To realise great success in our prayer life we must develop the discipline of orienting our minds towards God's thoughts. We must develop a God consciousness. In other words, we must learn to think like God. And then practice thinking like Him every day and in every situation until it becomes a daily discipline. How do we do this? It's easier than we realise, God's thoughts are in His Word and as we read and study the Word, we will learn to think like God. The Apostle Paul discovered the power of this discipline and encourages us in Roman's to "renew" our minds. Paul experienced transformation as a result of practicing this discipline daily.
So how does this affect our prayer life? Well, if we have a mind that is thinking God's thoughts, then our prayers will be prayers that pray His thoughts. Is their a higher prayer than praying God's very thoughts? Certainly not. Can powerful prayer be that simple? Yes! Let's think about it, where does the enemy attack our faith? He does it in our mind. He feeds thoughts of doubt and unbelief to our mind and this is where the battle begins. If left unchecked, these thoughts will increase and multiply in our thinking leaving our faith sorely eroded which in effect paralyses our prayers. Can we pray doubting? Here's what the Word says about that:
James 1: 6-9 But let him ask in faith , with no doubting , for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord ; he is a double- minded man , unstable in all his ways.
Can you see the powerful effect our thoughts have on our prayers? However, if we learn to think like God, if we orient our mind towards His thoughts and develop this as a discipline in our daily living, when the enemy feeds us such doubting and unbelieving thoughts we will instantly recognise them and be immediately unwilling to receive them into our mind. If the enemy has no place in our thinking then we are able to pray unhindered with powerful direction from the very mind of God!
Start today! Take careful instruction from the Apostle Paul and develop a God consciousness, oreint your mind towards His thoughts and start to think like Him - it will transform your prayer life for sure!
Prayer for your city
Psalms 127:1, 2 “… except the Lord Keep a City…”
Deuteronomy 2:36 “… there is no city too high or too strong for us, the Lord our God delivers all to us!”
Proverbs 11:11 “By the blessing and influence of the upright the city is exalted, but it is not overthrown by the wicked.”
Prayers for Believers in the local body
These are Holy Spirit inspired prayers that Paul prayed for the believers in the Church. These prayers are spiritual, timeless and have been given to us by the Spirit of God to pray today.
Ephesians 1:16-21, “ I Cease not to give thanks to you, making mention of you in my prayers: That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of His calling, and what the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of His mighty power, which he wrought in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and set Him at His own right hand in the Heavenly places, far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come.”