Monday, June 20, 2016

Four Keys To Effective Prayer -- Pt. 1

I'm coming into a crazy busy part of the summer--so for the next two weeks,  I'm only going to be able to blog on Monday's and Fridays--but that's kind of cool because it gives me a chance to do a little "SERIES"... preachers love series! :-)

Four Keys To Effective Prayer
Based on Nehemiah 1 & an article by Rick Warren.

“Please remember what you told your servant Moses: ‘If you are unfaithful to me, I will scatter you among the nations. But if you return to me and obey my commands and live by them … I will bring you back to the place I have chosen for my name to be honored.’” (Nehemiah 1:8-9 NLT)

Here is Key #1. Base your request on God’s character.
Prayer is conversation with God.  If you've walked with and read His Word--you know He is a God of impeccable character!  So, as you lift your heart to God--express that : “God, I’m expecting you to answer this prayer because of who you are. You are a faithful God. You are a great God. You are a loving God. You are a wonderful God. You can handle this problem, God!"

My friend Desiree Willett lives by a saying that Nehemiah would have totally approved of, "God's got this!"  I.e. "God is good and He loves me so I have nothing to worry about!"

God doesn't need to be reminded of who He is---but it's so good for us to express and confess it.  We need to remind ourselves.  Remembering,rehearsing and reminding ourselves of God's truth and character strengthens our faith and keeps our heart and mind fixed in the right direction.  And it's a key to effective communication (prayer) with Him!

We'll look at Key #2 on Friday!

Spend somtime today just confessing to God all of the good truths you know about Him!  You'll be blessed so much by the results!

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