And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them. Luke 18:7
Read Luke 18:1-8.
Prayer means communication and interaction with God. It can also be described as the intercourse of the soul with God, not in contemplation or meditation, but in direct address to him. It is not a physical or spiritual exercise, neither is it a routine. It is a communication based on relationship with God. If a man stops praying, the most vital relationship in the life of the person has broken down.
It is however sad that these days, more emphasis is laid on motivational talks and spiritual warfare than on prayers.
Your life maintains your relationship with God as it establishes your dependence on him. He said in John 3:27 that we cannot receive anything except it is given from heaven. Therefore, this makes it clear that connecting with God enforces men to help you.
When a man does not pray, he is most likely to be proud as he feels he needs nothing from God whereas God resist the proud but give grace to the humble. Therefore, when you pray, you are connected to grace (See James 4:6-7).
There are some benefits we enjoy when we pray; the first of them is that
- We enjoy extraordinary achievement. Just like Elijah, who through prayer shut the windows of heaven for three and half years and there was no rain. (See James 5:17-18).
- We also enjoy supernatural influences when we pray. When the children of Israel fought the Amalekites in Rephidim, the Israelite army overcame them through the supernatural influences of Moses. (Exodus 17:8-16).
- Enjoying victory over the adversary is another benefit of praying. Jesus told Peter he had prayed for him so that the enemy would not sift him away. (See Luke 22:31-32).
- We also enjoy the benefit of supernatural strength when we pray. But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:31.
- We receive revelations when we pray. In Jeremiah 33:3 the Lord says when we call on him, he will answer and show us great and might things that we do not know.
In order to enjoy these benefits and more, you need to know how to pray. The following will guide you on how to pray.
Firstly, you have to pray in faith (See Mark 11:23-24). Also you must pray with all your heart (See 1 Peter 4:7). Again, you must pray whole heartedly and not half-heartedly. (See Isaiah 29:13-14, Colossians 3:23).
The prayer must be consistent. 1 Thessalonians 5:18, James 5:18. You also have to pray in line with the will of God. (See James 1:5-6).
The prayer must be selfless Job 42:10, be persistent in prayer and also pray in the Holy Ghost. (See Romans 8:26).
As you follow this guideline you will receive answers to all your prayers in Jesus name. Amen.
Written by Pastor Oladele Olatunji
Pastor in Charge of RCCG, Kings Zone Area, LP 72.