Christ would regularly have communion with the heavenly father. The disciples witnessed this daily and regular practice and in often times they noted how he looked refreshed, rejuvenated and very peaceful to the extent that they envied Him. The disciples would not hide their curiosity as to what words did the Saviour employ that gave Him such strength to carry on in the days of trouble and wearisome labour. Did He pray differently? One time, one of the disciples requested, “Lord, teach us to pray…”
The Saviour went ahead and taught them the common prayer aliased today as “The Lord’s Prayer”. “Our Father who art in Heaven, Hallowed be thy name…” To date, this prayer outlines what I may term as the “prayer basics”. Not only does the saviour teach them the basics of prayer but rather He goes on to relay to them the secrets to an effective prayer.
- How often and how persistent? The answer: persistence should be like that of the widow seeking justice against her adversary(Luke 18:2-6)
- When? Anytime whether midday or midnight.
- How to conduct the prayer? Just ask and it shall be given; Seek and you shall find; Knock and the door shall be opened for you.
Despite the fact that, we have been to taught on how to pray, we rarely practise it for reasons best known to us; we are too busy, we don’t understand the essence of prayer, or we just don’t know the times we are living in. I’m convicted that we do not have the wisdom that we ought to possess for us to be capable of numbering our days as the psalmist records (Psalms 90:12). To number our days is not the mere application of arithmetic operations to get 70 from threescore and ten (v.10) but rather, it requires application of divine wisdom in our daily practices.
Wisdom is essential to our lives for us to come to the realization that:
- We are living in perilous times.(2 Tim 3:1-7). Love for self(anything for fame), covetous of almost everything (men, women), boastful and proud are we (of even that which we do not own), blasphemers (through our actions we deny our creators existence), disobedient to our parents (we can’t take care of them in their old age); ungrateful (to men and God to the extent of robbing Him). Practise of evil (like fornication in the name of love and practice makes perfect).We are liars (copies of celebrities rather than of Christ, we are dishonest in exam rooms). From fierce men, we’ve become despisers of good, lovers of pleasure rather than God (watching football during Sabbath)…always learning but never able to acknowledge the truth.
- We need wisdom in our hearts so that we may acknowledge that we are living in the worst of times when our greatest adversary, the devil, prowls like roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. And surely, Satan knows that his time is short (Rev 12:12) and thus his catastrophic efforts to destroy the human race-no one is an exception, be it the rich, the poor, the famous, the humble, the learned etc.
We, by our own might, are clearly no match for the devil for he lets us dilly dally in sin after which he’ll be successful in his ultimate goal to have us 6 ft. under, waiting for “dooms day”- death by instalment; rendering the words of 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 void because of our reckless lives…to be continued