“Pray continually” (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
“…Always pray and not give up” (Luke 18:1)
“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.” (Ephesians 6:18)
The Bible teaches us to pray continually without giving up. Sometimes, trouble or bad news or humiliation ensues us after we pray with fasting or attend an all-night prayer. In such times, praying in the Spirit is the only way. Only then we can pray with determination, stay awake and pray for the saints.
“Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.” (Ephesians 5:17)
When we pray in the Spirit, we will know what the Lord’s will is.
“And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.” (Revelation 5:8)
When we pray filled with the Spirit according to the will of the Lord, according to the leading of the Spirit, our prayers reach God as incense.
What is the Will of God?
“Who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of truth.” (1 Timothy 2:4)
Many times, we pray that God should give our adversaries the same pain they caused us. We become resentful and pray that God pays themback according to their deeds. However, our Lord’s will for us is to pray for the salvation of every human, including those who harm us. The Lord says, “You need not pray on your own. Let the Holy Spirit which I have given you, pray through you”. When the Holy Spirit starts to pray, every word will turn out to be prophetic. We should start to pray supernaturally. When we do so, the devil cannot come to that place.
He has predestined everything even before the formation of the Earth. (Ephesians 1:12)
God already knows the answer to questions like; What should happen in this world? Who should rule the world and when? What should they do in their tenure? What should transpire among the people? What should happen in your family? The Lord has already planned every detail. The Holy Spirit shows the plans of the Lord to us from within us. When problems come, the Lord will take our eyes away from the issues that we face and show us, “My son, this will be the solution to this problem. After this, you will get the privilege of having everything which leads to goodness.”
Prayer of Elijah
Let us meditate about Elijah who prayed being filled with the Spirit:
“After a long time, in the third year, the word of the Lord came to Elijah: “Go and present yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain on the land.” (1Kings 18:1)
There was severe famine in the land. It was because King Ahab and Queen Jezebel who ruled the land sinned against the Lord. They arrested the Lord’s people. They tried to kill them. But what could Elijah do in this kind of a situation? What could he have prayed for? Even though Elijah may have spoken with resentment about the King and the Queen, nothing has been written about it. However, the Lord says to Elijah, “Go and present yourself to the King. I am giving my word for the king to you”.
Even in today's times, we can turn a nation towards God. When we humble ourselves, repent for our sins in the presence of God, the Lord shall command healing over the land (2 Chronicles 7:14).
That is how Elijah humbled and emptied himself and stood before the Lord. Humble yourselves before the Lord and say, “Lord, I am nothing, take me in the Spirit, I want to know your will. I surrender myself to fulfill only your will. Let your word come to the nation through me. Let healing come to the nations through me, therefore, speak to me”.
Only when you are in the Spirit, wellness will come to the nation. When Elijah was in the Spirit, the word of the Lord came to him. The nation was in famine without rain for 3 years. These three years, the people were crushed due to wrongful authority. We sometimes think that the word of the Lord is delayed. However, He makes us wait. Because, in those three years, He causes us, who are His servants, to empty ourselves, repent for our sins and transgressions and humble us for the sake of the nation. After that, the word of the Lord will come. He said to Elijah, “Go and present to the King.” Only then Elijah goes searching for the King.
After Elijah met the King, the governor Obadiah, came in search of him. In the same way, the Lord will send commanders to you to send the message or a prophetic word for the King through you. Doors will be opened in this manner too.
Elijah is a prophet, not a commander of the King. However, when the Lord’s hand was on him, he said to King Ahab, “Bring the 400 prophets of Baal to Mount Carmel”. Mount Carmel is in the north of Israel. The King listened to what Elijah said, and the power of God made him bring 400 prophets. Yes, when the Lord gives you a prophetic word, they will do as you say. The power of the King of kings will we revealed to you and through you. Kings will hear the word of the Lord through you.
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