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Praise the Lord. Moses here from Christian Motivation, I do hope and believe that you are doing fine.
This is the second video that I’m sharing about prayer. In the first video we talked about what prayer is and we said that prayer is all about asking and communicating to God. We say that prayer is asking, believing, and receiving. And I also said in that video that even though you may have heard that there are three answers to prayer, either a “yes”, a “no” or a “wait”, that is not true because we do not see it in the word of God. We see that in the word of God it is written that the promises of God are “yes” and “amen” through the Lord Jesus Christ.
In other words we see that if you see in the word of God that God has already promised you something, you come to Him with confidence believing that he will do what he has promised to do. So prayer is about asking, it’s about believing, and it’s about receiving.
Today I just want to go a little deeper and say that prayer is not just about asking. You see, when we think about prayer sometimes all we think about is for us to just go and tell God what we want. So we almost make him like a casino machine where every time we’re in need of something we just go and ask him for something, we are always in that mode of asking, asking, asking.
Now remember I said in the first video that it is not only about asking, but it is also about communication. And I believe that the best thing about prayer is the communication we get in prayer. In other words we learn more about God because remember I just want to equate this to someone, when you are in a relationship with somebody you love, how you communicate. You love to hear from that person, you want to talk to them; you share a communication between the two of you. That is how prayer should be. That is a better way to pray. When you are in love with our Father, when you are in love with God, when you are in love with Jesus, with the Holy Spirit, you will have this desire where you just want to enjoy one another, you just want to spend time with him in prayer.
I was talking with a friend of mine, a pastor friend of mine, and we were discussing this topic of prayer and I like the word he used. He said that prayer is a journey; it’s about a journey where you are just discovering yourself, discovering certain things about even prayer itself, about the Lord Jesus Christ, about the work of the Holy Spirit, about the power of God. When you get to that point where prayer ceases to be about asking something and prayer is all about your relationship with God, you will realize that you will have these other things added unto you.
I’m reminded of a scripture, the scripture in Matthew chapter 6 that says “But seek first after the Kingdom of God, and his righteousness and these other things that the people of the world are looking after shall come flowing unto you, shall be added unto you, “ I’m reminded of that scripture. That’s what prayer should be about. You should be so concerned about your relationship with God that all the other things will be added unto you. You must realize that God loves you so much that he wants to provide for all your needs, he wants to give you everything that you desire. He knows that you need these things and he wants to give them to you. It’s just like when you are in love with somebody, you just find yourself just giving.
The Bible says God has already given us our best, and that is the Lord Jesus Christ. Now if he’s already given us his best, what else can he withhold from us? So we must understand that prayer is not just about you asking for your needs; it’s part of asking for your needs, but there is a better way. Let me say there is a deeper level in prayer, where it’s not just about your needs, but it’s about the relationship that you have with God, and that’s what I desire that you and I get to, where we are spending time with God and we are just enjoying God. When you get to that level where you are enjoying God you will even realize that your prayer is not about asking, it’s all about worshipping, it’s all about praising God, it’s all about giving thanks, it’s all about enjoying him. And when you get to that level things will be added to you without you asking.
In Uganda where I come from we have a song that says that there are things that God does for me even before I ask. When you get to that level of prayer where prayer is about communing with God you will realize that there are things in your life that God will do without you even asking why, because now you are there with him, he is enjoying you, you are enjoying him, and things are just happening. That’s what I want you and I to get to, a level where we go into prayer and all we do is we want to know God more, we want him to reveal himself to us, we want to know the deep things in God, the things that we haven’t yet known, the revelations that we haven’t yet got, the powers that we haven’t yet experienced, the love that we haven’t yet experienced, the glory that we haven’t yet tested. Those are the things that we should be going after.
We should go so much after God in prayer, not for the things that we need, because the Bible says that he already knows what we need, but we should go for the things that we want to experience in him, and that’s one of the benefits of prayer, getting to know our Father more, just getting to communicate with him, just getting to pour out our lives, our hearts to him. To other benefit of prayer, I believe, is that when we go to Him in prayer we learn to bring the Kingdom of God here on Earth. You remember when Jesus was teaching the disciples how to pray, he said that one of the things that they should pray for is that his Kingdom should come.
Now when we talk about the Kingdom of God we are talking about God’s rulership, or God’s dominion to be manifested here. How does he do that? He does that through us. Remember, we are the body of Christ; we are the temple of the Holy Spirit. So God is working in us, he is living in us so that he can affect this whole world. So one of the things that prayer does is it brings us to that place where we can bring the rulership and the reign of our Father, or the Kingdom of Heaven here on Earth. That is the beauty of prayer. So as we engage in prayer, as we get closer to God, as we go after him, his thirst to empower us, his thirst to reveal to us what he wants to do here on the Earth, and then we will start going out there and bringing forth the Kingdom of God. So I believe that’s the other benefit of prayer.
So the better benefits of prayer – don’t misunderstand me, prayer is also asking about where you’ve gone, ask and petition god for your needs, but I’m telling you there’s a deeper level where you go and all you want is to know him, all you want is to experience more of him. Now when you get to that level things just are kind of attracted to you. That’s where I hope you will get to, where you just want to enjoy him. Think about Jesus; the Bible has recordings where he would spend hours; he would spend almost a whole night in prayer. What was he doing? Do you think he was all about asking about stuff? I don’t think so. I think he was just out there, just looking at the Father, just listening to the Father. Because he says that that whatever he saw God do, that’s what he did. Whatever he heard God speak, that’s what he spoke.
So we should be at that level where we go after God in prayer and all we want is to hear what he has to say so that we can speak it. All we want is to hear what he has to say so that we can speak it. All we want is to see what he’s doing so that we can do it, so that we can be representative. The Bible says that we are ambassadors here on Earth. The bible tells us to be imitators of God. So how do we do that? Through prayer we can learn to look to him, and then as we look to him we will be able to reflect what he is and who he is to the world, and then people will be blessed.
I will share with you some other things about prayer, but I just wanted to share with you these two and let you know that prayer is not just about asking, but it’s about pursuing God, it’s about communicating with God at a deeper level that is deeper than just asking for our day to day needs. He knows that we need those and I guarantee you he will give you those things, but we should get to that level where we go after him with all our hearts. He has promised that when we seek him with all of our hearts we will find him, and I believe that as we do that as children of God, as the charge, we’ll be able to influence this world more than we have done in the past.
I hope that blesses you and I hope you go to God at a deeper level where all you desire is not just about your needs, but all you desire is to see him more, to see what he’s doing so you can do it, to hear what he’s saying so you can speak it, and be a blessing to the people out there. I wish you all the best. Again; stay blessed, keep the faith, and go out there and reign in life. God bless you, bye-bye.