Tuesday, 11 August 2020

How To Preorder Apostle Arome Osayi New Book "An Epistle To The Apostles In The Marketplace"

 


Apostle Arome Osayi books are available for preorder. This move was announced by Apostle Arome Osayi via his Facebook page, Arome Osayi books and the Remnant Christian Network Facebook pages.


The latest book by Apostle Arome Osayi is titled "An Epistle To The Apostles In The Marketplace" and according to Apostle Arome it is available for preordering by Nigerians and Ghanaians at the moment.


Interested individuals who live outside Nigeria and Ghana would be notified when the book becomes available in their region.


The ministry and Iron Pen Kalma publishers are working to ensure that people living outside Nigeria and Ghana will be able to preorder this new book by Apostle Arome Osayi hopefully by the end of August 2020.


According to Apostle Arome Osayi "This book is a by-product of an intensive, double barrel apostolic ministry executed over the course of nearly two decades. The author, uniquely tutored in the school of the Spirit has been privileged to serve at the pleasure of Heaven’s Great King as an apostle both within the body of Christ and in the marketplace."


An Epistle To The Apostles In The Marketplace is from all indications a book directed to addressing believers strategically placed in various sectors of the world. It is surely a must-read for every one who names the name of the Lord.


How To Preorder Apostle Arome Osayi Books in Nigeria


To order for this book, An Epistle To The Apostles In The Marketplace, visit the official preorder page on the Remnant Christian Network website via the link https://rcnsermons.org/book-pre-order/


The book is sold for Two Thousand Naira (2,000) and it incurs a shipping cost of Five hundred naira as such the cost of preordering this book is Two Thousand, Five Hundred Naira.


This amount covers both for the original cost of the book and the logistics employed to deliver the book to any part of the country nationwide.


You can preorder as many copies as you can as the book is not specially for those called into the Apostolic office but for every believer today.


Also, you can pay the book cost of Two Thousand, Five Hundred Naira into the Iron Pen Kalma Kraft LTD account.


To do so, simply make cash deposit of Two Thousand, Five Hundred Naira into the following account details:


Account Name: IRON PEN KALMA KRAFT LTD
Account Number: 1020916430
Bank Name: United Bank of Africa (UBA)


After making your payment, send the following details to 08033569841 on WhatsApp or Telegram:


- Proof of Payment (Bank teller, screenshot in case of bank transfer, bank alert messages e.t.c)

- Full name

- Home address

- Phone Number


Forward those details to 08033569841 on WhatsApp or Telegram or to aromeosayibooks2020preorder@gmail.com


How To Preorder An Epistle To The Apostles In The Marketplace From Ghana.


If you are in Ghana you can preorder this new book by Apostle Arome Osayi via this link https://books.rcnghana.org/


You can also place a call to +2330243556666 or +2330548491524


How To Preorder Apostle Arome Osayi Books In United States and Other Countries


At the moment, the book can not be pre-ordered by persons in the United States, Europe and other African countries aside Nigeria and Ghana.

Nevertheless, it is expected to be ready for by the end of August, 2020. This means people living in these regions will not have to wait for long before getting An Epistle To The Apostles In The Marketplace.

You can also order for other books by Apostle Arome Osayi which included Kingdom Recalibration 1&2, Birthing His Excellence, Go Into All The World, Man’s Most Important Power, and Godward.



Monday, 27 July 2020

Spiritual Growth: How To Grow Spiritually

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Spiritual growth is something every believer must undergo. We are spiritual living things and as such growth should be observed.


In this article you will discover what spiritual growth is about, how we can grow spiritually and a few marks of spiritual growth.


What Is Spiritual Growth?


Spiritual growth is summed up in the book of Ephesians 4:13 which says:


"Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:"


In a few words, spiritual growth is about becoming like Jesus. The growth is so that we can mature into the image of Christ who is the standard for our Christian Faith.


All of the steps we take in order to conform to the image of Jesus, to become like Him, act like Him, talk like Him and so on are all part of the requirements for spiritual growth.


Jesus is our patterned man. Like the writer of Hebrews says:


"Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith..." - Hebrews 12:2


What this means is that everything we want to do as believers He has done, every height we would want to attain, He has attained. He began and completed the faith and it is just wise to look on Him as we journey.


It is very important to note that there is nothing you can do as a believer that will give you a status above the stature of Christ.


So, the concept of spiritual growth is the process of increasing in size until we come into the stature of Christ. It is gaining heights, building muscles so to speak, gaining knowledge of the person of Jesus until we conform to His image.


Growth is a characteristic of a living thing. Biology teaches us that living things are characterized by movement, reproduction, nutrition, sensitivity, growth, excretion, respiration and death which is largely believed not to be a part anymore.


You will agree with me that before the subject of growth can come up something must be born that is reproduction must take place.


There would be no talk of spiritual growth except spiritual reproduction or birth has taken place. Let's look at the concept of spiritual birth.


Spiritual Birth


In Jesus' discussion with Nicodemus recorded in John 3, Our Lord spoke about being born again (John 3:3). Nicodemus wondered at the words of Jesus asking if he should go back into his mother's womb to be born again? (John 3:4)


From all indications, Nicodemus thought that the birth was referring to was physical birth but Jesus' response in verse 5 shows that it was not something physical but a spiritual event Jesus was talking about.


"Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." - John 3:5


Jesus further explained in John 3:6 that the birth was by the Spirit of God. And by that it is not physical but spiritual and divine.


Being born again is possible by the Holy spirit. The Holy spirit gives life to our spirits, birthing us anew. This birth makes us become spiritual living things. We are made alive in our spirit man.


With birth comes the need to grow. There would be so much dissatisfaction from a parent whose child refuses to grow as expected. Since we have become spiritual living things, we ought to take spiritual growth very important.


So the question before we advance into the discourse of growing spiritually is are you born again? Have you become born of the Spirit? This article will be unfruitful to you except spiritual birth has taken place.


Back to the subject of spiritual growth.


Marks of Spiritual Growth


There are signs that prove you are growing spiritually. I would list only a few of some of these marks before I show you the recipe and requirement for growing spiritually.


  1. Increase in the knowledge and understanding of the Word of God.
  2. The expression of Christ-like qualities.
  3. Decrease in your ability to sin.

These three (3) are not all the marks of spiritual growth. They cover the basic marks to show you are growing spiritually.


Spiritual growth can not be hidden. If you are truly growing you will know. You do not need any one to tell you that you are.


As you grow, you will begin to have profound insight and understanding of God's word. Your faith in God will go over-the-roof when your spirit man begins to grow.


You recall that the summary of spiritual growth is becoming like Jesus our Lord. By this when you start to grow spiritually, you begin to express Christ-like qualities.


These qualities are listed in Galatians 5:22-23 and they are:


  • Love
  • Joy
  • Peace
  • Longsuffering
  • Gentleness
  • Goodness
  • Faith
  • Meekness
  • Temperance


Spiritual growth will see a believer begin to express these qualities as listed above.


Also, the tendency to sin becomes greatly reduced as you grow. To explain this, I would use the analogy of a child learning to walk.


Such a child would always fall because his feet bones and muscles have not been well-developed. As the child grows, he or she begins to get stronger, develops feet muscles and bones.


These muscles and bones helps the child stand firmer on the ground and reduces his or her tendencies to fall when walking. In the same manner, as we grow in God, we begin to lose the ability to sin.


Now to the major question this article seeks to answer.


How To Grow Spiritually?


Basically, there are two (2) ways to grow spiritually. They are:


  1. Prayers
  2. The Word of God

Prayer and the Word of God are two basic tools for spiritual growth. I call them basic because there are more advanced, unique tools for growing spiritually.


One thing you should never forget, the Christian Faith is real and practical. It is not just a set of written ordinances or theory. As you advance with God, He would introduce some food supplements to help you grow.


We can not fully gather words together to correctly and completely tell how we should go about our walk with God or how we can grow spiritually.


Nevertheless, on a basic level, prayers, study and meditating on God's word will definitely cause growth to take place.


See Peter's counsel in 1 Peter 2:2,


"Like newborn infants, desire the pure milk of the word, so that you may grow up into your salvation," (Christian Standard Bible)


Being born again makes us spiritual new born. The same way a new born baby needs milk to grow, we need spiritual milk to grow. The spiritual milk for our growth is not breast milk but the Word of God.


Furthermore in Acts 20:32, Apostle Paul commended the church in Ephesus to the Word of God because it has the power to "build up" our spiritual man.


The study, meditation and obedience of God's word is an integral requirement for growing spiritually. Like Paul told his son Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:15.


Apart from the word of God, prayer is another tool for growing spiritually. Prayer comes with so much benefits and blessedness one of which is spiritual building.


Every believer who wants to grow, gain stature and live in the will of God must give him or herself to prayer.


Jude says to "build up ourselves" we must pray in the Holy spirit. Prayers, heart-felt prayers, intense prayers - builds up the believer.


Prayer is a tool for communicating with the Father. A channel with which God can relate to our spirit - Spirit to spirit.


There can be no spiritual growth without prayers and the word of God. At a basic and foundational level, these two are required for growth.


Final Thoughts On Spiritual Growth


The joy of every parent is to see their child grow up into maturity. In the same vein, God expects us to grow and mature as spiritual living beings.


He has made provisions for us to help us facilitate the growth process. His word contains the essential nutrients for growth and we have the protocol of prayers for building.


Thus, we must take deliberate and conscious steps to grow by studying His word and giving ourselves to prayer.


The benefits which trail the path of spiritual growth are immense as we begin to walk in it. God grant us grace. AMEN.

How To Pray In The Holy Spirit

What does it mean to pray in the Holy spirit? What does it mean to pray in the Holy spirit? Is it important for our work with God?

If it is, how can we pray in the Holy spirit? What does praying in the Holy spirit entail?

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This questions probe the concept of praying in the Holy spirit. The popular opinion about praying in the Holy spirit is praying in tongues but that is only a part of what it actually means to pray in the spirit.

Note that praying in the Holy spirit and praying in the Holy Ghost are the same. To pray in the Holy Spirit and to pray in the Holy Ghost are the same. Older translations used Ghost but newer translation made use of Spirit

The misconceptions surrounding the subject matter before us is one of the reasons behind the difficulties, setbacks, and hindrances we encounter when we pray.

I trust that by God's grace at the end of this piece, you will understand the concept of praying in the spirit and how to pray in the spirit.

It is important to note that praying in the spirit is not a theoretical proposition but a reality. It is not something to just know but an experience we must partake in.

As you read the letters of this article, it is also my sincere desire that you not only understand what it means to pray in the spirit but that you begin to do so.

In order to understand what it means to pray in the spirit, let's look at what it is not. Since there is no standing on the fence. If one is not praying in the spirit then they are praying in the flesh.

What Is Praying In The Flesh?

What does it mean to pray in the flesh?

Simply put, praying in the flesh is the opposite of praying in the spirit.

The contrast between praying in the flesh and praying in the spirit is one that we must carefully look.

We are humans. We have tendencies and God made us with them. For example, our emotions, volition, intellects e.t.c can effect on our prayer. That is, prayers can be subjected to these factors.

There are times when you feel this is what you should pray for. You may decide by careful observations, pressures, circumstances around, considerations and so on that this is the right thing to pray about.

Some times we can be correct and the prayer we offer from that standpoint can be accurate. But this is not always the case.

This is because our emotions, volition, intellects, observations and what have you are fallible. What we think we need is not always what we need. What our circumstances portray as our problems may not be our problems.

This constitutes a major hindrance to the answers to our prayers because we would be praying amiss when we pray from the viewpoint of those metrics.

God loves us and this is the reason why He wants to directly address what it is our problems are. He says:

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. - Jeremiah 29:11

This is why prayer is so powerful. It is man trying to access this bounties reserved for us by God. Prayer must be the believer's lifestyle and not a part-time venture.

NOTE THIS: God answers prayers (Psalms 65:2). This is the confidence we have in Him, one that stayed unbroken through out the years (1 John 5:14-15)

What then is praying in the flesh?

Praying in the flesh is carrying out the art of prayer while SOLELY DEPENDING and RELYING on your abilities.

Notice my choice of words. It is solely depending on your humanity to carry out a spiritual function. This accounts for the reason why the will of God will not be prevalent in our lives.

God intends that our prayers are answered. And He has made provision for us to be able to pray and get Him to answer. That provision is His Spirit indwelling in us.

I will like you to note that the Holy Spirit is an important personality and plays a crucial role in our prayers to God. He is God's provision for praying effectively.

God delights in answering prayers as we see in the following scriptures:

If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. - John 14:14

And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.

Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full. - John 16:23-24

And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is:

Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things?

The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ.

For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together,

For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done.

And now, Lord, behold their threatening: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word,

By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.

And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.

And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.

And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all. - Acts 4:23-33

Before we go into what praying in the spirit means, I would like you to know that it is a great privilege afforded us by God to pray in the spirit.

What Then Does It Mean To Pray In The Spirit?

In defining what praying in the flesh was, I said it is the opposite of praying in the spirit. Which means praying in the spirit is praying while depending on the Spirit of God in accordance to the will of God.

To fully understand what praying in the spirit means, I would like to draw your attention to a very interesting and profound insight in Jude 20 which says:

But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit,

We would be highlighting the phrase "praying in the Holy spirit" and looking at it from the perspective of its original transliteration with emphasis on the word "in".

In the original rendition, the word "in" is transliterated "en" which by definition is "in, by & with".

With these three prepositions - in, by and with - we can articulate what it means to pray in the spirit.

Picking the "in" preposition from our list, to pray in the spirit can be likened to praying from a location called the spirit. Tongue-in-cheek, I mean entering into the spirit and offering prayers from there.

The location "the spirit" where we should pray from is not a physical location so to speak but a place where the will and government of God is prevalent.

Recall that prayer must be in accordance to the will of God. hence, praying in the spirit is praying from a point where only the will of God finds expression.

This is also made possible by God's Spirit dwelling in our spirit as we see from Romans 8:9:

But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his

Moving on to the "by" preposition. This provision speaks about God's provision for helping us to pray effectively. In Romans 8:26, we see that the Holy Spirit helps us to pray.

The Spirit of God is God's agent for praying effectively. We would be far from praying effectively without the Spirit.

When I defined praying in the flesh, I told you that it is praying while solely depending on your ability. Praying in the spirit is the other way round because it is praying while depending on the spirit.

This is what praying by the spirit mean. Praying by the spirit is to pray by the help of the Holy spirit.

Man is full of infirmities. He is weak, frail and would always be in need of help. Most especially in his dealings with God and in keeping with God's demands.

Staying on our discourse on prayer, man will never be able to effectively pray to God without being helped by the Spirit of God.

God steps in for the infirmities and supplies help to facilitate an effective communication of the right things that can surround the life of a man in order to bring him into bliss and joy. This is praying by the spirit.

The Spirit of God identifies the need, gets over the limitation that surrounds the individual, goes beyond his weaknesses and quickens his spirit to enable the individual put his current state within the context of the will of God and access the person of God.

Psalms 80:18 is one scripture that to a large extent explains what praying by the spirit is about. It says:

So will not we go back from thee: quicken us, and we will call upon thy name.

Asaph, the writer of Psalms 80, understood that man is frail and must subscribe to a higher energy source in order to pray effectively. And in John 6:63, Jesus shows us that it is the Spirit that quickens.

The Spirit is that higher energy source we must be connected to if we would pray correctly. Praying by the spirit provides us support for prayer.

The third and final preposition is "with". The word "with" in this context is to be "accompanied by". So, praying with the spirit is to pray accompanied by the spirit.

To explain this, let's analyze Romans 8:26 with particular interest on the word "helpeth".

Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. - Romans 8:26

The word "helpeth" literally refers to the action of having someone help you carry a load or lift something. Let me give you an analogy to explain this point.

Say you want to move your sofa from the sitting room to your bedroom. You call out to a friend to come assist you by holding one end while you hold the other and together you lift up the sofa and move it.

In similitude, praying with the Holy spirit is partnering with the spirit, so that the both of you can lift up the burden of prayer together.

Why Is It Important To Pray With The Spirit?

It is because we are full of infirmities and that creates the inability to pray as we ought to. But by the assistance of the spirit, we can overcome those infirmities and pray correctly.

In a compressed form putting all the prepositions together, praying in the spirit is:

Praying from a place where God's will and government coordinates and directs our prayers, where we pray not by relying on our abilities but on the Spirit of God, praying through the assistance of God's Spirit in partnership with our spirit.

How To Pray In The Spirit.

To pray in the spirit as touching all I have shared is to:

  1. Realize your inability to pray by your self
  2. Ask and subscribe to the help of the Holy Spirit
  3. Submit and yield to the Holy Spirit and
  4. Obey the Spirit


Thursday, 23 July 2020

Fellowship With God: Meaning, Marks and Benefit


Fellowship with God. Is this another myth in Christendom or does it hold any form of significance? Of what benefit is fellowship with God? Are we to neglect it or prioritize it for other kingdom matters?

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What does it mean to have fellowship with God? These questions will find worthy answers as you go through the letters of this article. It is my belief that God will by this means create an awakening in our spirits for fellowship with Him.

What Is Fellowship With God?

The word fellowship is derived from the Greek word "koinonia". Koinonia refers to intimacy, communion, joint participation, and sharing with a personality. Therefore, fellowship with God is simply building intimacy, communing, sharing, jointly participating in the life, suffering, glory and power of God.

On more basic grounds, fellowship with God is communing with -- talking to Him and having Him talk back to you -- while also partaking in all He is about in a bid to achieving intimacy with a sovereign God.

Apostle Paul summed up what fellowship with God should produce in Philippians 3:10 and that is experientially knowing Him, the power of Christ's resurrection, partaking in His sufferings and conforming to His image.

So why is it important? Why is it necessary to have fellowship with God? The next section gives one reason which by all standards and from the consideration of His sovereignty is reason enough to want to fellowship with Him.

God Desires Fellowship

Yes and Yes Again! God passionately craves for and desires to have fellowship with you and I. This constitutes a large percentage of the reason behind the creation of man.

God's intent for creating man was so that there would be a life-form that could host the dimensions of God and interact with Him. In few words, man was created for fellowship with God.

The angels, Elders and other heavenly beings were incapacitated and did not sustain the ability to interact with God nor host His dimensions. They cried Holy whenever God showed up because they were unable to articulate and comprehend who God is.

The word "Holy" does not imply holiness. It means "In your own class" or "set apart". God to them was in His own class and none of them had the faculties to understand Him or discern who He is.
Man was then created so that God could be expressed, known, and revealed. Through fellowship with man God was going to get this done.

God was going to make man understand who He was, host His dimensions and express them on the earth by the protocol of fellowship.

After creating man and placing him in the garden east of Eden, in the cool of the day, God would come into the garden just to have fellowship with Adam. Imagine the Almighty leaving His throne in Heaven to fellowship with man. From all indications, God was truly desirous of fellowship.

Moving away from the story of creation, having delivered the children of Israel from captivity in Egypt, God told them:

Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is mine - Exodus 19:5 (ESV)

What God was trying to achieve with this was fellowship. If you keenly study the rest of the verses in Exodus chapter 19, you would see that God desired to have fellowship with Israel. Now, we are the spiritual Israel - having been delivered from the bondage of sin and death - God's desire has not changed. He wants to have fellowship with you.

Note this: God is much more interested in fellowship with you and you would ever be.

You may want to wave off the thought for fellowship feeling it does not matter.Unfortunately, that is detrimental and you would be doing that at your own risk.

Why You Must Fellowship With God

I will not bombard you with reasons why you must fellowship with God. The fact that God desires to fellowship with you is reason enough to fellowship with Him. I would say that again:

You must fellowship with God because He desires to have fellowship with you and because He created you, you do not have an option. God's sovereignty is binding.

Think about this.

A God who can not be approached, One who sits in the midst of inapproachable light has made Himself available for fellowship with man. Man who is just one of His creation and you think that man has a choice as regards fellowship with Him? I would answer that. Absolutely No!

Why do you think the devil fought man? Job and David repeatedly asked what is man? They could not understand why God was so generous to man. They wondered why man was so favored in the sight of God to be given the sacred privilege of interacting with God.

The devil envied what man shared with God. The God he knew would not condescend to fellowship with man. But then, God did so. Oh, the blessedness of fellowship. Man partaking in the very nature of God. That which the devil sought was handed over to us on a platter.

You are not strong enough to want to build your life outside of fellowship with God. It was man's attempt to build something outside God that got us into the mess we wallowing in now.

Man tried to run the life God gave him without God the giver and we see what it has brought us -- evils, troubles, turbulence and so on --. Trying to run our lives whilst relegating God and fellowship with God is like trying to live without oxygen -- certainly impossible.


We have decided to operate by intellectualism, instincts and science as against the original template for our existence which is fellowship with God. By design, man was not supposed to live on his own but in partnership with a spirit.

The dependence feature installed in man by God was God's idea to ensure that man kept the ordinance and protocol of fellowship. Sadly, man declared independence consequent on the fall in Genesis 3.
We devised and concocted systems and philosophies for living which did not have God in view.

As we continued on the path we had chosen by ourselves we degraded into chaos, darkness and gloom. This is what Prophet Jeremiah realized when he cried out:

I know, O LORD, that the way of a man is not in himself, that it is not in man who walks to direct his steps. - Jeremiah 10:23 (KJV)

The way of a man is not for the man to choose. Our understanding and foresight is too shallow to discern the right path to take. Yet, we choose a path and began to walk through it and it has been the source of the terrible things making the rounds today.

God Is Our Life-Source

The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life. - Job 33:4 (KJV)

From the scripture above, it is clear that God is our life-source. It is from Him that we draw our essence. Notice it says "...and the breath of the Almighty gives me life" That statement is in the present continuous form. This implies that our existence is supposed to be hinged on fellowship with God.

Today men are confused, systems are failing, nothing seems sustainable. All of these is because men declared independence from God when we were created to depend on Him. Men have taken control of their lives when their lives were supposed to be controlled by God.

Have you not wondered why there is so much darkness in the world? Have you not wondered why everything seems to be crashing down? Systems are failing and the world is plunging into decadence?
I can give you a clear, straight-forward and incontestable answer to all the questions above. It is our negligence to fellowship with our life-source. The one who created all and designed us to be dependent on Him.


This can not be the world God created in the beginning when He said it was good. The world today is definitely not what God created in Genesis 1. There has been an alteration, an aberration and we can trace it to our rebellion and arrogance.

It was not recorded that there was a global warming, or a landslide, or a tsunami, or a hurricane, or any of the woes plaguing the world today when Adam was in the garden having constant fellowship with the Father. Adam's fellowship with God caused a stability in all of the forces of nature.

And when we rebelled? The results are evidently seen around us. Everything came from God and to keep them in perfect operational conditions we must engage the protocol of fellowship.

The Cure For Darkness

For the darkness and chaos the world is currently experiencing there can be only one solution -- Light.
Apostle John tells us that God is light. And one of the benefit we derive from fellowship with Him is that we interact with light. Our interaction with light makes us become lights ourselves.

This interaction makes it impossible for us to walk in darkness. As we interact with God, we become light and as such when we enter a place what happens is recorded in John 1:5

And the light shines in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

What was translated "comprehended" should have been "apprehended". When light comes, it is impossible for darkness to stop it. Darkness can not help but vanish at the sight of light. It can never extinguish light.

The darkness in the world will become history when more and more individuals who have interacted with the Light in fellowship invade the world shinning as burning luminaries. Away from the world view into our lives and homes.

Has the devil not kept our lives, families, businesses and all that concerns us in darkness for too long? Has we not given him a field-day enough? Has he not wrecked enough damage?

Are cyclic manipulations and bondage not the order of the day in our lives? Have you not suffered so much setback, limitation and disappointment? Is this the best your life can be?

Your strength and intellect have failed in helping you secure a good life. Don't you think it is time to say enough to the devil and end his reign of darkness and terror in your life?
Fellowship with God, Our Father is the way out.

In Him was life; and that Life was the Light of men. - John 1:4 (KJV)

Pray NOW!

Sunday, 5 July 2020

How To Develop A Powerful Prayer Life

It is possible for a believer to develop a powerful prayer life. In this article, find out how to develop a powerful prayer life & end prayerlessness

We ought to know we must pray and take conscious decisions to ensure our prayers come with the needed power for effectiveness.

What is the point praying when the prayers carry no power and causes no effect?

Prayer was never designed to be a weak, dry and unfruitful enterprise. It is expected to be the womb of possibilities.

The Bible in James 5:16 says that "...the earnest prayer of a righteous man has great power and wonderful results." (Living Bible).

This means at every point in time, our prayers ought to carry a dose of power. Hence power is an integral component which should be found in our prayers.

While it is important to see prayers as the believer's lifestyle and culture and develop a consistent prayer life, we should have this in mind – prayer ought to carry power.

Why Is This Important?


The language of the world today is power and everyone that will get a chance at surviving must speak it.

The church must speak power else the gates of hell will prevail and trample her underfoot.

The world systems are governed by powers stationed at high quarters and if the church of God will triumph, she will need to understand and speak power.

And one of the ways the church can begin to respond with power is when we begin to engage the Monarch of Zion in powerful prayers.

Prayers backed by much power is our foremost tool for survival and we need to excel in it.

This makes the question of how to develop a powerful prayer life an important one.

I trust that with this article, we would all see the need to develop a powerful prayer life and how to develop one.

After reading this, I urge you to practice them, so that we can begin to make much power available by the instrumentality of prayers.

Without further ado, let me show you seven (7) ways I believe would help anyone develop a powerful prayer life.

It is quite a long reading about 12 minutes approximately. So get a cup of your favourite drink and sip as you read.

1. Understanding What Prayer Is.


In this kingdom, knowledge alone is not power – understanding and knowledge births power.

An understanding of what prayer is which I am about to share will spur you into making much power available by prayer.

There quite a lot of definitions around on what prayer is and I do not intend to heap another on you but I may need to.

As touching developing a powerful prayer life, prayer is the awareness, the realization of our helplessness and inability and the volition to make an appeal to the One seated in the heavens for help.

For instance, I want to purchase a laptop which costs about $131 and all I have is $13. I would not be able to purchase it right?

Yes.

But then I have a friend who can give me and is willing to give me the $131. I then go to him, knowing he'd give it to me and most definitely he does.

This is what prayer is in this context. As humans we are unable to do accomplish anything by our power. So, we look to God for help.

On our own, we lack the sufficiency to withstand the turbulence of life and its challenges. But we go to God, in whom we can find peace, comfort and stamina.

In Luke 11:9 Jesus reveals a profound truth to us. He says: 

"... Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you.

There is a rule even God can not break. That rule is "We must ask and God must answer."

This consciousness and understanding is important when we pray. You know you are praying to someone who is under obligation to answer you.

Furthermore, in John 14:16, Jesus still assures us saying:

"If ye ask anything in my name, I will do it.

Anything my friend is anything. Oh how lucky we are? The All-Mighty God is ever ready to answer only if men will take up the volition to ask.

2. Understand Who God Is.


The second point on how to develop a powerful prayer life is to understand who God is.

I touched a bit of this in point number 1 but I still feel like adding more emphasis.

Aside God being obligated and willing to answer us, we need to know that He is able to answer.

There are three things here to digest.
  • The first is God is OBLIGATED to answer.
  • The second is God is WILLING to answer.
  • The third is God is ABLE to answer.

No matter the nature of the request, we rest and bank in the assurance that our God is able to answer us when we pray.

In Ephesians 3:20, Apostle Paul said:

"Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,"

The implication of this verse is that God is not just able to do what we ask. He can do more than what we ask – there's no limitation with our God.

It does not end there folks. He is able to do what we think. He is capable of doing more than what we can imagine.

Our minds are too small to articulate the scope of the things God is able to do.

He told the prophet Jeremiah, 

"Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for me? – Jeremiah 32:27

Our God is not only willing to answer but capable of answering. There are no limitations with Him. He is called Omnipotent that is All-Powerful.

With this in mind, you do not pray like a disadvantaged fellow. You pray like someone who has a Father that is very much able to answer.

3. Pray In Accordance To The Will of God


This is one often neglected principle for praying effectively which is also essential for developing a powerful prayer life – praying the will of God.

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As much as God is able to answer and willing to, He will not always answer. This is why.

Prayer in itself is not powerful except the will of God is captured in it.

For emphasis I would say that again: prayer is powerful only when the will of God is fully articulated in it.

One of the reasons why we pray and do not receive answers is because we pray what I like to call selfish prayers.

Selfish prayers are prayers that capture only our wants, needs and desires without any provision for God's.

Note this: God has needs and prayer is a tool given to us to meet and satisfy God's needs and purposes on the earth.

In Jesus' model of prayer recorded in the Gospel according to Matthew chapter 6, Jesus taught that after hallowing the name of God, the next thing we do is to give expression to the will of God.

He says "Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done." (Matthew 6:10). It is God's desire to see His kingdom established on Earth and that His will and counsel are entrenched.

Prayer is our way of actualizing that. True and powerful prayer is about entrenching God's will and kingdom on the earth. So that as it is in heaven so it will be on Earth.

Until we begin to capture the needs of God in our prayers, we would not make any power available.

Power is derivative of praying the will of God. We command power to the degree of our usage of prayer to achieve God's purposes and intent.

James sheds more light on this discourse. He says:

"You ask and receive not, because you ask amiss, that you may consume it on your lusts." – James 4:3

If all you pray about is satisfaction for your needs and wants you will never be able to develop a powerful prayer life.

God will not be able to entrust any thing meaningful into your hands. He won't give you His power when all you care about is your selfish desires.

Apostle John further perfects this in 1 John 5:14

"And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us:"

Our ticket to answers from God is asking in accordance to His will. 

It is quite unfortunate that many believers care about what they can get from God only.

They are completely oblivious that prayer is supposed to be a tool for enforcing the kingdom of God.

It is this orientation that has made the Body of Christ today weak and beggarly brought under the subjugation and suppression of darkness.

We must redefine and adjust our opinions on prayer. It is high time we retracted back to the scriptures and carefully examine what prayer was originally intended for.

A powerful prayer life is only feasible when prayers capturing the will of God are offered to God.

4. Live A Holy Life 


In my article on How To Develop A Consistent Prayer Life, I mentioned that Holiness is a vital posture for prayers.

Aside being a requirement for entering heaven, Holiness is quintessential for developing a powerful prayer life.

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Prayer and sin are like water and oil – impossible for them to mix. A sinner can not pray let alone develop a powerful prayer life.

Every believer who intends to have power over Satan and walk in the victory Christ has procured must resolve to live holy and pure.

God considers the prayers of sinners an abomination to Him. Prayer offered from the a life soaked in sin brings bad, offensive incense to God.

It is utterly impossible to have any dealings with God without Holiness. And power as a gift from God can only be apprehended in holines and purity. 

Only by prayers from a pure heart can we lift up incense to God and be able to trap His power to rule the earth.

5. Consistency is Key To Develop A Powerful Prayer Life


Consistency is unarguably the principle to harnessing the power of any given phenomenon. It doesn't matter what drives and operates it.

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To become good at anything, you must do that thing on a consistent basis. Prayer like every other art can be mastered and it is possible only be consistent, persistent practice.

A believer who does part-time prayers will never come into the plains of power in prayer.

God will not be careless to entrust a prayerless Christian with something as precious as power. 

Remember my definition of prayer earlier on? Where I said, prayer is the realization of our helplessness and inability and the volition to appeal to someone for help.

Now let me show you how consistent prayers works in developing a powerful prayer life.

The prophet Elijah had just ended a contest with 450 prophets of Baal. Before hand, he had locked the heavens and for 3½ years there was no rain in Israel.

The contest being over, prophet Elijah slayed every single one of the prophets of Baal. He instructed King Ahab to get up and eat assuring him of a torrential downpour.

Elijah climbed up Mount Carmel and casting himself down, he put his head between his knees – he prayed.

After a while, he asked his servant to go check the skies for a sign. The servant returned bearing a negative response.

Elijah was not deterred as he continued seven times sending his servant who kept coming back with negative responses.

Typical of many of us, we would give up, stop praying and quote the usual "What will be, will be." Unfortunately, what will be, will not be, except you make it happen.

End that deceit of allowing life or the universe play out on its own. Command and enforce what you want to see by prayers.

At the seventh time, Elijah's servant returned with some cheering and comforting news saying "Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man's hand." (1 Kings 18:43)

By consistency, Elijah was able to invoke a dimension of power in prayers. Dear reader, God is not deaf, He will answer, you may need to trouble Him some more.

When James tried to explain the power we make available by prayer in James 5:16, 17, there was no better example than Elijah.

God may delay in responding like Elijah's experience teaches us. But eventually, by consistent prayers, we can get Him to respond.

I explained this point in The Right Attitude To Prayer".


6. Pray With The Word 


Prayer and the word of God are two inseparable sides of a coin. You can not separate prayers from God's word and the word from prayers.

I love to use this analogy when I try to explain the relationship between prayer and the word.

A gun without bullet can not inflict much damage. A bullet also is just a piece of metal capable of almost nothing.

But when a bullet is loaded on to a gun, the collective impact can be ravaging. That is prayer and the word.

Prayer is the gun. The word is the bullet you load onto the gun. In self-isolation they can not yield maximum impact. But in their combined state, they are powerful tools.

Trying to choose one over the other or substituting one for the other is like saying I would only breathe in and not breathe out.

Whether you want it or not, you survive by breathing in and out. No one stays alive by breathing in without breathing out.

Prayer and the word is like breathing in and out. You can use one and be powerful. They must be combined.

The Apostles were men of great understanding in this matters. When they had to choose either to undertake the noble cause of serving tables and ministerial work.

They choose the more noble venture. They said "But we will give ourselves continually to prayers and the ministry of the word." – Acts 6:4

Stop trying to neglect Bible study because you feel prayer makes you more spiritual. They are important together.

You will find prayer boring unless you have God's word locked up in your inside. Don't you think the reason why you labour so much to pray is because you don't study?

Desist from substituting the word of God for prayers. To develop a powerful prayer life, dearly beloved, you must pray with the word.

7. Submit and Partner With The Holy Spirit

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Last but not the least on how to develop a powerful prayer life is to submit and partner with God's Spirit. 

The Holy Spirit is our helper and an important aid for praying effectively. You may need to read "Who Do We Pray To: God the Father, Jesus, The Holy Spirit, Angels or Mary?"

Powerful prayers are sponsored by the Holy Spirit and anyone who wants to have a powerful prayer life must partner with the Spirit.

Power is actually resident in God's spirit and to have access to it, you must yield in total submission to the Spirit of God and His government.

It is very important to note that prayer is a spiritual function and its power and effectiveness comes from partnership with the Holy Spirit.

It will be foolish for anyone to think they can pray by themselves. Jesus said in John 6:63 "...the flesh profits nothing..." (Paraphrased).

Praying by the energy of the flesh is never profitable. This is why David prayed in Psalms 80:18 

"So will not we depart from thee, quicken us and we would call on your name."

No matter the level of zeal and enthusiasm you have for prayer, to pray effectively, we must be quickened by God's Spirit.

You may be strong and feel your energy can make you pray therefore you do not need quickening. You may need to rethink after reading what Romans 8:26 says: 

"Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered."

Even though you think you have the strength to pray, you do not know how to pray. This weakness is why the Spirit supplies strength to help you pray.

To develop a powerful prayer life, you need to partner with the Holy Spirit to help you pray. Without Him, the energy source of prayer is gone.

Why not cry out today for the baptism of the Holy Spirit if you have not been filled before?

He says He will pour out His Spirit on all flesh (Joel 2:28 Paraphrased). Ask for the baptism of God's Spirit even today.

And if you have been baptized, why not allow Him help you pray by saying "Spirit of God, help me pray. I am insufficient in my self."

God is able to make all grace abound towards us. I see His church becoming stronger and being more empowered to withstand darkness.

We all can have powerful prayer lives. We can all make tremendous power available when we pray.

Developing a powerful prayer life is not a fairy tale. But a reality, a possibility in God. We must keep pressing and travailing in prayers till we touch His essence.

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How To Develop An Effective Prayer Life

What must I do to develop an effective prayer life?
How can I become an effective prayer warrior capable of orchestrating divine possibilities through prayers?

Find out in this article.

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Thomas had just given his life to Christ and joined himself to a Bible-believing church hoping to grow in his newly found faith. He was visibly enthusiastic about being a believer and like every newly saved person he was zealous to know, walk with and work for God.

One Sunday morning, Thomas' pastor preached about prayers. His teaching centered on the benefits of prayers, why believers must pray and how to pray effectively. He concluded his sermon that morning by saying that all believers must give quality time to God in prayers.

Thomas had not as much as understood what prayers was about and his pastor was teaching on the need to pray and to do so for long hours.
After the sermon, Thomas decided he was going to implement what he just learnt – pray for long hours.

Thomas had not prayed for fifteen (15) minutes before the frailties of his humanity rose and he had to stop praying. 
Thomas didn't relent.
Again he tried to pray and he was only able to pray for ten (10) minutes before he got tired again.

This continued for a long time. Soon Brother Thomas became weary of prayers and considered prayers only for very spiritual people and men of God.

What do you think was Brother Thomas' problem?

Whilst you ponder, the story of Brother Thomas is the same story with many believers today. We have read books on prayers, listened to various sermons on prayers, studied the Bible about prayers yet like Brother Thomas we do not find prayers convenient to practice.

It is expedient to note that knowledge is not enough. Knowing how to pray and why you must pray is not enough for you to pray.

Have you not read different books by different men of God on the subject of prayers?
Have you not attended several prayer conferences?
Have you not listened to your pastor and other men of God teach on prayers?
Have you not read your Bible on the subject of prayers?
Why then are you unable to pray?

The problem is not in the sufficiency of knowledge. It is in the deficiency of the understanding of what prayer is actually about. Yes! Understanding!

We are not able to pray because we lack the foundational understanding of what prayer is actually about. The lack of understanding on the issue of prayer is grossly associated with the reason why many of us do not pray at all let alone pray effectively.

Today, I would be sharing with you what I believe to be the foundational understanding needed for the mastery of the art of prayer. I trust that after going through the words of this piece you would understand the basic principle of prayer and your prayer life would change for the better in Jesus name, Amen!

The basic or foundational understanding of prayer I would be sharing is in two spheres.
The first is that prayer is a communication between God and man.
Prayer is not a monologue i.e communication by only one person. Prayer is a dialogue i.e communication carried out by two people.

Many of us think that prayer is simply us tabling requests before one exalted personality. This idealogy of what prayer is not is the pivot behind our ineffectiveness in prayers.
Prayer is not a tool for channeling our requests to God. It is a technology of communication designed by God with which humanity can commune with divinity.

As you seek desperately to talk to God, He also wants to talk back to you. If all you do is pray without any feedback from God then you're short-circuiting the effects of prayers.
Begin to see prayers and as a communication between you and your father (God) and you'd begin to cultivate an effective prayer life.

The second sphere of the foundational understanding of prayer is that God is ever-ready to respond to you when you pray.

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. –  Matthew 7:7-8

If you would develop an effective prayer life then you must arm yourself with the understanding that you're praying to a God who is ever willing and ready to respond to you when you pray.

Jesus was trying to give voice to this fact in Matthew 7:7-8. He was showing us that your duty is to ask, seek and knock. Then He assures that anyone who asks shall receive, he who seeks will find and the one that knocks would have the door opened for him.
Do the asking, seeking and knocking because God is ready to answer, to give, and to open the door.

God is not a tryrant. He is not wicked. He waits for us to call on Him as He is always on standby ready to answer.

He says;

Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not. – Jeremiah 33:3

Habakkuk understood that God would always answer when he prays that was why he said;

I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved. – Habakkuk 2:1

David also understood this principle that was why he said;

O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come. – Psalms 65:2

God hears your prayers and He is willing to respond to it. See how The Message Bible puts Hebrews 11:6
It's impossible to please God apart from faith because anyone who wants to approach God must believe both that He exists and that He CARES ENOUGH TO RESPOND TO THOSE WHO SEEK HIM.

Glory to God! He cares enough to respond to those who seek Him.
He says you should ask him in prayer and He assures you that He will answer you.
When you pray carry this understanding, 
i. Prayer is a dialogue i.e as you talk to God, He also wants to talk to you.

ii. God is ever ready to answer you when you pray to Him.

Quit from seeing prayers as a monologue; a request tabling session. Begin to see prayers as a medium for communication between humanity and divinity, between your heavenly father and yourself. Only then can you cultivate and develop an effective prayer life.

God is your Father and He cares enough to respond to you when you call on Him. This is the primary step on how to develop an effective prayer life.
Now pray with this understanding...



"The story of Brother Thomas is a product of my imagination and does not represent the life of anyone I know. Any resemblance to anybody is clearly a coincidence!"

Saturday, 20 June 2020

How To Develop A Consistent Prayer Life

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One of the questions that plague the average believer is how to develop a consistent prayer life. Many believers who are concerned about their prayer lives always wonder why they are unable to pray consistently.

The task of developing a consistent prayer life is important for everyone of us. This is because prayer is a vital part of our lives as believers.

Prayer is the lifestyle of believers but we are often unable to engage prayers as we want to. When you study God's word, you will discover one emphasis, prayer! It is very evident that prayer must be part of our lives but how can we pray consistently?

Before we talk about how to develop a consistent prayer life, I need to show you something about our frailty as humans.

Humans Can Not Be Consistent

Humans can not be consistent. Performing an action consistently is not in the character of humans. Especially when that activity is a spiritual one. Prayer is a spiritual activity and no one operating in the flesh can prosecute prayer consistently.

In our prayer enterprise, you must reckon with the fact that you can not pray with consistency on your own. Your flesh will always want to choose something contrary to the demands of the Spirit.

In the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus made it clear to His disciples that the Spirit will want pray but the flesh will want do something contrary.

Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. - Matthew 26:41

Even when the Spirit wants to pray, the flesh because it is frail will not want to pray. It is this frailty that makes it almost impossible for a man to develop a consistent prayer life.

Apostle Paul further explains this concept of the flesh being contrary to the Spirit in Galatians 5:17

For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

The Spirit and the flesh can never work together because they are contrary to each other. This explains the reason why in the flesh we can not develop a consistent prayer life.

Having highlighted the frailty of man and its effect on the inconsistency we suffer when we try to pray in the flesh what do we do to pray consistently? You will get the answer in a bit.

Develop A Consistent Prayer Life By Partnering With The Holy Spirit

This is the foremost means to develop a consistent prayer - partnership with the Holy Spirit. Developing a consistent prayer life is only possible when we partner with the Spirit of God.

Trying to perform a spiritual activity is impossible in the flesh. The flesh is not strong enough to carry out spiritual activity.

Spirits control the action and activities of men. And it is true regardless of the action whether in the occult world or in Christendom.

Every second we are constantly interacting with spirits. The contention is not necessarily about the action but the spirit that engineers the action.

A man may be preaching or moving in the "anointing" but he is acting on the strength of an evil spirit. Many persons parading as ministers of the gospel are under the influences of demons.

The extinction of sound doctrine and men of order in the Body of Christ has made these anomalies to go on unhindered.

Nevertheless, prayer can only be carried out by the engineering and support of the Holy Spirit. Outside the help and support from the Spirit of God, men will be unable to pray as they ought to.

Jesus made the emphasis on prayer in Luke 18 highlighting that men ought always to pray and not to faint. Sadly, we faint rather than pray and it is because our nature as humans is fainting.

This is why David prayed in Psalms 80:18 saying:

So will not we go back from thee: quicken us, and we will call upon thy name.

It is part of our nature to not want to stay in the place of prayer. The flesh will always look for better options rather than prayer. It will always rebel against staying in prayer

The Spirit of God Quickens

It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. - John 6:63

Clearly, we see that it is the Spirit of God that quickens us to carry out the activities which we must as believers. The life of a Christian should be powered by the Holy Spirit and none of the flesh.

Christianity would be witchcraft in the absence of the Spirit of God. Our lives as believers is spiritual and only by partnership with the Spirit of God that we can live properly.

To develop a consistent prayer life, we must be quickened by the Spirit of God. Job said "there is a Spirit in man and the inspiration of the Almighty gives them understanding" - Job 32:8

God's Spirit in partnership with our spirit makes us to pray effectively. We need quickening in order to pray and we can only be quickened by the Spirit of God. Prayer will be religion except the Spirit of God is involved in our prayer enterprise.

If you want to pray better, develop a consistent prayer life and pray effectively, we must receive the quickening that comes only from the Holy Spirit.

The Spirit of God Helps Us To Develop A Consistent Prayer Life

And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. - Romans 8:26 (NLT)

I can not overemphasize this truth - prayer can only be done consistently and with great effectiveness when we pray in partnership with the Holy Spirit.

This is because as humans we do not know what we should pray for and we can not pray as we want to pray. It is the Spirit of God that provides the needed support and powering for consistent, effective praying.

What must be on our priority check list when we pray?

Help from the Spirit of God. Only the Spirit of God can help us develop a consistent prayer life and we must engage him like David did in Psalms 80:18 for quickening in order to pray.

Friday, 19 June 2020

How To Overcome Weakness In Prayer

One of the major issues that plagues the believer is weakness in the place of prayer. The question of how to overcome prayerlessness is always in the heart of every true and committed believer.

How can we overcome prayerlessness? How can we go past our weaknesses in prayer and become more prayerful?The answers will be revealed in this article.

Prayer has been emphasized over and over again as an integral part of the believer's life and walk with God. For a believer to come to the place of intimacy with God, trap spiritual realities, exercise Dominion over the earth, usurp the advance of darkness and attain his maximum potential in Christ, prayer must be absolute.

But with the intense emphasis on prayer and the widespread teachings and preachings on prayer, many default in carrying out the enterprise of prayer. Excuses pertinent to busy schedules, weakness in prayer and a number of other are brought up by believers as to why they don't pray.

There are so many peculiar reasons as to why believers fail to pray. For some they have got other options seemingly better than prayer. Others are depraved of the need for prayers. Others have their faith weakened due to a long list of unanswered prayers. While for many, prayers don't just make it to the priority list.

The truth is no excuse is good enough to sideline and relegate prayers. Any sign of prayerlessness and weakness must be dealt with at all cost. It is interest you to note that prayerlessness is a sin.

Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way: – 1 Samuel 12:23

In the scripture above, we see Samuel revealing that if he fails to pray for Israel it is equivalent to sinning against God. There is no excuse that can validate your negligence to prayers.

Another critical point to bear is that prayerlessness produces a gullible, weak and feeble spiritual life. Our life is more spiritual than it is physical and it is worthy of note that we interact with Spirit entities every now and then. Apostle Paul said;

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

This powers and principalities that we wrestle against will overpower, conquer and subdue us except we turn our faces to God and engage the protocol of prayers. A prayerless Christian can not have power over devils and principalities.

God's commission to mankind of dominion and subduing the earth will never be articulated and expressed by a believer who does not pray. It is by prayer that we attract the requisite power needed for dominion over the earth.

If we will have dominion – trampling the devil and the earth underfoot – we must retract back to the place of prayer and begin to deal diligently in prayers to God.

For some believers, their immediate needs have been taken care of and because of that they do not see the need to pray. This is gross pride.

It is the view that prayers is solely meant for petitioning – asking for needs – that gives rise to this form of negligence to prayer. If prayer is about asking God for needs, when the needs are met why pray?

The inability to pray for long hours of time, for others, is the reason why they do not pray. Many want to be reckoned to be prayerful and they opt to pray for long hours of time hoping to get approvals and appraisals.

Due to the frailty of our humanity, they may be unable to reach their quota and being discouraged overtime they may lose interest in prayers unknowingly.

Busy schedules, academics, career, work, family upkeep and other activities are the reasons why some Christians don't pray. These set of Christians live extremely busy schedules and they have no time to engage prayers.

Excuse or no excuse, prayer is our lifestyle as believers and we all must be yielded to prayers. As oxygen is needed for the survival of humans, prayer is needed for our survival as spiritual beings.

Prayer is not meant to gratify your desires alone. The orientation that praying is all about asking God for your needs is wrong. The same way you have needs is the same way God has needs and He designed prayer as the medium for fulfilling those needs.

One of God's need is intimacy with us. God desires to be intimate with Him – To have us know Him more. Prayer is the channel with which God can achieve intimacy with us.

Prayer in the words of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening. In other words, it should be what we begin our day with and how we end our day.

You can suspend every other thing in your life but not prayer. When prayer stops, everything in your life is bound to stop working. You must not allow any excuse swing you into weakness in prayer.

The writer of Hebrews advised in Hebrews 12:12 "Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees". It was actually a call to prayers.

How can a believer overcome weakness in prayer and become more prayerful. Here are some of the steps I recommend to assist every believer

1. Pray More To Overcome Weakness in Prayer

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This sounds weird but it is the first step on how to overcome weakness in prayer. To become prayerful is to pray more. Nobody starts out praying as an expert. Everyone was a beginner at praying but overtime due to practice and yieldedness, mastery was achieved.

Like every known art, Prayer must be learnt and mastery only comes by constant practice. To become good at soccer or at playing the keyboard, you must give yourself to football trainings and keyboard practice. It is no different with prayer.

Personally, there was a point in my life when I could not pray in tongues for 15 minutes straight but as I continued in prayer I began to master the art and today by His grace I can pray for hours in tongues.

It is not a sin to be unable to pray for hours. Do not let any one deceive you or demean you on such grounds. First of all, prayer is not time-based but Spirit-based that is you do not pray into time, you pray into the Spirit.

Although, praying for long hours is good because it exercises your Spirit, do no be dismayed when you are unable to. Prayer is not for proving points but for touching God.

Note that, a baby does not learn how to walk and talk in a day. Growth is by all standards a process. You must keep engaging in prayers until you gained mastery.

Praying without ceasing, continually and consistently will help you gain mastery of the art of prayer and before you know it you would have metamorphosed into a praying machine.

2. Be Deliberate About Prayer To Overcome Weakness in Prayer

The second point on how to overcome weakness in prayer is to be deliberate about prayer. Prayer is a spiritual activity which must be engineered by the Spirit but you must not always wait to be pushed to pay before you pray.

You would need to take conscious, deliberate decisions to pray whether in your convenience or not. Apostle Paul said "..I will pray.." (1 Corinthians 14:15). This means he (Paul) will take the conscious decision to pray.

One point that is worthy of note is this: your flesh will never want prayer. When it is prayer time, your flesh will bring up other options to take. This is why you need to put your will to work and choose to pray. Prayer is not always palatable for the flesh hence you must force it to pray.

The flesh will always rebel as Paul tells us in Galatians 5:17. It is your duty to force it to submit. If as you pray, you sleep off, wake up and continue praying. Do not be deterred by the frailty of your humanity. Never go easy on the flesh, train it to always choose prayer.

3. Partner With The Holy Spirit

To overcome weakness in prayer, you must partner with God's spirit. Jon Bloom of desiringGod said Prayer is not fundamentally a discipline thing. And that is very much true. Prayer is a spiritual function so if you must pray you must pray in partnership with the Holy Spirit.

Disciplining yourself is very important but prayer can only be performed accurately and according to God's standards when we pray by the quickening of His Spirit.

It is vain to try and pray without the person of the Holy Spirit believing in your energy and strength. David understood how the important role of the Spirit of God in prayer that is why he prayed in Psalms 80:18 thus

So will not we depart from thee: quicken us, and we will call upon your name

It is unnatural to want to stay in the place of prayer but when we are quickened we will want to continue to prayer. To overcome prayerlessness and become more prayerful, we must partner with God's Spirit to help us pray.

Partnering with God's Spirit for praying effectively is in three dimensions. We partner with the Holy Spirit so that:

  1. He will quicken us to pray
  2. We can pray in accordance to God's will
  3. He can help us to pray

It is the Spirit of God that quickens and helps us to pray as prayer is communication with God who is a Spirit and no flesh can interact with God except by the Spirit.

But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you - Romans 8:11

When our humanity seems to overpower us, we must trust God's Spirit to supply strength to help us pray. The Holy Spirit has a support facility providing strength to the believer when needed.

Also, in Romans 8:26, Apostle Paul points out the reason why no matter how much we think we can pray, we still need to depend on the Spirit of God.

Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

You see that the Spirit helps in our weaknesses because we do not know what we should pray for and how we ought to pray. The Spirit of God helps us overcome theses weaknesses by making intercessions on our behalf. He does not only quicken us to pray, He teaches us how to pray and what to pray for.

I believe one of the reasons for prayerlessness is the lack of the Spirit of God. We have tried to pray on our own by ourselves and it has proven to be a venture in futility. Why not partner with God's Spirit to help you pray?

Say; "Spirit of God, come help me pray, come pray with me, come quicken me to call on the name of the Lord". I trust God's Spirit to help you conquer prayerlessness and become prayerful.

4. Living a Holy Life

Another point on how to overcome weakness in prayer is by living a holy life.

Sin is a major hindrance to prayers and praying. It prevents you from praying and equally stops God from answering your prayers. God's servant, Dr Paul Enenche said "Sin keeps you from praying as much as prayer keeps you from sin".

A sinner will always find prayer burdensome and a total waste of time. The nature of sin is one that prevents the sinner from any inclination to prayer. To overcome prayerlessness, the believer has got to live a holy life.

Holiness is not just a criterion for making heaven, it is an important requirement for praying effectively. It gives us both the boldness to come into His presence and the assurance of answered prayers.

This is what Apostle Peter explained in 1 Peter 3: 12

For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.

To overcome weakness in prayer and become more prayerful, the believer must deal with secret sin. Those weights that easily beset us, hidden faults and little foxes. Holiness must be your watchword if you will ever master the art of prayer.

Conclusion

We grow into being prayerful. You can not master a skill in one day. Prayer is not rocket science but a process -- it takes times. So do not be discouraged if you are unable to pray as you want.

Remember that, it is by consistent and continual practice we gain mastery of prayers. Before you know it, you would be surprised how much you have grown.

Most Importantly, prayer is communing with God and not trying to prove a point by praying long hours of time. No one should make you feel less of a Christian over the issue of praying long hours. There is need to pray for long hours but the primary focus is to commune with God.

Jesus told a parable with this emphasis "Men ought always to pray and not to faint". He was given us insight into the unrivaled position prayer should occupy in our lives. Prayer is mandatory and not optional for everyone.

Prayer must be your top most priority first before your job, career, academics and any other activity you engage in. You must create time no matter how busy you are to commune with your Father else you would become a prey in the devil's hands.

Finally, prayer is not theoretical but practical. It is an organic reality. After reading this article, PRAY. Do not wait for later, PRAY NOW.

I trust that with these steps on how to overcome weakness in prayer, your prayer life will see a massive turnaround. PRAY NOW.

Saturday, 13 June 2020

When Is The Best Time To Pray?

Is prayer supposed to be time-based?


Are believers expected to pray only at certain times of the day or in certain seasons of their lives?

when should I pray?


These questions and many more bothers the average believer and they border around the ultimate question — when is the best time to pray?


Prayer is quintessentially the believer's lifestyle and culture and for anyone who intends to do much with God and to make the best out of the practice of the Christian faith, prayer is ultimate and focal.


The necessity of breathing in and breathing out for survival as living beings is the similitude prayer takes up in the life of believer. Spiritual breathing is made possible when we engage the art of prayer.


Much emphasis is placed on the need for maintaining prayers but amidst the rave of emphasis, there is still a deficiency in the prayer life of believers.


In times like this when the world seem to be drowning in chaos, we must all enter into the secret place and engage God in much prayers because in Him, lies the fortification needed for the survival of the believer.


To provide an answer to the question in focus, the word of God is and remains the fountain from which we can draw accuracy and balance. Accuracy and balance in the dispensation of sound doctrine has seemingly escaped through the backdoor of the church giving rise to unbalance and inaccurate doctrines peddled by certain obscure men.


As no preacher's opinion is stronger than the perspective sustained by the word of God, to get accurate and balanced doctrine, every believer must retract back to the study of scriptures: rightly dividing the truths encapsulated in its letters.


The word of God is by all means the anchor of the believer, the manual whose content is timely in delivering the thoughts and intents of God for every dispensation of time. It is to this word we would draw perspectives as to what time is best for prayer.


Come with me....


Jesus in Matthew 6 delivered one of the most profound teachings of the Christian faith. He gave thought to the technology of prayer and dispensed timeless truths on the art of prayer. 


One very notable point we need to be aware of is found in the phrase He used when He wanted to begin the section of prayer in Matthew 6:5. He said "And when thou prayest..."

The point in the verse above is what I like to refer to as the "When Phenomenon".

WHEN PHENOMENON

English language made us to understand that the word 'when' is an adverb of time. It tells of the possibility of an event in time which must take place.


Let's do a little analysis. Look at the statement below: 

"When I go to church on Sunday..." 

The statement above suggests that come Sunday I will go to church. The reiterates the fact that my coming to church is a surety.


For Jesus to say "When thou prayest...", He was showing us that prayer is not optional but mandatory. The believer is not given the leverage of deciding to or not to pray. 


Whether it is convenient for you or not, prayer is a when phenomenon, by implication it must be performed. You are not given too many options. This is why many believers don't pray, within them is the luxury of "options" other than prayer. This is contrary to the words of our Lord, Jesus Christ.


Had Jesus said "If you pray..", we would be sure that other options abound outside prayer because "If" is conditional. "If I come to church" denotes that there is a tendency i might not come to church but "When I come to church" assures of the possibility of coming to church.


From this, we understand that prayer is not optional but mandatory. Not for ministers of the Gospel or those who intend to do ministry but for all and sundry. 


A believer who understands the frailty of his or her humanity will engage prayer with all their might because it is only by engaging prayer, following the when phenomenon, that the believer can gain sufficient stature of stand in the days that are upon us.


PRAYER; A LIFESTYLE NOT JUST A TOOL

The idealogy that sees prayer as a tool for curbing emergencies and as an escape strategy when the believer is faced with overwhelming circumstance is unscriptural. The emergence of very weak and gullible believers is due to the acceptance of prayer as a tool.


The life of a believer is expected to be sustained by prayer. As a human, breathing in and out is essential for survival, prayer takes the same form for believers. Engaging in prayer only when the needs arises will make the church less of what God expects her to be. 


Not only is prayer supposed to be a communication channel between man and God, it is supposed to be a channel through which downloads from heaven can be captured by the praying man, downloads which would serve as a means of extending God's Dominion as expressed in heaven on the earth.


If all the believer does as prayer is plague  God with requests then more and more we will lose the ability to withstand the evil at work in the world today. Prayer is expected to be the way a believer lives, the system in which he gets respiration.


Jesus tried to present this truth when Luke records in chapter 18:1 that He spoke a parable to the end "that men ought always to pray and not to faint". This is the lot of all men – Prayer. 


For the believer to attain to his maximum potential in Christ Jesus, our importunity to prayer must drive us to constantly go before God in prayer whether in convenience or inconvenience.

PRAYING ALWAYS 

Having explained the need to pray not just for needs or when the need arises but as a lifestyle, let us see when really in respect to time is best for praying.


To answer this question, let's look at the scriptures on prayer below – carefully observing the emphasis as touching timings.

And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; – Luke 18:1
But we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word – Acts 6:4

Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; – Romans 12:12
Praying always with prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints – Ephesians 6:18

Pray without ceasing – 1 Thessalonians 5:17

From the scriptures above, the right attitude to prayer which the believer must sustain is summed up in two words – Continual & Always. For the sake of simplicity, let's make do with "Always".


There is no restraint on the timing for prayer. With much liberty is the engagement of prayer such that no matter the hour of the day, the wellness of our being, the comfort, the pain or tribulation, prayer must be maintained always. The best time to pray is actually all the time.


Emphatically, there is no prescribe time for prayer as a general rule but men have by an act of their will, their importunity for prayers and by divine instruction have set apart a specific time of the day for prayer.


Setting a particular time to engage prayer is not bad at all, infact it is needful a practice as men who have learnt to court and fellowship with God understands that routines and frequency are important in engaging God in prayers but then the best time to pray is always.


While on the road, in your bedroom, at your place of work, wherever and whenever, importunity should drive us to pray. The best time to pray dearly beloved is always. Timings are important but then praying always is scripturally prescribed!