Prayer is a major means of engaging in serious communication with God. Prayer is a form of ministry that Christ desires from every believer. It is a sacred and important component of keeping a sound relationship with the Father. In other words, the level at which you are in relating and discussing with the Father can be observed by how much you build and manage your prayer life. Prayer is a spiritual work; it involves labor and real effort. It demands concentration, determination, total sincerity and intense desire. Jesus is our perfect example.
If anyone should not pray at all, it should be our Lord Jesus Christ; the second person of the trinity. But he prayed. He prayed all nights and during the day. He prayed privately and publicly. He taught his disciples how to pray. He is at the right hand of the father now, still praying and interceding for us. One sure way of developing an effective prayer life is to learn what Jesus taught about prayer.
Let me show you some critical steps on how you can develop an effective prayer life. (Please read Luke 11:1-4, Mat 6:8-9, 6: 19-13)
1. Relationship. A sound prayer life is based on relationship. Prayer is a communication between two personalities who are in a relationship .True prayer Life is built on a sound relationship with the Father. He is our Father and we are His children. One proof that one is a child of God is that one has answers to prayers. That is one of the things that distinguish a Christian from an unbeliever; the Christian prays to heaven and receives definite and direct answers to his prayers.
2. Worship. When Jesus was giving His disciples the pattern of prayer, one of the things He taught them to say is “hallowed be thy name”. We must learn how to honour, worship and adore God. It is not only when you are praying that you honour and / or hallow the name of the Lord. It must become part of your life. Do not use the name of Jesus in vain throughout the day and come to church on Sunday and begin to play religion with the name of God and think you are hallowing His name; it just does not walk that way. And that is why many people don't get answers to their prayers. Don’t form the habit of praying to soothe your conscience or just praying as a religious duty. Let there be true worship, true adoration, true honour for the name of the Lord. And the Lord will bless you in Jesus name.