You have the best intention at heart, and you have worked hard, but now what. What’s next for a Christian is to leave everything in the hands of God. This is an additional step available to anyone who believes that God, who is all-powerful, is interested in your success.
There are 10 effective ways that Jesus used in prayer when he was here on earth.
Let’s go through them and learn these principles for ourselves.
- Set aside a few minutes to be alone and quiet. Relax your body, mind, and spirit by turning the thoughts away from problems and fixing the mind on God.
“But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen.” Matthew 6:6
- Talk to God simply and naturally, telling Him anything that is on your mind.
“Our Father in Heaven. . .” (Matthew 6:9-13)
- Practice talking to God as you go about your day. Be reminded of God’s presence by closing your eyes for a moment or two and shutting out the world around you.
“But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed” (Luke 5:16)
- Affirm the fact that God is with you and helping you. Believe God’s promises to be already true in your life.
“Father, thank you for hearing me. You always hear me, but I said it out loud for the sake of all these people standing here.” (John 11:41, 42)
- Pray with the thought that your prayers reach out and surround your loved ones.
“I pray for them.” John 17:9
“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message” John 17: 20
- Think positive, not negative, thoughts while praying.
“Truly, I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20
- Always state that you are willing to accept God’s will, whatever it may be.
“Yet not as I will, but as You will” (Matthew 26:36-44)
- In your prayer, simply put everything into God’s hands. You have done your best; leave the rest in the hands of God.
“Father, into thy hands I commit my spirit” (Luke 23:46)
- Say a prayer for the people who don’t like you or who have treated you poorly.
“But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” Matthew 5:44
- At least once a day, pray for this troubled world, the leaders of this world, and for lasting peace.
“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for all people — for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” 1Timothy 2:1,2
“Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” Romans 13:1
Let Jesus’ example influence your prayer life.