Most Christians have a desire to impact the kingdom through their prayers. Often we jump in and start praying for everything that we can think of that needs prayer. While this may have some impact, Spirit-led prayers are more effective. The following are proven steps that help prepare us to be effectively used in intercessory prayer.
- “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord won’t hear me.” (Psalm 66:18)
- Before we go before the throne of God on behalf of others, we must have clean hands and a pure heart.
RELATIONSHIP CHECK: (first with God, then with others)
- Am I putting Him first in my life?
- Am I trusting Him fully?
- Am I spending time in His Word?
- Am I obedient to the leading of His Spirit?
- Is there anyone I need to ask for forgiveness?
- Is there anyone I need to forgive?
PRAISE AND WORSHIP:
- God inhabits the praise of His people. When we praise, He comes near.
- Liberty is produced when God’s Spirit is present.
DIE TO SELF:
- To hear from God we have to get ourselves out of the way.
- Dead people don’t have to have things their way.
- When we die, Christ can fully be in charge.
INVITE THE HOLY SPIRIT:
- Invite the Holy Spirit to guide you as you pray.
- If we follow the leading of the Spirit, we will pray perfectly in God’s will.
- If we ask anything according to His will, it shall be done.
SUBMIT AND RESIST:
- “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee.” James 4:7
TAKE ON THE ARMOR:
- Loins Girt about with Truth (love truth)
- Breastplate of Righteousness (protect my heart from evil)
- Feet Shod with the Preparation of the Gospel of Peace (bring peace where I step)
- Shield of Faith (covering me from fiery attacks)
- Helmet of Salvation (protect my mind)
- The Sword of the Spirit (God’s Word)
WAIT AND LISTEN:
- “His sheep know His voice.” (John 10:4) We must have times of listening for that ‘still, small voice’.
- When I only pray for the things I want to pray about, I am not submitted. Therefore, God is under no obligation to answer, and the enemy is under no obligation to flee.
- Now, we do what God says.