Five Characteristics of Effective Prayer

Friday, December 04, 2009 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

by Dr. Karen Hurston

Ephesians 6:18 (Amplified Bible), Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty. To that end keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints (God's consecrated people).

1. According to God’s will and Word: I John 5:14 One way we can know if we are praying effectively is if we know we are praying according to God’s will and Word. Have one person read 1 John 5:14.

2. Empowered by God’s Holy Spirit: Zechariah 4:6; Romans 8:26 Have someone read Zechariah 4:6, we need to rely on the power of the Holy Spirit in our prayer lives.

3. From a pure heart: Psalm 24:3-4; James 4:1-3; 5:16 Have one person read Psalm 24:3-4, and a different person read James 5:16, we need to live in purity before God if we desire our prayers answered. Point out that elements like unforgiveness, bitterness and resentment can block our prayers.

4. Mixed with thanksgiving: Philippians 4:6; I Timothy 2:1-2 Have one person read Philippians 4:6, a powerful key to prayer is to mix thanksgiving with our prayers to our Father God.

5. Persistent: Luke 18:1-8: I Kings 18:41-45 Since they will be reading the Luke 18 passage at the end of the session, have someone read 1 Kings 18:41-45 as this is an example of a person (Elijah) who persisted in prayer until he saw results.