January 29, 2011

Oops!! Been Praying Wrong All Along, Haven't I?

I could not sleep, I was tossing and turning most of the night and I could not figure out why. While all that drama was going on, I kept hearing something from the voice of God’s Spirit. I knew he was trying to get my attention, but I was too tired to respond, eventually he won as I realized that it is better to listen to him to say what he wanted to say for my benefit, and of course, so I can go back to sleep.

Anyway, as usual, He started by  the following question/statement:

Do you know how people pray amiss? NOT why, but HOW?

To tell you the truth, as interesting as that question was, I really wasn’t interested in discussing that, my interest at that time was more in sleeping than having a dialogue with God and besides I had no clue what he was talking about.

I know you must be saying …. this dude is crazy, he has an audience with the Almighty God and all he wants to do is sleep. Well, to answer that, it is partly because I KNOW that whatever we discuss, I can’t win with him and so out of my foolishness, I figured out I should sleep, we can have our discussion later. After all, God does not sleep, so why should he take time away from my sleep.

In a funny kind of way, he reminded me that I should not forget that he’s the one that gives his beloved sleep. At that point, I gave up. Told you I know I can’t win, but the Lord knows I needed the zzzzz’s :-)).

Anyway, he repeated the question to me. “Do you know how you pray amiss? NOT why, but HOW?

By this time, I was already up. I said “Lord, I guess BECAUSE….”

He jumped in and said, “I did not ask you for the WHY, I asked you for the HOW.

So, I said, Daddy, you know too well that I know nothing except what you want me to know by your grace, so please explain. I responded that way because I truly did not know the answer to that question and since God asked, it’s because he already knew that I have no clue whatsoever.

So, he continued. “When you pray, you do so for 2 reasons. All prayers can be summed up into 2 categories.

I have learnt not to interrupt when Daddy is talking and besides, this was becoming interesting to me

The first category deals with prayers that you offer when you want to PREVENT something from happening and the other category is when ALL else has FAILED and you want to correct what has already gone wrong. Both of these categories of prayers are based on unfounded fear as they are faithless and powerless. Remember, prayer is simply communication between you and I, nothing else. It is communication to effect something in your life through my power which I have embedded in you and you can only do these things by speaking my language which is my word, which and whom I have already given to you.

I realized God was talking about both the law, WHICH is the word and Jesus Christ, WHO is the word, manifested.

He continued. “In the first category, fear that something negative, that has not happened yet, will happen. So you keep praying faithless and powerless prayers. A lot of my people are buying into this because the son of perdition told them a lie in the form of a picture he paints in their minds that what they are seeing in their minds is going to happen to them and guess what? He is right, because he knows that what they SEE, THINK and SAY will eventually come to pass because I made them with the power to create and manifest through the things they SEE (Gen. 13:14-15), through the things they THINK in their hearts (Prov. 4:23) and through the things they SAY (Mark 11:23).

They are made in my image and likeness. I have made them co-creators with me. You have to realize that, contrary to what you might have believed, in the beginning, I too saw darkness (Gen 1:2), but I chose to ignore it simply because that was not the end result I desired. What did I do? I SAW what I desired in my heart (THOUGHT) been LIGHT and I SPOKE it into existence (Gen. 1:3-4).

What you failed to understand is that the enemy cannot bring anything to pass unless you agree with him by believing and taking ownership of the pictures he paints in your mind.

Remember, his pictures cannot be good since he came to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10). You have to wake up from your slumber and realize the game he’s playing with you and nullify any picture he is painting on the canvas of your mind. You need to remember my word that I will not withhold anything good from you if you walk uprightly (Psalm 84:11). When you listen to the voice of a stranger and do his bidding, then you are NOT walking uprightly, how then can I fulfill my promise? My sheep suppose to follow my voice, I have told you many times that the voice of a stranger you must not follow, but you seem to have forgotten that. I have told you that I have not given you the spirit of fear, but that of power, love and a sound mind.

So when you, my people, see these pictures, you begin to immediately pray and ask me not to allow that to happen while you have already claimed ownership of what you don’t want and nursing the fear secretly in your heart. Before long, you begin to get your friends and families in a chain of powerless prayers, all giving your powers to the manifestation of the very thing you are trying to prevent. I have answered your best prayer, even before you asked them. Look at Luke 10:19. Nothing has any power over you….. unless you agree with them. The enemy has no power to exercise over you until you give him your power.

In the second category, my people only come to me in prayer when everything else has failed. This category usually follows the first category. When they pray, their hearts are full of fear that they might not receive the answer to what they are requesting and so, their prayers become prayers of fear as opposed to prayer of faith. I have said that even if the first category occurred, I will hear the prayer of faith and the prayer of faith will save the sick, not the prayer of fear. Don’t come to me in prayer with your mind full of fear and doubt, if you do this, you have already received your answer; that which you have in your heart.

Do not forget my words to you in Mark 11:23-24 that you will HAVE what you SAY, but all I hear you SAY in your prayers is what you already HAVE, which is exactly what you are trying to get rid of. The more you SAY what you HAVE, the more you’ll have of the same, rather BELIEVE that when you pray, KNOW that what you SAY will be done, then you’ll HAVE what you SAY. So stop SAYING what you HAVE, but SAY that which you desire to come to pass, and you shall HAVE what you SAY.

You cannot violate any of my commandments and still expect the fulfillment of it.

One more thing, Jesus is my word, my manifested word. You can only come to me or communicate with me through my word. Now hear this. Jesus told you that if you deny HIM (The Word) before men (That includes your prayer) that HE will deny you before me, since he intercedes on your behalf, it means he cannot present your powerless words before me, because he knew those words are not part of him and he cannot present anything less than him before me. A total violation of my spiritual laws.

Then He kept quiet for a brief moment, I started to wonder whether he was gone.

Then he said the followings, which I recognize in the book of Philippians 4:6-8

When you stop worrying about what will be, live in the moment and just be thankful for what you desire, then and only then you can have my peace that passes all understanding. You will then be in a position of true power and become one with me. This will help you to truly manifest your heart desires. From this point on, I desire you to think on things that are true, noble, just, pure, and lovely and of good report. Since the issues of life come from the heart and out of the abundance of a man’s heart, his mouth speaks, you’ll begin to decree the right things with no fear and they will be established unto you and light will shine upon your ways.

For some reason which I could not and still cannot explain, I fell asleep. I woke up this morning to share this with you my friends, families and all. To God be all the glory who is merciful enough to lovingly correct us in our own errors.God bless you.



.

20 comments:

  1. Wow! This is a divine revelation. When we actually think of how we ought to pray and live as Christians,we will find out that this Christianity is so simple and fun. We have all that we need in Christ and we should believe his word above all else and declare what his word says. Not babbling in our own words and thoughts. God is faithful and thank you for sharing this revelation with us.

    If we stick to the word, we will surely come back with a testimony

    ReplyDelete
  2. @Blimey. You said it right. This Christianity is so simple and fun. That's part of what I love about been a Christian. God made all things so simple for us, but you know we all think too much. Great observation. Thanks for the comment. You are awesome.

    ReplyDelete
  3. This really gave me food for thots. I found myself thinking and making notes. As i was reading this, I was reminded of the story of David and Bethsheba, when their son died.

    Great post, every christian should want to know how to pray more effectively.

    ReplyDelete
  4. @Buky. I appreciae your comments. Yes it will do us all well to learn the way of the Lord when it comes to prayer. Jesus never begged nor pleaded. He commanded, He decreed, He gave thanks and He manifested. We have to strife to be like our KING. You are appreciated always.

    ReplyDelete
  5. thanks for sharing...this goes right along with what I'm reading now, a book by Dr. Josephy Murphy, the power of your subconscious mind!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Wow, thank you for that, I thank God that you shared it.
    I had to read it twice in order that I miss nothing of what God revealed to you.

    God Bless you more.

    ReplyDelete
  7. @Yogi:

    Hey there, how have you been? haven't heard from you lately. Thanks for stopping by.

    Yes, isn't it amazing how God knows how to bring about just what we need, when we need it the most? Your comments are always appreciated. Keep up the good work.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Hello Carole:

    Nice to have you here and thank you for taking the time to read the article....twice. :-) That's quite an encouragement for me. I'm glad you get the revelation in it. I hope we will all be praying according to he way HE had taught us, so our lives can bring glory to his name.

    Once again, thank you and I hope to see more of you here. Be blessed.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Hi -

    This is deep, brother. Praise GOD for giving this profound message to you.

    One part that I especially liked is this,
    "Look at Luke 10:19. Nothing has any power over you….. unless you agree with them. The enemy has no power to exercise over you until you give him your power."

    Deep indeed...

    ReplyDelete
  10. @Lioneagle:

    I appreciate your comment. The well of God's wisdom is so deep indeed. HE is the one that knows the end from the beginning. He made us and he made the the rules, so it will definitely benefit us to follow his instructions. His instructions truly bring life. Once again, a big thank you and looking forward to hearing from you again..

    ReplyDelete
  11. I’ve been following and enjoying your blog for a while now and would like to invite you to visit and perhaps follow me back. Sorry I took so long for the invitation.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Hello,

    I have visited your blog and enjoyed it very much. It has a great inspiration.

    Would you like to visit my weblog which I created about 6 months ago?

    My husband and I are Iranian and live in the UK. We love Jesus and our weblog is mostly about our Lord. Since we are Iranian we have added some Persian topics to the weblog, but you can read and watch English ones.

    My weblog is http://creation-to-eternity.blogspot.com

    God Bless,

    Afsoon

    ReplyDelete
  13. Hello There Covnitkepr1

    Thank you and likewise here too about following and reading your blog. Awesome writings.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Hello Asoon and Shapour:

    Thank you very much for visiting the blog. I am glad you enjoyed it. Glory be to God. Yes, I will definitely visit and follow your blog. All that we do is to glorify God. Once again,thank you.

    ReplyDelete
  15. This is exactly how I have always felt.. as in this just reinforces that the God I serve is real and he is so awesome and I pray to please him in all I do..

    Funny enough, there are times when felt I didnt know God deeply but now I know it is a lie from the devil..

    I am so convicted of all these things that I refuse to allow myself to be consumed by the lies and negativity of the darkness.. The thing, as christains we complain, mourn and lament etc, forgetting the power is in our minds and hands.. U know when I pray I dont say God give it to me, because I know he has given me, I pray that God will give me grace to possess my possesions and grace not to give up due to any obstacles.. The devil has no power he is just full of tricks to kill, destroy and steal..

    JESUS is my SUPER POWER and with that I can do it all anything...

    It is all in our mind, if our mind is doubtful then how can God show us his power.. Even if he did show us his power, our minds are so doubtful that we do not even believe that it is God's power or his doing (demonstrated by the children of Israel).

    Most of the things I always ask, I believe it can happen that is why when I told God I dont want my account to be dry it hasnt, since as long as I can remember. I told him I wanted high grades in my studies, I believed it and it happened...

    This article is just blessed, as in it hits me right in the heart, cos this is how I think. Just, when I thought I was running mad for believing in things that seem impossible to man... Now I am even encouraged to believe bigger, better, godly, mighty and wonderful things for myself... No matter what, I know God has my back.. WOW I pray am a vessel of honour to him always...

    ReplyDelete
  16. Daughter Of her King:

    Mark 11: 19-24 says it all. You are doing the right thing and on the right track.

    Keep believing for better and greater things for it delights your FATHER in heaven to give you the kingdom.

    thanks for your comment.

    ReplyDelete
  17. Dear Im_not_Jane:

    Thank you very much for taking the time to visit, to read the post and to leave a comment. You are appreciated. Looking forward to hearing more from you. Stay blessed.

    ReplyDelete
  18. Good Afternoon,

    I stumbled across your blog through the blog of a friend. This post was very encouraging. Too often have I come to God in prayer out of fear instead of faith. The Lord is truly capable of anything. We should put nothing past Him. Thank you for sharing this with us.

    God Bless,
    Josh

    ReplyDelete
  19. Dear Josh:

    I appreciate your comment and you are welcome to the blog site. It was a honor to have you. We were told in the bible to approach the throne of God with confidence and boldness. It also said that those who come to God MUST know that HE is and HE is a rewarder of them that diligently seek HIM. Our God, just like you said, is capable of anything. It is up to us to believe and act the way HE has made and taught us. Doing that will put you and I above many situations in life and that's how we become overcomers.

    I'm glad this post ministered to you. I'll love to hear from you again. Thanks for also subscribing. Glory be to God forever.

    ReplyDelete