The second important element of prayer is that we pray in the authority of the Word of God, and the revelation and insight given to us by the Word of God. This means our faith must be based on what God’s Word says, because if God’s Word covers whatever we’re praying about, then we can be sure to receive answers, since we’re asking in line with His Word. True faith is only imparted by the Word (Romans 10:17).
The third element is that we pray by the power of the Holy Spirit. Some Christians pray and nothing happens because the words spoken aren’t inspired by the power of the Holy Spirit. Learn to pray always by the Holy Spirit; the words have to be energised, communicated, inspired, and anointed by the Holy Ghost. That is what will make the difference!
You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.
If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you[a] will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.
James 5:16-17 AMPC
Confess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offenses, your sins) and pray [also] for one another, that you may be healed and restored [to a spiritual tone of mind and heart]. The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].
Elijah was a human being with a nature such as we have [with feelings, affections, and a constitution like ours]; and he prayed earnestly for it not to rain, and no rain fell on the earth for three years and six months.
Dear Father, I thank you for the privilege and honour to pray in the Name of Jesus, the glory of praying in the authority of your Word, and the extraordinary benefit of praying in the power of the Spirit. I receive answers when I pray, because the Holy Spirit guides me in prayer; nothing is impossible to me, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
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Daily Bible Reading
Luke 9:18-36, Joshua 13-15
Romans 6:1-11, Psalm 105
Meditate on what Jesus said to His disciples in Luke 18:1. Also, spend some time to pray to and fellowship with the Father today.