There’s something about prayer that gets people fired up.
Maybe it’s the War Room movie.
Maybe it’s the idea of creating a prayer room.
Or, maybe it’s a deep desire of your heart to pray purposeful, meaningful prayers.
People get excited about the idea of prayer.
And let me tell you – it is a worthy thing to get excited about! We just must be careful that we’re not enjoying the idea of prayer more than we’re doing battle on our knees.
We just must be careful that we’re not enjoying the idea of prayer more than we’re doing battle on our knees. Click To Tweet
What to do When You’re Ready to Start Praying Powerful Prayers
The War Room movie is excellent and the intentionality of creating a prayer room is beautiful.
Now, let’s take it a step further and work to pray bold, powerful prayers.
- Prayers that we believe with our whole selves.
- Prayers that storm the gates on behalf of brokenness.
- And, prayers that change your heart and the hearts of those around you.
Prayers with lasting purpose.
Here’s the thing… We live in a society of people who love the idea of prayer but have no clue where to start.
So, let me share with you some practical ways that you can begin praying powerful, bold prayers.
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1. Speak your belief as you pray.
Do you believe that God will answer your prayer? Are you patiently waiting for that nudge, feeling, or still small voice?
Talk about this with God!
When you pray, expect mighty things.
When you pray, believe that God will work.
And when you pray, wait for the answer.
This could sound something like the following: “Lord, I believe that you are powerful, mighty, majestic, and perfect. I believe that you can work this situation out for your glory and my good. And, I believe that you will take action, answer my prayer, and direct my path. I believe, Father. Please help my unbelief.”
When you pray, expect mighty things. When you pray, believe that God will work. And when you pray, wait for the answer. Click To Tweet
2. Be specific with your prayers and requests.
It is true that God knows our prayers before we pray them and that the Lord intercedes on our behalf. However, this doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be specific.
Specific prayers require boldness.
And I think a lot of us are afraid to pray bold prayers.
“Heavenly Father, I ask that you show me what to do next” is so much safer than “Lord, I am unsure whether to say yes or no to this huge commitment. You know my life, my schedule, and my capacity. I ask that you would find someone else to complete this job if you do not want me to take action.”
Be specific. Present your requests to God with detail.
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3. Invite others to pray with you.
The Lord promises that where two or three are gathered, He will be there also.
What a sweet promise!
We need the Lord’s presence, just like we need the wisdom, support, and guidance of others. Praying with trusted friends is a great way to hold ourselves accountable for praying with boldness.
Vulnerability opens the door for intentional conversation and growth. So I encourage you to share your burdens with those around you. Ask for help and pray with one another.
Be bold in prayer together.
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4. Fight against doubting and be vulnerable in prayer.
I’ll be the first to admit that sometimes it is hard to believe. Just this week God answered a huge prayer of mine with a gentle “no”. Is it difficult to believe that the Lord’s plan is best?
Absolutely. Can I struggle with this and still be a Christian? Definitely. Should I bring this doubting before the Lord in sweet prayer? Yes.
We must be taking our thoughts captive, praying the promises of God, and reminding ourselves of truth every day. We must be fighting against the reality of doubt, and bringing our doubts before the Lord with humble reliance.
When you are tempted to doubt God’s ability to answer a prayer or act on your behalf, stop and pray at that moment.
“Lord, I am struggling with unbelief. I need your power, your promises, and your grace to hold me up. Truly, I do not want to doubt. I need you, Jesus.”
When you are tempted to doubt God’s ability to answer a prayer or act on your behalf, stop and pray at that moment. Click To Tweet
5. Remember previous prayers & God’s faithfulness.
How has God answered you in the past? Where in your life have you felt His presence and peace? What situations have worked out for God’s glory and your good?
I suggest starting a prayer journal, that you can revisit often to remind yourself of God’s faithfulness. For example, every time God answers a prayer, place a rock in the jar. You could even write on the rock with permanent marker adding the date of the answered prayer & how God showed Himself faithful.
Then, praise Him specifically. And praise Him often.
“God, thank you for answering my prayers. You are faithful even when I am faithless. And you chose to walk beside me through the difficulties – and the beautiful parts – of life. Thank you, God.”
Let’s become a people who don’t just like the idea of prayer, but a people who genuinely present our requests and praises before the Lord in powerful belief!
Yes, watch the War Room movie.
Please, create a prayer room.
By all means, buy a prayer journal.
And then – even in the difficult moments of doubt – approach the throne with bold, powerful prayers.
God listens. He cares. He can’t wait to talk to you.
Begin by speaking your belief to Him.
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About the Author:
Alison Tiemeyer is a wife and Jesus-follower growing in grace and truth daily.
She loves coffee in the morning, experimenting in the kitchen, camping with her husband, and reading in a hammock just about anywhere.
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THANK YOU FOR YOUR POST ON THE HOLY SPIRIT. I LOST 40 YEARS OF MY LIFE TAKING THE DRUG VALIUM. I WAS TALL, ATTRECTIVE, AND INTELLIGENT. VALIUM TOOK ALL THIS AWAY. MY LIFE HASEN,T BEEN EASY BUT I FELT THERE WAS SOMETHING OR SOMEONE LOOKING OUT FOR ME. I ALWAYS PRAYED AND I GUESS THAT HELPED ME. IM FREE OFF VALIUM, I HAVE NO KIDS , I LIVE ALONE (NOT EASY) I DO NOT SEE ANY OF MY SIBLINGD. I AM 68 YEARS OLD AND A BIT HOPEFUL BECAUSE I PRAY TO THE HOLY SPIRIT. DO YOU THINK THERE IS SOME SORT OF A LIFE LEFT FOR ME, MAYBE MEET SOMEONE AND MAKE FRIENDS. I DO NOT DRINK OR SMOKE EITHER.
There is still hope for you!
My pastor growing up used to say, “If you woke up today, and you are still here, God still has a plan for your life.”
I’m praying that you will be encouraged, inspired, and uplifted today!
Here’s an article that might give you additional hope… https://melanieredd.com/how-to-make-changes-in-your-life-to-get-your-hope-back/
Blessings to you,
What a power way of praying
Thank you, Ossie.
I thought Alison had such wonderful ideas to share.
Hope you have a blessed day~
Thank you so much so efective. Will start my paryer jar soon. I believe that God answerwd my prayer from reading this.
Sure do appreciate you stopping by to leave a good word.
I pray you will become a mighty prayer warrior.
Love these, sharing with one of my best friends as we just discussed this the other day. God is so great to bring to us what is needed when it is needed.
Thank you, Cheryl! Prayer is the key!
And, it sounds like you have some wonderful best friends!
God is so good!
Sure do appreciate you stopping by to leave a kind word.
Merry Christmas to you and your family~
I LOVE number 1!! What a beautiful way to think about and approach prayer. This post has blessed me so much.
This is a great post, Melanie! Thanks for some great suggestions.
Thank you, Ginger!
You sure do bless me!
So glad you stopped by~
Going to implement these tips this week!
Thank you, Sarah!
Appreciate your stopping by to leave a good word!
Love your steps to encourage us to pray bold, powerful prayers.
Aren’t these good steps to prayer!
Thanks for stopping by to leave a good word today~
Great post, Alison! I love how you shared tip #3. That is something I had a hard time with at first, because you do open yourself to be vulnerable when you let others pray for and with you. I have seen such blessings through this though. Thanks for sharing this amazing post with #SocialButterflySunday, Melanie! Blessings to you both 🙂
Thank you, Kelly!
I think Alison has shared a wonderful post!
Appreciate you stopping by to leave a good word~
Thanks for hosting Alison’s post Melanie! I’m so glad to have found you both! I just started reading John Eldredge’s new book, Moving Mountains after reading Fervent earlier in the year. Guess I’m hungering for some powerful prayer and your post was right on time. Thanks for the reinforcement and practical suggestions! And I’m struck by the prayer jar idea!! Off to gather some rocks ♥ Thanks so much girls ♥
Thank you for stopping by to leave a good word today. I’m blessed by your visit.
And, I love Alison’s words on prayer. They are both powerful and practical.
Go for it on the prayer jar. It’s a great idea!
Have a blessed day, and drop by again~
Thanks Melanie! I certainly will be back! And I’ve got a handful of mason jars on the ready– just looking for another excuse to go to the beach and gather some more smooth stones! lol!
Great post Alison, thanks for sharing! I love these practical tips to praying boldly, especially being specific. There’s something scary about getting specific with God because it makes it more obvious when those “no’s” come through that our will doesn’t align with His. But it also makes it easier to know when a prayer has been answered. Great post. Thanks Melanie and Alison!
Don’t you love this post on prayer by Alison?
And, you are so right. When we are specific in our prayers, it makes it so much easier to see how God is answering!
Thanks for stopping by to leave a good word~
This is so practical and helpful. You’re right we can do all those things: but the journal, post prayers in our closet, but ultimately, God wants us to come just as we are with our doubts and all. He welcomes them and takes great delight in helping us to grow in our walk with Him. What an amazing God we serve.
Thank you Melanie and Alison!
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Thanks for your kind words today.
I think Alison has shared a wonderful post on prayer!
Sure am blessed by you~
Alison— what an amazing post that is FULL of wisdom and power! I love it! It’s caused me to desire an even deeper prayer life with the Lord. Thank you!
These are such sound, practical tips to putting prayer into action! I think the attention movies such as the War Room have brought to prayer is wonderful, however, it can still be overwhelming to know where to start!
Blessings and smiles,
Alison and Melanie, thank you so much for this practical advice on prayer. I think that being specific (while still being open to God’s way of doing things) is so important. When we’re very general in our prayers it’s hard to know when those prayers have been answered.
Thank you, Dawn!
Don’t you love this post!
I think many people will be helped and encouraged by these suggestions!
What a great article Alison! These are very practical ways to practice prayer and I know they will help a lot of people!
Thank you, Valerie. I pray that others are inspired to pray BOLD & approach the throne with confidence. 🙂
It’s a good one, isn’t it, Valerie!
I just love how simple Alison makes things. She’s got a gift!
What a wonderful and practical article about prayer, Alison!
I love the 5 steps to take if you want to pray more powerfully.
Thank you for sharing your insights and your life with us today!
You are a blessing~
Thanks, Melanie, for being such a sweet & gracious host! Sure do appreciate you!
And, thank you, for sharing!
You bless me and so many others, Alison!