I Believe in Prayer
“…due to the recent Canadian election results, we are seeing a surge in Canadian Christians asking ‘why pray?’ When you discover your ability to excel and rule as mature sons and daughters on earth, I can guarantee you will ask the question, ‘why pray?'”
I am deeply amazed at the nature of human beings to go from one extreme to another, or even from one obsession to another. I heard it said well by one popular American leader,
“We, as humans, will pull ourselves out of a ditch on the side of the road, only to miss the road completely and end up in the ditch on the other side of the road.”
Of course the “road” this man was describing is the wise way and the balanced way to go, yet we tend to love extremes. In fact, it is the ignorant and naive that are given to extremes. The Bible says, “an unjust balance is an abomination to the Lord” (Proverbs 11:1). It is when we, as believers, can come into the balance of the development of our spirituality, AND personality, that we can truly reflect God. This is an important point that I will delve deeper into in later articles, because it is far deeper than our immediate conclusions at first glance.
I have been amazed that there have been some people (and even one particular Canadian movement) who have questioned whether I still believe in prayer! Ah! There it is, our tendency to see only one side of the coin again. My belief in the effectiveness of prayer has also been questioned once I began teaching extensively on “Time Management”, “Organizational Structures for Churches and Movements”, and “System Building for National Transformation”. To be quite honest, I was shocked and, for a while, disappointed. For years I have taken part in our national prayer initiatives including the “The Cry” and various others, and I am still apart of and support these movements.
In fact, for the first eight years of my ministry, my main life message was prayer! I was teaching on prayer and intercession constantly, and today this is still a focus of my ministry. By the grace of God, the Lord was able to use me to establish a thriving prayer movement when I pastored at the Embassy church. A prayer movement involving regular all night prayer meetings, 3 day church and city wide prayer and fasting programs and on and on. At the desire to not sound boastful or defensive, I will not highlight the details of my personal prayer life and practices, but I will say that I believe strongly that the “Lord is a rewarder of them that DILIGENTLY seek Him (Hebrews 11:6). This was, is, and will always be a life value for me.
However, I discovered knowing how to pray and praying frequently, is different than “understanding” prayer. After overseeing several prayer movements, teaching frequently on prayer and intercession in the Academy, and really teaching on prayer for over a decade now, I have come to that conclusion. Many know how to pray, some actually do pray, and very few “understand” prayer. Even less understand when it’s time to STOP praying.
The purpose of this article is not to rebuild your foundation of prayer, as there are about as many books out there on this subject as there are opinions. It is also not to give a thorough teaching on prayer or the various types of prayer. No, my desire is to answer the question that is often asked of me, “Why do you believe in prayer?”
This is an important question that we should ask ourselves especially at this time in our nation’s history. “Why pray?” is a good question. In fact, due to the recent Canadian election results, we are seeing a surge in Canadian Christians asking “Why pray?”.
The truth is, as we gain a deeper understanding of our role as “stewards and managers” of the earth for God, we will eventually ask, “why pray?” No matter how seasoned you are in God, if you have not asked that question recently in this Kingdom age, you may have yet to discover the level of authority and ability God has actually given you to bear His image in the earth. When you discover your ability to excel and rule as mature sons and daughters on earth, I can guarantee you will ask the question, “why pray?”.
If I was to answer the question of why I believe in prayer (briefly for the sake of keeping the article short), here is how I might answer it:
- We should pray to maintain our nature – God’s nature. We are not just humans or flesh; we also have a “spirit” nature. We are a spirit being inside of an earthly body, and we must pray to maintain and enhance our spiritual nature.
- We should pray to maintain relationship with our SOURCE (God) PRINCIPLE: Everything depreciates and dies the further it goes from its source. EXAMPLE: If you uproot a tree it may lie on the ground and live for a little while. At first it almost appears unaffected, with fruit and leaves still on its branches. However, you cannot see what is happening within. It has actually begun a process of death, and eventually, the death within becomes visible on the outside for all to see. This is the same law that functions for believers and prayer. Prayer allows us to have that “abundant life” that Jesus spoke about. (John 10:10) In fact, unbelievers can somewhat survive without God as their source, but they will search for a “source” in deceptive things like earthly vanities, vices, and addictions.
- We should pray to see what “the Father” is saying and doing. This is what Jesus did. He would go away and pray, “see and hear the Father” and then return down from the mountain with a strategy from heaven. This is why He said, “I only do what I see and hear my father doing” (John 12:49). This is actually how one can make extraordinary changes on earth – through prayer and strategy. In prayer, asking God, “Lord, if you were in my shoes, how would you change my nation?” rather than just yelling at God begging Him to come down and change the nation. I personally don’t start projects or movements without this step. In fact years earlier, I was able to show my team the blueprint for everything we are now doing successfully. This is because I first saw the strategy in prayer, and we then executed it on earth. This is what it means when it says, “Unless the Lord builds the house, those who labour, labour in vain” (Psalm 127:1).
- When you pray, it facilitates the environment of heaven (the environment of God) in and around you. In any vocation, and in all success, “environment” is 50 percent of all success and fruitfulness.
- When you pray, you are entering into God’s rest and finished work – a Sabbath.
- When you pray you get the opportunity to worship and honour God. Honour is key to anything “Kingdom.” “Our Father who art in heaven holy is your name…” (Matthew 6:9-13).
- When you pray you are acknowledging His Lordship and surrendering to Him. You are letting Him know you are not proud, or self reliant.
- When you pray you can discover God’s perspective on difficult earthly situations. You suddenly begin to see things the way He sees them. This is the true wisdom that comes from prayer. So then when you act on earth, according to what you saw, you are functioning as God would because you now see as He sees.
- When you pray it allows you to reaffirm yourself in the way that God sees us. It is your affirmation of who we are in Him. We can then act boldly and confidently, not falling into the deception of the enemy as it pertains to your identity.
- When you pray, it allows you to establish your victory and triumph and authority over the enemy. You can actively destroy demonic activity, and perform miracles and invite the benefits of the Kingdom of God and the work of the Spirit.
- When you pray or “cry” you give God permission to intervene in the affairs of men. But this is not as easy and does not happen as often as we would like to think. It is certainly not the quick and easy prayer of the “drive thru – fast food generation.” These prayers require fervency and sometimes corporate unity.
Of course, this is not an exhaustive list, but hopefully it is a blessing to the reader in understanding the answer to “why pray.” I pray that this article has blessed you, and that prayer would become for you more than an event, rally, or a source of “getting something from God.” I pray that prayer would become part of your very nature, so that wherever you invest yourself on earth (place your feet) it would be as though Jesus was there.
In my next article I will dive right into “Why Prayer Alone is Not Enough to Save the Nation of Canada”.
Until He has dominion…
Pastor Derek Schneider
President of History Makers Academy
Founder of History Makers Society
(I would like to recognize and thank my mentor Sunday Adelaja for his wisdom and input in my life – especially in the area of prayer.)
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History Makers Academy
For deeper understanding on concepts like this one and more, I would like you to experience one of our History Makers Academy 3 transformations. We cover topics like in workshops such as…
- Organized Thought – The Highest Level of Power
- Under What Circumstances Do People Change the World
- Life Can Be Predictable
- The Secret Laws of Prayer and Intercession (Full 3 Day Training)
- The Original Person
- Where are the Daniels?
- Principles for National Transformation