Every time we have prayer sessions, you will always see less people showing up. Why? Because prayer doesn’t appeal to your senses. Prayer is a spiritual discipline that connects you to unlimited heavenly kingdom resources. And because people cannot see or feel, they find it very difficult to go into that discipline and labour. Don’t let the season determine your power with God. Don’t let the season determine your stand with God.
The spirit of the Lord is not different. He is the same everywhere. And as your heart opens to the word of God, you get light.
In Luke 18v1, the scripture says; “that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;” The most cheapest and easy thing someone can do is to faint; is to give up on their marriage or spouse or ministry or give up on what God has called them to do because of difficulties, tough times, criticisms, persecution etc. When you give up, the disadvantages are enormous. When you give up, the project stops. That is why the scripture says where is no vision, people perish (Proverbs 29v18). When you give up, vision is out of sight. When vision is out of sight, you waste your energy. When your energy is wasting, you are dying. You may look like you are living but you are dying.
You will not amount to anything in your Christian life, if all you do is complaining, focusing on the problem and, you are not able to do anything about it. Find out, why? Men ought always to pray and not to faint. In Luke chapter eighteen, we read the story of an unjust judge and a poor woman. It is amazing to see the persistent faith of the widow woman. In the story, we find out how eventually as you persist in your prayer walk, eventually you will break the wall.
Prayer life is a puzzle. It is beautiful to have prayer program. It is wonderful to have prayer time. The Lord rightly said in Mathew 6v6; “when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door,” It is beautiful to have a prayer place. Could it be that you are looking for a prayer place or desire to have a prayer place? And God is saying to you that prayer place is not as important as the discipline and commitment. It is amazing to have fasting and prayer program. But there is something greater than that. God wants you to get into His place of perfection in all that we do, especially we who are the latter rain church. We need to understand that our position is to close the age of the church and close the age of the time. And we don’t have much time to waste doing things what we have done before. We must shift into perfection.
Prayer time is great, prayer program is amazing but prayer life is awesome. You might wonder on the difference between these three – prayer life, prayer time and prayer program. Prayer life is an attitude and a discipline developed from time to time that becomes a part of you. There is passive praying and there is active praying. We all do lots of time active praying but the passive praying is twice as effective as the active praying. In active praying, people will hear what you are saying. In passive praying people don’t hear what you are saying; you will be praying in your heart.
The scripture in Luke 18v1 talks about “praying always”. How can we pray always? From the face value, we can understand that it means every time praying or praying often. But it is more than that. There is a spiritual commitment that opens access to unlimited resources in “praying always”. And what God is saying to you today is that the passive or the silent prayer is louder than the active prayer. Now this is not to say that you would leave the former one for the latter. This is to make you understand so that you may apply it appropriately. You can talk to your boss and keep praying or you can be driving and be praying without moving your lips. In the heart you can be praying in the spirit.
Ephesians 6v18; “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.” All prayer means intercession, supplication, thanksgiving, prophetic prayer, prayer of forgiveness, worship etc. Intercession is more powerful than any prayer you can imagine. All types of prayers can be found in intercession. You will not find all types of prayer in any other kind of prayer. Intercession is a great privilege. The Lord said it is more blessed to give than to receive. Intercession is the best prayer that anyone can pray because when you pray the prayer of an intercession, you sow a seed. You are putting to work what the scripture says. And someone is praying for you. It is great to pray for yourself but when people begin to pray for you, you begin to feel the effect more than ever before. The prayer the Son of God prays today is intercession. Use your energy for intercession.
When you give yourself to prayer life, you begin to experience what is written 2 Cor 3v18; “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” Until your prayer transforms you, your prayer life amounts to nothing. A prayer is selfish if it has all to do with yourself, your family, your finances, your ministry etc. Intercession is the best prayer ever.
The richest man in the world is not the man that has money or the best connections or the one who can provide & support philanthropic activities. The richest man in the world is the man who can pray unlimited and has given himself to the prayer. There is a place where we go to pray and there is place where we give ourselves to prayer. When you give yourself to prayer, it is like a drunkard who does not try to control himself when he is drunk and he is so drunk that he wants to drink again. When you give yourself to prayer, you will be soaked in the very presence of God.
One of the best examples is what curry Blake said. He said the onion has enough scent in it to make you cry or send any rodent away. But from outside it looks like any other vegetable. When you start to peel, you get the real scent of the onion. In the same way, prayer peels your outer layer and brings to the surface, the very life of God that is in you and every devil can smell it thousand miles. Devil can smell the Christian who is giving the prayer and so they hate them. The devil will give these Christians, domestic chores or any precious metals like gold, silver etc. so that they don’t pray because when a man prays the heavens decision is invited, and God’s hand is moved by prayer invitation. It is rightly said by E. W Kenyon the prayer is a visit with God.
Apostle Edmonds had experienced in his prayer life earlier on, that a person who prays gets transported from the location where he was, by the Spirit. You get connected with the very presence of God. You start unlocking mysteries. You get cry without knowing that you are crying. Romans 8v26 says that Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.
There are two versions of praying in the spirit: One is the sound that Holy Spirit will bear and will produce through you. Another is a language that is unknown. You come to the depth and then the spirit of the Lord takes control over you and starts to use your tears, your presence and that devil incharge of your loved ones mind will be crippled, that devil incharge of your home will be bound, that devil incharge of your finances will be captured, that devil that is causing your mind to be confused, to criticize and to fight Christians etc. flies away. And then you start to see clearly. When you function from shallow waters, you have impurities. When you go into the depth you have purity. The pureness that you experience in walk with God can be accessible by a disciplined life of prayer. You must pray for your nation, your leaders etc. The peace of your city, district, and nation is dependent on your prayer. James 5v16 says; “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
It is no use if you do not have understanding of righteousness and you get into praying because when you start to pray, you will be experiencing religious activities.
The more you pray, the more you will pray. Prayer will never be stored like water in the tank. God’s spirit is given to you today. Further on, in Ephesians 6v19 the Bible says; “And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, You should pray for your pastor to preach boldly. It is not knowledge but by the spirit. When a pastor speaks boldly, we can tell that people are praying boldly in his church.
When you give yourself to prayer life, you become stable, powerful, insightful and productive. You start to flow in the frequency that is very very irresistible by the forces that destroys men.
How do you maintain your vibrant prayer life? By praying! By love and discipline! Some people pray only when they encounter problems or when there is a need or when they just want to do some spiritual activity. But it is not so. Prayer life is a disciplined life style and as you do it, as it is said, heavens will touch the earth through you.
Signs of a weak prayer life:
When you have a weak prayer life, you will complain, compare with others, get jealous, argue, have fear, anxiety, do foolish things, do just routine of religious activities that never changes you etc. All these are traces and symptoms of a weak prayer life.
Sometimes during the prayer, the Father spoils you. Not because that He wants to spoil you but He wants to expose you to the place where you use your prayer armour. He makes you to have all your needs and when you have all your need, that is where many believers begin to come down spiritually. They begin to become cold. And they start to romance doctrines instead of going to discipline to pray.
A church that has a prayer band, you will see the burning flame in that church never goes down. The work of the ministry is a team job. If you are watching out your pastor burning and burning out in prayer and you are not praying and interceding for your pastor, they will burn out. And then you will blame them for not having prayer life. Pray enough and you will see the life of the people transformed.
Signs of an effective prayer life:
1. Faith is actively involved. Anything you do outside of your faith, we know it doesn’t please God. Anything you do will have the smell and characteristics of faith. You will trust God in the midst of very dangerous situation. You will do things that people think crazy, because of faith.
2. You hear the voice of God very very clearly. Isaiah 30v 21 says; “Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” Whenever you turn to the right hand Or whenever you turn to the left.” People claim to be praying but they don’t hear the voice of God.
3. Intercession, persistent are signs of an effective prayer life. You sacrifice and stand with God. Sacrifices that change your life and your life pattern completely. In this prayer life, you have a closet. One of the thoughts that Apostle Edmonds thought of his prayer life is that every prayer you pray, you cover a spiritual distance. Many lives are dependent on that distance that you cover spiritually. If you don’t pray, many things will not be the way they should be.
(Message by Apostle Edmonds, extracted by PR)
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