The Billy Graham Sermon Series
1. DESIRE THE WILL OF GOD
Jesus taught us to pray, "Your will be done." The key is not the words, but your attitude. Seek God's will and God's best for whatever you are praying about. he may respond in unexpected ways that please and will delight you. "You will be done on earth as it is in heaven" (Matthew 6:10.
2. SEARCH YOUR HEART
God may not respond when you allow sin to remain in your life. If so, don't stop praying. Rather, confess your sins or wrong motives to God. He already knows your heart. God has promised always to respond to that prayer (see I John 1: 9). "If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened" (Psalm 66:18).
3. PRAY IN FAITH
Express your requests freely to Godin childlike faith. As a child who trusts a wise and loving parent, ask in complete faith that He is able to do whatever you ask and that He will know what is best. "The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops" (James 5: 16-18). 4. PRAY EVERY DAY
God wants to hear from you regularly. He wants a relationship. Take time to talk to God daily and throughout the day, not just when you face a crisis and not only with a list of wants and needs. "Pray continually" (I Thessalonians 5: 17)
5. PRAY FOR GOD'S GLORY
Pray for things to happen in such a way as to provide God with the credit, and to give God the glory. He is powerful, magnificent, and majestic. And He is still our closest, most intimate Friend. Praise Him and ask for things that matter to Him. "To the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen" (Romans 16: 27).
I have read recently from one very perceptive writer that the disciples, dispite all their glaring mistakes and their jockeying for highest positions in the Kingdom, got one thing right before the events of the Cross and Resurrection that changed everything for them. They asked Jesus to teach them how to prayer, and he didn't admonish them for their ignorance but showed them how, through praying what is called "The Lord's Prayer." --Ed.