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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. 

REMEMBER

  • 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. 

PRACTICAL GUIDELINES

  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). 

EIGHT PRINCIPLES OF POWERFUL PRAYER

  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.