The guidelines that follow are not intended to limit you in any way. Rather, they are to lay a basic foundation to start you in a direction of communicating and communing with the Lord.
The greatest need is not that you always have great revelation, or pray brilliant prayers, but that you be faithful to the call of prayer. As you are obedient, the Lord’s power will begin to flow. Even though you may not understand all the specific answers that come forth, you will see an awakening and strengthening of the Body of Christ. (See Heb. 11:13,39.)
- Begin your prayer with what you know are the obvious facts. Pray the Word and the precious promises of the Word given to you as His child.
- Always let the Holy Spirit be in charge. Remember you are just a soldier in the Army of God. Jesus is your “Commander in Chief.” Let the Holy Spirit set the facet or the burden. Do not rely on your own insight. (See Rom. 8:26.)
- Pray and sing with understanding in your native tongue; also pray and sing in the spirit. (See 1 Cor. 14:15.)
- Pray in faith, expecting divine intervention. Pray in confidence. (See 2 Cor. 4:18; Heb. 11:6; 1 John 5:14,15.)
- Take time to listen. It is an important part of communication and one ofthe keys to successful intercession. (See Matt. 7:24.)
- Keep praying until the answer comes. Before moving on, wait until the Holy Spirit assures you that the task is accomplished. (See Luke 11:5-10; 18:1-8.)
- Flexibility and speed of response are often critical to victory. The only obedience that impresses God is instant obedience. Delayed obedience is disobedience!
- Meditate on the Word—renew your mind. Make sure all sin is under the blood of Jesus and that you are not harboring unforgiveness in your heart. (See Josh. 1:8; Prov. 4:20-24; Heb. 10:22; 1 John 1:7,9.)
Excerpt from Chapter 5 (Understanding the Holy Spirit) of “Becoming a Prayer Warrior” by Elizabeth Alves