Prayer is the only way out!
There are so many ways to kill a rat, but when it comes to human existence and problems, prayer remains the only way out. You must have heard a lot about prayer. I’m sure you have been praying. You might even be among those powerful prayer warriors in town. But permit me to share something very important and very peculiar about prayer.
To start with, you must be wondering why most people complain that their prayers are not answered? Aside from prayer, is there any other solution or short cut to the solution to people’s problems? I’m here to prove to you that prayer is the only way out. It is the solution to all our problems and the answer to our questions.
In the gospel of John 15:5, our Lord Jesus Christ told His followers, “Apart from me you can do nothing.” I doubt if one can ever succeed without prayer; because prayer is the only key that unlocks every closed door. It is the only channel through which we can communicate with God Almighty. There are no other means through which we can receive favour from God, except through prayer.
Human beings are suffering unnecessarily because they have refused to pray. As St. James rightly declares, “You do not have because you do not ask. 3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.” (James 4: 2-3).
This explains why most people are living in abject poverty. It is also the major reason people are suffering from one ailment and another. Most people are so lazy when it comes to prayer. They are ready to spend their last penny in the hospital, but when it comes to prayer, they are not just reluctant but full of doubt.
In the second book of Chronicles 7:14 God declares, “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” St. James also declares, “Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms” (James 5:13). With this, it is obvious, therefore, that prayer is the only solution to human suffering. It is the only means through which our land, our families and even our nation will be healed and liberated.
Most people thought they have been praying, but in the gospel of John 16:24 our Lord Jesus Christ declares, “Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.” What most people call prayer is not prayer. The day you start praying in the right way and in the right direction, you will start receiving. And when you start receiving, your life will never be the same, as you shall experience the fullness of joy.
In today’s gospel from Luke 11:1-13 one of the disciples said to Jesus, “Lord, teach us to pray…” He said to them, “When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your Kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. 3 Give us day by day our daily bread. 4 And forgive us our sins, For we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one.” This is the famous Our Lord’s prayer!
Most people are familiar with this prayer. It is the most famous prayer amongst Christians. This prayer works with faith. With this prayer, your case is settled. As our Lord Jesus Christ declares, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” As you continue to pray with faith, hope, and love, God will surely answer your prayers and it shall be well with you in Jesus’ name – Amen!
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