Begin with Thanks and Praises
All prayer must be scented with praises. You must enter into the presence of the Lord with thanks and praises. Leave your troubles behind, open your heart to the Lord, and enter into His gates with thanksgiving.
However, this is not because all your requests are granted but because your name is written in the Book of Life and this cannot be exchanged for anything. Any other prayer should be secondary to thanksgiving and praises.
Confirm God’s Will
Find out whether what you are asking for is God’s will for your life. You do not go to God asking whether to divorce your spouse and marry another. Of course that is NOT God’s will for your life and He is not going to answer. As a matter of fact, you might even get a little spanking for it.
Identify Your Needs and be Specific
Here’s where many people fall down. What some are looking for may not be what they need.
Like many people who say they want to be very rich (materially), promising to sponsor the work of the gospel to any level. As far as God is concerned, that person may not need to be rich at all. Maybe all God wants to do is to turn her life upside down and drain all the impurities (like bitterness, unforgiveness, etc) out of her life to make her more useful. But she just wants to be rich!
Another might want to prophesy and see visions, but God might just want her to deal with the spirit of anger first. Because with this spirit inside her, she will destroy every good thing that God sends her way.
Yet another might be praying for a godly spouse, but all God wants the person to do is to go for a thorough deliverance FIRST to drain out all the evil deposits that the enemy has injected into her life through sex in the dream. Because He knows that if He allows her to marry in this state, divorce is just a few years down the road!Secret #4
Meditate on Scripture
This is the biggie…
Identify scriptures that promise what you need and meditate on them. As you meditate on a particular scripture, a powerful image will begin to form in your mind. As the image settles in your thoughts, it will be out-pictured (through focused praying) into the physical world around you…
One thing we will be doing during the upcoming Prayer Academy is to pray “one-pointed” prayers with that image in the mind… in order for them to manifest quickly.
By the way, there are 7,487 solid promises in the Bible. I recently gave away 25. I’ll soon be demonstrating HOW to appropriate them in prayer during the Prayer Academy sessions.
Pray with an Expectant Heart and with Faith
This is bold, confident praying that expects to receive answers. In spite of any physical evidence to the contrary. You can read all about faith in the New Testament book of Hebrews chapter 11.
Organize Your Presentation Before God
If you’ve read my ebook, “Prayer DNA Secrets” you would have come across what I call "vagabond praying." It is asking for too many things or praying about different issues… all in one breadth. This is a total waste of time.
God expects us to take the time to ask for one thing AT A TIME. Your prayer must be focused. This means you take up a prayer point and pray it to a level of assurance before moving to the next one. In fact as you pray, you will begin to feel the assurance of answered prayer.
In Isaiah 41:21 the Bible says, “Produce your cause, says the Lord; bring forth your strong reasons, says the King of Jacob.” This means present your case methodically.
Again it says in Isaiah 43:26: “Put Me in remembrance, let us plead together; declare it that you may be justified.” Again this means to do a systematic presentation before the Lord!
Learn to Pray for Others Too
God does not want us to be selfish with our prayers. He wants us to pray for one another. Please note that this does not exempt anyone from praying for themselves. What our modern Christianity has done is give some people the impression that others must be praying for them while they do nothing.
Here’s a secret: as you learn to pray for yourself, others will feel drawn to pray with you in agreement. And you will see better results.
Be Serious with Prayer
One of the 2 cardinal principles I teach is the Midnight Prayer. It is a sharp, aggressive, TIME-DRIVEN take-no-prisoners type of praying that I insist all Christians who want to live productive lives MUST learn. Oh yes, I got that from the Bible.
Prayer is serious business. I am not talking about the sleepy kind of praying that we were taught to pray in Sunday school… the kind that never produces much result. I am talking of forceful and powerful praying … the type that affects people in a profound way, tangible way.
Prayer is warfare. No more. No less. It is not a joke. It is wrestling, a bend or break, make or mar affair – don’t let anyone tell you different. Look in the Bible and study the examples of people like Elijah, Moses, Jacob, Jesus, Paul, etc.
To bring things closer to home, you only have to read the amazing testimonies all over this site to confirm this is true...
Add Fasting to Your Prayers
Fasting helps to subdue the flesh and this allows the spirit to arise and tune into God’s divine frequency. Please note that fasting does not force God's hands. It helps to add wings to your prayers.
Another of the cardinal principles I teach is the Esther Method. It is a type of fasting so powerful I make it a point to integrate it into all our prayer programs. In the Bible, Esther did it. Paul did it. You should be doing it too. In terms of producing fast results, nothing else comes close, especially when combined with midnight prayers and targeted prayer points.
Allow God to Work in His Own Way
Do not dictate how He should answer your prayers. Just let Him do it His own way… in His own time. After all, He is God. Do not try to help Him answer your prayers. He just has so many ways of answering – amazing ways.
For this you might need to cultivate a very rare virtue in our modern world. It is called Patience. In the Bible, faith and patience always go together. Yes, faith is required. But patience may be required even MORE.
Your Prayer Must be Persistent
Each day brings you closer to the realization of your dreams. Please listen carefully to this: It is not that God is difficult to approach, or hard to convince. The reason you may not see answers to your prayers immediately might just be because of the power of hindrances in the second heaven… the satanic angels that are fighting people day and night. So you must persist like Daniel and like the woman in Luke 18.
It has been my experience that many people give up just when they are at the edge of their breakthrough. Because they are not able to see things with the eyes of the spirit, the enemy distracts and discourages them just at the point of their miracles! How sad.
Pray to a Level of Assurance
If you pray and doubt is still in your heart, you must go back and pray. And here’s one half-truth that has derailed the faith of many: a popular TV teaching that once you ask God for something, He has already given it to you… therefore you do not need to ask Him again.
Half-truth. That's what it is!
The Bible says we should ask
until our joy is full...
until our joy is full...
What this type of teaching fails to tell people is that God can indeed pour out His blessings, but satanic powers can decide to wage war against the person, in hopes of diverting it into their storehouses. But as far as God is concerned, He had given us what we asked for… but out of ignorance, prayerlessness and plain old laziness, the enemy can rob people of these blessings, leaving them battered and discouraged.