Glory be to God in the highest, Amen x2, for His mercies endureth forever, Amen x2. Our Father Who art in heaven Amen, hallow be thou Thy Name. All glory, all honour, adoration to Thee, Holy Father, we worship Thee, blessed Jesus our Saviour, Holy Spirit welcome You! All glory, all honour, adoration to Thee.

Father we thank You, we worship You, we exalt Your Holy Name. Let everything that has breathe praise You Lord. We serve a God that answers prayers, who is not weary by our frequent visit nor is He troubled by our inadequacies but ever willing to open wide His arms to welcome us in and hold us close to His bosom.

Lord, hold me I prayed Thee ever close to your bosom, that I may behold the peace only You can give in Jesus Name.

Beloved, is that your earnest desire? You are free to add whatever your heart is yearning for from the Lord, be assured that it will be done unto thee. Glory be to God.

A praying child of God; is a powerful child of God. For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power. And God said I will show you great and might things which thou knoweth not. But this saying is with a condition –when you call upon Him. So until you call, you might be galloping in the dark.

We saw our Lord Jesus in many places in the bible where it was recorded that He prayed. He always look for a solitary place to pray. Though He is Son, He prays. He did not assumed that since His Father sent Him He must ensure that everything will go as planned. He knew the important of reunion to know what next to do.

Jesus as a Son said He does nothing of His own except that which He sees His Father do (Jn 5:30; Jn 8:28). We also see Him agonizing in prayer as shown in our text below.

A place of prayer is place of empowerment, revelation and assurance. Beloved, let us learn to pray and receive answers to our prayers in Jesus Name:

Being in anguish, He prayed more fervently, and His sweat became like drops of blood falling to the ground.—Luke 22:44

Prayer is not difficult to understand. It is difficult to do. When was the last time your heart so grieved for those you were interceding for that your entire body agonized along with your mind and heart? (Heb. 5:7).

We are a generation that avoids pain at all costs. This is why there are so few intercessors. Most Christians operate on the shallowest levels of prayer, but God wants to take us into the deep levels of intercessory prayer that only a few ever experience. Deep, prolonged intercession is painful. It involves staying before God when everyone else has gone away or sleeps (Luke 22:45). It involves experiencing brokenness with the Father over those who continually rebel against Him. How many of us will experience this kind of fervent intercession?

We long for Pentecost in our lives and in our churches, but there is no Pentecost without Gethsemane and a cross. How do we become mature in our prayer life? By praying. When we do not feel like praying is precisely the time we ought to pray. There are no shortcuts to prayer. There are no books to read, seminars to attend, or inspirational mottoes to memorize that will transform us into intercessors. This comes only by committing ourselves to pray and then doing so.

Why not accept God’s invitation to become an intercessor? Don’t allow yourself to become satisfied with shallow, self-centered praying. Stay with God in prayer until He leads you to pray at the level He wants.

The death on cross is not an easy one. Is fearful enough to know that you will die but how fearful I believe it will be to know how will die. Jesus prayed for this cup to pass over Him but despite all He submitted to the will of His Father and at that moment the angel came to strengthen Him. Where was He strengthened? In the place of prayer. Having been strengthened, He was able to go all the way.

Beloved, same way you and I should always get strengthen when we pray about our challenges, fears, and goals. Make it a duty to pray and be empowered; that was the cue behind the message:

“Behold the Man!” John 19:5

 

If there be one place where our Lord Jesus most fully becomes the joy and comfort of His people, it is where He plunged deepest into the depths of woe. Come hither, gracious souls, and behold the Man in the garden of Gethsemane; behold His heart so brimming with love that He cannot hold it in—so full of sorrow that it must find a vent. Behold the bloody sweat as it distils from every pore of His body, and falls upon the ground.

Behold the Man as they drive the nails into His hands and feet. Look up, repenting sinners, and see the sorrowful image of your suffering Lord. Mark Him, as the ruby drops stand on the thorn-crown, and adorn with priceless gems the diadem of the King of Misery. Behold the Man when all His bones are out of joint, and He is poured out like water and brought into the dust of death; God hath forsaken Him, and hell compasseth Him about. Behold and see, was there ever sorrow like unto His sorrow that is done unto Him? All ye that pass by draw near and look upon this spectacle of grief, unique, unparalleled, a wonder to men and angels, a prodigy unmatched.

Behold the Emperor of Woe who had no equal or rival in His agonies! Gaze upon Him, ye mourners, for if there be not consolation in a crucified Christ there is no joy in earth or heaven. If in the ransom price of His blood there be not hope, ye harps of heaven, there is no joy in you, and the right hand of God shall know no pleasures for evermore. We have only to sit more continually at the cross foot to be less troubled with our doubts and woes.

We have but to see His sorrows, and our sorrows we shall be ashamed to mention; we have but to gaze into His wounds and heal our own. If we would live aright it must be by the contemplation of His death; if we would rise to dignity, it must be by considering His humiliation and His sorrow (Rom 6:4).

Are you fainting in the place of praying? Learn from your Master Jesus? Receive strength in the Name of the Lord. Get a praying partners, you can met once in a while to pray together, you can call yourself up to pray (Gal 6:2) also pray all manners of prayer and supplication in the Spirit and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints. (Eph 6:18).

Finally I ask for your prayer that utterance be given us to declare the Word boldly and make know the mystery of the gospel to the end of the earth.

My prayer for you is that you will not go away empty handed before the Lord, the good Lord will grant your heart desire according to His will.

Remain bless in the Lord.

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IFEOMA OHONDU is the founder of the MattersoftheHeart foundation, a platform where issues affecting our everyday life are discussed and where necessary proffer solution. She is part of the end time army, who will not break their rank to fulfill the urgent call of God upon her life by declaring His word to the helpless, the doubting, the comfortless and the dying world. The world will experience great restoration and healing in the Word of God through her ministration. She is a voice to emphasize key spiritual truth about Faith, Healing and Encouragement.