Men always ought to pray
Text: Luke 18:4-8
Key Verse: Luke 18:5, “Yet because this widow troubles me, I will avenge her lest by her continual coming she weary me.” (NKJV)
Men always ought to pray because we have reached the end of the road. The world is in trouble and the world needs help. Everything we thought was going for us has failed and everyone is now crying out to God. Something bigger than the world has arisen upon it and overpowered the whole world, just like the poor widow in Luke Chapter 18, whose adversary was stronger than her. She was helpless and she ran to a Judge for help, so that the Judge can deliver her from the oppression of her adversary.
Today in the world, we are faced with a plague of Coronavirus and the World Health Organisation has declared the situation as a Public Health International Emergency. The damaging effects of the sudden outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic impact upon all the ramifications of human life. Everything we have boasted of has proved to be nothing and then we ought to run to God to seek divine help. Men always ought to pray in times like this, until God hears our cry.
The whole world should look up to God and cry out to Him continually for His mercy, until He hears from Heaven and heals our world. The poor widow was persistently coming to the Judge for help, until she got it. She never relented, but was persistently pestering the Judge, until she found solution to her problem. The Judge said, “yet because this widow keeps pestering me, I will give her justice, so she doesn’t wear me out by her persistent coming” (Luke 18:5).
We have had occasions to pray since the outbreak of this pandemic as individuals, groups, family groups, lager groups and gathering of believers, but may we never cease from praying, until God hears from Heaven and heals our world. We have also seen pictures of people laying prostrate on the floor and crying out to God to put an end to this pandemic. Even those who never bothered about God before this time were seen laying prostrate before God and crying out for His mercy. Prophet Isaiah said, “You who make mention of the Lord, do not keep silent, and give Him no rest till He establishes and till He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth” (Isaiah 62:6b-7).
Prayer is a spiritual communication with God. Prayer is a spiritual connection that opens the door for the manifestation of the things prayed for. Men always ought to pray, but why do we pray? There are many reasons people pray. These include:
• Prayer is a form of worship, so people pray to worship God in His majesty. You kneel before God and worship Him in total surrender for Who He is. You may lie down; sit down, laying prostrate before God and surrendering yourself totally to God.
• Prayer is an opportunity to go to God to pour out our hearts and present our burdens, needs, challenges and weaknesses unto Him because we have reached a point in our lives, where we have become unable to do anything to remedy ourselves from situations confronting us.
• We pray for direct divine intervention where God in His mercy, kindness, love, Almightiness and goodness would come down directly to speak a word concerning our problems and it will all disappear into oblivion.
• We pray so that God can use the human instruments to bring solutions to human problems. I believe strongly that God can give the Scientists a flash from the storehouse of wisdom in Heaven and this Corona plague will be a thing of the past, Amen.
Today’s Nugget: Prayer is a spiritual connection.
Prayer: Lord, hear my cry and have mercy on the world.
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Rev. Pastor Ejikeme Ejim, Ag.General Superintendent, Assemblies of God Nigeria.
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