What is praying through?
Text: Luke 11:1-9
Matthew 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: Matthew 7:8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth, and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Luke 11:9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. Luke 11:10 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth, and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
Praying Through entails a lot on the edges of answered prayer, fervent prayer, effective prayer, etc. For instance, it entails obtaining the answers to our petition, it entails pressing further and holding up in prayers, it also entails touching the presence of God and being impacted of His Glory in the course of the fellowship.
A very biblical example of someone that prayed through is the case of Jacob in the bible book of Genesis 32:24-28. Abraham prayed through in the Lot’s case in Sodom, Jabez also prayed through in the change of his name and sorrow, Solomon prayed through to his gift of wisdom, Elijah prayed through in several occasions especially in causing the rain, same thing with Moses on insisting the presence of God goes with Him, to name but a few.
Genesis 32:24 And Jacob was left alone, and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day. 32:25 And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him. 32:26 And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said I will not let thee go, except thou bless me. 32:27 And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob. 32:28 And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.
The act of praying could be split into stages. As we read in the text above, we could expound the three actions in Matthew 7:7 or Luke 11:9 to encompass all we do when we pray.
However, note that the sense in these stages is much on progression in prayers than in activities to be done while praying. I could say their order of knock, seek and ask is good to follow in the course of prayers. But these are not clear cut activities, they could overlap and they can be done in isolation. The three basic stages include;
The act of devotion is the act of love reflections, the act of worship of God on the knowledge you already have. It is the act of approaching His court with a thankful heart, the act of reminiscing on His attribute, His encounter you have experienced and the revelations of Him you have received.
Song of Solomon 5:2 I sleep, but my heart waketh: it is the voice of my beloved that knocketh, saying, Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled: for my head is filled with dew and my locks with the drops of the night.
Praying literally starts as we set our mind to pray. Thus, praying through in devotion often requires our desire, intention, and efforts. Here, we make up our minds to pray, not because we are feeling like it or because we have the time scheduled.
This stage of prayer does not keep time, we forget the time and come with a preset mind to pray.
Seeking is a vertical desire, is the needing of the things that are above. When we seek him, we desire the manifest action of Him that is yet unknown to us.
Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.
Man has been created to desire communion with God. There is a void that cannot be filled by anything but genuine communion with God. But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that Imay win Christ.—PHILIPPIANS 3:7-8
Praying starts in essence when the Holy Spirit takes over from us the intention, desire, and efforts to pray. As we read in Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
When you see people that spend time in prayers you will know, why? When we pray through in fellowship, we are able to transcend to the other realm, to the holy of holies where God is. We are rubbed off of God and His glory impacts on us. When we come out we wear His glory, it is easy to know that we have touched His presences. We ourselves know it, and people around can notice it too.
Once again, When we pray through in this stage, we know it.
Sometimes, in this stage, the tongue could cease to signal a stop or the tonguing just continues even when you wish to stop. It is in such intimate fellowship that we grow spiritually.
In this regards, we could explain that praying through is praying until we’ve touched and are impacted by His presence.
Petitioning is a horizontal desire. It entails asking for the things we wish to see happen around us.
1 John 5:15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
Praying Through here involves receiving the things which we ask for or receiving a representation of it. For instance, we could be praying for something until God gives us peace and assurance that it is done or that it is not appointed time yet.
A very disturbing question in the heart of many believers is;
- Why does one ask in prayers and not receive sometimes?
- How does asking work?
- How can we get our prayers of petition answered?
There are some conditions that we may need to meet to pray through in this stage;
- We must ask in faith
“And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive” (Matt. 21:22).
- We must abide in a relationship with Christ.
“If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you” (John 15:7).
When we abide in prayer, and the Word, we develop spiritually so that His desires are ours.
- We must be motivated properly.
“You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures” (James 4:3).
- Sometimes God wants to make sure that we are really ready for what we ask.
Here we should learn the act of Going all for it like the eagles train it younger ones on how to fly by releasing them to fly from the mountain top. There’s is a dying Grace for the dying.
- We must ask in accordance with the will of God.
The Bible tells us what the will of God is. Thus know what the bible says concerning your situations: “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him” (1 John 5:14-15).
- We ought to also grow in God
Have God help our motives, help our Faith, and align our will with His.
Are these stages valid?
Do you want to throw more light?
What are other potent things we could do while praying and where would we group it in the three stages?
Do comment, let’s share your thoughts on prayer.
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