Effective Prayer Through Humility

May 02

On this national day of prayer, I am made more aware of how desperately we need to pray like never before.

If my people, which are called by my name, will humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.  2 Chronicles 7:14

God gave this promise thousands of years ago. However, it is still just as trustworthy and powerful for the generation of today.

There are two things I want to mention that will open the floodgates of Heaven upon your soul as you pray.

1. Choose to humble yourself

The #1 element in effectual prayer is the humbling of ourselves. Choosing to humility is not an easy task. Our human nature is such that we want to lift self up so that we feel good. However, we will only experience the fullest measure of assuring peace and almighty power through prayer when we choose to deny self.

2. Direct ALL glory to God

We must realize that all credit and glory belongs to God for anything that is done. If we in any way cause the credit to come to us, we will eliminate the fullness of what God desires to do. As long as He knows He will get all the glory, He will pour out His Spirit in a much greater way.

The ANSWER will come as we humbly pray!


  1. olyvia Wilson /

    Wow Joanna!!!! That’s very encouraging,thank-you for posting this!

    • Joanna Martin /

      Your so welcome, Olivia. Prayer is so important.

  2. very encouraging

  3. So true! If we’re puffed up then we’ll gladly receive any glory we can get. If we rely on the power of God then we will gladly send praise to Him! I hadn’t realized that these two points are so intertwined in one another. Thanks for sharing.

    • Joanna Martin /

      Thank you for commenting, Julie! Humility is absolutely a necessity!

  4. Sonia E. /

    During a 3 wk long revival during my Jr. Yr @ FGBI, this vs was planted in my heart during an altar service that changed my life. The preacher had just preached, “God can raise you up” and I was longing to hear from God.
    The knowledge that I needed to humble myself would have accomplished nothing in itself if a desire to do so was not borne. Bro. Burgess made a statement that pushed me further to the state of humility before God. “To have what you’ve never had, you must do what you’ve never done.” I found a corner in the sanctuary, laid prostrate before God, and prayed like I never had before. It was then that I heard from God and was dramatically changed. God wants to see how serious we are when we seek His face.
    Thank you for your burden, Joanna, for this generation of young women.

    • Joanna Martin /

      Thank you, Sonia, for sharing your personal testimony how God made Himself real to you in the aspect of humility! It is so encouraging to hear how God has moved in the lives of others.

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