When Prayer Fails Try Praise (Truth or Delusion?) Part 1
Prayer is a vital part of a believer’s life, it is our mode of commuinication with our father (God).
As believers one of the very important things we must pay attention to are words, it is expedient that we take heed to what we say and even how we say what we say. Prov 18:20
“the power of life and death lies in the tongue”
Words are so important, the very first expression of creation are in words,
Gen 1:3 “And God said, Let there be light:” and there was light. in other words the first expression of the Spirit were in Words.
“The Earth is also upheld by the word of His power – Heb 1:3
JESUS himself at ascension, left us with words
18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Words are so valuable that Apostle James refers to taming your words as taming your whole body. In this light Whatever we say has a lot of impact not just on us, but on our listeners also. A wise man once said “you are only responsible for what you say, not what people choose to understand” hence we are to take heed to our words, for we will only account for what we say.
That said, knowledge is another very key thing we are to pay attention to, it is key to wisdom , wisdom is the principal thing, in all your getting, get understanding, Wisdom is which popularly defined by a certain school of thought as the application of knowledge, gives us a lead into how expedient and valuable knowledge can be…
What we know is capable of massively influence our words and activities at large, Knowledge is key folks
Now to the focal point of our discussion. If Prayer fails try Praise; is this a true statement or simple delusion? This is going to be long series and I will to God that you follow through on this series with patience.
First of all we must understand the gravity of this statement and how it places a doubt on the art of prayer, in this statement the assurance and effectiveness of prayer is nullified. we can no longer trust Praying anymore for it gives us the idea that prayer can failed. The question should now be, is this what scripture teaches or what a man void of proper understanding teaches.
James 5:16 “Confess [your] faults one to another, and pray for one another, that ye may be healed. The fervent and effectual prayer of a righteous man availeth much”
This verse emphasises the effectiveness and assurance of Prayer
The English dictionary defines Prayer as “To make request with earnestness or zeal, as for something desired; to make entreaty supplication; to offer prayers a deity or divine being as a religious act, specially to to address the supreme being with adoration, confession, supplication, and thanksgiving“
the word prayer in the NT greek here is the word Deesis; by implication a request or supplication. the word
the word is used often in the N.T writings; The Epistles, precisely 19 times in 17 verses
Luke 1:13 (KjV)
But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.
And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.
And they said unto him, Why do the disciples of John fast often, and make prayers, and likewise the disciples of the Pharisees; but thine eat and drink?
These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.
Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.
2 Cor. 1:11(KJV)
Ye also helping together by prayer for us, that for the gift bestowed upon us by the means of many persons thanks may be given by many on our behalf.
And by their prayer for you, which long after you for the exceeding grace of God in you.
Eph 6:18 (2x) (KJV)
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
Phil 1:4, 19(KJV)
4 Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy,
19 For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
1 Tim. 2:1(KJV)
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
Now she that is a widow indeed, and desolate, trusteth in God, and continueth in supplications and prayers night and day.
2 Tim 1:3
I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day;
Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.
to be continued……..