If you're tired of praying the same old, tired prayers and feel like God is nowhere to be found, then you're going to love this episode where I share the 7 effective prayers for spiritual growth.
Let’s be honest.
Sometimes prayer feels anything but easy. We beg and plead with God to give us answers and go to Him with a long list of all the things WE want.
We ask for protection, and that God provide for us; we ask that He take away our pain and make life easier.
And much of that time, we stand before Him unsure of ourselves; feeling timid and uncertain. After all, we aren’t worthy of all we’re asking…are we?
Our prayers become a monotonous list of requests, and when we don’t get the answers we’re looking for, we wonder if God is even listening.
According to Matthew 7:7-8, persistence in prayer is key.
“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.” NLT
But if this passage tells us to be persistent in our prayers, why isn’t anything happening? Why isn’t God listening? Is scripture wrong?
If you’re thinking, “Yes, Tammy! What’s the deal with prayer?” then I’ve got you covered, my friend.
In today’s show, I’m sharing…
- why your prayers aren’t working
- how to shift your mindset when it comes to prayer
- 7 effective prayers for spiritual growth (with free cheatsheet)
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IS GOD EVEN LISTENING?
So, let’s tackle the elephant in the room. Why does it seem like God isn’t listening? Could scripture be wrong?
Nope! (Well, that was kind of a “give me,” wasn’t it?)
As difficult as it is to hear, the real issue has to do with you. Ouch!
Oh, I know how difficult that may be to hear, but the truth is, you’re, most likely…
- Not Making That Ask:
You’re holding back from expressing your deepest desires to God.
- Not Asking Enough:
We have to let go of the notion that we should only ask once. You see, God uses this time of asking to prepare us for what we’re asking for. So keep seeking, my friend. Don’t stop knocking.
- Asking for the Wrong Things:
Jeremiah 29:11-12 teaches us that God knows what’s best for us. So when you pray, ensure your requests align with your ultimate calling and His purpose for your life.
- Asking for the Wrong Reasons:
James 4:2-3 highlights the importance of right motives. The question you need to ask yourself is, “Am I asking for personal pleasure, or am I asking in a way that aligns with God’s will?
The 1% Shift to pray effectively
Now, here’s the game-changer. We don’t have to change everything we do when it comes to effective prayer, we just need to make a 1% shift.
What exactly is that shift? Taking our focus off all the things we want, and putting it back on God and His plan for us.
It’s no accident that the very first sentence in The Purpose Drive Life is, “It’s not about you.”
In other words, if we really want to experience a transformation in the way we pray (and in our life) we have to put our focus back on our ultimate calling — to make Him known and bring Him glory.
In other words, we must surrender our plans and desires for His.
Be sure to grab these 47 Bible Verses to help you surrender your your desires for God's.
Oh, I know it isn’t easy.
It’ll take a lot of practice, but yielding to God’s desires will help align your thoughts, dreams and motives with His.
And when you’re praying with your ultimate calling in mind, that’s the secret to effective prayers.
7 Effective Prayers for Spiritual Growth CHEATSHEET
Are you ready for the juicy part?
In this show, I’m helping you make that 1% shift by sharing the seven most effective prayers for spiritual growth.
To make it easier for you, I put together a free cheatsheet so you don’t have to take notes (unless you’re a note-taking geek, like me).
Simply sign up below and I’ll send the 7 Most Effective Prayers Cheatsheet directly to your inbox. (Plus a bonus prayer!)
7 Most Effective Prayers for Spiritual Growth
When you make this 1% shift in your prayers, get ready for a spiritual growth spurt.
You’ll soon find yourself saying, “Nothing has changed, yet everything has changed!” And it’s the secret to experiencing peace, even when everything around you feels like it’s falling apart.
And I can’t wait to celebrate with you, so be sure to comment below or send me a DM on social media!
- 00:00 Intro
- 04:16 Why your prayers aren’t working
- 09:41 The 1% Shift
- 19:45 7 Most Effective prayers
- 37:54 Wrapping Up & Free Cheatsheet
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Learning how to put our complete trust in God isn’t easy. We say we trust God, but what we really mean is that we trust Him for what we want, when we want it. At Footprints of Inspiration we uncover who you are and why you were created; how to walk in healing through forgiveness; and how to go before the Lord with confidence. Through this journey, you’ll discover that it truly is possible to experience peace, even in the hardest times in your life.
Tammy Rotzoll is the founder and owner of Footprints of Inspiration and podcast host at A Faithful God Podcast (which can be found on your favorite podcast player). She lives in Virginia with her husband and together they’re learning how to navigate their fun, new adventure as empty nesters.
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