Prayer and complacency: The dangers of leading a complacent prayer life.

Thought for the day:

I attend a bible believing Church who's aim is to raise people by teaching the word of Faith! So.. we hold all night prayer vigils every last Friday of the month. This particular Friday the Holy Spirit ministered to me. Something very simple yet profound!

So this Friday (25/11/2016) whilst I was in church I found myself very tired. I had worked all week and I was exhausted! My Pastor had raised prayer points and I was praying however very sluggishly. However at a certain point the Holy Spirit ministered to me and told me that ''Elaine if only you knew the severity/seriousness/impact of certain prayers you would not be sluggish no matter how tired you are''. After this I found the strength to pray. Then I caught onto a revelation- we can become very complacent with our prayer life and so familiar with the things of God and forget the magnitude of certain spiritual acts!

When talking of complacency, we can become so used to our surroundings/the way our life is that we forget that God has so much more in store for His children and we can access that through prayer. I am (or used to be) guilty of this as we believe where we are now is God's maximum blessing for us. NO! Each and every day God is growing and developing us holistically. This includes your spiritual and physical life. One of the fastest ways to know the plans that God has for you is through prayer! Prophecy from men and women is good (I believe in this ministry) however I also advocate getting to know the mind of God for yourself and He CAN tell you if you harken onto Him.

The other side of complacency is the fact that we forget the enemy never rests (1 Peter 5:8) and is always looking for an opportunity to raise a flood against the Children of God. However the Bible tells us in 2 Corinthians 10: 3-5:

''For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;). Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.''

One of our weapons of warfare as children of God is prayer and tongue speaking (Ephesians 6:18; James 5: 16-18; Psalm 6: 9-10; Mark 9:29).  When we look at how army's fight in the world they use weapons such as guns, knives etc. However when we look at the word carnal we are looking at its meaning of ''fleshly things''. Prayer or praying in the spirit is not a ''fleshly or worldly'' act and it has the ability to pull down strong holds and imaginations and everything that attempts to exalt itself against the knowledge of God. Therefore it is one of your key weapons to keeping the enemy at bay! But remember the power/outcome of the prayer is not due to the person praying however the Power of God who we are praying through and calling upon the Powerful name of Jesus!

When we talk about being to familiar with the things of God is that we become so accustom to how we believe God works that we ignore the importance of always praying (1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18). Children of God, every time God reveals a part of Himself to us there is so much more we can find out. He is bigger than what we can ever imagine or conceive! Sometimes we believe God will do A but rather He does B. That is because His ways are not are ways and His wisdom is foolishness onto man (Isaiah 55:8; 1 Corinthians 1:25). Can you imagine the Creator of the universe...seriously He is Bigger than what we can ever imagine. Also being familiar with God can be quite dangerous to your spiritual life. It can make you underestimate God, His desires and limit your access to your blessings!

We all know that prayer is a fundamental part of our everyday walk as Christians. The bible talks extensively about prayer, the importance of it and how to actually pray (Matthew 6:9-13). Prayer is one of the key ways to access our Godly heritage as a child of God (John 15:16; Luke 11:13). It is also one of the ways in which we defeat the enemy (the devil) and bring his plans to nought (Psalms 18:6; Ephesians 6: 17-20) . It is also one of the ways in which we can make manifest God's plans for our lives (1 John 5:14; Mark 11:24; Jeremiah 33:3).

During this journey called ''life'' often or not we find ourselves doubting the power of prayer. That could be for a variety of reasons, fear, lack of faith, lack of patience and so on. However the bible says that God hears our prayers so be confident in knowing that He has heard you and is working on your case!

I hope this has blessed and encouraged somebody out there today who is struggling with their prayer life. Give yourself to God and see what He will not do for and through you!

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Disclaimer: I am not an Ordained minister or a Pastor or a prophetess. I am a daughter of Zion encouraging others to pursue God.

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