Prayer

Prayer is perhaps one of the most talked about topics in Christianity as a whole, but the least practiced. Many are the times you’d hear the saying, mostly out of desperation, “all we can do now is pray”. This probably represents the epitome of misunderstanding of what prayer actually is and the power it has. Prayer by its simplest definition is communication with God. Communication stressing that is a dialogue not a monologue. Speaking and listening. In Matthew 6, Jesus taught us how to pray, outlining the major elements of a prayer; adoration, confession, thanksgiving and supplication.

David explains that God basically cups His ears listening and waiting to hear our prayers as believers (Psalms 116:2). In the book of 1 John 5:14, we are told that the confidence we have is, He hears all that we ask according to His will. These scriptures are just the tip of the iceberg of the importance and power that is contained in prayer. More so when we come together as believers in unity to pray and worship together, as Paul and Silas did in jail.

Jesus said in the 15th chapter of the book of John, that He is the vine and we are the branches, apart from Him we can do nothing. In this era of smartphones, this analogy brought closer home can be illustrated using a smartphone. Through your smartphone you can do many things. Access all kind of facts and figures, communicate with people all around the world but the moment it runs out of power, it is worthless. Same to say how if we do not ‘charge’ ourselves as Christians constantly we become useless, we become salt that has lost its saltiness. My question is how many of us have been living our lives on battery low? How many of us ‘charge’ ourselves for 5 minutes and go out into a power sucking world the whole day on ultra-power saving mode?

This world is hard. It is tough! You need God. A famous comedian once said, “f you think you can do this without God, you ‘trippin’.” I couldn’t agree more. Don’t starve your spirit, I know personally for myself I really struggle with long periods of prayer and we are created differently. One of the quotes that encourage me daily is from one of my favorite speakers, Mike Todd, “I can’t pray for more than 20 minutes but I can’t go more than 20 minutes without praying”. Prayer is your weapon, do not underestimate its power, no matter how small or big what you’re facing is. If you don’t know how to pray, pray the Bible, it is literally God’s will. Scriptures that speak to your current situation and you will see God respond and do great and mighty things which thou knowest not.Prayer is perhaps one of the most talked about topics in Christianity as a whole, but the least practiced. Many are the times you’d hear the saying, mostly out of desperation, “all we can do now is pray”. This probably represents the epitome of misunderstanding of what prayer actually is and the power it has. Prayer by its simplest definition is communication with God. Communication stressing that is a dialogue not a monologue. Speaking and listening. In Matthew 6, Jesus taught us how to pray, outlining the major elements of a prayer; adoration, confession, thanksgiving and supplication.

David explains that God basically cups His ears listening and waiting to hear our prayers as believers (Psalms 116:2). In the book of 1 John 5:14, we are told that the confidence we have is, He hears all that we ask according to His will. These scriptures are just the tip of the iceberg of the importance and power that is contained in prayer. More so when we come together as believers in unity to pray and worship together, as Paul and Silas did in jail.

Jesus said in the 15th chapter of the book of John, that He is the vine and we are the branches, apart from Him we can do nothing. In this era of smartphones, this analogy brought closer home can be illustrated using a smartphone. Through your smartphone you can do many things. Access all kind of facts and figures, communicate with people all around the world but the moment it runs out of power, it is worthless. Same to say how if we do not ‘charge’ ourselves as Christians constantly we become useless, we become salt that has lost its saltiness. My question is how many of us have been living our lives on battery low? How many of us ‘charge’ ourselves for 5 minutes and go out into a power sucking world the whole day on ultra-power saving mode?

This world is hard. It is tough! You need God. A famous comedian once said, “f you think you can do this without God, you ‘trippin’.” I couldn’t agree more. Don’t starve your spirit, I know personally for myself I really struggle with long periods of prayer and we are created differently. One of the quotes that encourage me daily is from one of my favorite speakers, Mike Todd, “I can’t pray for more than 20 minutes but I can’t go more than 20 minutes without praying”. Prayer is your weapon, do not underestimate its power, no matter how small or big what you’re facing is. If you don’t know how to pray, pray the Bible, it is literally God’s will. Scriptures that speak to your current situation and you will see God respond and do great and mighty things which thou knowest not.

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