“When Ye Pray” by Flo Shaw.
“When ye pray” is mentioned three times in the King James Version of the Bible and in each instance, this exact phrase is spoken from the lips of Jesus Himself. Such emphatic words originating from Christ illustrate His perspective on the value and importance of prayer. In all of these following cases, Jesus provides guidance for effective prayer.
“But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking” (Matthew 6:7).
“Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them” (Mark 11:24).
“And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth” (Luke 11:2).
Jesus did not say, “if” ye pray, but He said, “when” ye pray, which indicates that He expects you to pray. And “When” you do pray, you should have principle, passion, and a pattern. Following are ten key phrase, acronym attributes, with accompanying scriptures, which will enhance your prayer life when ye pray.
When Ye Pray . . .
Wait…on God as He desires. (Micah 7:7)
Hear…the voice of God. (Psalm 95:7)
Entreat…God for prayer requests. (Psalm 119:154)
Name…specific needs. (Matthew 21:22)
Yield…to the Spirit of God. (Acts 6:4)
Expect…God to intervene. (Psalm 62:5)
Persevere…until you break through. (Luke 11:8)
Receive…all that God wants to give. (Mark 11:24)
Allow…God to have the preeminence. (Matthew 6:10)
Yearn…for more of God and to know Him. (Philippians 3:10)
Jesus instructs how not to pray and then encourages us to pray. Don’t be a part-time Christian who wants a full-time God. “Prayer is to the soul what oxygen is to the body.” It is a lifestyle. We must allow a prayer anointing to flow. Having talent will turn heads, but having anointing will turn hearts.
God sends no one away “empty” except those who are “full” of themselves. -Dwight L. Moody
When ye pray, intercede for someone else. Prayer made a difference while employed as a research chemist when I developed two benign tumors located on my upper left shoulder/lower right back. I entered a dark church prayer room. Unknowing of my diagnosis, a Spirit-led intercessor, Alice Woodrow, upon first contact, laid her hands only on those two tumors and interceded for several minutes. When she removed her hands, the tumors had completely disappeared. This healing miracle was medically documented. Praise God!
When ye pray . . . all things are possible according to the will, way, and Word of God (I John 5:14-15).
FROM: Ladies Prayer Intl November 2022 Newsletter – UPCI Ladies Ministries -firstname.lastname@example.org