“Prayer must be very hard. I doubt I can ever pray like these people,”
These were thoughts of young Abu, a man who accepted Christ not too long ago, while he observed a group of believers praying in other tongues.
Abu was born into a typical African Traditional home and had heard tales of a particular faction of Christians – the Charismatics, who were aggressive when praying but this was his first time observing them.
He never thought praying could be this vigorous and perspiring, however, Abu made a remarkable observation.
These charismatic Christians prayed for several hours, more rigorously by the time, in a totally different language but they appeared refreshed throughout the process.
This scene kept playing in his mind while he sat in church the following Sunday. Mysteriously, his pastor’s sermon that dwelt on praying endlessly.
“To pray without ceasing, according to 1 Thessalonians 5:17, means to pray uninterruptedly,” said Reverend Paul to the joyous congregation who seem to understand what that meant.
“How can that be possible? I don’t think anyone can follow through with this,” Abu thought.
He grew increasingly confused but nurtured a desire to learn more about this ‘endless’ prayer.
This desire pushed him to interview Reverend Paul after close of service.
“Prayer simply means communicating with God but there’s more to it,” says the Reverend. “Prayer helps you to be conscious of your ‘new’ life in God and grants you means of receiving from Him.”
Conscious of my new life? Abu interjected.
Reverend Paul noticed it was a good time to dwell on the subject of the new life since that would allow Abu to grasp the subject of prayer better.
He invites Abu into his office so they could have a detailed discussion on the subject.
Find out how the conversation between the Reverend and Abu transpired in the next part of this post.
This post was written by Dr. Emmanuel Sogah. Dr. Sogah is a medical doctor by profession, a budding minister of the gospel who is passionate about teaching.