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Prayer That Works

Jill Briscoe

You may pray for your kids or your marriage or even financial stability. All of these are good things to bring before God, but prayer is more than earthly requests. It’s meant to be much more! Making prayer a priority amid your busy schedule is work—but prayer works! In this encouraging and challenging series, Jill teaches from the life of Elijah and Elisha to demonstrate the power of prayer in changing people and lives. As you listen to Jill’s teaching, ask yourself:

  • Do I consider prayer a gift or more like a “to-do”?
  • Do I pray mostly for my family and myself? How can I grow in my prayers?
  • How can I pray when I feel beaten down and have no prayers left?

Jill’s series will energize you and give you practical ideas on ways to strengthen your prayer life.

This teaching is also available in Jill’s book Prayer That Works.

Messages From This Series:

How’s your prayer life? Are your prayers childish, easily distracted, unfocused and lacking in passion, seeing prayer as a way to get what you want? Or are they heartfelt, fervent, and effective… prayer that works?

Drawing from the prophet Elijah’s fervent prayer life and his prayers for rain in a drought, Jill guides us in becoming great “pray-ers” and encourages us that effective prayer takes time and work but is completely worthwhile.

Scripture: James 5:13-5:19

When we think of the “heroes of the faith,” we tend to focus on the tasks they accomplished and the people they encouraged—but the things they accomplished on their feet wouldn’t have happened if they hadn’t spent time on their knees in prayer. Even Elijah had to start somewhere! He was a shepherd in a small town who cultivated “the hidden life” of prayer before God called him to change his world.

In this message, Jill walks us through Elijah’s story, before the majestic displays of God’s glory on Mount Carmel, to a life fueled by prayer and trust in the Lord.

Scripture: 1 Kings 17, James 5

It’s easy to get discouraged when we’re praying for a family member or a loved one and we just don’t see God answering our prayers. In those times, we might tend to tell God how and when He should answer the prayer instead of having faith that His answer to our prayers might be in a way or at a time that is different than we imagine—but better!

In this message, Jill gives us the example of Elijah and the widow and her son at Zarephath. Sharing her own personal stories, Jill encourages us to keep praying for our loved ones in any circumstances.

Scripture: 1 Kings 17:7-17:24

In the story of Elijah, God answers Elijah’s prayer and sends fire from heaven down to Elijah’s altar, in order to show the people of Israel that He is the one and only true God. This is just one example of how God answers prayer.

In this message, Jill uses the analogy of an altar and describes twelve components that make up our relationship with God. It’s a way of helping us understand how God can send “fire” down to our altars to answer our prayers.

Scripture: 1 Kings 18:16-18:40

Have you ever felt like you’re running out of prayers? Maybe you’re disappointed with God because you prayed so hard and the prayer wasn’t answered. Or maybe you’ve just run out of spiritual energy, or you’re in a bad situation in your life and you don’t know how you are going to get through it.

In this message, Jill talks about what happens when we feel like we have no prayers left to give, and she offers tools for getting through it.

Scripture: 1 Kings 19:11-19:18

When we pray, most of us spend a lot of time praying for ourselves, our family, and our friends. But did you know there is a lot more that God wants us to pray about?

In this message, Jill uses the story of the little pot of oil to explain how we can let the Holy Spirit guide us in our prayer life so that God can work in our lives.

Scripture: 2 Kings 4:1-4:7

Many of us have times in our lives where we feel we’ve lost our spiritual effectiveness. This can happen in a number of ways. Maybe our disciplines have gone awry, our habits have slipped, our priorities changed, or we’ve let worry, pride or selfishness get in the way.

In this message, Jill explains what happens when we lose our spiritual effectiveness, and she shares the steps we can take to retrieve it.

Scripture: 2 Kings 6:1-6:7

Whether we realize it or not, hostile forces are at work all around us. The devil is constantly trying to bring down as many people as he can. So, when we are struggling with depression, worry, low self-confidence, or fear, it’s important to root ourselves in prayer.

In this message, Jill discusses the battle between good and evil and gives us ways we can keep our prayer life strong—especially when we are in the midst of the fight.

Scripture: 2 Kings 6:8-6:23

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