Talking about prayer,
Studying on prayer,
Preaching about prayer,
Are not the same as praying.
Today’s Scripture: Ephesians 6:18-20
Over the years, I have come to understand that talking about prayer, studying prayer verses in the Bible, preaching about prayer, or anything of the sort are not the same as praying. The Bible makes us understand that every believer is supposed to be a praying believer. In the above verse, we are told to pray at all times. That is, we ought to pray in every occasion, in every season, in the spirit, and with all forms of prayer. Do you see how important it is to pray? If we are to break down the instructions in verse 18, the Bible says we should: pray at all times. This does not necessarily mean we should pray every hour. This means that we should live a life of prayer – a life where prayer is like our breath.
Additionally, we are admonished to pray in the Spirit. In Jude 1:18-25, we are taught how to pray in the power of the Holy Spirit. The Bible makes us understand that it does not matter what is going on in the last days, all those events are “BUT YOU”. Therefore we are counseled to build up ourselves on our most holy faith. And how do we do this? By praying in the Holy Ghost!
Being baptized in the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in tongues is a plus to our Christian lives. According to today’s scripture, the next thing we should do is to pray all forms of prayer. You might ask, “What forms of prayer do we have?” I like to group prayer into three forms:
- Thanksgiving Prayers – these are prayers offered with a heart of gratitude, for the things given, the things seen, the things not seen etc. Philippians 4:6-7
- Petition prayers – these are prayers offered to ask God for all the things we need . Matthew 7:7
- Intercessory Prayers – these are prayers offered for people in need and for situations at stake. Ephesians 6:18
Through these prayers, we take charge of what goes on around our lives in the realm of the spirit and that is an amazing thing to do.
Prayer Point: Father, rekindle and help sustain the fire on my prayer altar this month, and all through this year in Jesus’ name. Amen.