My name is Alex, and I would like to tell you about the exciting experience of having prayers answered by God, and how I have learned to pray effectively – and to have God moving mountains in my life!
In 1999 I met some people on the street who spoke to me about the Bible, and told me that it is the truth. I did not really trust them, as I thought that I already knew everything about the Bible. But I was interested and dared to try trusting the Bible instead of my own thoughts, just as it says in
“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own undestanding.” It is written in
“Verily I say unto you, whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein”. After considering this verse I started to listen with an open heart. Afterwards I was amazed when I got proof again and again that the Bible really is the Word of God! So I became a Christian (by repentance, baptism and receiving the Holy Spirit according to
ACTS 2:38), and joined the church called Christian Assemblies International.
In those days I was a student and had financial problems – like most students here in Russia I was always painfully short of money. I did not even have enough to invite a friend out to a cafe, let alone rent a flat and live independently. Such luxuries as traveling abroad were absolutely out of the question.
in this family of God, every one cares for each other
Other people in the church often “treated” me if we went out for a snack and my costs were often paid for me when we did something together, going to cinema. On a couple of occasions I was invited to attend Annual General Meeting of the Assemblies in Cornwall, England, where I received a lot of teaching and instruction from the Bible as well as enjoying memorable times of lively Christian fellowship. All my costs were paid, and I was also provided with some pocket money to be able to relax a bit, buy an occasional ice cream, and even take some souvenirs home! I still really appreciate this help and support, and thank God for it all. It showed me once again that in this family of God, every one cares for each other as it is written in the Bible:
“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another”.
It was always on my heart to have enough money to pay for myself, not only for everyday needs, but also for any future travels abroad. Now I also felt a burden to be able to help others. My first objective was to finish my studies, but I also needed to be able to work for good money while studying. It was not really possible when I thought about it, but I prayed about it and then the Lord helped me greatly; I was able to study without going to the institute for lessons, and so I had time in the day to work and start earning at the same time! I really praise God for this miracle, which was only one of many…
During my hard time of studying I read a book called The Fourth Dimension by Dr. Yonggi Cho. This book teaches how to pray specifically in order to get the perfect answers, as we are instructed by the Bible to pray according to our needs. The author writes about his own stories, and tells how he was praying for many things. For example, he needed a bike to get to work; he prayed for a long time, but did not get any answers. Then, after a while, God told him that He could supply him with any bicycle, but in his prayers he was not making it clear exactly which one he needed. So from that moment on Yonggi Cho started to pray specifically for a certain bike, and very soon he got a bike – exactly the one he asked for!
Having this story in mind, and following the pattern of Yonggi Cho and also taking advice given to me by my friend, I started to pray for a new job. I was in a difficult financial situation, and urgently needed a good job with a higher salary. In my prayers I prayed specifically about the salary, and asked God to provide me with a new job, with a salary of 10,000 Russian Roubles (this was in 2003). My salary at that time was less than half-as-much, and this request seemed impossible for me at first, when I started to pray.
Next, I decided to take a day off from work to look for a new job. I bought a magazine which listed job vacancies and started to phone up different plants and firms. Almost immediately I found a really interesting advertisement. I called the company straight away and was given an appointment the same day. The boss showed me around and explained what my duties would be. When he mentioned the salary I got really excited, as he told me that I would get 10,000 roubles! That was exactly the salary I was praying for! It was really amazing, and a miracle for me!
I still pray as specifically as I can, and the Lord always provides my needs!
As the Bible tell us:
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (
Praise the Lord!
Part 1 Praying Passionately, Positively, and With Praise
- Pray passionately.
As you pray, allow yourself to be moved by God’s power and grace. Pray with an open and receptive heart. Don’t subdue your emotions—let them out! When you feel moved to tears, allow yourself to cry. When you feel the need to shout, yell! When the spirit calls you to sing, belt out a psalm! Allow your emotions to wash over you.Express how you feel to God and don’t hold back. Pray for your miracle with blind, passionate faith.
- Pray takes many forms. You may feel more connected to God when you’re singing or reading and studying the Bible. Allow your times of worship to become prayers to God.
- Find what works for you! Everyone is at a different point in their spiritual journey. There is more than 1 way to connect to God.
- Pray positively.
Place your faith in God and trust that God will answer your prayers. Remain positive throughout your prayer. Avoid negative phrases including “I know this is a long shot…” and negative thoughts. When you don’t trust in God’s capabilities, you are praying with a doubtful heart. Confess your fears and doubts to God. Allow your passionate faith and blind trust in God remove the burden of doubt from your heart. Remain focused on what God is capable of accomplishing. Be comforted by the knowledge that God is a loving, all-powerful being.
- When a doubt or fear arises, don’t wallow in it. Let it go! Do not allow yourself to worry over whether or not your desire will come true. Simply trust that you’ve done everything you can to make it happen. Turn to God in prayer and ask that God alleviate you from the doubt or fear.
- Pray with praise.Get creative!
Find a meaningful way to personally thank God. Praise God in prayer, thought, and deed. Thank God with a prayerful song, a thought of thanksgiving, or with a kind act. Praise God for His guidance and wisdom. Thank God for calming your fears, for alleviating your self-doubt, and for giving you hope. Praise God for his faithfulness and commitment to you. Sing his praises when your life is at its highest of highs and its lowest of lows. Be grateful to God in all that you do.
- Thank God for what He has done in the lives of others.
Part 2 Praying Persistently, Precisely, and with Patience
- Pray persistently.
Come to God in prayer until something happens! Pray constantly. Ask God for guidance and
around the clock, not just when it is convenient for you to do so. Pray on your commute, for five minutes at your desk, and at recess or lunch. Asking persistently for a miracle demonstrates your commitment. When you pray, be persistent about listening to God too. Listen for God’s guidance. Actively seek His advice.
- Devote an entire morning, day, or week to persistent prayer. Free yourself from distractions. Go to a park, sit by a lake, sit in a sanctuary, or retire to your bedroom. Make sure to listen to God’s will and directions too!
- Pray precisely.
Don’t be afraid to state what you want in clear and simple language. Ask God for the miracle. It is acceptable to be direct and to the point. Precise prayer requires focus and dedication. To avoid a wandering mind, avoid filling your prayers with irrelevant statements or flowery language—this won’t earn you any extra points!
- Repeat simple and direct phrases as part of your prayer.
- To help you focus, repeat the Catholic “Miracle Prayer.” The prayer goes as follows: “Lord Jesus, I come before Thee, just as I am, I am sorry for my sins, I repent of my sins, please forgive me. In Thy Name, I forgive all others for what they have done against me. I renounce Satan, the evil spirits and all their works. I give Thee my entire self, Lord Jesus, I accept Thee as my Lord God and Savior. Heal me, change me, strengthen me in body, soul, and spirit. Come Lord Jesus, cover me with Thy Precious Blood, and fill me with Thy Holy Spirit , I love Thee Lord Jesus, I praise Thee Lord Jesus, I thank Thee Jesus, I shall follow Thee every day of my life. Amen. Mary, My Mother, Queen of Peace, all the Angels and Saints, please help me. Amen.”
- Pray with Patience.
Waiting for a miracle to happen is frustrating. You may feel helpless, hopeless, and lost. You may want to wrangle control of your life from God. Take a deep, calming breath. Don’t lose faith in God. Your prayers are not being ignored. God works on His own timeline and in his own way. While you wait for your prayers to be answered, remain patient and lean on God and others for support.
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How do I know God will listen to my prayers and help me?
You know because God promises to hear you and help you in His Word, the Bible. Since God cannot lie, His Word is true.
Which prayer is most effective?
God will listen to you no matter what prayer you use. Just remember that God is always there for you, and that you should praise him just for this.
How can I know what God is telling me?
God is in your mind and heart. What do they tell you? Whatever feels right is likely God speaking to you. You may also look around you; God often sends messages through other people.
What can I do to increase the level of my faith?
God is the author of faith and the provider of faith. Therefore, you have to go to the provider to seek an increase. Pray and ask the Lord to continue to grow your faith and trust in Him. He may grace you with it.
How can I get the holy spirit?
You can get the holy spirit by asking God to come into your heart. “Father God, I lay down my sins before you. Please come into my heart. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”
What will happen if my prayers are not heard?
God is always listening, he hears your prayers. If your prayers do not come true, it is because God has something else in mind for you. Have faith.
How do I get a miracle to happen?
Pray sincerely and ask God to grant you the miracle.
How can I use the power of prayer in a time of financial stress?
Know that God is always listening and that He will guide you to do what is right. Make sure your prayers include praise and expressions of gratitude for the provision God has already made for you and will provide in the future as He leads you through this crisis. Ask other believers to join with you in prayer and to pray for you for wisdom, faith, and peace.
Can a Hindu person pray to Jesus?
Yes. Jesus invites each and every soul in the earth to come unto Him. He died on the cross for the entire world. He loves everyone and always invites everyone irrespective of religion.
How do I pray to God for housing?
Dear God, Please help me to find a place to live for me and my children. Amen.
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- Let go and trust.
- Have faith in God.
- This is a personal and unique process. Your spiritual journey is distinct. How you pray for a miracle will differ from how your friend prays for a miracle. Find what works best for you! There is no wrong way.
- Know that The Lord will receive your prayer and you will receive what you need.
- Believe in that miracle.
- Don’t be discouraged if what you ask for doesn’t happen immediately or exactly how you wanted it. God knows what is best for you.
- Be very patient, as miracles truly worth waiting.
- Always remember that God is with you, even during hard times.
- Stay close to God all the time, not just when you pray for a miracle.
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