By Bishop David Oyedepo
It is one thing to know what you want, and quite another to be willing to pay the price for it. You need a change of
level. You canâ€™t drive your car with my fuel; you need your own fuel in your car to be on the highway. Last week, I taught on the two main pillars of supernatural empowerment.
This week, I will show you The Prayer Principles of Jesus, our perfect example. Before I continue, I want you to know that our prayer life is the devilâ€™s number one target. If he can freeze our prayer life, he has crippled us in the school of power. There is no way a frozen prayer life can experience true empowerment. That is why we need to learn from the Master, Jesus Christ.
1. The disciples told Jesus: “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples. And he said unto them, when ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come…” (Luke 11:1-2). This is Jesusâ€™ priority of prayer. Note that ‘the kingdom of God is not in words but in power’ (I Corinthians 4:20).
So, the kingdom of God is a demonstration of the power of God. “Thy kingdom come means”, â€˜thy power come.â€™ It is compelling Godâ€™s will to be done on earth, as it is done in heaven. It is casting out every devil from our environment and there will be no more place found for him where we live. â€˜Thy power comeâ€™ dislodges every devil from our affairs and territory. So, prayer is essentially designed for empowerment.
2. Then He said: “Give us this day our daily bread…” (Luke 11:3). This does not just mean ordinary bread and butter! It means much more than that. Godâ€™s Word says: “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). ‘Give us this day our daily bread…’ means, â€œGive me the Word for the season. Give me the Word for the day that will put me in command… Give me the Word for the day, the Word for the season, the Word for the hour.â€ Donâ€™t forget that God upholds all things by the Word of His power. You need to be connected to the Word for the day that will put you in command of the affairs of life.
3. Forgive us our sins (Luke 11:4): This means we donâ€™t want a power cut. Sin can constitute a power leakage leading to a power outage. Everybody has to pay the price. If you want to be empowered, you pay the price for it. The fuel in my car cannot put your car on the road. You have to buy your fuel before your car can hit the expressway.
4. Importunity (John 11:6): You keep pressing and seeking for higher levels of command. Praying for empowerment is not a hit-and-run programme; itâ€™s a hit-and-stick affair. You have to keep pressing on at the prayer altar until you are supernaturally empowered. However, prayer is a platform for spiritual enthronement. Prayer is designed to protect your territory (Luke 11:14-20). You are empowered on the altar of prayer to check the devil where you donâ€™t want him. Prayer is a platform for empowerment for restoration. You are empowered to recover what you have lost (Luke 11:21-22). Also, you are empowered to secure your destiny (Luke 11:24-26).
The altar of prayer is where destiny is secured (Luke 11:24-26). It is, therefore, a risk to be powerless. You are helplessly vulnerable when you are powerless. That is why you must not joke with the above principles, which have been unfolded in this package.
Friend, the grace to abide by these principles is available, if you are born again, saved or redeemed. You get born again when you confess your sins and accept Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. If you are ready for this new birth experience, please say this prayer: “Lord Jesus, I come to You today. I am a sinner. I cannot help myself. Forgive me my sins. Cleanse me with your precious blood. Deliver me from sin and satan to serve the living God. Today, I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Thank You Jesus for saving me! Now I know, I am born again!”
I will conclude this teaching next week. I invite you to come and fellowship with us at the Faith Tabernacle, Canaan Land, Ota, the covenant home of winners.