The Key To Effective Prayer

“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us” (1 John 5:14 NKJV).

In a broad sense, we should pray about everything. But there are certain things that we don’t need to pray about.

For example, if someone were to say, “Greg, I’m praying about robbing a bank. Would you pray with me?” I will pray for that person, but I won’t pray that God will bless their efforts.

Why? Because the Bible says, “You shall not steal.” We don’t need to pray about that.

Yet, there are certain things God tells us we can pray for.

  • He tells us we can pray for wisdom. “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5 NKJV).
  • We can pray for His provision. Philippians 4:19 says, “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (NKJV).”
  • We can pray for protection. Psalm 91:5–7 says, “You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day, nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it shall not come near you (NKJV).”
  • We can pray for power to meet the challenges of life. Ephesians 1:18–19 tells us: “I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe (NIV).”

The key to effective prayer is getting our will in alignment with God’s will, as the verse at the top of today’s post explains. Nothing lies outside the reach of prayer, except that which lies outside of the will of God.

5 thoughts on “The Key To Effective Prayer

  1. Murielle

    Praying with the Harvest team. That the Lord would prepare hearts even now and draw many to the truth of the glorious gospel. Praying for protection and power upon Pastor Greg and each brother or sister participating in this effort. Thanking God for His mercy and grace. Let His Name be exalted!!

  2. Rose

    Thank you Pastor Greg for your ministry. I added my older brother to the prayer cloud about two years ago. God answered our prayers, my brother has returned back to Christ. He is a free man! I will be praying for you and everyone involved in Harvest America 2016.

  3. margo

    Yes i will pray, and for as long as possible, we will continue to give automatically each month. We have listened, watch, & followed Pastor Greg for many years now. We work all over the Nation & We take Harvest with us. Love Tim & Margo Wendt

  4. Frederick/Janice Weamer

    Pastor Greg, it’s a privilege to pray for you and Harvest America. Janice and I have an Ephesians 3:20 alarm set to pray daily for Harvest America. Though we’ve only started attending Harvest Christian Fellowship in 2015, I have followed your ministry for many years. When I surrendered to Jesus Christ on May 8, 1971 I discovered that I had a desire to reach the lost for Christ. After all, how could I hide that which Jesus did for me on the cross, from my family and friends? I’m very grateful that you love to call people to Christ and disciple them.
    Thank you, Pastor Greg.

  5. Margaret

    Please pray for my son in law and daughter. Tom has been out of work for 14 months. He is a smart hard working man has worked all his life until now. Please pray he is 58 years old, strong, God fearing and determined that God has something in mind for him. Things are getting rough and it is becoming crucial that he find something or they may end up losing their home. Thank you,

    Margaret tarin

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