To pray “in Jesus’name”means to pray in His Spirit, in His compassion, in His love, in His outrage, in His concern. In other words, it means to pray a prayer that Jesus Himself might pray.
Kenneth L. Wilson
Taking it to God: Praying for Others as Jesus Would
We must be in tune with the Lord’s purpose for the person receiving our prayers (1 John 5:14,15). This means that you will only pray in line with the requestor’s request when it is in line with God’s will. Remember, we are not to make requests that ask God to violate their free-will. However, we can ask God for mercy and grace in their lives. Furthermore, we can ask God to reveal Himself to them (Acts 26:18).
When people ask for prayer then find a place to pray for them immediately (James 5:16). Do not worry about praying the perfect words. Prayer is not a performance (Matthew 6:7). Prayer is an honest expression of our hearts. God values compassion over eloquence (2).
Suggestions for Praying Effectively
- Pray in small teams or one on one
- Relate the situation, not just your request
- Look at the situation from God’s perspective
- Let your prayer flow from trust
- Don’t access blame
- Pray in unity
- Pray the Scripture
- Follow up
Consider your prayer life to be like running a race with me as your coach (1 Corinthians 9:24). As your coach, I would share with you the skills to become a champion runner. I would tell you how to eat properly, breathe properly, exercise properly, etc. However, unless you practiced these techniques and skills they would not be of benefit to you. The same is true in the realm of prayer – no one can run the race for you! As your prayer coach, allow me to share the following effects of prayer in order to motivate you to run to win!
1. Reveals yourself to you. The result is that you can then submit the unrighteous areas to God for cleaning (Isaiah 6:1,5).
2. Provides the power to cleanse our hearts from unrighteousness (sin) (Psalm 19:12. 1 John 1:9).
3. Provides the power to hold us up (Psalm 17:5. Psalm 121:3).
4. Provides the power to govern our tongue (Psalm 141:3).
5. Provides the power to open our eyes (Psalm 119:18).
6. Provides the power to obtain wisdom (James 1:5).
7. Provides power to be a witness (Psalm 62:11. Acts 1:8).
8. Prepares the soil of our heart for the seed of God’s Word (Hosea 10:12)
Furthermore, the failure to pray is a sin (1 Samuel 12:23. James 4:17)
The purpose of the following study is to describe the constituent parts that are essential for an effective prayer life.
Discover Prayer Series:
Authentic Relationships Series:
- Authentic Relationships: Introduction
- Authentic Relationships: Loving One Another
- Authentic Relationships: Forgiving, Accepting and Bearing with One Another
- Authentic Relationships: Being Devoted to Another and Honoring Another Above Ourselves
- Authentic Relationships: Greeting and Being Hospitable to One Another
- Authentic Relationships: Being Kind, Compassionate and Sharing with One Another
- Authentic Relationships: Serving, Carrying Burdens and Building Up One Another
- Authentic Relationships: Instructing and Admonishing One Another
- Authentic Relationships: Praying for One Another
- Authentic Relationships: Confessing Your Sins to and Being of the Same Mind Toward One Another
- Authentic Relationships: Submitting to One Another
(1) Left-click on the underlined phrase to open another article in a different tab with more explanation.
2) This blog adapted from Authentic Relationships: Discover the lost art of “One Anothering” by Wayne Jacobsen (http://www.lifestream.org) and Clay Jacobsen. ISBN-13: 978-0801064517
(3) See attached PowerPoint that can be used to lead a class through this study.