Revelation 2vs3- 4, NIV: “You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary.”
Paul’s address to the church in Ephesus was theme for this week’s reflective charge, delivered by Pastor Mrs. Yetunde, also who went deeper to explain biblical concepts of Faith- using Ephesians 1vs15 and Hebrews 11vs1.
“I haven’t seen Jesus but I believe in him, I know he lives. That’s where my faith comes in, confidence in Jesus. Believe in Jesus my first love and all things shall be possible.” She confidently expressed.
Then Lead Pastor Seun Osigbesan mounted the pulpit to give Ephesians 6vs18 and Matthew 7vs7 as the scriptural basis concerning Praying And Preparing For Results– which incidentally is also theme of this month.
“A lot of us have expectations we feel have been met or unmet, while trusting and hoping to God for a miracle. Prayer is asking for God’s intervention in the affairs of Man and now we will put in perspective what prayer is and is not.”
1. Silent Mode: There is nowhere in the scriptures to substantiate praying in your mind. “Open your mouth and I will fill it” shows God wants us to open our mouths and lift up your voice in prayer. Psalm 81vs10
2. Prayer is Not a Monologue. But a dialogue: There has to be some form of interaction, communication and deep communion with God. The four stages of communication are 1. Encoder- Person 2. Message- Prayer request/content 3. Decoder- God 4. Feedback- Reply. Sometimes the reply from God comes as a picture in your heart.
Different Kinds of Prayers
There are 7 kinds of prayers.
1. Prayer of Supplication: is a fervent, earnest, heartfelt and continuous prayer. It is consistent and repetitive in nature. For both natural and spiritual needs. Philippians 4vs6. Prayer of provision also comes in as we make supplications for our leaders.
2. Prayer of Agreement: is usually one off, can be carried out by two or more persons (spouse, partner, colleague). Reference to Art of Prayer by Kenneth Hagin.
3. Prayer of Commitment: This is the kind we pray when worried or anxious about something. The type where you cast your fears, worries, anxieties, cares on God. Like having rent, bills or fees to pay but trusting God.
4. Prayer of Consecration: When we ask the will of God to be done in your life. Especially when confused about an issue and asking God to decide for you. Just like not everybody in Nigeria is going to Canada because Canada is not for every Nigerian.
“Really, what was my problem back then? The lady I wanted to die ontop her matter was a teacher on campus and because of that, I badly wanted it to work, seeing as I was a preacher. But now I am married to an actress 10 times more beautiful who now teaches”
5. Prayer of Worship: is when you minister to the Lord, not asking for anything. Its about worshipping God for who he is. I worship you Jesus. Luke 24 vs 52. When all that fills your heart is gratitude.
6. United or Corporate Prayer
7. Prayer of Faith
8. Praying in spirit. To be discussed next class.
Why Prayers are Not Answered
1. Wrong motive: In Christianity, its not so much what we pray for but why. Write down reasons justifying your cause to God. Just like myself and wife justified getting our second car back then with more than 10 reasons
2. Lack of expectation: Expectation is the mother of miracles. There is something about the expectations of the righteous. God is obliged to grant your expectations. Proverbs 21vs18. Praying to get results and not just praying sake.
3. Lack of Works/Actions: Faith without corresponding action is dead.
The reason you are not making waves is because you are not making moves. Writing down goals is also part of taking actions.
Seun Osigbesan is a life coach, amazing family man, lead Pastor, and general overseer of Gracemade Christian Centre.
Next Sunday with Jimi Tewe on How To Make 2021 Count. Don’t miss it!