Do you desire to have a powerful prayer life? Praying is how we communicate with God. When praying, we pour out our hearts to Him and relate to Him on a personal level. Praying allows us to draw strength from effective Christian living.
Among other things, I get asked ever so often how can I develop a powerful prayer life so I will be able to pray effectively and with power. The many questions make it clear that a lot of people are in the dark in regards to praying with power. They get confused and lose their confidence in prayer so quickly that it soon becomes something boring.
If you are one asking the same question, this article is for you. I will show below Top 10 Proven Tips for A Powerful Prayer Life
1. Stay Conscious of the Fact that You are Praying to God
The first secret to praying with power is to come to the full awareness that you are praying to God. Aren’t all prayers to God? you may ask. Well, not exactly. You see, most times we get so caught up with the issues we need answers for that we pray mindlessly.
To develop a powerful prayer life, you need to have the full consciousness that you are actually talking to your heavenly father and He’s all ears listening to you.
Acts 12:5 says “Peter, therefore, was kept in the prison, but constant prayer was made by the assembly to God for him.”
The bible recalled that this prayer prevailed with God and had great results because “it was made by the assembly TO God”. The prayer that has power is the prayer made to God, not one made mindlessly.
2. Pray Without Ceasing, it will help you to develop a Powerful Prayer Life
A lot of us pray only when we feel like it. We don’t even include prayer on our to-do list; we simply toss it aside and run to it only when we are faced with some insurmountable mountain. Child of God, if you must pray with power, you need to be a moving prayer house.
Now, I don’t mean you should go around talking to yourself all day and be seen as a madman – no, not at all; I’m saying you can take a few breaks, bend your head over your desk and say a few words to God.
The bible was very clear when it says we should pray without ceasing. It shows that prayer should become our second nature. In the same way we talk to everyone else during the day, why can’t we talk to/with God as often as we can?
The bible is filled with mortal men who became powerful because they spent so much time with God. This is the secret to praying with power.
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3. Put Your Heart into your Prayer
Many of us go into prayer and run through some list of petitions, jump up, and off we go.
In her book 7 Secrets to Power Praying: How to Access God’s Wisdom and Miracles Every Day, Jane Glenchur mentioned that “instead of prayer being a laundry list of requests, it should be a time of engaging God”. When we have a powerful prayer life, Praying will not become another chore that we have to do; it should be a way of living such that when we do it, we put our entire mind into it like our lives totally depend on it.
The truth is, as Jane also mentioned, information gained through communion with Him is the way to obtain direction for a satisfying, meaningful future. It is not the other way around where we feel we already have it all figured out, and we only need to pray for His blessings and favor upon those plans.
4. Depend on the Holy Spirit
Sometimes we lack words to say in prayer and we end up staying still before God to search our groaning heart. Times like that is what Romans 8:26 talked about, “In the same way, the Spirit also helps our weaknesses, for we don’t know how to pray as we ought. But the Spirit himself makes intercession for us with groanings which can’t be uttered.”
Praying with power means praying through the Spirit; it helps us make the right prayers that do not contrast the will of God for our lives. Depending on the Spirit while we pray helps us pray effectively and with power.
5. Pray with Humility
During prayers, you surrender all to God; you will become His, your thoughts, His thoughts and your Mind, His mind. It means ALL of Him, none of you. This is why many people kneel while praying. It shows total surrender to His will. Praying with power entails total humility before God while praying.
The bible documented the men who did exploits through the power of God were men whose knees were like those of a camel. Their knees were hardened from spending most of their time kneeling in prayer. These men prayed and made supplications to God the father who did great and mighty things through them.
No, God doesn’t need us to do that to prove anything. You can’t possibly kneel each time you pray in open places; it’d be like the Scribes and Pharisees as described by Jesus who makes an open show of their religion. But as often as you can (in your ‘war room’), kneel before God).
6. Prayer with Faith that You Will Receive
‘Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen’. One version says it even clearer, ‘the title deed or receipt of what you don’t have yet’. Imagine hoping for a mansion in LA with the receipt of ownership in your hands. That is how we should approach God while praying – in faith. Praying with power is praying in the hope that you already have what you are praying for.
The truth is, if what we are praying is the will of God for us, it is certain we will receive it. So it doesn’t hurt to have that faith that you have already received what you are asking for. Mathew 7:7 says, “Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and the door shall be open unto you”. He also mentioned, “if we who are evil know how to give good gifts to our children, shall our heavenly father not give us what we ask for?” Think about that for a second.
7. Thank God in Advance While You Pray
One of the practical demonstrations of total trust in God’s supernatural power to provide for us is to thank Him for already giving us what we are asking for.
Jesus showed us this several times in the New Testament. For instance, while feeding the 5000 crowds with only a few loaves of bread and fishes.
The bible recalled He broke the bread and gave thanks, then what happened? Thousands of people got fed and 12 baskets full were leftover. Isn’t that amazing?
He also showed this while healing the sick; by simply thanking God for doing the miracle already. All we need to do is to praise God for granting our request and by doing that, we will receive. We can do this through worship songs and praises to God.
8. Don’t Hold Anything Back
One of the things that made King David a man after God’s heart is that he was a sincere man. He knew as a human, he was bound to make mistakes. He knew by himself, he never merited God’s mercy. But he also knew that God is a compassionate God who constantly desires to interact with us, hence he developed that constant communication with Him. During those times, he’d tell Him how unworthy he was and how grateful he was to still have the privilege to commune with God. His sincerity was rare.
It is not up to us to make ourselves what we ought to be. He makes us and by making us, he takes us from the seemingly unworthy and makes us worthy of all the blessings He has in store. Praying with power requires this understanding when we approach God in prayer.
9. Pray with Confidence
Heb.4:16 say, Let us, therefore, come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. God desires we treat Him as a father instead of a judge with a stick ready to spank us for going against His will. When we come to God with a guilty conscience, we deprive ourselves of true fellowship with Him, but when we come with all confidence – to the throne of Grace, we are revering him as our father and our prayer life will become more powerful.
If you think of how David became the man after God’s heart, you’d think God is biased. But the secret was that David knew he needed not run away from the only one that can save his soul, no matter how despicable a sinner he was. This mindset pleases God and helps us to develop a powerful prayer life.
10. Pray with Understanding
The entrance of God’s word gives light and grace to the humble. It opens up the mind of God so you know what His thoughts are towards you and helps your pray accordingly. There is nothing as powerful as praying according to the will of God for your life. And the will of God is the word of God.
You see, as a believer, prayer is the key. It is the way through which we look upon the throne of grace and draw strength to carry us through the race of life. I’d like to end with this quote from Mother Teresa,
“Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts.” It’s my hope that this article”Top 10 Proven Tips for A Powerful Prayer Life”, has helped you in your quest to have a powerful prayer life.