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Praying Effectively

Praying Effectively

By Joel B.

Here at The Bottom Line we are more than happy to pray for you. All you have to do is click the prayer request button and submit your prayer request and you will have our team praying for you. It’s as simple as that. However, I feel it’s important for people to realize that they can pray effectively for themselves. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t click the button. It just means it’s better when we’re all joined together in prayer. So let me talk a bit about praying effectively.

If you’re looking for prosperity, then you needn’t look any further than Psalm 122:6:

Psa 122:6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.

In Psalm 122 we are told to pray for the peace of Jerusalem because it is the house of the Lord. Also keep in mind that in the story of Daniel, he would face Jerusalem when he prayed. But let’s take this a step further. Our bodies are also a temple of the Holy Spirit, so I would gather that it is also important to pray for our bodies, so that they are well; just as we would pray for the wellness of Jerusalem.

If you are praying for devotions with God, then I would suggest that you do as Jesus suggested and pray the Lord’s prayer. Go to a quiet place and pray the following prayer from Matthew 6:9-13

Matt 6:9-13 …Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

You can’t go wrong praying this prayer, because, well…Jesus suggested it. It is effective in recognizing God while also recognizing our needs.

One final area I want to cover is joining together in prayer. Let’s go to Matt 18:19-20 for this.

Matt 18:19-20 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

Prayer becomes a very powerful tool when we join together with others. If we come into agreement, God will grant our requests as long as we’re honoring Jesus’ name and bringing Him into our midst.

So my friends, as we close this article, lets join together in agreement through a prayer:

Dear Lord, We first seek to honor you through prayer. We lift everybody up who visits this site and wishes to grow spiritually or who comes to us with needs. We pray for the peace of Jerusalem; as well as prosperity within our lives. We also seek to honor you with our bodies and glorify you with our faith. Thank you Lord for caring about our needs and addressing them. I just ask now for others to come into agreement with this prayer and we claim the promise of Matt 18:19-20. In Jesus Christ name, Amen.

If you have a prayer request, please don’t hesitate to click the prayer request button or post a prayer request in our forums. Thank you for reading and God bless.

About Joel Bauer

Joel M. Bauer is a 49-year-old U.S. Army Veteran from Dunn, NC, which is just outside of Raleigh. After being honorably discharged from the U.S. Army, he attended school at Taylor University, a Christian liberal arts school, in Fort Wayne, IN, where he received his BS in social work and psychology. He has worked in such places as a homeless shelter, a community based treatment center for severe mental illnesses, a school for troubled students, and other social service agencies. His current endeavor is to build The Bottom Line website into a site that inspires both Christians and non-Christians alike, and brings glory to God.

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