Somehow, I didn’t believe that prayer is effective. It was because, I had a sibling who prayed more and saw less results. I had joined her severally in her prayer sessions. And on those occassions I can testify that I felt really blessed. In fact, I was so assured within that we were going to see manifestations of miracles in our lives after those prayer sessions. Unfortunately, things remained normal. We never saw any change in our lives. This used to really get me very discouraged and reluctant to join her whenever she prays. Eventually, I stopped praying. And I kept wondering why she always continued praying even though she doesn’t see the results like she ought to.
So one day, I decided to challenge her. I told her that she should stop praying and invest those prayer times in other profitable activities. I told her that prayer works for people who are anointed and that it doesn’t work for everyone. Immediately, I was done challenging her something unusual happened.
The power went off! So we turned on the power generator. After turning on the generator, we discovered that it wasn’t supplying power to the building. We turned off the generator, checked the plugs, the oil and turned it on again. Yet, there was no power supplied to the house. We switched the generator’s light switch off and on. Yet, there wasn’t any power in the house. It was already 8pm and already too late to get anyone to fix the issue for us. It felt more frustrating because the whether was hot and we weren’t sure how long it would take for normal power to be restored.
So, we turned off the generator since it was there was no use leaving it on.
The night was hot. The heat was much. We couldn’t sleep. We kept on hissing and wishing that light would be miraculously restored. At around 2am, I couldn’t take it anymore. As a result of the heat, I had taken my bath 8 times already. The night had become too long to me.
So, out of frustration, I marched to the power generator.
I was angry and frustrated. I ignored the fact that the generator couldn’t supply power to the house. I just marched there like I had some sort of powers to make it work. So, I turned the generator on again.
Well, nothing changed. The generator was running but there was no power supply to the building. Truth be told, I broke down in tears. I had never experienced a night as hot as that. I was dripping with sweat. It was so bad and strange. Then suddenly, I saw light in the house while the generator was still running.
As I was still trying to figure out whether the source the light was from the normal power supply or the generator’s power supply, I heard my sister’s voice saying, “… aha! We didn’t change over. Please come inside… the change over switch was still on the normal light. I’ve switched it over to the generator. Can you hear me?… ”
That was how I got the answer to my question.
As we began to laugh about the mistake, my sister suddenly stopped talking. She looked as if she was processing a thought. After a few seconds she began to speak,
“Wait wait wait…. Oh I see…. No wonder… Wow. Do you remember that James 5:16b says, that the earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working]?
Hmmmm, I can now see that when we pray, we are like a power generator. And when we pray continuously, we make power supply available. Just in the same way, we have 50% of our appliance turned on as we speak as a result of power supply, the power of the HolySpirit in us which is made available when we pray in the HolyGhost, works dynamically. It can supply power to and produce miracles in all the areas, issues, challenges, needs etc in our lives, and at the same time. But, now I know that we having making a mistake. Just like what happed today, my sister, we have been power supply available but we have not been channeling it to our lives.
Do you remember that everytime we finished praying, we usually have that inner peace that we were going to see wonders take place in different areas of our lives? I can see now that, the power supply was already available for it to happen. We only needed to channel it intentionally”
Then we both looked at each other and chorused, “WE DON’T CHANNEL IT”.
While my sister was still analyzing this to herself, I brought out a jotter and began to write out the issues I desired the workings of miracles. All of sudden I could see how advantageous prayer could be to my life. The kind of understanding and zeal that I had received, made me feel that God had allowed what happened that night, just for me to understand why it felt like praying was ineffective to me.
Seriously, I and my sister had been praying in tongues and not speaking what we wanted to see, by the power of the Holyspirit as we prayed. You won’t believe that I totally ignored my sister and began to pray. I didn’t stop praying until 6am that morning. While praying in tongues, I also made the decrees concerning the area of my life that I had written down in the jotter. I did this everyday. And in 6 months we experienced a great change of levels in our lives . The miraculous eventually became our normal. But that was not all.
There was still an unanswered question in my mind. So while I was praying one day, I decided to ask God for the answer in prayer.
This was the question….
“Lord, I feel I am not channeling this power supply adequately. I feel I am only limiting this power supply to my prayer requests… Lord I just know within, that the power of the Holyspirit can power much more than my prayer requests. I want to do justice to the power supply made available every time I pray. But I don’t know what to do. What should Lord?”