PRAYER - A VITAL TOOL!
"PRAYER is a vital tool in our life and the Bible in 1 Thessalonians 5:17(KJV) says, “Pray without ceasing.”
Prayer strengthens and boosts our spirit man and also helps us to keep our focus on GOD. It is the key that releases God’s Hand to bless us while Worship is the key that opens His Heart to us.
We should bear in mind that we touch the Heart of God by way of Prayer and Worship. Hence, we ought to pray without ceasing. The NIV puts it this way: “Pray continually.”
Many a time, we go to God in prayer for things we desire or have need of (for). Other times, we pray for other people’s need thereby interceding on their behalf and sometimes we stand in the gap to pray for someone else’s burden or desire. However, in all of this, it is the LORD who leads us to pray or intercede by putting that burden in our hearts or by leading our spirit into the place of becoming an Intercessor.
When given such burden or leading, we should endeavour to yield and become sensitive to the Holy Spirit so as to be used of the Lord to meet a need(s) in the life of someone or friend, family, community or even a Nation.
In yielding to this call to PRAY, we touch the heart of God especially when we do so in the spirit of WORSHIP. Therefore, we should worship the Lord in spirit and in truth. John 4:24(KJV) says, “God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth”
Because God's spirit dwells(lives) in us, He would, most often than not give or lay a desire in our hearts and when that happens, that DESIRE becomes our ultimate desire for the LORD. And because He is the One who triggers the desire, He ensures the desire is met or fulfilled in His own way and time. The Bible in Ecclesiastes 3:11(KJV) says, “He hath made every thing beautiful in His time: also He hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.” We should not for any reason treat such Desires given to us by God with kid gloves or halfheartedly.
- ROSELINE A. ABIDDE