Prayer is a very important factor in the life of every Christian. Christians should be praying daily for guidance, protection, provision and most of all to develop they relationship with Jesus. The success of a Christian spiritually is very much dependent on the level of his prayerfulness.In the book of Philippians 4:6, the bible says “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God”.
In that passage of scripture, Paul was admonishing the Philippian Christians to present everything to God through prayers. He recognized the importance attached to prayers.If Paul, who was chosen by Our Lord Jesus Himself could recognize the importance of prayers, what excuse do we have? We are in a more decadent world and the troubles are more. So, we need more prayers.
Now, there are some questions that come to mind regarding prayers: why do we pray and not get results? How do we as Christians exercise the authority given to us by Our Lord Jesus and pray with power?
Here are 10 secrets for Praying with power:
Of course, this may sound cliché but faith is certainly one of the secrets of praying with power. In the book of Hebrews 11:1 the Bible explains to us the definition of faith. “Now, faith is the substance of the things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”.As Christians, prayers are effective only when backed up by faith because the Bible says in that same passage, in verse 6, “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is and that he is rewarder of them that diligently seek him”.
In the book of John 1:12 the Bible says, “But as many as received him, to them gave he the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name”. Now, if you have received power to become the son of God, and you lack faith, then your power is sterile. Various Men of God in the Bible realized
Now, if you have received power to become the son of God, and you lack faith, then your power is sterile. Various Men of God in the Bible realized the efficacy of faith and made use of it.You can read the book “Powerful Prayers for Supernatural Results: How to Pray as Moses, Elijah, Hannah, and other Biblical Heroes Did” for more insights from the Holy Spirit. You can also read the Book of Jeremiah 29:12-13 for more insights too.
2. DO YOUR PRAYING YOURSELF:
Truth is, the best way to access God is by going down on your knees and praying. Today, the light in many Christians is growing dimmer by the minute they no longer worry about praying.Some Christians today believe that once they lay that burning issue at the feet of the head pastor, it is settled. NO! YOU ARE THE ONE WITH THE PROBLEM, FACE IT. In the book of James 5:13 the Bible says “Is any among you afflicted? Let him pray”.
The Bible makes use of the word, ”afflicted”, to mean all forms of problems. No matter the situation you are in, all you need to do is pray! Do your praying yourself!
3. HAVE A PRAYER ALTAR:
Altars here are not the raised platform where religious sacrifices are made. Altars are significant because even the agents of the devil have altars. Don’t wait till you are financially buoyant to have an altar, your bedroom can be your prayer altar, your office can be your prayer altar, anywhere at all can be your prayer altar.
Many great men of God in the Bible recognized the importance of a prayer altar. In the book of 1 Chronicles 21:26, the bible tells us that David built an altar. “And David built there an altar unto the Lord…” Many other Bible heroes recognized the importance of a prayer altar.
For you to pray effectively and for your prayer to hold much power, you need to realize the importance that is attached to the altar. You can read ‘Powerful Prayers in the War Room: Learning to pray like a Powerful Prayer Warrior’
4. HAVE A VAST KNOWLEDGE OF HIS WORD:
One essential secret to powerful praying in the life of a Christian is a vast knowledge of the word of God. 2 Timothy 2:15 says, “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth”. In that passage, the Bible says, “Study to show thyself approved…” To be approved means, to be regarded as good. Once you are approved, you automatically gain access to the throne of Grace and whenever you pray, your prayer will be powerful.
Quoting God’s word back to Him shows that you are aware of his promises and you want Him to fulfill them. When you know God’s word, then you know God (John 1:1). You can read this book for more insights “7 Secrets to Power Praying: How to Access God’s Wisdom and Miracles Everyday”
5. KNOWING THE CAUSE OF YOUR PROBLEM:
As a Christian, whenever you pray for anything, you need to know what you are praying for. An adequate knowledge of the reason for your current circumstance is important in the life of a Christian. The Bible says in the book of Mark 3:27, “No man can enter into a strong man’s house and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house”.
Now, the process of “entering into the strong man’s house” is the process of knowing who you are fighting against. In the book of Ephesians 6:12 the Bible says, “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”.If you want to pray a powerful prayer, you need to learn not to pray against the problem. PRAY AGAINST THE CAUSE OF THE PROBLEM.
6. GIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT A CHANCE:
The best thing that can happen to a Christian is the possession of the Holy Spirit. When you possess the Holy Spirit, the level with which you operate will change and you will begin to operate on a higher level of grace.This will automatically mean that your prayers will hold power and nobody will be able to toy with you spiritually.
In Luke 4:1 the Bible says, “And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost (this can also be used in place of spirit) returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness”.When you possess the Holy Spirit, He will be your guide, He will be your shield, and He will help put the right words in your mouth when praying. Do you want to pray with power today? Give the Holy Spirit a chance.
7. GETTING INTO THE HOLY OF HOLIES:
There are many ways that a Christian can get into the holy of holies but the most assured way is through praises. Before praying as a Christian, you need to praise God, worship and adore His holy name. Remember that the great wall of Jericho was brought down through praises. In the Book of Hebrews 11:30 the Bible says “By faith the walls of Jericho fell
In the Book of Hebrews 11:30 the Bible says, “By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they compassed about seven days”. Whenever I read this part of the Bible I always ask myself a question, what were the children of Israel doing when they encompassed the walls of Jericho for seven days? The simple answer is that they were praising.
When you praise God, that problem that seems insurmountable will be solved. Before praying make sure you gain access to the Holy of Holies through praise.
8. BE IN CONSTANT COMMUNION:
It is one thing to possess the Holy Spirit, it is another thing to be in a constant fellowship with Him. Being in constant communion with the Holy Spirit guarantees you access to his power at all times. This is one of the secrets of praying with power.Sometimes, many Christians wonder why popular Ministers of God like Kenneth Copeland, Billy Graham, John Hagee and others pray and within minutes, the effects are seen. The simple answer is that they are always fellowshipping with the Holy Spirit.
If you want to pray powerfully as a Christian, you have to make the Holy Spirit your constant companion. You will not be able to achieve spiritual success without the presence of the Holy Spirit in your life.
P.U.S.H is an acronym for “Pray until something happens”. The truth is, as Christians, the key to gain the power to pray effective prayers is by praying without ceasing. In the book of 1 Thessalonians 5:17 the Bible says, “Pray without ceasing”.This three- word verse in the Bible is admonishing us as Christians never to get weary of praying, it should be a part of us. Throughout the life of Jesus as recorded in the Bible, Jesus never neglected to pray. He started and ended with prayer.
10. LIVE A PURE LIFE:
God loathes sins. As a Christian, one thing that can serve as a hindrance to your success is sin. What is sin? Sin is basically disobeying God. His laws have been stated in the Bible. Study his word and avoid living a sinful life.Prayer is the most powerful weapon a Christian has. It effects changes on all levels. If you can follow these 10 secrets, you are sure to begin to operate in another realm.
Feel free to read these books for deeper insights:
- Prayers that Move Mountains: Power Prayers that Bring Answers from Heaven.
- Prayers That Rout Demons: Prayers for Defeating Demons and Overthrowing the power of Darkness.