Our ministry must be seasoned with prayer. It will be for the anointing to be upon us when we deliver the Word and in handling our daily affairs. We do not need to operate by our longevity, age, experience, and even knowledge. We need prayer in our ministry. Things will click smoother and run better when prayer is there.
By Sammy Bozeman
In days gone by people prayed very much for the answer to their problems. The answer came. They prayed at home, church, in the woods, wherever they felt the need and the urgency to do so. They lived by prayer; it was part of their life.
Jesus prayed. He started everyday in prayer. His life was made up of prayer. He prayed for people, cities, country, government and the world. He prayed more personal also. He prayed for people to be saved, healed, delivered, set free, and for them to have a course of direction. When He prayed the answer always came.
Today it seems people do not pray like they use to. It seems people have lost the “commitment to pray.” Where is the commitment to a prayer room, time in a closet, or alone in meditation with God?
We are living in a fast pace world. Everything is in a rush, busy working two jobs, just trying to keep up and making ends meet. We can be committed to jobs, family, money, sports, etc. and not be committed to prayer. It is not the length of our prayers, but the commitment to prayer.
I also feel we have lost the “value of prayer”. There is still value that can be seen and some that is unseen in prayer. God can see the value in something quicker and better than what I can see. God is divine. He sees the unseen. This is why I must pray to the unseen God then He can take the unseen problem and develop it into reality.
If the church could become committed to prayer and realize the value in it, I wonder what would really happen. We have the knowledge of the word, good talent, capable leaders, outreach programs, and many things that can benefit a church. We must have all of this and more in this day of church advancement and church growth. I feel the most imperative thing that is needed and we are not doing enough of it is p – r – a – y – e – r and praying.
When we pray we have to battle Hell. In prayer we battle the devil, spirits, torments, mental pressure of keeping the mind focused, and the flesh. If we ever quit battling these things, it means that they have already got us. Keep up the fight; declare war. We will not give up but will contend with the war. At the end of the Apostle Paul’s life, he said in I Timothy 4:7, “I have fought a good fight, I have kept the faith, and I have finished the course.” It was a fight unto the end. He did not say he kept the course and finished the faith. I’m sure there were times he wandered off course but during this time he kept the faith. Prayer was what helped him with the fight, faith, and the course. Prayer will keep you unto the end.
We must season ourselves with prayer. Once I was ministering at a certain place when a preacher said to me, “Bro. Bozeman, your delivery is good, the layout of the messages is great, you are even timely, but all of this is not seasoned enough with prayer.” He built me up so high only to pop my bubble. I felt low, depressed, and wondering how a man can know all of this. I took what the man said, grew, developed, and learned from it. Today I look back and say, “Thanks.”