What attitudes are conducive to a prayerful life?
In my Christian life, I have met many people who claim to be committed to the Christian Faith. I have been however shocked and disturbed by some of the attitudes I have encountered among the same Christians (myself included). We grumble, complain and expect our successes to come through our own abilities. We aim to succeed against the very spiritual forces of darkness opposing our existence. We then fail miserably and walk around condemned by our own actions. We remain in that defeated state as if Christ did not die for our salvation. John 3:17 (NIV) For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
The following attitudes marked in a bold writing will help us live a victorious prayerful life.
Let’s hunger to understand God and have a deeper fellowship with Him by working on our attitudes. God is patient with us and is willing to take us through the whole learning process.
God has both qualities of a father and a mother and wants to have a fellowship with us. Friendship with the world breeds idolatry.
Romans 3:11 (NIV) there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God.
James 4:4-5 (NIV) You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us?)
Allow the Holy Spirit to transform your thinking and behavior to become more Christ-like
Matthew 11:29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Ephesians 4:22-25 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body
Be filled with compassion, mercy and forgiveness for others
Matthew 9:13 …’I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
Reflect on God’s goodness and generosity in your life, so be thankful in your heart always don’t grumble.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Always be joyful. Continually be prayerful. In everything be thankful, because this is God’s will for you in the Messiah Jesus
Numbers 14:27 “How long shall I bear with this evil congregation who are grumbling against Me? I have heard the complaints of the sons of Israel, which they are making against Me.) (Philippians 2:14 Do all things without grumbling or disputing;
Expect God to keep his promises on prayers
2 Corinthians 1:20 For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.
John 16:23-24 In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.
Embrace a sound doctrine by listening to God only.
Jeremiah 23:21 I did not send these prophets, yet they have run with their message; I did not speak to them, yet they have prophesied
2 Timothy 4:3 For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear
Be ready for God to answer your prayers in His way. Which has normally a good surprise in the end.
Isaiah 55:8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD
What are our attitudes during prayer?
Be private, prayer that is a public show has no reward. Prayer is a private matter for an individual or a group, you don’t have to be loud to attract attention.
Mathew 6:5-6 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
1 Samuel 1 :13 Hannah was praying in her heart, and her lips were moving but her voice was not heard… God heard Hannah and blessed her with a son.
Be specific it’s your father.
Mathew 6:7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.
Mark 11:25 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”
Be desperate. Being needy towards God and not man is good.
Jeremiah 29:13 ‘You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.
John 4:24 For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.”
Spend enough time with God
Matthew 14:23 After sending them home, he went up into the hills by himself to pray. Night fell while he was there alone.
What are our attitudes after prayer?
Be steadfast in faith that he will do it
Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
Fight all doubts. Doubt is like cold water to a flame
Mark 11: 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
James 1:6-8 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.
Be patience: There are many verses in the bible about being patient with God. He will do it at his own time. Patience should be our lifestyle.
Psalm 5:3 Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you;…Blessed are all who wait for him!
God’s promises have a link with our eternity. Let’s never give up: Luke 2:25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. 27 Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, 28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God… 36 There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, 37 and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. 38 Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.