Guest post by Davison Charamba
It struck me that in Luke 11 verse 1 Jesus’ disciples asked Him to teach them how to pray. The request is riddled with a puzzle because all the twelve disciples are Jews, hence they must have grown up seeing prayer being modellled by either their parents or community leaders. According to Levitical laws, they were supposed to have been taught how to pray early in their life. Yet when they saw Jesus and John pray, they realized the inadequacy of their prayer model. Could it be that their prayers were out-moded, ineffective, inefficient and indifferent?
Most of us take effective praying for granted. We keep on doing the same thing and accept different results! We take effectual, fervent praying for granted either because we do not care or we are ignorant. How did we learn how to pray? Do we pray right? Who modelled prayer for us? Did our parents taught us and modelled prayer for us? How effective and efficient is our praying? Is our praying yielding results? Below is some tit bits for effective praying.
- Pray from knowledge
God said His people perish because of lack of knowledge (Hose 4 verse 6). Paul writing to the Romans cautioned against zeal without knowledge (Romans 10 verse 2). The same advice is given by Solomon in Proverbs 19 verse 2. Paul commended the Greeks for being religious but rebuked them for praying to an unknown God (Acts 17 verse 23). Praying is as effective as your knowledge of what you are praying for, who you are praying to and your position/relationship to the One you are praying to.
- Pray from confidence
We are encouraged in the Word to approach the throne of grace boldly and confidently (Hebrews 4 verse 16).
- Pray from power
“For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and of a sound mind.” – 1 Timothy 1 verse 7 (New Heart English Bible). Fear paralyses us, but faith emboldens us.
- Pray from son-ship
Paul taught the Romans that they serve God as sons not servants hence their spirit identifies with God’s Spirit and cries “Abba father” (Romans 8 verse 15). Your relationship to God matters. Talk to Him as a son if you identify with Him. If you do not, then sort out your relationship first before you can commune with Him. As a son, you commune with your Father. As a son, you will not settle for crumbs but for bread. It is no wonder that the first natural request in the Lord’s Prayer is for bread! (Luke 11 verse 3).
- Pray in the Spirit
Could it be that this was the difference maker in the prayer of John and Jesus? Until the two appear on the scene, the power of the Spirit was distant in ordinary people’s lives. Jesus teaching, especially as he prepares to depart to heaven, is heavily laden with the importance of the Spirit. He taught that the Spirit provides power (Acts 1 verse 8), knowledge and remembrance (John 14 verse 26). And as quoted above in Romans 8 verse 15, the Spirit also provides identity. It is no wonder then that Paul advised the Ephesians to pray in the Spirit with all manner of prayer and supplication (Ephesians 6 verse 18).
About the Author: Davison Charamba, CA (Z), FCA, RPA, MBA (Finance)
Davison Charamba is a Chartered Accountant. He is a member of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Zimbabwe (ICAZ) and the Botswana Institute of Chartered Accountants (BICA). He has vast experience in financial management and accounting, auditing, corporate finance and strategy, capital markets and taxation, cutting across multi industry sectors and various African economies. He is an ardent student of leadership. He is a Christian and a member of Faith Ministries Church. He currently resides in Gaborone, Botswana. You can connect with him on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.