As a follow-up to, Watch and Pray: Understanding the Eight Prayer Watches, United in Christ Ministries of Canton has released a new book titled, Watch and Pray: How to Pray Effectively During the Eight Prayer Watches.
Many of us have difficulty praying because we are not quite sure how to pray effectively or when to pray. To receive the prayer results that we desire, we must be strategic in our prayer life.
Read an excerpt from the “Introduction” of Watch and Pray: How to Pray Effectively During the Eight Prayer Watches:
“Prayer is key to our survival as Believers in Jesus Christ. Because of Christ’s work on the cross, we have access to God, our Heavenly Father, and the privilege to communicate our needs and desires to Him. We cannot live a healthy spiritual life without prayer, yet, prayer is one aspect of the Christian life that many struggle with for various reasons.
Some Christians become discouraged when their prayers are not immediately answered. They assume that either God is not listening or He does not care. Others may receive an immediate response to prayer, but the answer is not what they expected. And, they miss out on the blessings God has for them because they failed to receive the way He chose to answer their prayer.
In praying that God’s will takes precedence in the situations for which we are praying, we are following the example Jesus Christ set for us. On the night of His arrest and betrayal, Jesus went to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray because He knew what He was about to face. In agony, Jesus prayed to His Father to allow “this cup”—or His tragic death—to pass from Him. However, Jesus knew that to save His own life meant that the human race would be eternally separated from God.
So, Jesus did not pray to have His way in the matter, but He prayed that God’s eternal plan and purpose be done through His death on the cross (Luke 22:42). If Jesus prayed for God’s will to be done—in the most extreme circumstances—how much more should we pray that God’s plans and purposes be carried out in our lives?
To avoid becoming discouraged or worried that somehow we are not praying correctly or in a way that God will answer, we must learn how to pray effectively so that we can always keep in step with God and what He wants to do in our lives. What does it mean to “pray effectively?” To pray effectively means that we ask the Holy Spirit to help us pray so that God answers our petitions and His plans and purposes are carried out in our lives… Continue reading