*Keys to Effective Prayer*
Let me start by saying:
We are privileged to be in a church which is a Precious Gift from God Almighty himself.
A church that was built to give salvation to the world *( Mattew 28: 19-20, Mark 16:15-18)*
A church that was built by the blood of Jesus *( Hymn 330 stanzas 2)*
A church that has his major assignment to bring lost sheep to the throne of grace *( Hymn 331 & 76)* with rules and tenets meant to direct man to path of righteousness *(Heb. 12:14)*
A Church Full of Grace of God Almighty when it’s secret is known. That is, *the fear of God (Psalm 111:70)*.
The premises of the churches in CCC are under the full control of angels of God because the church is Holy *(Deuteronomy 23: 12-14)*.
You may not need to SHOUT at the top of your voice or SCREAM or HIT your head at the wall before God of CCC will answer your prayers.
CCC is unconditional Gift of God to Celestial Members:
You need wealth & Children attend seekers service with your faith on Wednesday by 9am.
You want Spiritual Power and growth: Friday 12 noon in mercy land.
Committing your life in the safe hands of God, New moon Service by 10pm e.t.c.
You may not need to throw yourself into 70 days dry fast before God answers your prayers in CCC.
No seaside Prayers in CCC.
No seaside victory
Prayers in CCC instead they can be done in mercy land.
No mountain/Hill top retreat or prayers in CCC.
We don’t use palm-fronds or loin to beat people that are sick or asking for Victory in CCC
No Victory Prayers in the forest in CCC!!!
No water from the tree, spring water or going to break eggs on rocks or at 3 road junction, or burying banana tree trunk for Victory or kneeling down on white cloth or taking your bath at 3 junction in CCC.
(I am not saying we should not be involved in Spiritual work (ISE), it is part of our believe and it works through our faith especially if It is from the Spirit of God.).
PLEASE DO NOT BE DECEIVED BY BABALAWO’S IN SUTANA spoiling the image of our great church all in the name of EFFECTIVE PRAYERS!!!.
*What is effective Prayers?*
The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective” *(James 5:16)*
the “eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer” *(1 Peter 3:12; Psalm 34:15)*,
“the prayer of the upright pleases Him” *(Proverbs 15:8)*.
Prayer saved the righteous Daniel from the lion’s den *(Daniel 6:11)*
and in the wilderness, God’s chosen people benefitted from Moses’ right standing with God *(Exodus 16–17)*
the apostle Paul’s prayers even caused the earth to shake *(Acts 16:25-26)*
Clearly, the passionate prayers of God’s righteous children can accomplish much *(Numbers 11:2)*
Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known. *(Jeremiah 33:3)*
Call to Me…
Prayer is our primary means of communication with the Lord on a daily basis, and any prayer, no matter the duration or scope, is relevant and important to God *(Matthew 7:7-8)*.
God is available to hear our prayers any time of the day. For some of us, it is hard to pray with consistency during the week. For others, we may struggle with what to pray for, while some of us don’t pray much to him at all, we only run after Prophets and Shepherds when there is challenge.
No matter our circumstances, we have the privilege of praying to our Father who is in heaven, and so we should pray! But what are *some key components of effective prayer?*
1. *Pray rightly*
You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. *(James 4:2-3)*
Praying rightly for something that would glorify the Lord is an excellent way to pray.
A key to praying rightly is to pray for things that are on God’s heart – like asking the Lord for the opportunity to share the gospel with a family member or co-worker, or for the ability to love your neighbor.
We can also pray directly from Scripture.
To pray from Scripture, try using your favorite Psalm or Proverb or others that relate to what you are praying about, and reading it out loud. Pray rightly.
2. *Pray with confidence*
Do you pray confidently? ALL OF US who follow Jesus Christ have the Holy Spirit living inside of us.
If we believe this to be true, then how could we not be confident about coming humbly before the Lord? God’s Word tells us,
And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. 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. *(1 John 5:14-15)*
Every time I pray, I am confident that God will listen and answer my prayers according to his good will. Brothers and sisters in the Lord, our confidence should be in Christ and because of Christ. Pray with confidence!!!
3. *Pray continuously*
God wants us to be persistent in prayer. In *1 Thessalonians 5* the Apostle Paul urges us all to “pray without ceasing” *(v. 17)*. I liken this act to a child who desperately wants something from a parent and continuously asks and pleads with them over a long period of time until they receive God’s answer. Pray continuously!!!
…And I Will Answer You
God answers prayer. In fact, I can’t recall a time where he didn’t answer a prayer of mine. And while I am always looking for him to answer in the affirmative, sometimes he doesn’t answer that way. We need to be prepared to receive an answer that might not make sense to us.
So, how does God answer prayer? His normal mode of answering is either “yes, no, or wait.” No matter how he answers, we can trust that his wisdom far exceeds our own and that he alone knows what is best for us at all times *(Jeremiah 29:11)*
4. *God answers in his time*
God assures us that he will answer our prayers in his perfect timing. *Psalm 69:13* states,
But as for me, my prayer is to you, O Lord. At an acceptable time, O God, in the abundance of your steadfast love answer me in your saving faithfulness.
While we wait for his perfect timing, we must be patient. *Psalm 37:7*states,
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!
How are you having to wait on God’s perfect timing?
5. *God answers for his glory.*
God gets all of the glory, no matter our prayers or how they are answered by him. *Isaiah 24:15* states,
Therefore in the east give glory to the Lord; in the coastlands of the sea, give glory to the name of the Lord, the God of Israel.
We are commanded to give him glory. God does not share the spotlight with others. *Isaiah 42:8* reminds us,
I am the Lord; that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to carved idols.
We were created for his glory *(Isaiah 43:7)*
and so everything we do for his glory.
The Lord calls us to call on him for everything in our lives.
We can be confident that calling out to him through our style: Jehovah, Jesus Christ, Holy Michael or basically in the name of Jesus!, God will hear us and answer us in his perfect timing and for his glory.
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