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The Mystery of Prayer

1 Thessalonians 5:16-17, “Rejoice evermore, Pray without ceasing”

Colossians 4:2, “Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving”

The gospel did not make provision for “if” when it comes to praying. In other words, it is not an option for a believer to pray or not to pray. The bible succinctly admonishes us to pray without ceasing.  Prayer is the only command in the bible that we are directed to obey on a continuous, unending basis.  We are asked to heal the sick, cast out demons, and deliver the oppressed, among others but not without ceasing. But in 1 Thess 5:17, we are commanded to pray without ceasing.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-17, “Rejoice evermore, Pray without ceasing”

This command underscores the importance of prayer in the life of a child of God. In the earlier edition of this bulletin, we emphasized that what most people call prayer runs parallel with what Jesus taught his disciples. We did say that prayer is a process of spiritual exchange, an interface that establishes the kingdom of God here on earth. This exchange between celestial and terrestrial forces can only happen under the platform of prayer. It is therefore imperative to understand what prayer is and how we must pray. In teaching the disciples how to pray, Jesus made them understand that the ultimate plan of God for us in prayer is that his kingdom will come and his will done on earth as it is in heaven. He therefore told them not to prayer for terrestrial things but rather to focus on eternal realities as food, shelter, etc are mere additions when the kingdom comes. Any prayer point anywhere that is not directed to his kingdom and will being done on earth as it is in heaven will be a waste of time and would yield no meaningful result.

Jesus made it very clear to those around him that whatever he did was what he saw his father do.

John 5:30, “I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just: because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the father which hath sent me”

This explains why Jesus would take out some time early in the morning or go to a solitary place in the evening to fellowship and pray. He knew that whatever he can deliver on earth can only be received from source (His Father). This explains why he hardly prayed in public as all the exchange had already taken place during prayer and the only thing to do is execution.

Mark 1:35, “And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed” (see also Matthew 14:23, Luke 6:12, Luke 22:41-44)

If we are going to get astounding results like Jesus, we must unlearn all the things we have been taught in diverse places as prayer and embrace prayer as taught by Jesus in Matthew 6-8. Secondly, we must understand the will of the father or go for the keys of the kingdom. Thirdly, we must practice and perfect the act of deploying the mysteries of the kingdom. Finally, we must separate ourselves early in the morning or find a solitary place in the evening like Jesus did.

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