Hello friend, trust God you’re doing fine. Welcome to another episode on this blog. I pray as you read through, God will enlighten your eyes of understanding to see the transforming power of his Word. Our focus today is on Prayer.
Prayer is one thing everybody does, both believers and unbelievers. Every believer at one point or the other prays to God for something because we all believe that God answers prayer. It important we note this that the reason why we pray is because we have an assurance that God answers Prayer. ” (Psa 65:2) O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come.”
What is prayer? Many people have given prayer lots of definitions from their experience of it, but I’ll like to bring it simple to us that prayer is the act of communicating/communing with God. No other method has been given to us to commune with God but prayer. Men have touched the heavens and impacted the earth through prayer. We communicate with the Father through prayer and bring down God’s will over our life and people within our sphere of influence. When Jesus taught the disciples the Lords prayer, a clause was included which I’d like to explain briefly, thy kingdom come and thy will be done on earth. This was needed as at that time because the will of the father concerning the redemption of man had not been accomplished. Jesus had not been crucified on the cross. However, when we pray in that light, we no longer need pray that God’s will be done on earth because his will has already been done, but we pray that his will be done in our lives.
In one of our previous article “Intimacy with God”, we saw that a way to grow intimately with God is through prayer and that it is only through prayer that we bring to reality the word of God over our lives. When we read the word, it becomes alive in us through meditation and meditation brings a response to prayer. Click here to further read this post.
Prayer is a dialogue and not a monologue, because it is said to be an act of communion between you and God. The Bible recorded it that early in the morning he went out to pray, “Mark 1:35 (KJV) And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.”
Did Jesus had to pray again knowing that he was fully God?. From my study I realized that the reason why Jesus had to pray all through his stay on earth was because he was God in flesh and he needed to mortify the deeds of the flesh to embrace God’s will and that could be accomplished only through prayers.“John 1:14 (KJV) And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us” telling us of the incarnate existence of God.
As the time of his crucifixion drew closer, he prayed again that the cup he was to drink from (meaning his death on the cross) could pass over him but immediately he said that God’s will be done. Was it that he didn’t know that it was God’s will for him to die on the cross? Yes he did. But because he was in the flesh, he acted like man because of the suffering he was to pass through on the cross and hence his prayer. Therefore, prayer helps us to align ourselves with the will of the father from time to time.
The heavens didn’t just open when Jesus was baptized by John, though it was pronounced that on whom the Holy Spirit comes on is he that was sent. But the bible recorded it that Jesus prayed as he was baptized, “Luke 3:21 (TLB) Then one day, after the crowds had been baptized, Jesus himself was baptized; and as he was praying, the heavens opened.”
He just didn’t have the experience of open heavens at baptism, he had that through prayer. So prayer will open doors of supernatural experience for you to encounter and enjoy. The believers in Acts did two significant things;
They heard the word and they prayed.
Why? It is because the only way man grows up his spirit is through the word and prayer. The book of Acts really talked about the early Christian experience and how they all advanced to know God the more and how the gospel of Christ expanded. At a point it was recorded that after they heard the word, they went back to check it themselves to know if what they’ve heard was correct. In Act 6, we saw a very important decision the Apostles took.
“Acts 6:1-4 (KJV) And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration. Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, it is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables. Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.”
It was a thing of joy that the disciples multiplied, but at the same time the demand from them increased and it almost distracted the disciples but they were sensitive enough to quickly set things right and give their attention to the ministry of the word and prayer. The ministry of the word in that passage is that of reading the word, believing it, acting/living it and preaching it and also prayer. Why? It is because they understood that the effect of the word becomes manifest only through prayer. Remember, you become what the word says through meditation and prayer.
“James 5:16 (KJV) The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”
The prayer that availeth much is that of the righteous man and not of the wicked or unbeliever. A righteous man is a man that has been made right with God through his acceptance of the finished works of Christ on the cross. Consequently, whenever God looks at him, he no longer sees or regards his sin again, but rather God sees him as a righteous, just and sanctified man because all Christ possesses has also been made available for him (1cor1:31). The prayer of the wicked or unbeliever availeth nothing before God, it is like the story of the Syrophenician woman in Mark 7:26-30. You may say she got an answer but the answer she got wasn’t the real answer but the crumbs that fell.
Your prayer becomes something that touches the heart of God when you pray to Him as a son in His kingdom. The only way to become a son is to embrace the finished works of Jesus on the cross through faith in your heart and through the confession through your mouth (Rom 10:9-10).
Perhaps youre reading this and you’re yet to embrace his call, now isn’t too late, his word says, “(Rev 3:20) Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” Now is the time to embrace His call and become a part of His family and get the access to all that belongs to Him in His kingdom.
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