If we put your prayer life alongside your current battery life, what would we get? I believe at the end of this article, you will learn what you should do when you feel down to pray.
Noooo this is not a game or one of those guess puzzles you see on facebook. This is a question from my heart
your answer could range between several series of percentage: It could be 100% ooh! the overcharged prayer man.
It could be 70% ,well you are charged, It gets down to 50% you might need to charge but you can manage the battery life
20% ; you have to find a power source, your battery could be drained completely any moment from now.
5% kpon kpon kpon the annoying sound of your battery saver comes up signify the beginning of the end of your battery life. 1% your battery is dead Sis and so are you
Just follow me slowly and meditatively on this study; you see, the problem with us is that we focus so much on charging our electronic battery that we forget to charge up our spirit man
But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit
I used to do this one unhealthy thing every morning and am sure as the food I ate that you did so this morning. Sometimes, I wake up with the hunger to pray: “Jesus woke me up this morning”
Just then almost like an addiction, my phone signs me from under the bed, power just came on and then I rush to charge the phone device, almost immediately a whatsapp message cones in and a facebook notification pops up followed by an instagram notification, my blue light beams with so much excitement, it keeps whispering and seducing me almost like it’s talking to me
“click me Jewel”
I tell myself just one click and from there I draw up the seat beside me, “it would take five minutes”
Maraji just posted a new video and as usual very funny, I laugh my morning zeal away, ohh exploit comedy just listed another bomb, click and like and comment scroll, wow, my favorite Youtuber and writer just dished another awesome nugget, I scroll and scroll and scroll away two hours the next thing I see is 8 o’clock am ; time for work.
it is tricky how fast time flies especially when you must spend time with God but you have been spending those times on frivolities and child plays and you still think the weapons of your warfare are made carnal
ahah, The weapons we use in our fight are not the world’s weapons but God’s powerful weapons, which we use to destroy strongholds. We destroy false arguments
2 Corinthians 10 vs. 4
Affairs of the morning
The morning has been far spent and not much was given to my spiritual battery life-my prayer battery is 5% barely enough written for the day and will not last me for the day as well especially when the calls start coming in, when that young sister would call crying that her daddy fell ill or when that older sister calls crying over her husband and I must pray and reality hits when that brother struggling with lust calls to say he committed fornication again and I must pray for him
Alas! I had not prayed for over a week nor read my bible or even as much as said good morning to the holy spirit but instead I have filled up my heart with so much dirt and garbage and less room for filter. Barely have enough battery for myself, I certainly can’t spare an OTG you to charge u. I AM DRAINED SIS
I would be just as Samson that morning he rose as usual to fight the philistines but alas! His strength had left him, I know it was a different context but that is the perfect image that fits my description of a prayer-less Christian
Then she called out, “Samson, the Philistines are here!” When Samson awoke from his sleep, he thought, “I will escape as I did before and shake myself free.” But he did not know that the LORD had departed from him
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what you should do when you feel down to pray.
Prayer is like a journal to the writer and camera memories to the photographer, we write down declarations, calling forth things that were not as thou they were, pulling down imaginations and mutilating the desires of the flesh
When was the last time you wrote?
what do you do when you feel down to pray?
My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses to the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer. You are the most handsome of men; grace has anointed your lips, since God has blessed you forever
Psalm 45 verse 1
Have you also ever been in worse situations where you would be crying your eyes out over a past for over 20 minutes and once the tears dry up, the voice dries up too
“I am that emotional Christian” yes, I am her
But I do not want to be that Christian who cries for 20 minutes alone and then the prayers of the day and the zeal for prayer puffs up like smoke into the atmosphere
What is really wrong with me?
While we sort my problems out, may I ask some questions from the deepest part of my concerned heart?
When last did you charge up your spiritual battery?
When was the last time God spoke to you expressly concerning a matter?
For God speaks in one way and in another, yet no one notice. In a dream, in a vision night, when falls upon men as they slumber on their beds, He opens their ears at that time and terrifies them with warnings
Job 33 verse 14-16
Have you read this post: How to pray when you lack words to say
There is one myth I need to debunk by fire; I write the ways of the cross:You don’t need to cry for you to feel you have prayed
Let me repeat myself audibly and more explanatory
More tears does not always equal to more effective prayers; Tears are from the move of your emotions and when you keep subjecting your Christian walk to the flow of tears by stirring up of your emotions by songs or worship, well then, I am sorry for your growth because in little or no time at all, you will become a spiritual vegetable who only waits for emotional breaks and hits to pray.
I was once that Christian who would never flow except I heard a song of worship or was stirred by another person’s prayer but for how long?
The reason you don’t gear in or operate at the high level of access into the spiritual realm in the midst of brethren is that sometimes, if not most times you have not prayed for days, you have not sought the face of the father, you have not burned incense of worship at his feet, the gates into the court are shut up against you because you have not broken out in tongues
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
Your flesh is so magnified and its activities so perverse and clothes your spiritual man because you are a living man who has had no cause to die over and over again at the foot of the cross
When last did you die?
Thou spiritual man/woman, when was the last time you were crucified at the altar of self?
1 Corinthians 9:27
Prayer is a medium of communication, our way of reaching out to the father and pouring out our heart to him and sometimes we may lack words and tears are just not enough; you might have to use words again.
I do not condemn crying or emotions in the place of prayer, oh! come on those are factors you may never prevent especially for people like me who are praying wailers. I could never conclude a prayer most times without soaking my bed in tears. it is a gift to me. Most women and I do not joke with that which is why most of us are called the wailing women. Never heard of them? Check the word of God to Jeremiah the wailing prophet
This is what the LORD Almighty says: “Consider now! Call for the wailing women to come; send for the most skillful of them. Let them come quickly and wail over us till our eyes overflow with tears and water streams from our eyelids.
Cherish your crying gift but do not rely on it to be your ticket to a great prayer.
In the place of prayer, we break grounds and water the land. We spread a fragrance of healing, comfort, confidence, joy and peace in the place of prayer
Oh! I wish I could write more about how much grounds I had tried to explore in the place of prayer. I refuse to give up till I explore the riches of the land and the fatness of the harvest.
what do you do when you feel down to pray?
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