“Prayer is a progression.”
I often do a quick throwback to my childhood days, where all I could ever think about was to attend my Sunday school class with so much enthusiasm. It was a class embroidered with lots of fun, most especially the rhymes we were been taught. One of it was:
Prayer is the key/2x…. prayer is the master key…Jesus started with prayer and ended with prayer…prayer is the master key.
I didn’t have an understanding of the deep meaning of the rhyme I sang as a child.
However, here I am in adulthood with my unequal balance of a pessimistic and an optimistic mindset with lots of I KNOW HOW, forgetting that there is a master key (PRAYER) that opens all doors and puts the mind at rest. I have come to realize that you need to understand the true meaning of a thing before you begin to see that thing in its true form.
Then I ask myself – What is prayer?
Prayer according to my English dictionary is a PRACTICE of communicating with one’s God. True!
I equally define prayer simply as a BORDER that confidently takes you from:
- One state of mind to another
- Being uncomfortable to being comfortable
- The invisible to the visible
- The physical to the spiritual
- The natural to the supernatural
- The low land to the high land
- A troubled mind to a relaxed mind
- Start to finish
It’s an unending list.
I was fortunate to be under one of the numerous teachings of Rev. Albert Oduwole of the Triumphant Assembly where he said,
“We are a spirit being and that is why we crave for things beyond the physical and natural.”
Yes, we do crave for things beyond the physical either consciously or unconsciously. But it is one thing is to crave and it’s another thing to actually get it. The tiny border between craving and getting it is PRAYER; which is why Prayer is important.
The Bible emphasized in Matthew 21:22 (KJV)
“And all things, whatsoever (cravings), ye shall ask in PRAYER believing, ye shall receive.”
Note – “ALL THINGS, WHATSOEVER”
Matthew 7:7- 8 (KJV) says “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth, and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”
The act of asking, seeking, and knocking is called PRAYER
You might be asking yourself, “In what situation do I find myself before I pray?” Well, I am here to tell you, as well as encourage you that in all you do and think, just PRAY. Irrespective of anyone, anywhere and anything. Pray!
- Are you down and need a helping hand to get back on your feet? PRAY!
- Are you sick and need a healing hand? PRAY!
- Are you sad and need to be happy? PRAY!
- Are you hungry and need to feed? PRAY!
- Are you angry and need to be calmed down?PRAY!
- Are you disappointed and need someone to comfort you? PRAY!
- You need something to come out alive? PRAY!
- You need a shoe? PRAY!
- You need a bag? PRAY!
- You have a deadline? PRAY!
- You have something to eat? PRAY!
- You don’t have anything to eat? PRAY!
- You got a good news? PRAY!
- You got an unpleasant news? PRAY!
In everything – PRAY!
Remember, even Jesus started with prayer and ended with prayer.
You want to know how important and efficient prayer is? Then start practicing as from today and watch for the fruit and evidence.
You don’t know how to pray? – start today with Matthew 6:9-13 (KJV)
“After this manner, therefore, pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: for thine is the kingdom and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.”
The importance of prayer is the reason why we must pray.
In whatsoever we do, the book of Colossians 4:2a and Philippians 4:6 urges you and me to continue in prayer.