Man is told in Luke 18:1 that he ought to keep praying. And Christians are exhorted to pray at all times in 1 Thessalonians 5:17. The Good News Translation has it this way: “pray at all times.” The King James Version: “Pray without ceasing.” But what do we see today? Muslims pray more than most Christians today; they communicate to their Allah five times every day, and they also give thanks to their god before meals.
Most believers are made to think it is enough to pray in the mornings before they begin their day, before meals, and in the evenings before going to bed. That is at least five times a day. But we are not asked to communicate with our Father at stipulated times; ours is at all times, not sometimes.
You can pray anywhere
Praying at all times does not mean you should stop working, to be at a place of prayer talking to God all day and every day. That is not what God is saying. Because the Bible in 2 Thessalonians 3:10 says, “For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.” So you must work.
Point is you can pray anytime, and anywhere; God is in you, in the person of the Holy Spirit. You are His temple; he dwells richly in you. So you already have a place of prayer. You may be in the kitchen or in your car driving; in the office or at the workshop, you have your place of prayer with you, where you can pray and worship the Father anytime, anywhere. That is why the Lord Jesus Christ, in John 4:21, said to the woman, “Believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.”
The Holy Spirit is your Helper
The “quench not the Spirit” in 1 Thessalonians 5:19 is to let us understand that to “…subdue, or be unresponsive to the working and guidance of the Holy Spirit” will make you not to pray at the right times, and places. You may not even be consistent in your prayers. It has always been the Spirit of God that makes us to desire to pray. See, His Word here is saying “do not restrain the Holy Spirit,” which means He will always play His role as a helper, to remind you to pray, make you understand why you ought to pray, and more.
The Holy Spirit is your helper. John 14:26 says it this way: “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.” Remember also that Philippians 2:13 says “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.”
How to keep praying
Whatever that comes to mind, pray about it. Be in the mood of prayer at all times. Luke 18:1 says “…men ought always to pray, and not to faint.” Keep praying; who knows, a vehicular accident may be coming your way tomorrow. And the Holy Spirit will prompt you to start praying about accident. Do it at the exact time the message is delivered to you. It may come as a thought or feeling. Pray to avert it.
We also have 1 Thessalonians 5:18 saying that in every situation [no matter what the circumstances] be thankful and continually give thanks to God. Notice it did not say at certain times. And it continues to say that “for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.” Meaning, to pray at all times and to be thankful in all circumstances are God’s will concerning your life. So if you want to know one of God’s will for your life, this is it. God, His angels, and the devil that is against us do not sleep. Satan and his demons are always working, chanting, and doing all sort of things to make us fall. Better keep praying to keep Satan and his demons in check.
You Can Pray whiles Working
There is no way your mind will be divided when working and praying at the same time. Look at the revelation we have in 1 Corinthians 14:14: “For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful.” We are shown in that verse that it is possible to pray in tongues without our minds.
This is How to Pray in Tongues
Francis’ (the Founder of Mytopfinding) Testimony:
To many, it is difficult to pray in tongues, even when they are baptized in the Holy Spirit. I was once there. So you are not alone. Look, the Holy Ghost does not speak in tongues through you, He gives us the utterance for us to do the speaking. I used to sit around waiting for Him to do the speaking. The difference was what I did not know.
Acts 2:4 makes us understand that the brethren began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. And in 1 Corinthians 14:14 apostle Paul said his spirit prays, not the Holy Spirit. The Gentiles were heard praying with tongues in Acts 10:45-46. Also read Acts 19:6 for more. So in all, believers did the speaking. I thank God for making a provision for our spirits to pray.
Did your tongue ever want to say something that was not the native language you know? Don’t keep yourself from speaking whatever your tongue want to say again. Yield to that urge. Apart from Christians doing the speaking, another point to note is “the Holy Spirit prompts.”
You get the prompting or urge to speak
I had the prompting within to say “baba, baba…” when I got baptized in the Holy Ghost, but I wasn’t sure. And I really don’t want to ever fake anything when it comes to the things of God.
So I kept asking the brethren who spoke in this heavenly language, including my wife and spiritual father. The answer they gave me was “you speak the exact words that want to come out, allow the words to flow.”
You see, there is nothing like “let the Holy Ghost talk.”
What kept me from speaking with different languages was my lack of yielding. You can call it lack of faith. I was to simply open my mouth and use my own voice to start speaking. But I never did until I understood the dynamics of praying in tongues from God’s Word.
Folks who believe like children easily yield to the leading of the Holy Spirit. They begin speaking “given utterances” even before biblically understanding it. My advice is believe God like a child. And use your voice to start speaking.
God answers all prayers
A “no” can be His answer. And the evidence for answered prayer is God hears you if you ask for anything according to His will (1 John 5:14-15). So yours is to understand what the will of the Lord is. He has given the will to you saying, “Use it.” But most Christians doubt.
His will is His Word. Ephesians 1:11 says, “In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will.” God consults His Word before doing anything. But do not think He flips the bible like we do. Remember, He is The Word. He loves it so much that He calls Himself the Word.
You believe He is Jehovah- Jireh. And He calls Himself the Consuming Fire, right? Meaning, you believe in what God calls Himself more than what He says about you. You also believe that God knows your sins. But if you are told He hears all your prayers, you will be like “As for sins, I agree. But my prayers? No.” Look, the same person who said, “I hear your prayer” is the same God who knows your sins. And you are always afraid of what you do; “God sees me; He is looking at me now.” Look, He hears your prayer, too.
Now, let’s go to 1 John 5:15 to show you why God answer prayer: “And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.” Meaning, our heavenly Father answers prayer based on 1 John 5:15 says.
First know that He hears you. Then whatsoever you ask you know that you have. God answers your prayer if you know He hears you. He would not answer if you do not know He hears you. Mark 11:24 confirms it: “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”
Do you want an answer to your prayer? Know God hears you. If you know then He will hear you. Hallelujah!