Of all our module titles, this one doesn’t sit too well. How can one fully define something as amazing as prayer? Prayer is simple as a concept but rather complex in practice. It is the one area of ministry that no one can police you. Deep down we are all a people who appreciate human appreciation and approval. A well decorated church will get complimented on its look. A great praise and worship leader will be complimented on his/her gift, and perhaps even invited in sing at events.
Prayer warriors get none of this glory, yet their work is the most critical. Just let that sit in your spirit for a second. In truth, a “Well done” on earth is one less from heaven. Prayer meetings are still some of the least attended events in most churches across the world. There is no glitz and glamour in prayer. Prayer is just work. It’s effort. It is tiring, and can often be frustrating for the unseasoned intercessor.
At the core of it prayer is warfare. You are making a stand for God’s kingdom to come on this earth and his will to be done in the lives of his people. You are making a stand against plots and efforts of the devil and his cohorts. You don’t see it in the physical, but your prayer cause a shift in the realms of the spirit. Something begins to happen when you pray.
The moment you began praying, a command was given. And now I am here to tell you what it was, for you are very precious to God. Listen carefully so that you can understand the meaning of your vision.
Daniel continued to press in for a response for his prayer, yet the bible shows us that the Lord had long released the answer that Daniel had requested. It was the continual pressing of Daniel that caused the Lord to command his angel to see what was going on. There are situations that we remain in that have long been resolved in heaven. Our giving up on earth before the response has become manifest means the results may never come to pass.
The role of intercessors is that of stepping in where everyone else has given up or turned away. We can be overly simplistic about prayer, but the Lord says he is after those who will pray in “Spirit and in Truth”. We live in a “politically correct” world, where truth is subjective. The Lord’s truth is universal. Are you and I still seeking that truth?
The greatest problem with a lot of learned men and esteemed theologians going as far back as Jesus’ time, is thinking that they have arrived. Thinking that they have figured this thing out. It is the learned scholars that would miss the Messiah’s coming because they believed they knew it all. Prayer strips you of all that false self-awareness and esteem.
A know it all, Saul, spent a long time diligently persecuting the God whom he thought his persecuting actions were in service of. Ponder on that for a moment. For it is not at Act 9:4 when the Lord asks, “Why do you persecute me”, that Saul was transformed. There were scales that had to fall out of his eyes. What are some scales that may be hindering your view of Christ? What are some scales that may be giving you a false view of who God is?
In this age of spiritual fathers and spiritual children, we must always ask ourselves if we can still see the cross from behind these men and women that we stand. Or are you beginning to mistake them for Christ? Think about it.
At its very core, prayer is self-searching, and not self-serving. It is reflective, it seeks to grow. Are you still actively seeking growth in the Lord? Don’t get comfortable, because the disciples were comfortable. Don’t let your moment of exposure become a moment of reckoning. Peter didn’t know himself enough to realise that he could deny the man he often vowed he could die with or for.
8 I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”
This is a question that we often reflect on as a team. The answer however, lays within each one of us. We decide if the son of man finds faith on earth, with our actions on a day to day basis. Prayer is bridging the gap between a faithless generation and a God who seeks faith. Is this something that you are actively vested in? We are all called to pray that HIS kingdom would come.
There are numerous versions of prayer that are seen and demonstrated in scripture. They all share one key ingredient, which is the HEART behind it all. The true openness of sharing everything with Christ. Is your heart in your prayers? It is pointless to simply go through the motions and hope for the best.
They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.
This is one of our favourite scriptures as a ministry. You see, testimonies are a two-way street. The bible is filled with people’s testimony of Christ and all the other awesome things that the Lord has done. Our day to day lives are filled with these too.
The apostle Paul put it best, we called to be living epistles. Your life is a moving testimony, a testament of who God is, or at least that is what it is supposed to be. I would go as far as to say that testimony is a form of prayer. When you showcase the work of God in your life, that is prayer. As we have already received the blood of the lamb, the word of our testimony is the missing link in our journey to living as overcomers.
Your testimony is a gift to others. When they hear it, their faith is strengthened. They are reminded of who God is. They are reminded or made aware of what the Lord is capable of. Their faith is built, and you are a part of that. May the Lord fill your mouths with testimonies, in Jesus’ name. Become more vocal in sharing these. It is not bragging, you are bragging on God, not yourself.
Your testimony is also a gift to yourself. It is one that affirms your faith. As you share it, it reminds you as well, who God is to you, and what he can and has done for you. Wont he do it again?
Martin Luther is known to have prayed loudly, wanted the devil and his cohorts to hear him. When you share your testimony, it puts the devil’s defeat in your case into the open. It encourages others who are under his hold to push further in faith and in prayer. There are people who have been in the dark for so long that they can no longer dare to imagine the light, your testimony becomes that sound that the deaf hear.
Blind Bathemeus could not have seen Jesus, he was blind after all. It was the sharing of testimonies and all the wonders that Jesus was doing, that aroused something inside of him. Let your testimony arouse faith inside someone today, in Jesus’ name.
This module is part of our free prayer course.