And said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.
So I planned something else for this post but the way the spirit hijacked this message (if there’s any such thing as that) Lol. I never esperred it.
While I was finishing up this post I remembered the Pastor Adeboye incident that went viral. People condemning him for asking men to marry “particular” kinds of women. Lol I just found the whole thing silly that people were pissed about something that was none of their business. This isn’t where I’m going but let me just put this out. That Adeboye was talking to a group of believers when he made those statements.
And this is the perfect way to explain it. You know how people like to say. “Don’t judge, the bible says don’t judge” when you are trying to correct a believer and forget that the same bible reports that apostle paul wrote to the Corinthian church saying “I meant you must not associate with people who claim to be believers but continue to live in sin. Don’t even eat with a brother or sister who sins sexually, is greedy, worships idols, abuses others with insults, gets drunk, or cheats people. It is NOT MY BUSINESS to judge those who are NOT part of the group of believers. God will judge them, but YOU MUST JUDGE those who are part of your group…” (1 Corinthians 5:11-13 ERV)
GHEN GHEN! I bet you didn’t think there was anything like YOU MUST JUDGE THEM in the new testament. Haha. (Which is why this the word man post is continuously relevant. click to read)
In the same tone of that statement, even if its not the same situation, Pastor Adeboye also was talking to fellow BELIEVERS. Who understand his point of view, who he can give advice in “godly manner”, who He CAN ACTUALLY JUDGE when they do wrong. Likewise they can do to him too. Lol. Yes. The bible said that. Read it.
That being said. Lets move on. (I’ve been dying to address that matter Lol)
When I speak to some Christians, believers oh! We can excuse the unbelievers because well, “When we say this, we don’t use words taught to us by human wisdom. We use words taught to us by the Spirit. We use the Spirit’s words to explain spiritual truths. People who do not have God’s Spirit do not accept the things that come from his Spirit. They think these things are foolish. They cannot understand them, because they can only be understood with the Spirit’s help… (1 Corinthians 2:13-14, 16 ERV)”
But even Christians ask these funny questions. You hear things like:
How can you pray for 5hours?? What do you say for so long? Do you even need to pray for so long for God to hear? Is God deaf? How do I even know I’m praying according to God’s will? What do I even pray for after asking for all I need? Why does God not answer my prayers? How do you hear God speak? Can I really lay hands on the sick? Only pastors should speak in tongues. You’re too spiritual!(the worst statement)
Well dear unbelieving believers, we do these things through Christ that strengthens us because we draw strength from him and we really cannot do it on our own. Christ is the one who gives me the strength I need to do whatever I must do. (Philippians 4:13 ERV)
But we also do our own part because we know he has put his spirit within us and we show him with our works. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. (James 2:18 KJV)
1. We pray in line with God’s word.
2. We pray in tongues
3. We are not carnal minded.
4. We have a renewed mind.
5. We enjoy fellow-shipping with with other brethren
6. We listen when he speaks.
7. We study the word to show ourselves approved.
8. We do the word.
They are people who don’t have what we have because of unbelief. Then there are people who have what we have but don’t realize that they do so they can’t operate on our level.
So prayer is the key, it is the master key.
If you don’t find time to pray as a Christian you’re heading towards doom?
Pray, Pray, keep Praying, don’t stop Praying.
Everything changes when we start to pray.
I remember someone once said, Prayer is like gyming, its hard at first but once you get used to it. Thats it!! Now is the time to pray when everything is fine. Not when everything goes south. NOW IS THE TIME!
So when Pastor Adeboye asked Men (Christian) not to marry a woman that cannot pray for 2hours, maybe he was also saying they should marry a woman who likes to fellowship with other brethren, a woman who is not only a hearer and speaker of the word but also a doer, who is not bored of Church, who prays in tongues, who builds herself in the most holy faith, who is not carnal minded, who studies the scriptures to show herself approved, who has a regenerated and renewed mind?
Because only then can you indeed pray for more than 5hours and still not be weary.
So what does God want from us?
GOD WANTS US TO PRAY!!!
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit..