Apostle Samuel Nana Yaw Agyei, the Kade Area Head of The Church of Pentecost, has called on Christians not to take prayer for granted but regard it as a great opportunity to lay themselves bare before the Lord.
“Do not take prayer for granted, engage the Lord in prayer anytime you get the chance, because a man’s description of his fellow man is not God’s prescription of who one is,” the Kade Area Head said when he preached at the just-ended annual prayer festival, dubbed the “Back-to-Prayer” Convention, organised by the Pentecost International Worship Centre, Sakumono (PIWC-Sakumono).
Speaking on the topic “The Mountain-Top Experience” based on Luke 9:28-35, Apostle Agyei stressed the need for Christians to cherish and be dedicated to the things of the Lord.
He said that Jesus selected Peter, James, and John to accompany Him to the mountain top to pray because they were faithful, dedicated and loved the things of God.
According to Apostle Agyei, the mountain-top experience of Jesus is the level of prayer engagement with the Father that every believer must strive to have.
The Kade Area Head explained how believers could achieve this by making inferences from the names of the three disciples whom Jesus chose to accompany Him to the mountain top.
He noted that ‘Peter,’ which means a solid rock, implied that a Christian must be firm to have the mountain-top experience. He further noted that the name ‘James,’ meaning a committed believer, also implied that every Christian must be committed to the faith, whilst the name ‘John,’ which means beloved, implied that every believer should strive to become God’s beloved to have a deeper fellowship with Him in prayer.
Apostle Nana Yaw Agyei, therefore, urged Christians to continually pray since when the church prays, Satan and the kingdom of darkness become alarmed (threatened).
He also advised them to hold firm to the teachings of the Lord Jesus, adding that “Even if you are going through any trial, remember the ‘fourth man’ in the burning furnace; the fourth man will always deliver you [just as He rescued Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego]. So, do not stop praying until something happens.”
The Back-to-Prayer Convention is an annual fasting and prayer programme of PIWC-Sakumono. This year’s edition was held from Monday, November 15, to Sunday, November 21, under the theme: “Not By Might, Not By Power But By The Spirit Of The Lord” (Zechariah 4:6).
Report by Yaa Asantewaah Adu Boahene