Rhapsody Of Realities 11 October 2021 By Pastor Chris Oyakhilome (Christ Embassy) — Praying Without Ceasing
TOPIC: Praying Without Ceasing (Rhapsody of Realities 11 October 2021)
SCRIPTURE: Pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
When the Bible says, “Pray without ceasing,” what does it mean? Moreover, how is that even possible? God never tells us to do something we couldn’t do. First, understand that in the verse above, the Apostle Paul wasn’t addressing an individual, but the church in Thessalonica. How could they have prayed without ceasing as a church? It’s simple; it’s by scheduling.
That’s what we’ve done since 2020 with the Pastor Chris Live “Pray-A-Thon.” We worked out a schedule so we could pray without ceasing, round the clock, every day, all year-round in a non-stop prayer-chain. Through our heartfelt, continued prayers, we’re causing changes and enforcing the will of the Father here on earth.
Never take this spiritual admonition as an exaggeration; take the Word of God seriously. When you re-interpret such clear instructions of the Spirit, you weaken the meaning and then lose the power of it. If as a family, or a group, you plan to pray for a specific number of hours, commit to it. Form a prayer chain; schedule those who would pray at different times during the day.
Let’s say, Susan, for example, takes a certain number of minutes; then Dave follows, and Casey takes the next slot, and Ben takes another and so on, such that no one breaks the chain. If you’d do this diligently, you’d be amazed at the giant leaps and strides you’d experience in the spirit. He didn’t ask us to pray without ceasing for nothing. The joy of it all is the answers we receive. Hallelujah!
Remember, the Church is the only restraining force against the evil manipulations and dictates of Satan. Through our prayers, we contend for the souls of men, and cancel the wicked plans of the devil, and establish the will of God in the earth. Always take advantage of the privilege, opportunity and blessings of prayer. When it’s time to pray, avoid all forms of distractions. If you’re going to walk in God’s unusual blessings continually, then you must pray without ceasing.
Dear Father, I thank you for raising an end-time army given to prayers, day in day out, enforcing your will in the earth through heartfelt, continued prayer, which is effective and dynamic in its working. I pray that your righteousness will be established in the earth and in the hearts of men, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
1 Timothy 2:1-3 (KJV)
1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
Luke 18:1 (KJV)
1 And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;
James 5:16 (AMPC)
16 Confess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offenses, your sins) and pray [also] for one another, that you may be healed and restored [to a spiritual tone of mind and heart]. The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].
1-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN
Colossians 4:2-18 & Isaiah 52-53
2-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN
John 5:10-18 & 1 Kings 17-18
Rhapsody of Realities 2021 Devotional was written by Pastor Pastor Chris Oyakhilome (D.Sc., D.D.). President of Loveworld Inc. aka Christ Embassy Int’l.