Topic: Pray Until Something Happens [Sunday 10, July 2016]
23 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.
24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.
25 These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh,
when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you
plainly of the Father.
26 At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you:
27 For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God.
28 I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father.
Bible in One Year: Romans 9:30-13:6, Psalms 6
Children of God must cultivate the habit of persistent prayers so that
they may attain their full potentials. The importance of prayer cannot
be overemphasised when we consider what those who take time to pray
gain. The Bible say;
“17 Elias was a man
subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it
might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three
years and six months. 18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.” – James 5:17-18
The prayer of Elijah that brought about the rain was not just a
five-minute prayer. He prayed and prayed again before the rain fell.
When a man of God prays for a few minutes in the public and miracles
begin to happen, one should not be deceived that it is the few minutes
of prayer that instigated the miracles. The fact is that, the man of God
had prayed long hours in private before the pubic show of God’s
miraculous deeds. God, in His Word, commands us to “Pray without
ceasing.” The One who commands us to pray, definitely will answer our
prayers, if only we will obey command. God is interested in listening to
our petitions and responding accordingly. Our Lord Jesus Christ in our
text for today says,
“Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.” – John 16:24
In other words, we must not stop asking if we have not received an
answer to the petitions that we put before God. At times, answers to our
prayers are double-crossed by the agents of darkness like in the case
of Daniel. The following importune prayer of Daniel eventually saved the
“12 Then said he unto me,
Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine
heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words
were heard, and I am come for thy words. 13 But
the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days:
but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I
remained there with the kings of Persia.” – Daniel 10:12-13
Hannah prayed until something happened in her life and so did Jabez. We
must begin to pray until the attention of God is drawn to our petition.
The Psalmist said in Psalms 30:2
that when he cried to the Lord, the Lord healed him. This is another
testimony of someone who believed in the God that answers prayers. My
prayer for someone using this devotional is that as you cry unto God
today, He will answer you as He answered Hannah, Jabez and Elijah in
Action Point: Set aside quality time to pray today and you will receive unprecedented answer to your prayers.
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one of the largest evangelical church in the world and also the
President of Christ the Redeemer’s Ministries.
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