NO ONE TRULY ENCOUNTERS GOD ON THE ALTAR OF PRAYER AND REMAINS THE SAME
PRAYER IS THE BELIEVER’S TOOL OF POWER.
THE MORE WE STAY ON THE PRAYER ALTAR, THE MORE LIKE GOD WE BEGIN TO LOOK LIKE.
– Pastor Steve Ogah
Day 10 Morning Session,
21 Days of Prayer and Fasting (10th to 30th January 2022)
Since Monday we began looking at the subject, PRAYER DOES NOT ONLY CHANGE THINGS.
PRAYER CHANGES PEOPLE. It is great to receive things in the place of prayer but it is much more rewarding and refreshing to be changed on the altar of prayer. Church Gist. 2 Corinthians 3:18. We are transformed in the place of prayer, we saw this clearly depleted in the life of Jesus in Luke 9:29. The glory of God began to reflect by His engagement on the altar of prayer.
Luke 9:30, 34-35.
Level had changed on the prayer altar. In the place of prayer we are spiritually empowered which changes our level of spiritual authority. In the place of prayer we are empowered and that makes us subdue the things that used to subdue us before time. In Luke 4:1-14 we saw another episode. Church Gist. Jesus went up the mountain and fasted for forty days and forty nights, ate no bread, drank no water. In verse 14, The Bible says Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit.
– I have got good news for someone, after these twenty one days of prayer and fasting, you are returning in the power of the Spirit.
Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit and diverse manifestations of transformation began. His fame went abroad. His name began to answer in strange quarters all across the region. He began to flow in strange realms of revelations. Luke 4:17, 33-34. By the encounter of the prayer altar Jesus was empowered spiritually and His authority level changed. Upon his return from the mountain, the devils recognised that the Jesus that went up is not the same as the Jesus that descended the mountain.
– I have got good news again for someone upon your return, everything that used to torment you will flee at your appearance.
We must understand that prayer is the believer’s tool of power. It carries unlimited capacity to deliver. Isaiah 58:9. Every prayer we pray on this mountain, heaven will answer speedily. In the place of prayer we communicate with our Heavenly Father, there is a bonding process that culminates in a change/ transformation. James 4:8. So in the place of prayer we are drawing near to God, we begin to enjoy transformations and changes to the point that we begin to feel the spiritual changes in our lives.
Many times you ask believers the most spiritual times in their lives are times of extended prayer and fasting. Because there is a closeness, there is a bonding with God. The more we stay on the prayer altar, the more like God we begin to look like. The things you can’t find in God begin to wash off our lives.
That was the clear example in the life of Moses. Moses a man mighty in the place of prayer. The testimony of Moses was as such that He had encountered God at diverse times. Exodus 34:28-29. He had been transfigured, He had been changed via the encounter with God. No one truly encounters God and returns the same. No man, no woman truly encounters God on the altar of prayer and remains the same.
This encounter truly has an impact in every area of our lives, it has an impact on our spiritual lives, it affects our minds, it affects our bodies. Church Gist. We saw this evident in the life of Moses that at the age of 120 the Bible says his natural strength was not abated. Deuteronomy 34:7.
He was still walking in the energy of a 40 year old. Why? Via consistent encounters with God on the prayer altar. The Bible says they go from strength to strength. We are ordained to move from strength to strength not weakness to weakness.
We must all move from the realm of praying “God give me , give me” to “Lord change me, change me”. We must begin to engage on the prayer altar for transformation in our personal lives.
– None of us will return the same after these twenty one days of fasting and prayers.
Lift up your voice and pray: Lord change me, transform me all through this season as I continue to engage. Make me a brand new man.