Know His Will
God has provided everything for your life and godliness. Whether it be marriages, needs, or even wisdom, learn His will through His word.
“God does not want you to pray out of ritual, but rather out of relationship.” – Elder Margo Parsongs
Make Your Request
Mark 11:23-24 (ESV) – Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
Once you know God’s will, pray in accordance to His word.
Hinderances to Prayer
Lack of Patience
Philippians 4:6 – do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
Hebrews 11:6 – And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
James 1:5-8 – If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
James 4:1-4 – What is causing the fights and quarrels among you … a friend of the world makes you an enemy of God.
Make sure your lifestyle is one that is pleasing to God.
Mark 11:25-26 – And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”
Matthew 6:12 – Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors
What Do I Do Now?
There are several stories in the bible about praying persistently, as in Luke 11:5-14 with the persistent friend, or the parable of the persistent widow (Luke 18:1-8), but what and how do we pray after we’ve prayed the first time?
After the first time, you pray with thanksgiving, thanking God for what He’s already done, believing that it’s already done.