PRAYER: THE NEW TESTAMENT WAY ~ PASTOR CHRIS OYAKHILOME.
And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you (John 16:23).
Some folks don’t understand why they’re praying and there seems to be no answers. They’re so used to praying without answers that they now lack the confidence to pray. You can pray a whole lifetime without praying the right way, but that’s not what God wants for you. You should have results every time you pray. He asked us to pray because He wants to answer our prayers; but we must pray correctly.
In the New Testament, we pray in the Name of Jesus. We don’t ask Jesus for anything; we don’t pray to Him. You can tell Him how much you love Him, and give thanks to the Father, in His Name, but we don’t pray to Jesus, in the Name of Jesus; that’ll be wrong. When we pray, we stand in the place of the Master; we’re taking His place. So, we can’t be praying to Him in His Name, or while standing in His stead; that won’t make any spiritual sense.
Furthermore, in the New Testament, we pray the prayer of the righteous; we pray knowing who we are in Christ —the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. James 5:16 (AMP) says, “…The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].” So, you see, prayer in the New Testament isn’t a religious monologue; it’s geared towards effecting changes.
We’re not at all helpless or stymied in a corner when we face challenges. We can make power available in prayer —power for change! We can be definite enough to effect definite changes in the realm of the spirit through prayer, to our advantage. That’s why Jesus said, “…men ought always to pray and not to faint” (Luke 18:1). That means pray always, and don’t give up, because when you pray, you make power available for the works of righteousness.