As I awake to another beautiful, sunny day here in Orlando, my expectations go to the thoughts of what this warm day will bring. Just as my expectation for this day unfold so should my expectation be for answered prayers.
Some people are prayer worriers, not prayer warriors. They do pray but they are filled with worry and self-doubt. This spiritual condition results in weakened, ineffective prayers. Expectation for what was requested in prayer is a must when we ask in faith.
- The apostle James addressed this very issue: “When you ask Him be sure that you really expect Him to answer, for a doubtful mind is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. People like that should not expect to receive anything from the Lord … They waver back and forth in everything they do (James 1:6-8).”
When approaching God with your needs, be strong in faith and positive. Find the promise. Pray the promise. Believe the promise and allow God’s promise to take hold/ take root for God will respond to you. Cultivate a strong, positive and vibrant faith… Expecting that God will answer your prayer.
Jesus said COME BOLDLY to the throne of GRACE. So many times we go to God in prayer wanting or asking for something. And truly that is what we should do when in need, go to God in prayer.
Prayer is simply to be from your heart and I believe there is a pattern or way to pray that can bring successful results to your prayer.
Begin your Prayer with Adoration or Praise to your Heavenly Father, lead into Confession of any sin or wrong doing that may come to mind, begin to Thank Him for the cleansing of your sin that you just confess which now brings you into right standing with your Father God, NOW what do you need…Supplication …ASK Him with confidence and believe that He hears your prayer…Be assured that God heard your prayer and will!
A few years ago I read about these steps in praying in which I believe follows the very teachings of Christ.
Let’s take a look at these steps which will lead us into a better understanding of the true meaning of prayer. Learning these basic steps to praying will help you increase your praying time and self-confidence, bringing you to the extent of praying from your heart; with a more complete prayer.
The basics of prayer… A-C-T-S:
• A -stands for Adoration. Adoration is telling God we love Him and why. Teach men the attributes of God and what they mean to us. This prayer can be as simple as: “We love you, Lord, because you are always with us.” (Psalm 100)
• C -stands for Confession. Confession needs to be a private matter between the believer and God, but we do need to teach men how to confess their sins in prayer. Along with this, they also need to learn when they do honestly confess their sin, they are assured of forgiveness (1 John 1:9).
• T -stands for Thanksgiving. We have more to be thankful for than we might imagine. Teach men to “count their blessings” and give thanks to the Lord for them. (I Thess.5:18)
• S -stands for Supplication. This word simply means to earnestly or humbly ask for something. It includes asking for others (intercession). “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” (Matt.7:7)
Let me say, there is no specific way in praying but prayer must be from the heart. Praying is like talking to a close friend and truly God should be our closes friend, from the heart.
Just an added thought: A person who does not pray out loud in private prayer is often uncomfortable praying out loud in corporate prayer. Begin praying out loud when you are by yourselves. As you grow more comfortable praying out loud in your private prayer, you will become more comfortable praying in public.
Ask, Seek, Knock – ASK: Matthew 7:7 (KJV) “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” Matthew 21:22 (NLT) If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”
Fellowship is cultivated in the church when sin is expelled. There are often some observed sins in the church that must be confessed and expelled if fellowship is to be experienced.
We must examine ourselves as part of the body of Christ.
• Pride: Pride is an attitude of a man’s heart that says, “I know who I am, what I want and what to do. I don’t need anybody to suggest any need for change in my life.” Perpetual pride will break down genuine fellowship, but humility will rebuild it.
• Unforgiveness: Where unforgiveness exists in the hearts, fellowship will be lost in the congregation. Every positive, Spirit-directed move, the church makes, can be quenched by unforgiveness. To a church in need of renewed fellowship, Paul wrote, “Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you (Ephesians 4:32).”
• Impurity: As with every Christian, impure actions always come as a result of impure thoughts. Jesus rebuked the impure Pharisees when He said, “For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart (Matthew 12:34).”
How a person thinks has everything to do with how he acts. Fellowship with God is immediately broken when impure thoughts are tolerated, and fellowship with other Christians is hindered when impure attitudes or actions are expressed. Unholy or impure lives will always create a gulf between people and greatly hinder the fellowship of the church.
Praying with a right attitude…
When in prayer we must have a right attitude; pure thoughts, right motives and a forgiving heart… then and only then will we see the results of answered prayer.
Love in Christ Jesus,