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

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