PRAYING OR PLAYING?

Monday, September 13, 2021

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : For this shall every one that is godly pray unto you in a time when you may be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him. Psalms 32:6

Thought of The Day : You’re vulnerable when your life is bankrupt of prayer.

LISTEN : Beloved, are you praying or playing? Prayer energises your spiritual life, but prayerlessness paralyses it. Prayer is a privilege to communicate with God. We tell Him our needs and receive His own will at the altar of prayer. The altar of prayer is where we wage war against the forces of darkness. Hence, to neglect to pray is to invite troubles (Psalms 32:6-7; Matthew 26:14). Beloved, it is suicidal to live a prayerless life. If it is too hard for you to pray, it will be too easy for you to be slain. Jesus said to his disciples,

“Watch and pray that you enter not into temptation; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

Matthew 26:41

The implication of that is, if you can’t travail in prayer, you can’t prevail in crisis. The fact is, if you neglect to pray, you will become a prey. What is a prey? It is an animal that is hunted and killed by another for food. My dear, when your life is buried in prayerlessness, you make yourself killable by forces of evil. Yes ,what attacks your prayer life is looking for your head. David understands that prayer is a repeller of evil and satanic forces. Therefore, he encourages the godly thus :

For this shall every one that is godly pray unto you in a time when you may be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him.”

Psalms 32:6

Forces of darkness are resisted where people travail in prayer. But you’re vulnerable when your life is bankrupt of prayer. My dear, never wait until it’s too late to pray. So, pray even when you don’t feel like it. Remember, you will make yourself a prey, when you take prayer for a joke. So, start praying and stop playing. Be wise!

What Should We Do With This Message?
1. Always pray when you don’t feel like it.
2. Build your prayer life by building up yourself in the word of God.
3. Don’t wait until it’s too late to pray, rather, pray at all times.
4. Learn to travail in prayer and you will prevail in crisis.

Prayer : Dear LORD, You are my hope, comfort and defense. Therefore, I will pray to You as long as I live, in Jesus’ name, amen.

A Word Of Blessing : Today, I speak on your life. May your delayed prayers receive urgent attention today, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Reflection : If it’s too hard for you to pray, then, it will be too easy for you to be slain.

Quote : “You make yourself a prey, when you take prayer for a joke.”

Biblical Fact : Did you know prophetess Anna dedicated the rest of her life to God after being a widow in the seventh year of her marriage? (Luke 2:36-37).

Stunning Fact : Did you know an Eagle’s eyesight is 8 times that of humans, and can spot a rabbit 3.2 km away?

Bible Quiz : What tribe of Israel did King Jehoshaphat come from?

God bless you!