FOR READING: John 16:23-24

MEMORY VERSE: ‘I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.’ Matthew 16:19

Prayer is ‘talking to God and listening to Him talk back to you’. In another sense, prayer is man giving God the legal right and permission to intervene in his earthly affairs; that is why Jesus told His disciples “…until now you have not asked anything”. This means that until we open our mouths to pray or ask God in the name of Jesus for something, heaven will be just looking at us because we have not asked God to intervene on our behalf.

God is expecting you to ask Him to do something in your life and that is to pray. Some Christians think the moment you become born again, all things must automatically work out perfectly-unfortunately it does not work out by chance, you have to make a conscious effort  to activate spiritual forces in you favour by praying consistently and seeking the face of God.

That is why Jesus the God- man had to pray always to receive power from on high and for the father to intervene. AO

Do I think everything should work automatically for me because I am a Christian?
Are my prayers effective or they are just a religious show?

PRAYER: Father in the name of  Jesus, please grant me the strength to pray always

THOUGHT: Prayer is mandatory and not optional for spiritual progress and victory in our individual lives and in the world at large.