“Effective prayer is the key to living a victorious life.”
- Reynolds Xamot
I think most of us will agree that prayer is a critical component of the Christian experience in that it involves our communication with God. Like all communication encounters, there is a way to engage in it that will maximize effectiveness. In recently reading this article by Doug Andre entitled “Five Keys to Effective Prayer”, I was impressed that he had a perspective on prayer and its effectiveness from which we all could benefit. As I share it with you today, it is my prayer that it will lift your prayer life to a new level.
- Dr. Craig L. Oliver, Sr.
Five Keys to Effective Prayer
By: Doug Andre
“Watson, come here! I want to see you!”
With these famous words, Alexander Graham Bell catapulted himself into instant historic notoriety as the inventor of the first practical telephone. During a June 2, 1875 experiment by Bell and his assistant, Thomas Watson, the telephone as we know it was born. It was a miraculous invention, and it changed the world forever.
Scripture for memorization:
Psalm 24:1 (NLT)
The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to Him.
In Matthew 25:14–30, Jesus presented a parable illustrating the importance of believers being good stewards of what He has entrusted to them until He returns. Take the time to read the passage and meditate on and answer the following questions throughout the week.
- What is the parable an analogy of according to verse 14?
- How did the Master determine how much to give to each individual?
- What expectations did the Master have for the servants and His money?
- How was each servant rewarded by the Master?
- Think of the Master as God and yourself as the servant. What would God expect of you with what He has entrusted in your care?
- Thank God for what He has entrusted in your care.
- Ask God for His guidance to apply the Seven Baby Steps to begin your road to financial freedom and the ability to give towards the expansion of God’s Kingdom.
- Pray for your FPU group.
“True prayer is neither a mere exercise nor a vocal performance. It is far deeper than that – it is a spiritual transaction with the Creator of Heaven and Earth.”
- Charles Spurgeon
There are times within our individual contexts of life that we encounter extraordinary circumstances that require the intervention of the Good Hand of the Lord in our lives. There are moments in life that demand influence, fortitude, or strength that exceed our capacity. I firmly believe, however, that in these moments of our most exhaustive extremity that the conditions are perfect to engage the power wrought from fasting and praying. More than merely going without food, fasting and prayer reflect a humbled and submitted posture of the heart as illustrated in the story of Nehemiah.
Choose your fast
(6a-6p; omit 1 meal; Daniel Fast). Read John 3:16; Rom 5:8; Ps 143:8
Today we focus on God’s great love towards us. Motivated by His great love, God beckons you to walk with Him, to know Him, to become intimate with Him. Think about the wonder of God’s love towards you and the sacrifice Jesus made because of His love for His world! Thanks God for His love and pray for His love to permeate every aspect of your life.
John 3:16 (NASB95)
16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
Romans 5:8 (NASB95)
8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Psalm 143:8 (NASB95)
8 Let me hear Your lovingkindness in the morning; For I trust in You; Teach me the way in which I should walk; For to You I lift up my soul.
In the article, The Importance of Prayer by Dr. Richard J. Krejcir, he pinpoints very relevant points concerning the priority and purpose of prayer. Over the last few weeks I have been sharing excerpts from the article with the intent of amplifying the preeminence of prayer not only in our personal lives but also within the fabric of our church experience. In this third installation from the article we will focus on what it means to Be a Church of Prayer. May we all become inspired to position ourselves in a constant posture of prayer.
- Craig L. Oliver, Sr.
Be a Church of Prayer!
What is the essential thing to do before each activity, meeting, or event at your church or potential church? Pray. Prayer is the platform on which plans begin, end, and rest. There should never be anything that goes on at a church that does not have prayer at the central core. Remember confidentiality. Prayer requests are not ammunition for gossip. If your church is not a church of prayer, your church is not healthy; it is not in God's will, nor is it focused on Christ. Your church is a mere club for the prideful.
The article, The Importance of Prayer by Dr. Richard J. Krejcir highlights the preeminence of prayer in the lives of the children of God and its critical importance. It is my intention to highlight certain aspects from the article and share them with you over the course of the next few weeks as I believe they will be a blessing to your lives. In this second installation from the article we will focus on Practical Strategies for Praying for Evangelism. I pray that it blesses you richly and serves as an impetus for a renewed hunger for His Presence.
- Craig L. Oliver, Sr.
Practical Strategies for Praying for Evangelism
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Colossians 4:2-3
During my reading, I came across a leadership article on prayer entitled The Importance of Prayer by Dr. Richard J. Krejcir. The article highlights the preeminence of prayer in the life of the children of God and its critical importance in our lives. Moreover, it was an inspirational and informative lesson that I believe should be shared abroad. Over the course of the next few weeks I will share from this article and I believe it will incite you to pursue our Heavenly Father in a greater way in prayer. I pray that it blesses you richly.
- Craig L. Oliver, Sr.
Understand the Importance of Prayer!
One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples." He said to them, "When you pray, say: 'Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation.'" Luke 11:1-4