Last week, we talked about The Mindset Shift; if you missed it or need a review, CLICK HERE.
For the next two weeks, we will focus on prayer. There is no manifesting without intentional prayer. Prayer can be intimidating, especially if you grew up with a religious background or created your own set of rules for how to pray. You know, bow your head, get on your knees, clasp your hands in front of your heart, and the list goes on. Remove all the barriers and just focus on having a conversation with Him. He would rather hear from you in your car than worry about you having your designated prayer time and rituals. I don’t know about you, but those car prayers be the best breakthrough prayers.
I love the following quote that helps us to remember that it is not about our own ability.
Max Lucado said, “Our prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be feeble. But since the power of prayer is in the One who hears it and not in the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference.”Max Lucado
3 Mistakes We Make in Prayer
- We get caught up in rituals instead of connection- Rules (close your eyes, be in your closet, fold your hands.
- We Focus on Our Own Ability- We think we have to have it all together before we can pray.
- We forget that prayer is a two-way street- We should ask God how to pray about it and LISTEN for a response.
So, how do we pray for what we want? Here are 3 scriptures to help.
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. … For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds.” Matthew 7:7-11 NIV
James 4:2-3, he states, “You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.”
Ephesians 6:18, NLT: “Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.”
The Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13)
In this manner, therefore, pray:
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 forgive our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
6 Ways to Pray Intentionally
- Be in Alignment With God’s Will. You Seek Him first in all things and ensure that your heart is aligned with the Father’s will.
- Be Obedient. Intentional Prayer comes with obedience, even if it’s uncomfortable.
- Read The Word: Stay in the word of God. The bible AP devotionals are good for this.
- Pray Continuously: This includes praying throughout the day for God’s guidance.
- Be Anxious For Nothing: You are not concerned about how it will happen or when it will happen. You have a peace that will surpass all understanding.
- Come From a Place of Gratitude. You will wait on God with a joyful heart because you trust His perfect plan for your life.
Intentional Prayer is a powerful tool for connecting with God and cultivating a deeper relationship with the Father. By setting aside moments throughout the day to pray, we create space for God to move in our lives like never before. Through intentional prayer, we align ourselves with God’s will, deepen our faith, and find comfort and peace in knowing we are not alone. So, let us prioritize intentional prayer and watch as it transforms our hearts, minds, and spirits. In Jesus Name!
If you haven’t already, I invite you to join the 5-Day Prayer Challenge.