I want to admonish the people of God to start this year off by being diligent in prayer.
In the Bible it says that Daniel prayed three times a day; how much more we need to pray in this time when evil seems to be taking over the world and our nation?
1 Thess. 5:17 says, “we must pray without ceasing,” which means non-stop praying. If truth be told, we really can’t afford to stop or faint because prayer is the key that will unlock all the doors that the enemy has shut; prayer will cause God to move on our behalf.
Prayer is a significant part of our lives as believers. How significant you may ask? Well, for instance, prayer is just like building a house where the foundation goes down first; it is the most important part of the house for without it the house cannot stand, likewise with prayer.
Without prayer in our lives, we cannot stand. Jesus said we must pray without ceasing, don’t faint, don’t lose heart and don’t give up.
If we are going to have the power to pull down principalities, powers and rulers of darkness and spiritual wickedness in high places, which is assigned against the purposes of God for our lives, our families, our churches, our cities and our nation, then we must be diligent to prayer.
Let prayer be like the very breath we breathe dependent upon it. Just as prayer gives us power, no prayer means that we are powerless. Another important part of prayer is fasting. Prayer and fasting goes hand-in-hand.
Jesus said, “… but this kind doesn’t go out except by prayer and fasting” (Matt. 17:21). What Jesus meant is that some things you are praying about will only be destroyed if you fasted along praying. It is the combination that will destroy every yoke and set captives free.
Just as the word of God is the source of the believer’s power, with God prayer is the believer’s lifeline to the Father.
If ever there was a time we need to give ourselves over to prayer, it is now. We are living in an age where we must learn to pray without ceasing and when we pray we must use the word of God.
John 15:17 promises, “If you abide in me, and my word abides in you ye shall ask what you will, and it shall be done unto you.” Thus, prayer is returning the Father’s words back to Him, claiming his promises and expecting Him to manifest His purpose and power.
The scriptures teach us that God’s word is forever settled in Heaven (Psalms 119:89) and seeing then that God’s word is already settled in heaven, it is our responsibility to settle it on earth through prayer. Prayer is reminding God of His word (Is. 43:26).
God also told us that His word shall not return to him void, but it shall accomplish that which he pleases, and it shall prosper in the thing whereunto He sends it (Is. 55:11). We return God’s word back to him through prayer, so let us pray the prayer of faith using the word of God and watch God move on our behalf. Pray without ceasing with the help of God by the Holy Spirit and remember in Rom. 8:26 the Bible says, “In the same way the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what prayer to offer or how to offer it as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes on our behalf ...”
So, if you need help praying ask the Holy Spirit who is our helper.
Prayer: We thank you God for bringing us over into the New Year 2017 safely. We may have lost some things along the way, but God you have kept us and brought us over.
Help us to be diligent in our prayer life and maintain a stronger relationship with you this year and for years to come. Father, may your name in Heaven be kept Holy. Let your kingdom come and let your will be done as it is in heaven so let it be on earth in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
Published Thursday, January 12, 2017