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.