“I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being,”
Ephesians 3:16 NIV
Mastery of anything requires time. The same way we are deliberate about spending time in the gym to build physical muscles is the same way we should spend time building spiritual ‘muscles’ through prayer. This means we have to pray long.
So why pray long? The first reason we pray long is that it is our lifestyle as believers. It is our culture, not just a strategy used when we need miracles. Prayer helps us build capacity. We exercise ourselves for more in the place of prayer and we gain strength. (I Thessalonians 5:17)
Another reason is that prayer strengthens you to face adversity. There is no journey of divine leading that is free of adversity so we have to spend time building strength and courage in the place of prayer. Jesus left Gethsemane with strength and courage ready to do the will of God after He had spent hours praying (Matthew 26: 45-46).
Prayer is not just about what God can do for you, it is about what God does in you when you pray and most times, God answers our prayers with strength (Isaiah 40:31).
Another reason why we pray long is that our sensitivity is heightened when we pray and so we are sponsored in the direction of God’s will. In fact, we erase and avoid mistakes in the place of prayer. In Acts 13:2-4, as they spent time praying and fasting God gave them instructions, and after the instruction came, they fasted and prayed some more. We pray to receive direction and prepare for execution.
You shouldn’t start anything major in your life without taking time to pray about it. There is no shortcut to these things; if we want to see the miracles the Apostles and the church of old saw, we must spend time praying.
Lastly, we pray long so that we can pray short. Jesus could stand in front of Lazarus’ tomb and declare because He was prayed up. That’s why He said, “Father, I thank you because you’ve heard me….” He had prayed! (John 11:41-43).
For us to be able to stand and make bold faith declarations we must have settled things in prayer.
We have to develop a healthy prayer life. We should have a regular prayer schedule and also have special seasons of devotion. We have to learn to pray until we have victory in our Spirit so that we can get up with confidence and execute the will of God just like Jesus did at Gethsemane.
Our heartfelt continuous prayers make power available both to do and undo according to the will of God (James 5:16b -18). Dear Believer, Pray!
Bible Reading Plan:
Luke 1:1-25, Ephesians 1:1-14,Psalms 119:1-8, I Kings 1