Over the years I have heard people refer to the “gift of prayer” in the context of a spiritual gift, which pretty much gives the impression that some people have this gift and others don’t.
I find this very interesting and have often pondered about this because I have met people that have challenged my prayer life and literally just being around them made me feel like I needed to get saved all over again! The intensity, tenacity and depth of their prayer life was so uncommon that I can understand why some people may think of them as having a gift of prayer. However scripture never states or implies there’s such a thing.
Accepting that someone has a gift to do something produces several responses in people:
1. They admire the gift while counting themselves out.
2. They are inspired and challenged.
3. They are envious.
4. They feel insecure about themselves.
For the purpose of this article I’d like focus on the first response.
This is far too often the response I have seen when I have heard people refer to the “gift of prayer” I guess accepting that someone has this gift makes people feel it’s okay for them to remain where they are because they cannot “pray like that”. Prayer is not a spiritual gift just like worship is not a spiritual gift. We are all called to the ministry of prayer and intercession. It’s not for “special” people, it’s not for “Super Christians”, it’s for everyone. The longest serving ministry in heaven and on earth is the ministry of intercession and worship. Jesus spent 30 years preparing for ministry, 3 and a half years doing ministry, and now it’s been over 2000 years he has been interceding for us (Hebrews 7:27). The Holy Spirit intercedes (Romans 8:26), Jesus intercedes, two thirds of the Godhead intercedes! This tells me prayer and intercession is a big deal in the heart of God. Every man/woman of God in scripture and in history that have caused true kingdom advancement have been men and women of prayer. There are no shortcuts, instead of counting ourselves out, let’s be inspired and challenged to step up in our prayer lives.
We don’t pray for acceptance we pray from acceptance. Praying more does not make God love us more. I like to think of it this way; God is like 1 billion volts and we are like 2 volts. The more we spend time with God the more our capacity to experience Him and be a channel for Him to flow through increases. His love towards us is constant and unchanging, however our experience of that love varies many times depending on our capacity to receive from Him. Prayer opens us up to receive more of who He is and enables us to be changed by Him.
“And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:18
So if we grow from 2 volts to 10 volts…at 10 volts we can experience more than at 2 volts. Many times we pray “God I want more of You” and I believe God is saying to us majority of the time “I want more of You”. We can’t have more of God if we don’t create space for Him to come into.
I do accept that certain people within the body of Christ are anointed to lead in prayer and intercession. Just like certain people are anointed to lead in worship. A worship leader is first and foremost a worshipper and then they are anointed to lead others to worship. We certainly don’t look at worship leaders and expect them to do all our worship for us or tell them they are called to worship and we are not. In the same way I believe it is unscriptural to imply that some are called to pray and others are not.[spacer style=”1″]
Over to you
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Awakening Tour: Prayer Storm – Nov ’15
The Prayer Storm Awakening Tour takes place in 5 cities across the UK over 3 weeks this November. Join us for a night of worship & prayer where we are expecting the Lord to do great things. Rebecca Aladiran and the Prayer Storm Band will be leading worship and James Aladiran will be speaking and leading prayers along with leaders from each city.
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