As a Child of God, one of the most important part of your Christian life is your communication system concerning the things of the Spirit; and all that concerns you is as a result of your spiritual state. Thus, you are to ensure you are always connected to your source, The Almighty God, through prevailing prayers. That’s why 1 Thessalonians 5:17 says,
“Pray without ceasing”.
Prayer has been defined as the communication between God and man. I define prayer as “the making of spiritual laws”. I define prayer this way because as words form the future, so do we make modifications, alterations, and confirmations of laws spiritually through prayers.
On the cross of calvary, at the point of the death of Jesus; there was a shift in the way prayers were made. Before Jesus gave up the ghost on the cross, prayers were made by the Priests on behalf of the people to God. The temple was the supreme place to call upon the name of God. The temple was built in a way that only the Priests go into a sacred part of the temple to pray (Exodus 26; 2 Chronicles 3). Well, apart from the Priests and Prophets that are said to have access to such a communication system, some individuals who did not fall in the category at that time ensured their access to God – Jabez (1 Chronicles 4:9-10); Hannah (1 Samuel 1) and some others. Nevertheless, we cannot compare their prayers to that of Elijah the Prophet.
As Jesus yielded up the ghost, the veil of the temple used to cover the sacred prayer zone for the Priest was torn into two from top to bottom (Matthew 27:51; Mark 15:38; Luke 23:45). This is a whole new level of prayer. Everyone now has access to God. Everyone can now call upon God anywhere, anytime. That’s the beauty of the new dimension of prayer. And it gets much better as we who are of God, His Children, having the Holy Spirit in us are much more at an advantage in the place of prayer. Thus, our communication system is more strengthen than before.
James 4:3 says,
“Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume [it] upon your lusts”.
What did the people of old do to have prevailing prayers? As I mentioned earlier of Elijah as an example, James 5:17 gives an insight of his prevailing prayers saying,
“Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months”.
Elijah had flesh and blood as we do but he prayed earnestly. To pray earnestly is to be zealous or serious with sincerity and purpose in prayer. A great deal to note in verse 16 of the same James 5 is that a prevailing prayer is one that comes from a righteous person. The prayer of a righteous individual carries so much power in modifying, confirming and disconfirming spiritual laws.
With the above said, the Holy Spirit in us can really press us on in prayer because Romans 8:26 says,
“Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered”.
The best kind of prayer is the kind the Holy Spirit leads you to pray. The Holy Spirit could place a prayer in your heart to pray. Pray it. Most times, it is to pray for another individual and not yourself. This is a step to becoming an intercessor and discovering your spiritual gifts in and through God.
At the cross, when Jesus died, the veil tore. You and I now have access to God. Remember what Isaiah 59:1-2 says,
“Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid [his] face from you, that he will not hear”.