This simple blog is devoted to the greatest privilege that man has ever been given; PRAYER.
As you spend time talking with the Father and reading His Word, your prayers will begin to reflect the heart, mind and Word of the Lord. God’s Word is the same yesterday, today and forever. God will meet you right where you are, using the amount of knowledge you have.
For example, I remember when a woman who had just become a Christian once called for prayer, saying that her baby had a stubborn diaper rash that would not respond to medication. I told her to “apply the Word of God” and call me with the answer. Twenty-four hours later, she called to say that her baby was cured. When I asked her which verse she had prayed, she explained that she had ripped a page out of the Word and placed it in her baby’s diaper each time she changed it. God met this young mom right where she was, with the knowledge that she had!
Ask God to give you a verse that applies to the situation for which you are praying, and pray it. For example, you might pray Colossians 1 by inserting your own name or the name of your family and friends, asking “that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you may walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in light” (vv. 9-12).
Your prayer will then become God’s own Word alive in your mouth. Praying God’s Word brings results and answers, because God Himself said that His Word will not return to Him empty, without accomplishing what He desires, and without succeeding in the matter for which He sent it (see Isa. 55:11).
When you pray the Word, however, it must be quickened by the Holy Spirit so you may speak forth with anointing.
Do not pray the Word for the sake of religious activity. Pray the Word based on faith, believing that you are in agreement with God’s will for the circumstance. Let faith be the motivation behind your prayer. Then you will have the assurance that He will work in cooperation with you:
And without faith it is impossible to please Him. for he who comes to God must believe that He is. and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him (Heb. 11:6).
Prayer that is based on faith bears fruit for the Kingdom and pleases God When you pray and communicate with God in faith. He will speak to you and give you direction, wisdom, knowledge, strength and protection.
Excerpt from Chapter 1 (Why pray?) of “Becoming a Prayer Warrior” by Elizabeth Alves