New and living way

As long as the church is bitter with God and the cloud of darkness is left uncovered by the truth or rightly divided Word of Truth, the church will be always complaining and some will leave the faith.

TEACHING prayer in ministry or denominational setting is a bit easier because we then pray. On a platform like this, I appeal to you to stand with us and pray especially now that we are breaking down the walls of legalism, tradition and religion.

Let me enlighten you a bit more. Since satan has seen that the church is praying, he will not necessarily stop you from praying but leave you praying with dissatisfaction because no answer will be coming from God.

As long as the church is bitter with God and the cloud of darkness is left uncovered by the truth or rightly divided Word of Truth, the church will be always complaining and some will leave the faith.

Complaining or murmuring is fertile ground for not realising the promises of God.

We are careful not to be so much engrossed in the mechanical aspects of prayer, thereby defeating the fellowship the Father intended to have with His children.

Many panic and try all sorts of antics like covering up for God that the situation was resolved. By night, witch doctors will be busy helping “Christians”.

An act will be put up by testimonies in the church for a “breakthrough” that came from the devil. At some point a whole assembly will be nicodemously visiting the same witch doctor or false prophet/ess.

What was previously a Christian assembly becomes a cult. Where God is, you do not need to cover up for Him.

Sometimes the mechanics we mentioned earlier are pulled out. This is where we end up having satanic things like dangerous prayers, back to sender or the sorcerer must die. God wants the sorcerer, witch doctor, wizard or any perceived enemy to be saved.

1 Timothy 2:4, reads, “Who [God] will [desires to] have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”

After being saved, the believer has to know the truth. Prophecy had already foretold in the following rhetoric question, Ezekiel 18:23, “Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?”

Other mechanics used are like, let us use time windows when sorcerers are busy like midnight or at 1 am. When you fail to wake up to pray that slot, the whole day you will be seeing satan and defeat.

Faith will be driven by fear. Some resort to try entice God with a vow and call it the prayer of Hannah or the blessing of Jabez.

The devil likes it so much when a believer has a mindset that the Father is so hard to get answers from.

He really smiles when we conclude that we are not doing enough before we pray because he knows we will not receive.

He smiles when you conclude that you are cursed and always looking for being blessed.

All these have no place in the New Testament. The Gospel of Christ is the blessing. We read Acts 3:26, “Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.”

Space will not permit to quote from the epistles and letters how we are already blessed. A believer is blessed because salvation is the blessing.

Everything that comes from God is by grace and, therefore, a gift without human effort.

Apostle Paul tells us in Ephesians 2:8-9, “[8] For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: [9] Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

We endeavour to teach in love and avoid examples that point towards any denomination or ministry or person. We do not look for powerful believers or prayer warriors. Is that so? We pray to a powerful Almighty God and Father. Do not discredit yourself.

Should you have prayer partners? Yes. God is looking to develop your own prayer life. It will be unfolding more and more as we continue with this series.

Jesus explained the spirit of the Scriptures in Luke 9:54-56, “[54] And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elijah did? [55] But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. [56] For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.” The Bible is clear that we are not fighting human beings.

We are in the day of salvation. What we have already quoted shows that God does not want your enemy to die. 2 Corinthians 6:2, teaches, “(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)”

We have crossed from death to life and cannot pray according to the deadness of sin. Our Way is new and alive according to Hebrews 10:19-20, “[19] Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, [20] By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;”

We will explain this more next week so that we do not try fables like through and by the blood of Jesus. If you are born again, the blood of Jesus puts you in the living way.

The Bible is clear that we pray in the name of Jesus. We don’t strengthen prayer by praying in the name and by the blood of Jesus. Selah!

Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen. Grace and peace be multiplied to you through knowledge.

All Bible quotations are from the King James Version unless otherwise stated.

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