Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Where are the Praying People?

Have you ever entered into a prayer meeting to find all the seats occupied? I don't think anyone has ever had trouble finding a seat on those nights! Unfortunately, many are persuaded to stay home and quote "be there" in spirit or so they say.

Prayer is more than just making our requests known to the Lord, but it is a tool accompanied with the Word of God that transforms into a spiritual weapon along with praise!

It is in prayer where we stand proclaiming, decreeing and breaking strongholds that continue to bound us individually and collectively as the church! Intercessory prayers demolishes the plots of the enemy and it builds the kingdom of God. For what we bind on earth is bound in Heaven and what is bind in Heaven is bound on earth! It is in our position of obedience to pettition, intercede and travail on behalf of a people and nation that our influence penetrates the kingdom of darkness. This authority and privilege is ours as believers in Christ to take hold of and subdue and conquer territories for God!

"When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people,if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land." ~ 2 Chronicles 7:14

Prayer will cause God to move through us to release heaven on earth! His desire is that none shall perish. Therefore, our prayers are a license for God to come and manifest His will upon the people and land.

So then, where are the praying people? Our meetings should be a full-house! Instead they are empty. Then we wonder why we live powerless lives, our churches are powerless and we continue to be bound in sin and troubles continue to follow us!

Prayer doesn't only change things; it changes EVERYTHING!

There is a great need in these days if you haven't noticed. Marriages are ending in divorce, families are divided, our children are lost, there is an identity crisis: men want to be women and women want to be men! The churches are in ruins with division, false doctrines amongst other things! Wars, earthquakes and famine are becoming the norm. Heart have waxed cold: everyone looking out for only themselves! The world is going to hell as we know it, yet our prayer meetings are empty!

Let us awaken from our slumber to think that it is enough to pray on our own just before we go to bed and when we arise. In the book of Acts they ALL gathered together in the upper room and prayed:

"They all met together and were constantly united in prayer, along with Mary the mother of Jesus, several other women, and the brothers of Jesus." ~Acts 1:14

And we all know what happened next! Read Acts 2! People we need to march on our knees and seek God for a revival within us, the church and the nation but who will press in and seek the Lord as such? Will you? If so, make it a priority to attend your prayer meetings with a heart of expectation that all that you ask according to His will, He will give to you! Praise the Lord for His promises!! Glory be to His Name!!