TOPIC: THE DOOR-OPENING PRAYER
SCRIPTURE: And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed. Acts 16:25-26.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Never allow your life to be stranded by prayerlessness; spirituality equals responsibility.
It has been established that doors open to the right keys. We saw the key of praise as a key that opens closed doors yesterday. Today, it is important to see another key that opens closed doors.
Our anchor scripture clearly reveals that prayer opens doors, that is, doors are openable by prayer. Paul and Silas prayed in the midnight and sang praises, and then the door of the prison opened. This means, prayer is a key that opens doors.
Now, what kind of prayer will open doors?
1. The prayer of communion and intimacy with God.
This is a kind of prayer that seeks to develop deep intimacy with God; it is praying, not because of what God would or would not do, but because you want to be closer to Him in relationship. So, prayer entails a lifestyle of communion, fellowship, intimacy with God. Never allow your life to be stranded by prayerlessness; spirituality equals responsibility (Luke 9:29-35).
2. The prayer of thanksgiving and appreciation
The second aspect of door-opening prayer is the prayer of thanksgiving and appreciation. This involves offering praise unto God at the place of prayer. Praise opens the court of God’s Presence (Psalms 100:4) and if the door of His court can open, then there is no door that can close against a man who knows how to praise God.
3. The Prayer of Intercession
This is the kind of prayer where a person forgets himself and makes another person the subject of his prayer. Intercessory prayer unlocks closed doors for the intercessor. That was why God turned the captivity of Job when he prayed for his friends. Captivity means imprisonment. This means, Job came out of the prison when he left himself and focused on others in prayers (Job 42:10).
Beloved, never allow your life to be stranded by prayerlessness; maintain spiritual fire and vibrancy by prayer.
Remember this: Never allow your life to be stranded by prayerlessness; spirituality equals responsibility.
1. Make up your mind to relate with God not because of what He would or would not do but because of Who He is.
2. Embrace a lifestyle of unconditional personal praise and worship.
3. Practice the prayer of intercession always by praying for someone today.
PRAYER: O LORD, I ask for the grace to pray and praise You because of Who You are. I receive the help to intercede for people around me, LORD, in Jesus’ Name.
FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE: THE DIMENSION AND DEMANDS OF OPEN DOOR (PART 2).
DAILY BIBLE READING: 1 Chronicles 19:1 to 21:30, Romans 2:25 to 3:8, Psalm 11:1 to 7, Proverbs 19:10 to 12
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TODAY IN HISTORY: 15/07/1888 – “Printers’ Ink” was first sold.
QUOTE: Be very sensitive. Do not take spiritual signals for granted… if you find yourself in the midst of people and all of a sudden, you feel like moving aside to pray, move. Culled from 15 KINGDOM STRATEGIES FOR SURVIVAL by Dr Paul Enenche.
PROPHETIC PARENTAL BLESSING: I decree that every limitation, embargo, disfavour on your life today is arrested off your life by Dr Paul Enenche.