Enter His Gates

Prayer (Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible): A primary means of communication that binds together God and humankind in intimate and reciprocal relationship.

What God wants you to gain through prayer:

1. Your relationship with Him will become much more real and personal

John 17:3 NLT - And this is the way to have eternal life—to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth.

2. You will experience deeper holiness and discipleship

3. Your ability to hear God’s voice will increase dramatically.

John 10:27 NLT - My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.

4. The spiritual power of your life and ministry will increase

Acts 2:42–47 NLT - All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer. 43 A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. 44 And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. 45 They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. 46 They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity—47 all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.

5. You will experience a dramatic increase in answered prayer.

John 15:7 NLT - But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted!

6. You will experience greater power to withstand trails, temptations, and spiritual attacks.

2 Corinthians 10:3–4 NLT - We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. 4 We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments.

7. You will see increased numbers of friends, family, and even those everyday people you encounter throughout your day saved.

8. You will discover how to pray effectively for revival and spiritual awakening in our church, our country, and our nation.

Ezekiel 22:30 NLT - “I looked for someone who might rebuild the wall of righteousness that guards the land. I searched for someone to stand in the gap in the wall so I wouldn’t have to destroy the land, but I found no one.”

Three Foundations for a Powerful Prayer Life

1. You must view your daily prayer time as a relationship with God and not some legalistic duty or discipline.

Luke 10:40–42 NLT - But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.” 41 But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! 42 There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.”

2. You must make an absolute commitment to consistently spend significant time alone with God in uninterrupted prayer.

3. A powerful prayer life requires the “balanced practice” of all five types of prayer.

Developing a Powerful Prayer Life

1. Spend consistent time in the Word of God

Romans 10:17 NLT - So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.

1 John 5:14–15 NIV - This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.

2. Give God the best part of your day

3. Ask God daily to teach you how to pray

4. Six Principals for Powerful Prayer

  1. Pray with an attitude of authority, confidence, and expectancy through the name of Jesus.

  2. Spend quality time in confession.

  3. Ask God to fill and anoint you with His Spirit.

  4. Pray against the influence of Satan.

  5. Pray specifically.

  6. Find prayer partners.

Psalm 100:4 NLT - Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name.

God reminds us that we are to come before Him with a sense of awe, praise, and reverence.

Luke 11:2 NLT - Jesus said, “This is how you should pray: “Father, may your name be kept holy. May your Kingdom come soon.

Like nothing else, praise and worship prepare our hearts for dynamic prayer.

Steps to a Meaningful Time of Praise

1. Dedicate adequate time

2. Spend time thanking God for things He has done in your life.

Psalm 103:2 NLT - Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me.

3. Spend time praising God for who He is and what He’s like

Phase One Prayer

“Father, teach me to give you thanks and praise at all times—especially during times of trial. Make me keenly aware of the many things for which I should praise, thank, and worship you.”