If someone walk to you at the middle of the street and give you a hot slap at a hot day, what are you going to do as a Christian? You will you begin to fight? I know there are some Christians that will start fighting. I know someone may be tempted to fight back because of so many reasons like the pain of the slap, the shame of the people that saw what happened, to prove you are not week, to pay back, to stop the person from trying such thing again, and many other reasons. However, the bitter or the sweet truth (depending on the level of your maturity in Christianity) is that you are supposed to give that person the other side of your chick to slap again – this truth is bitter if you are not a matured Christian, but it is sweet if you are a matured one (Matthew 5:39-41). In any case, you are never supposed to retaliate physically – the battle is of the Lord (2 Chronicles 20:15, 1 Samuel 17:47).
In Revelation 3:15-16, Jesus said the church of the Laodiceans is neither cold nor hot. Today, many Christians are also like that. They are neither cold nor hot. This is bad. Jesus said He will spue those Christians out of His mouth. 4 things make a Christian hot – prayer, holiness, the word, and evangelism. The lack of any of these four things drives the Christian to coldness.
Prayer is the most profitable activity on this planet. And the most aggressive weapon you have on this planet as a Christian is prayer. A prayerless Christian is a powerless Christian and a prayerful Christian is a powerful Christian. In other words, show me a weak Christian and I will show you a prayerless Christian, and show me a powerful Christian and I will show you a prayerful Christian. Life works by principles. The word of God is for knowledge, holiness is to see God and to get His protection, evangelism is for God’s reward and His power also, and prayer is exclusively for power. A holy Christian that studies the word, prays and evangelise always will enjoy the knowledge, protection, reward, and the power of God.
What do you do when you are exhausted, weary, tired, frustrated, in trouble, or in a difficult time? Do you cry or do you pray? Some Christians cry and begin to blame God. Others complain. What do you do? As a true Christian, it is only one thing you can do – and that is pray, pay, and pray again. Do not be weary or tired of praying. Each prayer you pay is important. Each prayer you pray is one step closer to victory. No matter how strong a mountain may be, a continuous drop of water at the same spot will eventually wears the mountain out. When that last drop eventually washes the mountain away completely, is it the last drop that does the whole washing away? The answer is no, every drop of water that hit the mountain was important for the complete washing away. Your prayer is like that. Every prayer you make is doing the job. Never give up. Keep on praying – men ought always to pray (Luke 18:1-8).
In the above passage of Luke 18:1-8, is not just the last coming of that woman that got the king weary, but her continual coming. Each coming she made was as important as each prayer you make. Also, in 1 Samuel, chapter 1, Hannah had been going to Shiloh yearly, but her prayer was answered that year. This might just be the time your prayer will be answered. Do not give up soon, the next prayer may just be the key to the breakthrough – remember, pray, pray, and pray again.
The Jews and Esther fasted and prayed when they were faced with a difficult situation (Esther 4:15-17). Nehemiah fasted and prayed when he was faced with a disturbing situation (Nehemiah 1:4). Pray, pray, and pray the more. Maybe it is the type that goeth not except by fasting and prayer (Matthew 17:21; Mark 9:29). Fast if necessary. Remember, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you” (Matthew 7:7). How many times do you have to ask? The answer is to ask until it is given to you.
John the Baptist did not pray, and no prayer was made on his behalf, and he was beheaded. Steven in the book of Acts did not pray, and no prayer was made on his behalf, and he was stoned to death. But prayer was made on behalf of Peter and a miracle happened (Acts 12:5). That same miracle will locate you today in Jesus mighty name. What about Paul and Silas, they prayed for themselves when they were in trouble and a miracle happened (Acts 16:25). Something happens each time we pray. No prayer is void except it is not made in a good relationship with God. God expect us to pray – He never actually do something until we pray.
The conclusion is that keep on praying. Never quit and never you give up. Pray, pray, and pray again. God will answer you at the due time. “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints” (Ephesians 6:18). Remember again, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).