MESSAGE TITLE: PRAYERS IN WEEPING
BY BISHOP (DR) S.I OKELEZOH
Joel 2 v 1 – 23, Isaiah 40 v 1 – 5
As established in the Book of Ecclesiastes, there is a time for everything. As such there is a time that is necessitated for weeping.
A man, church, nation, body, etc. that does not recognize the need for this time to be adhered to is deemed foolish as he/she/it has made themselves consciously oblivious of the times.
In peculiar cases, time of weeping is a pointer for the time of war. Danger arises in times such as this. People and positions are more vulnerable at times like this. When danger arises, it is important that whoever is threatened begins to prepare for battle. It is a time for weapons of war to be sharpened.
Christians are largely threatened in today’s world. It is therefore time for us to arm ourselves. However, the Bible made us know that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal. The arsenal of a believer contains praise, prayers, the Word of God, faith, righteousness. The time to employ all of these is now.
A very vital unit of our weaponry is prayer. Prayers are indispensable in the life of every warring believer. It is assumed that every believer knows what prayer means – a means of direct communication to God through sincere and heartfelt words. For Nigeria, and the world at large to move out of this time of weeping, the Christian body has to unite under the umbrella of one purpose, one heart of prayer.
“Let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O Lord, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God?”
Joel 2 v 17 (KJV)
The kind of prayer that is needed in this time is to be directly drawn out of the heart of mourning, as that is truly heartfelt. There has to be a true desire for an outright spiritual-cum-physical overhaul of events and situations. Man must severely desire this change.
God pays a greater deal of attention to the inner man and for this reason, a rented heart, broken and desperate will draw him quicker than one of levity. Our prayers are the weapons we brandish. A Christian is not in the position to wield a gun, sword or any other form of physical weaponry. It is not the way of the Lord. Our resort, therefore, is the power of formidable prayers. Fervent prayers.
Our tongues are what will save us at the long run.