Prayer Ethics of A Lazy man.
I am sitting in a service listening to my beloved Pastor declare that we must all pray till we sweat. Really?
As a novice on the matter, I cannot simply tell him, ‘No, that’s not true,’ but I…didn’t misunderstand my way into God’s presence… No I call out to a person who I believe hears me and he does. [Psalms 3:4]
Yes after all God is a rewarder of those who seek him diligently seek him…so you can choose the definition of ‘diligent’ that you like best but this is not Facebook and after all He: The King of Heaven, The Most High, The Almighty Master Writer of the Universe, who holds all things together by the power of his Word; He…called you first. [Luke 17:25/ Acts 3:26/ 1John 4:19/ Colossians 1:16-17/ Hebrews 1:3, 11:6]
So prayer is more a matter of faith than a matter of sweat see because the righteous, who we are who are saved by the blood of the Lamb and the words of our testimony, shall live by faith. [ Galatians 3:11/ Revelations 12:11]
So I choose the legal definition of ‘diligence’ and ask, seek or knock BELIEVING.
That’s the… This is the beauty of the Christian, The Child of God. A more matured one could miss something a little one is staring at because it still is unto us all according to our Faith. [Matthew 9:29]
Cut short a lengthy prayer if you’re repeating a request. Thank and Praise him instead, stop nagging God!! [Mark 12:40/ Matthew 6:7, 21:22]
Before you stop reading, ask yourself, did Jesus say, ‘Lazarus come out!’ More than once? [John 11:41-44]
Or did Peter say to the Beggar at Beautiful, ‘Silver and Gold have I not, but what I have I give to you…In the Name of Jesus, Rise up, Rise up and walk, rise up and walk. Yes! It is your time, and your season; nothing can hold you down… Arise Arise Arise!!!'[Acts 3]
Yes, No… Jesus laid hands on someone’s eyes twice to let him see clearly and Elijah kept praying till a cloud the size of a man’s hand showed up.[ Mark 8:22/ 1 Kings 18:43-44]
And it came to pass that before any time had passed it came to pass through the minds of those in whose minds it came to pass that Jesus was known to say, ‘Will you not watch with me for an hour…'[Matthew 26:40] Well even you have to do something as serious as dying on a wooden torture tool the next day, you must realise that prayer is conversation with the supernatural…[Acts 4:24] So when you spend an hour or more repeating requests about which our same Lord Jesus said, ‘Don’t ask about these things…’ ]Matthew 6:25-34] Can He be said to have answered? Do any of us even actually converse (as in talk and listen) or do we just order The Almighty around for a while and then say, ‘AMEN.’
Your neighborhood. Your Workplace. Your Children. Your Dilemmas. These are all worth praying for but to what extent.[ James 5:16]
A Lady said…’ Daniel, please pray for me.’ And she turned to leave I said I would not. Why? Because you didn’t tell me what to tell my Father. Say I went to you and said, ‘Take care of yourself.’ Would you treat yourself any differently than you have been already? God says He knows what you have need of and you are the Body of Christ [ Matthew 6:8/ 1 Corinthians 6:19, 3:16-17], Yet…
She said, ‘Pray I don’t fall sick.’
I said, ‘By his stripes you WERE healed so stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.'[Acts 3:16/ John 5:1-14/ 1Peter 2:24]
She said, ‘Pray I pass my exams.’
I said, ‘God wishes above all things that you prosper, but you must mind your company and your tongue, keep your eyes on the Word to say and do it, then YOU shall make your way prosperous and be like a tree planted by a stream, bearing fruit in its season…'[Joshua 1:8/ Psalm 1/ 3 John 1:2]
She said, ‘Wait…pray I find a good husband.’
I said, ‘HE, not she, who finds…go seek first the kingdom of God and ALL these things will be added unto you.'[Proverbs 18:22/ Matthew 6:33]
At the end of the day, it is unto you according to what you believe, but if your faith didn’t come by hearing the Word of God at all it is not… Faith.[ Matthew 9:29/ Romans 10:17]
If we ought to pray without ceasing, that might mean you can pray without ceasing[1 Thessalonians 5:17]…by interceding for people according to The Word, pouring out our hearts honestly and humbly and listening…[Job 33:14]
But maybe am wrong and these are the Prayer ethics of a lazy man… And You didn’t hear this from me. Either way pray… Thank him for answering, because EVERYDAY, JESUS loves you, so much, and he’s always listens.