Wrong Ways to Pray – Part 2

You PRAY WRONGLY when your prayer is predominantly focused on YOURSELF and not the PURPOSE of God

God is looking for a MAN who can pray purposefully, and not amiss. Will God find YOU?

Many of us, rather than build up a wall of intercession for the unsaved, and the wicked, we fast and stay up midnight chanting “Fall Down and Die”. We pray to God to destroy them. We erroneously take for Granted access to God’s presence, as afforded us in Jesus Name, and trample underfoot the purpose of God for the salvation of mankind for personal gains and self-comfort.

“What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God.  When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures”

James 4:1-3

On the first premise, the scripture above stated that “You Kill” because of your desires that battle within you. Look at it critically, praying your enemy to death “Fall down and Die prayer” is about your safety and comfort.  Is it not because you see them as a stumbling block to your personal progress and success?

Yet the purpose of God remains sure… ”he gave is only begotten son, not just for you alone, but for others not to perish and have eternal life also” John 3:16. How come you allowed Satan to recruit you as a prayer agent against God’s purpose of saving the wicked?  Yet, you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord, for the sake of intercession made for you. Therefore, Live as a child of light.

“for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth”

Ephesians 5:9

Without any iota of dispute, God is a God of PURPOSEI

Since creation of the heavens and the earth, it is vivid and clear from scriptures and what can be seen around us today, that God created all things for a definite purpose, and He brings about events, and commissions willing and ready men and women to fulfil this purpose at set times.

“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven…”

Ecclesiastes 3:1KJV

However, God’s purpose can only be revealed to genuine seekers, and can only be fulfilled by men who know how to pray with serious and sincere intentions; men who can pray earnestly, and not wrongly.

“I searched for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand in the gap before Me for [the sake of] the land, that I would not destroy it, but I found no one [not even one].”

Ezekiel 22:30 AMP

God has called you into the ministry of Reconciliation not Condemnation, of Conversation not Aspersion, and of Intercession not Accusation.

“All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:  that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.”

2 Corinthians 5:18-19

Since the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, Satan forfeited his access to God’s presence, unlike the days of Job (Job 1:9) and prophet Zachariah (Zechariah 3:1), and having sealed his destiny as the enemy of God forever, his plot today is to use believers as his accusing agents, and ministers of condemnation before God. Satan is an accuser, and he always stands before God, accusing men of not being qualified for the gift of salvation, through people like You and I that have access to the presence of God through Christ Jesus.

Sadly, for personal greed, short-sightedness, and selfishness, we fall into satanic nest of manipulations, and bring forth profanity into our prayer closet, and offer blasphemy to God as prayers.  If not for God’s mercy, we will all have been consumed by the wrath of His presence. ” It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not” Lamentation 3:22.

Finally, according to James 4:3, you pray wrongly “because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures”. Today, our prayer lifestyle is dominated by a long list of groceries, cosmetic, and chocolate needs, and we are totally blindfolded to heavy matters of divine concern.

Our minds are so weighed down by cares of life and deceitfulness of riches that we hardly can contemplate God’s purpose and will for our lives in other to fulfil it. We are Pleasure Driven, and not Purpose Driven. We are Need-centric, and not Christ-centric. We have become men after God’s Hands and not men after God’s Heart; we seek God for what we can get off Him. Sadly, we are using God, worshiping the idol call SELF.

Frankly, the scripture called this way of life adulterous and hatred towards God.

“You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.  Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us?”

James 4:4-5

You cannot pray effectively if you have an idol set up in your life, living as an enemy of God. Therefore, Dear brethren, keep yourselves from idols. 1 John 5:21

However, God is Faithful, Able, and a Rewarder, when you seek him diligently and serve him purposefully, He will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory through Christ Jesus.

“So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

Matthew 6:31-33

You and I need to repent and turn to God.

Remember, God is a jealous God. Provoke Him Not!

May God continually have mercy on US all. Amen

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