Why Do We Pray And The Type of Prayer We Pray 2 by Rev Stephen Akinola
Rev Stephen Akinola is a founder / General Overseer, Redemption Ministries, Worldwide. This topic is taken from his book titled, STEPPING INTO YOUR DESTINY
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Type of Prayer We Pray
“He that asketh receiveth” is an unfailing Biblical principle. God knows every need in the believes life, yet He wants you to ask Him to meet those needs. In asking, all of “self” is abandoned and of “Thee” is established. To receive, we must ask. Our asking must be with fire. We cannot commune with God, who is a consuming fire if there is no fire in our asking. The idea behind asking in prayer is to demand something that is God’s will that we ask and gets what we want. We must ask with confidence and humility.
The diligence involved in seeking speaks of its importance in prayer. Seeking must be with the whole heart. When we approach God on these premises, it proves the intensity of our desire. Time is missing or lost and has to be sought and found.
In knocking, we exert energy. The term involves using all our powers and intellect and will to bear upon our desire until it is granted, pounding on the gates of heaven. You will not go farther with receiving answers to prayer if you are supposed to be knocking on the doors of heaven and you do not knock with earnestness and perseverance.
This is the fourth level of the intensity of prayer.
When words dry, tears flow. Tears have a language all of its own. This tear is not of self-pity, but a burdened, bowed, and grieved prompting, melting and mellowing, that results in the tear gland releasing its fountain of water. The Holy Spirit breathes upon our total being spirit, soul, and body to produce this effect. Have you ever wept? Do you put a watchdog at every instance of the flow of tears? Tears reinforce your points in prayer.
In the depth of the ocean of prayer, borne by the currents of the Holy Spirit, comes this groaning without words ” which cannot be uttered.” God understands the mysteries involved. In human language, we fail to explain what it means, but spiritually, it is the spirit of God breathing upon the spirit of a man causing him to see with his eye of the spirit, the inexpressible except by groans.
Our earnest and ardent praying is referred to as supplication. A burdened soul and heart, burning with the desire to see God’s promises manifest in our day is what the Lord is waiting for. The promise of God is that he will pour upon the house of David the spirit of grace and supplication. It is this spirit that made Rachel cry out “give me children or I die”
To plead for reconciliation between two disaffectionate and warring parties is intercession.
The world is growing old and dark. A child night comes on; dire devils walk abroad in the dark, and the night of all night is coming on, even the end of the world, the sword of the Lord hangs above the world ready to strike. Needed: intercessors (men and women who can plead with God in the belly of the night) for life’s battles are fought in the night. If intercession dies in the church of Christ, the church dies, for then, will the enemy arise its hydra-bruised head to strike at the man child. Intercession is one of a coming blessing. Therefore, do we intercede because the blessing is coming?
Prayer that will not take ‘No’ for an answer!. When God writes desires upon the hearts of His own, He intends to fulfill them. Upon us then, is the burden to tarry before God, hold to the horns of the altar, call the unchanging God till He grants our desires.
Importunity does not yield to pressures, delays, seemingly negative circumstances, contrary voices, or alternatives. It is the aggressive, progressive, fiery type of prayer addressing itself to the need, demand, and issues of the hour.
God wrestled with Jacob and conquered him in order to get his name and nature changed. Jabez on his part petitioned God in order to remove the childhood curse hanging on his head; hence becoming more honorable the all his brethren. God expects us to wrestle, battle, and refuse to lose until we have successfully taken from Him what He has promised us in His word. Wresting is inevitable if we must remain His offspring.
Praying In The Holy Ghost:
“God is a spirit …..” man is equally a spirit, has a soul, and lives in a body. In order that a man is adequate and spirit -man should be excited so as to pour out unreservedly all he has in the soul through a language which only God understands. When a Christian prays in the Holy Ghost, it is the spirit that prays, although the understanding is unfruitful, the man is edified and God is reached.
Praying With A Vow:
A man can afford to stake his life to get his ultimate desire especially when he has fully understood the greatness and the essence of getting it. When all else has failed, any hopeful source of solution to man’s problem is usually cherished and maximally utilized.
However, absolute consciousness of the ability of the master makes a man so desperate and he is prompted to make vows. The only reason why we make vows is to express our awareness that all power belongs to God and that He can do all things. We are therefore warned never to take God for granted by deferring to pay our vows when the miracles have finally taken effect.
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