The K.I.T Series.

 

The K.I.T Series-your spiritual life(Prayer).

People have made the word prayer complicated but it isn’t. Prayer is simply talking to God and listening to his reply. It is also asking and receiving from God. Boyd defined prayer as”a conscious response to what God is already doing in your life.” “Prayer is fighting, spirit-fighting. That is to say, the Apostle Paul says we are in the thick of fight. There is a war on. How shall we best fight? First get into good shape to pray, and then with all your praying strength and skill, pray. This is the sort of action that turns the enemy’s flank, and reveals his heels. He simply cannot stand before persistent knee-work.”-Herald Newsletter
Prayer is the place of growth in practically every domain of the spiritual life. The more a person prays the more he will know the Lord and, as he continues to pray, the more he will be transformed to be like the Lord to whom he is praying. Often times people have asked the following questions about prayer and  we will be considering them one after the other.
1. Why should I pray?
You are expected to pray because it is one of the commandments of the Master (Jesus) to us as his followers “Men ought to pray always and not to faint.” Until you start praying you won’t see the changes you want to see. You are also expected to pray because the Devil isn’t joking with any man and he has a mission which he is all out to achieve because he knows that his time is short(John 10:10-the thief comes not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy…, Eph 6:12- for we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.)

2. How should I pray?
There is no particular way in which you should pray but I think the Master himself gave us an example in Mathew 6:9-13 of how our prayer should look like. We are to pray to the Father in the name of the Son(Jesus Christ) through the enablement of the Holy Ghost. Charles H.Spurgeon also answered this question by saying that “Ask for what you need now and, as a rule, keep to present needs; ask for your daily bread-what you want now-ask that. Ask for it plainly, as before God, who does not regard your fine expressions and to whom your eloquence and oratory will be less than nothing and vanity. You are before the Lord; let your words be few, but let your heart be fervent.”

3. Where can I pray?
You can pray anywhere at anytime because our God is the omnipotent, omniscience and omnipresent God. He is everywhere at everytime and he doesn’t sleep nor slumber. But also be careful not to disturb those around you with your prayers. So, that is   why it is advisable to go to a place where you can be alone and free to express yourself to your Father and not be bothered by how others feel or think. I think that is why the Bible says in Mathew 6:6 ” But you, when you pray, enter into your closet, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father which is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret shall reward you openly.”

4. When should I stop praying?
You aren’t expected to stop praying. That is why we have the baptism of the Holy Ghost so we can pray in the Holy Ghost always( 1 Thes 5:17). You can stop praying a particular prayer point when you’ve gotten an answer from God. So, I will say P.U.S.H- Pray until something happens. “The winning quality in prayer is PERSISTENCE. The final test is here. This is the last ditch. Many who fight well up to this point lose their grip here, and so lose all. Many who are well equipped for prayer fail here, and  doubtlessly fail because they have not rightly  understood. With clear, ringing tones the Master’s voice sounds in our hearts again today “always to pray, and not to faint.”- Herald Newsletter.

Even as I have tried to answer the questions people ask about prayer I will like you to take note of the following:
a. The prayer of a sinner is an abomination to God. For  God to answer your prayer you must make your ways right with him. That is, you must ask him to forgive you of your sins and leave a life that will please him. And remember that the fervent prayer of the righteous avails much.

b.Have faith that God will answer your prayer(James 1:6-7). Prayer is a faith business. In fact, the christian race is a faith race. Those that come to God must know that he is and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

c. If you are prayer less you are an easy pray to the devil.” If we lose the battle in prayer, we have lost the battle completely.”- Luster Sumrall. E.M Bounds said “Prayer less men have stood in the way of God fulfilling His word and doing His will on earth. They tie the divine hands and interfere with God in His gracious designs. As praying men are a help to God, so prayer less men are a hindrance to Him.” When you are prayer less you are hindering God from doing what him alone can do in your life and generation.

let’s quickly take a look at the three stages of prayer.
* The stage of ASKING. This is the stage where you are knocking persistently on Heaven’s gate for God to intervene in your situation.
*The stage of BELIEVING that what is asked for has been received. You know that you’ve received what you’ve asked for deep within your spirit even though you haven’t seen it’s physical manifestation yet.
*The stage of SEEING what has been received. God gives you what you ask him for in the spirit form first which is invisible and you have to receive it in that form by faith till it becomes visible. At this stage you stop asking and you being to THANK God for what you’ve received from him by faith.
In conclusion, one sure way of bearing spiritual fruit is by being prayerful(John 15:2). It is in the place of prayer that you travail and give birth to the will of God in your life and generation. Prayer takes great self-discipline and denial but the reward is greater than the price. Be a Lady of prayer. You can start by giving fifteen minutes of your time daily to God in prayer. Make sure you are consistent with it and when you feel like you can handle more than fifteen minutes you can increase the time. Remember that ANYBODY CAN PRAY provided their ways are right with God. I’ll love to say (in the Master’s voice) “men ought to pray and not to faint.” Till I write to you again on “The K.I.T Series- your academics” keep travailing in the place of prayer. I love you but not as much as Christ does.

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The K.I.T Series.

K.I. T- your spiritual life.

A   lot of people ask questions like “How am I supposed to trust and believe God when I can’t see Him?” I would answer this question by saying that the same way you believe that you have a brain without you seeing it physically before or the same way you believe that you are a girl and there is nothing any medical doctor can tell you to make you stop believing; that is the same way you are supposed to believe that God exists. Have you ever taken time to look around you to see the things this God created that proves His existence? Things like the sun, flowers and even you! If not, why not look around you and pay special attention to the way God is revealing Himself to you. Jesus said that “I am the way, the truth and the life and no one gets to the Father except through me.” You can’t believe that God exists without you believing in Jesus because no one gets to the Father except through Him. John 3:16 says “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Have you ever seen any man that a good, kind and wealthy king will give a gift freely and will reject it? Most likely not. So what is stopping you from receiving the gift of the King of Kings? John 1:12 says “To all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.” UNTIL YOU RECEIVE JESUS AS YOUR LORD AND YOUR SAVIOUR, YOU WON’T ENJOY LIFE NEITHER WILL YOU BE ABLE TO LIVE A BALANCED LIFE because Jesus said in John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows.)” All you need to do to become a child of God is to receive Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. You might be thinking that He can’t save you because of the sins you’ve committed or because of your terrible past but I want to tell you that He can. He said in Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. ” All you need to do is to confess your sins to Him and ask Him to forgive you of them. Tell Him that you believe that He died for you and that you accept Him as your Lord and Saviour. And that is it, like magic you are already part of God’s children. I will advice that if you have just taken that prayer, you should find a Bible-believing Church around you to join, so you will find people that love Jesus like you do and they will help you to grow in your faith.
Now, to those of us that are already children of God and wondering how we can grow spiritually or are just thinking how we can get more of God. The answer to your question is “seek God”. His word says that “I am a rewarder of those that diligently seek me.” He also said that I have not told the sons of Jacob to seek me  in vain.” He also said that “if you seek me with all your heart, mind and soul, you will find me.” Until you start seeking God you will not find Him.
Mathew 7:7 says “Ask, and it shall be given you: Seek, and you shall find; Knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” When you are seeking for something, you don’t care about any other thing at that particular time except for what you are seeking. To seek God is to spend quality time with God. Time is life and God wants you to spend your life on him. God wants the first portion of everything you have not just your money alone but also your time. The Psalmist said that “early will I seek you o God.” (paraphrased).
Joyce Meyer said in one of her sermons, “Getting full of God first before getting full of any other thing helps you to be better prepared for the day” (paraphrased). All that matters to God is that you let Him know that He has first place in your life and the best way to show Him that is to spend quality time with Him. Psalm 91:1 says “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty (whose power no foe can withstand). UNTIL YOU LEARN TO SPEND TIME WITH GOD YOU WILL BE AT THE MERCY OF THE DEVIL. In 1 Samuel 19:1-2 David had been running away from Saul who wanted to kill him and in the second verse Jonathan told him to “dwell in a secret place, and hide himself.” Jonathan didn’t know that David didn’t need any physical secret place because he was already dwelling in the secret place of God and he needed not be afraid of what Saul could do to him. Are you in the secret place of God? Only a man that spends time with God can dwell in His secret place.
I believe that as a child of God you have just one life; which is your spiritual life. What happens to your spiritual life determines what happens to other aspects of your life because the spiritual controls the physical.  You need to get to the point in your life where God becomes the center of your life and every other thing revolves around Him.  When you do so, it becomes easy for you to balance your life. The Bible says in John 15:5 “I am the Vine, you are the branches; whosoever lives in me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me (cut off from vital union with Me) you can do nothing.” Be committed to God and He will be committed to you. We will be considering three things that will help you to grow spiritually; your worship life, your word life and your prayer life

  1. YOUR WORSHIP LIFE: “Worship is to quicken your conscience by the holiness of God, to purge your imagination by the beauty of God, to open your heart to the love of God, and to devote your will to the purpose of God.”- Temple.
    “Worship is trying to please God because you love Him.”- Rick Joyner
    I want you to please take a few minutes to meditate on those definitions of worship and I pray that the Holy Spirit will interpret them to you Himself.
    Worship is not something you do when you enter into a Church on Sunday. It should be something that should be your lifestyle. Worship ushers you into the presence of God. The Bible says in Psalm 22:3 “But you are holy, you that inhabit the praises of Israel.” Worship helps you to constantly dwell in the presence of God and in the presence of God there is fullness of joy. Romans 12:1 says “I beseech you therefore brethren, by the mercies of God that you present your bodies holy and acceptable to God which is your reasonable act of worship.” Living your life for God is your worship to Him. When you worship God, He reveals His person to you.
    One thing king David knew how to do is to worship God and that is why God established his throne forever. How often do you worship God? Decide today to be a worshipper not just in words but also in deeds.
    2. YOUR WORD LIFE: God’s word to us is His love letter to us. How much time do you spend studying and meditating on the word of God? The same way you read the letter a loved one writes to you over and over again is the same way you are expected to spend time studying the word of God. The Psalmist said  “Your word have I hid in my heart that I may not sin against you.” It is easy to sin against God if you don’t know His word. One best way to know God the more and understand Him the more is by spending time studying His word. Your faith in God can’t grow if you don’t study His word.
    Rick Joyner said ” True faith has nothing to fear from examination; it has everything to gain. If you truly examine Jesus (through his word), not just intellectual concepts, the more closely you look at Him, the more your heart will be stirred to believe. Even Napoleon, after reading the Gospel of John, stated that if Jesus was not the Son of God, then the person who wrote that gospel was! He realized that the story he was reading was far beyond any human invention. Those who truly examine Him always find the same thing. Those who don’t examine Him will be much more subject to future doubts and therefore much more prone to fall away from the truth (Jesus Christ).
    God’s word gives you direction and keeps you from making mistakes in life. The psalmist said “Your word O God is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” It isn’t enough for you to read the Bible, do you have the Bible in your life?
    Zacharias Tanee Fomum said “Any command or example of the Bible that you have obeyed consistently until it has become a part of your life is the Bible in your life.  The only Bible you will take with you when you leave this world will be the Bible in your life, and that will affect your eternal rank significantly.”Below are the things I think you can do that will help your word life:
    – Have a specific time that you spend studying the word of God and be consistent with it.
    – Have a favourite place in your house that you can go to to study God’s word.
    – Take away all distractions most especially your phone when studying the word of God. You can’t listen to God and man at the same time.
    – You can start by studying part of the Bible that you know will help your present state in life. Take for example, if you need wisdom “Proverbs” is a good book of the Bible to study. Studying areas that you need in your life will keep you from getting bored and also help you look forward to the time you spend with God. The Gospel of Jesus Christ (Mathew, Mark, Luke and John) are also great books of the Bible to read.
    – Endeavour to have a book where you can write down the things God is teaching you during your time of studying His word. It helps you not to forget them and also to keep track of your knowledge of the word of God.
    – Try to study at least three chapters of the Bible a day. If you read three chapters a day, you will be able to read the Bible through in a year.
    -Try to memorize one verse of the Bible a week. That means that by the end of the year you would have memorized fifty verses.
    – If you find it difficult to understand the version of the Bible you are using, you can get a simpler version just to aid your understanding of God’s word. You can also get a concordance or a Bible search app that can help you to search for verses of the Bible you might be looking for and also help you to understand words of the Bible you might not really understand.
    – Also try to invest your money in buying good Christian books both fiction and non-fiction. It helps you to gain from the knowledge these authors have about God. But be careful to check if the things that they write are in accordance with the Bible because the Bible is our standard.
    – Lastly, anytime you want to read the scripture,  tell God to open His word to you and give you a deeper understanding of His word. And peradventure you read any part of the Bible and you do not understand it, you can ask your Pastor or any other believer that you feel has a better understanding of the scripture than you do.
    God’s word to some people is in Revelations 3:15-16 which says “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot: I would rather prefer that you are cold or hot. So then because you are lukewarm, neither cold nor hot, I will spit you out of my mouth.”
    Nothing of value comes without a price. Your spiritual growth comes with a price tag attached to it. You need to start paying the price of seeking God and don’t be satisfied with where you are because there are still depths in God you’ve not gotten to yet. I pray that as you begin to pay the price of seeking God diligently, you will find God and all that is in him.
    I will love to end by saying that EVERYTHING YOU NEED OR WILL EVER NEED IS IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD.  The next time I will be writing to you, I will be writing on “K.I.T- your spiritual life (Prayer).” Till then, keep seeking God.
    I love you but not as much as Christ does.