by Bill Rudge
After searching Scripture for God’s perspective on prayer, I compiled them in my book Fasting For Sensitivity and Power. You can read these nine dynamic biblical principles on prayer in just a few minutes. It will be worth your time as God’s Spirit enlightens your heart through His Word – giving you insight concerning one of the most beneficial practices in life – Prayer! Be blessed as you engage in some Bible study by looking up each one of the following verses:
1) Right Motives
2) According to His Will
1 John 5:14
4) Do Not Doubt
James 1:6-7; Hebrews 11:1, 6
5) Mountain-Moving Faith
Mark 9:23; 11:23
6) Do Not Be Anxious – Be Thankful
Philippians 4:6-7; Colossians 4:2
John 14:14-15; 15:7; 1 John 3:21-24
8) A Clean Heart before God
2 Chronicles 6:36-39; 2 Chronicles 7:14; Psalm 66:18; Isaiah 1:15-17; James 5:16-18
9) Delight Yourself in the Lord
Psalm 37:4; Psalm 84:11; Matthew 6:33
The Lord has taught me that I cannot coerce or manipulate Him to give me what I want. However, if I delight myself in Him, seek to Honor His name and walk in obedience, He will grant the desires of my heart (because they will be His desires as well) and abundantly bless beyond what I could ever ask or think.
Powerful Prayers in Scripture
Seven powerful prayers (two of which were accompanied by fasting) that should serve as an example and inspiration to us can be found in Scripture. Take time to study them and be inspired by their example of faith:
• Elijah’s effective prayer during his encounter with the prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18:36-37).
• David’s magnificent prayer of thanks and praise to bless the LORD. David acknowledges that everything – including riches and honor – comes from the LORD (1 Chronicles 29:10-20).
• Solomon’s powerful prayer at the dedication of the Temple, acknowledging God’s faithfulness and sovereignty – His punishment of sin and His forgiveness and restoration for repentance (2 Chronicles 6:13-42).
• Nehemiah’s persistent prayer for favor in the presence of Artaxerxes, King of Persia (Nehemiah 1:4-11).
• Hezekiah’s earnest prayer in the Temple after receiving the threatening letter from Sennacherib, King of Assyria, demanding Jerusalem’s surrender (Isaiah 37:14-20).
• Daniel’s intercessory prayer of forgiveness for the people and for Jerusalem’s restoration after receiving understanding from Scripture – seeking the Lord God by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth and ashes (Daniel 9:3-19).
• The early Church’s courageous prayer following the release of Peter and John (Acts 4:23-31).
For additional information read Bill’s new and updated e-book, Fasting for Sensitivity and Power. It is available free of charge at https://billrudge.org/fasting-sensitivity-and-power-e-book or purchase through amazon.com.