Praying in the secret place.
But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. – Mathew 6:6
Psalm 91:1 “He who dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”
Praying in the secret place is the most powerful way of seeking God. When a man or woman sets themselves apart to be alone with God, great and mighty things can happen. The secret place is a place of no distraction. The only attraction is towards the presence and power of God. When we shut the door to the pleasures and attractions of the world we open the door for God to intervene and encounter us in a powerful way.
As one stays in that secret place the Lord pours His Spirit of prayer and causes the person to pray and seek the face of God. The God who dwells in secret is willing to draw near to a man who dwells in the secret place. The secret place is a meeting point between Heaven and Earth, it is where divine transactions happen. Words are released, declarations are made, and prayers are birthed.
Praying through relationship.
Jesus taught the disciples how to pray in Mathew 6:9. He was the first prophet in the Bible to refer to God as “Father” and thereby laid emphasis on relationship. Whenever Jesus mentioned God he referred to him as Father.
This is an important principle in prayer. The Lord God in all his power, majesty, and sovereignty is a Father to those who are in Christ Jesus.
The apostle Paul in his letter to the Romans wrote “But you received the Spirit of Sonship. And by him we cry “Abba Father.”
There is a door opened for us to go into the Presence of God with a childlike heart. We need not fear and feel guilty about what we have done against God. But let us go to him with a repentant heart and ask him for a cleansing. The Lord will respond to you like a Father responds to a child.
Jesus Christ has made this possible for us by redeeming us from the hands of the enemy. He died for us and rose again so we can enter into a relationship with God the Father. This is what we were originally created to be. We were created to be sons and daughters of the Most High.
3. Prayer that releases Kingdom of Heaven and establishes the will of God.
The whole purpose of our prayer is to see the Kingdom of God come upon this earth. We have many earthly kingdoms today and man-built kingdoms. The Kingdom of God is in the Spirit and not in the flesh. But when we pray Kingdom oriented prayers it releases the Kingdom of God into the natural. This is when people get saved, healed, and delivered; and miracles, signs and wonders take place.
Jesus said “But if I drive out demons by the finger of God, then the Kingdom of God has come upon you.” – Luke 11:20.
When the Kingdom of God comes, the will of God will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. The enemy does not want the will of God to be established on the earth or in our lives. Therefore he prompts men to build their own earthly kingdoms and gain control over mankind. We must pray that the systems and kingdoms of this world be broken and the Kingdom of God be established.
Praying continually without giving up.
There are two sides to this principle. First, God desires that we be in continuous fellowship and communion with him. Ephesians 6:18 says “Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17 says “Pray without ceasing.”
The Lord also desires that we do not give up on praying for our requests or for others. He says in Luke 18:7 “And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him night and day.”
Praying in the Spirit will help us stay connected with God’s heart and mind. This will help us to Walk in the Spirit with the thoughts of God and not give in to the lusts of the flesh.
Praying with all humility and no self-righteousness.
This is an important principle that Jesus taught in Luke 18:10-14. When we pray in self-righteousness the Lord is not moved by it. It is only when we pray in humility and brokenness that the Lord hears our prayer and shows mercy on us. It is important that each day we go to God in humility and brokenness so that the Lord will draw closer to us.
Pray and forgive.
Mathew 5:44 “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.”
Jesus prayed on the Cross saying “Father forgive them for they do not know what they do.”
Praying for your enemies is the key to having a clean and pure heart. When Jesus was on the cross he was reminded of his own sermon on the mount of olives in Mathew 5:44. He was dying on the cross and he did not want to die with hurt and offense for what people had done to him on the cross. He asked the Father to forgive them for their sins. Jesus knew that as much as he was broken and hurt about the way people treated him, His Father in Heaven was also broken about it. Nevertheless, he asked the Father to forgive them. When he said those words it touched the Heart of the Father in a special way. The Father smiled on his Son and said “I forgive them.”
When we forgive someone it should be out of Love and not out of duty. Jesus loves us and therefore he forgives us. Similarly we must also forgive people in the Love of Christ.
Always watch and pray. (Luke 21:36)
Jesus emphasized watching and praying at all times. Watch over things happening around you and pray that you may be protected from the works of the enemy. The second coming of the Lord is so near and we need to prepare ourselves in prayer.
The only solution to overcoming temptation is prayer. The more we soak ourselves in God the easier it is to overcome temptations. Go on your knees and cry out to God. Jesus himself did that during the time he lived as a man on earth (Hebrews 5:7).