3 Keys to Effective Prayer, According to Tanikala Actress Lara Quigaman-Alcaraz

What are you praying for today? 

Whatever you may be praying for — healing, restoration of relationships, or provision — you can be assured that God acts on your behalf. But do you know that the condition of your heart when you pray is such an important factor to bring God’s response? 

This Holy Week, unlock the 3 keys to effective prayer according to Tanikala presents Isa Pang Hiling actress Lara Quigaman-Alcaraz: 

Key #1: Simply pray

Prayers are powerful – there’s no single ounce of doubt about that.  

Prayers are powerful because the God who hears them is all-powerful. Likewise, the effectiveness of your prayer does not rely on rituals, length, or big words. Prayers don’t have to be complicated. 

So, what does it take for your prayers to be effective? 

Simply pray. Do not heap up empty phrases (Matthew 6:7) and simply present your honest self to your Heavenly Father. That said, there is no limit as to when and where you can pray!  

Key #2: Pray with faith

Do you pray confidently? Do you pray in faith? 

Prayer and faith go hand-in-hand because, without faith, it is impossible to please God! (Hebrews 11:6). That’s why when you pray, you must believe and not doubt at all (James 1:6).  

If you pray about something yet you still worry about it, isn’t it defeating the purpose of praying? Let go of your worries and doubts.  

Have faith that there is a loving God who hears your prayers. Have faith that He will answer. Have faith that whatever you are praying for right now, know that it is safe in God’s hands. 

“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” (Mark 11:24 ESV) 

Key #3: Pray with thanksgiving 

Through prayers, bodies are healed, relationships are restored, lives are transformed. 

That’s how good God is. And praying is not just about presenting your requests to God; it is also an opportunity to worship God and reflect on His goodness.  

Saying “thank you, God,” covers a lot of things. First, it is a powerful act of acknowledging that God is in control. Second, it pleases Him when you pray without ceasing and give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). 

So if you’re praying for something and it’s a yes, a not yet, or even a loving no from God, pray with thanksgiving. After all, whatever the outcome is, God is worthy of praise and honor. 

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” (Philippians 4:6 ESV) 

But before you focus on the results of your prayers, know that praying is a blessing itself. Imagine, an opportunity where you can commune with the Creator of heaven and earth!  

And though He wants to bless your prayers, God does not want you to place your faith in the outcome. He wants you to place your faith in Him. 

Do you have prayer requests? 

It is our joy to pray for you. Call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8-737-0700 or send your prayer requests to our Facebook page. 

This Holy Week, discover the power of prayers in battling the pandemic. Watch Tanikala presents  

Habang May Ngayon on April 1, and Isa Pang Hiling on April 2, at 10:00 AM on GMA. 

If you are looking for a free devotional app as you reflect this Holy Week, download Tanglaw App – the first Filipino devotional mobile application in audio and text format! It will feature devotions especially written for Holy Week, starting Maundy Thursday, April 1, up to Sunday, April 4. 

Download Tanglaw app from Google Play or the App Store for FREE, or stream it on Spotify, Apple Podcast, and all major podcasts worldwide. 

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