I will start this write up with a prophecy:
Going forward, the church will begin to have an invasion of undeniable miracles in succession across various denominations. Those who will bow their knees and lift up their hands in the place of prayer will enjoy it. This will be an outburst, all eyes will see it; for it will not be hidden.
Acts 4:16 – saying, “What shall we do to these men? For, indeed, that a notable miracle has been done through them (Peter and John) is evident to all who dwell in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it.
The story of a man who is over 40 years old, yet is being carried to one of the temple-gates called Beautiful because he has been lame from his mother’s womb, opens us up to what the believer can do in His name, through faith in His name; yes, the faith that comes through the name of Jesus.
Mark 16:17-18 – “And these signs shall follow them that believe, in my name they shall cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.
Acts 10:38 – How God anointed Jesus Christ of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.
A believer carries so much power in him because the Spirit of God dwells in him.
Ephesians 1:19 – 20 – And what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of his mighty power his great power was wrought when He raised Christ from the dead…
An amazing thing about this lame man is that he was always carried to the temple every other day to receive alms from those who were going in until he experienced a turn around. On a certain day, about the ninth hour, the hour of prayer; they had just dropped him at the gate of the temple when Peter and John were about to go in. Even though, the man gave them his attention, expecting to receive something from them, Peter couldn’t take his eyes off him because he had something he could offer which was superior to silver and/or gold.
What a great day! He leaped, stood, walked and continued in the same manner into the temple, praising God, because the miracle of healing which gave strength to his feet and ankle bones had just been delivered by uneducated and untrained men who had, and used, the power stored up in them.
Enough of just knowing that you can walk in power and miracles, rather give expression to it. Walk up to the lame, blind, deaf, all with divers kinds of sicknesses and diseases, even to the dead, for testimonies will abound; notable and undeniable miracles will be done through you in His name.
Why is the church going to experience this notable miracle?
In response to the people’s wonder and amazement, Peter gave an amazing sermon about Christ (who is the brain behind this great and notable miracle). The priests and Sadducees who were grieved that they taught the people and preached through Jesus and the resurrection from the dead, arrested them. The next day they brought them out of their custody and set them in their midst with a simple question to be answered; “By what power or by what name have you done this?” Peter replied, emphasizing that the miracle was done by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom they crucified, whom God raised from the dead.
Seeing that this miracle is a good platform for the gospel to be preached. The priests and the Sadducees saw this and said:
Acts 4:17 But so that it spreads no further among the people, let us threaten them, that from now on they speak to no man in this name.”
Likewise today, the world might pose a threat seeing that they can’t deny it. But we will take to our knees and pray, for there shall be a shaking and the boldness to preach will be released.
We will not chicken out;
Acts 4:19-20 But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.”
I charge you all to be instrumental to this great move of God upon us.
I call you blessed.
Damilola Caleb Akintayo
I left others behind, and followed him as he led. I had to wait and watch with him, as he moved ahead to pray. He fell upon his face and began to pray. The way he prayed surprised me. “Is he not the son of God?” I reasoned. “How is it that he’s praying in this manner? Groaning in prayer? Why exert so much energy” Those were questions I tried to answer within myself. I tried to watch him for some minutes, but it didn’t take long for me to sleep off. Suddenly I woke up from my sleep. It was him tapping me. I checked my time, and discovered that one hour had passed already. “One hour?” I reasoned! “What’s he praying about? Has he forgotten that he’s the son of God? And now he’s even sweating profusely. Is God no longer his father?” I thought he came to wake me so we can start leaving, but I was wrong. He came to wake me to join him in prayer as he went to pray the same way two more times. I couldn’t just stand it and had to fall asleep again and again.
As we left that place, I kept thinking about the prayer scenario. And really, I shouldn’t have been so surprised. That has been his attitude from the onset. He had always kept times of prayers. I remember after one meeting we had, where there were so much miracles, he still went somewhere to pray till midnight. I had thought he would just go somewhere to relax, but I was wrong. At another time, he prayed from evening till morning; which was around 12 hours. “Why that long?” I asked in my heart. At some other times, he rose so early to a very quiet place to pray. I had been wrong in my thoughts that he wouldn’t have to pray if he was the son of God. I came to understand many of these things later.
When Jesus left us with the ministry and we had to continue preaching the gospel, we had to devote ourselves also to prayer and the word. It was as if there was something in us that just pushed us to pray. Same way he did during his time, we made prayer a priority; we had daily times of prayers, even though we pray without ceasing. We didn’t miss our prayer times for anything. And we saw so much healing and miracles just as when he was with us. We devoted ourselves fully to prayer. I remember praying somewhere one day, and even when I became so hungry, I still continued to pray. It was already the sixth hour and food was being prepared for me, but I continued in prayer. Even when we faced problems with the governing authority, that didn’t stop us from praying; it was like breathing to us. It is just our nature to pray.
Now I know why our master would always pray. That was his nature. As he was always in constant communion with the heavenly father, we were also in constant communion with the father. Some from among us even while they were remanded in prison couldn’t resist the urge to pray. They prayed, they sang praises to God. No situation was too big to stop prayers. At a time when I was also arrested and put in the prison, what the other brethren did was to pray. It was as if what God would do is dependent on our prayers. We cooperated with God in prayer to see his will established here on earth. Every one of us in the group was a man and woman of prayer. Prayer was not left for some certain group; everybody prayed. What was He praying for? He prayed that God’s will be done and His Kingdom Come.
He taught His disciples the same in what we call the Lord’s Prayer (Matt. 6: 9 – 13).
One Common act practised by our Patriarchs of Old is Prayer. Yes, they prayed. Elisha prayed earnestly, Elijah Prayed, the prophets prayed, Paul Prayed in Ephesians, Colossians, Thessalonians, Peter Prayed, the Apostles Prayed they prayed and prayed until they were able to reveal and establish the kingdom of God on earth. The 120 people who gathered in the upper room prayed until God’s Promise of the Holy-Spirit was released to the Church. Paul encouraged us to Pray without ceasing (1 Thess. 5:17). Pray without STOPING. The Apostles said we “would give ourselves to the ministry of the word and Prayer (Acts 6:4). Prayer get things done. The Holy-Spirit came on the wings of Prayer. Our Father in Heaven is ready to hear us,
“And this is the Confidence that we have in him, that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us” (1 John 5:14)
“If you shall ask anything in my name, I will do it” (John 14:14).
Now the Baton has been passed unto us, the Church. It is time for the Church to rise-up to pray and not just pray, but Pray for God’s will to be done and His kingdom Come. Prayer aligns us with God’s will for corporate turning that can activate our journey towards God. Prayer opens the eyes of our understanding just as Paul prayed in Ephesians, Colossians etc. for the Church. Prayer can create in our spirit a Hunger for the Lord. Prayers is Praying the Scriptures. God’s will is specifically declared in the Bible. That is a very safe way to pray the will of God.
The whole region knew us. We were accused of turning the world upside down. We did it through the word and prayer. As for the sick people, it didn’t matter if we touched them, or used handkerchief from our bodies, or our shadows, or just our words, they always got healed. Dead people were raised back to life too. There was no room for laziness. We were so fervent in prayer. And it was glaring that we took over the whole world, filling it with the wonderful name of the savior Jesus. Prayer to us is like breathing.
And yes we are the new creature; created in Christ Jesus for every good work. Yes we are! We pray because that is who we are. Our call was not to irresponsibility and laziness; it is a call to take over the world with his name. We are taking over. Not just by mouth; we will yet pray, and pray more, and pray. We will act too. Yes we will! Pray! Men that took over prayed, so pray now. Pray! Pray now! Have you started praying already? What are you waiting for? When you are weak, pray. When you are strong, pray.
Our Generation may never witness the Power and wonderful acts of God as we see in the bible, if we don’t learn to Pray. The effective and fervent prayer of the righteous makes tremendous power available, dynamic in its working.
The church will keep being insensitive, and Babes if we don’t Pray. We must arise. This is a wake-up Call, Pray. Pray for your Family, Pray for your country, Pray for the Church, Pray for yourself. Pray and Pray and Pray. Pray until something Happens.
Don’t waste time, pray. Pray and Pray and Pray. Shut down the Television, Shut down the Radio, Shut down that Laptop instead PRAY. Yes, I said PRAY.
Written by Ajayi Samuel and Afolabi Samson