Many believers are very prayerfull, yet not very diligent in studying the Word of God; and so they pray many in vain prayers. They struggle with their faith and even little results come from their prayers, they continue praying what the believe to be meaningful prayers.
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children” (Hosea4:6).
Let’s understand the deeper revelation of this Word found in Hosea; the Lord said: ‘because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou SHALT BE NO PRIEST TO ME.’ We need knowledge of the Word of God to pray to God – for God is pure and respond to His Word which is pure. God’s Word enables us to pray correctly to Him, it equips us to have communion with God, it allows us to speak God’s language to God – not having selfish prayers but selfless. You might of been praying for years thinking that you receiving answers; but now you gaining knowledge and no longer need to pray in asking God Who knows all your needs for things. Understand that the Old Creation and New Creation are very different. The Old Creation was servants of God whereas the New Creation is co-heirs with Jesus Christ. Jesus needs not to ask for anything, because all things are His (Eph.3:16), and now we are made heirs with Him (Rom.8:17), all things are ours too now. When we neglect knowledge, we neglect speaking the right way. God hears His own Word; and anything less than God’s Word is not pure unto God. If we pray impure prayers, how can we expect God to hear or answer us. This is God’s Word: ‘…because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be NO PRIEST to me…’ We are called priest of God (Rev.1:6); and a priest is to pray to God; but God says: ‘For the lack of knowledge His ‘priest’ are destroyed.’
When we do not study God’s Word, then we are rejecting knowledge – knowledge of how to communicate with God. That’s why many Christians today say; I have prayed but my situation persists. Look at Jesus Who always triumphed over every situation; He prayed the right way – and always prayed for others over Himself.
The latter part of the same verse is what hits home for me: ‘…seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.’ The Bible tells us to train a child in the way he should go (Prov.22:6); but what happens when we don’t know the Word of God. We can’t train our children right – so our wickedness leads to bringing up children in wickedness, which is in a lack of knowledge that produces wickedness. For instance; if you are buying a car and don’t know how to look at all those hidden things, like the condition of the undercarriage, the suspension, or even if the car was in an accident; that lack of knowledge will lead you into buying a car that will only last a short period of time. Our lives are the same; we might be asking and receiving things, but it might only be for a short time we have what we ask for; then we going to need to ask again and again for the same thing. But once you have knowledge in the Word of God, you will not ask a miss; what you ask for will have lasting results.
Your relationship with God matters; are you still at your first love for Jesus, or have you drifted? With child-like faith we move the heart of God. As a child who depends on their father for almost everything, so we are to be with God. God knows better, and when we come to understand that no matter how God had equipped us with His Word, we still need His guidance in everything. To many Christians has fallen of their mountain tops; they experience more valley moments than mountain top moments. The only time a Christian should experience a valley moment is when he/she is moving from one mountain to the next; and even then, it should be to a bigger and higher mountain. Yes, the valley might be broader at times and the mountain might be more difficult to climb to the top; but once you reach the top, what a view. It is like having an eagle’s eye on your surroundings. However; just as a professional mountain climber will strategically plan each and every move not to slip, so too we must strategically discern the things of the spirit-realm. This strategy can only be successful through the ministry of prayer. We must use the Word of God to pray at the right times, and also the right way. Many disagree with me when I say that prayer isn’t the answer to everything; because if your prayer isn’t accompanied with action, then you simply have prayed in vain. All your prayers should be done in faith; because without faith it is impossible to please God. Through depending on the guidance of the Spirit and closely adhering to His instructions, we can be assure to live on in victory. Victory has already been obtained by Jesus Christ and has been given unto us, but we must take a hold of the victory and live the life of more than a conqueror. When we understand that Jesus had defeated satan and has conquered sin, only then can we reign in life through the Spirit to the glorification of the Lord. Our lives should daily bring glory unto God in everything we do.
Although we are to have child-like faith; we also should be speaking like kings…
Let us take a look at the Ministry of Prayer:
“Where the word of a king is, there is power: and who may say unto him, What doest thou?” As sons of God, we are made in His images, after His likeness. Our God is King of kings and Lord of lords. As He is so are we in this world (1John4:17). God had called us into His royal lineage, made us kings unto Him, therefore we must speak like kings and declare a thing.
“And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.” Not only had the Lord made us kings, but also priest. The duty of the priest in the Old Testament as see in Leviticus, prayed and offer sacrifices to the Lord on behalf of the people of Israel. Today, that is our responsibility to pray unto the Lord for all mankind.
“For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore it is of necessity that this man have somewhat also to offer.” Have you been ordained? Well, if you are born again then the answer is yes; God has ordained you a priest unto Him and you have much to offer Him, first for yourself and also on behalf of the world.
One must be equipped for the task. Many folks take prayer for granted. Looking at the prophets of old, David who was called a man after God’s own heart, and Jesus Himself; they all learned to cast themselves face down before the Lord (Ezra 10:1). Also look at Revelation 7:11; “And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God.” Even the assembly of Heaven see themselves fit to cast themselves face down before the Lord; how much more we should.
In diverse and challenging situations, stand as a king and declare a thing; in the midst of a dying and sinful world, stand as a priest, interceding on behalf of all men; as a God fearing man or woman, cast yourself face down before the Lord with cries and groanings of the Spirit.
Too many Christians these days find themselves in dire situations, because they fail to pray for things in advance. Like a husband who starts praying when his wife goes into labor. He should of started praying the minute he found out his wife was pregnant. However, many of us today wait for bad things to happen before we start praying. Did Jesus not say the world will hate us because we follow Him… Did Jesus not say that trails and tribulations will come…. Then why wait until such things happens. Start early, start praying about the things the Lord had warned us about – that where your victory is at.
Let us gain back that first love with giving thanks unto the Lord for big and small, for seen and unseen things. Make melody unto the Lord; stand as a king and declare a thing according to the Word of God. Stand as a priest and pray on behalf of your co-workers, friends, families, and the lost souls. Fall face down before the Lord and worship His greatness, His faithfulness, for His unconditional love He express daily.
Above all, remember: If you stick to the Word, you will surely come back with a testimony. Seek communion with the Father, receive your Word from Him; and no matter what, keep on speaking that Word until your miracle is made manifest in Jesus Name – Hallelujah!
Knowing what the Lord expects of us makes it so much easier to please the Lord; for it is by faith that we believe in the Lord, it is by faith that we speak to the Lord; and without faith, it is impossible to please God.
Lastly; a good place to start equipping yourself with the knowledge is to study the book of Psalm in the evening (giving peace for the night /during dark times), and the book of Proverbs in the morning (to give you hope for the day /when we are to work). Doing this is a good start in being encouraged by the two men of old, one being called the man after God’s own heart (David); and the one who God gave abundance of wisdom (Solomon).
Teaching by Evng./Pst. Rudi Ferreira
…evangelizing the world with the Gospel (Ps.67:2/TLB)
2016 – Our year of Unstoppable Spreading