What Guarantees an effective prayer life? Part 1
Everyone has prayed at some point in life. During this period, you may have maintained a consistent prayer life or not. Perhaps the reason why consistency has been an issue is because of challenges that may come your way as you pray. What is the secret towards maintaining an effective prayer life? No one wants to be involved in something that does not work and I believe it’s the same when it comes to prayer.
Prayer first of all is communication with God. It is a two-way conversation. You are talking to God and allowing Him to talk to you. Many times we hardly give God the chance to speak to us and we assume that if we have talked to God, that’s all that is needed. We need to understand that it is God who has given us the invitation to pray. Prayer is more than just getting our needs met and the most important question that we need to ask ourselves is what is the purpose of prayer? When we understand it’s purpose, then we shall ‘pray right’ as opposed to just praying to get it done.
It is through prayer that we get to fellowship with God. The primary reason for God creating man was for fellowship. This can only be possible through prayer. This truth helps us to understand why God has commanded to pray.
1Thessalonians 5:17 ESV- pray without ceasing
Ephesians 6:18 ESV praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,
Prayer helps us to understand the mind of God. It is natural to know people well the more you interact with them. You get to know what they love and how they do things. This is the same case with God. The more we fellowship with Him, the more we get to know Him and His way of doing things.
If you want to have an effective prayer life, you should first of all understand that it involves two parties, you and God. Both sides should be actively involved for it to qualify to be called fellowship. Have this concept in your heart and mind. God would love to talk to you but you must allow Him to do so. Maybe you are asking yourself how God speaks. This is where we shall pick up in our next session (part 2).
You are blessed!