How To Pray Powerful Prayers (Part 1/3)


Ever wished your prayers could be more effective? Join Joseph Prince in this three-part series as he shows you how praying powerful prayers isn’t as hard as you think it is!

Things were looking good for Gisele’s husband after a simple procedure to correct a hiatal hernia (a condition in which part of the stomach has been pushed upward through the diaphragm). Discharged that very same day, he was resting at home when his condition took a turn for the worse. Increasingly swamped with pain, bloatedness, and a fever that would not subside, he was forced to return to the hospital.

Through tests over the next few days, it was discovered that a bowel obstruction was the cause of all his problems, and another surgery was scheduled. In the midst of feeling discouraged and worried, Gisele suddenly recalled me sharing a few weeks earlier how believers can take charge and command physical conditions to leave by using God’s Word. She shared:

“I told my husband about it and we prayed. I remember commanding the bowel obstruction to be gone in Jesus’ name. Later that night, my husband went for a series of abdominal tests. These were tests that the hospital had been conducting twice daily since his admission to benchmark his progress.

“The next morning, when the tests were being done again, my husband announced that he was feeling great. The doctor was thrilled with his huge turnaround and told us that the blockage, which had been detected in all the other tests done previously, was not found in the last two tests. So my husband was discharged and we went home. Praise the Lord for His beautiful healing touch!”

Notice again what this sister from Texas did. She commanded the problem to leave in Jesus’ name, right there in that hospital room, with her husband’s symptoms so real before her. And the problem had no choice but to go! As believers, we can pray like this because God has already given us authority in Christ, and Gisele’s sharing shows the power and the results we can have when we step up and take charge.

Now, if your turnaround is not immediate or as fast as Gisele’s husband’s, don’t be discouraged and don’t give up. Continue to stand firm and pray using your God-given authority, and before long that problem will have to give way!

Believe God Is On Your Side

Imagine if you could, like Gisele, pray and see a loved one healed. Pray and that strained relationship with your spouse gets smoothed over and restored. Pray and favor is there at work to close that deal with an important client, or get that promotion you need. Wouldn’t that be great? 

Because of the cross of Jesus, God hears you and is willing and more than ready to send His abundant supply into your situation.

My friend, God wants all these blessings for you too. This is the reality He wants you to experience! It’s important to know that your heavenly Father is on your side. When Jesus died 2,000 years ago, all that stood in the way of answered prayers—namely sin—was dealt with. Because of His sacrifice and death, you now have direct access to God’s throne of grace and all the blessings you will ever need in this life, including health, healing, provision, favor, and protection. Today, when you pray, because of the cross of Jesus, God hears you and is willing and more than ready to send His abundant supply into your situation. Like Jesus’ reply to the leper’s plaintive cry of “If You are willing,” God says to you today, “I AM willing! I’m willing to provide for you, heal you, protect you, and surround you with My favor! Get ready to receive heaven’s supply!”

Precious people write to me every day to share excitedly how believing right that God loves them, is for them, and provides for them has caused them to receive their breakthroughs. For Rita, a single mum in Virginia, this meant being supplied with a new and better-paying job that allowed her to work from home full-time and spend more time with her children. A family in South Africa received their answered prayer when their three-year-old daughter started breathing again after she had stopped breathing for ten minutes following an accident on the trampoline. In the case of Bill and his wife from California, it was seeing God change bad weather into sunshine throughout their six-day honeymoon, while for Nancy from Texas, God blessed her with a trip to Israel in answer to her simple desire.

Beloved, God is not standing in the way of your answered prayers. We have an enemy who hates us and whose forces try to obstruct God’s provision and healing from manifesting in our lives. But I want you to know that the enemy and his forces cannot prevail against us when we learn to believe right about God, about what Jesus has done for us, and how simple God has made walking in victory for us.

See Prayer God’s Way

Let me share with you something important: God’s ways are often the opposite of man’s ways. Take for example man’s ways of getting ahead in life. The world teaches us that to be first, you need to be strong, self-confident, and cunning. But God says be humble and He will exalt you (1 Peter 5:6). Throughout the Bible, we see God using people and things that man deems weak or foolish to do mighty deeds for His glory (1 Corinthians 1:26–27).

When an ugly giant of a warrior threatened and insulted Israel, God didn’t send a champion or an experienced soldier. He sent a simple shepherd boy to knock down Goliath. And this boy did it not with a sword or any weapon of war, but with a sling and stone! Against a thousand men of the Philistines, Samson wielded only a sun-and-sand-stripped jawbone of a donkey. And against the established, structured religious order of the day, a bunch of mostly uneducated fishermen known as Jesus’ disciples became the first movers and shakers for the kingdom!

It’s the same way with prayer. In man’s mind, God has to be actively convinced by hard work on our part to move on our behalf and bless us. Have you ever heard people say, “Oh this is a big problem, a serious problem, so we must pray hard [meaning long and/or loud] on our knees before God”? I often wonder where they get such ideas.

Jesus’ prayers that brought forth great miracles were simple commands or declarations.

How does God want us to understand prayer then? When it comes to prayer and how to pray, I’m sure you will agree that Jesus is our best example. At the synagogue where He saw a man with a withered hand, Jesus commanded, “Stretch out your hand” (Luke 6:10). With Jairus’ dead daughter, the Lord said just two words in Aramaic, “Talitha, cumi,” which translated is, “Little girl, I say to you, arise” (Mark 5:41). At the feeding of the 5,000, the Bible tells us that He took the five loaves and two fish, looked to heaven, blessed and broke them, then handed the pieces to His disciples to distribute (Matthew 14:19). What do you notice here? Jesus’ prayers that brought forth great miracles for the people were short and simple commands or declarations that were most powerful.

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  • Ireen says:

    I would like to be receiving messages you. The are uplifting to my soul. We thank God for you pastor Prince

  • faith says:

    Pastor, you have some best and anointed teachings on speaking in tongues (besides the featured ones in dvd from year 2007, some were ‘hidden’ in years 2003/04/06). I wish you would publish a book on speaking in tongues that compiles all these great teachings of the past but are so relevant for Christians in this end time.


  • Elenor Damon says:

    Thank u Pst Prince for ur powerful teaching on Grace I really want to learn how to pray effective prayers.

  • Sibongile Mlambo says:

    I enjoyed so much reading about the power of prayer and needed some encouragement. I liked the part when she had prayed in hospital for his husband healing and left it in God’s hand believing for devine healing and God did it, Amen. I just want to share my situation I am still single never ever been married not even tried to have my own child hoping that one day I will get married and you know what I sm turning 50 this year and I am a Zimbabwean moved to South Africa hoping to get an expected good end but since 2008 I have been working for a farmer and my salary is not even increasing, what I want to day here is I am still looking unto the Lord whose hand is not shortened to save and I know saints you going to pray with regardless you don’t know me. amen

  • EEofem says:

    Am always thirsty for the things of God that will make me grow spiritually…..

  • Jill Dennis says:

    Send me some prayers for the sick.

  • Sibongile says:

    I thank God for ths msg.i need prayers im having a fincially problem im not working.i sent my cv in many plzces.but i didnt get even one respond i have kids to support nd myself i need to upgrade myself.i believe God Has plans for me to take me out in ths problem.nd im more than a conquerer i have Faith nd i believe to God.Thanx for ths msg.the devil is a liar…

  • KoredeAwe says:

    I like to sincerely appreciate you sir for this article. It was a blessing to me I am passing through a tough time in my life presently. I am struggling with delay, has delays in virtually all of my life experiences and this is really getting me discourage and complacent. I guess I just need to total trust God to get me out of this mess. Sincerely I need God to help me out. All my mate and younger ones has job, career, married with kids. It took me years to gain my degree and now I’m not having any great job that will enable settle down and have a family. Well, I thought I have been praying. I think I need help. Please if there is any materials that will be useful for me,please I desire them. I will read and reread this article until it soak into my inner man. Thank you sir.

  • Eric says:

    i thank you for your ministry. its giving me hope. i am now in the crossroad of my life. i”m 46 yrs old, broke, about to tender my resignation from my job, with no visible solution to all my problems, am really down. my relationship with my wife is becoming bad, i cannot communicate effectively with my children anymore because my mind is pre-occupied by worries and things ungodly. i pray and followed your example on how to, it seems nothing is happening as i needed immediate help. please pray for me, us. its heavy right now. thanks

  • Nerina Kuijpers says:

    I enjoy your teaching and believe in God’s word but why have my prayers gone unanswered? My husband and I purchased this business believing that was His direction at the time. We have have struggled financially for eight years . We have been standing believing for breakthrough with no results. My husband does all the deliveries him self & the paper work. He is is sixty years old and has a hernia. Why aren’t our prayers been answered?

  • Praise God! And thank you so much for your encouragement

  • Moses says:

    I love this script and is very useful for the christian race

  • Njume Njume Jerry says:

    God bless you Joseph Prince for this life changing article for i have learnt is no necdessarily shout or screaming that gets your prayer answered which is a common pratice in my Country.its like if you dont shout and screaming during prayer then you dont know how to pray and your prayer is not answered .i thank God for you Pastor Prince

  • Noel Phillips says:

    I agree with Pastor Joseph Prince. Jesus has done it all and we now live in the freedom of his grace upon us. No matter what the medical reports say or our doctors say or even our bodies or symptoms tell us we must continue to trust Jesus. I agree with the Word of God which says ‘By his stripes we are healed.’ I have been healed of almost half a dozen sicknesses like sleep apnea, thyroid, high cholesterol, high uric acid, low B12. Hallelujah! Praise God. The most wonderful thing is that we have the name of Yeshua, the name above all names.

  • Michael Kaboi says:

    I am always blessed by your ministry may the Almighty God bless you the word of grace spoken with ease and simplicity by with mountain moving power I love it all you don’t try to prove anything at all of your own but the love that the world is desperately in need of whatever word has worked in/for me in my life God is rewarding you it is coming back to you overflowing shaken together and running over. I declare in the might name of Jesus John1:16 is your potion you are blessed it can never be otherwise

  • Bless Williams says:

    Hallelujah praise the Lord forever more. Pastor Prince God bless you for the revelations in God’s word that you have been sharing with us. Any time I read your post I am revived thank you.

  • Each time I listen or read GOD messages to humans through you, they really pierced through my heart and really blessed my soul.

    I really thank God for giving me the opportunity to know you and your ministries.

    May God continue to bless your household and your ministries. AMEN

  • Magdalena Rukoro says:

    I thank GOD Almighty for answering our prayers no matter how short they are. Thank you man of GOD for the wonderful message. It taught me a lot. May GOD bless you and use you mightily in HIS Kingdom.

  • Wanjiku says:

    I’m really life has changed never will it b the same again.God has given me power n a

  • MommaF says:

    You are a blessed servant of God, Pastor Joseph Prince. I watch you on TV, how you teach on the walk of faith and how God loves and cares for us. Now reading this…is simply awesome! You teach the word in the simplest of ways so that all that listens can understand and desire to follow the Lord. God bless you Sir. May He bless your home and ministry continually in Jesus name. Amen.

  • Sherry says:

    My family needs prayer and I need some Godly advice….my husband of 22+ years has returned to some very destructive drug habits. He does them away from our home and then returns when he’s finished( just liked used to)…by the time I realized what he was doing again, he was hooked again, but now instead of spending all our money, like before, he makes sure the bills are paid first and only spends smaller increments at a time. I can tell though, it changes him…I was working a lot when it must of first started back. Now I’m home and his lies have caught up with him time and time again. We have prayed together, taken communion a few times and he prays alone, but it has only gotten worse. I have tried to get him to watch your videos but he works so hard( sometimes not working but still out, probably once a week) that when he’s home, he’s completely exhausted and passes out before the videos even get started…I try to share with him the messages, sometimes I think they take root, but then he falls again. Please pray for God to heal him, and please help me know what I should be doing, I am praying too. Thank you for sharing God’s Word in a way I have never heard it before! It has changed everything about me, but I am so sad for my husband as he is going through this while I learn more and more about the love of my Savior, it doesn’t seem fair…help us please

  • Claudia says:

    glory be to this awesome message it has taken root in my heart .

  • leah says:

    Our help is so near yet we pray as if God is miles away, thank you JP for giving us ths good news, from today my prayer life wil never be the same again. Lea

  • Efi Adv says:

    May God continue to bless and prosper Pastor Joseph Prince’s ministry.

  • God bless the day you were born pastor.

  • Gail says:

    I love the Grace message you preach it very different than what I once in visioned Grace to be ,This message has been the water to my thirsty soul & my faith has been growing & the word is alive & like manna from heaven it feeds my hunger ,
    I have been walking with Christ in my life since 1973 at that time I was born again & received the baptism at which time I was so blessed but slowly became disallusioned but now I am back hungrier than ever for the message you preach .
    I am so thankful to Jesus Christ for your Ministry ,I t is the living word , the body needs this food to go & grow ,thank you for your dedication to Christ .

  • Sheila benedict says:

    My name is Sheila and I believe that there is nothing impossible unto God

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