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What is Effective Praying?

It’s so natural to pray for things in a way in which I think they should be fulfilled.

 Have you ever wondered if your prayers are effective? I mean, are they really making a difference? Let me take a moment to share with you a little insight into effective prayer.

Effective prayer involves praying according to the will of God. I have been drawn to the Lord’s Prayer, and more specifically to two short sentences found in the middle of this well known prayer. Here Jesus taught us to pray, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10).

I have found it is so easy to pray for the things that directly affect me. It’s so natural to pray for things in a way in which I see them, or in a way in which I think they should change. However, the Lord did not instruct us to pray for our kingdom to come, or for our will to be done. Instead, we are to pray for His kingdom to come, and for His will to be done.

What the Lord was teaching us here is simply this; it’s not about us, rather, it’s all about Him.   

When we pray in this way, it’s an acknowledgment of His sovereignty and His lordship. Praying in this manner invites Him to come into a place, and into a situation, and establish His rule and His reign.

Personally, I have found that praying in this way certainly stretches my faith and deepens my level of trust. Yet, I know that God loves me and that He only has the very best for me. With that in mind, what could be better than seeing God’s kingdom come and His will to be done? Nothing…absolutely nothing!

Let’s all join together and pray, “Lord, may Your kingdom come, may Your will be done” in my life, in my family, in my church and in our world.

Speaker Nathan Johnson, along with his wife Mary and their family live in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

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