PRINCIPLES OF EFFECTIVE PRAYER: THE PRINCIPLE OF RELATIONSHIP

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BIBLE READING: PSALM 103:13; JOHN 1:12-13; ROMANS 8:14-17; JOHN 10:28-30

“I love those who love Me; and those who seek Me early and diligently will find me.” Proverbs 8:17(AMP).

The mode of relationship existing between the visible man and His Maker is powered by Prayer. God made man to be dependent and not independent of Himself, hence the daily Fellowship between God and Adam in the Garden of Eden – “And they heard the Sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the Presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.” Gen. 3:8(NKJV).

The Principle of Relationship as the foundation of prayer was modelled by our Lord Jesus who said, “When you pray, say, Our Father…” (Lk. 11:2). Addressing God as Father implies a relationship just like Jesus has with God the Father. Most times Jesus referred to God as Father even after His Resurrection from the dead when He briefly talked with Mary, Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.” Jn. 20:17(NKJV).

To address God as Father is to bring ourselves into a very personal relationship with He who dwells in our hearts through His Spirit. We speak to Him personally as a child to his father. A father is responsible for and cares for his children, and so we approach Him in love, knowing that He loves us (Jn. 3:16).

Effective prayer is based on intimacy with God because when we pray and spend quality time with Him and His Word that is made alive by the Holy Spirit, a Dimension of God is revealed to us. Through prayer, you receive deeper revelations of God on the basis of His Word, a revelation of yourself through the Eyes of God and His Word, and thereafter the Revelation of His Purpose for your life.

Relationship is the first principle of prayer. When we capture God’s Heart, we become His Delight, leading Him to grant us access to His Resources according to the Scriptures – “Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s Good Pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Lk. 12:32 (NKJV).

PRAYER:

Father, we thank You for the privilege of being Your children and to be Your Dwelling Place. We pray that our lives will be lived to bring You pleasure in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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