Fundamentals of a Prevailing Prayer (2)
You get better at praying by praying but you need to learn the principles of prayer – Luke 11:1.4 – Prayer is taught. Fundamental means basic, requires and principles. To prevail means to breakthrough, overcome, subdue and win.
Prayer that will bring answers must be conducted with a heart of gratitude. God checks the state of our heart and will not accept the person whose heart is not grateful – Psalm 100:1-5. To approach God on any subject matter, praise, worship and thanksgiving must be in place. An acceptable prayer must begin by the worship of God.
Don’t allow the problems that you want to present to God labour your heart that you forget to approach God the way He has laid out to you. God is a God of order. God will never reject worship nor will He ever deny a worshipper. All is seeking God but He is seeking some (those who will worship Him in spirit and in truth).
It is not always easy to be thankful but you have to chose to be thankful in spite of what is happening or not happening around you. God can turn bad to good. You must know that God does not like a murmurer – 1st Corinthians 10:10. When something goes wrong, tell yourself God is always right because He is a God of faithfulness. Gratefulness is the secret of true greatness – 2nd Corinthians 4:17-18 (anything you are passing through has an expiry date).
Many people have become victims of things that they are happening around them and have become losers of the things that they do not see. Nehemiah 1:3, Daniel 9:1-4. To be thankless is to be helpless. If you always want help from God, you have to be thankful. Look for the small mercies and use it to elicit thanksgiving in your heart – Acts 4:23-24, John 6:11.