How to Develop a Powerful Prayer Life

    Monday, March 25, 2024

    I recently received a book about prayer that started me thinking about my own prayer life. I realized that it was lacking so I decided to do something about that. As I read the book, I quickly realized that I already knew most of what I was reading so it made me wonder why I wasn’t putting into practice what I knew. I decided to write this because I thought that maybe, if I’m not doing what I know, there would be others that could use a reminder.

    The book is titled How to Develop a Powerful Prayer Life by Dr. Gregory R. Frizzell.

    Here’s what I came away with:

    Prayer is a love relationship with the Most High God, not a ritual or duty (John 17:3). It’s about talking and listening to God.

    Prayer is also a commitment to consistent, significant, uninterrupted time with God (Matthew 6:6). Your prayer life is where Satan will attack you, so prayer is an essential piece of your arsenal for spiritual warfare. Satan will do anything to divert you from your prayer time. Also, the flesh is weak. Many things can keep us from our commitment. Paul said this in Romans 7:14-18. And the disciples couldn’t even stay awake while Jesus prayed (Matthew 26:40-41). Also, the world is drawing us away from our commitment to God. Making so many things available and enticing to us. Yet, God wants to bring us to total reliance upon Him (2 Corinthians 12:9). I don’t want to dismiss those quick prayers that the Holy Spirit prompts us to pray during our day. Those are essential, too (1 Thessalonians 5:17) and reminds us we are “to pray without ceasing.”

    A powerful prayer life requires a “balanced practice” of all 5 types of prayer. Each type has a unique role in developing and maintaining your relationship with Christ. I’m listing them here with a brief explanation.

      • Praise and Thanksgiving – Our daily adoration and worship to God. After all, our primary purpose is to praise and worship the Father. “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” (Matthew 22:37-38; Hebrews 13:15)
      • Confession and Repentance – Confession is the primary way we receive God’s forgiveness and maintain a Spirit-filled life. Failure to confess and repent can block the Lord from hearing us (Psalm 66:18). For confession to be genuine, it must also be thorough (Psalm 139:23-24; 1 John 1:9). The more time you spend with the Father, the more you will begin to understand the things that are important to Him, eternal things.
      • Petition and Supplication – These are prayers for our own needs and desires. God cares about the things that concern us, whether big or small. Nothing is too big or too small for Him (John 16:24, Philippians 4:6-7).
      • Intercession – This is prayer for others, to “stand in the gap” as in Ezekiel 22:30. This will include prayers for the lost, family, other’s health, our nation, our church, our leaders, and our pastors.  Intercession is the primary way God uses to reach the lost and empower the church.
      • Meditation – Reflection on His word and listening for Him to speak to you. First, you talk, and God listens; then God talks, through His word or the Holy Spirit, and you listen. You cannot maintain a healthy relationship with God or anyone else if you are doing all the talking. Write down impressions and thoughts as you read. A prayer journal is an excellent way to do this. God speaks to us most effectively when we still our hearts to listen. Jeremiah 29:13 says this, “You will search for me, and you will find me when you search for me with all your heart.” (Psalm 119:15, 18)

    God wants all His children to have a dynamic relationship with Him and prayer is how we do this.

    I would recommend this book to you.  It’s small and easy to read and has so much more to give you than I’ve given you here. I’m still working on implementing what I know about prayer, but I think it is a lifelong process.  I think the most important thing is remembering it’s a relationship that is a commitment.

    Blessings for a healthy prayer life.

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