“And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.” Revelation 5:8
Prayer is vital to the life of a Christian. You are called to the “ministry” of prayer. Effectual prayer requires:
1) TIME – “And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.” (Luke 6:12) There is no substitute for TIME spent in prayer. There is no “short cut” to God.
2) CONTINUITY – The Bible exhorts you to “pray always” and “pray without ceasing.” (Ephesians 6:18; I Thessalonians 5:17) Make your talks with God conversational, not repetitious. Next time you pray, pick up where you left off the last time you talked to God.
3) PERSISTENCE – “And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint.” (Luke 18:1)
4) FERVENCY – “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” (James 5:16b)
5) SACRIFICE – “And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.” (Mark 1:35) Early morning prayer or fasting might represent sacrifice.
PRAY: “God of mercy and truth, I am sorry we have not spent more hours together. I want to know You and grow in my ministry of prayer. Help me, Lord Jesus. Amen.”