Rhapsody of Realities Daily Devotional Pastor Chris Oyakhilome PhD Thursday, 21st September 2023 UNDERSTAND THE ESSENCE OF PRAYER

_And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints_ *(Ephesians 6:18 NIV)*

For some people, prayer is a mere ritual or religious ceremony. For example, the Pharisees, Sadducees, and Scribes in Bible days were given to the religiosity of prayer but not to its true essence and significance. But it wasn’t so with the Patriarchs of faith like Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; they understood the importance and power of prayer as effective communication with God. 

The Lord Jesus also demonstrated the power of prayer with amazing results. His disciples noticed this and asked Him to teach them how to pray effectively; they desired to pray in a way that God would hear and answer them. They wanted a genuine connection with God, where their prayers would have a meaningful impact, and that became their experience. 

As you study the Book of Acts, and particularly the Epistles, you’d observe valuable insights and practical guidance on how to pray effectively. The apostles followed in the footsteps of Jesus and they too experienced remarkable results and passed this valuable knowledge to the Church. 

So, we understand that prayer is God’s idea. He wants us to pray because He wants to answer. Prayer gives Him the right to intervene in the affairs of men and establish His will in the earth. Therefore, we pray with the understanding that our prayers make tremendous power available, dynamic in its working (James 5:16). 


_Dear Father, thank you for the privilege of fellowship with you in prayer, through the Holy Spirit. I’m victorious in all circumstances, walking in the blessings of the Lord because I live in the authority of the Word and in the Name of Jesus! Amen._


*James 5:16-18 AMPC* Confess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offenses, your sins) and pray [also] for one another, that you may be healed and restored [to a spiritual tone of mind and heart]. The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working]. *17* Elijah was a human being with a nature such as we have [with feelings, affections, and a constitution like ours]; and he prayed earnestly for it not to rain, and no rain fell on the earth for three years and six months. *18* And [then] he prayed again and the heavens supplied rain and the land produced its crops [as usual]. 

*Luke 18:1* And he spake a parable unto them [to this end], that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; 

*Philippians 4:6-7* Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. *7* And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 

*1 Year Bible Reading Plan :* Galatians 5:16-26 & Isaiah 6-8

*2 Year Bible Reading Plan :* Luke 24:1-12 & 2 Samuel 15-16   

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