You know how frustrated and tired you get after you have prayed and prayed about a specific need? That was exactly how I felt recently. I was practically worn out after countless prayers with no result in view. And knowing the devil for what he does best, he was very quick to convince me into believing: “There’s no point praying. Nothing is changing”.
Then I lost my ‘prayer appetite’. Honestly who wants to pray and pray without results? Certainly not me. I’m so sure the devil did the ‘shoki’ dance because of the seeming
victory deceit which I had fallen for.
But thank God for Mercy. Few days ago, the Lord prompted me to ‘pray’ about that need again. You can imagine my response. LMAO! I wasn’t going to pray again. *now covers face*. In my defense “why should I pray again? Have I not been praying and praying? Shouldn’t I just ‘Gbakamu’ (Sorry I can’t translate to English) and not stress myself again?” LOL! Looking back, I cannot but shake my head for Arinola.
While I was still struggling with God about praying and not praying, God helped me understand a Bible verse better: “The heartfelt (fervent, continued) prayer of the righteous makes tremendous power available”. Something struck me in this AMP version of James 5:16. The word “CONTINUED“. My understanding is “tremendous power will be made available when we pray fervently without ceasing”. Then the more I thought about the word ‘CONTINUED’, other scenarios came to my mind. The Bible recalls that Daniel prayed a heartfelt (fervent, continued) prayer for 21 days without ceasing. He prayed and prayed until the angel of God brought the answer he needed. He wasn’t going to give up prayer even if it meant praying for a longer time than he anticipated.
Another interesting scenario was the Elijah story after he had announced to Ahab that it was going to rain. After sometime, he went up and started to pray, he asked one of his followers to check if there was any sign of rain, and several times the boy came back and said NO. The amazing thing to me was “Elijah didn’t stop praying because of this”. Why? He was “fully satisfied and assured that God was able to keep His word and to do what He had promised” Romans 4:21 .Rather than give up, Elijah continued praying and asked the boy to go back and check yet again (the 7th time). Only this time did the boy come back with a positive report “There’s a cloud as small as a man’s hand”. God is faithful. There was no way He was going to let Elijah be put to shame.
And there’s an icing on the ‘praying without ceasing’ cake: the fact that “God is able…” Like everyone else, I only knew and used to quote half of “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly far above all you could ever ask or think…” If this is the only part you know and pay attention to, then you’re not alone. This was all I knew until few hours before this post 🙂 . The meaning of the full verse came to me “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we could ever ask or think, according to the power that works in us.” Ephesians 3:20.
So it occurred to me that quoting half of Ephesians 3:20 wasn’t it. For a better understanding we need to meditate on the verse with emphasis on “according to the power that works in us”.
In my mind, another word for “according” would be “based” on the power that works in you. Which brings me to my conclusion “God is able to do exceedingly abundantly far above all that we could ever ask or think, based on the tremendous power we generate in the place of prayer”. Did you catch it? 🙂