I am going to give a short list of guidelines towards the right prayer attitude. Yes, our thought lives can and will affect our prayers. We all could use an attitude adjustment before praying at times. If you are thinking to yourself, “I never have that problem before I pray”, I will discuss with a BLOG later on the effects of dishonesty and being religious in prayer. A little humor before giving the guidelines I found in my detective work.
1. Don’t be afraid to ask. Genesis 25:21 “Isaac prayed much”
2. Balance prayer with action. Exodus 14:15 says, “The Lord said to Moses, Why do you cry to Me? Tell the people…GO FORWARD.”
3. An attitude change can change events. Exodus 32:9-14; Vs. 12 “Turn from your fierce wrath, and change Your mind”
4. Is failing to pray for others a sin? 1 Samuel 12:23 “As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord for not praying”
5. Don’t always expect an IMMEDIATE answer. 2 Chronicles 7:12 “I have heard your prayer” and then the “IF’s” V ss. 13-20.
6. Christian leaders especially pay attention to the ingredients contained in king Jehoshaphat’s prayer. 2 Chron. 20:3-15.
7. God hears everyone who is godly [the man of loving-kindness]. Psalm 4:3 “The Lord listens…” Is your attitude godly? Lovely?
8. The secrets of a close relationship that can be an attitude changer. Psalm 5:1-3 “In the morning I prepare a prayer, wait, watch”
9. Jesus answers His disciples questions of their “why not us” attitude. Mark 9:29 ‘You can’t drive out demons by anything but…’
10. The keys to having the attitude of your prayers to be effective. Mark 11:22-24 “Have FAITH in God (constantly).” List the other keys you see in the verses. It changed my attitude towards prayer and it will change yours.
11. Knowing the power available in your prayers will change attitudes. 1 Timothy 2:1-4 Verse 1 says, “ALL MEN” That is believing that prayer can change “ALL MEN”. That’s UNBELIEVERS, not just other Christians. “BUT…I can’t stand our government leaders. I can’t pray for them.” That thought has sure crossed my mind. Especially in these days of unrest. All men include, “For kings and ALL who are in positions of authority or high responsiblity.” And then in verse 3, Paul tells us we are in a right attitude of prayer when we do as verse 1 and 2 tell us. “For such [praying] is good and right, and [it is] pleasing and acceptable to God our Savior.”
The eleven (11) guidelines that I searched out, regarding our attitude in prayer, is just the beginning. Look up these referenced verses and work on the areas in your prayer life that need an attitude adjustment. I am just sharing what and where I found answers. It has helped form my attitude before I pray daily. Is it tough going? It is! Some mornings, I start praying with my eyes closed. I try to focus on certain prayer requests; mine and others. It seems like I’ve been praying for half an hour or so when I crack my eyes open, look at my watch and see I’ve been praying for 5 minutes. ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT time. So get your bibles out and start praying. “About what?” you may ask. Start out by searching out answers. An example might be deliverance on an issue you have. Look up in a bible concordance, verses pertaining to “deliverance.” Then pray God’s Word. You won’t believe at first the difference in your attitudes about praying. Don’t wait for tomorrow to start doing. START WHERE YOU ARE.