God has established prayer as the means by which we receive his supernatural help. There are ways to pray effectively and live a life worthy of the gospel.
Here are four secrets to pray effectively from the life of Nehemiah
- Base your request on God’s character- To Pray Effectively, pray like you know God will answer you: “I’m expecting you to prayer because of who you are. Have faith in God.
- Confess the sins of which you’re aware-After Nehemiah bases his prayer on who God is, he confesses his sins. We all have sinned by not obeying the commands, that you god us” Nehemiah 1:6-7 . It wasn’t Nehemiah’s fault that Israel went into captivity. He wasn’t even born when it happened; he was most likely born in captivity. Yet he’s including himself in the national sins. He says, “I’ve been a part of the problem.”
- Claim the promises of God-Nehemiah prays to the Lord, saying,To Pray Effectively Nehemiah reminds God of a promise he made to the nation of Israel. In effect, he prays, “God, you warned through Moses that if we were unfaithful, we would lose the land of Israel. But you also promised that if we repent, you’d give it back to us.”
4. Be very specific in what you ask for-If you want specific answers to prayer, then make specific requests. If your prayers consist of general requests.
Let thine ear now be attentive and thine eyes open, that thou mayest hear the prayer of thy servant, which I pray before thee now, day and night, for the children of Israel thy servants and confess the sins of the children of Israel, which we have sinned against thee: both I and my father’s house have sinned.
We have dealt very corruptly against thee, and have not kept the commandments, nor the statutes, nor the judgments, which thou commandedst thy servant Moses.
Remember, I beseech thee, the word that thou commandedst thy servant Moses, saying, If ye transgress, I will scatter you abroad among the nations:
But if ye turn unto me, and keep my commandments, and do them; though there were of you cast out unto the uttermost part of the heaven, yet will I gather them from thence, and will bring them unto the place that I have chosen to set my name there.