Principles of Prayer

by Anonymous

I recently heard from someone who said, “she felt as if her prayers were going no higher than the ceiling.” If we were all honest, we can probably sympathize with this woman. Who among us has not occasionally felt a “spiritual slump”? It is, of course, normal to feel burned out on life sometimes. We all feel the struggles and pressures of daily living.

Yahweh still answers prayers, but we cannot strong arm Him into doing every little thing we want. He is not some “cosmic genie” that grants our every whim. Yes, we all have needs and desires, but do we really trust our heavenly Father to ultimately have our best interests at heart? Even the strongest of us has no doubt questioned and wondered what Yahweh was working out in particular situations throughout our lives. At the other end of the spectrum, many of us can look back and see Yahweh’s hand in our lives, and how He got us through difficulties in the past!

The first step to getting real answers to your prayers is making sure you are living your life in line with Yahweh’s ways. There is no way around this. If you are doing anything contrary to Yahweh’s way, you must stop immediately and repent.

The next step is to pray according to Yahweh’s will. But how do we know Yahweh’s will? Read the Bible! It spells it out for us. The next thing you need to do is be thankful for the blessings you already have. Yahweh will not further bless you unless you are thankful for what He has already given you. Then the biggest thing of all you need to do is to trust Him. This is probably the hardest step of all. It is not easy to do since most of us are so used to handling our own lives in the way that seems best. Keep on praying! Yahweh has never turned away a person who is sincere in seeking Him!