The effectiveness of your prayers relies on your way of life more than just God’s grace.
It’s one thing to pray but it’s an entirely different thing to pray effectively.
If this astonishes you, it might be that you are overlooking some of the vital principles about prayer according to Gods word.
Jesus said, “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” John 15:7 KJV
Take note that Jesus doesn’t mention grace here but instead, He desires all men to know what it requires for our prayer to be effective and powerful.
To abide, it means “to become like or to become one.” The verse can therefore easily be read in this practice “if you become like me, and your word becomes like my word, then you shall ask what you will, and it shall be done unto you.”
“…as he is, so are we in this world.” 1 John 4:17 KJV
The Root Cause Of Ineffective Prayer
A life full of sin or ungodly life is the root cause of ineffectiveness in prayer.
“Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.” John 9:31KJV
For instance Joshua and the children of Israel went against Ai in battle and they had sinned and acted deceitfully in regard of the covenant which the Lord God commanded them, for they had stolen the accursed thing (ref:7:1-9), and ended in great defeat as described in the Bible: “Israel hath sinned, and they have also transgressed my covenant which I commanded them… Therefore the children of Israel could not stand before their enemies…” Joshua 7:11-12 KJV
Again it’s written:
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23 KJV
You might be a good neighbor, helping others, attending church, you might even pray a lot, you might have great faith, etc. but if you don’t obey God’s commands, you are still living in sin.
God did not call us to serve based on what we think or choose to believe, but God called us to serve according to His will and purpose.
“…all things were created by him, and for him.” Col. 1:16 KJV
The Effective Prayer
If we all have sinned and come short of God’s glory, is there any hope for a sinner?
The answer is YES!
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place. 2Chronicles 7:14-15 KJV
Prayers become powerful and effective only if God’s ears hear them. This was and is even to this day true and worth of all acceptance to all who seek to have a prayer life that is effective and founded in God’s power.
I mentioned of Joshua’s and Israel’s defeat against Ai due to their sin and transgression but that was not the end of that war, for when they had taken the time to turn away from their wicked ways (ref: Joshua 7:19-26) the Lord pardoned them and commanded Joshua thus: “Fear not, neither be thou dismayed: take all the people of war with thee, and arise, go up to Ai: see, I have given into thy hand the king of Ai, and his people, and his city, and his land.”
Therefore, well-beloved of God if we humble ourselves and repent from our evil ways and treasure to return to God’s ways and purpose for our lives the Lord is faithful and willing to forgive and redeem us.
You might reason within you that this only concerns those who were under the law of Moses (1st Testament) but do you believe that it’s in vain that it’s written under the law of Faith in Christ (2nd Testament):
“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.“ James 5:16 KJV
Let us all produce fruits in keeping repentance that we may spend our remaining days on earth with the One who is our Hope of Glory and Savior.