Every month is designed for something new. The month of February is usually known for fasting and prayers in the Redeemed Christian church of God. You have seen some glories before; but God is saying ‘An unusual change is going to happen to you this month’. Remember not the former things, behold, I will do a new thing (Isa.43:19). May the new thing reserved for this month show forth in your life as you faithfully fast and pray through the remaining 25days of February.
Many have always had this wrong assumption that one doesn’t need to learn how to pray, that you learn how to pray by praying. You must understand that skill is a fundamental requirement in any field of human endeavour. Every assignment requires some form of training to make it happen, whether formal or informal. This is why Jesus’ disciples told their master, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples” (Lk. 11:1). In like manner, we need to be taught how to pray. It is not the length of prayer that determines its effectiveness, but the quality of prayers; and you need knowledge to pray quality prayers. The Bible says in James 4:3 “Ye ask, and receive not because ye ask amiss”. That means there is a right way to ask. You need to press the right buttons for your prayers to be answered.
The altar of prayer is the altar of change. Prayer changes things. While Jesus was up on the mountain of transfiguration with three of His disciples and as He prayed, the fashion of His countenance was altered and they saw His glory. Something changed in Him on the altar of prayer (Lk.9:28-35). He prayed Himself into a glorious change and that is what God intends to happen for you.
No matter how irreversible a case may appear, all you need to do is to position yourself properly on the altar of prayer for your desired changes because there is no irreversible case with God. Martha told Jesus, by this time Lazarus’ body had decomposed and biologically this signals a complete end of that life (Jn.11:39-44) but Jesus said, ‘take away the stone’ and He said ‘Father, I thank you for thou hast heard me’ and after his prayers there was a dramatic reversal of the death conclusion on Lazarus. The almighty God will change every unpalatable situation in your favour this month as you pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Effectual prayers truly make desired changes to happen. The hottest form of spiritual warfare will bow to the authority of effectual prayer. Everything that is contrary to you, which is against you, can experience a change as you pray (James 5:15). Hannah had been going to Shiloh and one day came, she made up her mind to throw away emotions and poured out her soul in a heart-felt prayer. God remembered her and she became pregnant and brought forth a son and called his name Samuel; for I have asked him of the Lord (1Sam.1:9-20). In literal term, she said ‘this is my Samuel; the proof of my supplication’. May you return soonest with your Samuel in the name of Jesus. Amen.
If you want a change of story among other things, you are required to rear an altar of prayer. Stop looking for shortcuts instead of getting back to the source of genuine results. Fasting and Prayer is one of the channels available to us for accessing divine help from above. Everybody needs help. You never get to any place in your life where you do not need help. There is no branch of a tree that would ever grow to a point where it would not need the root. The day a tree disconnects from its roots is the day the tree begins to die. The leaves may still be green for a while, but it is a matter of time for it to begin to dry up and wither away. Real connectivity to God is the sure foundation for an effectual prayer life. It is not so much about how hard you cry, but how well connected you are to the Source – God Almighty. That is why He said, “My son, give me your heart” (Prov. 23:26). You need a connected heart to become a commander in the prayer war front and that is the only guarantee for answered prayers. To be connected is to be totally dedicated and sold out to God in absolute love for your Lord and Saviour. It is to decide not to serve Him on contract by choosing to follow Him all the way whether He blesses you or not.
We are not only children of God; Redemption makes us soldiers as well, so we can’t survive as civilians. It is only those who overcome that will receive the crown (Rev.2-3). You are either overcome by the world or you overcome the world. A lawyer that goes to court unprepared would be messed up. Likewise, you don’t go before the judge of the whole earth in prayers unprepared. This is because you are out to defend yourself against the accuser of brethren, so you must be armed with relevant facts for your justification. God does not hear every cry we make; He only hears us when we pray according to His will (IJn.5:4). We must therefore be prepared to secure His audience by searching out His will regarding the subject matter from the Bible. Even though we have Jesus as our advocate, we need to first brief Him intelligently before He can effectively represent us before the Judge. God said, “put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified” (Isa.43:26).
Get set to pray to access divine secrets. Divine secrets will always guarantee sweatless success. The success of Job was a product of divine secret. The Bible says in Deut. 29:29 that the secret things belong to God. But the things that are revealed, they belong to us and to our children after us. When we stand on the altar of prayer to make demand for such secrets from the Custodian Himself, He makes them available and our life becomes laced with sweet testimonies. He said “Call upon me and I will answer you and I will show you great and mighty things that thou knowest not (Jer.33:3). “Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full” (Jn.16:24). This is a blank cheque! It means that whatever is still a source of concern to you is because you are yet to ask Him. Do you truly desire a change of level? Do you desire a total recovery of your health? Then let your prayer life receive a boost and your delivery is guaranteed.
Receive every desire of your heart for a change, in the name of Jesus. Amen.