key-791390_1280By Gordon Robertson, Chief Executive Officer, The Christian Broadcasting Network

The Bible gives us keys to effective prayer so we can see breakthroughs in our lives.

First, we need to understand that prayer is about a relationship with God. The prayer Jesus taught the disciples begins, “Our Father” (Matthew 6:9). When we have a close and intimate relationship with God, we share our deepest thoughts and needs with Him.

Jesus’ prayer continues, “Hallowed be Your name.” We honor God because He is holy and set apart.

In 2 Chronicles 7:14, God says if we humble ourselves, pray, seek His face, and turn from wickedness, “then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

When we are in God’s presence, we stand secure.

Psalm 24:3 asks: Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place? The answer is in verses 4-5: He who has clean hands and a pure heart … . He shall receive blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation. Jesus shed His blood to make us clean and pure. Because of Him, we can enter God’s presence and receive His blessings.

Verse 6 adds, This is Jacob, the generation of those who seek Him, who seek Your face. Remember the story of Jacob? He wrestled with God until he received a blessing. Seeking God’s face is an invitation to wrestle—not just with principalities and powers, but with our own thought life, bringing it into obedience to God.

Adam and Eve saw God face to face; yet when they sinned, they hid. Instead of running from God when we sin, we should run to Him—because Christ died to forgive us, save us, and set us free.

When we are in God’s presence, we stand secure. And His presence is promised to us! Jesus says, “He who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him” (John 14:21).

In His presence, questions and doubts become meaningless. Fear, loneliness and anxieties disappear. Romans 8:31 assures us, If God is for us, who can be against us?

When we love the Lord with all our heart and seek His face, we will find Him. We can behold His glory and walk in newness of life every day. God bless you.

Scripture is quoted from the NKJV. This teaching was given during a CBN staff chapel meeting.