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Understanding prayer – Part 2

Paul says, “Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.” 1 Corinthians 14:20

Now concerning prayer, every believer who prays should also understand the dynamics of prayer, how it should affect your life. But before we discuss it in great detail you got to understand why and how we should pray. The other aspect to it maybe is the what factor. Still some believers don’t know what is to pray amiss. Don’t we pray? We do! But what happens? We don’t receive because we pray amiss. “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.” James 4:3

Now read what Paul says, “For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me. And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:6 – 10

As a believer know that His grace is sufficient you. “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness” is a statement of fact. However know also the foolishness of you petitioning God those things you know will never be granted to you. Paul said, “For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool.”

He knew what things he could ask God for and what he could not, and same with us we know no matter how much we pretend, each believe knows even if we besought God a hundred times that sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. Paul said there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. ( ref. 2 Corinthians 12:7-9).

You see how sometimes it’s given to you that you should glory in your own infirmities, and take pleasure in them; in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses? And no matter how much you beg God to set you free, those infirmities won’t go away because they were given to you, and sometimes aren’t your enemies but the Devil is. Remember, Romans 5:3-6 says, “And not only so , but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.

We have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand. He says I’m with you in all your troubles; that is all you need. Actually some of us are better christians than when we have everything. His power shows up best in our weaknesses.

So Jesus said, when you pray say, “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen” (Matthew 6:13). He said when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are : for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. What do hypocrites do? They love to pray, but most of the time they’re out of touch, and pray amiss. How are they out of touch? They acquaint your infirmities with evil; and your reproaches, necessities, persecutions, and distresses. Evil is what the enemy unleashes but for you infirmities are your stepping stones, for we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

When you understand the grace of God you join the company of those who take pleasure in infirmities, those who understands a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth, like Moses, who “refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season.” Hebrews 11:24-25, and “…and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection.” Hebrews 11:35.

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