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PRAYER FIRST – REV FRANCIS WAIVE

PRAYER FIRST - REV FRANCIS WAIVE

THE GENERAL OVERSEER OF CHURCH OF THE ANOINTING, REV FRANCIS WAIVE’S MESSAGE; PRAYER FIST ON THE CHURCH FRESH OIL NEWSLETTER OCTOBER TO DECEMBER 2017 EDITION.

Prayer should be our first response and not our last resort in every situation whether good or bad. Many times, we are prone to act before we pray.

Praying later shows you only want God to bail you out of a situation you may have complicated with your actions. We must not make prayer an after-thought or something we resort to only when there is no other way out.

We should instinctively react with prayers whenever we are faced with decisions and situations. Indeed we must be proactive when it comes to prayer; not waiting for the enemy to strike before we pray.

Understanding the necessity of prayer is crucial in this respect. This will make praying a crucial aspect of our daily lives.

Prayer needs to become something that we look forward to doing. I recall years ago when a younger brother of mine for whose education I was responsible came calling with some needs. I didn’t have the money required to meet those needs. Because he is a believer, I asked him if he had prayed and asked God to provide. His answer was ‘why should I pray when you are available?’ I had to begin to lecture him on how to trust God and not man for his needs.

I made him realize that that was the way I lived. We have a father in heaven who cares for us. We must bring our needs to him in prayer.

My brother had to learn to ask God before ever contemplating telling me of any need. As a case study I held his hands and we spent considerable time asking God to provide. A few days later while my brother was still with me waiting for a miracle, someone came to pay an old debt.

The amount was equal to what my brother needed. How we praised God for answers to prayer! Oswald Chambers when talking about prayer wrote,” we tend to use prayer as a last resort, but God wants it to be our first line of defense. We only pray when there is nothing else we can do. But God wants us to pray before we do anything at all.”

We try to help ourselves by our own efforts. We go ahead and pick an option as though in a multiple-choice examination we have obtained the best option.

Sometimes we discuss with people who we feel understand the issue at hand. Afterall the bible says there is safety in a multitude of counselors. We forget the most important counselor of all, the Holy Spirit who knows the things of God and can reveal them to us.

Prayerlessness makes us forfeit peace and bear needless pains. I was told of a young lady who was faced with a choice whether she should go ahead and start her own business or take a job that didn’t seem to have great prospects.

She didn’t really have much capital to start the business and taking the job seemed a realistic choice. When she discussed with her elder sister a matured Christian, she got the correct response; ‘have you prayed about it?’ Permit me to ask you the same question.

Have you prayed about the issues in your life that you are running around seeking for the assistance and counsel from your relations for? Have you prayed about the decisions you have to make or you are waiting for disaster to strike before you rush to God in a fire-brigade prayer style? Prayer is essentially a conversation with God just like you would discuss with a friend.

Whatever our situations or challenge, before discussing with anyone we should first pray. In praying you may even get direction as to whom to talk to and who not to even think about in addressing your challenge. I am convinced most people don’t pray because they don’t enjoy prayer and they don’t enjoy prayer because they have not given it the priority it deserves.

The Apostle James tells us in James 5:13- 15. “Is any among you afflicted? Let him pray. Is any merry? Let him sing psalms. Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: and the prayer of faith shall save the sick and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he has committed sins they shall be forgiven him”.

I challenge you to make prayer a priority in your life. You certainly will enjoy the benefits because God answers prayers.

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