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    Posted: Jan 20 2014 at 12:03pm
January 18, 2014

Effective Prayer
Dr. Charles Stanley

Read | Mark 11:24-25

John 14:14 reads, “If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.” People sometimes interpret this to mean that any request ending with the words “in Jesus’ name, amen” will automatically be fulfilled.

Yet basing our entire concept of prayer on one isolated verse could lead to a skewed perspective. It is also important to consider . . .

Our Fellowship with God. For the Lord to hear and answer prayers, we must first be saved from our sin through the blood of Jesus. Once we have trusted Christ as Savior, God will hear us only when we walk in righteousness before Him. As we saw yesterday, He understands our weakness and doesn’t expect perfection. But if we knowingly continue in sin and fail to repent, He will not listen.

Our Request. Some people think of the words “in Jesus’ name” as a magic charm, but nothing can force the Lord’s hand. This saying did originate from a good motive, though—the desire to request only what is consistent with Jesus’ character. We should pray in faith, believing that God is able and will do whatever is in His will. And we should readily submit our desires to Him.

Our Motive. The Lord won’t say yes to prayer that will hurt us or derail His purpose. When we bring supplications before Him, we must check our motive. Is our goal to glorify God and let others see Him in us? Or is our motive selfish, greedy, or impure?

Our heavenly Father tells us to pray. And He will answer when our hearts
are clean.


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I agree .
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Philippians 4:

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
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But how should one pray? I read and heard that it should be a conversation with good, "filled with thanksgiving". I assume we should first thank Him for our blessings, than forgive anyone who did us bad (I think in Matthew it does say that whatever you ask for, you'll receive but first forgive your enemies) and then ask for what we want? Is that the correct order?

How should one pray?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote nella Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar 13 2014 at 7:43am
Originally posted by sexyandfamous sexyandfamous wrote:

But how should one pray? I read and heard that it should be a conversation with good, "filled with thanksgiving". I assume we should first thank Him for our blessings, than forgive anyone who did us bad (I think in Matthew it does say that whatever you ask for, you'll receive but first forgive your enemies) and then ask for what we want? Is that the correct order?

How should one pray?
 
Prayer is what you mentioned above, it is a conversation with God. There really isn't a standard format for prayer. You are talking to God. When you pray you can pray God's word in your life. I know you mentioned in a previous post that you don't believe all of the bible so I'm not sure what parts you don't believe but the parts you do believe, you should pray over your life.
 
I use to think that prayer had to be eloquent and lengthy but in that thinking I became intimated by praying and wouldn't do it very often. Once I grasp the knowledge that prayer is talking to God, then I was able to express myself more freely without feeling like I had to use a lot of big words and sound "spiritual".  Hope this answered your question.
 
 
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Yes, I also thought that prayer had to be lengthy, but I learned that when talking to God you should be grateful, praise Him and also mean every word. That was a relief, because I also did not know how to pray since I didn't know what else to say after 5-10 minutes passedLOL

The parts I don't believe are the magical parts and the parts about God being vengeful. God is love, so he doesn't avenge anyone. He wants everyone to be in peace and friendly to each other.
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