MESSAGE TITLE: WORD AND PRAYER ARE SIAMESE TWINS
BY: BISHOP DR. S.I OKELEZOH
TEXT: Acts 6:2-4, Luke 18:1, John 1:1, Proverbs 28:9, Isaiah 40:25-28, Malachi 3:1, Job 36:10, Psalm 40:6, Proverbs 19:20, Proverbs 4:1-13, 23.
“But we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word” Acts 6:4. The word of God is the generating force and the foundation on which everything that exist stand upon. It is not wise of a man to replace the Word of God in His heart with something else; it brings about failure. “Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, it is not reason that we should leave the Word of God, and serve tables” Acts 6:2. What have you use to replace the Word of God in your life? And how far have you gone in life since you replaced the Word of God with material things?
The Word of God is very important to us believers because when we have the Word of God, it means we have the Spirit of God in us. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” John 1:1. The Word of God and prayer works together. When you don’t have the Word of God in you, your prayers becomes an abomination unto God. “He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination” Proverbs 28:9.
“And He spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint” Luke 18:1. As a believer, you must pray continuously. There are two keys necessary to succeed in life:
• Word what you say and Word your prayers. Always use the Word of God to address everything you say. This is what makes your prayers noticeable to God.
• You must say, speak and pray the word. “And He spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray and not to faint” Luke 18:1. Jesus reveals God’s nature, character and personality through men’s operational behavior. God always prays: whenever He is sending His beam of ray upon you, He is actually praying for you. God is always the Word: every direction He goes through He passes it with the Word. A believer who always pray and not faint will be rewarded with the light, life, strength, anointing and presence of God. God sustains everything He created with prayer. An always praying man is a lively, powerful and anointed man.
“He openth also their ear to discipline, and commandeth that they return from iniquity” Job 36:10. Discipline is the integrity grace and power that establishes your ears, eyes, hearth, mind, mouth, steps and will in the fear of God to yield life and prosperity. A disciplined man guides His ears by hearing. “Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required” Psalm 40:6. If you don’t make use of your ears, you can’t get any substantial thing from God. “Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end” Proverbs 19:20.
God answers prayers but not all prayers are answered: He answers only the right prayers not the deceiving prayers. “Hear the right, O Lord, attend unto my cry, give ear unto my prayer, that goeth not out of feigned lips” Psalm 17:1.