Paul Washer Prayer: 10 Keys to Powerful, Effective and Answered Prayers (How To Pray)

Posted By on November 14, 2019

How do you learn how to pray? How do you learn how to pray? Read the Scriptures, read the commands of
Scripture, read the will of God in Scripture, read who is God in Scripture and read the
prayers of Scripture; read them, meditate on them, study them not so that you can repeat
them verbatim but so that you cultivate or develop the mind of Christ and you begin to
think like God thinks, you begin to speak as Christ spoke, that it just takes over. You are renewing your mind, you’re developing
the same way of thinking and isn’t that what it’s all about? Not some sort of robotic and unhealthy parroting
of anything. Just saturating our lives in the word of God
so that we begin to think as He thinks, to speak as He speaks, that our will be conformed
to His, that we are thinking the same thoughts and saying the same things. Listen, I believe that God is absolutely sovereign
over absolutely everything and He decreed it before the very foundation of the earth,
and that has gotten me in more problems that belief in any other thing but I know it is
scriptural, and yet it’s the same time I know I have not because I asked not and I cannot
explain it and I have not been called to explain it along with so many other great doctrines
of Scripture. Rather than spend my few years on this planet
trying to supposedly reconcile everything in my mind, I would just be obedient to the
simple truths. To hold on to a sovereign God, apart from
which there is no hope for man, universe or the full orb of creation I will hold on to
that and it is my security and my strength and the only means I have of knowing that
prayer can be answered. And yet in this great mystery that goes so
far beyond my mind, I am told I have not because I asked not. I am told to do before my God what this widow
did before this terribly unjust man. Jacob, he wrestled with God. I will not let you go until you bless me. There is some way that God gets delight out
of that kind of faith. There is some way in which God is joyful in
wrestling with His people; if actually a man or a woman or a child who actually believes
this stuff enough to ask and ask and ask and ask and ask and ask. Now for you young men here, let me just teach
you something that will help you. I hear so many young men today saying, “well
I don’t have a really specific time in which I pray, I’m more you know throughout my day
I just kind of practice the presence of God, but I don’t really have that secret place
I go to. Let me tell you something young man there
is no way you can learn to practice the presence of God if you do not spend much time in secret
prayer. The power to practice the presence of God,
the power to live a life of prayer to always be speaking with the father, that is born
out of secret time with the Lord, segments of time with the Lord in prayer. It says here very clearly, “news about Him
was spreading everywhere, large crowds gathering to hear Him to be healed, there were valid
needs, but Jesus Himself , He would slip away and he would pray.’ Now I want to make much of this word “slip”
but the whole idea is this: I want to share with you something I think will be helpful. Most people want to go from 0 to 60 and if
they can’t do that then they don’t do anything. You will hear a message like what I’m preaching
tonight and you will go, well I need to pray an hour, I need to pray two hours or I need
to be more careful in the night watch when I can’t sleep, and get up and seek the Lord
and all these things. But it may be beyond you right now. Maybe you don’t pray that much except over
your dinner or a few other things, then I don’t expect you to go out tonight and keep
a night watch until early morning or day break. But one thing that I have learned because
it is my personality also either to do it all the way or don’t do it at all is SLIP
AWAY! SLIP AWAY! Maybe five minutes here, five minutes there,
10 minutes here, 10 minutes there. You are coming between classes, you’ve got
10 minutes to spare, SLIP AWAY! You are working in the office and there’s
a little bit of down time, SLIP AWAY! Meals being prepared at home and you have
got home 10 minutes too early, there’s still time, SLIP AWAY! SLIP AWAY! Learn that communication with the Lord is
ongoing. When a client walks into your office and he’s
headed for your door, you can see the shadow of them on the other side of the glass, SLIP
AWAY even if it’s 15 seconds. Lord, You know, You are wise. SLIP AWAY! SLIP AWAY! Spend time with Him. Slip away. Take those little moments that are lost. It´s said that some people do not order their
day at all; other people who are bit more successful will divide their work hours into
morning and after lunch. People who are really on the ball will divide
their time in one hour segments and then we find this out; the top executives in the world,
they divide their hour in five minutes intervals. So if they finish a meeting in 55 minutes
that is scheduled for an hour, they’ve got something else to do in those five minutes. And by the end of the day they’ve recuperated
three hours or more that most people have just lost, SLIP AWAY! Make a note say, “I waste this time anyway,
so what I’m going to do when I have this time. I’m either going to meditate on Scripture
with being conscious of the Lord while I’m meditating on the Scriptures or I’m going
to pray to Him. I’m just going to SLIP AWAY!” You would be surprised how much that will
add up in your life. There is prayer with my boots on and there
is prayer with my boots off and if I do not keep, personally for me, if I do not keep
those two things separate I’m in a lot of trouble. First of all, you say what is this prayer
with my boots on? When I’m going to go to work, I’m going to
go feed cattle or whatever, I am going to put my boots on, that’s what I’m referring
to. You’re going to go cut woods, split lumber
you are going to put your boots on. There is prayer that is work and to learn
this is very very helpful because a lot of people tell me, “you know I just don’t have
the gift of intercession because it’s hard” and I go, yes it’s hard. It’s work. You are going to get on your knees, you are
going to pray, you are going to fight the kingdom of satan, you are going to lift me
up to God, you are going to wrestle with deity, yes it’s hard. There are nations without the gospel, it’s
not going to come down because you just send somebody over there with a new mission program,
those walls come down through prayer. It’s hard, it’s horrible, it is work, it will
exhaust and personally I really don’t like to do it that much. It’s hard, it’s wrestling. Now if that’s all your prayer life is, you’re
going to be in trouble after a while. Then there is prayer with my boots off, what’s
that? It’s me just sitting there, communing with
God, speaking to God, God speaking to me. I love to take walks just to be alone with
Him, walk out in the woods, just walk, talk to Him. Get a cup of coffee, get up in early in the
morning when no one has gotten up out of bed, to sit there with God and talk to Him, watch
snow and talk to Him… I mean just talk to Him about everything,
commune with Him, fellowship with Him so that eventually this communion breaks out of the
boundaries of a specific time and what happens is you are practicing the presence of God. And He becomes in your mind, you become conscious
of God more than any person that you can see with your own eyes. 6
We also ought to recognize that when we pray we are in a sense talking to a friend ,that
language can be used, we are talking to a father that language can be used, but we are
talking to the Lord of glory and when I see this meaningless repetition, I’m reminded
of Ecclesiastes and a few other places where it warns me I need to be very careful when
I come into the presence of God. Now there’s a way of looking at that, first
of all let me give you an idea. Let’s imagine a child they may come home from
school one day and they come up to their father who is very inconsistent and they say, look
father what I drew in the second grade and the father looks at it and says that’s wonderful
and gives Him a hug but the father’s unstable. The next day the father is having a horrible
day, so the child comes up and says, look father what I drew and he slaps Him across
the room. That child has a fear of his father but that’s
not a correct or biblical fear and that’s not the kind of fear we’re talking about with
the Lord, we’re talking about a deep enduring reverence founded upon what you know about
Him, so that when we come into His presence, it’s not that we have to necessarily go in
to 16th-century language, but when we come into His presence ,you know the man who’s
praying knows he’s praying to someone, who is that someone who is different than everyone
else. Young men listen to me I’ve heard this in
your generation and I’m sick of it I don’t hear it anymore; you come up to the pulpit
and go, oh God we just want to come to you. It is like this nonchalant attitude with regard
to God that tells me you do not spend much time on your knees or either you do not spend
much time in Scripture. You enter into His presence with great care,
not because there’s something wrong in His character but because of whom He is. Just the possibility of you being able to
use His name is the greatest of all privilege. Remember this; remember when Jesus would do
certain miracles and the demons would not recognize and say he’s the holy one of God
and what would he say, shut up. It was not just because he didn’t want to
make Himself known in that way to the world, they had no right to use that name, no right
to speak that way, not to Him. So when we come before Him, be very careful
of your language. 7
He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray. In every encounter, in every circumstance,
in every obstacle, in every opportunity, what do I mean by that? A great door of opportunity opens up to witness,
don’t go in there without prayer. Yes the door opened, but prayer prepares you
as a laborer, do you understand me? This is very very important. It’s not just the obstacles that ought to
result in prayer, it is the opportunities that ought to result in prayer. You see someone coming toward you and they
look as though they’re troubled and that they’re going to petition counsel from you, what should
you do? The first thing you should do, before you
open up your mouth to them you should open up your heart to God and petition ‘Lord whatever
this person is dealing with is beyond me and they don’t need my little silly clichés or
human wisdom, they need to hear a word from God, from your Scripture help me, help me!’ 8
First of all look at verse seven and when you’re praying do not use meaningless repetition
that the gentiles do but they suppose that they will be heard for their many words. So do not be like them for your father knows
what you need before you ask Him. All praying is based upon our knowledge of
who God is, do you see that? The gentiles were those who did not know God. Every thought that they had about God was
wrong and mostly the thoughts about God were centered on this, God is like. So then when we look even in Greek mythology,
what do we see? We see basically these Gods are nothing more
than men with a lot of power and so everything that the carnal mind would think about God
would turn the carnal mind to wrong praying, to wrong praying and so if you are going to
be a man of God and a man of prayer you must first of all know God and there’s only one
way to know God and that is by being based, founded, renewed, clarified, cultivated by
God’s word. I meet many people with almost no sense of
Scripture and with almost no sense of whom God truly is according to the Scriptures,
who are given to hours and hours of prayer. I know many different people groups throughout
the world especially in Asia that their lives, the lives of the simplest believer in that
fellowship may be backed by an hour or two of prayer every day and yet their knowledge
of God is so wrong. What you need to understand is what I was
telling the group this morning, is that Christianity is much more than doctrine but it’s not less
than doctrine, but it’s more than doctrine. It is a relationship with God and that relationship
is cultivated not only in the clear study of God’s word but that relationship is cultivated
down on our knees in prayer. Your prayer life must be based upon a biblical
understanding of theology proper, who is God! What are the works of God, how does God work
you must know that, your prayer life must be based upon it, but you must have a prayer
life, you must have a prayer life and it must be a biblical prayer life founded upon the
knowledge of God. Are you familiar with this phrase, ‘wrestling
with God.’ I remember one time I had a new believers
manual that we have used in Latin America. I remember I was very young when I first wrote
it and I was going up into the mountains and I would always take them with me to hand them
out and I give them to pastors and they go through them and that’s why we would train
pastors. And this young guy wasn’t a pastor, he was
kind of a new believer. As soon as I got there he said, ‘I want a
manual’. Just chasing me everywhere, everywhere I went
every day. I get up in the morning wake up, get up out
of bed, that he would be, ‘I want a manual’ and I would tell Him, son you can’t have a
manual, I only have a certain amount and I have given them to the pastors and I have
one left in case a pastor comes, but I want it. At the lunch I want the manual, at supper
I want it. Finally, take it , please just take it, leave
me alone! Let me ask you a question, does this describe
anything in your life? Are you familiar with this phrase, ‘wrestling
with God?’ To rest in the sovereign decrees is absolute
beautiful but the same men who wrote those poems and those hymns about resting in God’s
sovereignty were also men who wrestled with God. Wrestled with God! Do you wrestle with God? Years ago when I was in Peru and I was pastoring
a church there that I had planted and for somehow a lot of different people from different
charismatic churches and stuff started coming and they would learn new things, they would
learn teaching, they would learn the error and all this different thing and it was really
beautiful. People getting converted and all sorts of
things, but one very sincere man who was very charismatic when he first came to our church
but he loved the Lord, he had been genuinely converted, all he needed was a good solid
teaching. Do you know what he said to me, one day after
a year and a half sitting under my teaching? he said brother Paul “I bless God that I
have learned so much from the pulpit and I bless God there’s so much more solidity in
my life. I’ve learned to rest in the sovereignty of
God, but also something sad” and I said what brother? He said, it seems like this kind of faith
just writes off everything to the sovereignty of God but when I was wrong theologically,
if someone told me they were sick, I went and prayed for Him, if someone told me they
were in financial crisis, I would fight, I would pray all night, we would fast, we do
all kinds of things and he said brother Paul we saw victory after victory, after victory. Here I have just learned to become passive
is that what I’m supposed to do? You talk about a awake call! There is a sense and I want to be very careful
here, but there is a sense in which a man of God and please again, I’m just saying this
because I want to try to get something across to you and we see this in Scripture, we see
this in Luther, we see this in so many men, that men of God are kind of wild, they are
kind of crazy. They will wrestle with God, they will! I mean there are times when there’s like,
‘Lord you brought me here, you said you would help me in prayer, you said that you would
help me in this sermon. I got up and I fell flat on my face. What was the problem? Lord I’m not going to stay here, we need to
work this out because I have got to preach tomorrow and I really… If someone would come into my hotel room,
they would bring the police. Lord you said, you said go into the entire
world, we’re trying to get in this one place in India but the door is always closed. Lord you’re the only one that can open it. You know that what you open, they can’t close
it. You close it, they can´t open it; Lord I’m
going to stay here. I can’t stand the fact that door remains closed. It shouldn’t be closed because you said the
whole world, that’s part of the world, you need… I guess sometimes we’re just too refined aren’t
we? He says give me no rest; give me no peace,
watch man on the walls. Brothers there is a tenacity, there is a boldness
in praying, I want to be not out of my mind, eccentric, but I don’t want to die not having
believed the promises and wrestling for them. There is so much more, so much more that can
be done. Now lasting here, not only at all times we
ought to pray but not lose heart. Now why is this important? Well I can begin a marathon that’s why it’s
important, I can, I can begin a 20 what is it, 24, 26 mile race! I can begin a marathon, my only problem is
I can’t finish one and that’s pretty much every… that’s one of the greatest hindrances
to prayer. Everyone, the gun goes off, you shoot out
the blocks, pretty soon you look around and who’s there? Who continues running, who continues asking,
who perseveres? Again let me go back to say this, there is
a holy boldness in which you are believing God for promises He’s made, you are not presuming
upon God for promises He has not made, but you are believing Him for promises He has
made and you are not going to give up. You are going to continue on in prayer. I was reading a Martyn Lloyd Jones and he
was talking about so many people want a deeper walk with God and they will start off, you
know and he said so many times he heard things like, ‘well I’m just, I can’t go on.’ Why? Well I prayed for six weeks. Really? well you know I gave it my best but it didn’t
happen. It’s those who go on, go on, go on, you see!

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This article has 100 comments

  1. Yes I was raise in a family that knows the lord a christians family but I made mistakes in my life but still I hold on to GOD WORDS..

  2. I am older-ish and just finding out about God and prayer. I don't want to ask God for anything, I only wish to have a life punctuated with prayer. May God show me what to pray for each day.

  3. Thank you Paul Washer – I adore your teaching about God. I attend a Calvary Chapel church in Whittier, and I love it. I'm single and I've listened to Paul almost everyday

  4. Incredible and very powerful thoughts ' really blessed and I've learned a lot which I'm going to upgrade my prayer like never before . Thank you very much Paster Paul washer & you continually preach it brother.

  5. Thank you for sharing this video.Found it very inspiring and helpful and seeking to put this into practice in my life.Bless God for His teaching through others and the importance of the way we should go.

  6. I talk to god and Christ alone and it usually works I tell them everything like I wasn't happy living with my mom so god got me out of there now I'm trying to get back into school.

  7. Some fool told me that the Bible isn't going to help you and when I heard that I was mad and wanted to slap them it was a "black women" and in my mind I said you have some serious issues women that's why you can't get no where in life because of your attitude towards the world.

  8. Amazing God will move the mountains in our lives if we be strong and stronger every day in Jesus Christ believers end follow the lord Jesus Christ. But we keep felling because we love the things from this evilness world end we baying the sick crazy evilness think spending money just to help this power evilness to create hell no earth we are doing like we don't know what is going on in Syria how many people end children are dying from us what we are creating an supporting . So many video games I phone crazy things for our children and music video movies just full of evilness. The blood is in our hands. Jesus is coming like King of kings to take what is belong to him is kingdom door still open the time is running out . Not so many going to his kingdom. Our father want us all to go back home in heaven.

  9. Wow really great scriptural things…… I want to wrestle with God in prayer…. Please pray for me at the same time…… My wife dont know Jesus Christ tat means no salvation….. She left me alone with our daughter, she is seeking gentile suggestions….. Pls pray for her salvation n safety of my daughter……..Pls pray for her return back as a child of true God…… I m frm India…. Hindu Converted to Christianity……

  10. I have a Question it not about this video ….
    Is it a Sin to work on Sunday ??
    my boss and my job sometime I might have to work on Sunday is it a SIN ???
    someone please help me with this .

    thanks .

  11. May God bless you brother Paul, I learnt a lot from your teaching on (how to pray) just remain blessed in the LORD.

  12. I agree with all that was said, because I know some scripture, but if for each point there was a chapter and verse, it would've helped a great deal. Thank you

  13. “Christianity is more than doctrine but not less than doctrine” I like that. It reminds me of the book by A.W. Tozer “The Pursuit of God”

  14. Keep the commandments and repent the kingdom is near accept Christ Jesus if you have not already may the most high creator only living God worth of worship bless you with the truth love you family Shalom

  15. Last night I waited on the Lord in prayer to be once again filled with zeal and fire for God, for His kingdom, for lost souls, for deepest adoration of Him. At 1h00 I slept without receiving. I got up this morning and read a chapter prayerfully. But when I listened to this sermon I broke down in tears and deeply worshipped the Lord and pleaded Him to give me souls.

  16. No one goes to the FATHER except they go through ME saith Jesus. You can preach day and night but if you are not leading the sheep to the Lamb of God through His gate to who Jesus is due His Glory ,Honor ,thanksgiving, victory, riches with praise then you have done nothing. Your sermons are worthless and save no one.
    Hab. 1-13 The Father is so Holy He cannot look upon SIN> The sheep must enter the gate before Jesus and confess their daily sins,repent and wash themselves in the Blood offering of Jesus the Lamb of God. Jesus said "by the words of your mouth you are either condemned or you are released.". Once saved always saved is only through keeping the Covenant of the Blood of Jesus.
    You wonder why judgement begins in the churches? It's because the teachers have led the sheep astray.
    If you say No way, one time offering, I am good to go then go to :

    Revelation 7:11-14 New King James Version (NKJV)

    11 All the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying:

    “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom,
    Thanksgiving and honor and power and might,
    Be to our God forever and ever.

    13 Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, “Who are these arrayed in white robes, and where did they come from?”

    14 And I said to him, “Sir,[a] you know.”

    So he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

  17. I wonder if that yelling is necessary. I have to keep playing with the volume. Rest assured, we can hear you adequately in your normal inside voice. You're not on the playground now.

  18. Please get rid of that back ground music it bothers my senses it touches a nerv. Other than that im Greatful 4 these keys of prayer. Lord bless.

  19. Thank you so much I needed that message on pray. I have been praying for the same people for a long time but haven't received an answer for those people. I will now continue in prayer and not give up.

  20. yes, sure praying in a system like that will lift up our faith on GOD and no fear enters the heart.Because he is the one who can be most trusted.

  21. Praise God for the power of prayer and conviction
    Love to pray this utube has been a great encouragement.

  22. Often this man's teaching makes me squirm! He goes for the throat so to speak! Speaks it as it is and pulls no punches. Just what I need – what we all need! Most of us have slipped into a comfortable dreamy state – I certainly have! Too comfortable going to church each Sunday. But too often I realise I'm just going through the motions. Am I really living it every moment of every day? I do something good and pat myself on the back and drop into complacency. Where is my fire and passion? Am I desperately seeking Jesus day and night, every minute? Help me Jesus!

  23. Thank you so much for teaching Bible to me! Your purchases has been to getting more knowledge about Bible for me. Thank you so much again! God bless you!

  24. Paul can't explain it because it's a contradiction. If God is "sovereign" in the way he believes, how could he possibly have not because he asks not?


  26. I just want to say something to this channel. And I will pray that it is read and taken into consideration. I was watching this video and growing in the Lord when it was interrupted by a commercial. And the commercial was the last episode of the walking dead. Monetizing your videos can have a demonic outcome.

  27. I love that he points out the need to recognize how we approach the Lord especially when he talks about the carnal mind praying carnal prayers….I am learning who God is and I can honestly say the right doctrine and view of God absolutely matters….I'm thankful that I heard this today.

  28. Thank God for Pastor Paul Washer. I've been listening to many of his sermons since I accidentally looked up sermons on Pray/Prayer last week. And I have been listening to many of his messages since then. I greatly appreciate the written scripts on the screen. They help me to jot down notes on key truths/points I wanted to restudy for myself or share with others.

  29. I pray every day but I still don't hear His voice I feel as though I am talking to myself but I keep praying.I keep asking God to give me a hearing heart but I still don't hear Him. I still pray and ask for help for many people.

  30. #9 i kept asking Jesus to come to me, or talk to me or even just pass by in my dreams, & i've been asking for YEARS! sometimes very sincerely sometimes not & finally I saw Him. Praise God. keep asking & pray continually, but remember to pray according to His will.

  31. I thank God so much for Pastors like Paul Washer, who are men after God’s own heart. I am ALWAYS inspired when I hear him, always encouraged!!! He takes no credit for himself but always leads man back to The Word of God.

  32. Tks! For inspiring me daily in the word of God. Working on my prayer life and as you say it can be hard, But definitely Worth every minute of it. All who read this Pray for my prayer life. Ken

  33. Hi,
    I am thankful God for letting me heard of such a wonderful/touching message from Brother Paul. I not only listened the message but also jotted down the content of every point in his message. From now onward i'll be more careful when i speak to Almighty God and decided to wrestle with God to bless me/my family and to get answer my supplications from Him.Whoever read this comment, please remember me in you prayer to experience powerful, effective and answered prayer in my life.

  34. Thank you jesus for this MOG I didn't know him but saw his name in a comment and ave listened/watch 3 of his videos and my spirit is beeing blessed..lord I will not let u go until you give me the holy Ghost and even then I will not let you goo🙌🙌🙌🙏🙏🙏🙏 lord strengthens me and help me to always called upon your name🙌🙏thank you jesus🙏🙏

  35. Preacher Washer is so good! He's one of a kind! Love this video! He said so many things that I also love …basically everything he said is what I believe also…..and as far as any background music or sounds….I am always so into what he says i dont even notice the music or sounds!

  36. Thank you dear brother Paul, you take us by the arm and compel us forward! You are one of the means The Lord uses to keep even the foolish on the Way of Holiness.

  37. God bless brother Paul wacher he preach the truth. I admire him he allows God 100% of his life we all need to do the same. is hard specially for me God help us all.

  38. Dear brother your every message is like the fresh food for the hungry souls. It is always nourishing which is much more necessary for spiritual growth .thanks for that.


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