EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR DAILY LIVING
BY PASTOR PAUL RIKA
(Int. Director Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide)
SUNDAY, JUNE 21, 2020
1 Samuel 1:12-18
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.
Epaphras was not just labouring, but laboring fervently in prayers! One who is just lazily moving his or her lips in whispers cannot be said to be laboring. That means when Epaphras was praying one could see his body vibrating, because he was “laboring fervently.” That was the kind of prayer that gave Hannah answer to her request.
When she prayed, though her voice was not heard, her lips were moving with deep emotions and heaviness of heart, to the point that Eli said: “How long will you be drunken with alcohol? “When one is laboring, although he may be praying silently, you will see the consecration, the concentration, the vibration, and you will know that something is going on.
The angels are watching and observing as the place shakes. When a machine is shaking, you know it is working. Epaphras prayed, laboring fervently! You need to understand this because you may be the type that even a fly will not notice that any action is taking place when you are praying. When you pray, the fly will feel comfortable to remain on your body because you are almost motionless. Is that prayer labor?
Let your fervent labor in prayer be visible to observers. Let me use a soldier in the warfront as an example. In his movement, will he walk leisurely? From the way he stamps the ground with his boots, with hands laid firmly on the trigger, you will know that this man is ready for action. So, pray with a military attitude; be active.
You have been called to the duty of prayer. Do it actively. If we desire good things from God, we must engage ourselves in the duty of prayer: asking, seeking and knocking at the door even when the circumstances look odd. In hard circumstances, prayer and fasting are required.
Thought for the day:
Labour in prayer like a soldier in hot battle.
Song for the day:
Paul and Silas they prayed, they sang, the Holy Ghost came down
Bible reading for the day:
Esther 1-3; Acts 5:1-16
PASTOR PAUL RIKA