12 Steps to Effective Communication with God
Ever wonder why your prayers go unanswered?
Is God ignoring you? Or are you asking with the wrong motives? Maybe you don’t have enough faith?
All of the above could be true but more likely you have not developed a strong relationship with God. We build relationships with people by spending time with them, asking questions sharing stories and pretty much all the information we will ever need to know about our God is written in the Bible.
All the answers to our questions about God are written in Holy Scripture. To help us all to grow in our relationship with God this article provides a shortcut to improving our prayer life which will in turn improve our everyday life.
Our Relationship with God Needs to be Smooth
Our relationship with God is the relationship that all our other relationships flow out of so it needs to be smooth.
Here are 12 Steps to Effective Communication with God which will enrich our spiritual, physical, emotional, financial and relational life when we practice them daily.
God is a person. He needs to be respected. We have to come to Him with a sincere and trusting heart. Whatever we ask of Him He will provide Jesus told us that whatever we ask of Him if we believe and do not doubt we will receive.
1. Come to Him with a sincere and trusting heart.
“And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.” 1 John 5:14-15
There is a catch though, Jesus told us also that we must pray in “accordance with our Father’s will”. If we are praying for a healing for someone, maybe even for ourselves, and it does not happen it could simply mean that we have to trust God to make the best decision possible. Sometimes the best decision is that we have to allow a person to return to be with God. We have to “let go and let God” even when it is the hardest decision of our lives.
2. Trust God even if the answer is not the one we think will be the best decision. Letting go and letting God is true trust.
“Throw all your anxiety upon him, because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7
3. God is trustworthy and He delights in helping us when he come to Him with prayer requests. Submit to His answer.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will show you the right path.” Proverbs 3:5-6
4. Our faith is what sparks answers to prayer.
“And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” Hebrews 11:6
5. The greater our faith the greater the answered prayers.
“And Jesus answered them, “Truly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ it will happen.” Matthew 21:21
6. Recite the perfect prayer.
Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” Matthew 6:9-13
7. Jesus tells us just to ask, seek and knock and we will receive.
“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” Matthew 7:7
8. We are chosen and blessed we only have to believe to receive.
“You (all of us) have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that you should go and bring forth fruit, and [that] your fruit should remain: that whatsoever you shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.” John 15:16
9. We ask and believe and God is happy to answer our requests because of His great love for us.
“And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.” 1 John 3:22.
10. Faith comes from hearing and obeying the Word of God, spending time in scripture is how we grow closer to God, we learn that He is trustworthy from all the times He answered prayers miraculously and we have our own answered prayers that we recall which encourages and reminds us to keep believing and trusting in our all knowing and all loving God.
“But without faith [it is] impossible to please God: for he that comes to God must believe that God is, and [that] He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6
11. Encouraging each other and praying for one another results in more effective answers to prayer and also increases our own faith.
“Confess [your] faults one to another, and pray one for another, that you may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous person availeth much.” James 5:16
12. Never give up, He cares, He listens, He loves you, He has a miracle just waiting for you.
“Pray without ceasing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17
To Summarize the 12 Steps to Effective and Answered Prayers:
- Come believing
Accept His will
Do not doubt
Recite the Lord’s Prayer
Ask, seek, knock
Believe to receive
Know we are loved and blessed
Stand on God’s Word
Encourage each other
Persevere in Prayer. (Your miracle is on the way !)
Below are some more scriptures for you to meditate on regarding prayer and persistence in prayer.
Luke 18:1 – And he spoke a parable unto them [to this end], that men/women ought always to pray, and not to faint;
1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Ephesians 6:18 – Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
Romans 15:13 – Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.
1 Timothy 2:8 – I will therefore that women/men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.
Jeremiah 33:3 – Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.
Blessings to you and yours, Marion Sinclair-Simpson (C)