How to increase your prayer life part 2

If you put so LITTLE heart into your prayer, you can’t expect God to put MUCH heart into answering it.” R. A. Torrey

It seems the sad reality is that most people don’t realize they are taking prayer so lightly! Jesus talked about the “sanctuary of prayer” so to speak by emphasizing the importance of having a “prayer closet” or praying alone. In Matthew 6:6 we read, “But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.” What then does this Scripture tell us prayer? That prayer should be respected and valued like one would value their prized possession, such as a trophy.

Everything answers to the Name!
Nowadays it’s so sad how it’s become almost traditional to just go ahead and say, “In the Name of Jesus” at the end of the prayer as if it was either to wrap up everything prayed for or maybe to be said for the sake of saying it! Such ignorance is exactly what the enemy uses to stop prayer working. In fact, ignorance is what the enemy uses to stop anything in our lives!

Mark 9:39 ““Don’t stop him!” Jesus said. “No one who performs a miracle in my name will soon be able to speak evil of me”

Mark 16:17 “These miraculous signs will accompany those who believe: They will cast out demons in my name, and they will speak in new languages.

John 14:12-14 :
“I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. 13 You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. 14 Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it!

John 16:25-27:
“I have spoken of these matters in figures of speech, but soon I will stop speaking figuratively and will tell you plainly all about the Father. 26 Then you will ask in my name. I’m not saying I will ask the Father on your behalf, 27 for the Father himself loves you dearly because you love me and believe that I came from God.

Meaning that God is not obligated to answer your prayer until it answers to the Name of Jesus! This is the Name above all names. People some times forget or maybe don’t understand:
Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,  in heaven and on earth and under the earth,  11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:9-11).

1) The Name of Jesus is not be taken lightly. Demons are cast out in His Name!
2) Understand the power in the Name of Jesus and declare it in every part of your prayer, not just the end!

Find a Scripture for your problem and pray it
If you struggle with anger, look for Scriptures on patience and peace and pray them. Google, “Scriptures about peace” and memorize them too. Do not take any Scripture lightly. Even if it says, “Peace, be still!” or the “God of peace will soon crush Satan underneath your feet” declare that in your life. You can say:

Peace, be still in my marriage (finances, relationships etc) in Jesus’ Name!

Be persistent
Numbers in the spiritual realm are very significant. I’m not talking about the meaning of particular numbers, but rather the amount of times certain things are done. Consider this:

18 Then he said, “Take the arrows”; so he took them. And he said to the king of Israel, “Strike the ground”; so he struck three times, and stopped. 19 And the man of God was angry with him, and said, “You should have struck five or six times; then you would have struck Syria till you had destroyed it! But now you will strike Syria only three times.”
20 Then Elisha died, and they buried him. And the raiding bands from Moab invaded the land in the spring of the year (2 Kings 13:18-20)

Then it came to pass the seventh time, that he said, “There is a cloud, as small as a man’s hand, rising out of the sea!” So he said, “Go up, say to Ahab, ‘Prepare your chariot, and go down before the rain stops you.’” (1 Kings 18:44)

1 Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray (1 Thess 5:17) and not lose heart, 2saying: “There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man. 3 Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, ‘Get justice for me from my adversary.’ 4 And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, ‘Though I do not fear God nor regard man, 5 yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.’”
6 Then the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge said. 7 And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? 8 I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:1-8).

I believe that most people fall short of their answers to prayer just like the king of Israel in 2 Kings, because they don’t push till the very end. The same measure you give (even in prayer) will be measured back to you Luke 6:38. That’s why it’s important to keep:


If you’re seeing this for the first time, please see part 1 as well. There are some points there that go together with these ones.


  1. I also think that it is one thing to pray but some people assume that every prayer is answered…when truly that is not the case. I will state however, that It is true that the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much (James 5:16), but that is dependent on what is requested of the Lord. In regards to this scripture, I emphasize that the operative word in this verse here is “Righteous” as in right standing; definitive of a spiritually moral person that follows biblical principles. I think that those that meditate on God’s Word and do what it says will have their prayers answered over those that are just “hearers of the Word but not doers” (Romans 2:13; James 1:21-22). Those that don’t follow the Word and expect their evil desires to be answered through prayer will recieve nothing from God. The focus I think in this case is on the “intention” and “motivation” of the request you place towards God.

    Is what you ask for in prayer based on necessity or want?
    The prayers that aren’t answered are those prayers that seek to statisfy personal immoral motivations as observed in James 4:2-3.

    Also there is also the idea that we do not ask and so we do not recieve from God (James 4:2). We have to ask so that we can recieve but we must ask with the right motivations with a pure heart.

    Another great post Tsizzles. You really are making me think!


  2. Tarisai, great post! I love the PUSH rule 🙂 It’s really applicable to our lives, we should never stop praying until God will do something! 🙂


    • Thank you Joyce. When you think about drawing close to Him in order to get Him to draw close to you (James 4:8), it’s a really effective way of getting His attention!


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