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Christian Prayer Awakening! This is how to revive your dying prayer life

But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him.

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Barely a month after I had traveled down to AGDSN Umuahia for pastoral and theological training, I began to notice signs of death plaguing my already strong prayer life. Back then I could not understand why someone who could steam for 5 hours nonstop would find it hard to pray for just an hour. This was my first experience of spiritual declination.

The scripture records that Samson awoke from his sleep, and said, “I will go out as before, at other times, and shake myself free!” But he did not know that the Lord had departed from him. (Judges 16:20). This is how it was for me whenever I decided to make contact with heaven: the propelling synergy was no more. And due to much mechanical effort, 1hour became very difficult.

One evening, I knelt and cried to God saying, “Father, I am dying… I am too young to die.” Then I heard a still small voice say unto me, “Have you forgotten what I taught you?” Then I replied “Yes!

Actually, what God taught me was how to hold and stay with prayer points; but I did not quite get it back then. There are many preachers who ignorantly attack praying with points. It is just out of plain ignorance on what praying in the Spirit truly means. Speaking in tongues is not the only way to pray in the Spirit. I’ll leave a video clip for more clarity.

When I replied yes, the Holy Spirit became silent; and after some moment I got up. The next time I tried to pray something different happened. It did not seem too difficult to pray anymore. So I bounced back from the state of dying to praying long and effectively.

It was later that I discovered what happened: It was sorcery which broke me. Due to the lack of stature at that stage of my Christianity I was overpowered by Satan’s agents. Something struck me in the Bible school and sapped my prayer life. All these things that fight prayer we will fully bring to light in this series.

Another experience is this – About 2years ago, I began to pastor a church as the assistant pastor. And within the first two weeks, I started to stutter in prayer again. Initially, I did not fully grasp that something was wrong until it was revealed to me by the Holy Spirit.

Before that time, whenever God woke me up to pray at night, there was a quickening that could not be effectively explained by words unless by experience. I would normally wake with a strong desire to pray. This desire is called burden. It is one of the things God installs into our operating system should he desire us to walk with Him in prayer.
This strong desire will be backed up with wisdom and fire. It is this wisdom that shapes our attitudes until we ascend and begin to flow in praying synergy with the Spirit.

Again wisdom to pray is a vital part of God’s software which must be installed into the praying heart. Wisdom is the principle thing; No man can pray without wisdom.

This particular case was not a case of losing fire, but rather it was a case of losing wisdom and strength in prayer. I would wake up as usual, but then instead of standing and heating up until my spirit connects to His Spirit, weakness and lack of wisdom would cause me to sit down or lie down and then return to sleep.

This is not me I silently acknowledged. I was a man of prayer and power, full of zeal, and always on steam and synergy with the Holy Ghost. What has happened to me? Only God could tell; only Him could help. So I went back to God for help.

The day I was done with stuttering In prayer I took up a prayer point. I made sure that I did not bother God with much request that day. I remember going to a pastor’s prayer meeting and everyone was praying mightily, speaking in tongues and all that. But as for me, I sat down and communed with God in my heart saying, “Lord help me I am dying, I don’t know what is wrong with me.” All through that day I continued to tell God the same thing. I said, “Lord revive me… revive me… please help me Lord.

After the day was done, God woke me up at about 12 pm and by my God, I mustered 5 hours of prayer charge. That was it. All the weakness and foolishness of heart that plagued my prayer life was carried away. This personal awakening strengthened my faith in God as the one true revivalist.

I see those who are very eager to be called revivalists. I would not stop telling men that all our best efforts with the Holy Ghost can only motivate men to seek God. But until the Holy Spirit descends and begins a move in a man’s life, revival can never take place.

Revival is the pure work of the Holy Spirit. No man, no preacher can revive anyone even with all the prayer charge, hot sermons, and song chants.

After I was revived by God, shortly I was struck again. And it was the same symptoms of weakness and foolishness. But this time I spoke to the Lord, complaining about how I am back to struggling again after having been revived. As I was speaking, the Holy Spirit asked me a question: “Will you not go to the shoe mender as many times as your shoe spoils?” This reply became a strength to me. It is also the reason why I will never see spiritual death.

God had given me the code to cheat death. All I have to do is to always turn back to him for awakening, times of refreshing, and revival. What an amazing God we serve!

Brethren, I would like us to take a lesson on how I never allowed death to fully take hold of my spiritual life. How I would always cry out to God for help each time I noticed that I was dying. In fact I have taken a blow more than 5 times and with each case God has always proved himself able to raise the dead and dying.

Lessons from the Bible

And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, “Truly You are the Son of God.” (Matthew 14:22-33, NKJV)

In the bible passage above, we see Peter whom Jesus had given clearance to walk on the sea just as He did. But as soon Peter saw the boisterous waves, his faith sank and he began to sink as well. Peter did not fully let himself drown but rather he exclaimed, “Lord save me!” When He called out, Jesus stretched out His hands and lifted him out of the waters.

When the revelation of this passage was downloaded to my mind, I knew that believers should not wait until death before calling out to Jesus to bring them back up from a fall in any area of their spirituality. There is a healer, a restore, a fixer, a revivalist, a defibrillator, and an awakening specialist in Jesus; we must learn to take full advantage of our Lord. And He whom the son of man shall set free from death is free indeed.

It is true that resurrecting what is dead is more difficult than reviving what is dying. So I encourage us all not to die but to leverage on the life-giving Spirit of God and revamp that prayer life so that we can again soar into the realms of the Spirit of God, in power and in glory; Amen!

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