If you are someone who believes in the Christian Bible and praying, then the following information will be of great help to you and others. There is a process we can all follow when praying to achieve real results. The process include some Christian Bible Scriptures that are relevant to the pattern presented here. During your personal prayer session, if you spend five minutes, for example, praying with each point mentioned in this presentation in mind, then you will most likely have spent about 60-70 minutes in praying in during your prayer session.
Praise. In the Christian Bible, Psalms 34 verse 1, Psalm 63 verse 3 and Psalm 150 verse 6 in the Old Testament refer to this point. You will also see related information at Hebrews 13 verse 15 in the New Testament. Praise simple refers to starting your prayer session with praise to Jesus. For example, I usually just start telling him all the praises I have on my mind base on my current life situation. I praise God for his wonderful presence in my life and his great awesome works that I could not do on my own. This can lead to greater personal Christian virtues and a more meaningful relationship with Jesus. In addition, some Christians and Bible Believers who practice praise, will say that praise helps the person praying to focus on the divine nature and personality of God, rather than our own inadequacies or failures in life. That in turn will help us to continue to believe, pray and receive answered prayers.
Kingdom Praying. We can find a related scripture for this point at Matthew 6 verse 33 in the Bible. Basically, this means paying more attention to the priorities of the Church or Christian Ministry rather than on our own needs. By doing so, we can expect God to help us solve our human daily problems or needs because we have taken care of his Church needs first. This is more or less placing emphasis on the eternal issues in our lives that will matter more after our natural lives have ended. For example, kingdom praying requires praying for others to believe the Bible and be saved as Christians, praying for deliverance from all forms of unfair treatment being experienced by others, and for global evangelism to help others less fortunate to know about God and his eternal plan for those who believe in him. Kingdom Praying is more about praying for others than ourselves, so God will be pleased with our prayers and answer accordingly.
Forgiveness and Confession of Sins. Read Matthew 6 verses 14-15 and Psalms 139 verses 23-24 for related scriptures on this point. Pastors and Church Leaders will often tell Christians that an unforgiving mind-set or spirit will most certainly hinder us from receiving answers to our own prayers. This therefore means that we must have a forgiving heart, mind and spirit or attitude each and every time we pray for God to help us about about our prayers. Likewise, known sins in a Christian life that is simple ignored during praying, will not work with God. Christians need to repent and confess of all their sins when praying. To pretend and ignore sins will not produce the desired results from God.
Petition. According to this point, some will say prayers of petition should always include willingness to accept God’s will, even if he answers the prayer or not. Read Matthew 6 verses 9-13 and James 4 verses 2-3 for related scriptures. For my experience, the will of God must always prevail over all prayer requests base on human knowledge, current situation or experience. This basically refers to our personal needs. But we must accept what God does or does not do in answering our prayer because he knows the future and what we do not, whether it is just tomorrow or 25 years in the future. Therefore, our petition to God must be within the context of accepting God’s will.
Intercession. This is similar to Kingdom Praying mentioned above. Matthew 9 verses 37-38 and I Timothy 2 verses 1-2 have helpful scriptural information about this point. Intercession is simply about praying for the needs of others, for example, the poor, homeless, sick, unemployed and others. The Bible expects us to do this. By doing so we are telling God that we care about others and our prayers are not just about ourselves or base on selfishness. Praying for others will please God since we will be obeying the scriptures and he will more likely answer our own prayers.
Bible Reading. For my experience, some have found this to be unusual or surprising during a prayer session. However, if we read 2 Timothy 3 verse 16 we will discover that this should not be so. If you are a regular bible reader, you will know or eventually discover, that God can and will speak to Believers through his divine word – the Christian Holy Bible. That will make great sense because we will in turn know more about a point of interest or concern, and be able to pray about that as the process continues. So we can see how helpful bible reading will be.
Meditation. Many people I know like this very much. Some even prefer to do this than pray at all. Psalms 1 verses 1-2 and Psalms 77 verse 12 have more information on this. Meditation is just quiet focusing on and dwelling on the things in your life that are related to the bible and why we need to pray. From meditation, we can achieve greater insight, knowledge understanding of many issues that may be bothering us. Quiet meditation helps to resolve issues in our minds and will help to produce answers that when implemented, will work to resolve issues.
Thanksgiving. We know that praise is important but so is thanksgiving. This is focusing on all things that we are thankful for in our lives and that of our families, neighbors and friends. This often include things that are not pleasant because the Bible says we are to give thanks for all things at all times. Therefore, we are to give thanks for not just good things but the unpleasant things in our lives that can eventually lead to good things. Read Philippians 4 verse 6 for more information.
Praying the Word of God. I have always given special attention to doing this during my time to pray. Praying the word of God from the bible is very powerful praying because we are saying what God said or what was stated through his apostles, prophets and others from the Old and New Testaments. Read John 15 verse 7 for scriptural related information. By praying the word, we can repeat and claim God’s divine promises to all humans and Christians for our situations in life. God never lie and cannot lie. Therefore, this point helps while praying to achieve answered prayers, for example, for healing, miracles, and others.
Singing. This is another unusual point during our prayer time. However, the famous scripture Psalm 100 verse 1 and Ephesians 5 verses 19 will help us understand why we do this. At our Church, we often sing at the start of our Services to invite the presence of God in our hearts and minds. Therefore, it helps to do likewise in our special private prayer session. When we sing, even if we are not natural born singers, it helps us and enhances the praying we are doing, will do or have already done.
Listening. We often focused on praying for what we want or desire, for others needs and and so. However, very few of us really listen to hear from God after we pray. This is not a simple matter. It will require a sincere heart and mind that is focused on really hearing from God and accepting what he will say to our minds or hearts from our praying. Read 1 Kings 19 verses 11-12 for information. Therefore, praying is not only seeking from God but must include listening to him speak to us through the Holy Spirit when we seek his will. We all need to hear from God so this point is very important in our prayer session.
Praise. As it was in the beginning, so it should be towards the end of our prayer session. Read Matthew 6 verse 13 for more information. After we have done all of the above, we again need to praise God for his presence and blessings in our lives. In ending, some may not follow the exact process above when praying. However, when we do it will produce better results. At no time can we pray without confessing our sins and with forgiveness in our hearts. We must learn to listen to God and accept his will in from our answered prayers.