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Make 2 Changes for a Powerful Prayer Life

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Everyone is interested in making improvements in their lives, right? We go to the gym. We do our best to eat healthy food. We’re careful with our choices. But have you ever thought of improving your prayer life?

 

Would you be interested in making two changes in your prayers for a more effective and powerful prayer life? Are you interested in having powerful prayers that move heaven to work for you? That’s exactly what we’re going to talk about today.

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I must confess that I thought I had an effective prayer life because I prayed in the name of Jesus. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t pray that way because the Bible teaches us that we should. What I mean is, I was placing the phrase “in Jesus name” in the wrong spot. And that meant that my focus was in the wrong spot, too.

 

If you want to have a powerful prayer life then keep on reading. I want to share with you a concept that you may have not considered before.

 

I would love to see you have more effective prayer results. And I would love to see your prayer life go from ho-hum to amazing! To go from sometimes having prayers answered to knowing that your powerful prayer will be answered!

 

To get there, there are two things that you can do that will result in a powerful prayer life. The first change is found in two verses of the Lord’s Prayer.

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The Lord’s Prayer is an Effective Prayer

We have been taught to pray according to the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6 and Luke 11, right? Look closely at Matthew 6:9-10. We learn that we

  • pray to our Father in Heaven
  • acknowledge that His name is holy
  • pray for His kingdom to come, and
  • pray for His will to be done on earth.

 

Jesus teaches us that we are to pray according to the Father’s will. Have you listened to your prayers lately? How many times do you pray according to your own will? Yikes! I know!

 

Can you think of a time when you tried to tell God how to answer your request? Let me tell you, I’ve done that many times!

 

Did you notice something else about these verses in Matthew 6? Jesus taught us that we begin our prayers acknowledging God the Father. Acknowledging who He is. This reminds me of praying the ACTS way.

 

Do you think that acknowledging God will make a difference in our prayers? Will our prayers become more powerful if we prayed that way?

 

Another thing is we are taught to pray in the name of Jesus and so we end our prayers that way like a closing salutation. However, that is not a formula for effective prayer.

 

Author Bryan Chappell, says in his book, Praying Backwards,

 

The name of Jesus is not a genie in a bottle or a magic formula to getting whatever it is we want. It is not a wishing well. Bryan Chappell, Praying Backwards

 

And yet, so many believers pray this way, with anticipation of having prayers answered because we said certain words. We tack on “let Your will be done” thinking that this will surely get our prayers noticed and answered.

 

Not always.

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As you know, praying does not change all situations. Loved ones still suffer, life still hurts and you still deal with the issues you have been praying for.

 

But that doesn’t mean you give up. You still stand on the Truth in the Word of God. Still believe. Still trust.

 

 

Remember, prayer changes us. Sometimes our situations don’t change but we are changed because we find ourselves abiding closer in Him.

 

Powerful Prayer Change #1: Begin with the End

So what is this revolutionary way of praying?

 

Pray backward beginning with the end.

 

Begin your prayers with “Thy will be done” and “in Jesus name.”

 

By starting your prayers with the ending, your focus is on the One to whom you are submitting. You pray in Jesus’ name, so begin your prayers by using this authority that He has given to you.

 

Your prayer focus will be on Almighty God and what He can do rather than yourself and your will.

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An Example of a Powerful Prayer when Praying for Healing

Heavenly Father, I come before You in the name of Jesus and I pray for Your will to be done in {name’s} life. Have Your way with {name} according to the plan you purposed from before the foundation of the earth.

 

Lord, {her} body needs Your healing touch. We stand on Isaiah 53:5 that by His stripes {she} is healed. Your Word is truth and does not lie. Your Word says that You healed all {her} diseases in Psalm 103:3.

 

Your Word says that You are not a respecter of persons, so, God, I am expecting that You will heal {her}. I believe that You heal ALL diseases, ALL sicknesses, not certain kinds. Your Word says ALL and so I am standing on Your Word.

 

According to Your Word, touch {her} body, touch every part of it that is not whole and let Your healing power flow through {her}. May {she} sense the warmth of Your presence with {her}, even now, as we speak.

 

Father God, the destiny You have planned for {name}, let it continue to unfold according to Your plan for {her} life. May {she} walk in Your power and strength, may {she} be filled to overflowing with Your goodness, mercy, and grace.

 

May {she} be filled with boldness to share {her} testimony of the amazing thing You are doing in {her} life. Father God, let Your glory shine through {name} as You perform Your will in {her} life. We give you praise and glory and honour. Amen.

 

I highlighted in bold the phrases that indicate the focus of the prayer. This sample prayer keeps the focus off the details of the situation and keeps the focus on God Himself. He has a plan and desires to work it out. His plan includes healing as noted in Isaiah 54:5 and Psalm 103:3 and many other verses.

 

The Effect of Beginning with the End

When you change the direction of your prayer to begin with the ending, you will notice the focus of your words are more on Him and what He can do and less on you and what you’d like Him to do.

 

You are now praying according to the Word of God and not according to your own desires and will.

 

Stand on His Word and let God fulfill His promises to you. Can you pray backwards when interceding for others in prayer? Most certainly you can!

 

Can you pray the Scriptures back to God when praying for your marriage? Most definitely! I strongly encourage you to do that!

 

 

Praying backward has been revolutionary, not only in my prayer life but also in my understanding of His Word as it directs my thinking patterns. I know your thought patterns will change as well!

 

When you pray focused on His will, your priorities will be altered, your thoughts will be altered, and the direction of your prayers will be altered because now you are wanting God’s will above your own. Altered from less of you to more of Him.

 

Remember this, it’s not about you or me. It is all about God and His glory, His will for us.

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Effective Prayer Outside the Box

So often, in our prayers, we put God in a box. We direct Him to answer prayer in a specific way and we are glad when and if He does.

 

But if we allow Him to answer according to His will, the answer could be so much more than what we were thinking. We would then say we prayed an effective prayer.

 

Bryan Chappell’s book, Praying Backwards, has been an eye-opener for me. It really has changed the way I pray as I have now been praying powerful prayers for the past four years since I read his book. I highly recommend you read this book and you’ll see a huge improvement in how you think about effective prayer.

 

When Jesus’ priorities come first, our prayers will change. They will be less self-oriented, more Christ directed, more blessed, and ultimately most satisfying to our hearts. (pg 16, Praying Backwards)

 

Have you listened to how children pray? Pretty cute, huh? But what do you notice about their prayers? Would you say they are self-focused?

 

While children may pray, “Lord, give me what I want”, the mature believer prays “Lord, conform me to what You want.” (pg 25, Praying Backwards)

 

Children pray, “My will be done”, the mature believer prays “Thy will be done.” (pg 26, Praying Backwards)

 

Praying backward is an attitude of the heart (pg 27). It means that you are placing your focus on Jesus and not on yourself. When you pray backward and pray the Scriptures back to God, you will find you are praying some pretty powerful prayers! There is nothing better than that!

 

Powerful Prayer Change #2: Pray the Scriptures Back to God

I love to incorporate God’s written Word within my prayers. When I pray for healing, I will pray the Scriptures back to God. The sample prayer, above, shows how I word Scripture in my prayers.

 

When I pray for finances, I will remind God that I know He is Jehovah Jireh, and that He will provide for us. I will find Bible verses that speak of His provision and pray the Scriptures back to God.

 

When I pray for wisdom, or for discernment, I will find verses that apply and pray the Scriptures back to God.

 

There is nothing more powerful than praying the Word of God to the Father who inspired the Word!

 

 

I pray the Scriptures back to God not because He needs to be reminded. That’s not the case at all because He surely knows all that He promised to you and me.

 

I pray the Scriptures back to God to remind myself of what He has promised me. This bolsters my faith and increases my trust in Him. As I pray the Scriptures back to God, I am telling Him that I believe Him. I am telling Him that I am expecting Him to make good on His promises.

 

And when you pray the Scriptures back to God, this is what you are telling Him, too. God will honour His promises. He will honour His Word and He will answer your prayers as you requested.

 

Powerful and Effective Prayer Wrapped Up

So, what did we learn today? We learned that there are two changes you can make in your prayers that will result in an effective prayer life.

 

Change #1 for a powerful prayer life is to pray backwards. Begin with the end to see your prayer focus change from self to Him.

 

Change #2 for an effective prayer life is to pray the Scriptures back to God. Find appropriate Bible verses that speak to your situation and pray the promises back to God. This will keep your focus on what God promised He would do and in so doing, God will keep His promise.

 

The book, Praying Backwards, by Bryan Chappell, really is a good book to add to your library. This book has helped improve my prayer life for the past four years now. I know it will help you with an effective prayer life, too.

 

It’s been a pleasure to share this concept with you. What are your thoughts about praying backward, starting with the end of your prayer at the beginning?

 

Cindy Barnes - 215 MinistryCindy Barnes has been called by God in the early 80s to be a teacher of His Word. She is a serious student of the Word, focusing on the Inductive Bible Study Method since 2007. Her passion is to teach women how to study the Bible using this method. In addition, she desires for women to develop an intense yearning to draw closer to God through reading and writing out the Bible.

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Make 2 Changes for a Powerful Prayer Life”

  1. Hello, Diane! Thank you so much for allowing me to share my thoughts on “praying backward” with your readers. I truly hope this concept is a lightbulb moment for many women!

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