Have you ever wondered if there are rules to prayer that you don’t know about? When it comes to prayer, there are eight rules of prayer from the Bible that anyone can follow to receive more of the abundant blessings of God. Remember, God is not interestsd in abundant words during prayer, but what we pray about and our heart.
1. Pray in response to God’s call to pray. God actually tells us to ask him for all sorts of things like answers, deliverance, wisdom, and blessings. If you aren’t receiving, it could be because you simply are not asking.
Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known. Jeremiah 33:3
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!” Matthew 7:7-11
2. Pray according to his will, not yours. Often times we pray for our whims, desires, and passions to be given us by God. A key to productive prayer is to pray for things according to the will of God – things that are in alignment with His desires, things that will bring Him pleasure and things that will bring Him glory. Do not use the connection with God for your self desire.
And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to His will He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him. 1 John 5:14-15
“Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” Luke 22:41-42
You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. Js 4:3
3. Pray in faith without doubting. If we don’t think God can really answer our prayers, then why are we praying in the first place?
“Truly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ it will happen. And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.” Matthew 21:21-22
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24
4. Pray with passion; like you really mean it. God isn’t looking for rote, droning, or repetitious prayers to answer. If you really want your prayer to be answered you should pray like it really means something to you. If even Jesus prayed with cries and tears, shouldn’t we be willing to also put some passion into our requests to God?
Jabez called upon the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my border, and that your hand might be with me, and that you would keep me from harm so that it might not bring me pain!” And God granted what he asked. 1 Chronicles 4:10
Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:12-13
And being in agony He prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground. Luke 22:44
5. Pray while living an obedient life; always seeking to please him. God delights in answering the prayers of the humble, the righteous, and those who obediently follows his ways.
For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil. 1 Peter 3:12
For you bless the righteous, O Lord; you cover him with favor as with a shield. Psalm 5:12
God will not listen if you delight in sinning.
6. Pray, and don’t stop praying. If it’s really important, keep seeking an answer to your prayer. If it’s not, well, was it really important to pray about it in the first place?
Pray without ceasing. 1 Thesolonians 5:17
Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. Colossians 4:2
All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer… Acts 1:14
7. Pray “in the Spirit.” Sometimes we really don’t know how to pray about a certain matter. Why not ask the Holy Spirit to take over and guide your prayers so that they will be acceptable to God? I’ve touched on this topic before. Some of us may be afraid to hear just what God has to say. Overcome this fear!
But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. Jude 20-21
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. Romans 8:26-27
8. Pray in the name of Jesus.
Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it. John 14:12-14
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. John 15:16