Has life pushed you around? The time has come for you to push back. This series, entitled “Effective Prayer,” will teach you how to “Push Back Through Prayer” and will explore the concept of “Fasting: the Supernatural Surge” and will also teach you “The Purpose of the Blood in Your Life.”
Today, Christians are engaged in battle! The Bible says that in the last days, things will grow “worse and worse.” The Apostle Peter says, “Scoffers will come in the last days... walking according to their own lusts,” and ask, “Where is the promise of His coming?”
We see evidence of this battle every time we turn on the mainstream media and we witness their scoffing at Christians. They mock the virgin birth of Christ. They produce documentaries portraying people of faith as being simple minded and deceived.
When describing this conflict of good and evil, Paul wrote in Ephesians 6, “We wrestle not against flesh and blood but powers and principalities...”
Christians need to recognize that this daily battle we face is a spiritual battle! The Word of God, in Ephesians 6:18, gives every Believer the key to success in this war between the Kingdom of God and Satan’s evil empire with the words, “Praying always.” Prayer is the supernatural force God has given to His children that enables them to be victorious in this life.
John’s Gospel tells us “The Kingdom of God suffers violence and the violent take it by force.” Christians need to recognize that the violent force you have locked inside of you is prayer and you need to learn how to turn this force loose in order to turn things around.
Effective prayer is exciting prayer. James 5:16 reads, “The effective fervent prayer of the righteousness avails much.” The key here is that if there is effective prayer then there is efficient prayer. I believe that ineffective prayer is the number one reason why people don’t pray more. Have you ever heard someone say, “I tried praying, but it doesn’t work.” The truth is that it does work. Prayer works every time when you do it properly. The Bible tells us in James 4:3, “You ask and don’t receive because you ask amiss.”
Praying effectively isn’t impossible; in fact, it is as simple as having a conversation with your best friend. But you need to know the Biblical basis for prayer before you effectively do it. When you pray ineffectively it leads to frustration and frustration leads to confusion, discouragement, and doubt. Once you have reached the point of doubt then your prayers are powerless.
The Bible tells us in James 1:6-7, to “Ask in faith without doubting... he who doubts will not receive anything from the Lord.”
This brings us to my second point that prayer is learned. In Luke 11:1, the Word reminds us that, “His disciples said to Him, ‘Lord teach us to pray!” Christ did not teach His disciples how to perform miracles, walk on water, and cast out demons; He taught them how to pray. Because when you know how to pray miracles will happen, the impossible becomes possible, and every power and principality trembles when you hit your knees because they understand the power you possess with your effective prayer.
But in order to pray effectively you need to understand God’s attitude toward prayer. Everyone has a traditional, cultural, and religious view of God and it impacts your attitude toward prayer. You need to lose your personal view of God and grab a spiritual view of God!
These teachings will also reveal the will of God concerning prayer and teach you the seven basic conditions for having prayer answered.
I want to briefly lay out those seven conditions so you can evaluate the way you currently pray. First of all, we must all pray in Jesus’ name because access to God the Father only comes in Christ’s name. The Word says in John 14:13-14, “And whatever you ask in my name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.”
Secondly, in order to pray effectively, praise and thanksgiving must be an unconditional fact of your life because without praise there is distance between you and God. This is reflected in the Psalm 100:4, “The gates of God are thanksgiving and praise.” Notice that it is only after you have been thankful that you can make your request known to God.
Next, we must learn how to pray without condemnation and guilt. Psalm 66:18 reads, “If I regard iniquity in my heart the Lord will not hear.” You cannot be God conscience and sin conscience at the same time.
Furthermore, you must have a pure motive in your prayer. John 14:13 says, “The glory of God is the motive for prayer that moves the heart of God.” Remember, God knows your heart. If you mechanically and redundantly recite meaningless words out of obligation in order to mentally check off your obligatory daily prayer time—God will not hear you—He cannot hear you without pure motive.
Also, we must try to live in a right relationship with others. Matthew 6:15 reads, “But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” Therefore, your willingness to forgive impacts your ability to be forgiven.
In addition, we must pray under the direction of the Holy Spirit. The Word says in Romans 8:14, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.” So, if you pray, continually being led by the Spirit, you will be in accordance with the mind of God and the Holy Spirit will intercede on your behalf.
Finally, we must pray in accordance with the Word of God, which is His ultimate will. Luke 1:38 says, “Let it be according to your Word.” It is up to you to come into agreement with what He said. This prayer of agreement is not a carnal agreement but a supernatural agreement. And two is the minimum requirement. So, pray in His name, and it shall be done!
These seven steps are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what this teaching has in store for you. Know that after you master praying effectively, there are still going to be times when your prayer needs a surge of the supernatural. Learn how to fast in order to create the spiritual force that is required to achieve God’s purpose in your life. It will teach you why God wants us to fast, why He honors a fast, and how it creates the supernatural surge you need.
But more than anything know this: prayer is the privilege of every child of God. Prayer is the most exciting adventure you will ever experience because prayer is backed by the power of Almighty God.
Using the pages of God’s Word and the principles contained within, I want to show you how to push back in the spiritual battles you face through effective fasting and prayer.