Lutz Campus

18333 Exciting Idlewild Blvd.
Lutz, FL 33548

Idlewild at The Springs

8209 N 19th St
Tampa, FL 33604

Iglesia Bautista Idlewild

Main Campus, Student Building, Hall 2

Prayers to Affect God

Prayers to Affect God


“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened…. If you…know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” (Matthew 7:7-8,11)

Charles Stanley wrote, “If we want our prayers to affect God we must 1) begin with a right relationship with Him through Jesus Christ; 2) make specific requests; 3) pray according to His will for us; 4) pray in Jesus’ name and in keeping with His character; 5) ask in faith that is based on God’s Word, not on feelings or on others’ opinions; 6) pray with the right motives. All we do, say, and pray must be to the glory of God.”

Jesus gave His disciples a command to be bold, aggressive or uninhibited in prayer and to expect answers based on the goodness of God. This is a great starting place in prayer. Talk to God. Ask from God without reluctance. Trust in His goodness. Love and Worship Him.

Dr. Stanley gives further guidance from other passages of scripture on how to ask, seek and knock in a productive, balanced and powerful way. As you pray, trust in God’s goodness and ask, seek and knock. As you do this, pray according to these other six prayer encouragements from scripture expecting that it will be given to you as you as you ask, that you will find as you seek and that the door will be opened to you when you knock.

Please prepare your hearts in such prayer for a season of 21 Days of prayer and seeking God’s face March 22-April 11 when we will focus on praying from God’s Word. Please pray for guests Daniel Henderson and Jim Maxim who will be leading us in prayer Sunday morning and evening on March 22.  Please prepare your hearts to pray for our Nation and to go deeper in prayer with the Lord at the second IBC National Day of Prayer Breakfast on May 7. Our guest speaker will be Ken Boa.

Greg Murphy – Minister, Family Care