Entry# 004 The Effectual Prayer
When we pray, we want to get results. In order to pray effectively, we must believe that God loves us and that we are His righteousness because of the finished work of Jesus Christ. Satan wants us to always feel condemned, and feel like God’s wrath is always kindled against us. God does convict us when we sin to cause us to repent and turn back to Him, so He can immediately wash us clean again with Jesus’ blood. But Satan wants us to feel so condemned that we try to hide from God and cover our sins. Then the Devil gets us on the downward spiral of harboring iniquity, making us ineffective, and unable to affect the kingdom of darkness. We should never carry guilt; all we have to do is to confess our sins, repent, go in peace and sin no more. We must always trust in the love of God to clean us and justify us by grace through faith so that we can become the righteousness of God. The bible says that the hairs of our head are numbered; God is in tuned to every intimate detail of our lives. He said if He can take care of the birds of the air, how much more does He love us and want to take care of us. He said if we ask our earthly father for bread will he give us a stone? How much more can we trust our Heavenly Father to see our needs and supply them when we pray in faith? The effectual fervent, faith-filled prayers of the righteous man avail much. We are the righteousness of God when we accept His love for us, and allow Him to cover our lives with the blood of Jesus. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believe in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. So being transformed by the renewing of our minds, asking God to give us a pure, clean heart, allowing God to save and sanctify our souls, and trusting that we are loved by God and we are His righteousness, we can effectually pray in the spirit using God’s word. All we have to do is make the first step to pray, and God will bless our efforts to be effective.
Simple Sample Prayer
Dear God, in this New Year we do not want to waste time and energy doing things that are not effective or beneficial. Guide our ways and order our steps so that what you have invested inside of us would yield prosperous fruit, and so that the dreams you place inside of us would come to fruition. Reignite the passion and fervor in us so that we pray effectually, getting good results, and expecting you to hear us and grant our petitions. In Jesus’s name we pray, Amen.