How to Pray Effectively According to the Bible?
How to pray effectively according to the Bible? Praying is the way we communicate to God. When we need something, we ask God. When we committed sins, we pray for His forgiveness. When we are punished, we ask the His mercy. When we are sick, we ask for healing. And when we feel thankful, we bring our joy and thankfulness to God. But how can we assure that God hears our prayers? The following are guides from the Holy Scriptures on how to pray effectively:
Before we pray, we should first assure that we make ourselves humble, forgiving, righteous, and one that does the will of God. This is because the prayer of a righteous person is effective than that of a wicked one. Remember that a forgiving man who asks God’s forgiveness is forgiven, a generous man who asks blessing from God will be blessed, and a merciful man who asks God’s mercy will be given God’s mercy. Therefore, before we pray, we must first make ourselves pleasing to God.
2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)
if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
James 5:13-16 (NIV)
Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.
John 9:31 (NIV)
We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly man who does his will.
1 Timothy 2:8-10 (NIV)
I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing.
I also want women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God.
We should follow the right ways of praying. For men, they should come with peace and not with anger. They should not also let their heads covered (they must not have long hair). For women, they must come with modesty and decency. When they pray or make prophesies, they must cover their heads – their long hair as their covering.
1 Corinthians 11:4-5 (NIV)
Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head. And every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head—it is just as though her head were shaved.
1 Corinthians 11:14-16 (NIV)
Does not the very nature of things teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a disgrace to him, but that if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For long hair is given to her as a covering. If anyone wants to be contentious about this, we have no other practice—nor do the churches of God.
In praying, we should align our prayers and requests to what is according to God’s will. If you pray righteously, like asking for love, peace and kindness for our brothers, then it will be heard by God. But if you will pray wickedly, like asking to harm our brothers, then God will not listen to you.
1 John 5:14-15 (NIV)
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.
Matthew 7:21 (NIV)
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
When we pray to our Father, we must pray in humility and secrecy. We should avoid praying in pride and hypocrisy.
Matthew 6:5-6 (NIV)
“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
We should pray with sense and avoid prayers with too many redundant words. God is full of wisdom and power – He understands a simple prayer and He even knows it before we ask it.
Matthew 6:7-8 (NIV)
And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
Luke 20:46-47 (NIV)
“Beware of the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and love to be greeted in the marketplaces and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets. They devour widows’ houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. Such men will be punished most severely.”
This is how our Lord Jesus Christ taught us in praying to our Almighty Father.
Matthew 6:9-15 (NIV)
“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.
Forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one. For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
Luke 11:1-4 (NIV)
One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”
He said to them, “When you pray, say:
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins,
for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.
And lead us not into temptation. “
We must be faithful in our prayers.
Romans 12:12 (NIV)
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
We should always righteously pray and talk to God.
2 Timothy 1:3 (NIV)
I thank God, whom I serve, as my forefathers did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV)
Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.