Many people use this acrostic as a simple reminder of the ingredients of prayer:
However, this guide is very limiting, because there is so much more to the vital ministry of prayer. Passionate prayer is effective and powerful, and reaps many benefits and rewards (James 5:16)
Prayer is not a formula; but a living, breathing power swirling through the cosmos and changing the face of both the physical and spiritual world (Daniel 10:11-21).
Prayer is our tool for communicating with God and for accessing the power of God in order to storm the gates of hell and to do business for God’s Kingdom (Matthew 16:17-19; 2 Corinthians 10:3-5).
Before we pray, we put on the armor of God, which prepares us to draw near to God, to stand strong and to resist Satan’s influence during our spiritual battle with his demonic forces (James 4:7-8).
We start with a relationship with God through Salvation, which guards our body, soul and spirit with the righteousness of God (Ephesians 6:10-12). We walk in the spirit, which gives us God’s supernatural peace and power and transcends human effort and reasoning (Zechariah 4:6).
The faith of the Son of God within us shields us from the devil’s fiery arrows when he fights back (Galatians 2:20). By praying the scriptures, we use the power of God’s Word as our sword to do actual spiritual battle (Ephesians 6:13-17).
Prayer changes the spiritual world, as well as the physical, mental and emotional world (Mark 9:29; Psalm 107:28-30; James 5:1-16; Philippians 4:6-7). It tears down spiritual strongholds, moves mountains and makes the crooked places straight; so pray without ceasing (Matthew 17:20; Isaiah 54:2; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).
Father God, reveal to Your children the seriousness of our prayer ministry and the spiritual power You give to us during prayer. Help us to pray without ceasing in order to do spiritual warfare on behalf of our self and the people You bring to our mind.
Remind us to communicate with You during every moment of our day. Impress on us the importance of staying alert and praying persistently for unbelievers to come to Christ; as well as for all believers everywhere, including those in our church family and those persecuted Saints in other countries (Ephesians 6:18).
Thought for the Day:
“Prayer is a shield to the soul, a sacrifice to God, and a scourge for Satan.” – John Bunyan