Do you long for greater freedom in prayer? Do you want breakthroughs? Do you want to experience effectiveness in your prayer life and receive answers to your petitions?
Prepare by finding a quiet place to be alone in the presence of God.
2. Wait Quietly Before the Lord
Learn to make your presence known to God, then wait until you feel Him near. What if that doesn’t happen? you may ask. Don’t worry. God is already there, waiting for your heart and mind to come into tune with His.
Our #1 problem is emptying our thoughts from the clutter of the day and calming our hectic pace of life. Get on your knees and just wait quietly before Him.
Moses, Ezekiel, the prophets, and Jesus Himself came into God the Father’s presence with stillness, calmness, and serenity. You can, too.
3. Play Worship Music
Maybe you don’t play a harp as David did as he worshipped the Lord. Thankfully, in today’s world, we have so much anointed music available everywhere we go.
Throughout my life, even as a young believer, I’ve always sensed that music was important to set the atmosphere for entering the Lord’s presence. The music you sing or play during your prayer time should focus completely upon our wonderful Lord Jesus as the melodies and words lead you into worship.
The apostle Paul wrote:
Be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 5:18-20, ESV)
The Bible tells us: Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! (Psalm 100:4)
We are also taught:
Oh sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth! Sing to the Lord, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day… Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness. (Psalm 96:12-9)
Worship music is an important key to an effective prayer life.
This is why we often emphasize anointed praise and worship music in our crusades and Miracle Services, on our television and social media broadcasts, and in ministry music products such as A Treasury of Hymns and Atmosphere for Healing, which are created especially for our partners and ministry friends to help usher believers into the very presence of the Lord.
4. Become Totally Dependent Upon the Holy Spirit
When left to our own devices, most people have a difficult time preparing for effective prayer. The phone rings, the kids start crying, the doorbell chimes, the dog begins to bark, our stomach tells us we are hungry, we think of other things that have to be done, and suddenly our thoughts drift off in a thousand different directions.
All of us need the Holy Spirit’s help in our prayer life. The psalmist was so reliant on the Lord that he asked God to guide his footsteps:
Lead me in the path of your commandments, for I delight in it. Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways. (Psalm 119:35-37)
The psalmist was confessing, “I can’t do it on my own. Can you help me?” The same request should flow from our hearts and lips every time we pray.
5. Open Yourself to God
Our Lord Jesus knows your heart. It is futile to try to impress Him with eloquent words or good works when you kneel in His presence, for this will produce nothing. In your own words, tell the Lord your deepest inner desires, for He responds to a heart that is tender and open before Him:
Going through the motions doesn’t please you, a flawless performance is nothing to you. I learned God-worship when my pride was shattered. Heart-shattered lives ready for love don’t for a moment escape God’s notice. (Psalm 51:16-17, MSG)
The psalmist also confessed: I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,” and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. (Psalm 32:5)
God hears your thoughts, but there is something about speaking from your heart that brings a release. Speak out to God what is inside of you!
The Dr. Charles G. Trumbull, longtime editor of the American Sunday School Times during the early 1900s, once explained, “Prayer is releasing the energies of God, for prayer is asking God to do what we cannot do.”
Asking God to do what we cannot requires effective prayer. Effective prayer takes preparation. Preparation requires discipline and forethought. Each of these facets are given to us in the simple James 5:16 statement concerning impassioned and successful prayers.
That is my prayer for you today!