Prayer, or communication with God, is crucial to our lives and how we relate to God through Jesus Christ. Prayer is simply communication with God. Let me ask you something. If you quit speaking with your best friend, would that relationship prosper? What about your relationship with your spouse? Relationships need to be cultivated to grow. We do that through communication.
Just like relationships with other people, communication with God strengthens your connection to Him. He is always there, and He is always speaking, but we are not always listening. Prayer keeps you in tune with God’s heart, voice and direction for your life. As you pray and your connection with God through Jesus Christ begins to grow, your life shifts into a different place – a place of greater victory and where the promises of God await you. Everything in your life flows out of this one relationship – your relationship to God through Christ Jesus.
There are a few things to keep in mind as you build a powerful prayer life. These are your principles for victory as you execute effective prayer. Our first principle begins with the bedrock and cornerstone of all spiritual authority and power… the name above every other name – the name of JESUS CHRIST.
1) Pray to the Father in Jesus’ name.
“And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.”
John 16:23-24 KJV
2) Pray the Word of God.
“So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”
Isaiah 55:11 KJV
A believer’s prayer life must be built and based on His WORD. Faith begins where the will of God is known, and we know that God’s Word is His will.
When standing on something in prayer, find scriptures that definitely promise what you are asking from God. Get those scriptures firmly fixed in your heart…not just your mind. To do that, you will have to meditate on the Word of God
“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth;
but thou shalt meditate therein day and night,
that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein:
for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous,
and then thou shalt have good success.”
Josh 1:8 KJV
Another translation of this scripture put it this way, “…that thou mayest be able to deal wisely in the affairs of life.” Success in life comes by meditating on God’s Word. That’s the way you’ll build God’s Word into your spirit.
3) You must ask God for what you want and believe you receive when you pray.
“Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”
[Mark 11:24 KJV]
“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8) For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”
[Matt 7:7-8 KJV]
Certainly the Lord knows what we need even before we ask, but He still said for us to ask Him. The Bible says “… your heavenly Father knoweth that you have need of all these things…” (Matt. 6:32).
But He also tells you to ASK for what you need: “…ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full…” (John 16:24).
I want you to understand one thing: to say that you are leaving it up to God and that you know He will automatically do what is best for you is, in most cases, unscriptural.
4) Forgive if you are holding anything against anyone.
“And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.”
Mark 11:25-26 KJV
5) Remember you’re in a spiritual battle.
I’m going to get into spiritual warfare as it relates to prayer later, but for now this must be covered: Both the kingdom of God and the kingdom of Satan’s operate in hierarchical order; this is, there are grades of authority.
The hierarchy that is mentioned in Colossians 1:16-17 KJV, which says, “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.”
This scripture describes a different picture from the Satanic hierarchy in Ephesians 6:12 KJV:
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
Notice that “…rulers of darkness of this age and spiritual hosts of wickedness in heavenly places” is NOT mentioned in the Colossians account.
God has angelic thrones with accompanying delegated authority in various capacities according to their assigned duties. Satan has sought to duplicate this divine order with a rival set-up to carry out his evil plans.
For example, God has chief angels appointed to oversee nations. Michael the archangel is a Chief Prince as revealed in Daniel 10:13 & 21.
When you’re applying principles of effective prayer, you must know this principle from God’s Word: whatever you bind or loose on earth, the angels of God are MANDATED to enforce your command in the heavens. You cannot gain access to a room without a key – so you cannot be able to bind & loose without knowledge. The keys to the kingdom related to binding and loosing is the knowledge of all the “DEVICES” of the devil. Ignorance in any area of your life gives the enemy the advantage!
“And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
Mt 16:19 KJV
“Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.”
Ps 103:20 KJV
Angels do God’s Word and heed the voice of His Word. The “voice of His Word” refers to taking God’s Word and vocalizing it.
6) Depend on the Holy Spirit’s help in prayer.
“Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities:
for we know not what we should pray for as we ought:
but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us
with groanings which cannot be uttered.”
Rom 8:26 KJV
Just as relationships with people operate, communication with God strengthens your connection with Him. Prayer keeps you one with God’s heart, voice and direction. Everything in your life flows out of your relationship with Christ Jesus. Don’t leave your life in “default” – begin to ask in prayer, so that your joy will be full! Remember, saying that you are leaving your entire life up to God without engaging in prayer with Him to make your petitions known is unscriptural at best and is neglecting the gift of communication with Almighty God. God wants to answer your prayers more than you need what you are praying for. He wants to communicate and have relationship with you, answer prayers and give you His best! He has more to give you than you could ever realize!
Using the mighty name of Jesus, remembering His Word and engraving it in your heart, asking and believing for what you need and desire will open the pathways of communication between you and God through Jesus Christ. You must forgive and release everyone who has ever hurt you. This enables God to hear your prayers and clear the pathway for your answer to manifest! Remember, you’re always in a spiritual battle. Depending on the Holy Spirit in prayer will ensure that you are protected with His covering and praying what He would have you to pray. Execute these principles of effective prayer and get victory like you have never known!