become effective and fervent in your prayer life, do the
- Humble yourself before God.
- Ask God ( in the name of
Jesus ) to search your heart to bring to mind any sin that needs to
- Repent of your sins and
forgive those who trespass against you.
"Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear
my voice, and open
the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with
- To pray is to let Jesus come into our heart.
It is not our prayer which moves the Lord Jesus. It is Jesus who
moves us to pray.
Our prayers are always a result of Jesus knocking at our heart's
To pray is to let Jesus into our needs, to give Him permission to
To pray is to let Jesus glorify His name in the midst of our
The results of prayer are not dependent on the power or ability of
the one who prays.
is something deeper than words. It is present in the soul before
it has been formulated in words. And it abides in the soul after
the last words of prayer have passed over our lips. Prayer is an
attitude of our hearts, an attitude of mind.
Such an attitude is immediately recognized by God as an appeal.
- Only he who is helpless can truly pray.
Without faith there can be no prayer, no matter how great our
helplessness may be.
It is blasphemy toward God to turn to Him in prayer and not
believe in answer to prayer.
We have faith enough when we, in our helplessness turn to Jesus.
peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep
your hearts and and minds through Christ Jesus."
The only way in which we can gather and keep collected our distracted
minds and our roaming thoughts is to center them about Jesus Christ.
We can find no rest and peace in prayer as long
as we think that we can by our own will, keep
our thoughts on God.
As soon as we realize we are helpless to control our thoughts and
let Jesus deal with these powerful foes of our soul, then the peace
of God will descend with healing and blessing upon our distressed
soul. Then the Spirit will be able to explain and glorify Christ
anew to my soul. And then our thoughts will be laid hold of and
taken captive by Christ, attracted to Him, and centered upon Him.
Prayer has one function, and that is to answer Yes when He knocks,
to open the soul and give Him the opportunity to bring us the answer.
- If it becomes difficult for
you to pray, then offer this little prayer, Lord, teach me to pray,
in Jesus name I ask. There is nothing that He, the Spirit of prayer
would rather do.
Heavenly Father knows each sigh that raises.
Our heart ever nearer His heart so tender.
For You are my joy and
peace. In Thee I have found release, My soul's Defender.