Saddleback Church lead pastor and best-selling author Rick Warren recently shared the four secrets to answered prayer.
In a blog entry posted Sunday on Warren’s “Daily Hope” devotional site, the Saddleback pastor wrote about answered prayer using the context of the Old Testament prophet Nehemiah.
Warren’s list of “four secrets to answered prayers” are: “base your request on God’s character; confess the sins of which you’re aware; claim the promises of God, and be specific in what you ask for.”
“If you want specific answers to prayer, then make specific requests. If your prayers consist of general requests, how will you know if they’re answered?” Warren asked.
“After Nehemiah based his prayer on who God is, he confessed his sins. It wasn’t Nehemiah’s fault that Israel went into captivity. He wasn’t even born when it happened; he was most likely born in captivity. Yet, he’s including himself in the national sins.”
Warren went on to focus on how, according to Nehemiah Chapter 1, the Old Testament prophet specifically prayed for success.
“Nehemiah is not hesitant to pray for success. He’s very bold in his praying. Have you ever prayed, ‘Lord, make me successful?’ If you haven’t, why haven’t you? What is the alternative — a failure?” Warren continued.
SOURCE: The Christian Post – Michael Gryboski