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The Pressure of Prayer

”You ask and receive not, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it upon your lusts”, a strong statement which unwillingly may apply to most of us.

If you believe God exists then one has to believe that the prayers you make are heard. Although one could ask how fast do the prayers rise to reach to God. In that question the book of Daniel has an answer when the angel says to Daniel “Then he said to me, Do not fear, Daniel; for from the first day that you set your heart to understand and to chasten yourself before your God, your words were heard. And I have come for your words.”, and the book of revelations then gives good measure to declare “And the smoke of the incense which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God from the angel’s hand.”. Whilst Jesus says, “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your Father in Heaven give good things to those who ask Him?”, in the end we know God hears immediately. So one may ask why do our prayers take so long to be answered.

And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, They have their reward. Could it be that our reward is missed prayers because sometimes we do it for show and not as believers would? Only our hearts know the answer to this. On the other hand there is the case of vanity in which Jesus warns “But when you pray, do not babble vain words, as the nations. For they think that in their much speaking they shall be heard”, where people make as much poetic utterances and repetitions hoping God is impressed, yet as Jesus says “Therefore do not be like them, for your Father knows what things you have need of, before you ask Him”.

One thing is for sure “And he spoke a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;”, people must always pray without ceasing as simply put in Timothy “Pray without ceasing”. The pressure of prayer summed up in one statement, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the world’s rulers, of the darkness of this age, against spiritual wickedness in high places”. Yes you may put the whole amour of God but at the end of the verses Paul advises “praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching to this very thing with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.” Daniel learnt how though his prayer was answered the answer was delayed by the rulers of the high places, “But the ruler of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days. But lo, Michael, one of the chief rulers, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.”

Prayer is more than just words it is a way of setting your day as Job is taught by God when God asked him, “Have you commanded the morning from your days, and caused the dawn to know its place, that it might take hold of the ends of the earth; that the wicked might be shaken out of it”。 Jesus is thus known best for praying at night than during the day and hence he simply declares, “I must work the works of Him who sent Me, while it is day. Night comes when no man can work.”. We miss in Genesis that God alternates between evening and morning, read carefully. Its not about the time of the day in the physical it is about the time of the moment in the spiritual, there is a time for all things. Don’t pray at the wrong time for the wrong thing. Do you pray for Jesus to come after he has come or before he comes, “Behold, I am coming as a thief. Blessed is the one who watches and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame.” Are you aware of the seasons and the times such that you know what to ask for in its proper place “And from the sons of Issachar, men who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do, the heads of them were two hundred. And all their brothers were at their command.”

Spend time in the word so that you may not pray amiss, there is a time and season for all things. Pray without ceasing.

Winston is the author of several books. His breakthrough book was “You Have All Been Fooled”, a book about power, ability, and sheer determination in life. Available on the following
You Have All Been Fooled at Amazon
You Have All Been Fooled at Author’s Page
Winston’s other books include the following
Four Reasons Why Absolute World Peace is Impossible With Humans
The Spark of Life, Success and Relationships
The Book of Revelation Series

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  1. July 2, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    We are to completely forgive others. Jesus says in one of His parables (Matthew 18:35) that we are to forgive “from the heart” (that is, genuinely and without limit)—because God has so graciously forgiven us. And yet in almost every congregation of believers there are persons who refuse to speak to others, and who are so gripped with the sin of holding bitterness in their hearts—that they have made shipwreck of their lives. If we want our prayers answered, we must learn to completely forgive. God has never promised to answer the prayers of those who harbor an unforgiving spirit toward others.

  2. July 4, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Ye ask, and receive not – That is, some of you ask, or you ask on some occasions. Though seeking in general what you desire by strife, and without regard to the rights of others, yet you sometimes pray. It is not uncommon for men who go to war to pray, or to procure the services of a chaplain to pray for them. It sometimes happens that the covetous and the quarrelsome; that those who live to wrong others, and who are fond of litigation, pray. Such men may be professors of religion. They keep up a form of worship in their families. They pray for success in their worldly engagements, though those engagements are all based on covetousness. Instead of seeking property that they may glorify God, and do good; that they may relieve the poor and distressed; that they may be the patrons of learning, philanthropy, and religion, they do it that they may live in splendor, and be able to pamper their lusts. It is not indeed very common that persons with such ends and aims of life pray, but they sometimes do it; for, alas! there are many professors of religion who have no higher aims than these, and not a few such professors feel that consistency demands that they should observe some form of prayer. If such persons do not receive what they ask for, if they are not prospered in their plans, they should not set it down as evidence that God does not hear prayer, but as evidence that their prayers are offered for improper objects, or with improper motives.

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