by: Amy Forbes
Do you ever wonder whether your prayers for your spouse are doing any good? Are they effective? Is God hearing you?
Here are some tips from "What happens when Women pray" by Evelyn Christenson:
Plug into God's power - don't plan just pray! If we could learn to pray first and plan afterward how different our homes, our churches, our Christian women's clubs, our bible studies etc whatever we are doing for Christ would be so different. Maybe we are planning in one direction and God's will is in another direction.
Hindrances to prayer - "If I cherish evil in my heart, the Lord will not hear me" Psalm 66:18. God didn't release us to pray for other needs until we had cleaned up our own lives by confessing our sins first. We prayed and prayed and God kept bringing sins to our minds. God kept bringing our wrong priorities, thoughts, reactions and attitudes to our minds. Some of our sins were divided moties, pretence and pride but if we are living in sin and liking it, if we are keeping it there God dies wo'nt hear us.
Praying in one accord - "For where two or three come together in My name there I am with them" Matt 18:20. If you are praying with a group of people the method is praying in one accord. That is achieved by praying aloud about only one subject at at time wth one person praying at at time instead of planning other prayers in advance. How much more power there is in prayer when the participants are praying together.
The Five S's - "An when you pray do not keep babbling like pagans for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them for your Father knows what you need before you ask him" Matt 6:7-8 These make more sense and are more effective: a. subject by subject
b. short prayers
c. simple prayers
d. be specific
e. have silent periods to listen to God
Praying in God's will - "This is the assurance we have in approaching God that if we ask anything according to His will He hears us" 1John 5:14-15 There's a difference in praying for what our will and praying for God's will. How often have you prayed for something or someone and the situation has turned out completely different?
Commitment in prayer - "So then those who suffer according to God's will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good"- 1Peter4:19 Is your God an all-wise Father who knows the end from the beginning, who knows all the causes and all the outcomes and who never makes a mistake? We must pray for something that seems very good to us but God knows the "what ifs" in our lives. He knows the calamities that might occur if He answered our prayers in the way we think best. He also knows about all our difficult situations and wants to turn them into something good.
Where to pray - "When you pray go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father who is unseen. Then your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you" - Matt 6:6 Do you have a secret place for private prayer, a certain corner, a chair or a room set apart where you can spend time alone with God? Going away to pray in secret is perhaps the most vital type of prayer in which we engage. When to pray - "Pray continually" - 1Thessalonians 5:17 When you're with a person you love there need not be a bit of conversation in order for you to experience real communication.
Praying without ceasing is like that. It's turning the dial of our communication system with God to "on" making possible a two way conversation with Him at anytime. To whom we pray - "Come near to God and He will come near to you" - James 4:8 Before we are ready to start praying we need to wait upon God until we know we have established communication with Him. This is a time of quiet when we are shutting out every thought and distraction around us. There is no talking ot God, just a complete mental coming to Him and then He will come near to us.
Forgiveness through prayer - "And forgive us our sins just as we have forgiven those who have sinned against us"- Matt 6:12 Christ says that if we don't forgive others our Father will not forgive us. If He does not our sins will keep Him from hearing our prayers.
The results of prayer - "Without faith it is impossible to please God because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him" - Hebrews 11:6 What happens when we pray? Things do happen. We do not drop our prayes into a bottomless pit. We send them up to a heavenly Father who in His time, in His way, according to His will answeres them down here on earth.
I hope these tips and ideas help you in your quest to pray. If you'd like to get a copy of this book you can do so from amazon.com. Visit my blog Home With Amy.
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Marching Around Jericho is a spiritual guide. As you read through the pages, powerful and transformative instruction and equipping takes place. We follow Jesus as he leads us around the walls, imparting kingdom truths with each passing, finally arriving at the gates of the walled-off city, our spouse’s unbelieving heart. After the circles in prayer are complete, we arrive fully prepared to command the walls to crumble and be removed, making a way for our spouse to step from the rubble of lies and captivity, into faith and freedom!