As believers we are commanded throughout the Bible to pray. Jesus teaches us how to pray in Matthew 6:9-13, ““This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation,but deliver us from the evil one.'”
Have you ever gone to pray and not known what to pray? Maybe you feel like your prayers are hitting the ceiling? Jesus wouldn’t command us to do something He hasn’t equipped us to do. He wants to partner with you and I to see His “Kindgom come” and “will be done” (Matthew 6:10).
Three keys for seeing results in prayer
Pray like Jesus
Jesus was fully God and fully man. God sent Him to the earth to show us how to live a naturally, supernatural life. He restricted Himself as God and lived His life as a man in partnership with the Holy Spirit. Jesus prayers were powerful and effective…and short,Matthew 8:3 – Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy.
Matthew 9:22 – Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed at that moment.
Mark 5:8 – For Jesus had said to him, “Come out of this man, you impure spirit!
He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.
When Jesus prayed He command the situation and circumstances to change. He spoke to the leper’s hand and told the storm how to behave. Let’s stop praying half-hearted prayers hoping and begging God to answer. It’s time to pray like Jesus prayed in faith and speak to things. We are co-heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17)!
Peter didn’t walk on water by staying in the boat. Paul didn’t see demon possessed people healed by sitting on the sidelines. As believers, we have to get into the game and take the risks. It’s the only way we will see Heaven come to earth. Start trying the things you read in the bible. Speak to sickness in the name of Jesus and see if it leaves. You’ll never know unless you try!
Remember, you are a hose
A hose is vessel in which water flows. Hoses are only effective at transporting water if they are connected to a water source. Our spiritual lives are the same. We are vessels of the power and presence of God. As we connect to Him as our source His life flows through us to nourish.
The hose is not the source of life, the water is. A believer is not the source of life, the resurrection power of Jesus Christ is. Both just happen to flow through the vessel.
What are you going to do?
Maybe you’re prayers haven’t worked in the past, but armed with these three keys I challenge you to try again!
The results are up to Him. Your responsibility is simply to pray like Jesus, keep take risks, and be a vessel for His resurrection power to flow through!