- Posted by: Fred Okwir
- Category: Sermons
- Prayer is an Altar:
An altar is a contact place with the spirit world. Prayer is the place of contact with God. That is why it’s very important to pray. Without prayer, you are out of touch with God nor can you work with Him.
God says in Jeremiah 29:12 that
“Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me and I will listen to you.”
God responds to prayer that is why you ought to pray.
- Prayer Changes Things:
It is un imaginable what the world would have been if there were no people praying. This is because prayer is a very powerful tool for change. When you are in a situation that has not changed for a long time, begin to pray. No prayer and fasting is ever wasted because God has promised to respond to it. When God begins to respond to prayer, change begins to take place in your circumstances. That is why God made a promise in 2 Chron 7:14 saying: “If my people who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from Heaven and forgive their sin and will heal their land”. When God speaks of healing, he is talking about giving the answers that is required. The answer when received results into change. Prayer changes things.
- Prayer And Fasting Brings About Deliverance.
“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice, and untie the cords of the yoke, and set the oppressed free and break every yoke?” (Isa 58:6)
There are certain situations and problems that are satanically inspired. They can defy all manner of attempts to overcome them. As God’s word has promised, fasting can loose the chains of bondage and breaks the yokes that carry those bondages. When the disciples of Jesus failed to cast the spirit of epilepsy from a young boy, Jesus cast out the demon. Later the disciples privately came and asked Jesus as to why they could not drive the demons out. He told them that the type of spirits in question only go out by prayer and fasting (Mtt 17:21). Deliverance from certain types of bondages can only be achieved through prayer and fasting.
- Prayer Brings the Presence of God down.
“After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.”
Prayer brings the presence of God down. The presence of God comes with power. That power will not only shake physical foundations of a building, but it will also shake the spiritual strongholds of Satan and bring him to subjection to Christ.
The presence of God in a believer will empower him or her to serve God with great power that results into miracles, signs and wonders. Fear and other limitations are driven away from God’s people and they are enabled to do the work of ministry with success. Those who don’t pray will lack divine power to accomplish God’s will. This will cause the work of God and the church to suffer set backs. For the word says that the Kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power in the Holy Spirit. (1Cor 2:4, 1 Cor 4:20).
Only prayer can bring down that power.
- God Expects Us To Fast And pray.
“And the disciples of John and of the Pharisees used to fast: and they came and said unto him, why do the disciples of John and of the Pharisees fast, but thy disciples fast not? And Jesus said unto them, can the children of the bridechamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have their bridegroom with them, they can not fast. But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them and then shall they fast in those days.” (Mtt 9:14-15)
Here Jesus is simply telling these people that “Look there is no need for them to fast while I am with them. Time will come for me to return back, then my church will be able to fast.”
So we see that Jesus expects His church that has remained behind to fast. In Matthew 6:5 Jesus said this about prayer: “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites …”
Meaning that, prayer is a question of ‘when’ not ‘if’. In other words God expects us to pray, He waits for us to pray. It is only a question of when that would be done.
There is no other option, prayer and fasting is expected of the church of Jesus Christ.
- Prayer Brings About Revelation.
Without revelation, you would not know what you have, where to turn and what to do in certain circumstances. Writing to the church in Ephesus, Apostle Paul said;
“… remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you …” (Eph 1:16-18)
“While they were worshipping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off” (Acts 13:2-3).
Revelation comes through prayer and sometimes with fasting. In the scriptures I have quoted above, that fact is clear. Apostle Paul prayed for the church at Ephesus for them to receive revelation that would enable them know God better and the inheritance God has for them. Even in the church in Antioch, it was only after prayer and fasting, that the Holy Spirit revealed His plans to the church. The church people acted and commissioned them knowing where to send them. It is prayer and fasting that can enable you serve effectively.
- Prayer Brings About Communion With God.
“Now it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray and continued all night in prayers to God.” (Luke 6:12)
It was the custom of Jesus to go out and pray throughout the night. What was He doing? He was having fellowship with God His Father. No wonder, when the time for ministry to the people came, Jesus never said any more lengthy prayers. He would just give thanks to God like He did at Lazarus’ Grave (Jn 11:41-44) and only spoke words that resulted into great miracles. This is because Jesus spent time with God. He had more of God in Him because of the fellowship He maintained. I believe because of that, He was able to tell the agenda of His Father on a daily basis. No wonder He kept saying that His duty was to fulfill the will of His Father who sent Him (Jn 4:34).
In the same way Jesus and the disciples did, you need to fast and pray so that you can play your role as a believer. Take advantage of this prayer season and fast. God will surely take you to a new place of revelation, power and all manner of blessing to His glory.
God bless you.