Effective Prayer Keys part 2 – from Paul Quadros’ book on Personal Revival

These chapters from Paul Quadros’ book of Personal Revival – “Catch the Glorious Fire” will be a blessing to you if you put them into practice.

 

PRAYER
AND PRAISE

(See
also praise and thanksgiving)

 

The
Bible tells us that God dwells in the praises of his people. And
collective praise releases the spiritual atmosphere, which makes it
easy for us to penetrate into the spiritual realm, and make big
prayers to God, according to His will. And when we pray according to
His will He hears us (1 John 5:14).

 

Music
also prepares our heart for God. God loves music. The Bible tells us,
“Sing
and make music from your heart to the Lord”

(Eph 5:19) Music helps us in our worship, hence helps us to enter His
presence easily. Spiritual music is also a weapon against the enemy.

 

 

PRAYER
AND THE WORD

 

The
more we meditate on His Word, the more we are strengthened in our
inner man. And in turn, this helps us to pray better. Lack of the
Word in our hearts can make our prayers dry; since we lack faith or
substance in our prayers.
Faith
is built by the revelation of the Word of God in our hearts.

 

The
Word also prepares our hearts for prayer. It softens our hearts,
produces faith, cleanses our minds, and helps us to know His will.

 

The
Word also helps us to overcome sin. As the psalmist said,
“I
have hidden your Word in my heart so that I might not sin against
thee.”

(Psalm 119:11). Also in Psalm 119:133 his prayer was,
“Lord
directs my footsteps according to your Word; let no sin have control
over me.”

 

Using
the Word of God is another powerful way to break into the spirit
realm. Since we know the Word of God was written by the inspiration
of the Holy Spirit, we must learn to use it in our prayers. In fact
all our prayers should be based on God’s Word, because the Word of
God is the will of God. When we touch the Word, we touch the Spirit
of God. Hence our prayers rise up by faith which is the key element
required in all our prayers.
“If
you abide in me, and My Words abide in you, you will ask what you
desire, and it shall be done for you”

(John 15:7) NKJV

 

 

PRAYING
WITH WORSHIP

 

Praying
with worship is another way of powerful prayer. When we worship God,
we draw near to God. We begin to understand the heart of God, the
feelings of God, and the burdens and concerns He has for His Kingdom,
His people and the world at large. Hence it is easy for us to pray
powerfully with worship, and also after worship. In worship, God is
enthroned and exalted. We adore Him and submit to Him. Hence it
becomes easy to plead with Him. Often, authority is released on our
lives during worship, and this authority helps us in warfare and
intercession. All Glory to God for His Grace that enables us to
intercede.

 

 

PRAYING
WITH AGREEMENT

 

When
our hearts are in agreement, the Spirit of God is in our midst.
Agreement also comes as a result of our love for each other.
As
we love one another we abide in God, and God abides in us.

(1 John 4:12)

 

Jesus
said
“Again
I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything
that they ask, it will be done for them, by My Father in heaven”

(Matt 18:19) NKJV

 

As
we become sensitive to the Holy Spirit we can easily pick up the
signals in the spiritual realm. When we meet and fellowship with
people of God, we increase in our Love and unity this will help us to
pray with agreement. As a result, great things can happen, and the
whole atmosphere can be filled with the presence of God. When His
presence falls, all the gifts of the Spirit start operating, and the
whole direction will change.

 

Prayer
helps us to know the will of God. And once we are filled with the
knowledge of the will of God, we are enabled to make the right
decisions. (Colossians 1:10)

 

 

PRAYING
WITH FAITH

 

We
already know faith is required in all our prayers, but some times we
give up before faith is produced in our hearts. Sometimes we
spontaneously pray by faith led by the Spirit, but there are times
when we need to pray till faith is increased from little faith to
great faith produced
(revelation).

 

The
Bible says,
“When
you pray, believe.”

(Mark 11:24) Hence in many cases, we must persevere till we believe.
Faith
comes by hearing the Word of God

(Romans 10:17). Hence, while we are praying we begin to hear God, and
when God speaks, faith is produced and then we can move mountains.
(Mark 11:23-24). Without this kind of faith in our hearts, we are
unable to move the mountains.

 

One
of the most powerful Scripture in the Bible is
“All
things are possible to him who believes”

Mark 9:23. This kind of faith needs two things i.e. Word from His
mouth (Jesus spoke to the father whose son was possessed), and our
heart-felt cry in response (father cried with tears and said
“Lord,
I believe; help my unbelief!’’
)
Mark 9:24. NKJV

 

And
in verse 29 Jesus explained, “
This
kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting

that means our heart-felt sacrificial persistent prayers of faith( in
response to His rhema Word i.e. His will with whom all things are
possible) can make all things possible for us on this earth.

 

Remember
Jesus prayed “
Father,
if it is your will, take this cup away from me
.”(Luke
22:42)

 

One
more very important thing in our prayer of faith is our confession,
once faith has come in our hearts, we must speak that faith out; only
then mountains will move (Mark 11:22-23).
The
confession of our faith will come in three parts:
thoughts,
words,
and
actions;
all
confirming and affirming what God has spoken.

 

So
Jesus answered and said to them

“Have
faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this
mountain, Be removed and be cast into the sea and does not doubt in
his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he
will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you whatever things
you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them and you will
have them”.

(Mark 11: 22-23) NKJV

 

 

PRAYER
AND FORGIVENESS

 

Forgiveness
is the key to have faith and a right relationship with God.
Unforgiveness will prevent us from standing right with God. When our
hearts are not right with God, sin keeps us from hearing Him. In no
time our level of faith plummets (goes down), and we stop moving
ahead. So when we stand praying and if we have anything against our
brother, we must forgive him (Mark11: 25). Remember as we forgive
others, we will be forgiven. (Math 6:12)

 

For
if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father
will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your
father will not forgive your sins

(Math 6:14, 15) NIV

 

Some
times it is not easy to forgive, but if we persist and keep calling
on to God for His mercy, His Holy Spirit will come upon us and
convict us, and He will give us the grace to forgive. “
Let
us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may
receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need

(Hebrews 4:16) NIV

 

One
of the best ways to overcome our hurts and pains, and bitterness
against people is to pray for them. As you begin to pray for them,
and stand in the gap for them, you start repenting for their faults
and sins and you will rise to the place where you can ask God to
forgive them. That means God’s heart becomes your heart, and He
will listen to you.

 

We
must keep interceding for people who have hurt us till we have
developed a Christ-like love in our hearts for them. The enemy is
completely defeated when we do that by His grace.

 

 

PRAYING
AND FASTING

 

The
Spirit of God led Jesus into the wilderness to be tempted by the
devil; and Jesus fasted. (Matthew 4:1). Initially when we are filled
with the Spirit—which occurs usually after baptism (Matthew
3:16)—we are led by the Spirit to fast more. During this time, God
leads us to pray more sacrificially until we have learnt to overcome
the flesh and to walk in the Spirit. Some examples in the Bible that
can help us understand fasting more are:
Daniel,
Esther, Nehemiah and Jehoshaphat.

 

It
is very good for us to follow the leading of the Spirit in fasting.
It will not only make our prayers powerful but will also change us,
and make us Christ-like in our character.

 

Fasting
is one of the most powerful weapons in our prayers. We become
sensitive to the Holy Spirit while fasting, and we learn to give
priority to God more than anything else. By fasting, we also sharpen
our faith in God.

 

 

PRAYING
IN TONGUES

 

All
those who believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit know very well
how powerful it is to pray in tongues. Praying in tongues can be done
in two ways. The first way is to choose to pray in tongues as often
as you can—anytime, anywhere, at any place. The Holy Spirit is
always ready to enable us to pray if we depend on Him. We must
cultivate a habit of praying always in this way.

 

 

Secondly,
we are spontaneously led to pray in tongues at anytime and anywhere.
It is very important for us to be governed by the Holy Spirit because
the Spirit of God knowing our situations, difficulties, problems and
oppositions helps us to pray accordingly. We must continue to pray in
this manner until the burden in our hearts is lifted, and it becomes
clear in our minds what we need to do.

 

The
Bible tells us to pray in the Spirit on all occasions, with all kinds
of prayers, making intercession for saints. (Ephesians 6:18).

 

Some
people think that all things will work together for good all the time
but the Scripture has few conditions i.e. all of us who are called
according to His purpose must love God and pray in the Spirit
according to His will (which results us in walking in the Spirit).
Then God by His mercy will orchestrate circumstances around us for
our good and for His Glory. Then we can boldly say all things will
work together for good (Rom 8: 26-28)

 

Our
complete obedience to His will comes by praying and obeying the
promptings of the Spirit, and by this we can by His Grace avoid every
unwanted circumstance which is not for His Glory.

 

 

APOSTOLIC
PRAYERS

 

When
we read the letters of the Apostle Paul we realize how often he
prayed for the church, and how passionate his prayers were. Noted
below are few examples:-

 

(1)
I
have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers

(Eph 1:16)

(2)
I
thank my God every time I remember you, in all my prayers for all of
you. I always pray with joy

(Phil 1:3, 4)

(3)
I thank my God…at night and day, I constantly remember you in my
prayers.
(2
Tim 1:3).

(4)
With
this in mind we constantly pray for you

(2 Thess 1:11).

(5)
I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers
(Philemon
1:4).

 

 

WHAT
DID HE PRAY?

 

What
the Holy Spirit led Apostle Paul to pray is the key for us to know
the mind of Christ in our prayers. I believe we must pray all the
time, continuously led by the Holy Spirit according to the will of
God. The Lord will often burden you with prayers for yourself, your
family, your leadership, and your local church, and then you can rise
up to pray for the city, nation, and nations etc. It may sometime
start first for ourselves, our family, and church. And then gradually
as we get matured in the Lord, He leads us to further pray for the
city, nation etc.

 

Let
us briefly look at some few important points that Apostle Paul was
lead to pray for the churches For example:

 

Eph
1:17-19

Praying
for:

1.
The Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better

2.
Eyes of our understanding being enlightened;

(A)
That you may know the hope of His calling.

(B)
What are the riches of the glorious inheritance in the saints?

(C)
His incomparably great power for us who believe.

 

Eph
3:14-19

Praying
for:

A.
Strength in our inner man.

B.
To be rooted and established in love.

C.
That we may have power together with the Saints.

D.
To grasp how wide, how long, how high, and how deep the love of God
is.

E.
To know that the love of God surpasses all knowledge.

F.
That we may be filled to the measure of all the Fullness of God.

 

 

Col
1:9-12

1.
Asking God to fill you with the knowledge of His will through all the
wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that

A.
You may walk worthy of the Lord

B.
And please Him in every way;

C.
Bearing fruit in every good work,

D.
Growing in the knowledge of God,

 

2.
Being strengthened with all power according to His glorious might so
that:

A.
You may have great endurance and patience,

B.
and give joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share
in the inheritance of his people in the kingdom of light.

 

Philippians
1: 9-11

And
this is my prayer:

That
your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight,
so that

A.
You will be able to discern what is best

B.
And may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ,

C.
Filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus
Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

 

2
Thess 1:11-12

With
this in mind we pray for you,

A.
that our God may make you worthy of His calling,

B.
And that by His power He may fulfill your every desire for goodness,
and your every deed prompted by faith.

C.
We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus will be glorified in
you and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord
Jesus Christ.

 

In
this way there are also many biblical prayers. When God answers these
prayers, we will be completely changed persons altogether.

 

PSALMS

 

One
more powerful way of praying is through the book of Psalms. When we
are led by the Spirit to pray, God will also lead us through the
scriptures Psalms. And as you begin to assimilate the Psalms, you can
convert them as prayers before God, through which you are able to
experience God’s glory and fire in your life. This will help you
align yourself to God’s will and purpose for your life.
Psalm
27 could be a good example. It is one of the core psalms about
intimacy with the Lord.

One
thing I ask from the lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in
the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty
of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.”

(Psalms
27:4)

 

What do YOU think?

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  1. lookinforacity says:

    Does anyone have any information on this Ps. Paul Quadros person?
    I have tried to check a profile for him, can’t find one.
    I have tried Googleing his name, everything comes back to “Christian Faith Site”
    I have tried Googleing his book Catch the Glorious Fire, comes back to “Christian Faith Site”
    I cannot find anything of the man on the net, as though he doesn’t exist except for “Christian Faith Site”
    Who has posted his teachings, I really want to know more about the man.

    This is as close as I could come by Googleing “Catch the Glorious Fire”

    “Catch the Fire” “Message to the Glorious Church”, by Rick Joyner

    JIM

    • Paul Quadros is a key pastor in the New Life Fellowship church in Mumbai. He oversees a group of pastors and has helped many people to establish churches in some of the most difficult areas of Mumbai city, like Kurla. I know him personally from my time in Mumbai in 2006.

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