PRAYER from Mike Odeh's blog

"If you ask anything in My name, I will do it. " John 14:14 

There are scriptures upon scriptures that emphasize the relevance of prayer. Scriptures upon scriptures that assure us what God can do when we pray! 

Why do we not pray then?  Or do we pray and pray amiss?  If we are really praying, our lives, families, churches and society at large will reflect that!  The presence of God will be evident in our lives, souls will be genuinely saved in our churches, marriages and children grounded in the love of Christ! 


"If you ask anything in My name, I will do it. " This is the Lord Jesus speaking!  He is God, unlimited!  VERY CAPABLE! 

The major thing that stands out in this promise made by the Lord of lords is ANYTHING IN MY NAME! The Lord will not answer any prayer that is not in His name! Asking in His name means praying according to His word!  Asking in His name means praying according to His will, and His word is His will! 


Believers are "praying". But are these prayers in His name?  Are these prayers according to His word and will? Are these prayers not in our own name or the Pastor's name? Are these prayers not rooted in our own desires, emotions and selfish ambitious rather than according to His word? We pray in the name of our emotions!  So instead of asking the Lord to save the Soul of our perceived "enemies " we ask the Lord to kill them. We pray in the name of our selfish ambitions!  So we fast and pray not for abundance of Christ in us, not abundance of His power so we can be effective ministers of the gospel!  We ask for abundance of money and material things so we can show off!  Three days fasting and prayer just so you can have a "breakthrough " in your finances not your spiritual life! No fasting and praying for lost Souls! 


When you go to some churches, you can see Believers really "praying " from their head to toe!  Maybe, that is all there is to our prayer life! Public prayer, making a show, no personal private one on one time with Christ! 


"Public prayers" have its time and place! But I'll rather call it corporate prayers not public prayers!  Corporate prayer is the type that took place in the upper room!  Believers hand in hand praying for the outpouring of the power of God through the Holy Spirit!  Praying according to the Word of God!  Insisting on the kingdom to come!  This is corporate prayer! And this prayer is very effective!  Believers praying in one accord for God to pour Himself out through His Spirit! Praying for lost Souls!  Praying for revival!  This is the lost art of the Church: Corporate prayers! The upper room kind of prayers! 


I write this to challenge our hearts to action!  I am personally seeking for genuine believers who have the willingness to pray for others salvation, healing and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in our generation! The Internet has made things easy for us to pray corporately without being in the same room! 

If you are interested in this let me know!  



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