How Can I Pray Effectively Part 3




How Can I Pray Effectively Part 3


Our Christian book for this month is How to Pray Effectively since the National Prayer Day is observed on the first Thursday of May and will be held on May 2, 2019 and May 7, 2020 and May 6, 2021.


How to Pray Effectively is a Bible study which uses practical examples from the Bible to show you the things you should do to ensure your prayers are answered. This Christian prayer book also answers the following questions:



*Who can pray effectively?
*How can I pray effectively?
*When can I pray effectively?
*Where can I pray effectively?
*What can I use to pray effectively?


How to Pray Effectively Book Excerpt
How Can I Pray Effectively Part 3


To pray effectively, you have to do the following:

Pray In The Spirit

The Bible tells us that, Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit. (Ephesians 6:18)

So, if you want to pray effectively, pray in the Spirit.

If you are not filled with the Holy Spirit ask God to fill you with His Spirit because He can do it for Jesus asked, If you being evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those that ask him? (Luke 11:13)
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit. (Ephesians 6:18)



Pray Persistently

The Bible tells us that, Pray without ceasing. (1 Thessalonians 5:17)

So, if you want to pray effectively, you have to pray continuously.

Heed Jesus when He taught His disciples about prayer by giving them the parable of the man who received a guest at his house but had nothing to feed him. He therefore went to his friend’s house at midnight and asked for 3 loaves of bread. His friend asked him not to disturb him since he could not rise because they were all in bed and he had shut the door. Jesus told His disciples that if this man would not rise to give his friend bread because of their friendship, he would rise because of his friend’s persistence and give him as many loaves as he needed. (Luke 11:5-8)

Therefore, always remember that Men ought to pray and not to lose heart. (Luke 18:1) 

And, decide to be committed to Pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17) like the Psalmist who declared, “As for me I will call upon God and the Lord shall save me. Evening and morning and at noon, I will pray and cry and He shall hear my voice.” (Psalm 55:16-17)
Pray without ceasing. (1 Thessalonians 5:17)


Pray Fervently
The Bible tells us that The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. (James 5:16)

So, if you want to pray effectively, you have to pray with zeal.

Therefore pray fervently if you want your prayers to be answered so that they can accomplish a lot.

The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. (James 5:16)


How to Pray Effectively is a Bible study which uses practical examples from the Bible to teach you what you should do to ensure your prayers are answered. This Christian prayer book also answers the following questions: *Who can pray effectively? *How can I pray effectively? *When can I pray effectively? *Where can I pray effectively? *What can I use to pray effectively?

Click on the links below to read
How Can I Pray Effectively part 1

How Can I Pray Effectively part 2

How Can I Pray Effectively part 3

How Can I Pray Effectively part 4






How Can I Pray Effectively Part 2


How Can I Pray Effectively Part 2


Our Christian book for this month is How to Pray Effectively since the National Prayer Day is observed on the first Thursday of May and will be held on May 2, 2019 and May 7, 2020 and May 6, 2021.


How to Pray Effectively is a Bible study which uses practical examples from the Bible to show you the things you should do to ensure your prayers are answered. This Christian prayer book also answers the following questions:



*Who can pray effectively?
*How can I pray effectively?
*When can I pray effectively?
*Where can I pray effectively?
*What can I use to pray effectively?





How to Pray Effectively Book Excerpt
How Can I Pray Effectively Part 2


To pray effectively, you have to do the following:

Ask According to God's Will

The Bible tells us, This is the confidence that we have in Him – if we ask anything according  to His will, He hears us and if we know that He hears us whatever we ask, then we know we have received what we have asked Him. (1 John 5:14-15)

So, if you want to pray effectively, you have to ask according to God’s will for you. 

Therefore first pray to know God’s will for your situation so that you can pray more effectively by aligning your prayers to His will.

This is the confidence that we have in Him – if we ask anything according  to His will, He hears us and if we know that He hears us whatever we ask, then we know we have received what we have asked Him. (1 John 5:14-15)


Ask in Jesus' Name
The Bible tells us, If you ask anything in My name, I will do it. (John 14:14)

It also says that God has highly exalted Jesus and given Him the name which is above every name so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, those in heaven, those on earth and those under the earth and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:9-10)

So, if you want to pray effectively, you must ask in Jesus’ name.

You can do this by beginning your prayers with “Father God I ask you in the name of Jesus to ...”
Or you can conclude your prayers by saying “... I ask this in the mighty name of Jesus, Amen.”

If you ask anything in My name I will do it. (John 14:14)



Ask Not Amiss

The Bible tells us, You ask and you do not receive because you ask amiss so that you may use it on your pleasures. (James 4:3)

So, if you want to pray effectively, you must not ask amiss. This means that you have to ensure you are praying with the right motives and not praying from a selfishly motivated heart or with corrupt intentions if you want to get answers to your prayers.

Learn from King Solomon when he prayed for understanding with the noble motive of wanting to be able to judge God’s people wisely for he said, “Give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people so that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?” (1 Kings 3:10) 

As a result of his pure motive, God told him, “See, I have given you a wise and understanding heart, so that there has not been anyone like you before you, nor shall any like you arise after you. And I have also given you what you have not asked for: both riches and honor, so that there shall not be anyone like you among the kings all your days.” (1 Kings 3:12-13)

Therefore since  correct the secret motives of your heart before you start to pray so that you do not ask amiss and miss the answers to your prayers.   

You ask and you do not receive because you ask amiss. (James 4:3)


How to Pray Effectively is a Bible study which uses practical examples from the Bible to teach you what you should do to ensure your prayers are answered. This Christian prayer book also answers the following questions: *Who can pray effectively? *How can I pray effectively? *When can I pray effectively? *Where can I pray effectively? *What can I use to pray effectively?

Click on the links below to read
How Can I Pray Effectively part 1

How Can I Pray Effectively part 2

How Can I Pray Effectively part 3

How Can I Pray Effectively part 4








Christian Book of the Month: How to Pray Effectively



Christian Book of the Month: How to Pray Effectively


Our Christian book for this month is How to Pray Effectively since the National Prayer Day is observed on the first Thursday of May and will be held on May 2, 2019 and May 7, 2020 and May 6, 2021.

How to Pray Effectively is a Bible study which uses practical examples from the Bible to show you the things you should do to ensure your prayers are answered. This Christian prayer book also answers the following questions:



*Who can pray effectively?
*How can I pray effectively?
*When can I pray effectively?
*Where can I pray effectively?
*What can I use to pray effectively?


How to Pray Effectively Book Excerpt
How Can I Pray Effectively? Part 1

To pray effectively, you have to do the following:

A.S.K

The Bible tells us that You do not have because you do not ask. (James 4:2)

So, if you want to pray effectively, you must A.S.K. (ask, seek, knock).

Therefore, “Ask, and it shall be given to you. Seek and you shall find it. Knock and it shall be opened to you. Because everyone who asks receives and those who seek find and to them that knock, it shall be opened. (Matthew 7:7-8)


“Ask, and it shall be given to you. Seek and you shall find it. Knock and it shall be opened to you. Because everyone who asks receives and those who seek find and to them that knock, it shall be opened. (Matthew 7:7-8)

Ask Specifically

The Bible tells us that When you pray, do not use vain repetitions like the heathen because they think that they shall be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them since your Father already knows what you need even before you ask. (Matthew 6:7-8)

So, if you want to pray effectively, you have to ask specifically for what you need in your prayers.

We can see a good example from Hannah because when she was praying for a child, she specified that she wanted a baby boy. (1 Samuel 1:11)

Therefore, when you are praying, specify the problem that you want God to solve for you. Or in other words, knock on the door that you want Him to open for you.
When you pray, use not vain repetitions. (Matthew 6:7)

Ask in Faith

The Bible tells us that Ask in faith, without doubting, for the person who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. Let not that person suppose that they will receive anything from the Lord because they are double-minded and unstable in all their ways. (James 1:6-8)

So, if you want to pray effectively, you must ask in faith. This means that you have to pray while being sure that God will answer your prayers and while seeing yourself with your mind’s eye receiving your answer from Him since Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1)

Therefore if you are praying for God to give you a spouse, you have to see yourself walking down the aisle with them on your wedding day. If you are asking God for a baby you have to feel yourself cradling your child in your arms.

Even if what you are praying for seems impossible to receive because of your human circumstances, you still have to believe that God can grant it to you because God is Able to do more than we could ever ask for. (Ephesians 3:20)

In addition to believing with your mind that God will answer your prayer, you also have to speak your faith. We can see that when King Jehoshaphat and the Israelites were attacked by multiple armies, as he was praying, he expressed confidence in God’s ability to help them for he said, “Are you not our God who drove out the inhabitants of this land before Your people and gave it to the seed of Abraham forever?” (2 Chronicles 20:7)

Therefore believe with your mind and confess with your mouth the thing that you are asking God to give you.

If for example you are praying for healing of your body, believe with your mind and declare with your mouth that since God is the One Who created your body, He is also able to heal it.

If you are praying for your marital problems to be resolved, believe with your mind and declare with your mouth that since God is the One Who joined you and your spouse together, no one should separate you. (Matthew 19:6)

If fiery darts of doubts enter your mind and one part starts thinking, “My prayer will be answered” while the other thinks, “My prayer will not be answered”, decide to believe that God is able to answer your prayer because With God all things are possible. (Matthew 19:26) 

Use this Scripture as your shield of faith so that you quench those darts before they stop you from receiving anything from the Lord.

If your emotions try to destabilize you by tossing you to and fro between “I don’t feel like my prayer was heard” and “I feel I will get an answer”, cling to With God all things are possible (Matthew 19:26) until your emotions settle and you are once again certain that God has heard your prayers and He is answering them. 


How to Pray Effectively is a Bible study which uses practical examples from the Bible to teach you what you should do to ensure your prayers are answered. This Christian prayer book also answers the following questions: *Who can pray effectively? *How can I pray effectively? *When can I pray effectively? *Where can I pray effectively? *What can I use to pray effectively?

Click on the links below to read
How Can I Pray Effectively part 1

How Can I Pray Effectively part 2

How Can I Pray Effectively part 3

How Can I Pray Effectively part 4




Book Excerpt: Christian Addition Treatment Program

Book Excerpt: Christian Addition Treatment Program


Christian Addiction Treatment Program uses principles from the Bible to help you break free from addictive behaviors in 3 weeks by teaching you:
* How to overcome temptations
* How to control cravings
* How to cope with withdrawal symptoms
* How to deal with relapses

Christian Addiction Treatment Program helps you overcome addictions by combining:
*Bible therapy
*CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)
*Exercise therapy
*Aromatherapy





Christian Addiction Treatment Program Book Excerpt

Step 1

Bible Verses to Ponder
It is no longer I who do it but it is the sin that lives in me. For I know that nothing good lives inside my flesh because the will is present in me but how to do what is good I am not able. For the good that I want to do, I do not do but I do the evil I do not want to do. So if I do what I do not want to do, it is not I who does it but the sin that lives in me. (Romans 7:17-20)
The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. (Matthew 26:41)
Action Plan
Admit that you need God’s help to stop this addiction.
Accept that Jesus Christ can help you overcome the addiction because:
With God all things are possible. (Matthew 19:26)
God gives power to the weak. (Isaiah 40:29)
God says, “My grace is sufficient for you because My strength is made perfect in weakness”. (2 Corinthians 12:9) 
To receive help from Jesus to overcome the addiction give your life to Jesus.
God did not send His Son to condemn the world. He sent Him so that the world might be saved through Him. (John 3:17)
Come to Me all of you who are weary and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead when He died for our sins, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9)
Therefore get saved right by saying with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord” and believing with your heart that when He died for our sins God raised Him from the dead. 
***

Keep a Stop Addiction Diary

Buy a notebook and label it your Stop Addiction Diary.
Every time you engage in the addictive behavior write down the following in your Stop Addiction Diary:
1. The time
2. The place
3. The people you were with
4. The circumstances that led you to do it
5. Your state of mind or mood when you begun doing it
6. Your state of mind or mood when you finished doing it
In addition, write down how many times in a week you engage in the addictive behavior on the first page of your Stop Addiction Diary.
***

Step 1 Aromatherapy

Black pepper essential oil (Piper nigrum) has a warm and spicy aroma. It is used to reduce tobacco cravings in persons trying to quit smoking.

Persons who should avoid using black pepper essential oil include pregnant women, those with liver disease, kidney disease and sensitive skin.

To use this aromatherapy oil, add 3 drops to a cotton ball and inhale the scent when you want to reduce nicotine cravings.



Step 2

Bible Verses to Ponder
When an unclean spirit leaves a person it goes through dry places looking for a place to rest. When it does not find any, it says, “I will return from where I came from.” When it comes back, it finds it swept and in order. It then goes and takes 7 other spirits which are more wicked than itself and they enter that person to live in him and the last state of that person is worse than the first. (Luke 11:24-26)
This is seen in persons who stop engaging in an addictive behavior, get their life together and become clean only to revert back to engaging in the addictive behavior more frequently than they did before quitting.
Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find it, knock and it will be opened to you. For those who ask receive, those who seek find and to those who knock it is opened … If you being evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more then will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him! (Luke 11:9-13)
Ask in faith without doubting because the person who doubts is like a wave of the sea tossed by the wind. Let not that person suppose that they will receive anything from God because they are double-minded and unstable. (James 1:6-8)
Action Plan
Ask God to fill you with His Holy Spirit right now so that when you expel any evil spirits associated with the addictive behavior, if they try to come back to control your life again, they will find the Holy Spirit dwelling in you since your body is the Temple of the Holy Spirit. (1 Corinthians 6:19)
To do this, say the following prayers while believing that God will give you what you are asking Him:
1. Heavenly Father I ask You in the name of Jesus to remove any evil spirits associated with this addiction from my life.
2. Heavenly Father I ask You in the name of Jesus to fill me with Your Holy Spirit for it is written that if we ask You for the Holy Spirit you will give Him to those who ask. (Luke 11:9-12)
***

Set Your Quit Date

Your Quit Date is the day that you will officially stop engaging in the addictive behavior. To choose a good quit date, pick one that is significant to you like your birthday so that you can motivate yourself to achieve your goal of never engaging in the addictive behavior again.
However, for purposes of this Christian Addiction Program we have set your Quit Date for Step 15. This is around 2 weeks from today assuming you will take 1 day to complete each step.
Therefore mark your Quit Date on the calendars in your mobile phone and computer as well as those hanging on the walls of your home and office.
In addition, inform your family, friends and close associates of your Quit Date so that they too can begin adjusting their lifestyles to support your decision to stop engaging in the addictive behavior.
***

Step 2 Aromatherapy

Eucalyptus essential oil (Eucalyptus globulus) has a fresh and medicinal aroma and is used for smoking cessation to overcome nicotine addiction.
Persons who should not use eucalyptus essential oil include those with epilepsy, high blood pressure and pregnant women.
To use this aromatherapy oil, add 3 drops to a cotton ball and inhale the scent when you want to reduce nicotine cravings.








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