Here are some of the characteristics:-
• be specific in your requests to God
What do you specifically want to see happen as a result of your prayer? It's hard to have a faith for "God please make everybody well"!
• avoid worrying or doubting
Jesus says "Do not worry
". Paul commands us not to worry but with all our needs to present these to God
. Indeed, in James we read that we are not to pray and then immediately doubt that it will happen (James 1:5-8 ) - even though this is the most natural response! Rather, we are to believe that God can and will do it.
• abide in Christ
This is about living a life which is dependant on God,
and where you are naturally turning your thoughts (or worries!) to prayer throughout the day. According to James 5:14-16, when we are in a place where we are confessing our sins to God and one another then He answers our prayers with remarkable results. • pray in the will of God
God has made "known to us the mystery of his will" (Eph 1:9, NHEB), which He has revealed to us through the word of God (scripture), and the Word of God
God by His Holy Spirit can inform us of His will as we seek Him and trust in Him (1 Cor 2:9-13
). Then we shall pray as Jesus taught us - "Your Kingdom Come, Your will be done, on earth as in heaven".