When you understand the tremendous power of God at work in you as a believer, you’ll live victoriously. Many people are looking at the wrong places for this power, they are analyzing the power from the wrong spectrum. They are calling on what they think is the power, expecting what they think is God’s power but very ignorant of the whole idea of God’s power is at work in us.
They think they can draw the power down by playing some kinds of emotions on God. In the words of Reinhard Bonnkee, they have such an idea of God’s fire going stale and so we’d be needing a fresh fire tomorrow. There are people who have had a little taste of this power on the platform of mercy, their experience of God is shaky. They would beg and beg… Not that God hasn’t made the supply but they just haven’t realized it. They don’t realize they already have all of it. Because of their previous experience that didn’t last long, they want to think God’s power is measured with “experience”. Experience among other things is not what we use to discern when it is God.
As we study and learn of God’s word, we grow in the knowledge of whom God has made us. By our actions, declarations and prayers, we enforce these powers in places where and when it matters. We study the word to grow, and the essence of growth isn’t just for the fun of growing but so we can be able to take up certain responsibilities. We aren’t growing so that we can wear big clothes but so that we can do certain things. There are information and responsibilities limited only to people who are 18 and above. In the same way, there are resources people who haven’t grown cannot access. They may access the letters but it will remain strange to them until the capacity of their understanding has been engaged and stretched. The Bible says
“But grow [spiritually mature] in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be glory (honour, majesty, splendour), both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.” – 2 PETER 3:18 AMP
When we are ignorant of the word, we may be praying the wrong prayer, we may be doing things with the wrong approach but we may be doing these things with religious attitudes, making us feel somewhat pious and spiritual. For example, the desire to pray in itself is not wrong but what we possess as an idea of prayer may be wrong, what we pray about may be wrong. People often pride in how long they pray, this includes those who spend four hours asking the Holy Ghost fire to roast their enemies, this includes people who spend hours asking for a wife, husband or money. The idea some people possess about prayer is simply about themselves and what they want.
As much as being persistent in the place of prayer is a great virtue that must not be ignored by any believer for any reason at any point in time, searching the scriptures and following the patterns modelled by the Apostles is paramount. Sometimes it seems we pray just a lot and nothing is happening, we start consoling ourselves with positive confessions, we start forcing answers by our own imaginations but we truly know that we never got a clear cut answer. The problem is that sometimes, we weren’t praying the right prayers. This is what the Bible says
“This is the [remarkable degree of] confidence which we [as believers are entitled to] have before Him: that if we ask anything according to His will, [that is, consistent with His plan and purpose] He hears us.” – 1 JOHN 5:14 AMP
We are to come before Him in boldness and this boldness can only be sponsored by the knowledge of what His will is. The Bible explains that God harkens to us but that is when we ask and pray according to His will. How do you know His will independent of His word?
You can’t pray independent of God’s word. God’s word is the only way the Holy Spirit opens our eyes. Our eyes aren’t opened because we spend hours praying about things that aren’t consistent with God’s plan and purpose, they are opened when we humble ourselves in the place of the word, studying with the sole desire of learning. We cultivate the power of God in us in the place of study, we make power available in the place of prayer and we go ahead to exhibit these powers practically.
It is like running a ministry and holding prayer rallies every evening for the deliverance of the city, for the saving of the souls but no action plan, desire and diligence in reaching out to people. The vision is great, the practice of prayer is great but something is missing, making such wonderful prayers of no effect. God’s will is that we make witnesses all over the world, as we pray, we ought to enforce it!
I like how James puts it in chapter 1 verse 22 of his letter. He wrote thus ” but be ye doers of the word and not hearers only…”
God’s word is meant to be done, it is meant to be practised for it is in the doing that the exhibition of power comes. When we pray, we are making the environment compatible and responsive to what we carry inside of us. Concerning prayer, the Bible says
“…The heartfelt and persistent prayer of a righteous man (believer) can accomplish much [when put into action and made effective by God—it is dynamic and can have tremendous power].” – JAMES 5:16 AMP
Prayer in itself is a strong action. If you are praying, you’re taking actions. We are limited to what we can do with our strengths, we are limited in ideas and these things are settled in the place of prayer. But how do we pray when we don’t know what God says concerning certain situations? Helping the poor doesn’t just require prayers, it requires your willingness to let go of some things for them. Loving and praying for your country is not enough, it requires both the active participation of the leaders and citizens in nation-building to realize what is being prayed about. Praying about your marriage is great but of what effect is it when you aren’t willing to work together with your spouse in creating the relationship you want?
By prayer, we are activating our supernatural abilities and putting them into use. But these supernatural abilities will depend on our natural exercise to be expressed. A lazy man but marvellous prayer warrior may not achieve anything, he is a mockery to the word “prayer”. Jesus never pioneered the vocation of prayer wherein the content is about self neither did the Apostles. Concerning making money, Paul wrote
“The thief [who has become a believer] must no longer steal, but instead he must work hard [making an honest living], producing that which is good with his own hands, so that he will have something to share with those in need.” – EPHESIANS 4:28 AMP
Paul’s instruction to what could be achieved by a willingness to work and earn was to work and earn and not to replace it with prayer. It would be great to pray about career ideas or opportunities. However, that opportunity has to be sought for and when found, work has to be executed! It is on the basis of intentionally making a living that financial blessing is experienced. It is by our hands that we produce that which is good. Paul didn’t ask them to pray for money, they should work to earn it. On another occasion, Paul said
“Now such people we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and work quietly and earn their own food and other necessities [supporting themselves instead of depending on the hospitality of others].” – 2 THESSALONIANS 3:12 AMP
Ideas come in the place of prayer but we implement it ourselves with the orientation that comes from God’s word. God said to the Israelites
“The Lord will open for you His good treasure house, the heavens, to give rain to your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hand; and you will lend to many nations, but you will not borrow.” – DEUTERONOMY 28:12 AMP
Take a good look at the above verse and read slowly. The opening of the treasure house, the heavens and sending of the rain represent ideas, opportunities and possibilities. However, it is clear that it is by deliberately putting our hands to work that we earn. The treasure house has been opened for you, the rain has been sent to you, you’ve got many ideas racing across your mind, you’ve got many opportunities knocking on your door but they can only be taken advantage of when you lay hold of it and act on it.
In any case that you don’t know what to do with the opportunities that you have or how to implement those ideas that God has given you, we have a father who cares and the Bible says we should ask Him for wisdom. This wisdom would also mean direction. Let’s read:
“If any of you lacks wisdom [to guide him through a decision or circumstance], he is to ask of [our benevolent] God, who gives to everyone generously and without rebuke or blame, and it will be given to him.” – JAMES 1:5 AMP
There isn’t any point in your life where prayer isn’t necessarily. For the believer, praying isn’t just about what they want to do but about staying in constant communication with God. We pray and we study God’s word, we study God’s word and we pray. Then we also go ahead to make implementations of God’s word and the ideas he has given us.
We see various things playing out here. You grasp that word which comes in the place of study, you agree with it in the place of prayer and you bring it to material existence by acting further on it. You have believed it, you have laid hold on it, it is time to enforce it.