Prayer is simply a two way communication between God and man. It is a relationship that exists between the divinity and humanity. Prayer is the primary assignment of a believer and it has a direct connection to every other area of a Christian life. A Christian life is built upon the altar of prayer. A prayerless Christian will ever remain in the pit of life…a prey.
No matter the situation we find ourselves, no matter the circumstances
that surround us , prayer can bring such situation and circumstances under our
feet and keep us on the path of advancement. Our Lord Jesus showed us the
importance of prayer not only in His teachings but also in His lifestyle, and
has committed unto us the ministry of prayer.
And in the morning, rising up a great
while before day, He went out and departed unto a solitary place and there
He withdrew Himself into the wilderness and PRAYED.
Luke 6: 12
And it came to pass in those days
that He went out into a mountain to PRAY, and continue all night in Prayer
In Luke 11: 1-13,
He was teaching on the importance of unrelenting prayer life. And in Luke 18: 1
He said men ought always to PRAY, and
not to faint. Prayer remains the most vital part of our Christian endeavour,
without it, it is impossible to live right. Without it, it is impossible to
pursue God’s given destiny.
anointing; prayer brings revelational knowledge into the word of God. Prayer is
also a spiritual way of shedding weight. Prayer generates fire for the
fulfilment of destiny on earth. Prayer is also the spiritual weapon used in
arresting our enemies.
A close examination
of the exploits of men in the Old Testament, you will agree with me that even
though they didn’t have the Holy Spirit, a consistent prayer life was able to
give them the testimonies we read about today:
Genesis 6:4 –Noah was a man of prayer and grace was upon
him. Genesis 5: 25 And Enoch walked
with God and he was not for God took him. Hebrew 11:5 says by faith Enoch was translated that he
should not see death and was not found because God had translated him; for
before his translation, he had this testimony that he please God.Faith is
built on a deep rooted prayer life. Prayer is the strength of faith.
Abraham was a man
given to prayer. He had a direct communication line with God and in fact God
called him His friend (James 2:23.) .At a time, God commanded Abraham to pray
for Abimelech and his household to remove barrenness. Gen. 20: 17 so Abraham prayed unto God; and God healed Abimelech and
his wife and his maidservant; and they bare children. Abraham had a place he met with God always Gen 19: 27: And Abraham got up early in the
morning to the place where he stood
before the Lord.
David, the King of
Isreal was a dedicated praying King, he prayed thrice a day. Psalm 55:17; Evening and morning and at
noon will I pray, and cry aloud ; and he will hear my voice. Psalm 109:4 David
said “for my love they are my
adversaries but I give myself unto PRAYER.
We cannot forget the
exploit of Daniel and his companions, the Prophets and the nation of isreal who
survived the storms, subdued the mighty nations and possessed their possessions
by the instrumentality of prayers.
In the New
Testament, the Apostles of Christ had this written about them in Acts of
Apostles 2;42: “And they continued
steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowships , and breaking bread and
in PRAYERS”.. They did it steadfastly and were not complacent. In Acts
6:1-4, when the Apostles began to face tough challenges enough to distract them
from their core assignment, Peter said in vs 4 “But we will give ourselves continually to PRAYER, and to the ministry
of the word”.
An illustration was
given in Luke 9:28-32, that revealed how prayer can transfigure a man from one
form to another, from one situation to another, from one level of glory to
another to the amazement of all people.
“And it came to pass about eight days
after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James and went up into a
mountain to PRAY. And as he PRAYED, the fashion of his countenance was altered
and his raiment was white and glistering. And behold there talked with him two
men, which were Moses and Elias; who appeared in glory, and spake of his
decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem. But Peter and they that were
with him were heavy with sleep and when they were awake, they saw his glory and
the two men that stood with him”
lives if Christians take responsibility to pray. 2 Chronicle 4:9-10 told the
story of Jabez who was operating under a curse placed by his mother during his
birth. He took the bull by the horn by engaging the Heaven through the
instrumentality of PRAYER. The God of isreal transformed his life from a cursed
person to an honourable personality above all his brethren.
In 1 Samuel 1,
Hannah endeavoured to pray and the yoke of barrenness was destroyed forever. Do
not underestimate the place of prayer in your Christian adventure. I pray as
you begin and continue to labour in prayers; your expectations shall not be cut
short in Jesus name.
If there is any
area of your life that the devil will constantly challenge, it is your prayer
life. It is the stem that supplies other branches of life with nutrients and
vitality to live.
This write up will
be incomplete without making reference to Fasting. Fasting is the regular twin
brother to prayer. They are both spiritual weapon to deliver destinies from the
bondage of corruption. Fasting is the spiritual catalyst that speeds up the
operations of prayer in order to deliver its dividends accurately and timely.
A sharpened knife
is different from a blunt knife. A sharpened knife makes for easy cutting. So
when you do your prayer with fasting, you are guaranteed accelerated result.
Fasting is an expression of spiritual sacrifice that shows your seriousness
about the matter of concern.it is also a spiritual obligation that must be
undertaken to fulfil destiny.in Christ.
It is also a sure
way to humble the flesh so that the spirit can have its way. Galatians 5:17 “For the flesh lusted against the spirit
and the spirit against the flesh. This battle goes on in us , so that we will
not be able to do what we would”.
Fasting brings the flesh under the control of the spirit, so that you
can gain access to the treasury of God.
Engaging in regular
fasting will grant you control over stubborn forces of darkness because this kind won’t go out but by prayer and
fasting. Matt 17:21.
Take advantage of
fasting and like Jesus you will return in the Power of the spirit -Luke 4:14.
In conclusion, the
supernatural capacity of prayer is that it is ordained of God as the all in one
solution to the crisis and need of life. It is the singular umbrella that
covers all that man may need as long as he lives.
Jesus said in Mark
“Therefore I say unto you, what things so ever ye
desire, when you PRAY, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them”.
“And all things whatsoever ye shall
ask in PRAYER, believing, ye shall receive”
“ ASK, and it shall be given unto you; seek and ye
shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you; for everyone that asketh
receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth and to him that knocketh it shall be
opened. Or what man is there of you whom if his son ask bread, will he give him
a stone? Or if he ask for fish, will give him a serpent? If ye then being evil,
know how to give gifts unto your children, how much more shall you father which
is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?”
attention to the key words ASK, SEEK, KNOCK in the passage above to give
clearer understanding about the mystery of prayer. These are three different
degree of praying:
ASK – is simply an act
of demanding or raising a petition to the Almighty over a need in your life or
that of another person
SEEK – means taking
more serious steps in handling a matter of concern by creating more time and
probably getting out of the confinement of pleasure and comfort to a solitary
environment. It is done mostly when you need direction or God’s approval over a
matter or thing.
KNOCK – this applies when
situation gets tougher and you need to apply spiritual forces of fasting and
sacrifices to get situation under control and having God’s name praised at the