Daily Devotional | The Power Of Prayer 2 — Men Of Prayer

2 Kings 1:10 NKJV
“So Elijah answered and said to the captain of fifty, If I am a man of God, then let fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty men. And fire came down from heaven and consumed him and his fifty.

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The entire bible is full of people like us. People who live God’s will to receive God’s promises. Others who did not obey, were judged according to God’s word. The Men of prayer proved the love, strength, faithfulness, provisions and every good thing about God.  The pictorial characterization of God was proven through their steadfastness,  boldness and obedience, which each of them wore as a garment.  They had faith, trusting their God.  They were consistent, walking the path of our God, and in the end, were rewarded as God promised.

The power of prayer is unconfined, unlimited, and ever rewarding. Men of prayer are mentors of today’s Pentecostal movement, reassuring us today that our God do not fail!

EXAMPLE 1:

The miraculous release of Paul and Silas, was a result of prayer. The bible reported that “About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose. The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped” (Acts 16:25-27 NIV).

In a brief analysis of Paul and Silas’s act of prayer, it is clearly mentioned that they ‘praised’ and ‘prayed’.  How far did this go?  Do you pray to move God and to release the Holy Spirit? ​A lot of people today are in trouble as Paul and Silas were, especially as it relates to a Spiritual Prison.  Do you not know that God have commanded his angels to take charge of us (Psalm 91:11), and aid us? “Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation? (Hebrews 1:14 KJV).

What is the battle you are facing today? Let God take it over. We are created to Praise and Pray to God through Jesus Christ.  I bet you, the Holy Ghost will come down!  He is a guaranteed answer to every prayer. He is willing to establish every one of us, at a pace that will blow our minds (2 Corinthians 1:21, 22.) If prayer can breakdown a jail system to release an unlawfully imprisoned believer, what jail system are you in, and you feel that God can not save you? If you don’t believe, you need to work on your faith.

“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” (Matthew 18:19, 20 NIV). Without agreement, the divine will not release the physical. “Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so?” (Amos 3:3 NIV).

As followers of Jesus Christ, doing the will of God is the miracle releasing power for all that we need. From Jesus-Abraham-Moses-Joshua-Jesus-Peter-Paul-Elijah-Elisha-Gideon-David-Solomon, etc.; All of these men agreed with one another. None of them disagreed with the one that called them, God the Father, who created all that we have.

As Deuteronomy 32:30 explains to us; if one can put a thousand enemies to flight, and two can put ten thousand enemies to flight, just imagine what we can do when we all come together in an agreement prayer!  The Bible tells us many, many times that we should “pray without ceasing”. (1 Thessalonians 5:8, KJV) Paul tells us in Philippians 4:6 that we should “not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” God does answer our prayers. He may not answer your prayer on your time and on your terms, but He does answer prayers.

This site is a means for God’s children to put those requests before fellow believers so that we may all pray together and be in agreement with one another for our needs.

Most men of prayer respond to the instructions of the Holy Ghost-Spirit.  They pray on time and on target, overcoming, enduring all sufferings…, praying and fasting.  As an intercessor, you must know the word, have the faith, and develop patience and rest on the hope of your salvation.  It is guaranteed that when God (Holy Spirit) moves a prayer, it yields its result.  Why can’t we do it without God’s participation?  The answer is simply because, the power of God rests on the Holy Spirit. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof” (Proverbs 18:21 KJV), therefore  being made in the image of God, We then have to speak as He spoke (Gen. 1:2) for what is not seen to reveal and be seen, for what is dark to be light and for what is chaotic to be orderly and peaceful.

Every man of prayer obeyed God. They all asked to receive from God. Also for us, we have to ask to receive (Matt. 7:7), and in faith (Heb.11: 6), waiting patiently for it to happen – at God’s time.  That represents our personality, our purpose and our victory.  We have been blessed by God, made in the image of God—-after his likeness and even given every authority to overcome (Gen. 1:28).

EXAMPLE 2:

​Again, here,  Peter the Apostle of Jesus Christ was put in prison, waiting to be killed. As was recorded, that “Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the Church (Saints) unto God for him.  And behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands” (Act. 12:5). Prayers made earnestly produces a better result. Such prayers are simply made out of love and in faith. ​As we read this story, the testimony was given in the 11th verse, Peter experienced for the first time God’s Power of deliverance for His people, and he exclaimed “…, Now I know of a surety that the Lord hath sent his angel.  And has delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews”(Acts 12:11 KJV).

One thing to note about spirit-directed prayer is that; (1). It repeats the words of God (i.e. scripture based).  (2). It glorifies God as it is written, “When the Spirit of Truth—-“(J.16: 13).  (3). It fulfills the purpose of that prayer.  What an awesome promise of God!

EXAMPLE 3:

​The Prayer of Hezekiah (2 Kings 20) was a life changing one.  Apart from achieving its goal, it released a blessing of the Lord.  Obedience in true repentance attracts God’s grace and mercy.  In rock-bottom humility, Hezekiah called on God:  “I beseech thee, O Lord, remember now how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore” (2 King 20:3). The Lord answered him. He said to His Prophet; “Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus saith the Lord, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the Lord. (2 Kings 20:5 KJV). To put a divine cap to this miracle, God said ” And I will add unto thy days fifteen years; and I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city for mine own sake, and for my servant David’s sake” (2 Kings 20:6 KJV).

Again, God fulfilled His Word. He promised that “broken and contrite heart, God will not despise” (Psalm 51:17). He cleaned Hezekiah’s tears and released His gift of love through healing, forgiveness and restoration. This is Grace, and for you, should not be abused. When we obediently pursue the commandments and instructions of God, He will not fail to exalt us.

There are numerous examples of spirit directed prayers for today’s Christians to emulate from the patriarch.  The scripture apart from laying the historically traceable records, concluded with all their various miraculous responses from God.  In 1 Kings 8:26, Solomon prayed and God answered. Elijah, Elisha, Abraham, Moses, Gideon, etc. in all, God answered. And you? Are you getting your answers from God? If not, check yourself.

Stay Blessed. Amen.

Scripture of the day: “For I  am  the Lord, I do not change; Therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob” ~ (Malachi 3:6 NKJV).

Pastor Peter Okereke Jr.

The Living Word Ministries Inc.

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About thelivingwordministries

The senior pastor and overseer of The Living Word Ministries Evanston, IL since 2010, the author of 'Living Victoriously' by Author-house publishers. My passion is present and lead others into Pure Praise, Pure Worship and Pure Word. This means that at our Church, the integrity of the Gospel is held to the letters, just as Jesus Christ preached and lived it. Come and join us, and God will surely Bless you mighty!
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