IT IS TIME TO MAKE PRAYER! – Apostle Arome Osayi

Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church. And he killed James the brother of John with the sword. And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.) And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people. Peter therefore was kept in prison: BUT PRAYER WAS MADE WITHOUT CEASING of the church unto God for him. And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains: and the keepers before the door kept the prison. And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands.
(Acts 12:1-7, KJV, emphasis added)

Believers pray prayers, read prayers and say prayers with varying degrees of attendant results ranging from null to phenomenal. But rarely do believers MAKE prayers. Now this is beyond semantics as the word MAKE in the passage above in the Greek is ginomai and it means to assemble, wax, wrought and perform – something that would usually be done by hand – a sublime craft!

The Psalmist speaking of the high degree of craftsmanship used by God to create man says…I am fearfully and wonderfully MADE (Psalm 19:14). Paul says we are God’s handiwork (Ephesians 2:10). This suggests something more than phenomenal; it connotes a craftsmanship that is very high and precise. For instance, the craftsmanship required to make surgical blade is higher than the one required in making a kitchen knife; the craftsmanship required to make a laser gun is otherworldly compared to the craftsmanship required to make an ordinary lighter!

The prayer that Paul and Silas prayed in Acts 16:25-26 that produced the angelic interference of an earthquake that shook the prison to its foundation was phenomenal. But we must note that Paul and Silas were just whetting their consecration and communing with God – more or less like having their midnight devotion. They were not necessarily praying for a phenomenal angelic intervention.

But you see the prayer in the anchor passage above? It was MADE! It was crafted, concocted, coupled, assembled and tempered with high spiritual precision! While Paul and Silas prayed for themselves, Peter was prayed for by the entire church in Israel! The church was facing an existential threat from Herod who had killed James the brother of John for fun and political correctness. When Herod saw that killing James made him popular he decided to up the ante by swooping murderously on Peter. He probably had learnt a thing or two as a vassal monarch of the Roman Empire about the morbid art of pleasing the people by shedding the blood of saints. But this time, his brinksmanship would be decisively countered by the church’s uncommon craftsmanship.

So when the church MADE prayers on behalf of Peter, it had only one goal, one prayer point and one desire: the release of Peter! Ceaselessly, believers tapped into the vast resource of the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace to gain ascendancy into a section of God’s armoury that was seldom engaged.

No! They were not going to lose Peter as they did James. No! They were not having it. Peter must be released! Like blacksmiths, their chambers burned with the fire of the Holy Ghost. They prayerfully bellowed the flames of God in their hearts, melted off the dross of their anxiety and hammered their holy desire for Peter’s release against the anvil of God’s will. Peter was an arrowhead apostle that the early church could not afford to lose!

They precisely forged their case before the court of heaven and weaponised their prayer and the hand of God was moved to resolve their challenge. Heaven’s laser gun was fired, the laser hit Peter’s prison cell in the form of a bright light, and an angel was dispatched to give Peter a royal escort out of Prison.

This is a parable for the Nigerian church and indeed the body of Christ in the nations of the world. When political leaders test their brinksmanship on the church for blood-powered popularity, it is not time to wield pickets and/or raise placards; it is time to MAKE prayers! Blood-mongering political brinksmanship can only be decisively halted by the church’s high craftsmanship of MAKING prayers!

We as the church of Jesus Christ are His handiwork. This gives us the exclusive limitless capacity to MAKE prayers that overturn the tides of contradictions and quench existential threats that surround us in the name of our Lord!

As 2022 breaks open, it is time to MAKE prayers!

Join me and a host of believers around the world as we do this!

Your brother,

Arome Osayi.

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