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THE BELIEVERS PRAYER
I HAD WISHED I FALL UNDER ANOINTING
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In the Church I grew up in, we understood prayer differently and of all I know, we understood wrongly. While the traditional mode of prayer in our Church then doesn’t require shouting, jumping, repetitions and an intense hot environment that is a result of the shouting, jumping and all that. It was always a stereotyped form of prayers which also had its own challenges. They tried borrowing what they felt was working best for other Churches, especially the “Charismatics”. I would remember our Pastor tell us
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“Pray that prayer with a loud voice so that God can hear you.”
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I would also remember them tell us that the louder we shout amen, the closer we are to our miracles or if our amen is louder than that of our neighbor, we will receive miracles before anyone else. We did all those things in ignorance. We thought we were serving a partial deaf God who needs us to shout so that he can hear us. We felt a God so far away and the notion that God is inside of us seemed so impossible. I remember shouting my prayers, trying to wake God up from sleep! Funny! But that’s what we were told… We were told that when we shout it, we will wake God from sleep and make Him stand on His throne to inquire of His angels who and who has been disturbing Him. You need to see how I prayed then. I would look for a large space, shake my head and shout my prayers hoping to get God’s attention since there are so many people seeking Him. When people shout and fall, I feel left out, I feel like they’ve succeeded in getting God’s attention before me because we were also told that falling down is a sign that God has touched you. So, if you don’t fall, keep praying, keep hoping that God touches you. I had always wished I fall but it seemed God doesn’t know who I am. Sometimes, I try pushing myself backwards and forward; making my feet lighter in a way to help the Holy Spirit do the work faster!
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Well, Jesus warned against these things and likened it to what pagans do when they pray to their non-existing god. Hear Him,
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“And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” Matthew 6:7-8
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You see that? The pagans do all such things because they think that is how they will be heard. For a believer in Christ Jesus, we are people of faith and absolute trust in God. By thinking that we need to shout, do some acrobatic displays, beg and cry before God can hear us, then we don’t really trust God. Jesus says “DO NOT BE LIKE THEM”, do not act in the manner with which pagans do! The word says that God already knows what we need even before we ask of it. God is not partially deaf and even if people are shouting, jumping and doing all those stuff, don’t feel they’ll distract God from you if you do not shout louder. I understand the emotional outbursts that may happen when praying, I always burst out when thanking God and telling Him how much I love Him and not when I am making a request. When I make a request from God, I believe it has been done. By shouting and repeating it as though I am trying to make God hear my voice, it means my trust in God is limited. It means I believe God can do it but He may not do it because He is limited somehow… It means I trust Him to do it but I don’t trust He is listening to me. You see where the problem comes from? You see why people want to fall? Because they think once they fall it means God has heard them… I wished I fall too! The pagans pray that way because they have not seen evidence and manifestations and they feel like their god isn’t listening all the time… Yes, their god isn’t just listening; it can’t listen because it doesn’t even exist. How about God?
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God is able to do exceedingly and abundantly, more than you have ever asked for because He cares and He understands. Pray as a believer and not as a pagan… Pray like a believer, pray with the consciousness of God being in you. God bless you!
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#GracefulGeorge

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