P-90X “Prayer for 90-Days!” Day #4 How to Pray Effectively

Oct 4, 2013   //   by Tina McCrea   //   Blog  //  Comments Off on P-90X “Prayer for 90-Days!” Day #4 How to Pray Effectively

How to Pray Effectively
By: Evang. Tashara Luster


How to Pray Effectively: First, we must understand that prayer is a form of reverencing God.  Therefore, when we pray, we should give God some glory, honor, and praise before we ask for anything.  You would not approach someone and just start asking them for things, without first acknowledging who they are.  God is no different; He does not like us just addressing Him any kind of way.  “Enter into His gates (outer part) with Thanksgiving and into His courts (inner part) with Praise!” (Psalm 100:4).  During your time of intimacy and prayer, you want to go beyond the Gate and into the Court of God!

First, you must offer up Thanksgiving to God before you pray. The first thing that should proceed from your mouth in your time of prayer is Thanks for what God has already done in your life.  Give God thanks just for the opportunity to pray and bless His name.  This shows God that primarily, you are thankful to Him and that you are grateful for Him.  Once you have been at the Gate of Thanksgiving, then you begin to walk in the anointing of Praise.  You have something that you can Praise God about, no matter where you are in life.  Give God praise just for who He is, what He has done, and what He is going to do.  At this time during Thanksgiving, Praise, and Prayer, you should be seeking the Giver and not the Gift…“Seeking the Face of God and not just the Hand of God.”

The beginning of your prayer time is all about God and not about your needs.  Understand that if you glorify the Giver for who He is, then the need that you have will already be met before you ask for it.  This is where so many of us mess up in our prayer time.  We do not first acknowledge God and spend quality time alone with Him.  God is not a fast food drive-thru when it comes to prayer.

Prayer time with God is like a good expensive meal that is to be savored.  Take your time with God; He is not a Wham-Bam-Thank You-Ma’am kind of God. He is a Holy God, one who should be appreciated. Take every opportunity to pray (in the car, while washing dishes, while combing your hair, etc).  Make an effort to seek God in various ways and at various times.  Make it meaningful.  If your prayers do not sound like Adoration, Thanksgiving, Confessions, and Supplication to God then, “What do your prayers sound like?”

After you have entered into His court with Praise, then it is time to Pray.  Just before you pray, you should ask for forgiveness and repent for your wrong doings and sin.  This part of prayer is a time of cleansing.  You should not want to ask God for anything when you have mess in your heart, on your mind, and in your spirit.

Repent Before You Request!

Psalm 66:18 (AMP)

If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me;

Psalm 66:18 (NLT)

 If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.

God not only will not hear me, but He will not listen (act on my behalf) if I have sin in my heart.

Sin in the heart deals with unforgiveness, hatred, malice, unrepentant sin, and any type of iniquity.

 John 9:31 (AMP)

We know that God does not listen to sinners; but if anyone is God-fearing and a worshiper of Him and does His will, He listens to him.

“Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God” (Philippians 4:6).

At this point, you can make your requests known to God.  You can begin to ask Him for whatever you need.  Finally, the model prayer in Matthew 6:6-15 is the format for us to use when we pray.  Read it and put your own personal prayer into it and you will be an intercessor that has effective, life changing, and Bible-based prayers.

But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. 7And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. 8Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. 9In this manner, therefore, pray:

“Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name 10Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. 11Give us this day our daily bread.  12And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors.   13And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.” 14For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses (Matthew 6:6-15).

  How Do I Communicate with God?

With boldness, humility, joy, confidence and belief that He will deliver you!

Ephesians 3:12

“Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come fearlessly into God’s presence, assured of his glad welcome”

Hebrews 4:16

“So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it”

 Prayer Application & Assignment:


*Exercise:  Get a pen and paper and write out everything that is going right in your life. This is a Thank You Lord list for everything you have, and for what God has already done.


Today’s Prayer of Thanksgiving:

Father, I come to You in the Name of Jesus, my Lord and my Savior. I come to You with a heart of thanksgiving. I thank you for all the good things in my life, for You are the Creator of all things good. Father, I thank You for Your Presence. For in Your Presence is the fullness of my joy and in Your Presence I am complete and whole. In Your Presence, I have purpose. Because of Your Presence, I am glad to be here. Father, I thank You for Your plan, that I might have a full life and enjoy it and have it in abundance to overflowing. Father, I thank You for Your provision, that all my needs are met according to Your riches in glory and that I may prosper in all areas of my life as my soul prospers. Father, I thank You for Your protection, that Your perfect love cast out all fear and that no weapon formed against me shall prosper. Father, I thank You for Your peace, the peace that passes all understanding. The peace that keeps me calm and secure through adversity. The peace that leads me through all the storms that come into my life. Father, thank You for my life and Your Presence in it. In Jesus Name. Amen.

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