Prayer: What it is and how to do it; a formula for answered prayer.
Consider this analogy: there are many types of sports such as basketball, baseball, hockey, and volleyball; while they have different rules and regulations, they are all classified as sports. It is the same with prayer. The most common prayer type is Petition Prayer (also called the Prayer of Faith); it is between you and God.
Other types of prayer include:
Prayer of Agreement (two or more people) :: See Mat 18:19-20
Prayer of Consecration and Dedication (the will of God) :: See Luk 22:39-42
Prayer of Praise and Worship :: See Luk 2:15-20
Prayer of Binding and Loosening :: See Mat 16:19
Prayer of Intercession (on behalf of others) :: See Rom 8:26
What is Prayer? Prayer is inviting God in on our situation and circumstance; it is joining forces with God. The only thing that moves (obligates) God is His Word, so become highly developed in what “thus sayest the Lord.” This is necessary because the son of perdition will come against you and your request. If you are not prepared to fight, you are not prepared to pray. To whom do we Pray? Pray to the Father in the Name of Jesus. If this were a check, God would be the payee, your specific request would be the “For …” and Jesus would be the signer.
The Seven Ingredients for Answered Prayer:
1) Decide what you want from God and then find scripture that promises you that :: See Jos 1:8
2) Ask God for the things that you want and then believe that you have them :: See Mar 11:24
3) Let every thought and desire say YES! to the fact that you have what you asked God for :: See Jam 4:7
4) Thoughts are governed (controlled) by observation (what you see), association (who you associate yourself with), and teachings (what you hear) :: See Phil 4:6-9 and 2Cor 10: 3-5
5) Think continuously on the promises on which you based the answer to your prayer :: See Pro 4:20-23, Pro 14:12 and Hos 4:6
6) In your wakening moments, think on the love, mercy, goodness, and blessings of God and when you do, it will boost your faith :: See Psa 150 and Heb 13:15
7) Make every word relative to what you’ve asked a statement of faith :: See Rom 10:17, Rom 12:3 and Heb 10:23
Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 1Tim 6:12
For assuredly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, “Be removed and be cast into the sea,” and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Mar 11:23
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