Prayers on Steroids – Here’s the Secret Sauce to Powerful Prayer

I want to share with you how you can have a powerful prayer life on steroids. Not everyone who prays gets the results they want because they don't go about it the right way. So I'm going to let you in on a secret that will get you results when you pray. You’re going to gain some muscle in your prayer life!

Though steroids are a drug that can be misused, the effects are incredible when used the right way. Steroids pump a person up, increase their strength and give them an incredible advantage.

If you grab this information and apply it, it will be like your prayers are on steroids. You will generate supercharged prayers that are strong and give you an incredible advantage in life.

As we know, not every prayer works the way we think it should. So let's figure out why. The Bible has a short little verse in James that goes like this:

“The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” (James 5:16 NIV)

Powerful, huh? Not always. Sometimes our prayers go flat because we pray for something that isn't God's will. A prayer outside of God's will is not effective. Let me give you a couple of examples.

A lot of times people pray prayers that are based on their emotions. That's dangerous, because our emotions are sometimes whacked! You know how it is when someone has cheated you, wronged you, or hurt you. Gosh, praying about a situation like that can be tricky.

Your flesh wants to pray that God will hunt that person down and smack them upside the head. But what you really should ask God to do is to show that joker their faults and bring them to apologize and change their ways. It might even be good to ask God to help you see if you had any wrong in the matter.

The Bible says to pray for our enemies and to bless them. Bless who? Our enemies. Are you out of your mind?! You would think so, unless you knew better. That's not how most people would deal with their enemies, but that's why most people don't have their enemies turn into friends.

The key to praying prayers on steroids is to pray God's will.

Pray for what God wants - not what you want. This is to your advantage if you can wrap your head around it.

God has an edge over you because he knows way more than you do! If you can get to a place where you trust what he wants is better for you than what you want - look out! He is ready to unload a truck-full of answered prayer on you.

So the big question is…How do you know God's will so that you supercharge your prayers with it?

You have got to get inside God's head!

That sounds a bit scary! And even intimidating. But it's not that hard. God wants to grant you access to his thoughts. That is why he gave you his thoughts on paper. It's the Bible; it’s God's Word.

So, how do you get inside God’s head? You get inside his word.

His word prepares our hearts to pray powerful and effective prayers. God’s word teaches us what to ask for. If you want to know God's will, you have to get in his word, so his thoughts get inside you.

And when his thoughts get inside you, you will begin to think like he does. And when you think like he does, you will know how to pray his will.

God's Word Trains Us to Pray

As you read the Bible every day, little by little your thoughts change. You quit thinking like the rest of the world and you begin to think more and more like God.

“...be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].” Romans 12:2 (AMP)

So did you catch that last part? It says you will be able to prove what the will of God is…what is acceptable and perfect in God's sight for you. How? By renewing your mind with God's word.

The Bible mentions Joshua who was faced with big challenges. It was his job to get the Israelites into the Promised Land. Basically, God told Joshua that the only way he would be successful is if he got in His word. Look how God unwrapped it here for Joshua in the Bible:

“Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.” Joshua 1:8 (NLT).

The Word of God instructs us. It’s full of wisdom from God above. And if you really believe God is smarter than you are or ever could be you're going to want to tap into that knowledge.

When you do, you will become smarter in how you pray. The more you are in God's Word, the more your mind will be thinking like his, and the more your prayers will reflect his heart and will. Then guess what? The more your prayers will be answered.

So here's the secret sauce to powerful prayer:

Make time each day to read God’s Word, the Bible, so you can know how God thinks. His Word will begin shaping your prayers and it will be as if your prayers are on steroids!

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