Throughout the history of the church and scriptures, we have examples of men and women that have given themselves up to lead a lifestyle of praying with great benefits; because through prayers, many wars have been won, and Nations have shifted course! No wonder why the devil goes hard after our prayer life! He knows that a prayer-less Christian is a weak Christian. If you have been struggling with praying or are new to it, below are a couple ways to prepare ourselves to go into the King’s presence.
- Know who you are presenting yourselves too.
- Many times we come into the presence of God very casually. We treat God and His word with very little reverence or respect. In this generation, we have gone so far as to create a God in our minds that like the things we like and hate the things we hate. And when we go into the closet we bring that same attitude to a holy God.
Queen Ester gives us a perfect example as to how we are to present ourselves to a Holy King. Ester was a Jewish exile, who eventually became queen of Persia, now modern-day Iran. Queen Ester was adopted and was being raised by her cousin Mordecai. After some time being a queen, the prime minister of Persia names Haman, was the favorite of the king. He deceived the king and had him sign the royal decree that authorized the slaughter of all the Jewish people living within the borders of the Persian Empire. The king did not know that Ester was a Jew when he signed the decree. Haman was doing this for pride issues. Now when Mordecai comes and tells the queen about this slaughter, she refused at first to help, but he reminded her that God put her in that position for this very hour.
Side Note: God has put us in these last generations for this very hour, to pray intercede for the lost around us, because we know that if a person does not repent and put their trust only in Jesus, they will go to hell.
Continue: So the queen took all her maids and went into fasting and prayer before she presented herself to the king. It was a custom back in the day that no one could just show up in the royal courts to meet the king without being summed or called by him. So we see the boldness she had. In Hebrews 4:16 says “Let us therefore, come boldly to the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
This was her time of need, but she didn’t lose sight of who she was presenting herself too. Ester didn’t just show up, she prepared herself so that she will know what to say to the King. We don’t need fancy words, we need a heart that understands and knows who God is. Jesus is another good example we have. He knew God intimately, (there is no other person on this earth who knew God intimately like Jesus, and yet when he presented himself to Him, it was in-complete reverence. Hebrews 11:6 “b for he that comes to God must believe that he is and that he a rewarder of those who diligently seek him.”
2. Be intentional > Do not go on a ramble
Being intentional in prayer is having your heart and mind connected with God. Knowing what you are praying for. Jeremiah 29:11 “ You will seek me and find me when you seek me with your whole heart”.
Ecclesiastes 5:2 “Do not be quick with your mouth; do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few. Now when we first kneel down to pray, many thoughts come into our mind. We have to begin with praising His name and recognizing his holiness. Begin with a thankful heart, organize your thoughts, and press into prayer. Prayers do not have to be long, but we must be intentional.
Nehemiah was among the Hebrews who remained in the Persian Empire following the seventy years of Babylonian Captivity. He was a cupbearer. Originally, the function of a cupbearer was to taste (either for quality or for poison or for both), carry, and serve wine to his master. In a case like that of Nehemiah, a cupbearer for royalty was not just a personal servant but also a trusted confidant and advisor. Thus, it was an office of great responsibility, power, and honor in the Persian Empire.
Nehemiah learned that the survivors in Judah were in great distress and reproach. The wall was broken down, and the gates were burned with fire. Nehemiah wept for the state of Jerusalem (Nehemiah 1:4) and began his prayers with praise (Nehemiah 1:5). Notice how Nehemiah upon receiving bad news didn’t go and complain or become hopeless, he went straight to the presence of God. Nehemiah was intentional about what he was asking God. He felt what he was praying for; it was a heart to heart with God. Nehemiah 1: 6-1.
3. Be Patient, and have faith
Give God time to answer. Let him lay his heart’s desires on your heart. God’s timing is not ours. If you are waiting for an answer God will give it to you, but you must be prepared to hear it. Come into your prayer time with God with a pen and pad and your bible, expecting to hear from your father. No time spent with the Lord is in vain; he will reward you and honor you for taking the time to seek Him.
Our God lives! He is not a statue that has eyes and does not see; ears and cannot hear. He listens attentively to the prayers of His people. The Prayer of the righteous availeth much. If my petition is for God to get me out of a situation, and I believe God and I’m moving in faith then I must ask myself what I am doing moving towards to make this happen?
4. Faith without Work’s is dead
Whatever it is that you are praying for, Ask God what you can do, not to help God, because God doesn’t need our help. God told the psalmist in Psalms 50:12 “If I were hungry I would not tell you, for the world is mine and all that is in it. God does the impossible we do the possible. We are God’s ambassador and it is through us he works out His purpose here on earth. We are to have faith to believe that what we ask according to God’s will, it will be done. Example: If I’m praying for the drug problem here in Manchester, what am I doing to see this problem eradicated? Am I going out evangelizing, am I doing my part to see my petition fulfilled?
See many of us have faith, but we are not willing to do the works to go with our faith.
There is no magic pill to prayer. Each of us has our own prayer language that we must cultivate. We must work at it. We will only get better as we come to God with a humble heart and ask him to teach us. Get into your word daily. Memorize scriptures and know the promises of God. Because Just like Nehemiah, we are to remind God of the promises he made to us through His word.
God wants his church to be a praying church. We cannot do anything in His kingdom if we haven’t first presented it to God with supplication. If you want victory in any situation, spend more time alone with God and get to know your Savoir.