Keys to Effective Praying - Part 1

In our online Prayer Bible Study, we have been studying the subject of prayer.

Here is one of the primary keys I believe is important for us to understand if we are going to be effective in praying to get results:

Understand Your Righteous Position

According to scripture, before we came to Christ, we were foreigners, strangers, in sin and apart from God.  

Eph 2:12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: 

but now...

13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

Let's explain it a little more.  According to scripture,

For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.  Rom 5:10

For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.  Rom 5:17

Did you see that?  We have received the Gift of RIGHTEOUSNESS!

The Amplified bible states the free gift of righteousness.


Well let's pause and define what righteousness or righteous is.  Righteousness is the condition acceptable to God.

One other quick passage:

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.  2 Cor 5:21

Combining the scriptures, we can conclude that before we accepted Christ redemptive work on the cross, His death burial, resurrection and ascension, you and I were enemies to God.  After believing on Christ, we now are acceptable to God and are no longer enemies and foreigners to Him.  Christ became sin for you and I so that we can be approved and accepted by God!  He, Christ, became sin for us and paid the price for the penalty of sin instead of you and me paying the penalty for our own sin, in turn gave us a FREE GIFT of being accepted and approved by God.

WOW!  That's amazing!  We sure do not deserve that!

But that sets us up to be a link to God's activity to what goes on in the earth.

The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.

The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.  Ps 34:15,17

So real quick...

To be more effective to getting answers in prayer, i think it's best for us to understand that we are the righteous people that God is inclined to listen out for.

He is looking to hear from you!

The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous (YOU), and his ears are open unto their (YOUR) cry!

Let's say it again...

The eyes of the LORD are upon the YOU, and his ears are open unto YOUR cry!

Take a few minutes to thank God for what He did to make you righteous.

Think for a minute about your righteous position.

The next time you have some secret time to pray, acknowledge your righteous position.

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Need help Praying?  Maybe this Prayer series can help:  POWER HOUR Audio Series (12-Five Minute Prayers):


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