7 Ways to Pray With Sincerity – Part 1

 

The right way to pray is with sincerity—that is, without hypocrisy, or without putting on a show for others and pretending to be something we are not (Matt. 6:5). There are other terms we can use to describe this kind of prayer, such as: honest, open, authentic, and transparent.  When I am honest and authentic in prayer I will open up my heart and pray as I really feel.  I will hold nothing back.  When I am open and transparent in prayer I will not hide anything; I will not try to cover up my sins and make excuses.  This kind of prayer is so important if we want to grow in our relationship with God.  If we are sincere in our prayers and will open ourselves up to God, so as to hide nothing from Him, then He will open Himself up to us and be real to us.

I have put together seven ways we can practice being sincere in prayer, and have broken it down into three parts. In this first part, I want to share the first two ways to pray with sincerity.

 

1. Forgive Others Regularly

If we don’t forgive others, God won’t forgive us (Matt. 6:5). And if He doesn’t forgive us, then there can be no true prayer; our prayers will be empty words.

If you are holding a grudge against someone, you won’t even want to pray; your unforgiveness will cut off your relationship with God faster than any other sin—because God loves the person you have not forgiven and He is grieved. Moreover, in addition to severing your relationship with God, unforgiveness sets in motion a process of putting up walls of denial, to further distance yourself from God (and others).  Therefore, when we have unforgiveness in our heart we can’t be real with anyone, especially with God.  We can’t open up in prayer with Him and be sincere.  We are bitter, tight in the stomach, fighting everything.  We are full of self-pity and always trying to defend ourselves and make excuses.  Until we give up our sin of unforgiveness we will never be able to pray with sincerity.

 

2. Appropriate God’s Forgiveness

There is no reason for any Christian to be burdened down with his own sin and guilt; for God has given us the remedy for our sin in the person and work of Jesus Christ. He has suffered and died for our sins.  His blood has paid the penalty of our sins.

If you have failed to forgive someone, and if you are carrying around sin (that is, if you have sin that you have not confessed and repented of), those sins will keep you from honest and true prayer. But if you come to God boldly and confess your sins, God will forgive you and clean up your heart (1 Jn. 1:9).  He will wipe all your sins away so that you will feel bold to keep coming to Him—to His throne—to make any requests.

So we need boldness at two different times. First, we need boldness to come to Him with our sin and ask forgiveness.  Then, after He forgives us and cleanses us, we need boldness again to pray and keep praying over other things.  And at both times God helps us to be bold to come to Him.  And when we come to Him we will obtain mercy and find all the grace we need (Heb. 4:16).

Now, as I see it, the boldness that He gives us to keep coming to Him in prayer is a boldness that we get by His grace when He forgives us and cleanses us of sin. Therefore, since we seem to be constantly sinning, if we want to keep receiving this prayer boldness, we must keep asking for His forgiveness and cleansing—as often as we sin.

The nature of this boldness is like a new freedom, a freedom to be transparent (open) before Him. With this new freedom we find that we have a new love for prayer—so that we want to talk about everything before Him: about the easy stuff and the hard stuff.  And of course the more we open up to Him in sincere prayer the more we grow in our love for Him.

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Pray for President Trump and Country – There Are Evil Spirits at Work

Prayer for Trump and Country

In the last couple of weeks there has been incredible undue pressure on President Trump. Many in the media and on the Democratic side, and a few Republicans, are constantly at odds with him for such little things—like his tweeting.  And they are constantly suspicious of him about things that there is no proof of. And now many are even calling for his impeachment. It is obvious that many just don’t like him.  And it is also obvious that there are evil spirits at work, working to stir such evil hatred against him.

Please, I call on all true Christians to pray.

Let us pray for President Trump: that he would humble himself and seek God; that he would call on Him and trust Him for help. Then pray that indeed our Father would grant him help, comfort, strength, wisdom, and great courage in these trying days.

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Hollywood Shows its Evil Side in Cancelling ‘Last Man Standing’

Prayer for Trump and Country

The recent canning of ‘Last Man Standing’ shows all Americans what Hollywood is up to—what their values are. Why would they dismiss a show that has such high ratings and is making Hollywood tons of money? It makes no sense—unless Hollywood has an even bigger agenda than money.

The answer is that Hollywood’s true agenda is to form the culture of America. And the culture they want is something other than what ‘Last Man Standing’ is offering.

The show is all about the last manly man trying to survive in this overly feminized world, staring a Christian conservative Tim Allen. Understandably, Tim Allen is very upset…and so should all Americans be. This world is going to the Devil and Hollywood is playing a big part in it.

Christian, watch what you watch on TV! Many things are programed by the Devil to destroy you and your Christian witness.

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Trump: Doing what God has Prepared him to Do – Genesis 50:20

Prayer for Trump and Country

I thought Donald Trump’s book, The Art of the Deal, was fascinating.

In the last few lines he wrote, “The biggest challenge I see over the next twenty years is to figure out some creative ways to give back some of what I’ve gotten…In my life, there are two things I’ve found I’m very good at: overcoming obstacles and motivating good people to do their best work.

I see this all happening now. His service as president is what he has been preparing for his whole life. And don’t we see that he is so good at overcoming many obstacles and also motivating good people to do their best work. We can give praise to God for preparing this man to serve in such an evil time as this.

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God’s Design for Group Prayer

 

We are all of one body (the body of Christ), with Christ as our head; therefore, it is our designed purpose to be united, and thus to live together in unity for the purposes that God has planned for us. One of the ways that unity takes form is through group prayer. Accordingly, one of the great purposes for our unity and for united prayer is to strengthen our faith.  And this is exactly what happens: when each group member hears the Spirit-filled prayers of others, they experience God’s presence, and the Holy Spirit stirs their hearts to believe in Him more fully.

Henceforth, as we believe in Him, and likewise learn to love Him, He will come along side of us and deliver us from fear. Hence, the promise “perfect love casts out fear” is confirmed to us when we pray together in love (1 Jn. 4:18).

But there is more to group prayer than being personally delivered from fear. Spirit-filled group prayer will actually produce or summon the power of God to make our prayers more effective.  In fact, I believe that when believers pray together in unity, prayers will be more powerful and more effective than individual prayer.  Why?  Because when Christians pray together with one mind and heart, the faith of each believer is added to the faith of the others, so that there is more faith and more power.  And along with faith there is also more love and more hope.  Each one receives it from each other, but knows it is from God.  It branches out through each group member to each group member.  Each one is linked to another, and they, all together, receive the power of God.  Each one, we could say, is like a spark plug; when we all spark together (in the right order and in unity) we generate the power of God (or we could say, we get the Holy Spirit moving) to answer our united prayers to the glory of God.

But you say, is there any real proof of the power of group prayer? Yes there is.  We have the undeniable, historical record of it.  When the early church prayed together with one accord in the Spirit many were brought to salvation (Acts 2:47), many were filled with the Spirit and were given God’s power to speak with boldness (Acts 4:31), and some were miraculously delivered (e.g. Peter, Acts 12:5-19).

So this is what I see as God’s design for group prayer. Now how can we best practice it?  What is God’s idea for how we should pray together?  As I see it, there are two main parts to group prayer: the leader and His leadership, and the other members.  The leader has a particular role to play, and the members have a role to play.  When each plays his or her role as God has designed, then group prayer will be successful.

 

So first of all, how does the group leader best lead? What things does he do to make a successful prayer group?

(1) He plans the time and the place of the meeting. He is also responsible for the details of the meeting; he takes the time to plan such things as the Bible study, singing, sharing, and the prayer time.  And I think it is important in his planning that he makes prayer the primary focus; therefore, he must plan ample time for prayer, and structure all other activities around the prayer time so that prayer gets the spotlight.

(2) He prepares a Bible study for the meeting. In the prayer groups that I have led I have found that when I have taken sufficient time to prepare a Bible study, the prayer meetings were more productive.  I think it is so important whenever we pray to first open the Word.  If we take the time to study and think on the Word before we pray, prayers will be much more God-directed and Spirit-filled.

(3) He will lead each activity of the meeting.  And in his leadership he will always show a spirit of love and acceptance to each member, seeking to serve them and not to lord it over them.

 

How does each group member play his or her role?

(1) He or she submits to the leader and to the Holy Spirit; if members are rebellious and self-willed, unity will be lost.

(2) Each member is attentive to the Holy Spirit and therefore prays according to the Spirit’s leading. If any member has wandering thoughts and is not committed to prayer and to God, then he will bring disunity to the group and will hinder what God wants to accomplish.

(3) Each member shows respect and love to one another. The most successful prayer groups have developed a lasting love for each other.  When you pray for each other in your group, remember those requests and continue to pray over them during the week.  Be committed to love each other, and God will bring His power to your group.

This blog is an except from my book, Prayer A to Z .

 

 

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Trump in Danger: Much Prayer Needed

Prayer for Trump and Country

 

President Trump’s life is in danger. Prayer is critical for his safety and security.

According to reports from Monica Crowley, Liberal forces are looking to destroy him and put him in prison. They are saying Trump must not be allowed to succeed. Many (like the ACLU and like George Soros) have raised millions to impeach him.

Yes, liberals and evil forces have an agenda for this world and they will stop at nothing to achieve it. They want everything that Donald Trump is not. They want a globalist; they want open boarders; they want tolerance for all without law and order; and they want to stifle all those who speak and act contrary to their agenda.

Here is a prayer for protection against the wicked, which David wrote and prayed for himself. We can pray this prayer for President Trump and for all those who are on his team.

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Trump: Busy Doing the Prep Work for America

Pray for divine protection for Trump and his cabinet as they do the work of government. Pray against all the forces of evil that they will be confused in the evil work and will not be able to come against the will of God. Just as Nehemiah was able to finish the building of the wall in 52 days and to bring badly needed reform to Israel, pray that God will help this president to accomplish all his goals and to establish the work of God for America.

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I’m a house painter. I know all about prep work. Before you can start painting a house to make it look beautiful, you have to do the prep work. And  if the house has been badly neglected—for let’s say 8 years—it will take longer to do the prep work of washing, scraping, patching, sanding, caulking, and priming, etc.

For this first 100 days, our president has been doing prep work—things that need to be done so that we can start the task of building and decorating, to make America great. For the past decade or so, things in the White House, in the government, and in the country, have been going south. I mean things have not only been neglected, but Obama has been purposely (it seems) putting our country in reverse—making it almost impossible to set things in order. He has…

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