The order of prayer

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The religious folk and legalists will tell you what not to do, but will not offer you their so called “right” way. Their system has not given them results, but they want you to get results out of that system.

When you come up with a solution that works, they tell you that it is heresy or Pentecostal chauvinism.

This is what an elderly lady whom I ministered to recently faced. She knew how to pray to her God, but she was enslaved by the religious system that gave her a list of don’ts without giving her the full list of do’s.

Certain postures and places were said to be inappropriate for prayer and thus she has been in jail for the better part of her life. If you have been bound, don’t listen to the religious folk.

Jesus says of them in Matthew 23:13, “But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the Kingdom of Heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.” Be careful about them, they are recruiting for the devil.

You should also refuse to be told what to do by the world because the Word of God is spirit and can only be discerned by His Spirit in those filled by the Holy Spirit.

I present this article to give you what posture you can use to communicate with your God. It is not the posture of the body, but of the heart that matters. Let your heart be in a right standing with God.

The Bible records many postures which I presently highlight. The list is not exhaustive though. You can pray while standing as Solomon did in 1 Kings 8:22, “And Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in the presence of all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands toward heaven.”

If you read further you will notice that the Lord heard his prayer and answered him.

You can pray while kneeling. This posture is probably the most practiced. Daniel 6:10 reads, “Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.”

While you are lying on your bed you can still call upon God and He will hear you. One lady once told me that her husband does not want to see her get out of bed to go and pray in the lounge at night.

If you are in such a situation, use this method. The psalmist says in Psalm 63:6, “When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.”

You can bow down to the ground and pray as Moses did in Exodus 34:8, “And Moses made haste, and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshipped.” You can also pray while lying on the ground as Jesus did in Matthew 26:39, “And He went a little farther, and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, ‘O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt’.”

The Bible also records prayer while sitting as in 1 Chronicles 17:16, “And David the king came and sat before the Lord, and said, Who am I, O Lord God, and what is mine house, that thou hast brought me hitherto?” You can use this method on your desk.

You can also lift your hands towards heaven and pray. Psalm 28:2 supports this: “Hear the voice of my supplications, when I cry unto thee, when I lift up my hands toward thy holy oracle.”

Let me close with 1 Timothy 2:8, “I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.” Take note of the word everywhere. Please remember that God is omnipresent which means that He is present everywhere.

He never slumbers nor sleeps. Call upon Him while driving, in the kombi or bus, showering, jogging, cooking, in the saloon or in the supermarket queue.

The foregoing shows that there is absolutely nothing wrong with mass prayer and those that pray pacing up and down the aisles of their church buildings.

Corporate prayer releases a corporate blessing and when the people are one nothing shall be impossible with them.

I encourage all companies to start with a word of prayer everyday before they open their doors to customers.

They will be surprised with the volume of business that comes to them.

For more examples and further study, read the following verses: – Nehemiah 9:4-5, Luke 10:13, Ezra 9:5, Acts 20:36, Psalm 95:6 and Isaiah1:15. Please note that all Scripture quotations in this presentation are from the King James Version of the Bible.

Be free and enjoy your communication with your Father.

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