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Tuesday, 13 September 2016

PRAYETUDE

PRAYETUDE
CHAPTER TWO
II. LIFE
“Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life (Proverbs 4:13).”

The essence of man is life and its worth. Without life man is dead. No one who is dead can communicate with the living. Anyone who is not capable of communicating is not yet living. We know that instruction is life. It is life because without it there is no guide, no lead, no path and no move. Even the will of the heart is an instruction just as ambitions are instructions. There can be visionary or missionary instructions. Good will is a form of visionary instructions and good deeds are missionary instructions without which the vision will waste. ‘The words that I speak to you are spirit and life,’ said Jesus. But it was Jesus that said that. Can we take that to be Yahweh’s word? Yes! That is because “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds (Heb. 1:1-2).” So, God spoke by Himself, through prophets, angels on errand, prophetesses, Holy Spirit and Jesus and other ministers. “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life (John 5:24).” God’s word through certain a channel is life. If without the word there is no life how then can a lifeless person commune with God? If the words are spirit and life, if instruction, being ambition, vision and one’s mission and also being a guide and path, is life, how can a person without it claim to be making sense even to himself? When Jesus said, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me (John 14:6)' he meant that He is the word of God, he is the completeness of instruction- the law- He is an anchor of grace and doingability; He is the guide and the path. He is life. Of course He is Jehovah’s incarnate word but was first spoken, prophesised, revealed and spoken into flesh. All we are saying is that we hear the word; then we believe the Word and we preach the word so that the Word may be believed. We believe the Word and the Word Himself said that His own words must dwell in us for us to ask and receive. “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you (John 15:7).”  The word was spoken, the word was embodied, the word became the Word; the Word spoke the word and the word of the living Word lives on. I must not try to reject the word because it is of Jesus. It is in the word (the Bible) that I get to understand the Word and my place in Him better. Then I can pray as to the father, in Biblical language- word-language, godly language, the only acceptable prayer language. The word of God is the life of and in the prayers of the righteous. It is the life of and in prayerfulness. It is life. It is godly-ambition-inspiration, vision-apportioning and mission compass. It is the worth in and of our prayers. 
If I study the word and follow the guide and path of the word, then I get spirit and life in me. Then, my prayers will have life and worth. Then I will have godly ambition, Word-inspired vision and appropriate mission guide. And my prayer will be greatly effective.
THE WORD OF GOD IS THE LIFE OF PRAYERFULNESS

2 comments:

Abraham Samuel said...

The word (Jesus Christ) is "instructional". Should that be the perception of we the followers? Which I think should be, only then will it govern our behaviour.

One may want to argue about character ethic (intergrity,humilty, fidelity, courage, patience,modesty etc).How do one with, a not too-good character ethics, change to personality ethic knowing that the formal we surely rob on the latter? The paradigm shift or possible compartmentality is a function of divine intervention.
Let the word be our guild and teacher.

Samuel Oladimeji Kuye said...

Sir Abraham, thank you for for comment sir. As you have said, the shift is critical because of natural or innate attributes that are globally condemned yet globally commonly practiced. One must let the word be our guide, indeed. That way, we can change for good. And when we're of pure heart, cleansed by the waters of the word, then our prayers shall be terrible effective. Thank you sire.