In the words of Martin Luther, "to be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing". Prayer is a formidable weapon for victory. It's how we access God's throne and commune with our heavenly Father. Without it, we may experience limitations in different areas of our lives. In Luke18:1, Jesus exhorts" that men ought always to pray and not to faint".Also, 1Thessalonians5:17 enjoined us to "pray without ceasing." This is a command and not a suggestion.
Christians are commanded to pray because it's through prayer that we can move the hand of God to act. God will almost always do nothing except the answer to prayer; if want a situation to change in your life, you must pray. Through prayers, life battles are won, purposes are fulfilled, and unprecedented miracles are experienced. God promise to answer sincere and passionate prayers should be motivation to pray. Although he may not answer according to your timing, He is supreme and loving and will come through for you at the right time.
Christ's death and resurrection make the throne of God accessible to everyone. However, God detests the prayer of a sinner. Sin creates a gap between you and God. Prayer made in sin is an abomination unto God and will go unheard and unanswered. Where sin exists, it should first be repented of before prayer can be effective(Proverbs28:9, Isaiah1:15).In addition, there are foundations on which effective prayers are made including the following. One, holiness. You have to stay holy and righteous to get answers to your prayers. The scriptures say, "the effectual fervent prayers of a righteous man avails much"(James5:16).
Two, prayers must be made in the name of Jesus. scriptures affirm that" God also had highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name".(philipians2:9). The name of Jesus can never lose its efficacy. In John14:13-14, Jesus says we will receive whatever we asked in his name. Three, faith. Applying faith to your prayers brings speedy answers. Learn to believe God and His promises for your life. Always have the assurance that God has answered you. Trust him completely. Only God can do everything and anything for you." But without faith, it is impossible to please him: for he that comes to God must believe that he is and that he is the rewarder of them that diligently seek him"(Hebrews 11:6).
Four, obedience. You should pray in obedience to God's Word if you want your prayers to produce results. Whatsoever God tells you to do, do it(John2:5). Five, perseverance. This is holding as you pray and never give up, even in the face of opposition and apparent failure. (Luke18:1-8).
In conclusion, as you key into this command to pray, you will see yourself walking In triumph and the bliss of God's goodness.
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