As a believer, you must always be open and receptive to the Word of God, Its provisions and the principles therein. Ignoring God’s Word shuts His creative dimension and hence prevents the working of new things in your life.
Your security in the Kingdom is your understanding of the Word of God and your immunity is the fortification that knowledge provides. You must continually be passionate to know, understand and see the truths therein.
However, as you grow in knowledge, continue to vet your revelation. There is no doctrine in the Body of Christ that is too superior to be crosschecked and adjusted.
The fivefold ministry is put in place for this reason; to create balance and for the wholesome equipping of the saints.
The Teaching Ministry is one of the primary means for the transformation of the saints.
It goes beyond the mere knowledge of the existence of principles, but brings to light the dynamics of their functionality and correct application.
Learning should be a continuous process.
When you become satisfied with where you are, you place a peg on your growth.
In the earthly ministry of Jesus, it was observed by His disciples that He communed with the Father before He set out on any endeavor, and they sought for more understanding on this.
Luke 11:1 “Then He was praying in a certain place; and when He stopped, one of His disciples said to Him, LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY…”
Prayer should not just be conducted, it should be taught/learnt. The understanding that sponsors the act of prayer is where the victory is.
The frustration and deadened zeal of many believers towards prayer is as a result of a seeming impotency of prayers which in turn is caused by the inaccurate understanding of the art of prayer.
*The Rules of Engagement: Boundaries of Effective Prayers.*
(Mathew 6:5 -13)
1. “…pray not as hypocrites…”
This refers to the motive behind prayer; being more concerned about the testament of your witnesses than about the communion you make with God and the answer produced thereof. The reward of such prayer is limited to the applause you receive from men.
2. “…enter into your closet…”
This idea does not denote secrecy. Rather, it refers to the purity of your motive. That your focus be centred on sincerity and genuine fellowship, not the accreditation of men.
The secret place is not just a physical location. It is a mindset and understanding. In this vein, you can take your secret place into a public place of prayer. However, it is expedient to have a private place of prayer to avoid distractions and help with single-mindedness.
3. “…use not vain repetitions as the heathen…”
This statement does not make out repeating genuine prayer points or petitions to mean lack of faith.
In this context, discrediting the use of repetitions results from its similitude to enchantment and how the heathen pray to idols using predetermined phrases in magic books. The potency of such prayers lies not in the understanding of what they said but rather in the ritual of enchantment.
The Bible is not a magic book, and behind the Name Jesus, is a real person.
4. “The Lord’s Prayer”
Although potent in Itself, the Lord’s prayer points us to the pattern in which prayers should be made and does not constrict us to continually recite it.
Why We Should Pray.
1. It is a command. All believers are called and mandated to pray. (Luke 18:1. 1 Thessalonians 5:17).
2. It is one of the major strategies for fellowship with the father. (1 corinthians 14:2)
3. It is a platform for growth and transformation.
Believers who don’t pray cannot grow, at least not effectively.( Luke 9:28-29, 1 Corinthians 14:4, Jude 1:20)
4. Prayer is a platform for warfare and intercession. (Acts 12).
5. It is a strategy to sustain faith. (Luke 22: 30-32)
6. It is a platform to tender requests and petitions.
Praying without ceasing doesn’t necessarily refer to a round-the-clock prayer timeline, but rather, to consistency in keeping an active prayer life.
One of the signs of a dead prayer life is lack of discernment; the faculty of spiritual perception to perceive the impulses of the realm of the spirit. This is a disastrous state to be in as the realm of the spirit controls the physical realm.
Lack of discernment leaves you at the mercy of any circumstance that seeks to befall you as it cuts off the Holy Spirit’s channels of communicating with you.
Continuous and effective praying affords the versatility of options for the Spirit of God to be able to effectively communicate the Will of God to you.