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It was a beautiful Wednesday evening and I was excited to spend some time before the Lord as any time spent with God is quality time.
I did not want to attend my own church evening midweek service so I took another route, heading to another Bible-believing church, to get the same word raw, fresh, and undiluted yet from a different interpretation.
Hmmmmm! From the road, I could hear neither talking nor singing. Well, I however continued my journey. I was a devoted Christian that evening seeking the word of God with all readiness of heart.
Finally, I got to church and the doors were closed. No sight of any person. Hmmmmm! again. I was disappointed but not discouraged.
Hahahaha I had already been used to taking another road from my church.
So I recalled I knew another church just around the same area. Alright, I set my feet in its direction. It was not too long when I arrived at the said church.
I saw beautiful young girls and women all knelt praying to God. I stood and watched for a while then I took a sit. Not so long, the girls and the women retreated from the pulpit to their seats.
Then one elderly woman walked to my seat entreating me to join them in front. That was a receptive spirit for me and so I gladly joined her.
The next prayer topic was made and everybody was expected to move in front of the alter.
I followed, eager to talk to my God. Interestingly, I sat beside the same woman who asked me to join the others. I knew what I had to chat and discuss with God. It came from my heart.
It was an honest conversation to ensue. Before I could put the right words, I heard this voice telling me the words to tell God. I quickly opened my eyes. Behold it was the same elderly woman.
I thought that was all. But no she kept shouting and insisting I used her same words. At this point, I had to pause for some minutes to get my thoughts straight. I had come to church because I wanted to fellowship with God. I have the things I want to talk about with God.
Why would another person be forcing me to tell God what she wants? It was shocking to me.
I quietly told God the things I had in my heart and good enough service ended.
On my way back home I had to ponder on a lot of issues. Are we to pray according to what and how our Pastors, Deacons, Deaconesses, Elders, Bishops, Reverends, Pope just to name but these tell us?
Are their words too holy as opposed to what we have from our hearts? The questions were many. However, I was satisfied because I had told God my mind.
That was the first and last time I attended the church. I do not know if I want to visit there again but I am sure I am always happy in the presence of the Lord.
Prayer is connecting to the heart of the Father, asking him questions, telling him out worries and all, as well as sitting still waiting for him to tell us his compelling why and what we ought to do next. It’s never complete without Him talking, that’s a dialogue, not a monologue.
Prayer isn’t complaining, it’s seeking answers, new Strategies, understanding what’s going on, and building tenacity to stay true, through it all.
Let your sincere heart talk to the Father today, don’t hide, or pretend He knows all, be vulnerable before Him and you get the sweetest answers and leadings. One-on-one with God.
You can pray with others, in a corporate worship environment, it motivates us to press on and not be weary in our prayers, especially as we see others’ vigor in prayer. But, having no personal life of prayer is not a good start.
Before you get encouragement by others’ prayer strength have a life of prayer for yourself.
Trust me you don’t need your neighbor to help you talk with your Father, do you? Even if he doesn’t listen to you always, but you’ve got ways to talk with him.
What more of our Loving Heavenly Father who is always ready to hear from us and talk with us.
Let negatives from others never make you doubt the love of Abba’s Father and his genuineness.
Pray without ceasing not complaining, not words of others but according to the will of God from the throne room. 1 Thess 5:17
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