In order to be able to pray in faith we must have a very real knowledge of the One to whom we pray. The God to whom we pray must not be, CANNOT BE, a god of our own creation or imagination.
God is not “Santa Claus” nor is He a “grinch”. God is the origin of all things – the original source of all that is good and beautiful, right and pure.
And, He wants to be known. He is reaching out to us all the time. He is continually inviting us to get to know Him.
“Listening prayer” is one way to get to know Him. How is that done? Find a short passage in the Psalms or in the gospel of John (or any other portion from the bible), meditate on the verse(s) for at least five minutes. Listen to the Spirit nudges – make notes as to the impressions that come to mind.
Remember, God doesn’t want to just be “talked to or talked about”. He wants us to listen to Him and fully experience Him by the revelation that comes through our spiritual senses, not through human logic. As we begin to experience Him in this manner and as we listen to His Words, true faith will arise in our hearts. (See Romans 10:17).
It seems that almost everybody prays, especially when in big trouble. Everyone needs help from time to time. But, there is more to be experienced than just “fox hole” praying.
We need more than help and answers, we need instructions, directions, encouragement, hope, plans and workable strategies for living in peace and victory and on how to rescue those who are imprisoned by the forces of darkness.
Prayer is the primary means of getting to know Him and to receiving necessary daily life instructions. Every situation we encounter is a set up for us to learn to know Him better and trust Him more.
Here is the key to being effective in prayer: Base all prayers upon who He is and what His Word says. END OF STORY.
Do not base prayers upon how well the problem can be articulated, or upon any person’s ability, position, intelligence, books, teachings etc. etc.
REMEMBER: The size and seriousness of a need does not make a thing impossible to God. THERE ARE NO IMPOSSIBILITIES WITH GOD.
WITH GOD, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE. PRAY ACCORDING TO WHO HE IS AND WHAT HE HAS ALREADY SAID IN HIS WORD.
“My Word…that goes forth from my mouth shall not return to Me void, but shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:11