We had earlier established that though you may have wonderful and potent weapons but until you know how to use them they will not produce results in your life.
It is not in the volume of prayer that you pray but the quality of the prayer. If you don’t know the various dimensions of prayer, you may end up praying just one type. A lot of people do this and expect to get all manner of results. There are different dimensions of prayer and as a child of God you should be able to shift from one to another even in a prayer session.
Eph. 6:13-18, “Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness. And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.” This scripture enjoins us to pray all types of prayer and all the time, all dimensions, all styles and at all times.
We are expected to supplicate. Supplication is a heart cry towards God. A good example is the prayer of Hannah (1 Sam. 1:11). When you supplicate, it can get so heavy in your heart that your mouth at times might not be able to utter any word at all. It is very close to groaning.
When Jesus was going to raise his friend Lazarus from the dead, he told his disciples that Lazarus was asleep. But his disciples misunderstood him. Jesus corrected his disciples because he was very apt to teach; he used every opportunity to teach. He told his disciples immediately that Lazarus was dead. Jesus was, however, not in a haste to go there. Four days later, he arrived to go and raise him up. By that time, Lazarus body was already decomposing. Once the spirit of man departs, the body starts deteriorating at a very fast rate.
When Jesus got to the home of Lazarus, he groaned. John 11:32 “Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled. And he said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see.” Jesus groaned in the spirit. This is a type of prayer. A lot of miracles are born out of groaning. When people are not taught how to groan, they cannot give birth to miracles. Jesus groaned in the spirit. This can also be called travailing prayer. The bible says in Isa 66:8 “Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.”
- Ask the Holy Spirit to empower you to groan in the spirit to bring forth a miracle with respect to a trying circumstance confronting you.
TO BE CONTINUED……..