The Habit of Prayer
By Aduke Obey | January Sun 11, 2009

“Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself:  for the LORD shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended.” (Isaiah 60:20KJV)

Reference text: Matt. 7:7

Prayer is our telephone line to God (Jer. 33:3) It is our medium of communication and interaction with the Lord of Hosts, our heavenly Father. Communication even in human terms is the cement and building blocks that builds and strengthens intimacy in our social relationships. When communication between a husband and his wife operate at an intermittent level, the relationship would stagnate in the final analysis.

Our relationship with our heavenly Father can atrophy and go awry if we are ill-inclined to talk with Him with sustained every-moment –of-the-day regularity. God pours himself into us when we spend regular, quality time with Him in prayer. This is the only way we can get to know Him. A Christian’s life can be plagued with spiritual hemorrhage on account of the absence of a prayer altar in his life.

The more we spend time with Him in prayer, the more he reveals His will to us (Jer. 33:3). Like a hen sitting on a fertile egg in the process of incubation, God can only hatch his divine purpose for our lives as we tarry with Him in the labour room of prayer (Luke 18:7). A prayerless life is a life of spiritual hibernation.

Prayer is your access to the divine purpose and will of God. Prayer is a powerful instrument that we can use to fashion out great destinies, and silence the opposing voice of the enemy against our destinies. Prayer is a ferocious weapon that a holy man can use to pull down strong holds and decree God’s counsel concerning a matter into existence (2 Cor. 10:3-5, Job22:28).

Fervent, effective and faith-based prayers can move God’s hand on our behalf, to wrought mind-blowing miracles and testimonies (James 5:16b).

A praying Christian is a student of the Word of God. The Word of God is the sword of the Spirit that we use in combat prayers to quench the fiery darts of the devil against us (Eph. 6:17b)

Prayer is a hygienic process that removes and detoxifies the poisonous and cancerous elements of sin in our lives. Prayer keeps our spiritual batteries fully charged and alive. As oxygen is for the soul so is prayer. Prayer keeps us strong in the Lord, maintaining our spiritual relevance in the heavenly scheme of things.
The Bible enjoins us to pray according to God’s will (Matt. 6:9-13) if our prayers must be answered. ( 1 Jn. 5:14.)

Learn to forgive others for offences committed against you; Unforgiveness corrodes our relationship with God. Habitual sin is a great hindrance to answered prayers. Mourn, confess and forsake your sin, in the spirit of true repentance before the throne of grace (Heb. 4:16). This is a spiritual exercise that cannot be jettisoned when sin crouches at the door.

Always pray in the name of Jesus. It is our password to the throne of grace and mercy. (John 14:13). As the mediator of the new covenant, the name of Jesus Christ is what gives us access and authority to the presence of God.

God is not a casino machine that we can operate, manipulate, or play with trial-and-error gambling propensity.  We must always pray according to His will.

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