(Understand God’s Instructions on Prayer)
By Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
TO THE BIBLE: “And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” (John 14:13-14)
Some people pray to “Jesus” in the Name of Jesus; some even pray to angels! That is so wrong! There’s a way God expects you to pray, and if you don’t understand it, you’ll muddle up your prayers and never receive answers. Praying to get results requires that you you understand the place of the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit, and the angels.
Jesus said in John 16:23, “And on that day you will not question Me about anything. Truly, truly I say to you, if you ask the Father for anything in My name, He will give it to you” (NASB). So it’s the Father that answers our prayers. We’ve been granted the power of attorney to use the Name of Jesus. When we make requests of the Father in the Name of Jesus, it’s as though Jesus Himself were praying. However, the Holy Spirit is the one who makes it happen; He’s the power of God. He’s the doer, the performer of the works of God.
What about the angels? They’re servants of God who carry out assignments the Holy Spirit wants them to. Furthermore, they’re ministering spirits sent to minister for us, the heirs of salvation (Hebrews 1:14). How wonderful it is to realise you can enjoy an awesome ministry of the Holy Spirit, and initiate angelic activities as you pray in the Name of Jesus!
Go Deeper: Psalm 91:11-12; John 14:16
Speak: Blessed be God, who has called me into fellowship with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. I live a successful and inspiring life because I function in the Name of Jesus! I thank you, Father, for the glorious ministry of angels which I enjoy today, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Daily Bible Reading: ONE YEAR 1 Thessalonians 4:1-18, Isaiah 40-41
TWO YEAR John 5:33-47, 1 Kings 21
Act: Examine the way you’ve been praying and note where you need to make a change.