Wednesday, January 4, 2017
So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy,
and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. Hebrews 4:16 (NLT)
Many in life have risen through the thick and thin of life's hurdles to make the most of their lives by taking advantage of some opportunities that came their way which perhaps others didn't see or others were not smart enough to take advantage of the same.
For many characters in the bible and of course countless others in our contemporary world, prayer has been one of the forces that many have taken advantage of, for their advancement in life.
But what is Prayer?
Prayer is humanity communicating with divinity for intervention.
Prayer is the means through which we carry our desires to a higher force for attention.
There is no doubt that there are many kinds of prayer but whatever the kind of prayer we pray, it involves some form of communication with a superior force and this puts us in a privileged and advantaged position.
However, prayer does not only change things, prayer changes people.
No matter how disadvantaged in birth, features, eloquence, background and opportunity in life anyone may be, prayer can change a weakling to a giant, prayer can change a person who cannot speak to a great orator.
Moses, a mighty man of prayer comes to mind, here.
Who was Moses?
- - He didn’t have the kind of privilege that most of us have at birth. He was thrown into the river because he was born in captivity yet God preserved him. Exodus 1:22
- - Next 40 years he was living in affluence in the house Pharaoh, the one that wanted him dead.
- - Then, another 40 years he became a fugitive running for his life as he worked for his father-in-law (working for your father-in-law can be demoralising especially if you are just tending his sheep)
- - Then God remembered him and was going to use him to deliver His people from captivity for the last 40years of his life, yet he revealed another defect in his life- he was a stammerer/ not eloquent. Exo. 4:10
Through it all, Moses, through prayers and fasting was able to overcome all his shortcomings in life to emerge one of the greatest prophets that every lived as testified by God Himself in Numbers 12:1,7-10.
Prayer truly changes people and can change your life too.
Personally, I have seen the effect of prayer in my life whether it was when I prayed for success in my professional exams or for my dying daughter who God resuscitated at the point of death or praying for several others who in turn have testimonies.
However, my observation is that believers today are not taking advantage of prayer to advance their destinies like men of old who knew that to fail on the altar of prayer is to fail everywhere.
Let me conclude with the words of one of my favourite references on prayer,
No man is greater than his prayer life.
The pastor who is not praying is playing;
the people who are not praying are straying.
We have many organizers, but few agonizers;
many players and payers, few pray-ers; many singers, few clingers;
lots of pastors, few wrestlers; many fears, few tears; much fashion, little passion;
many interferers, few intercessors; many writers, but few fighters.
Failing here, we fail everywhere.”
― Leonard Ravenhill
― Leonard Ravenhill
May God help us this year to experience the transformation power on the prayer altar. Amen
Posted by Emmanuel Odedeyi at 12:06 PM