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Beginning Guidelines for a Powerful Prayer Life

Often times believers ask for a practical plan to help them pray effectively. The disciples were wise when they said, "Lord teach us to pray." The framework below is a simple prayer format to help you grow in the area of prayer. 


  • The regular reading of significant amounts of Scripture is absolutely essential to your prayer life. 
  • Familiarize yourself with the basic guidelines and biblical principles for powerful prayer. 


  1. Be prepared to give God the best time of your day with undivided attention. 
  2. Develop a balance of praise/thanksgiving, confession, petition, and intercession during your prayer time. 
  3. Daily ask God to teach you to pray (Luke 11:1). 


  1. Pray with an attitude of authority and confidence through the name of Jesus (John 14:13-14; Hebrews 4:16).
  2. Spend quality time allowing God to search you so you are freshly cleansed from every sin or hindrance (Provers 28:13).
  3. Specifically ask Him to fill and anoint you with His Spirit (Ephesians 5:18; Romans 8:26).
  4. Determine to pray in genuine faith and expectancy (Mark 1:22-24).
  5. Ask God to prevent the influence of Satan in yourself and in the subjects for which you pray (Ephesians 6:11).
  6. Ask God for the spirit of fervency in your praying (James 5:16).
  7. In your praying be as specific as possible (Philippians 4:6).
  8. Concerning your key prayer requests, seek to find committed partners who will agree with you in united prayer (Matthew 18:19).


Adapted from How to Develop a Powerful Prayer Life by Gregory Frizzell.