It has always been my desire to be the prayer warrior God called me to be. I’m sure it is your heart desire to do what God has called you to do as well. One thing we both know, the enemy will not make it easy. Our faith in God will enable us to be steadfast in our work for the Lord. Those who know me intimately know I live and breath prayer. Prayer is a great part of my life purpose, it is my lifestyle. God has called all his children to be steadfast in prayer and firm in our faith. He doesn’t require it only when things are good in our life, but He requires our steadfastness in prayer even in the midst of pain and suffering. It is a fact that our faith in God will increase during times of pain and sufferings. It is in this area that I ask God to help me to continue the work for the Lord no matter the circumstance or the cost. It won’t be easy, but as the Apostle Paul has declared, “when I try to do good, evil is always present”. We must be determined to be steadfast in the work of the Lord. Of course, our flesh prefer for our trails to come to an end but God has measured the length and depth of this storm and it will come to an end when His purpose have been completed. God has also reminded us, that His grace is sufficient. But regardless, we sometimes want to make arrangements with God. God if you this for me I will go to church on Sunday! I will do I wish. But little do we understand, God is not a negotiator. When we are going through a storm we cannot see where we are going, but trusting God is crucial in getting through a storm. One thing we can all agree upon, we never know how long the storm will last or what destruction it will leave behind but we do know it will come to an end. Just knowing that I cannot go through the storm apart from God is why my face is ever before God’s Throne of Grace. The more we pray, the harder the enemy will come against us. God want us to know that we are covered. God told me I need you to learn how to keep praying no matter how dark the night becomes. Sometimes when it becomes to hard for me to bear, I would stop praying and begin to have a pity party. Determined that God is not interested in my storm. God begin to declare loudly, be relentless in faith so you can be relentless in prayer. When I am kneeling before the Throne of Grace interceding for others who are in pain, nothing is more important to me than God moving in their life. There are times when my heart is burning with the passion of God and then there are times when the pain is so intense and I am so overwhelmed I can envision the light inside of my heart flickering. Trying hard to stay ablaze. I could hear God whisper the word “relentless”. It was a clarion call that God whispered into my heart. I heard Him clearly, but nevertheless, as I awoke this morning, God reminded me about the story of Paul and Silas in Acts Chapter 16. In this chapter of the Bible I would describe Paul and Silas of possessing “extreme faith”. Paul and Silas had their mind made up, determined to be relentless in their faith and relentless in prayer.
Relentless is defined as unyielding, steady and persistent, unremitting. This would perfectly define Paul and Silas’ behavior.
In this chapter of the bible, Paul and Silas witnessed a young woman being possessed with a spirit of divination. A spirit of divination is an abomination unto the Lord. God plainly tells us in His word how He feels about this abomination.
There shall not be found among you any one that makes his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that uses divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD (Deut 18:10-12)
Paul was grieved about what he witnessed and turned and said to the spirit, “I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And at that same hour it was done. As the scripture tells us, her masters saw that the hope of their gains was gone, they caught Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace unto the authorities. It is quite interesting what the authorities were told. These men do exceedingly trouble our city.
Acts 16:20 says, And brought them to the magistrates saying, these men, being Jews do exceedingly trouble our city.
They were not worried about the young woman being possessed but they were worried about their lack. The money they were losing was more important then the woman being possess or what it meant to God Almighty. One thing we know, the enemy will not remain silence as we go forward with Godly authority to release our love ones from being oppressed. How good are we at troubling our city, our community, our families from Satan’s grip. Are we willing to be relentless in our faith understanding the power that a God has given to all of us who believe and act in faith. Paul and Silas were relentless no matter what it would cost them. Their relentless faith cost them much. The price tag would be far greater than anything we would agree to pay.
Acts 16:21-22, “And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them.
Not only have they been beaten, but look at Act 16:23-24.
23 And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely.
24 Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.
Many stripes were laid upon their bodies. Try to imagine their pain. I could only imagine. I have never faced this kind of persecution. After the many stripes have been laid upon their bodies, they are then put into prison. They were put into prison with their feet in stocks. Stocks were an instrument of punishment, consisting of two beams, the upper one being movable, with two small openings between them, large enough for the ankles of the prisoner. Did their pain cause them to lose faith in God and what God was able to do? Even in their pain, they went on to astonish me in what they do next. They are not focus on their pain or what had happen to them. Their focus is on GOD alone. Why do I say this?
Acts 16:25, And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.
As 1 Timothy 2:4 says, Who will have all men to be saved and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
It was never about Paul and Silas. The prisoners heard them praying and singing praises to God Almighty. There are many people in our circle who are not behind prison walls but they are prisoners to the enemy of this world. God does not want us to be prisoners. His desire is that all men be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth. Now I understand why God need me and you to be relentless in faith, because like Paul and Silas no matter the pain we endure because on our faith, we will be able to be relentless in prayer for those who are oppressed. God came to set the prisoners free and He need men and woman of relentless faith to be His hands and feet. It isn’t because God cannot do it without us, He does not need us, but using us increases our faith in Him. God did not prevent the beating of Paul and Silas because His purpose was far greater. Paul and Silas trusted God with the outcome and the outcome was a complete miracle. After Paul and Silas prayed and praised God, suddenly their was a great earthquake so strong that the foundations of the prison were shaken and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s chains were loosed. Paul and Silas were not shaken, but the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself because he thought the prisoners had fled. Paul cried out with a loud voice, saying to them to not harm themselves because all the prisoner were still here. The keeper of the prison called for a light and came trembling and fell down before Paul and Silas. The keeper of the prison then ask, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? Paul and Silas said to him to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and he shall be saved and his household.
Our pain and suffering have a purpose. A purpose that is far greater than what we may believe or think. We can give up on people, but never give up on God. God declared unto me this is why I need you to be “relentless in your faith in me” so when I call you to pray for others even in the midst of your own pain you will be able to fulfill my purpose in what I have called you to do. Faith is declaring that I may not see a change, but I’m believing God even if I cannot see the outcome, but I’m believing God for the outcome. God reminded me again, if your faith is relentless, you will have no problem in being relentless in prayer.
Our pain and suffering never stopped God from being God. When God charged me with being relentless in prayer, I wondered where I would begin. How do I become a relentless prayer warrior? But now I know, it all starts with faith, relentless faith. Sometimes God uses our suffering to increase our faith. God said to me it takes FAITH! RELENTLESS FAITH! There were several biblical examples of relentless prayer warriors with great faith but I felt I could never measure up. God assured me He didn’t need me to measure up, He needed me to understand faith and prayer have the power to move mountains. Do the mountains in your life need to be moved out of your way? I answered yes Father! Yes! show me how to be relentless in my faith so I could be powerful in prayer. The two goes hand in hand. God said to me “to be relentless in prayer you must be relentless in faith”. Hebrews chapter 11:33-38 talks about the men and women of God who by faith overcame many trails and tribulations. They could not do what they did without being secure in their faith. God said you cannot be a relentless prayer warrior if you do not have unwavering faith in me.
33. Who through faith [the help of] subdued kingdoms, administered justice, obtained promised blessings, closed the mouths of lions.
34 Extinguished the power of raging fire, escaped the devourings of the sword, out of frailty and weakness won strength and became stalwart, even mighty and resistless in battle, routing alien hosts.
35 Some women received again their dead by a resurrection. Others were tortured to death with clubs, refusing to accept release [offered on the terms of denying their faith], so that they might be resurrected to a better life.
36 Others had to suffer the trial of mocking and scourging and even chains and imprisonment.
37 They were stoned to death; they were lured with tempting offers [to renounce their faith]; they were sawn asunder; they were slaughtered by the sword; [while they were alive] they had to go about wrapped in the skins of sheep and goats, utterly destitute, oppressed, cruelly treated–
38 Men of whom the world was not worthy–roaming over the desolate places and the mountains, and [living] in caves and caverns and holes of the earth.
This is what God is requiring of each and everyone of us who has declared Him Lord in our life. These are some big shoes to fill, but God is no respect of persons.
We are on assignment truth seekers, therefore grid up your loins because by faith we will overcome.
Like you, I want to be in the number. A Witness for Jesus Christ!