“But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost.”
Jude 1: 20 KJV
A wealthy couple once bought an expensive digital tablet for their five-year-old son but he used it as a base for his Lego toys. Indeed, when the purpose of a thing is not known, abuse is inevitable.
A lot of believers today know so much about prayer but so little about its purpose. News flash: Prayer is not primarily a tool for meeting your needs. The real purpose of prayer is edification in prayer.
Edification in prayer is the process of building ourselves up. As our anchor verse explains, edification is laying brick upon brick in our spirit and stirring up power in us (Jude 1: 20). See how Apostle Paul puts it while speaking to the church in Corinth.
“He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.” 1 Corinthians 14: 4 NKJV
When we pray in the Holy Ghost, we edify ourselves and build spiritual muscles. Some believers tend to capitalize on the experience of ‘answered prayers’ so much so that when they pray and don’t receive physical answers, they think their prayers are pointless.
The truth is prayer can never be pointless as prayer does more in us than it does for us. In the place of prayer, intimacy with the Father should be our focus, not just our material needs because we have a proactive Father who knows our needs and meets them even before we ask (Isaiah 65:24).
As our needs are already being met, we should spend more time worshipping and praying more kingdom-centred prayers. We must let the kingdom be our priority in prayer, and then all these things will be added (Mathew 6: 33).
Some things we are earnestly trying to achieve by warfare, we can get through intimacy. With this knowledge, edification in prayer should be the totality of our prayers. We should shift our gaze from need-centered prayers to building capacity in prayer.
Prayer has multiple benefits besides meeting our needs. It strengthens and helps us build perseverance (Mathew 26:38-42). It preserves us and keeps us from temptation (Mathew 26: 41), and aligns us with God’s plan.
When we pray, we become more sensitive to God’s leading. So when you pray today, be reminded of what is of importance— aligning yourself with God’s plan and building capacity in the place of prayer.
Prayer is the key. In as much as we have highlighted what prayer can do in us, make no mistakes. There is a level of intimacy that prayer brings us into that makes other things fall in place. In Acts 16:25-26, we see that Paul and Silas did not focus on the chains but as they prayed and sang, the chains fell off! That’s the right focus to have in prayer!
Bible Reading Plan:
Luke 18:18-30, 2 Timothy 4, Proverbs 13:13-25, Nehemiah 11