“Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth”
Some people pray long and hard but are not edified thereafter. This is because praying is one thing, but the content of your prayer is also important. Dear brother, dear sister, your convictions determine the health of your prayer life. This is why it is important that you pray in line with what the word of God says about the man in Christ.
One all-important conviction is that you have been saved by grace through faith. (Eph 2:7,8). If you spend you’re a major percentage of your prayer time confessing all the things you did wrong, you may feel better emotionally, but your spirit man won’t be edified. Of course, you should be sorry when you do the wrong thing. But more importantly, your focus must be what God has done for you in Christ. The more you focus on that, the more the testimony of your born again spirit becomes the testimony of your body and mind. You can live righteous because you have been made righteous. This also implies that prayer time is not the time to recount all your good deeds. The reason you have access to God is because of what Christ did for you. Let that remain your focus.
Your citizenship is in heaven. This is another truth that will help you in prayer. The man in Christ doesn’t waste his time wondering whether he will be worthy of heaven. He already knows that his citizenship is in heaven. The Holy Ghost in you is God’s seal of promise until the redemption of Christ’s purchase possession on the last day. This is your conviction: “I’m confident of this very thing, that he who began a good work in me will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ!” (Philippians 1:6). Hallelujah.
There are several convictions that would make your prayer life more effective, but we’ll focus on one last one. You are seated with Christ in heavenly places, far above principalities and powers(Eph 1:21,22). Demons don’t deserve one hour of your prayer time! If you grow in the consciousness of who you are in Christ, they quickly become a non-issue. When you spend time edifying yourself according to God’s word, all you have to say to demon spirits is ‘Out!’