Remember the primary purpose of prayer (talking, communicating with God) is “fellowship”. Constant and open communication are essential in maintaining a healthy and viable relationship. In the course of your fellowship you also have been given the privilege to present specific needs to God (Philippians 4:6). In essence, you are approaching the only true and living God, in whom you believe has the power to meet your needs, or grant your requests. You come to Him in confidence because He has already granted you access to the Throne of Grace (Hebrews 4:16). Never forget that God desires to talk to you.
When the disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray. He gave them instructions, and said to pray in this manner (way). In other words, He gave a model to use; a pattern to follow when praying. He gave them prayer principles. (Matthew 6:7-13).
These are coaching principles to guide you on your way to a powerful prayer life. These guidelines may also be referred to as the “blueprint” for developing a consistent prayer life. The principles below apply to whatever need, or requests you may have. Your needs vary; however, the greatest need we all have is a strong and secure relationship with the Father through faith in Jesus Christ. Therefore, the key element in following these principles is self-discipline—coaching, motivating and encouraging you to become disciplined in your prayer life. Click on each one for more details:
- Persist in prayer to get results that are in agreement with God’s will (James 5:16; Luke 18:1-16; 1 Thessalonians 5:17).
- Read the bible daily; set aside regular time to study God’s Word (Matthew 4:4; Luke 4:4)
- Ask questions, seek knowledge and understanding to gain wisdom and spiritual insight; apply biblical principles for practical living in your daily life (Matthew 7:7-8, 21:22; Luke 11:9-10).
- Yield your mind (intellectual reasoning) and thought-life to the Holy Spirit’s control to possess the supernatural power and peace of God, which empowers you to live victoriously in Christ (Romans 8:5-7; 12:2; Isaiah 26:3).
- Exercise faith using the Word of God as your weapon against temptation, evil and negative thoughts (Philippians 4:8; Hebrews 4:12; Matthew 21:21-22).
- Readily confess and repent of any sin committed, and all attitudes and actions that displeases God, or misrepresents His character (1 John 1:9; James 5:16; 2 Corinthians 7:10; Hebrews 12:5-6).
If you’ll notice the guiding principles are an acrostic for P.R.A.Y.E.R. For more details on these guiding principles see the sub-pages or click on each hyperlink above.