PRAYER IS THE KEY LUKE 6: 12-19

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Luke 6:12-19King James Version (KJV)

12 And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. 13 And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles; 14 Simon, (whom he also named Peter,) and Andrew his brother, James and John, Philip and Bartholomew, 15 Matthew and Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon called Zelotes, 16 And Judas the brother of James, and Judas Iscariot, which also was the traitor. 17 And he came down with them, and stood in the plain, and the company of his disciples, and a great multitude of people out of all Judaea and Jerusalem, and from the sea coast of Tyre and Sidon, which came to hear him, and to be healed of their diseases; 18 And they that were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed. 19 And the whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue out of him, and healed them all.

What did this Scripture mean when it was written?

In the Scripture above, JESUS was just starting out on HIS Ministry. HE thus had to make the big decision of who to pick as HIS Disciples. However, even if praying all night seemed to be a regular practice of JESUS, HE also knew that GOD the Father’s Guidance was necessary, so HE prayed all night, and then picked HIS Disciples. HIS disciple candidates turned out well (even though Judas betrayed HIM – that was already prophesied by Isaiah). And then you see that from verses 17-19, JESUS was filled with so much power that people with all sorts of diseases came to be healed and made whole. HE was literally overflowing with virtue, and everyone who came to HIM for healing was healed. Praise GOD!

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What is the timeless truth behind what God is saying?

This Scripture has some lessons to teach, apart from the fact that it tells us JESUS prayed all night and so on. There is that popular song that goes:

Prayer is the Key; Prayer is the Key;

Prayer is the Master Key;

JESUS started with Prayer and ended with Prayer;

Prayer is the Master Key

Indeed, Prayer is the Key. There are many Scriptures where JESUS counsels us to ask the Father and we shall receive what we ask for (Matthew 7: 7-8; John 14: 13-14; etc). Besides, did you notice the time that JESUS rose to pray? At night or before day break! This was the time HE normally rose to pray: HE prayed before HIS Baptism in the HOLY SPIRIT and before beginning HIS Ministry (Luke 3: 21-22); HE rose early in the morning before daybreak and went to a solitary place and prayed (Mark 1: 35); and just before HE was taken away to be tortured and crucified, HE prayed in what has to be in the early hours of the morning (Mark 14: 32-42), etc. finally, JESUS was a Man of Prayer, despite the fact that HE is GOD HIMSELF who was living in the form of a man on earth. I think JESUS prayed so much, and even taught us how to pray (Matthew 6: 9-13), so that we can emulate the attitude of praying.

 

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How does it apply to me now?

‘A prayerless Christian is a powerless Christian. No man is greater than his prayer life. A Christian is greatest on his knees.’ Pastor Daniel Olukoya. There is no truer statement in this context, in my opinion. As a Christian, in order to spiritually recharge, to receive strength, to receive Divine Direction (Psalm 32: 8), to receive Wisdom (James 1: 5), to be successful in all your endeavors, prayer is the key. As Paul implores us to do, let’s: ‘16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you’ (1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18 ESV).

One other thing we should emulate as Christians is the habit of praying at Midnight or praying before daybreak. I understand that people from Pentecostal backgrounds may understand and agree with the idea of praying at midnight, than people from more orthodox backgrounds. That’s fine. As long as you pray regularly, that’s what matters.

As I illustrated above, JESUS usually prayed at midnight and before daybreak. I don’t know what you are thinking, but if JESUS usually did something while HE was on earth, it is a sign we should emulate the same practice. Why is midnight prayer crucial?

  • It is quieter. You would usually find a solitary place at midnight. David said, ‘Early will I seek [HIM] (Psalm 63: 1 KJV)’.
  • It is the best time to receive Wisdom and Divine Direction from GOD. David said ‘I will bless the Lord, who hath given me counsel; my reins also instruct me in the night seasons (Psalm 16: 7 KJV).
  • It is the best time to receive a Divine Visitation from GOD. David also says ‘Thou hast proved mine heart; Thou hast visited me in the night; Thou hast tried me and shall find nothing; I am purposed that my mouth shall not transgress (Psalm 17: 3)’. From my personal experience, I have it on authority that miracles happen at midnight.
  • Intense spiritual activities go on at midnight. Demonic powers are in full operation during the night and that is the best time to confront and conquer by the Power of the HOLY GHOST. David prays, ‘You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day…(Psalm 91: 5 NIV)’.
  • Finally, remember to pray in the SPIRIT as well: ‘Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints (Romans 8: 26 KJV)’.

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In conclusion, this hymn shows us why we should always be prayerful, like no other words can:

What a friend we have in Jesus
All our sins and griefs to bear
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer

Oh, what peace we often forfeit
Oh, what needless pain we bear
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer

Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged
Take it to the Lord in prayer

Can we find a friend so faithful
Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness
Take it to the Lord in prayer

 

Are we weak and heavy-laden,
Cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge—
Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?
Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In His arms He’ll take and shield thee,
Thou wilt find a solace there.

Blessed Savior, Thou hast promised
Thou wilt all our burdens bear;
May we ever, Lord, be bringing
All to Thee in earnest prayer.

Soon in glory bright, unclouded,
There will be no need for prayer—
Rapture, praise, and endless worship
Will be our sweet portion there.

  • Joseph M. Scriven

May the LORD bless the study of HIS Awesome Word in JESUS’ Name!

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EPHESIANS 2: 4-9 THANK GOD FOR THE PRIVILEGE TO BE CHRISTIAN

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Ephesians 2:4-9 New International Version (NIV)

But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.

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In the Scripture above, Paul reinforces the fact that it is by the  Grace of GOD that we are saved (he mentions it twice in verses 5 and 9).

When this Scripture was written, Paul was telling the Ephesians about GOD’s Love and Mercy which is the reason they were saved. Thus, their Salvation was a Gift from GOD, gotten through Mercy, not through works so that nobody can boast. Besides, the Ephesians used to follow the ways of the world and were dead in their sin – before GOD raised them up to life with CHRIST. Therefore, anyone of them who was saved, was saved by GOD’s Grace, through her own faith.

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Two things come to mind when we apply this Scripture to ourselves in this generation. First, it is a privilege for us to be saved. It is GOD’s Gift of Grace. Therefore, after we have given our lives to CHRIST, we should be proud to carry our cross and follow HIM (Matthew 16: 24). If you count it a privilege to have been chosen by GOD to know, love, and serve HIM, it would not be hard for you to carry your Cross and follow HIM. Moreover, Christianity is not just a label; it is a way of life. Thus, if anyone is surprised when you or someone else tell them you are Christian, there is a big problem.

Secondly, GOD made a HUGE Sacrifice to see us saved. We were dead in our sin; imperfect; dirty; unattractive in our sin. Yet, GOD came down in the form of a Man, and lived with us for 33 years, before HE allowed HIMSELF to be Crucified on the Cross of Calvary for the remission and atonement of our sins (Romans 3: 25). As a side note, if you always think of the Sacrifice GOD made so that we can be saved today, you will be cognizant of the fact that sinning against HIM nails JESUS back to the Cross and subjects HIM to public disgrace all over again (Hebrews 6: 6). So, let’s show GOD we’re grateful for HIS Gift of Salvation!

Therefore, the message GOD  has for us today is that:it is a privilege to be saved; a privilege to be Christian and we are only saved because of GOD’s Grace, and through our own faith. Essentially, Christianity is not just a set of beliefs; but, it is a way of life that leads to peace on earth, and joy in Heaven. For GOD so loved us (when we did not know HIM and we were sinners), that HE gave HIS Only Begotten Son – JESUS – so that when we believe in HIM, we shall have Eternal Life with GOD the Father in Heaven (John 3: 16). This is even more obvious in light of Ephesians 4: 1-6:

According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved (KJV).

In conclusion, GOD chose you. HE chose me. HE chose us before we were born. And we did not do anything to deserve HIS Mercy. Whenever I think about this, it warms my heart, and makes me realize how truly blessed in CHRIST that I am to be CHRISTIAN. And I don’t hesitate to let everyone know that yes, I am CHRISTIAN. I Glorify GOD for that Privilege. All Glory belongs to GOD for HIS Faithfulness!

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MARK 12: 13-17 PAY TO CAESAR WHAT BELONGS TO CAESAR / SHOULD YOU PRAY FOR WHOEVER IS IN POWER?

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Today, we will focus on giving to Caesar’s what is Caesar’s, as JESUS admonished in Mark 12: 17.

13 Later they sent some of the Pharisees and Herodians to Jesus to catch him in his words. 14 They came to him and said, “Teacher, we know that you are a man of integrity. You aren’t swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are; but you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it right to pay the imperial tax[b] to Caesar or not? 15 Should we pay or shouldn’t we?”

But Jesus knew their hypocrisy. “Why are you trying to trap me?” he asked. “Bring me a denarius and let me look at it.” 16 They brought the coin, and he asked them, “Whose image is this? And whose inscription?” “Caesar’s,” they replied.

17 Then Jesus said to them, “Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.”

And they were amazed at him (Mark 12: 13-17 NIV).

The Pharisees tried to trap JESUS, by asking HIM if they should pay the imperial tax to Caesar. And JESUS caught them – HE knew what they were about, and rightly said, ‘Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s’.

Essentially, JESUS was saying that if something is due unto someone else, you should pay them! Whether it is the state, local government or municipality, your boss, or anyone or any organization you owe money to, you should pay! Period. GOD is all about fairness. You may complain taxes are too high, but until the state does something about it, you should not evade taxes. Legal avoidance of taxes is OK, but evasion is not. Apart from the fact that this crime carries a heavy prison sentence in most states, it is not CHRIST-like to evade taxes or any charges you owe – to literally anyone. As long as you rightly owe them, and you know it, do your duty and pay them.

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Now, let’s talk about bribery. Some people may quote the Scripture above as justification for bribery – they go, ‘Give to Caesar’s what is Caesar’s…’, and go ahead and offer what any reasonable person would call a bribe. This is NOT right at all. Be careful not to use the Word of GOD to justify sin or something that is morally and ethically wrong, so that you don’t get into trouble. ‘Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the LORD your God that I give you (Deuteronomy 4: 2 NIV).’

What are other civic duties – giving to Caesar what is Caesar’s?

  1. Be loyal to your country: pray for your country, say positive things about it, and conduct yourself in a way that will make other nationalities respect people from your country. REGARDLESS OF WHO IS IN POWER, A MATURE CHRISTIAN WILL NEVER SAY, ‘THIS COUNTRY IS DOOMED.’ Why? If your country is doomed, you are doomed too.
  2. Volunteer to serve when called upon.
  3. Pay taxes.
  4. Obey all laws in your country whether you like the party in power or not.
  5. Register and vote at all elections.
  6. Serve on juries or statutory boards on whose platforms you can make a positive difference in local communities.

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Finally, Paul in his second letter to Timothy says,

‘2 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior,… (2 Timothy 2: 1-3).

I just want to say that you would not always be happy with whoever in in power in your country – whoever GOD puts in power in your country. GOD is very involved in the affairs of men – nobody comes into power in any country, much less one that is reputed to be the most powerful economy in the world, without GOD’s Permission (notice the triple emphasis). GOD always has a Plan; and HE would not leave HIS People or forsake them. Thus, pray for whoever is in power.  Why?

  • Pray for wisdom as he/she rules the country. If your president does the right thing, the country and economy would benefit, and you would benefit too. But if he makes serious mistakes that affect the economy, you and all your family and friends will be negatively affected! This is plain common sense.
  • Secondly, pray for the Church in your country! That GOD should protect the Church and empower Christians to be a Light on a Hill; and Salt of the world. Pray that GOD should use the Church to bring Peace and Joy into the homes and lives of your countrymen, in such tense political times as this! Pray that the new Administration will favor the Church and all that matters to it. The Church refers to the People of GOD.
  • Thirdly, pray that the new Administration will favor yourself, your family and loved ones.
  • Yes, prayer is the key!

in conclusion, I speak peace and joy into your life, and I hope you take peace and joy with you everywhere you go, in JESUS’ Name!

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HEBREWS 2: 11 JESUS IS ALSO YOUR FRIEND!

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In the last post, we looked at the role of JESUS as GOD the Son. We will continue with studying the role of JESUS as GOD. Then, we will look at the role of JESUS as our Brother (it sounds unbelievable, right?).

The Members of the Holy Trinity have different roles, but they are the same GOD.

GOD the Father is the Initiator of Creation: ‘But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things… (1 Corinthians 8: 6 KJV)’; Divine Revelation, ‘The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants… (Revelation 1: 1)’; Salvation, ‘For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son… (John 3: 16 KJV)’.

GOD the Son is the Agent through whom the Father performs creation, ‘All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made (John 1: 3)’; Divine Revelation, ‘All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him (Matthew 11: 27 KJV)’ and Salvation, ‘To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them… (2 Corinthians 5: 19 KJV)’.

GOD the Holy Spirit is the Power of GOD  and the Means through which GOD performs Creation and maintenance of the Universe, ‘When you send your Spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the ground (Psalm 104: 30)’; Divine Revelation, ‘…which was not made known to people in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God’s holy apostles and prophets (Ephesians 3: 5 NIV)’; Salvation, ‘Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life (John 3: 6 NLT)’; and JESUS’ Works, ‘How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him (Acts 10: 38 KJV)’.

In addition, there is subordination within the Holy Trinity. Thus, the GOD the Son is subordinate to GOD the Father, and this is why JESUS prayed before HE was crucified on the cross, ‘Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done (Luke 22: 42)’. Moreover, JESUS says, ‘But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you (KJV)’. However, as a side note, ‘ 28“Truly I say to you, all sins shall be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they utter; 29but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin” (Mark 3: 28 NIV)’.

Nonetheless, JESUS is not ashamed to call you HIS brother or sister (Hebrews 2: 11). So JESUS is our Brother? Hebrews 2: 11 says,

Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters (NIV).

Essentially, when you decide to follow GOD the Father, by giving your life to CHRIST, you earn the right to be called a brother by JESUS. GOD the Father forgives all your sins, and gives you the privilege to be called the son or daughter of GOD. It is such a great privilege to be a Christian and to be called one. All Glory, Honor and Might belongs to our GOD – the King of Kings and the Everlasting Lord of Lords. Amen!

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Besides, JESUS considers you HIS Friend. Imagine how it is when the President of the United States is your friend, and you even have his personal line – won’t you feel lightheaded and so privileged whenever you think about it? How much more a greater privilege having JESUS CHRIST – the Most High GOD HIMSELF as your friend? JESUS says:

I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you (John 15: 15).

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Finally, GOD is SO Awesome – HE is too Awesome to Fail! There is no human or natural equivalent of the Holy Trinity. There is no human or natural explanation that can suffice to completely understand the Holy Trinity. ‘Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! (Romans 11: 3 NIV). This is true. Many illustrations have been presented to explain the Holy Trinity – the egg, apple, water etc. however, these illustrations are wrong because the yolk of the egg is not the egg itself for instance. Vapor is a form of water but is not water itself. And so on. Even triplets born in the same hour within minutes of each other would have different personalities, DNA, fingerprints, etc. However, each Member of the Trinity is GOD: GOD the Father, JESUS and the Holy Spirit are GOD individually and together as One. There just cannot be an accurate illustration of the Holy Trinity. Therefore, rather than try to dissect the Awesome Personalities of GOD, focus on HIS Awesomeness and Faithfulness. GOD is too Awesome for the human mind to dissect or explain. Once again, ‘Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! (Romans 11: 3 NIV)’. GOD is just Too Awesome and Mind-blowing! HalleluYah!!!

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Have a blessed week in JESUS’ Name!

May the LORD bless the study of HIS Awesome Word in JESUS’ Name!

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