Get more close to Jesus; Take the first step to receive the miracle. Jesus will take the rest of the steps for you. All you have to do is the simple work of taking the first step in faith. When you take the first step and proclaim through your mouth; God is ready to move in your life.
If something goes wrong; something bad happens in the family or in the church, we ask why? Why is this happening? The need of the hour is not just prayer, but fervent prayer. The Church needs fervent and earnest prayer. Fervent prayer means ‘constant prayer’ or ‘prayer without ceasing’.
Acts 12:1-5 – Now about that time Herod the king stretched out his hand to harass some from the church. Then he killed James the brother of John with the sword. And because he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to seize Peter also. Now it was during the Days of Unleavened Bread. So when he had arrested him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four squads of soldiers to keep him, intending to bring him before the people after Passover. Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church.
Acts 12:11 – And when Peter had come to himself, he said, “Now I know for certain that the Lord has sent His angel, and has delivered me from the hand of Herod and from all the expectation of the Jewish people.”
The Church prayed without ceasing, for Peter. The fervent prayer signifies fervor and earnestness, as well as perseverance. These prayers of the Church produced miraculous interference mentioned above, and without which Peter could not have escaped from the hands of the ruthless king Herod.
It was a praying Church; we too should be a fervently praying family, individuals and church. Fervent prayer can change our circumstances. Fervent prayer means ‘being in war against the plans of the enemy devil and cancelling it’.
If you have fervent prayer, you will see miracles in your spiritual life, in your family and in your church. Pray and cancel every plan the devil has against your family and the church.
“I tell the Lord my troubles and difficulties, and wait for Him to give me the answers to them”
“And it is wonderful how a matter that looked very dark will in prayer become clear as crystal by the help of God’s Spirit. I think Christians fail so often to get answers to their prayers because they do not wait long enough on God. They just drop down and say a few words, and then jump up and forget it and expect God to answer them. Such praying always reminds me of the small boy ringing his neighbor’s door-bell, and then running away as fast as he can go.”
When we acquire the habit of prayer we enter into a new atmosphere. “Do you expect to go to heaven?” asked someone of a devout Scotsman. “Why, man, I live there,” was the quaint and unexpected reply. It was a pithy statement of a great truth, for all the way to heaven is heaven begun to the Christian who walks near enough to God to hear the secrets He has to impart. To have God that near is to enter the holy of holies—to breathe the fragrance of the heavenly air, to walk in Eden’s delightful gardens. Nothing but prayer can bring God and man into this happy communion.
There can be no substitute, no rival for prayer; it stands alone as the great spiritual force, and this force must be imminent and acting. It cannot be dispensed with during one generation, nor held in abeyance for the advance of any great movement—it must be continuous and particular, always, everywhere, and in everything. We cannot run our spiritual operations on the prayers of the past generation. Many persons believe in the efficacy of prayer, but not many pray. Prayer is the easiest and hardest of all things; the simplest and the sublimest; the weakest and the most powerful; its results lie outside the range of human possibilities—they are limited only by the omnipotence of God.
The goal of prayer is the ear of God, a goal that can only be reached by patient and continued and continuous waiting upon Him, pouring out our heart to Him and permitting Him to speak to us.
– Pastor Suresh Abraham.