EFFECTIVENESS OF YOUR PRAYER LIFE

Jun 30, 2023

The effectiveness of your prayer life is hinged on your daily walk; the leverage you have with God is the weight of your words. As you seek God, your prayer life should not be very different from your daily living: the way you carry yourself throughout the day affects your prayer positively or negatively.

There are two prayers; a Spirit-led prayer and a Carnal-led prayer. Majority of the prayers we make are birthed from “self” or self-initiated but true prayer is birthed from the heart of God, passed on to your heart and you pray back to Him.

Matthew 6:9-10 Our Father in heaven, … 10 Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

God is the initiator and you, are the respondent. That is why we pray in tongues sometimes until we pick the heart of God and then pray back to Him. He initiates the requests or desires but anything out of that leads to self-driven prayers that have minimum impact and effectiveness.

Matthew 11:28-30 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am [a]gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

True prayer is when a man prays through the burden of the Lord placed upon his heart. This is how we become partners with God. Most of the time, we seek from the external dimensions yet in this Kingdom, the Spiritual is first and then the material. Oftentimes we deal with leaves and fruits of issues rather than target the roots.

If we desire to go far in the place of prayer and seeking God, we must lean on God for the burden of our hearts; regarding what we pray.

Leviticus 10:1-2 (KJV) And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the Lord, which he commanded them not. 2 And there went out fire from the Lord, and devoured them, and they died before the Lord.

The sons of Aaron were doing something ‘godly’ but the Bible calls it “strange” fire because God did not sanction that incense. They thought that because their father could do it, they too could yet their father first took instruction from the Lord.

When incense is not sanctioned by God, most of the prayers we make will simply keep us happy while having minimal impact in the realm of the Spirit. This is why we should pray: ‘As it is in heaven so must it be on earth.’

In Genesis 1, it was after the Spirit moved that the Word was spoken. Any activity outside the moving of the Spirit is carnal and will leave you frustrated with minimal results.

If you want to win big with God, ask Him for direction or what He wants you to do. Pick the heart of God and let it become your burden in prayer. It is the Holy Spirit who lays this burden upon our hearts.

Psalm 130:5-6 I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope. 6 My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning.

We wait upon the Lord to pick His heart and hear His request. The cycle of true prayer starts with the heart of God – to the hearts of men- then goes back to God and the answer comes down. That’s why we have to yield to God to pick His heart/burden because He is never obligated to act outside of what He has not initiated.

The frustration that many prayer warriors have is because they run with external stimuli or self-burdens and forget what God is saying. Therefore, most of the words they say are strange to God’s ears.

God is waiting for those who will bear His burden. He draws us to share his burden with us because it is His burden that finds manifestation on earth; we are His representatives here on earth so whatever we do must not be ours but His.

1 John 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.

STAY BLESSED AND HIGHLY FAVORED, WE LOVE YOU.

PASTOR BEN OCHOLA.