We Give Ourselves To Prayer, Part 4of4, Evans Olang

Acts 6:4, “But we will give ourselves to prayer, and to the ministry of the word

Desperate people do desperate things. I have come to learn that God answers desperate prayers. Those who do not treat prayers as secondary, what you do when it is convenient or only when there is a need; but you put it as priority because your life depends on it. Those who have learnt the secret prep themselves daily through it. Martin Luther said, “I have so much to do today that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer” (paraphrased). In our time we say, “we are are too busy today to pray”

How would you pray if you were in a lion’s den? Out of desperation would be my thought. You would not fall asleep, and it would not be cute nice little prayer. Daniel, in chapter 6 was desperate for the move of God, he therefore prayed desperate prayer and so was Jonah 3 days in the belly of a whale, Jonah 2:2, “… he said:“ I cried out to the LORD because of my affliction, And He answered me. “Out of the belly of Sheol I cried, And You heard my voice”. Hannah in desperation sought God for a child that would one day glorify God. Upon being confronted by Eli (he thought she was either going crazy or drunk) she told him, 1 Samuel 1:15, …, “No, my lord, I am a woman of sorrowful spirit. I have drunk neither wine nor intoxicating drink, but have poured out my soul before the LORD”. King Hezekiah was in distress, he was faced with a challenge, 2Kings 19:3, “…“Thus says Hezekiah: ‘This day is a day of trouble, and rebuke, and blasphemy; for the children have come to birth, but there is no strength to bring them forth“, How can I forget King Jehoshaphat who when faced with great armies set up a prayer and fast meeting to seek God’s help, 2Chronicles 20:3-4 “3 And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. 4 So Judah gathered together to ask help from the LORD; and from all the cities of Judah they came to seek the LORD”. There are countless people in the bible who prayed desperate prayers because they desperately needed God. Again, desperate people do desperate things.

While the disciples struggled to pray in the garden of Gethsemane, you see a dramatic change in their lives and ministry in the  Book of Acts. On the day of Pentecost, in Acts 2 they were in one accord praying and waiting for the infilling of the Holy Spirit. Prayer became priority in their lives and in their ministry.

When you talk about prayers, the book of Acts is loaded with the word “prayer” and it is simply because the early church devoted themselves to prayer, fasting, breaking of bread, evangelizing and fellowship, the reason why the early church was powerful and effective. When they became busier, they did not allow a shift to take place, they set everything to work around their prayer and ministry. They gave themselves to this cause. We are all guilty of needing to see God move and yet not laboring in prayers, by that I mean desperate prayers. If we want to see God move, go deeper in the things of God, see sinners saved, see the sick get healed, marriages restored, children protected, teenagers live right, we must to pray. Acts 6:4“But we will give ourselves to prayers, and to the ministry of the word“. They made a choice and they made a stand. Let us give ourselves to prayers, let us meet Him in the garden, let us pray everywhere, seeking the kingdom of God, praying His Kingdom come, His will be done and praying for other people, praying in submission. 2Chronicles 7:14, “If my people which are called by my name shall humble themselves and pray, and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and forgive their sins and heal their land”.

Read some of the quotes by men God has used down through the ages who mightily depended on prayers “You can do more than pray after you’ve prayed, but you cannot do more than pray until you have prayed”, John Bunyan…. “Prayer is the greatest of all forces, because it honors God and brings him into active aid”, E.M. Bounds. …“Only turning God’s house into a house of fervent prayer will reverse the power of evil so evident in the world today”, Jim Cymbala. …He who knows how to overcome with God in prayer has heaven and earth at his disposal”, Charles Spurgeon… “God uses prayer to educate His people and to produce holiness of character in them”, Harold Lindsell…. “No man – I don’t care how colossal his intellect – No man is greater than his prayer life.” – Leonard Ravenhill…Many times when we talk about such men, we talk about the results of their ministry yet we have no clue of the Gethsemane experiences they had where visions, burdens, travailing, agonies, anguish, desperation, distress all began and had to devote themselves to the call to pray if they were to succeed.

We better start praying today, give ourselves to prayers. Do you have a burden from the Lord birthed in the garden? Pray to the Lord to give you strength to carry it through in prayers. Are you lacking a burden? Then meet Him the garden not in horizontal position but vertical position. 1Timothy 2:8, “I will therefore that men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting”.Blessings Ev

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