Prayer, The Biggest Mandate
We have to pray. That’s what we’re called to do. We’re the people of God
and we have to pray. Ezekiel 22:28-30 says that the people used oppression.
They mistreated the poor. They committed robbery, all types of things.
That’s just a little bit, but there’s a lot going on today, and yet still,
in Ezekiel 22 around verse 30, God sought for a man. He looked for one
person to stand in the gap and make a wall and build a hedge to intercede,
and because nobody prayed, nobody interceded, his indignation had to be
I’m just encouraging us right now, there’s a lot of people doing a lot of
things, but we’ve got to factor in God. We have to pray, and that’s the
bottom line. We’ve got to include God. God looks for us to pray. He sought
for a man who would stand in the gap and build a wall. His indignation, His
hands won’t be tied, because right now, until we pray and do what He tells
us to do, the scripture in 2 Chronicles 7:14, He said, “My people who are
called by My name, humble themselves and pray.” So many times men ought to
always pray without season. We’ve always got to pray and not lose heart.
God is asking us to pray because that’s what moves His hand. He sees all
the abominations taking place, but until we pray . . . we can’t be spending
a whole lot of time having our committees and all our gatherings and
parties and banquets or even going around complaining about what’s going
on. He’s calling for the saints of God to pray. Even as He is, so are we.
Jesus is seated at the right hand of power, forever making intercession for
every one of us. If the head is praying, the body needs to be praying also.
That’s what our charge and challenge is for us today. We’ve got to pray.
We’ve got to spend more time in prayer, less time on Facebook, less time on
television, less time talking about nothing and doing nothing, but spending
more time in intercessory prayer, because that’s where it’s at. That’s
where it’s all about.
We win. We do win. We triumph over all things through Christ Jesus.
However, we have to pray, and that’s where the battle is won, right there
in the Garden of Gethsemane, that’s where Jesus won it. He prayed, buffeted
His body, put His soul and His flesh in subjection to the will of God, and
then he went on up to Calvary’s Cross. We have to go ahead and buffet our
bodies. We ought to pray and see God’s face. He hears the prayers of the
saints, and so we’re praying faith. We’ll bombard heaven and hell. We will
win in Jesus’ name.