RELATIONSHIP IS SUPERIOR TO REQUEST; 

REQUEST ONLY MAKES SENSE WHERE RELATIONSHIP IS VALID.

ASKING SOMEBODY FOR SOMETHING MAKES THE MOST SENSE IF THERE IS A RELATIONSHIP IN PLACE

WHEN YOUR RELATIONSHIP IS SO SOLID WITH GOD, HE WILL DO THINGS FOR YOU, EVEN THINGS YOU DON’T ASK FOR

REQUESTS MADE IN THE ABSENCE OF RELATIONSHIP EQUALS BEGGING RATHER THAN PRAYIN

GOD HAS NOT CALLED US TO BEG FROM HIM; HE HAS CALLED US TO PRAY TO HI

2). Elijah. He had a strong stand and a relationship with God (1 Kings 17:1), so he could open Heavens and close the Heavens at will (James 5:17-19, 1 Kings 18:41-45). Two things you will take out of this point

i). Request only makes sense where relationship is valid. Asking somebody for something makes the most sense if there is a relationship in place. Church Gist. I told my children some time ago, I said, whatever you want me to do for you per time, just let me know and whatever is needed per time, just let me know. If I don’t do it, it is possible it is because I can’t do it. If it is within my capacity, I will do it and also, if you are due for it or ripe for it, I will do it

 

One kept me on the phone the other day for almost 50 minutes: “I have another question, I have another question.” Go ahead, I am available. It makes sense; is he taking my tim

No! What is the time for? But no stranger on the road occupies your life just like that. I am saying this because we can transpose it to our relationship with our Heavenly Father. He said, if you being evil know how to do these good things for your children, how much more shall your Father in Heaven? That is the first thing to note

 

ii). Requests made in the absence of relationship equals begging rather than praying and God has not called us to beg from Him; He has called us to pray to Him. Church Gist. So, there are many people who are actually begging and not praying, because they are talking to someone they have no relationship with. I am sure you know by the roadside, the guy who sits down and say, give me N1 or give me £50 is sitting there begging and begging is no respecter of colour

I remember in London some time ago, my wife and I, a white man was begging us for money and followed us everywhere with begging. What do you want? He wants to go and eat. We said, “okay, come, let’s buy you the food

No, he is going to use the money to smoke something

 

So, from this moment forward, before you rush to request, service your relationship. I have been in the office many times and a pastor came to me and he said, “I am a pastor of so and so church and I just came to greet you and I came to just salute the grace of God on your life,” like some people used to say and then, I am seeing him for the first time and then, the next thing he will say is, “Our anniversary is coming October, I don’t know if you will be available to be our Guest Minister.” I said, really? Church Gist. I am meeting you for the first time, I don’t know you from anywhere and you want me to come and be your Guest Minister and I don’t know the source of your oil. Why don’t you know me first, why don’t I know you first? I tell them these words straight, relationship is superior to request

 

Don’t put request ahead, I just discount you on the spot. You want to use me, you didn’t come for anything and nobody wants to be used; everybody wants to be valued and appreciated and people do that and take it to Go

Lift up your right hand and say

“Father, I receive the grace to develop relationship with You and not to struggle into request from You.

 

When your relationship is so solid with God, He will do things for you, even things you don’t ask for (Ephesians 3:20, Isaiah 65:24

 

-Pastor Paul Enenche on ‘THE STRENGTH OF PRAYE

Preservation and Power Communion Service, Dunamis International Gospel Centre

 

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