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The Mystery of Prayer

Luke 11:1, “And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray—————“

Prayer is powerful and mysterious and completely opposite to the ritual observed in many churches across the world with little or no result. The bible in James 5:16b says, “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much”. We teach and talk about this verse of the bible in churches all the time, yet we fail to experience the tremendous result promised by God in this verse of the scripture. In Numbers 23:19, the bible says, “God is not a man that he should lie; neither the son of man that he should repent——-“God never fails and delivers on whatever he promises. It then follows that something is wrong with us or our approach to prayer over the years.

The disciples of Jesus having followed him around for sometime and seen the miracles he performed were able to isolate prayer as the major factor responsible for the results he got. Consequently, they asked him to teach them how to pray.

Luke 11:1, “And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray—————“

Jesus in teaching them prayer explained to them the futility of praying for food, shelter, money, clothes and all the things the average person in church today is praying for (Matthew 6:25-26). The disciples would have been puzzled how they would survive if they do not pray for these things just like most of us think today. The bible says in 2 Corinthians 4:18, “While we look not at things which are seen; for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal”. What Jesus told them in essence is that as long as their prayers remain centered on temporal things, they will never be able to obtain glorious and powerful results, the same applies to us. We must begin to look at the things which are not seen if we are going to be stewards of the mysteries of the kingdom. What then shall we pray about? The answer is to pray the will of the father (See Ephesians 1:14-21 and 3:16-19)

The New Testament is not a religious book but an eternal legal document that represents the final will of God. Until a child of God effectively understands this will/legal document and how to present it as evidence before the father, his prayer will remain shallow and without result. God has magnified his word above his name; therefore he is neither moved by emotions or repetitions. He only answers to petitions based on his will.

Psalm 138:2, “I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy loving kindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name”

To achieve astounding results therefore, we must study effectively and understand the word and will of the father, thereafter, we search out the keys of the kingdom and then deploy the mysteries. This is the only way to confound the world and stay ahead of them.

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