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  1. Rev. Dr. Paul Jinadu

    Matthew 6:6, But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you”.

    We’ve gone into our room, and we’ve closed the door. Now that we are alone with God, should we go on our kneesor stand up and pace the floor as we pray? Kneeling is best to start with. It’s a good way to show that we truly revere the presence of God. Don’t attempt to stand and walk around the room, or ‘prayer walk’ until you have mastered the art of being still before God. Because you are praying doesn’t mean your mind will automatically fall in line and do the right thing. It has to be trained.

    We’ve found some privacy, we’ve shut the door, we are now on our knees, and trying to quieten our hearts. All well and good, yet they do not add up to the presence of God. We cannot create an atmosphere for the presence of God. It is when God shows up that He brings His presence. I can’t sing Him down, or pray Him down, or shout Him down. He will only come near if He knows I seek only Him. That’s why Jesus taught His disciples to say: “Father in heaven.” You are not asking for forgiveness; you are not asking for favour; at this point you are just asking for Father. Don’t talk until you know the Father has heeded your call.

    Jesus said, “I know My sheep. They hear My voice.” As we can hear His voice, He too can recognise our voice. Our prayer-life will change drastically once we appreciate what a difference the coming of Christ has made. Only Moses was permitted to physically come into God’s presence on the mountain of fire. Elijah only had a glimpse on Mount Hermon. The rest of the Old Testament saints had angelic representation. For us, it’s another level. We get to enter God’s presence and call Him Father, and He shows up.

  2. Rev. Dr. Paul Jinadu

    Standing in the queue

    Mr. Howells had written to Mr. Albert Head, who was chairman of the South Africa General Mission, and offered for the mission field. Shortly afterwards, he went on to London for a nine months' course. On one occasion he only had a few days in which to get £20. There was another student, a Cambridge graduate, who had been saying openly that he had never prayed a prayer that had brought a direct, definite answer. So, Mr. Howells invited him to join in this prayer for £20. He had never heard of praying for money like that and expecting it to come. They were to pray for two hours one afternoon, each in his own room. The young man was exhausted at the end of it. He said the two hours were like two months! Mr. Howells did not pray through in the afternoon, so suggested that they should go back for a further two hours in the evening. "What!" exclaimed his friend, "four months' hard labour for £20! "However, he agreed to try again. Before the end of this second period of prayer, Mr. Howells went to his room, and said, "You don't need to pray any more, I am through." "Have you got the money?" he said. "No, but I have got the faith, and the money will come." Two days later Mr. Howells received two £10 notes. He went to his friend's room and held them up for him to see!

  3. Rev. Dr. Paul Jinadu

    Matt 6:6, “But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly”.

    This scripture is behind the principle of praying in all your funding without making any public appeal or even letting people know what you are trusting the Lord for. There is nothing wrong with making appeals, but during my period of training keeping strictly to the guidelines was very helpful. The thinking is that if you are not looking to people to respond to your appeals then there is no barrier to how much or from where your help can come.

    Another scripture supporting this principle of faith is Psalm 78:17-20,

    But they sinned even more against Him by rebelling against the Most High in the wilderness.18 And they tested God in their heart by asking for the food of their fancy.19 Yes, they spoke against God: They said, “Can God prepare a table in the wilderness? 20 Behold, He struck the rock, so that the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed. Can He give bread also? Can He provide meat for His people?”

    There is that deep-seated unbelief in the heart of man, doubting whether God can answer prayer without our little help. That was the battle raging in my heart in those early days of learning the principles of faith for finance. Was it not foolish to be giving away money when I was in dire need of cash myself? How can God send money my way to meet my exact amount without anyone knowing I was praying for it? That was why I had to adhere strictly to the rule: not to take the honorarium as the answer to my prayer. It was an expected source.

  4. Rev. Dr. Paul Jinadu

    Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”

    Desperate, I discarded my ‘only pray once’ stand and started praying several times a day on the matter. Still no money. By this time I had run out of toiletries and my shoes were full of holes. I reminded God that I had paid a big price to answer His call on my life. What’s the big deal about supplying my needs? If I went out to work I could have earned double what I was believing for in less than two weeks. Little did I know how having to depend on the Lord for my basic necessities would lead me into knowing God in a way I couldn’t have any other way.

    I spent my second Christmas as a believer in College alone and penniless. I couldn’t leave the premises because I was still owing on my fees. By this time I was thoroughly deflated. All my sure-fire faith pathways up in smoke. Lesson number one: no good praying for revival, local or global, if there is no evidence my prayer for a tube of toothpaste and a bar of soap goes unanswered.