I am excited to welcome you to another edition of PPTSL! I pray with all my heart that your consistency will be rewarded with marvelous supplies according to the riches in glory in our Lord Jesus Christ. This edition is set to deliver a lot of us from any stronghold that the devil has placed in our minds about prayer.
If you have a wrong view of prayer, then you need to change your mentality. But first what does God have to say about prayer? Isaiah 54:15 [MSG] says, “If anyone attacks you, don’t suppose that I sent them. And if any should attack, nothing will come of it, I created the Blacksmith who fired up his forge and makes a weapon designed to kill. I also created the destroyer but no weapon that can hurt you has ever been forged. Any accuser who takes you to court will be dismissed as a liar. This is what God’s servants can expect, I’ll see to it that everything works out for the best. God’s decree” [The Message Translation].
It has to be established in your heart that if you are under attack God did not send them, and in case you are attacked it will be of no effect. There is no weapon fabricated that can kill you because He is the one who created the fabricator, and He has said all things would work for your good! This is why the Bible says in Philippians 4:6-7 [KJV] “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving let your requests be made know to God. And the peace of God that passes all understanding will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Delving into the subject of what prayer, I will be basing this teaching on three key words from the above verse, and they are; anxiety, supplication and thanksgiving. What does it mean to be anxious? It means having the feeling of anxiety, I’ll go further to define what anxiety means. Anxiety is a feeling of worry, nervousness or unease about something with an uncertain outcome.
We as Christians should know that there is no uncertainty in our case, we are victors because we as well are also partakers of all the blessings and certainties that come with the Lord Jesus wearing the victors crown. We should know always that in the final analysis ours is victory and celebration so there should be no cause for anxiety at all.
What is supplication? Supplication is a request or petition, that is, asking earnestly or begging for something. The Bible says we should ask for all the things that we need in supplication to God, instead of being anxious as Christians.
The Bible in reference to the text also speaks about thanksgiving. What is thanksgiving? The expression of gratitude especially to God, the act of giving thanks, grateful acknowledgement of benefits and favors or saying thanks to God for everything that we receive at His hands or receive from Him. The Bible says that at the end of making all these requests of ours to God we need to give thanks, because we know He has heard and will bring to perfection all that we have asked of Him.
This is a simple analysis of what prayer should be. There is nothing complicated about it. If your prayer life is not consistent it is because you see prayer as tedious work. In changing your mentality get rid of anxiety. When you come into the presence of God come with the knowledge that He is your Father and is always ready to speak with you. In fact, He wants to hear your voice more than you know.
After all this we have to let God speak back to us, because prayer is much more than us doing all the talking. It’s a conversation between the Father and His child. The voice of God is the voice of wisdom. After you have gotten the manifestation in your spirit, that is, after you feel peace in your place of prayer you wait for the physical manifestation of what you have prayed for. While waiting, what things are noble, true, just, pure, lovely, of good report, praise-worthy meditate on these things.
Our ability to pray is one of the most amazing and powerful things that The Father has given to us. Use it.
- Make a conscious effort to set time apart with God daily.
- Do not let it stop there, converse with Him all through your day!
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