Posted by Peter Thompson

Do you ever wonder why some people’s prayer is very effective and others don’t seem to accomplish anything with their prayer life?  Some Christians are considered “prayer warriors” while others do not rate that title.  Does God respect one person more than another person, is that why he works on behalf of some and not on the behalf of others?  Let me tell you why there is a difference.  I believe some Christians know how to pray in a way that is acceptable to God because they have studied God’s word about it and others simply pray wrong and have a hard time understanding what prayer is all about.  God does not respect one person more than the other.  He is not a respecter of persons, but He does teach us how to pray in His word and when we fail to pray like we have been taught then our prayers will not be effective.  There is a very strong scripture on this subject in James 1:6-7.  “But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. 7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.”  Did you read that, don’t let the man who prays without faith think that he will receive anything from the Lord.  When you look at your prayer life and it doesn’t seem to be accomplishing anything, maybe you should think about this verse a little bit.  God wants you to pray with faith.  In fact that is the only way that he will do what you ask is if you ask in faith.  Now what does that mean to pray with faith.  It means that you believe that God can do the things that you are asking Him to do.  There is scripture that talks about praying with thanksgiving.  That is thanking God as you pray for answering your prayers.  That is complete faith that God is going to work in that area that you are praying about.  If you don’t believe that God will heal your grandmother that is in the hospital, there is really no point in praying for Him to do that.  You must pray believing that He will act.  Then your prayers will be effective.  This concept is all throughout scripture.  Study it, then apply it to your prayers.


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