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Devotion: The heart of prayer

In case you missed some of our teachings, New Testament prayers are basically praise and thanksgiving for what the Father has already given us in Christ.

THE Father is not trying to make you cry ceaselessly, but He wants your heart. There is a simple Biblical interpretation system you can apply that you do not necessarily have to know Hebrew and Greek to understand what the Bible is saying.

Praying without ceasing cannot mean when you start praying and break for eating or meeting or whatever you do on this earth, when you pray later you are restarting and need to remind God that you have come back. You were together in the meeting or the dining table. He never ever leaves you even if you feel you are alone. We need to think.

Let us look at the Scripture. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 reads: “Pray without ceasing.” The verse is not saying when you start praying, don’t stop until the return of Christ. The Father is looking for those devoted to prayer. He wants us to be loyal. It is not so much of how long, but how sincere. You can pray the whole day or for 30 minutes.

What matters at the end is how intimate were you. Let me help those who fast and pray for say 40 or 21 days.

On the last day they fail to break the fast at sunset and eat around lunch. Some think they missed it and then brush aside the “incomplete” prayer and fasting. They feel unworthy, inadequate and condemned.

But if you were sincere, God the Father heard you. It is the devil who wants to accuse you that you did not run the full length. Begin to thank God and praise Him for answered prayer.

After all fasting is for our discipline, not for God to move or intervene, He is there with you whether fasting or not. A believer cannot ask the Father to intervene. From where? The Godhead, i.e. God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are in you.

Let us look at Luke 18:1: “And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint.” The simplest explanation here is that don’t give up on prayer. Don’t faint, pick yourself up. Maybe you pray and fast for so long and you don’t get the desired result, please don’t curve in, give up or surrender. Please remember that God always gives us what we need. We don’t faint, but keep praying. Our prayers are from the heart not that we saw someone with the latest car and we change prayer points. That is carnality.

In case you missed some of our teachings, New Testament prayers are basically praise and thanksgiving for what the Father has already given us in Christ.

If you fix your eyes on Jesus, you will be victorious and more than conquerors. You may know fellow believers who get into cooperate prayer and spend the better part of the night and morning dealing with “principalities”. Why not spend the whole night and morning speaking to God in praise, worship and thanksgiving and He tells you that the “principality” has been dealt a blow and will never come near you.

We shall reconcile why someone prays 10 minutes and all demons start crying and leave. Someone sits on a mountain from Friday and comes to church on Sunday and no one gets healing or “feel” the anointing. We have all along measured prayer quantitatively and not qualitatively.

God the Father says don’t be like hypocrites who love to be seen, but rather have an intimate relationship with Him. Commit to prayer, be loyal and be devoted. When we deal with praying in the spirit, we shall see how some can pray from bedtime till morning.

Let me quote one verse and I am out; Proverbs 4:23: “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen. Grace and peace be multiplied to you through knowledge.

  • All Bible quotations are from the King James Version unless otherwise stated.
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