PRAYER IS NOT ENOUGH….

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I grew up in a Christian home, my mother got my father born again before they got married and my mother has been a praying woman. My mum isn’t a loud and energetic prayer warrior anyways, you wouldn’t hear her voice when she prays alone and my mum doesn’t stand to pray, she prefers to sit, place head on her palms and talk to God. Except when she is leading a public prayer, you will never get to see my mum sweat in the place of prayer. There has been tremendous miracles that has been recorded when my mum pray and sometimes to this moment, a lot of people flood our family house to a very annoying rate just to get my mum pray for them. No matter how critical things would be, you wouldn’t see her panic, you wouldn’t see her shout at God or at the devil, the best of her you’d see is that she stays back on her chair and tell you “let us pray”. Aside who she is praying with, you may not hear her voice. If I should start sharing miracles that has happened in the cause of prayer in our family, you might never believe it. It is this woman, that brought us up and ensured we grew in the habit of praying and studying the word for ourselves. Yet, Mum has been a very hard working woman. Mum taught me to take prayers serious and I don’t joke with it. Unlike mum, sometimes I pray out loud unintentionally especially when I pray in tongues but I may not be your “sweating prayer warrior” though. I believe in prayers, prayers work and a believer who doesn’t pray is a powerful person who isn’t using his or her powers correctly.
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I started with my background so you understand that I didn’t grow up in a place where prayer isn’t a habit because a lot of people feel bad when we tell them certain truths that puts what they had done for a long time into questioning. I feel bad when I stay in the pew and the preacher in Church tells the audience “today, you will pray yourself out of poverty”, there are so many things wrong with it, I have studied my Bible well to see how the Church got to this point of making “self” the major part of their prayer life. Many believers have spent 90% of their Christian life praying about self and I know it is because they do not understand the word. See, you don’t pray yourself out of poverty, you work yourself out of poverty. Paul never said to the lazy Christians “a man who is unwilling to pray should not eat” but rather said “Let no man who is unwilling to work eat.” There is no point arguing here if prayer is work or not, we understand in the context of what Paul was addressing that work and prayer isn’t the same thing.
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The Bible says in Matthew 22:29 “You are mistaken because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.” Jesus made this statement when the Sadducees came asking Him questions as regards to resurrection. Many people pray certain kinds of prayers today because they do not know the Scripture and they do not know the power of God, people in Church make lots of mistakes because they do not know the scripture! They can get up to fight certain truths of the word that questions the wrong things they have believed because they grew up believing the wrong thing. Let’s dive into the discussion proper.
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In Genesis 1:28, the Bible showed us that God blessed man with a commanding tone charging the man to “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” This is a blessing with a charge! When God blessed man with this, He released ideas on earth and any man could get hold of it. This is not a prayer point, it is a reality that only those who know will walk in! The internet today is an idea and the people that came with it seem to be ruling the world today with it. It is with ideas that we can rule this world. That blessing of subduing and ruling the earth is physical and not Spiritual! Haven’t you noticed that no matter the toughness and wildness of certain animals, men can still tame it and use it as pet! Can’t you see how the world has been reshaped with ideas! This is not limited to Christians alone, everyone has received ideas from God and the difference is that one is executing it, another isn’t doing anything about it! Some are to pray their ideas out from the spiritual realm into the realm of understanding but hey… God didn’t ask us to pray it out! After we have prayed, we have got to face that idea squarely and work it out.
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Many Christians today keep praying for money while other persons keeps working for it and they keep earning it. God can reveal ideas deposited in you to you in the cause of prayers, God can spark up something in you so that you realize what you have got but don’t be mistaken, God will not leave cartons of dollars in your cabinet. We hear testimonies like that and I don’t disprove it because I have also experienced miracle money but do not be deceived, it is not a source of income. There can be exceptions to certain things and God knows why but this doesn’t mean that is how God generally designed it to work. While Jesus asked Peter one time to go to the mouth of a fish and get money, it never happened again! Meanwhile, Peter had to catch the fish first, open it’s mouth before he could get the coins! See, Jesus didn’t have to pray about it.
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I believe we should pray about everything but see, until someone radically tell believers that prayer is not enough, some will continue hoping that someday there laziness will pay off! You think praying for a spouse to come your way is enough? If you don’t position yourself to be loveable and discoverable, no one will find you appealing! I really wish prayer was enough, prayer warriors would have been ruling the world, prayer warriors would have had the best life but you must understand that God has designed a means of influence in this world, you don’t pray it, you earn it. When we pray, we put things in place spiritually but when we work and execute ideas we put things in place physically. We settle spiritual things in prayer but work out things physically. How can you be praying “God give me souls” but you are not out there to win souls? It is useless and very unnecessary to pray without readiness to execute. That is the problem of so many believers, we spend so much time in Church praying and expecting some miracles to happen while some other persons go ahead of us to keep executing plans and at the end we start accusing God of being partial.
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The Bible says in 2 Thessalonians 3:10 “for even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.” Paul was addressing believers, these believers are present in Church meetings and prayer gatherings but they were not willing to work! They were leveraging on the fact that some people would sell their properties and bring the money to be shared! Concerning those kinds of people, Paul said they shouldn’t be allowed to eat! Paul’s problem was not their unwillingness to pray but their unwillingness to work! They were Christians, Spirit filled and tongue gifted but they were lazy! The reason many believers die in poverty after all the “miracle money” prayers and “I am rich” confessions is because they had always thought it was enough to pray, fast and perhaps sow some seeds. While all these things are nice, material things should not be a motivating factor in our prayer time. I see Christians spend 365 days of every year praying just for money but really experiencing little or no fruitfulness in their lives.
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This is a hard saying, at least to an audience that has been made to believe prayer is everything. Prayer isn’t everything… It is not enough! If prayer makes money available, the richest men in the world should be Christians but unfortunately, God’s design isn’t that prayer becomes our means of income, we till the ground (execute ideas), plant seeds (invest), water our seeds (strategize), harvest our fruits (make profits) and thank God for fruitfulness (prayers)! Our prayer time should be a time of intentional fellowship with the Holy Spirit.
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It is pleasing to God when men execute the ideas He has released to them from the foundations of the earth. We must stop acting like babies who expect “daddy” to do just everything when they have been empowered already to carry a lot of things out! We must grow! The Bible says in 2 Timothy 2:15 “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” Even in ministry, praying is not enough. Praying isn’t what show you approved, you must study to rightly divide the word of truth. Praying is very important, oh yes! But praying is never ever enough! Jesus didn’t just come praying, Jesus didn’t even spend majority of His times on earth praying but hey! The Bible says “how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.” – Act 10:38. God already anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and power! It wasn’t a prayer point anymore, it was a reason to take responsibility! Jesus didn’t go about praying “Oh God! Let your power in me manifest!” He went about manifesting the character of Holy Spirit and the power of God. In John 11:42, Jesus prayed before raising Lazarus but we know He didn’t pray so that Lazarus would be raised from the dead, His prayer was for the benefit of the people who were standing there, He wanted them to know that He is sent from God, it had nothing to do with self but had everything to do with the purpose of His coming to earth. Hear Him “I knew that You always hear Me, but I say this for the benefit of the people standing here, so they may believe that You sent Me.” If you look carefully, you will see that Jesus never prayed for money or material things all through His ministry on earth and when you look at the Apostles, you will also understand it wasn’t a major in their prayer life. Concerning material things, Jesus said in Matthew 6:25-34 New International Version (NIV)
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“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 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. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
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I just need to point out few things from the above but I believe your view has been broadened by that verse. Material things shouldn’t be our worries that is why it should not be one of the things that dominates our prayer life because God already knew we need them, He made those things for us! The birds of the air have been clothed by God right? The birds don’t sow seeds right? But they still get fed! How much more we who are valuable to God to the extent God gave us the ability to sow seeds and yield increase to the food basket of this earth? When we work, we should work in a disposition of faith knowing that we are solving problems! It takes faith to work even though some work tirelessly because of fear. God knows we need all those good material things that makes life easy for us but God has charged us with a responsibility to work for it! He has blessed us to work for it and has released ideas on earth. The birds are living for us, other animals are living for us! If we want to relax and have God feed us just the way birds are fed, we are making mockery of humanity as God’s special creation by placing ourselves in the category of birds. How does God feed us and take care of us? We can see a picture of that in the Old Testament. The Bible says in Deuteronomy 28:1-7 (BSB)
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“Now if you faithfully obey the voice of the LORD your God and are careful to follow all His commandments I am giving you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. All these blessings will come upon you and overtake you, if you will obey the voice of the LORD your God: You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country. The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the produce of your land, the offspring of your livestock, the calves of your herds, and the lambs of your flocks. Your basket and kneading bowl will be blessed. You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out.”
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Look at that! They aren’t experiencing fruitfulness for praying, they experience it for obeying and doing! The Bible didn’t just say God will yield increase to them, the Bible says they will be blessed when they come in and blessed when they go out! Do you know the meaning of that? They will get blessed in what they are doing. It doesn’t come by just praying, it doesn’t even come only by obedience! Even as you have obeyed, you must work for result to be seen. It is in what you do that God attaches results. Pray all you want, God has already released His blessings on us and it can only be experienced when we start executing ideas. The Bible says further in verse 8 “The LORD will decree a blessing on your barns and on everything to which you put your hand; the LORD your God will bless you in the land He is giving you.” The Bible says God will bless everything they put their hands on, this means the moment they start executing ideas, God yields increase! It is not something you pray about, it is not a prayer point! This is how God has set it for you! Every believer in Christ Jesus have already believed and that has been counted as obedience but do you know why a lot of people are yet to walk in the reality of this truth? It is because they do not work! They engage in spiritual exercises which is so nice but when it comes to work, they want “grace” to do it. No, it is when we start doing it that it gets graced.
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God truly wants us to start doing something. When we pray, we bring spiritual settlement to issues. It is like praying to be healed from excess sugar and you go ahead eating excess sugar! Oh, you will so die! I don’t mean you that is reading my post but the sugar eater anyway! God wants us to work with faith in mind, you don’t work to be financially secured, you work because you are financially secured. You can’t have if you don’t want to work. Prayers will never put any food on your table. Even when manna came to the children of Israel, they had to pick it! They didn’t have to pray it into their mouth. God is not a magician and He isn’t planning to start taking lessons on magic. The Psalmist wrote in 90:17 “May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us— yes, establish the work of our hands.” God’s favor is meant to establish the works of your hands. Even as you have prayed, you have to start doing something. So many people succeed without prayers in what they do but we pray so that as we succeed, we succeed in the will of God and how this happens is that when we pray, God keeps giving us guidance and what He wants us to do.
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The Bible says in Proverbs 12:11 “Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies have no sense.” This is the same land God has already blessed for their sake but the Bible goes further to say anyone who doesn’t work that land but rather chase fantasies has no sense! Do you know what it means to chase fantasy? It means to have wonderful ideas and keep enjoying the picture of how these ideas will put food on your table but never get to execute it. Prayer may involve energy but there is a difference between praying and working. When the bible talks about yielding material increase, the member never said we could do that with prayers. A lot of believers are abusing prayers by thinking they are just going to be rich for praying and attending “Business Breakthrough Deliverance Service.”
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The Bible says in Proverbs 12:24 “Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in forced labor.” and Proverbs 14:23 says “All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.” See, it is not prayers that brings rulership! Anyone who is diligent will rule and as long as you work diligently, you will bring profits but some end up just praying! What some end up doing as prayers is what the Bible calls “chase of fantasies” and “mere talks.” When you keep making demands on financial provision without making available a channel through which the supply will be made, it is a waste of time. There are exceptions, God is not a respecter of any man! God can just decide to turn things around in seconds and God can raise stones to replace humans but these exceptions are left for God alone and the purpose for which he puts those exceptions! Even though God can raise stones to replace humans, He didn’t do it! In the same way, these exceptions may never necessarily apply to you. If you do not work, pray all you can, food will not appear on your table.
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Paul wrote something amazing in 1 Timothy 5:8 saying “Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” Look at that! Glaring truth! Even unbelievers are expected to feed their own household, anyone who works will find profit! This is why Paul said anyone who can’t be financially responsible to his family is worse than an unbeliever because even unbelievers are financially responsible. Paul didn’t say anyone who doesn’t pray for his family, he rather said anyone who doesn’t provide for his family. He is writing to spirit filled believers! He was writing to tongue speaking brethren but he needed to remind them that they must find something doing because prayer is not enough to survive here on earth. As much as you have prayed, find something doing! Some things just needs you to execute it, it has nothing to do with prayer. Lazy people pray too much, as much as hard working people do but it is their unwillingness to work that puts them in the place of penury. God has placed us on earth to take care of it “The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” – Genesis 2:15. God finds pleasure when we execute great ideas because it is the expression of God’s character! When we commit to the Lord whatever we do (Proverbs 16:3) in prayers, we go ahead and start doing them because prayer is not enough! This is why many poor people are in the Church, praying for money and never still seeing what they are praying about. If you haven’t heard this truth before, hear it from me.
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It is good to pray for a good husband and a good wife but you must be set to attract good spouse! Ruth didn’t just pray for it, she simply obeyed and worked it out. It is very good to pray for great children but you must train them into greatness. The Bible never said we should pray that a child grows, the Bible says we train up a child in the ways he should go! You don’t just pray it, you don’t just wish it, you execute it! It is good to pray for nice business and I am sure some people are also praying for Christmas gifts! The Bible says “cast your care on God for He cares for you!”- 1 Peter 5:7 The Bible didn’t say “cast… He will care for you!” God cares already so those anxieties should be least of your worries! How do you cast it on God? Jesus said “do not worry for what to eat and drink!” It should not be your worries! It shouldn’t take up your prayer times!
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See eeh, God supplies according to His riches in glory and let me tell you, Jesus is all God has to give you! The Bible says in Ephesians 1:3 (NIV) “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.” This is Paul writing and he noted that we have been blessed in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessings available in Christ Jesus! There is no blessing left in Christ with which we have not been blessed! Prayers will not get us more blessings, it will only open our eyes to the reality of what God has blessed us with. In the making of man, we were blessed with every physical blessings and in the making of the new creature, we were blessed with all spiritual blessings! This is what unbelievers doesn’t have! They may have money, they may have material things but they do not have these Spiritual blessings! Every man have access to physical blessings but only those who are in Christ Jesus have access to Spiritual blessings! That is why every man can have money, have a good marriage, have good business but still not have Jesus and the peace only Jesus can give! But material things? If it really does come by praying alone, Christians will be the materialistically richest people in the world. God has given you the ABILITY TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR FINANCES.
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I am sorry to disappoint you… It doesn’t just come by prayers alone. That is not what the bible teach! Many prayed and prayed and prayed but they still fell into the wrong hands! How can you be praying for a good husband but you keep associating with one nonentity on the street to an intimate level? How can you be praying for money but Monday morning you are still on your bed doing just nothing? How can you be praying for exam success but you don’t even know your way to the lecture hall neither do you read your books! No, wait! The angels will come and write it for you because God has given them charge over you! Maybe, the Angels will execute those God-given ideas for you too and always run the accounts for you.
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Paul would have written “pray to show thyself approved” but instead he wrote “study to show thyself approved.” It is work that proves and not prayers. We pray without ceasing, oh yes! But our motivation to pray isn’t money, yes… Not money! It is not in my Bible except you read a different Bible. Paul also didn’t ask lazy men to pray, they are praying already! He asked them to start working and earning! He wrote in 2 Thessalonians 3:10 “For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.” He was writing to believers and not unbelievers, concerning earning for a living, He didn’t ask them to pray, He asked them to work!
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As you pray, study!
Listen to me… I said study!
As you study, do! Listen to me… I said do!
As you do, be thankful to God… I said be thankful to God!
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Your prayer time should mostly be a time of thanksgiving for what God has done and a time of expressing our love for Him! Yes, pour your love on Him even as you cast your cares on Him. Prayer alone isn’t enough, it is your works that brings glory to God. Find something doing, be successful in it and when people ask you, tell them “God has nothing it” because He gave you the ideas and ability to do it!
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Blessings.
-George 0.N-
#GracefulGeorge

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