By Elder Papy Kanda
Theme: New Spirit for New Season
Topic: Earnest prayer is the key to the New Season
Text: Number 14: 22-26; James 5: 15
*unless otherwise indicated, all verses in this text are drawn from New King James Version (NKJV)
The new season is only for those who have the spirit of the season. We need to have the spirit of the season in order to accommodate ourselves in the new season. This new spirit consists in doing things with the aim to impress God and praying according to His will. The latter is what we call earnest prayer.
In the text of Number 14, the Lord deprived those who have not heeded His voice of the privilege of seeing the Promised Land. But about Caleb the Lord said, “But My servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit in him and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land where he went, and his descendants shall inherit it.” Caleb was allowed access to the Promised Land because he had a different spirit. Think of the Promised Land as the New Season. We can only enter into the new season if we have a different spirit i.e. if we do thinks according to the will of God.
Among things that should be done according to God’s will is prayer. An earnest prayer is a prayer made according to God’s will. That explains why the first characteristic of earnest prayers is that they are answered by God. The eyes of the Lord are set on earth seeking for those making earnest prayers.
An earnest prayer is not a prayer made by regularly going to church or while shedding tears. An earnest prayer is a prayer made while obeying the words of God. Beloved, your prayers can never be answered if you behave in a way that doesn’t honour God. Also, an earnest prayer is a prayer made while patiently waiting for God to answer; For if you are not patient in prayer you will become a patient of physicians.
An earnest prayer is so powerful it can make us achieve the unthinkable. The Israelites were grasshopper compared to the dwellers of Canaan who were giants, Caleb knew it and so he resorted to prayer in order to conquer the land of the enemy. Beloved, you may fail to meet all criteria needed to succeed, but through prayer Jehovah will make you capable to succeed. James, the half brother of Jesus, says this about prayer: “the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven (James 5: 15).” Beloved, Prayer will make you not back off from challenges. It will take you where nothing else could. Alleluia!!!
Prayer is the key to enter the new season. But a prayer can only be effective when it made earnestly. An earnest prayer can never prove itself to be useless. An earnest prayer doesn’t take into account distance, location or position. All that matters is our behavior to honor the Lord and us to obeye His will.
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