Get back on your knees
Many of us have looked back to the beginning of this year and are not yet where we want to be; we are still waiting on some answers to prayers, we are hoping things will get better. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Now, this is what I would like to do ‘Get back to the place of prayer’. This is a place where most of us have become lazy. We want things to change but can’t get on our knees to make it happen. Everything in life is now about rush; time to wake up quickly, get to work, get up to do our chores, attend to the kids, attend to our jobs, get back home, too tired and exhausted, go to sleep and then wake up the next morning and continue in this pattern. I am guilty of this too. Folks, laziness in the place of prayer destroy the effectiveness of one’s life. When you stop praying or don’t pray, you are choking your spiritual life. People who do not pray are not are clueless of their journey in life, frustrated and disconcerted. The Bible says, devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2. Are you devoted to prayer?
When you don’t pray, you will be confused. This is when you have no idea what turn to take; this is when fear is overwhelming in your life at every storm. But when you pray, you are stronger. A constant communication with God brings clarity and peace to our lives. When the storm comes, you know God is in control, and will not be shaken by it. You will have direction in your life. You will know the Father is on your side; you’ll have an assurance of his favour and mercy in your life. You will not be ignorant of the devices of the enemy; you will be ten steps ahead of them and not be caught by surprise.
You want a change in your life; you have to get back on your knees. You want to be a testifier; you have to start praying. When you inhale prayer, you will exhale praises. Prayer is the key to growth. It’s the key to increase, the key to breakthrough, and success.
Now, I’m not talking about the minute’s prayer we do every morning; you know, the one that has become routine rather than a communication with the father. We rush into prayer and rush out of prayer. Folks, it’s time to get back to basic; it’s time to stay right there in the presence of God to hear him speak to us after we have spoken to him. Saying ‘amen’ to prayers offered by friends, through the media and everyone is good, but getting on your knees right in the presence of God is the best.
Prayer brings families together, prayer brings couples together, and it brings the children together. Prayer is a covering of protection over your household. Don’t lose your place of prayer; don’t get too busy to seek the face of God. Don’t be in a rush into the presence of God. Prayer loses bondage and breaks shackles. Prayer delivers those oppressed and heals the broken hearted. Prayer hears the voice of the Lord in the midst of trials of life. Prayer brings peace and joy into our lives. Prayer is the key Folks. David understood the power of prayer. He said in Psalm 18:6, ‘In my distress, I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears’.
If you are going through any difficult time today, it is time to pray. Trials and disappointment can make you sad, and make life miserable for you, but prayer, talking to the father about it can bring a change into your life. He will clothe you with his love, mercy, beauty, peace, joy and bring light into your life.
I have to stress that prayer isn’t just made on your knees. Prayer is a continuous communication with the father all through the day. When you wake up in the morning, in the shower, having breakfast, on your way out, on the motorway, in the lift, you get the gist? It is a constant talking with God. It is a lifestyle that you must not do without.
Do you know that the enemy is scared when you get to pray? They are so frightened and would do everything to make it not happen. They know when you pray, the heavens are attentive to your words; they know when you speak to your father who is the Almighty, He answers. They are scared because they know the power of prayer, and so will keep you far away from it. You wake up late in the morning and can’t be bothered to pray because you are late for work. Guess what, the enemies are laughing because they got what they wanted. Prayer is discipline; it has to become your way of life, a part of you. Pray when you are tired from a hard day at work, pray when you are most stressed, pray when the trials are tough and hard on you; pray even when you don’t feel like praying. Pray when you are at peace when you are happy; pray at all times. Let’s get back to the altar of prayer. Psalm 145:18 says, the Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. Do you want the Lord near to you? Call on him in truth.