GOD HAS GIVEN ALL THAT YOU NEED FOR LIFE AND GODLINESS: SO WHY PRAY?
“Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Quench not the Spirit.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-19 KJV
I am excited! From capsule 24 when we started our discussion on spirit, soul and body (ssb) to capsule 33 where we concluded that God has given us everything that we need for life and godliness or that God anticipated every need and made more than enough provision to meet those needs and on our part what we require is to respond by faith to access these provisions. Moreover, these provisions are already in our born again spirit. This sounds counter culture, a complete oxymoron to the traditional belief where we've been taught that there is an inherent reluctance on God's part that we would need to overcome by begging and pleading. Whilst this might be true in the OT (to certain extent), this is not so at all in the NT. Nobody deserves the goodness of God, it cannot be earned, it can only be received freely as a gift, that is what grace means. With all these been said, a logical question is 'If this is true, why do we need to pray or pray in tongues, confess the promises of God, fast or do anything at all for that matter? If we have everything, why bother to do anything? As good and logical as this question is, it is the wrong question. The right question should be 'I believe, but how do I discover, access, draw and bring out what is already in me?' Or How do I manifest these things that pertain to life and godliness that has already been given to me? Or How can I manifest these spiritual realities in the physical realm? After all if I tell you that there is gold or any treasure for that matter buried in your garden, if you believe, that would be your response.
From this capsule that is what we would tackle. We would start with prayer, this would not be an exhaustive discussion on prayer. We would look at the primary purpose of prayer and also prayer to change things. Like in previous times I am likely to say things that you might consider out of the main stream, but I believe they are true and scriptural. All I ask is that you exercise patience with me and check whether these things are right. Once you grasp the primary purpose of prayer, it would put a different perspective on things and prayer to change things follows almost effortlessly.
“Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”
Revelation 4:11 KJV
The primary purpose of prayer is to fellowship and commune with, to get to know Him spirit to Spirit intimately (John 17:3). Thanking, praising, worshipping, having conversation, asking for wisdom and just loving Him, examples abound in the psalms . This was Paul's admonition in Ephesians 5:19-20. Every other use of prayer is incidental and secondary, until you understand and appreciate this you will struggle. If you don't develop this attitude and foster it, your prayer and prayer life will be strained , lacklustre and devoid of faith because you are praying to 'Somebody' you don't know, you are not familiar with, a complete strange. You will notice that in Genesis God created man with all his needs already met, yet God spent a reasonable part of the day in the company of Adam and Eve. Think about it for a minute, the Almighty God always took time out every evening to enjoy their company (Genesis 3:8a). These were people who had all their needs already met. They had no demon to bind, no marital problems to resolve, no wayward children to pray for, no material requests, no sickness or disease yet they spent quality time with God.
When you understand that the primary reason for prayer is to commune with God, then 1 Thessalonians 5:16-19 and Luke 18:1, make a lot of sense. When you realise that fellowship with God is the primary purpose of prayer, it makes you more spiritually sensitive and you will not treat prayer as a monologue. Unfortunately, prayer the way it's taught is purely based on needs, that is why prayer meetings form an easy attraction and a crowd puller. Most need based prayer is evidence of deficiency in our fellowship with God. Have you ever wondered why 'Man' was created in the image of God and after His likeness? (Genesis 1:26-28) or Why God forbade Adam from eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil ?(Genes 2:17). Both point at God's deep need for fellowship with man. But somehow we have missed this glaring sign posts. The more you fellowship with God, the more you become aware of your self as a spirit and the more you know those things that has been freely given unto us (John 4:24, 1 Corinthians 2:9-16) and the less insecure and needy you are (1 Corinthians 3:21-23)
PRAYER SHOULD BE 95% FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD, LESS THAN 5% NEED BASED
You need to be conversant with the preceding capsules to fully understand capsule 36 (Isaiah 28:9-10, Proverbs 4:18). Again I would like to stress that this is not an exhaustive teaching on prayer. We would look at prayer to effect a change next (there are many other forms of prayer Ephesians 6:18a)