Previously in the second part of this series (Click >> IN TIMES OF TROUBLE Pt 2), we emphasized the need for one to encourage himself/herself in the Lord when faced with trials, because when we encourage ourselves in the Lord, we are better positioned to see God and not the problem.
The way a problem is viewed, determines the consideration and approach applied to it. In times of trouble, life presents us with challenges asking for a solution, hence our ability to provide effective and sustainable answers, gives us victory over such situations.
In this episode, we would be looking at yet another effective tool every believer must employ in such times.
Prayer is a very effective tool in handling a problematic situation, but the knowledge of the approach to prayer with respect to the given situation is even more key when we are faced with such challenges.
The problem is not that people don’t pray, but many don’t pray right. Prayer deals with specifics, which means that the situation at hand determines the approach or the type of prayer.
The book of Psalms is a den of prayers, which contains different approaches to prayer with respect to several situations. For example, Psalm 5 is a prayer for guidance, Psalm 9 is a prayer of thanksgiving, Psalm 51 is a prayer of repentance, Psalm 57 is a prayer of safety from enemies, Psalm 59 is a prayer of judgement against the wicked, Psalm 80 is a prayer for restoration etc.
The occasion determines the approach and type of prayer to be used. When confronted by fierce enemies in a spiritual battle, you cannot result to the prayer of restoration without first dealing with the active enemies in that battle, hence your prayer becomes ineffective. The Holy Bible tells us that the strong man must be bound before plundering his goods (Mark 3:27). In such situations, judgemental prayers becomes desirable. The Psalmist says in the book of Psalm 59:13;
“Consume them in wrath, consume them, That they may not be; And let them know that God rules in Jacob To the ends of the earth”
When Prophet Elijah felt threatened by the soldiers sent by King Ahaziah, because of the prophecy he gave to the king, he called down fire from heaven to consume the soldiers. This was a clear case of a judgemental prayer. This type of prayer is opposite in nature to the prayer of mercy, because it destroys, disludges an consumes the enemies and its camps.
Prayer is effective when used in the right context and condition. There are several factors that determine the effectiveness of prayer, and they are;
1. Understanding the need for prayer.
2. Understanding the nature of the situation or condition.
3. Applying the right type of prayer based on the analysis of the given situation or condition.
4. Understanding when to change the pattern of prayer.
5. Understanding the need to remain in prayer, even after the battle has been won, or the requests/petitions has been answered by God.
………To be Continued
God bless you.
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