BY PASTOR PAUL RIKA
(Int'l Director Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide)
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 2, 2019.
TEXT: James 5:15-18
Key verse: Colossians 4:12 “Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.”
Thank God for your righteousness. Thanks to God that you are not committing sin; you maintain holiness. But then, to make your holiness a blessing to others, you need to add fervent prayer to it. To make your holiness consistent, you need to add fervent prayer to it.
You tried to cast out a devil but could not - the reason is that your prayer level has not reached that point of “effectual fervent prayer.” How can you be addressing a demon within a leisure prayer? Who are you talking to? Is it demons, who are known to be stubborn and resistant?
Add prayers to your righteousness to make it strong and useful. Add effectual fervent prayer to your righteousness to make you a blessing to others; to make you a resourceful Christian; to make you the one that can heal and deliver people by the word of God and the name of Jesus.
Practice fervency in your private prayers. Do not let sleep take you away. Every day you fail to pray is a minus in your life. Every day you did not pray is a minus because the strength you have is like fuel (gas), and fuel gets consumed with activities; fuel gets consumed with distance.
Every distance you go with your car or motorcycle burns fuel (gas). If you do not think of replenishing the fuel as you cover the miles, your journey will stop on the way. So, if you do not renew your prayer strength, your Christian life will cease on the way.
Answer to prayer is directly related to your duty of prayer. What if you really have some problems but keep quiet? You really have some things to contend with and, while others are praying, you just keep quiet, thinking it in your heart. Angels do not know what you are thinking; or do they?
If they do not, how then will they act? They will not act until you say something. This emphasizes the value of prayer. There is time for silent prayer and there is time for audible prayer. Audible prayers have greater benefits. Do you keep quiet when others are praying?
Jesus did not pray in that way. If He was the prayer-thinking type, His prayers would not have been written down in the Bible. If Jesus was a silent-praying type, His disciples would not have come to Him and said, “Teach us to pray” because nothing would have inspired them.
Thought for the day: Learn to say your prayer out.
Song for the day: I will continue to pray, and never be weary.....
Bible Reading for the day: Jeremiah 33-35; Titus 3
PASTOR PAUL RIKA