Welcome to another episode on this blog.
1 Tim 2:8
“I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting;”
You pray well when you lift up holy hands, and without wrath and without doubting.
(1) Lifting up holy hands
3 Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD? Or who may stand in His holy place?
4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, nor sworn deceitfully.
The only condition for standing in the Holy place is having a clean and pure (holy) hands and heart. Jesus alone met this condition and He redeemed us to make us fit. 2 Cor 5:21.
We are now a holy people and nation.
1 Peter 2
9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;
We (believers) have holy hands. This is what is lifted up in prayer, our spiritual reality and vigour. A believer prays with the consciousness of the finished works of Christ, lifting up holy hands – communicating with the acknowledgment of his or her status in the spirit.
(2) Without wrath.
We are instructed to pray without wrath. For a better understanding, let us read from The Message and NLT version.
1 Timothy 2
(MSG) 8 Since prayer is at the bottom of all this, what I want mostly is for men to pray—not shaking angry fists at enemies but raising holy hands to God.
(NLT) 8 In every place of worship, I want men to pray with holy hands lifted up to God, free from anger and controversy.
Let’s also check the amplified version of the
1 Timothy 2
(AMP) 8 I desire therefore that in every place men should pray, without anger or quarreling or resentment or doubt [in their minds], lifting up holy hands.
When you pray, pray without wrath. That is, free from anger, quarrels, resentment. Do not shake angry fists at enemies. Nowadays, there are many Christians who pray all sorts of prayer that one might begin to imagine if they are Christians or native doctors. We did not so learn of Christ. Let’s learn from Jesus’ message in the book of Matthew chapter 5.
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’
44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,
45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
46 For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?
47 And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so?
48 Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.
It is quite pathetic how Christians pray in some gatherings today. This very situation gets expounded when ministers and ministries that are meant to correct the ill-mannered, flesh- centred and emotional prayer life encourage it in believers’ gathering. A prayer that is directed to someone or group of people for their destruction, harm or downfall is not a good prayer. It is birthed out of wrath. That prayer is not spiritual. It is the prayer inspired by the old covenant practices; eye for eye, tooth for tooth. But this is the new covenant era, a new spirit reside in us. Jesus said “you have heard…Mat 5:43, but I say…Mat 5:44”. He would not have added the “but” if what they heard was alright. He corrected what they had previously heard and gave a new message, a new instruction. He changed their orientation about what was heard and corrected (healed and renewed) their mind. Dear reader, renew your mind today by the truth of God’s word and His love. Let’s take a look at the Lord’s prayer.
9 In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name.
10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
13 And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
Beloved, not one statement in the prayer indicated that His disciples should fight back or rain curse on the enemies or trespassers, even when they exist. He taught them to forgive because that is the nature of their Father in heaven. Matthew 6:12.
Also, the apostles never prayed minding men. When you pray, raining curses or abuse on enemies, all you do is that you mind men and not God. Your focus is on men. When the focus is on God- His greatness and power, one would not even think about anyone let alone remembering what s/he did wrong.
Let’s take a look at how the apostles and believers prayed in Acts 12.
5 Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church.
First, prayer is offered to God. You pray, communicate, fellowship with God in prayers. The prayer in Acts 12:5 was not directed to those that got Peter arrested or those that held him in prison (for death, calamity or destruction). Prayer was offered to God for the release of Peter from prison and he was truly released. Acts 12:6-19. Right prayers produce result.
Also, when you pray unto God, pray without wrath. Pray not as though you are fighting God but as one having a sweet fellowship with Him. Are you expecting something from Him? Have a sweet fellowship with Him. Are you in the midst of something you need him to attend to? Have a sweet fellowship with Him. At all times, with or without reason to pray, have a sweet fellowship with Him like a father. Have a father-son communication and fellowship with God, He always hears us.
(3) Without Doubt.
1 Tim 2 (NLT)
8 In every place of worship, I want men to pray with holy hands lifted up to God, free from anger and controversy.
When you pray, pray without doubt or controversy. Believe in your heart that you have received that which you have asked. Be confident in the One you are communicating with.
1 John 5
14 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.
15 And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.
God’s will is good. His will are His good thoughts towards us. When we ask, He hears us according to His will. He’s always ever willing to hear.
So, a believer needn’t doubt when he or she prays. You pray confidently with full assurance. Have faith in Whom you are communicating with and have the consciousness of oneness with Him in the spirit, knowing fully well that with God all things are possible.
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