What guarantees an effective prayer life? part 2
Successful prayer life
What comes to your mind when you think about success? This word runs in everyone’s mind in all that we do. We can all agree that everyone wants to succeed and no one wants to fail. The desire to succeed is God-given. He is the author and the one who accomplishes success in the lives of His children. We see this from Joshua 1:8 ESV This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
When it comes to prayer, we ought to have the same desire, and that is to succeed in it. We all want to have an effective prayer life. That is what we call success. The simplest definition of success from the Biblical perspective is doing things God’s way. This should be in line with His Word. This is where an effective prayer-life begins.
John 15:7 ESV says If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. You must abide in Christ Jesus. To abide here means to remain or to continue in Christ. To abide in Christ, you must have a relationship with the Father which is accomplished when one gets born again. The moment that you confess Jesus as your Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you are placed in Christ and are born-again. To abide in Christ, you must fellowship with the Father and Son through the Holy Spirit. It involves a daily, living communion and fellowship with Him.
John 15:7 also states that Christ Jesus’ words must abide in you. Your prayer life must be based on the Word of God. His word abiding in you is that portion of scripture that is settled in your heart. You know it is so. It has become your truth. You have put it into practice in your life. You have to understand that God primarily speaks to you through His Word. God’s Word is God speaking to you and God’s Word is His will. In the same way, we have to pray in line with God’s will; that is His Word. This then shows you that God’s Word is the means by which you use in prayer. 1John 5:14-15 ESV says And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. (15) And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.
When you take time to meditate and study God’s Word, then you will come to know the mind/ will of God in your life. This will then assure you that when you approach Him in prayer, you will have your requests answered. Purpose to pray God’s Word in your life. This has to start from searching out His Will in His Word.