PRAY ATTENTIVELY

“Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things which you do not know”. Jeremiah 33:3 (NKJV)

For many people, prayer time is when they voice out crammed prayers like “Our Lord’s Prayer” or when they allow their minds wander and even doze off. Most of our bad habits displayed during prayer are so because we do not pray with intention or attention. We either do not believe the words we say during prayer or we do not understand the importance of prayer. When we pray, God’s first response to us is to show us the answers to our prayers in motion pictures in our minds. If you pray with intention and intensity, as you pray God begins to show you solutions, ideas and things you probably never thought of.

Jesus said in Mark 11:24 (NKJV), “When you pray, believe…and you will have them”. Prayer time is not the time to let your thoughts wander; it’s a time to actively engage the power of the mind to believe. You begin to picture yourself already enjoying the answers to what you have prayed for. This is what the bible in James 5:16 terms effectual fervent prayer: one in which the heart and the mouth are engaged in the course of prayer.