THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 3RD, 2022
TEXT: JOHN 16:23-24
(23) And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.
(24) Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.
KEY VERSE: JAMES 1:5-7
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
Prayer should not be rushed. God wants to see your heart and sincerity. He wants communication with you and not an instruction from you. He wants to see your heart and know your reason. Your prayer was short and without concentration because you were too busy. He has promised to do whatever we ask in His name, but this must be done in reverence and with a clean heart. A busy life will remove you from God and make His person and promises less important to you.
Have you heard that anyone made heaven because he was very busy doing the things of this world? Your prayer life is dead because you spend much time on the things of this world and see communication with God less important. God gives all things and this is in His promise. A prayer-less Christian will lack good things including entering Heaven. This busy life has removed the word of God in your life. You can get the money, position, fame but your heaven is taken in replacement.
Pray always with all prayer and supplications. You must give yourself to prayer day and night, seven days a week. Praying always means; praying without ceasing, praying all types and manner of prayers: prayer of faith, warfare, supplication and all kinds of prayers. Silent prayer like Anna did. Isaiah did a violent prayer while Jacob battled in prayer. Pray the prayer that brings sweat from your body.
Casual prayer will not change anything. Do not be weak in your prayer. Do not be sleepy in your prayer and do not be distracted in your prayer. You cannot live in this world where Satan has obstacles before all men without prayer. You will fail if you do not pray. Let your prayer life please God. He is waiting for your prayer. This is His delight. He answers diligent and faithful prayers, and all flesh must come to Him. Go and pray and things will change in your life, family, ministry and heavenly race. This is what you must do alone and with other godly people. Your heaven will be sure when you take your prayer life seriously. Pray until something happens (P-U-S-H).
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: A prayer-less Christian is a powerless Christian.
SONG FOR THE DAY: Prayer is the key…
BIBLE READING FOR THE DAY: Exodus 31-33; Matthew 22:23-46
PASTOR PAUL RIKA