Rhapsody of Realities TeeVo ; Thursday, 13th June 2019 ;
Pastor Chris Oyakhilome DSc., DD ;
PRAY WITH UNDERSTANDING ;
(Get To Know Who You Are Praying To)
TO THE BIBLE Matthew 18:19
“Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.”
There’s such a thing as praying with understanding, just as we can praise God with understanding. Now, this is different from praying or praising with “the” understanding. Praying with “the” understanding is praying to God through your mind, in the language that you can understand. In other words, you’re not praying in tongues. 1 Corinthians 14:14 says, “For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.”
On the other hand, praying with understanding means, you understand the principles of that particular prayer; you’re praying according to God’s Word, and your prayer has a definite direction; you know the reason for praying as well as the result! You’re praying, knowing who you are: a joint heir with Christ and also knowing the one to whom you’re praying: the Monarch of the Universe! Consequently, you pray with reverence and in faith, confident that there’s nothing too difficult for Him to do.
In praying with understanding, you have a knowledge of who you are in Christ; you have knowledge of the Father, and you have the knowledge of the truth that without faith it’s impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). In addition, you know that without the Word of God in operation, your prayer is empty; so you pray the Word. Even when you speak in tongues, you’re aware that you’re not speaking to men but to God; you’re speaking mysteries concerning the situation: “For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries” (1 Corinthians 14:2).
This is how you pray when there’s a “matter.” When something is happening in your life or in your country that’s not consistent with the will of God, pray with understanding and you’ll have results.
The Parable of the Persistent Widow
Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart,
But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit,
I thank you, Lord, for the enlightenment and impartation of knowledge that I received today on prevailing prayer. My faith is strong, as I pray with understanding to change negative circumstances to align with your perfect will for me, in the Name of Jesus. Amen.
Daily Bible Reading
Acts 4:1-31, 2 Chronicles 16-19
2 Corinthians 3:1-10, Songs Of Solomon 5-6
Meditate on 1 Peter 3:12 and James 5:16