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Praying on God’s Terms, According to Biblical Principles?


Training Category: Prayer Ministry

Confidence Praying on God's Terms, According to His Will

Prayer was instituted by God as the means of communing with Him. He is the One who determined that prayer would be the way humans would work in cooperation with Him. Prayer is His idea, not ours. Consequently, it is only logical that we come to God on His terms, not ours.

Why Effective Prayer Ministry Adheres to Biblical Principles

  1. God will never contradict Himself in the way He answers prayer.
  2. God is not obligated to respond to prayer that violates His character or Word.

Consequently, the more we come to truly know God in the full essence of His being as depicted in Scripture, the more we will pray in ways that tap into His power.

How to Teach People to Pray on God’s Terms

When you teach on prayer, go beyond the mere commands and principles about praying to the basis for that command or principle in the character of God.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. (Prov. 9:10)

The fear of the Lord leads to life: Then one rests content untouched by trouble. (Prov. 19:23)

In addition to this content, the Prayer Ministry Manual considers how the fear of the Lord prevents us from living in violation of God’s character and Word and from expecting God to respond to our prayers in ways that contradicts Himself. You will also find a personal assessment for how well you adhere to God’s conditions for praying.

For More on what will help you develop and maintain an effective Prayer Ministry, read the following:

For More About Praying: Resources for Prayer Ministry


2 Replies to “Praying on God’s Terms, According to Biblical Principles?”

    • We do have “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Eph. 6:17) in addition to other pieces of armor meant to protect us in spiritual battle. Immediately following an explanation of our spiritual armor in Ephesians 6 we read, “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.” This certainly speaks to the critical nature of prayer in spiritual battles. Then we also have verses like James 4:7-8 which would undoubtedly involve praying. — “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”

      There is an article that addresses our need to keep praying in spiritual battles that you can read: Biblical Principles for Spiritual Battles

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