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A Prayer When the Future Is Uncertain

Anniversary Prayer When Things are Strained

One of the things I often fear is the future, as the future is uncertain. I worry about what might happen, what could happen and what I will do if any of the scenarios I’ve imagined takes place. I play out these situations in my mind, a disc set on repeat. I try to anticipate what will happen and plan for every possibility.

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In our culture today, there is much uncertainty about the future. Fears often trigger other emotions, including despair and anger and much of it is played out on social media. In truth, there is much to fear in our lives and in our world.

The unknown can seem dark and filled with danger, as the future is uncertain. We wonder if we can handle it. We wonder how we can endure.

From our children’s health to paying for college; from job security to who runs the country; from prayers unanswered to relationships under strain; we worry about what could happen and what we will do when it does.

True safety is found in God’s presence.

David wrote, “Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war breaks out against me, even then I will be confident” (Psalm 27:3). Psalm 27 is a song and a prayer of trusting God in the face of fears.

We learn from this Psalm that our confidence is God’s unending protection,”The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?” (vs. 1).

True safety is found in God’s presence, “One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple” (vs. 4).

The ultimate fulfillment of this Psalm is found in Christ, the One who conquered our worst fears at the cross, and though the future is uncertain, I know in Jesus that everything will be okay.

He is our light and salvation. Because of Jesus, we can come into God’s presence with confidence and hope.

As Paul wrote in Romans, “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:31-32). If God sacrificed His own Son to save us from our sins, how would He not also be with us in the fears we face today?

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Dear friend, whatever you fear this day, go before the throne of grace in confidence because Christ has made the way for you. Cry out to God, give Him your fears, worries and cares. Ask for salvation, rescue and deliverance.

Instead of despairing over what could or might happen, run to the One who holds the world in the palm of His hand. Though the future is uncertain to you, it is not to God. Turn to the One who turns the hearts of kings (Proverbs 21:1).

Rest in the One who doesn’t let a sparrow fall from the sky unless He so wills it (Matthew 10:29). Find your peace in the knowledge that He is the Alpha and Omega, the One who knows the beginning and the end.

Nothing in your future will surprise your God because it is all under His sovereign rule and care. And because you are His, all things will work toward your ultimate good (Romans 8:28).

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A prayer for when the future is uncertain:

Father in Heaven,

I come before you with my stomach twisted in knots. My heart is pounding, my head hurts and I can’t find any rest.

I open my computer, and all I read is bad news. The discussions, debates, articles and arguments all join together a loud clanging that I can’t escape. The future seems bleak and dark. I’m worried for myself and my family. I fear what the future holds. I wonder what life will be for my children and my grandchildren.

Then, I think about the struggles in my particular life, and I can’t catch my breath. What will we do if jobs are lost? What will we do if relationships aren’t restored? What about the challenges with our children? What about the call from the doctor about the tests? What if the worst happens? What if?

I come before you as the psalmist did: weary, worn and frightened. I come before You because You are King and you rule all things. I come before You because You are my Father—my Abba. You adopted me as your child and have given me every privilege that comes with being a part of Your family. I come before You because You are my Savior.

You alone can rescue me from fear, sin, temptation and all evil. I come before You because You are my Provider, Jehovah-jireh. You created all things and own all things. All I have comes to me from your generous hands. I come before You because You are my Redeemer.

You alone can redeem and restore all that is broken in my life and in the world around me.

Forgive me for turning my gaze from You and looking at the frightening things happening around me. Forgive me for forgetting that You are with me. Forgive me for not trusting. Forgive me for not crying out to You sooner, but trying to conquer my fears in my own strength. Forgive me for not living in complete dependence upon You.

Father, hear the deepest cries of my heart. Rule and reign over your Kingdom, turn the hearts of kings, and may Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Raise up godly leaders, teachers, pastors and people who love You and your Word. Use Your people to spread your gospel across the earth. May we be the salt and light You instructed us to be.

In my life, Lord, give me a peace that passes all understanding. Though I don’t know what will happen with all that troubles me this day, help me to trust you. Help me to remember that you are not surprised.

Help me to remember that nothing will happen today that takes You off guard. You are not asleep or too busy, but are actively involved in all the cares of my life. Help me to wait and watch for Your glory.

Help me to obey and do the right thing in the moment, knowing You are there in all the moments to come.

Most of all, help me to remember Jesus, the One who cried out in the garden on the night he was betrayed, “Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me.

Yet not what I will, but what you will” (Mark 14:36). I thank you that “For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2).

Even now, He intercedes for me—what a marvelous truth!

I pray all this in the name of Jesus, Amen.

Instead of focusing on the fact that the future is uncertain, focus on the One who will guide your way.

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Study 4 THE PRAYER FOR TRUE PROSPERITY – Words of Life Ministries

Anniversary Prayer When Things are Strained

GREAT PRAYERS IN THE OLD TESTAMENT by Francis Dixon

Scripture Portion: 1 Chronicles 4: 9-10

In 1 Chronicles 4:9-10 we read of Jabez who was a man of prayer. There is no doubt at all that he prayed for others, but the particular emphasis that is made in these two verses is that he prayed for himself.

It is not selfish to pray for ourselves, for it is only as we are blessed that we can be made a blessing to others. It was when Jabez prayed for true prosperity, and the Lord answered that prayer, that he could be made a great blessing to other people.

A careful study of the prayer of Jabez shows us that it contained four characteristics.

  1. (1) Jabez prayed intelligently. We are told that he “”cried out to the God of Israel”” –- that is to say, the Covenant God, the true and living God. It is quite evident that Jabez had been instructed in the school of prayer, and therefore his prayer was informed and intelligent. Very much prayer is unintelligent and is therefore unprofitable (example in Luke 18:11-12). The fundamental condition of prayer is that we must know God as our loving Heavenly Father –- look up Matthew 6, and compare verses 6 and 9.
  2. (2) Jabez prayed earnestly. Notice the intensity of his prayer. This is evident as he cried out to the Lord. He did not simply say, “”Lord, bless me!”” but ““Oh, that you would bless me……!”” We cannot fail to sense the reality and the passion that are present in this earnest cry to God. This must surely challenge us, for often we pray passionless, half-hearted prayers, and is it any wonder that such prayers do not reach the Throne of Grace? –- look up Genesis 32:26, and compare Luke 11:5-10 and Luke 18:1-8.
  3. (3) Jabez prayed definitely. He knew what he wanted and he asked for what he wanted; there was nothing haphazard about his praying. His prayer was preceded by careful thought and meditation, and when he came to the moment of presenting his petition he was able to make his request in clearly defined terms. How important it is to be definite when we pray! –- look up 1 Samuel 1:10-11.
  4. (4) Jabez prayed effectually. When Jabez prayed, ““God granted his request””. There is tremendous encouragement in these words, for the God of Jabez is our God, and just as God answered this man’’s prayer so He has pledged His word to do the same for us – look up and compare Jeremiah 33:3; Mark 11:24; John 15:7 and James 4:2.

These, then, are the four characteristics of this amazing prayer that Jabez offered for himself. Now notice from this prayer of Jabez how to pray that God will give you true prosperity. In verse 10 we are told that Jabez prayed for four things. They are clearly mentioned, and we cannot do better than follow this man’’s example and pray as he prayed:-

1. We should pray for Grace.

Jabez prayed, ““Oh, that you would bless me……!”” What did he mean by this request? Every believer is already wonderfully blessed (Ephesians 1:3); but surely Jabez was praying for God’’s blessing that he might be the man God wanted him to be –- see what Paul said in 1 Corinthians 15:10.

We can only be what God wants us to be by His grace; therefore let us pray for grace, and there is plenty of grace available (2 Corinthians 9:8). In 1 Chronicles 4:9 there is the hint of a possible reason why Jabez needed special grace, for his name means ‘’Sorrowful’’.

Perhaps there was some secret tragedy concerning his birth, but whatever it was he needed grace, and of course he received it, just as we will receive the grace we need (2 Corinthians 12:9).

2. We should pray for Growth.

How beautiful it is to hear Jabez saying to the Lord, ““Oh, that you would……enlarge my territory!”” –- compare 2 Peter 3:18. Many Christians are content to remain in a state of spiritual babyhood (1 Corinthians 3:1-2).

We need to pray that the Lord will enlarge our territory, increase our capacity, deepen our faith, inflame our love, give us more opportunities, make us more usable and conform us more to the image of His Son (Romans 8:29). It is a very costly thing to ask the Lord to enlarge your territory as undoubtedly it will mean testing, for it is by testing that we grow.

Without testing we remain dwarfs, we remain flabby and ineffective, but if the Lord is to make us strong for Him we must be tested (1 Peter 1:7).

3. We should pray for Guidance.

Jabez prayed…“…”Let your hand be with me.”” The hand of God is an expression that denotes the power of the living God in action (Ezra 7:9), and compare Psalm 139:5. God wants us to live a guided life (Psalm 37:23). He has made provision for our lives to be ‘‘ordered’’, as Whittier has expressed it so beautifully:-

      “Drop Thy still dews of quietness, Till all our strivings cease; Take from our souls the strain and stress: And let our ordered lives confessThe beauty of Thy peace.””

How glorious it is when striving, strain and stress are taken our lives and when, because the hand of the Lord is with us and upon us, we are able to live ordered lives and experience the beauty of His peace!

4. We should pray for Godliness.

Jabez prayed that God would keep him from evil, ““that it may not grieve me”” (KJV), or, ““that it might not spoil my life.”” What a prayer to pray! It reminds us of 2 Timothy 4:18 and, thank God, the Lord is able to deliver us from evil and to enable us to live a life that is glorifying to Him, a life that is pure, holy and Christ-!

In verse 9 Jabez is described as God’’s “”honourable” man”. Why is this? What is the secret of becoming one of God’’s honourable ones? The secret is –- prayer, much prayer and more prayer – look up 1 Thessalonians 5:17.

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Death Anniversary Quotes – Prayers & Death Anniversary Image Quotes

Anniversary Prayer When Things are Strained

Death is universal. But, its recognition is unique in relation to individual to individual. However hard we may take a stab at keeping away from death, it’s critical to peruse about it. The more we read about death, the better will be our comprehension of our life. Here are some death anniversary quotes to help you work through the tough times.

  • To fear death, my friends, is only to think ourselves wise, without being wise: for it is to think that we know what we do not know. For anything that men can tell, death may be the greatest good that can happen to them: but they fear it as if they knew quite well that it was the greatest of evils. And what is this but that shameful ignorance of thinking that we know what we do not know? Socrates (BC 469-BC 399) Greek philosopher of Athens
  • All that live must die, passing through nature to eternity. William Shakespeare (1564-1616) British poet and playwright.
  • When a great man dies, for years the light he leaves behind him, lies on the paths of men. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) U.S. poet.
  • Those who have lived a good life do not fear death, but meet it calmly, and even long for it in the face of great suffering. But those who do not have a peaceful conscience, dread death as though life means nothing but physical torment. The challenge is to live our life so that we will be prepared for death when it comes. Unknown Source
  • The hour of departure has arrived and we go our ways; I to die, and you to live. Which is better? Only God knows. Socrates (BC 469-BC 399) Greek philosopher of Athens

Death Anniversary Quotes

Death Anniversary Quotes

Death Anniversary Quotes

Death Anniversary Quotes

Death Anniversary Quotes

Death Anniversary Message

To usedeath anniversary quotes in times of sorrow is a solid approach to work through the grief and loss of a friend or family member.

  • Every man must do two things alone; he must do his own believing and his own dying. Martin Luther (1483-1546) German priest and scholar.
  • For the sword outwears its sheath, and the soul wears out the breast. And the heart must pause to breathe, and love itself have rest. Lord Byron (1788-1824) British poet.
  • If a man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live. Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968) American black leader.
  • The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living. Marcus Tulius Cicero (106-43 BC) Writer, politician and great roman orator.
  • Death is the wish of some, the relief of many, and the end of all.
  • Know one knows whether death, which people fear to be the greatest evil, may not be the greatest good. Plato (BC 427-BC 347) Greek philosopher.
  • Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them. George Eliot (1819-1880) British writer.
  • Thank Heaven! the crisis –The danger, is past, and the lingering illness, is over at last –, and the fever called ”Living” is conquered at last. Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1845) American poet, critic, and short-story writer.
  • Good men must die, but death cannot kill their names. Proverb
  • Those to whom we say farewell, are welcomed by others. Unknown Source

Death Anniversary Quotes

Death Anniversary Quotes

Death Anniversary Quotes

Death Anniversary Quotes

Death Anniversary Prayers

Some extraordinary death anniversary quotes and some death anniversary prayers to enable you to work through the grieving process.

  • Die when I may, I want it said of me by those who knew me best, that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow. Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) Politician. President of the United States.
  • Death is the liberator of him whom freedom cannot release, the physician of him whom medicine cannot cure, and the comforter of him whom time cannot console. Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832) British clergyman, sportsman and author.
  • I am ready to meet my maker, but whether my maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter. Winston Churchill (1874-1965) British politician.
  • He has out soared the shadow of our night; envy and calumny and hate and pain, and that unrest which men miscall delight, can touch him not and torture not again; from the contagion of the world’s slow stain, he is secure. Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) English poet.
  • When it comes to my own turn to lay my weapons down, I shall do so with thankfulness and fatigue, and whatever be my destiny afterward, I shall be glad to lie down with my fathers in honor. It is human at least, if not divine. Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1895) Scottish essayist, poet and novelist
  • Sadly missed along life’s way, quietly remembered every day…No longer in our life to share, but in our hearts, you’re always there.
  • May knowing you’re in the hearts and thoughts of others help you and yours through this time of sorrow.

Heartfelt Death Anniversary Message for Friend

  • There’s a place in my heart which no one can fill, dear friend. I miss you and always will. Your love is always with me. I pray to Lord to bless your soul and give peace and happiness wherever you are.
  • How big a mess my life is without you, can’t you see? Just how terribly I am missing you, are you missing me? Instead of being so far apart, together, can we not be?
  • It takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, and a day to love them, but it takes an entire lifetime to forget them. Missing you friend.
  • His death is an unfortunate loss for all who were his friends and we appreciated him a lot in our hearts, may he rest peacefully and that God will protect him forever.
  • Three years ago a great woman left this world, she left a great void for her big heart and kindness that we currently miss in our life. May you rest in peace dear friend.
  • There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart.
  • Life moves on, but memories don’t. You may have gone away but our friendship is right here… in my heart. I miss you.
  • What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.
  • You will always be with us. We love and miss you.
  • It’s easier to lie, to hide the hurt and emptiness, to smile instead of cry, to act it’s all a dream and pretend that missing you doesn’t hurt. I will live on your loving memories.
  • I never went back to being the same person since my great companion left this world, it just comforts me to know that you are resting in peace. I will always remember you because you were a very special friend. May God have her/him in his holy glory.

Death Anniversary Quotes

Death Anniversary Quotes

Death Anniversary Quotes

Death Anniversary Quotes

Death Anniversary Quotes

Death Anniversary Messages

Some death anniversary messages can and do help loads of individuals travel through the grieving procedure, particularly in the event that they’re joined with loss and grief.

  • Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear, just know that you are very close in every thought and prayer.
  • The sorrow of the faithful is not that of permanent loss,but the tender sense of sadness that comes in saying good-bye for now to someone we love. May today’s sorrow give way to the peace and comfort of God’s love.
  • Extending deepest sympathy for you in your loss. And hoping, too, that comfort and peace may come to you.
  • Praying for friends to comfort you, faith to uphold you, and loving memories to help you smile again. 
  • Words, however kind, can’t mend your heartache. but those who care and share your loss wish you comfort and peace of mind.
  • May you find strength in the love of family and in the warm embrace of friends.

Death Anniversary Quotes

Death Anniversary Quotes

Death Anniversary Quotes

Death Anniversary Quotes

Death Anniversary Quotes

Death Anniversary Sayings

Below are listed an entire collection of death anniversary sayings and thoughts that you can use with inspirational grieving quotes.

  • Whoever you hold in the heart of you Is forever and always a part of you.
  • To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.~ Thomas Campbell, ‘Hallowed Ground’
  • Life is eternal, and love is immortal,and death is only a horizon;and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight.~ Rossiter Worthington Raymond
  • While we are mourning the loss of our friend, others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil. ~John Taylor
  • Although it’s difficult today to see beyond the sorrow,May looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.~ Author Unknown
  • For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity. ~ William Penn
  • The angels are always near to those who are grieving, to whisper to them that their loved ones are safe in the hand of God. ~ Quoted in The Angels’ Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994
  • They that love beyond the world cannot be separated by it. Death cannot kill what never dies. William Penn
  • To live in the hearts of those we love is never to die. Thomas Campbell
  • The life of the dead is placed in the heart of the living. Cicero
  • Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day, unseen, unheard, but always near, still loved, still missed and very dear.

Death Anniversary Quotes

Death Anniversary Quotes

Death Anniversary Quotes

Death Anniversary Quotes

Death Anniversary Poems

  • May you see God’s light on the path ahead when the road you walk is dark. May you always hear, even in your hour of sorrow, the gentle singing of the lark. When times are hard may hardness never turn your heart to stone, may you always remember when the shadows fall—You do not walk alone. ~ Irish Blessing
  • The tide recedes but leaves behind bright seashells on the sand. The sun goes down, but gentle warmth still lingers on the land.The music stops, and yet it echoes on in sweet refrains…..For every joy that passes,something beautiful remains.
  • What moves through us is a silence, a quiet sadness, a longing for one more day, one more word, one more touch, we may not understand why you left this earth so soon, or why you left before we were ready to say good-bye, but little by little, we begin to remember not just that you died, but that you lived. And that your life gave us memories too beautiful to forget.
  • It will be the little things that you will remember, the quiet moments, the smiles, the laughter. And although it may seem hard right now, it will be the memories of these little things that help to push away the pain and bring the smiles back again.

Death Anniversary Quotes

Death Anniversary Quotes

Death Anniversary Quotes

Death Anniversary Quotes

Death Anniversary Quotes

Death Anniversary Prayer

  • At this time of sorrow, may these truths sustain you…Your loved one will always be as close as a memory, and the God of all comfort will always be as close as a prayer. May these truths sustain you… Your loved one will always be as close as a memory and the God of all comfort will always be as close as a prayer.
  • Although it’s difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.
  • The saddest moment is when the person who gave you the best memories, becomes a memory.
  • To live in the hearts of those we love is never to die.
  • Death is no more than passing from one room into another.
  • A grave is braced not just by a tombstone but by angels as well.
  • There is no death. Only a change of worlds.
  • Death was Nature’s way of telling you to slow down.
  • You never stop loving someone,you just learn to live without them…
  • Remembering you is easy I do it every day. Missing you is heartache that never goes away.

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Anniversary Prayers: 5 Sample Christian Prayers

Anniversary Prayer When Things are Strained

Anniversaries mark a very special day each year. Sometimes these bring heartache. Sometimes they bring joy. But always they bring memories and a hope for the future. Whether you are celebrating a year of ups or downs, you can bet that God is right there with you in it all! Here are 5 different anniversary prayers for 5 different parts of life.

Wedding Anniversary

Heavenly Father,

I cannot give You enough thanks for bringing me and my spouse together. He/she makes every single day worth living! I feel loved daily by them! I know I am valued because of how he/she treats me in public and private.

I am so blessed! Father, thank You for sending me someone who still wants to connect and grow our marriage! I have someone who I still love holding hands with and praying together with! I feel so incredibly happy! This day marks another year of marriage, Lord.

If it be Your will may we have many many more! I love You, Lord! Amen

I Miss You

O Lord,

2 years ago, today, my grandpa went to be with You. I love grandpa so much! Thank You for the years that I did have with him, Father. He taught me so much and I am so lucky to have had such a wonderful man to be my Gramps! He spent time in the Word with me.

He taught me normal life lessons. He was a role model in his day to day life. But…I still miss him so. Father, I still cry sometimes for my Gramps and it’s only because I love him so much. I sometimes wonder what he is up to in Heaven.

I can only imagine the joy on his face when he met You, Jesus, face to face for the very first time! I anticipate that day for me too! Father, until I meet my Gramps again, I pray that You would continue to heal my broken heart and allow me to help others who are grieving in their times of loss as well. I love You! Amen

Work Anniversary

Father,

I am humbled and grateful for the job You have led me to. I have money to pay my bills and feed my family. That’s all I need. Father, I have been with the same company for 10 years now and I am thankful for the vacation time I have to spend with my family, Lord.

I am thankful for the health/dental insurance provided so my family can be taken care of. Lord, I know You are with me in every single step I take and I am thankful for Your grace and mercy that You so generously give to me each and every day.

May there be many more years at my job, Father! Blessed be Your name forever and ever. Amen

Parent’s Anniversary

Dear Lord,

Today my mom and dad have been married 53 years! They have stood the test of time and continue to show each other love and compassion. I am beyond blessed for the years I lived with them growing up. I was loved every day. There was food on the table every day. My friends were considered family.

I love my parents so much, Lord! They are one of the biggest influences in my life. I pray that my children see in me what I see in my parents. Mom and dad modeled Jesus to me in a way that no one else could. And I am the man/woman I am today because of their hard work and love for us kids.

Thank You for my parents, Lord! May they have many more wonderful years ahead of them! I love You! Amen

Drug Free

Dear Lord,

To You alone be the praise and honor and glory! You pulled me the muck and mire and gave me a rock solid foundation in Christ! Today I have been drug free for 5 years! I never thought I would leave that lifestyle, but You had bigger and better plans for me. Lord, without You I would not be where I am today.

You have opened the door for me to speak in schools and churches to kids about my past and show them how to not get into that lifestyle.

I honestly should be dead for the amount of drugs I did, but by Your grace I am alive! Thank You, Lord, for loving me and allowing me to be accepted as Your own son/daughter! What a friend we have in Jesus, our salvation! I love You! Amen

Final Thoughts

These are 5 of many types of scenarios. Whatever type of anniversary is coming your way, give it all back to God and let Him be with you in the midst of it all. May God continue to bless you as you live a life worthy of the calling!

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7 Steps to Prayer That Bring Results

Anniversary Prayer When Things are Strained

If you’ve been praying, but feel your prayers aren’t bringing results, there is an answer. Mark 11:24 says, “You can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.” The Bible clearly defines the formula for this kind of successful prayer that is 100 percent effective.

You were meant to live a successful, overcoming Christian life. God has magnificent plans for you. He has set aside an inheritance of abundance for you to enjoy. But God’s will is not automatic. You have a part to play.

If you’re ready to experience a 100 percent success rate in prayer, here are the seven steps to prayer that bring results.

Step No. 1: Base Your Prayers on God’s Word
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.” –1 John 5:14-15 (NIV)

The key to seeing the kind of results God wants you to achieve through prayer is not just shooting random arrows in the air, hoping something might happen. James wrote, “You do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss” (James 4:3, NKJV). If you want to hit the bulls-eye every time you pray, your prayers must be the Word of God.

You can go boldly to the throne of grace (Hebrews 4:16), by knowing what God’s will is in advance and having it firmly fixed in your heart.

So, the first step to praying prayers that bring results is to locate the promise or promises that fit your situation in the Word of God. Then, an arrow to a bulls-eye, shoot that prayer with boldness and confidence.

This principle works in any area of prayer. Do you need healing in your body? Don’t pray what the doctor says or what religious tradition has taught you. Pray, “By His stripes I am healed” (see 1 Peter 2:24, KJV). Say, “Thank You, Lord, that You’ve provided healing for my body. Help me to receive it now. I thank You and praise You for it!”

Do you have a financial need? Don’t pray your problem—pray the answer! God has said He will provide for you, so pray, “Thank You, God, that You have said You will supply all my need according to Your riches in glory by Christ Jesus. I call in this promise now, in the Name of Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).

When you focus on the answer, it will activate your faith.

For more on effective prayer, try these 3 Prayer Secrets from Gloria Copeland.

Step No. 2: Submerge Your Prayers in Faith
“And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” –Matthew 21:22 (NKJV)

Once you begin praying God’s Word, the next step in praying effectively is to submerge your prayers in faith. That means you don’t wait for a manifestation to believe you receive—that’s not faith!

This might seem difficult at first, but as you practice applying your faith, it will become a way of life for you. Here are some quick-start tips for adding faith to your prayers.

God’s Word is always true. If He says it’s done—it’s done. So, as you pray, begin to move yourself from believing He can to knowing He will.

Start your confession of faith before you see the manifestation of answers to your prayers. Then, hold fast to your confession without wavering. Don’t speak faith one day, then doubt the next. Hold on tightly; don’t let go; and no matter how tempting it might be, speak the Word only about your situation.

When the 10 lepers came to Jesus for healing, He told them to show themselves to the priests, and when they went, they were cleansed. They didn’t stand there and wait for Him to do something. They did exactly what He said do. They acted on His word. That is how you apply faith.

The same was true of the woman with the issue of blood. She acted on her faith when she reached out to touch His robe to take her healing. When faith was applied (acted on), results came.

Kenneth Copeland put these steps into practice when he lost his voice while preaching a long series of meetings in Jamaica. Instead of shutting down the meetings, he took these steps to submerge his prayers in faith.

First, he found the scriptures that promised him healing. Then, he applied his faith. He said, “Lord, if I were to ask my voice if I’m healed, it would say no. If I were to ask the people here if I’m healed, they’d say no.

But I’m not asking my body; I’ve asked Your WORD and I believe I receive it in the Name of Jesus.”

He didn’t see it, he didn’t feel it, but he knew it. He walked right back out to the pulpit and whispered into the microphone, praising God. His voice came back, and he kept right on preaching!

Every single time you act in faith with that kind of dogged determination on the Word of God, you will always wind up the winner.

Looking to strengthen your prayer life further? Find 7 Steps to a Deeper Prayer Life here.


Step No. 3: Stop Fear in Its Tracks

“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.” –2 Corinthians 10:3-5 (NKJV)

Satan is a master trickster. But because he doesn’t have any real authority, he has to rely on the same old tactics. Mainly—fear.

Fear is debilitating. It will hinder your belief in God’s Word, it will stop you from receiving, and it will rob you of THE BLESSING. But Satan is wrong 100 percent of the time. Praise the Lord. He always is. He’s never told you the truth yet.

If you want to see results in your prayer life, fear and doubt can no longer be part of your vocabulary.

You don’t always need to say everything you think! And you certainly don’t need to say things you don’t mean. Jesus said, “Let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes’ and your ‘No’ be ‘No’” (Matthew 5:37, WEB).

  Anything outside of that stems from evil. Clean up your vocabulary and begin to talk the Word of God.

Refuse to allow doubt and fear to enter into your consciousness. The Bible says you have the ability to do so (2 Corinthians 10:3-5).

You can’t stop the devil from knocking on the door, but you sure don’t have to answer! Brother Hagin said, “I can’t keep the birds from flying over my head, but they sure don’t get to nest in my hair.”

Not only Satan, but even people will try to talk you your stand of faith—don’t listen! Say, “I refuse to doubt or fear. I am standing on the truth, and the truth makes me free!”

For more ways to strengthen your faith, try these 3 Ways to Overcome Unbelief.

“Then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” –Joshua 1:8 (NKJV)

Part of having faith for prayer that brings results is seeing yourself succeeding and taking possession of what you’re believing for. Does this mean you see in the natural? No.

It means you see it with your spiritual eyes. When you can really see it, not just in your mind, but deep down in your spirit, it has become a reality to you—as real as a natural manifestation.

That’s the kind of believing prayer that brings results in the natural.

Dr. Bill Winston said it this way: “God told Abraham, ‘As far as you can see, I’ll give you.’ Until you see it, you’re not entitled to it. Without revelation there is no restoration. You’ve got to see it to have it.”

Part of seeing yourself succeeding is avoiding places, people and situations that talk failure. You can’t be around people who always talk about failing. It will eventually rub off on you.

Decide right now to succeed. Quit planning to fail. Don’t plan for a what-if. Plan for success, plan for victory, plan to receive everything you’re believing God for. Stretch your faith as far as it will go. “I can’t” should not be in your vocabulary.

Watch Gloria Copeland and Pastor George Pearsons, as they expand on this teaching about prayers that bring results.

Step No. 5: Testify That Your Prayer Is Answered
“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.” –Revelation 12:11 (NKJV)

This verse tells us we overcome the plots and plans of the enemy two ways: by the blood of Jesus and by the word of our testimony (speaking it out). Everything you need has been provided by the blood of Jesus, and as a born-again believer, those things are rightfully yours.

But, we do have an enemy who is out to steal, kill and destroy our rights. Jesus already did His part in defeating him, and our part is simple—our words. You’ve taken a lot of steps to get to this point in achieving prayer that brings results. Don’t stop now!

When you testify to answered prayer, you achieve two things:

    1. You claim what is rightfully yours. You have the right to have anything the sacrifice of Jesus procured. When you testify to that right, it begins to take place in your life.
    2. Your testimony of faith will encourage others and help build their faith. That’s why Jesus told the man who had been demon-possessed to go home and tell his family everything the Lord had done for him (Mark 5:18-20).

Your testimony is a powerful tool in your prayer life.

Find out How to Meditate on the Word of God here.

Step No. 6: Get Involved Helping Someone Else
“The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.” –Galatians 5:6 (NIV)

So far, we’ve learned that prayer that brings results is fueled by faith. And now, we see that faith works by love.

In other words, if we want our faith to be at a level that will bring results in our prayer life, we’ve got to express that faith through love to others.
Our faith is strengthened as we reach out to others.

So, if you’re standing and believing for something in prayer, get involved helping someone else. Tell someone else what Jesus has done for you.  When you do, all your problems will seem to fold up and roll away.

True prosperity is the ability to use the power of God to meet the needs of mankind in every realm of life—spirit, soul, body, financially and socially.

Step No. 7: Get on the Giving End“Give, and it will be given to you.” –Luke 6:38 (NIV)

If you want to be on the receiving end of prayer that brings results, start by getting in on the giving end.
What does that mean?

If you need healing, pray for someone else to be healed (James 5:16). The way you measure out is how it will be measured back. The Word says God is Love.

If you need your children to be more involved with God, go witness about salvation to someone else’s child.

  If you need more time, give what little you do have and ask God to redeem it for you—He’ll give it back in abundance. Walk in the light you have, and God will give you more.

Jesus said, “give and it will be given to you again.”
God is looking for someone He can use to become a channel of His blessings. The more He gives, the more you give. You can become a rich blessing of giving, not just receiving. If you’ll take the receiving end off your mind, and focus on giving, you’ll be in position for answered prayer.

In conclusion, when you determine to take these seven steps, your prayers will bring results every time. All you have to do is develop the kind of believing faith that receives all that Jesus did for you on the cross. You don’t have to struggle in your prayer closet anymore. Go boldly to the throne of grace!

Related Articles:

How to Meditate on the Word of God

Meditate on the Word to Battle Stress

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31 Prayer Quotes – Be Inspired and Encouraged!

Anniversary Prayer When Things are Strained

God promises us in His Word that He hears every word that we pray to Him. a good parent, He is waiting, ready, and willing to listen to our worries, concerns, and needs. Whether we are seeking forgiveness, strength, or healing, prayer provides the channel to communicate with God and receive supernatural strength and power! 

The following prayer quotes will help inspire and encourage your prayer life as you seek a stronger faith. Share these verses with others who need to experience the power of prayer in their life!

Our Favorite Prayer Quotes:

“Our prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be feeble. But since the power of prayer is in the one who hears it and not in the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference.” – Max Lucado

“She (my mother) became a warrior far superior to any epic hero. She became a giant on her knees. With a sword in one hand she battled the enemies of death and disease, and with her other hand stretched toward heaven she kept beseeching God’s help and His mercy.” – Bishop T.D. Jakes 

“There are parts of our calling, works of the Holy Spirit, and defeats of the darkness that will come no other way than through furious, fervent, faith-filled, unceasing prayer.” – Beth Moore

“The reality is, my prayers don't change God.  But, I am convinced prayer changes me.  Praying boldly boots me that stale place of religious habit into authentic connection with God Himself.” – Lysa TerKeurst

“Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?” – Corrie ten Boom

“To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.” – Martin Luther

“The Christian life is not a constant high. I have my moments of deep discouragement. I have to go to God in prayer with tears in my eyes, and say, 'O God, forgive me,' or 'Help me.'” – Billy Graham

“True prayer is neither a mere mental exercise nor a vocal performance. It is far deeper than that – it is spiritual transaction with the Creator of Heaven and Earth.” – Charles Spurgeon

“If you believe in prayer at all, expect God to hear you. If you do not expect, you will not have. God will not hear you unless you believe He will hear you; but if you believe He will, He will be as good as your faith.” – Charles Spurgeon

“Let no one profess to trust in God, and yet lay up for future wants, otherwise the Lord will first send him to the hoard he has amassed, before He can answer the prayer for more.”  – George Muller

“I know that the Lord is always on the side of the right; but it is my constant anxiety and prayer that I and this nation may be on the Lord's side.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Prayer is simply talking to God a friend and should be the easiest thing we do each day.” – Joyce Meyer

“Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays.” – Soren Kierkegaard

“God is looking for people to use, and if you can get usable, he will wear you out. The most dangerous prayer you can pray is this: 'Use me.'” – Rick Warren

“Rather than set aside daily time for prayer, I pray constantly and spontaneously about everything I encounter on a daily basis. When someone shares something with me, I'll often simply say, 'let's pray about this right now.'” – Thomas Kinkade

“Any concern too small to be turned into a prayer is too small to be made into a burden.” – Corrie Ten Boom

“Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts.” – Mother Teresa

“I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had no where else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.” – Abraham Lincoln

“The prayer offered to God in the morning during your quiet time is the key that unlocks the door of the day. Any athlete knows that it is the start that ensures a good finish.” – Adrian Rogers

“God shapes the world by prayer. The more praying there is in the world the better the world will be, the mightier the forces against evil.” – Mother Teresa

“God speaks in the silence of the heart. Listening is the beginning of prayer.” – Mother Teresa

“To get nations back on their feet, we must first get down on our knees.” – Billy Graham

“It is not well for a man to pray cream and live skim milk.” – Henry Ward Beecher

“Prayer makes a godly man, and puts within him the mind of Christ, the mind of humility, of self-surrender, of service, of pity, and of prayer. If we really pray, we will become more God, or else we will quit praying.” – E.M. Bounds

“Prayer should not be regarded as a duty which must be performed, but rather as a privilege to be enjoyed, a rare delight that is always revealing some new beauty.” – E.M. Bounds

Max Lucado video on Prayer: Pastor Max Lucado, author of Before Amen: The Power of a Simple Prayer, may surprise you with his explanation of the most important aspect of any prayer. “Of all the words of a prayer,” Max teaches, “the most important one is the first one…”

Crosswalk.com: What is the most important aspect of prayer? – Max Lucado from crosswalkquestions on GodTube.

Bible Quotes on Prayer

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. – 1 John 5:14

And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him. – 1 John 5:15

Hear the supplications of your servant and of your people Israel when they pray toward this place. Hear from heaven, your dwelling place; and when you hear, forgive. – 2 Chronicles 6:21

My prayer is not that you take them the world but that you protect them from the evil one. – John 17:15

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. – Mark 11:24

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7

More Bible praying quotes at the BibleStudyTools.com Prayer Bible Verses page. 

Popular Prayers

Here are some of the most read prayers from our Prayer resource meant to inspire and encourage your prayer life when you face uncertain times. Visit our most popular prayers if you are wondering how to pray or what to pray.

Remember, the Holy Spirit intercedes for us and God knows your heart even if you can't find the words to pray.

Prayer for Healing
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The Lord's Prayer
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A Birthday Prayer

This article is part of our larger Inspiring Quotes resource meant to encourage strengthen your faith. Visit our most popular quotes by well known Christians and theologians to find more inspiration.

Remember, the Holy Spirit can work through us when we increase our faith and share it with us! Please pass along any quotes that touch your heart because you never know light you can shine on someone else’s dark day! 

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