Dynamic Principles of Prayer

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
James 4:3

2) According to His Will
1 John 5:14

3) Persistence
Luke 11:5-10

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

7) Obedience
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.

Free E-booklet on Fasting

Bill Rudge has challenged thousands of believers and Christian leaders to fast and pray. Fasting enables you to enter God’s presence with a hunger in your belly that represents the hunger in your soul. This powerful booklet, Fasting for Sensitivity and Power, will equip you to master the ancient biblical principles of fasting, which have so greatly impacted Bill’s life and ministry. Bill’s updated booklet is a great way to start the New Year as it teaches you:

• The Purpose of Fasting  • Biblical Fasts
• My Fasting History  • Types of Fasts
• The Big Three  • Fasting Procedures
• Physical Restoration  • “Impossible” Situations
• Principles of Prayer  • Powerful Prayers
• Personal, Family, and Ministry Prayer and Fasting Lists

Bill’s e-booklet on fasting is available free of charge on our web site, https://billrudge.org/fasting-sensitivity-and-power-1. You can also find the e-booklet for a small fee on Amazon.com.

Power Fasting

Bill Rudge

At the beginning of January, Karen and I fast for a week or more as we pray through our Personal, Family, and Ministry Prayer and Fasting lists. This is an intense; special time of prayer and Scripture study to seek the Lord’s direction and goals for the coming year.

Similar to the principle of lifting weights, I tear myself down physically, emotionally and spiritually through fasting – only to be rebuilt – stronger for the new year. Along with the tremendous spiritual benefits, there are some amazing physical and mental benefits.

At the age of 30 my health was eroding. The indulgent, injurious lifestyle of my younger years were catching up with me. So I prayed, “Lord, if You want me to continue in the ministry, I need Your help.” I am convinced that the Lord honored that earnest prayer by leading me into fasting and nutrition. As a result, I have seen tremendous benefits in obeying His biblical principles of health and fitness.

Many Christians and Christian leaders needlessly suffer from the consequences of being undisciplined, overindulgent and from violating God’s natural health laws. God is calling for a body of believers who will not only serve Him wholeheartedly but also walk in discipline and self-control. Remember, we are not to be mastered by anything or anyone but Him.

Throughout Scripture, the people of God have faced insurmountable circumstances and obstacles. When they humbled themselves and sought the Lord with all their hearts, through prayer and fasting, He intervened in miraculous ways.

I can testify that what was written in the Bible thousands of years ago is true because I have witnessed the God of the Bible do some awesome things in my life and ministry. I have documented in my personal records numerous accounts of supernatural intervention in the midst of impossible situations, and recorded many of the lessons the Lord has taught me. The Impossible (a record of my life and ministry) and Adventures In Missions (a record of my mission trips) are laced with miraculous accounts of what has occurred as a result of fasting, prayer, faith and obedience.

Bill’s e-book, Fasting for Sensitivity and Power is available free of charge at billrudge.org or for purchase at amazon.com.

Fasting for Sensitivity and Power

FASTINGBill Rudge has challenged thousands of believers and Christian leaders to fast and pray. Fasting enables you to enter God’s presence with a hunger in your belly that represents the hunger in your soul. This powerful booklet will equip you to master the ancient biblical principles of fasting, which have so greatly impacted Bill’s life and ministry. Bill’s new and updated E-Book on fasting is a great way to start the New Year as it teaches you:

• The Purpose of Fasting  • Biblical Fasts
• My Fasting History  • Types of Fasts
• The Big Three  • Fasting Procedures
• Physical Restoration  • “Impossible” Situations
• Principles of Prayer  • Powerful Prayers
• Personal, Family, and Ministry Prayer and Fasting Lists

Bill’s E-Book on fasting is available free of charge on our web site (billrudge.org) or you can purchase it for .99 from amazon.com (in order to list it, we were required to charge a minimal amount).

Principles for Dynamic Prayer

Bill Rudge compiled the following nine biblical principles which have been extremely beneficial in his prayer and fasting, as well as for countless others who have read his book, Fasting for Sensitivity and Power. The following verses will help you develop an effective prayer life.

Right Motives  James 4:3

According to His Will  1 John 5:14

Persistence  Luke 11:5-10

Do Not Doubt  James 1:6, 7; Hebrews 11:1, 6

Mountain-Moving Faith Mark 9:23; Mark 11:23

Thankfulness  Philippians 4:6, 7; Colossians 4:2

Obedience  John 14:14, 15; John 15:7; 1 John 3:21-24

Clean Heart  Psalm 66:18; Isaiah 1:15-17; James 5:16-18

Delighting in the Lord Psalm 37:4; Psalm 84:11; Matthew 6:33