Summary: Our message this week is entitled, “Strategic praying.” Let us start by looking at the word strategy. Strategy is a tactical or skillful planning adopted for achieving success in an endeavour.
Our message this week is entitled, “Strategic Praying.” Let us start by looking at the word strategy. Strategy is a tactical or skillful planning adopted for achieving success in an endeavour.
PAUL, A PRAYER STRATEGIST
If you were an avid reader of the Acts of apostles, you would discover that one of the greatest strategists in the Bible was a man called Paul. He was always found in strategic places during his missionary journey, for example, market places, shrines etc. He would wait for people to finish their activities before addressing them. He was always at the right place at the right time, saying the right thing. He went to major cities where God enabled him to plant the seed of the gospel, which in turn spread to every nook and cranny of these cities. He never went to where he was not needed. There was a situation when he was addressing an audience, which had two religious factions; the Pharisees and the Sadducees. And sensing they might tear him into pieces because of their boiling anger against the gospel, he set them against each other by claiming to be a Pharisee. Knowing fully well that the Pharisees believed in resurrection, angels and spirits, whilst the Sadducees did not, he quickly declared, “Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee. The son of a Pharisee; of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question.” This statement led Paul off their hook and he escaped being beaten up. At another occasion, he queried his accusers: “Is it lawful for you to scourge a man that is a Roman?” At another time, there was a city where they beat him and put him in prison, but he resisted the attempt of the authority to quietly release him. Paul remained there and brought about a great revival.
Let us look at another strategist in Luke 18: 1-8: “And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint. Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man. And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, though I fear not God, nor regard man. Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith. And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily...”
Here we find a prayer strategist who applied a particular strategy and got her breakthrough. She took her case to a city judge who did not fear God nor regard any man. In other words, it means that this judge was a stubborn person. However, she came unto him hammering on one prayer point: “Avenge me of my adversary.” If the unjust judge could oblige her, how much more God? This widow strategically pressurized that unjust judge and he had no other option but to quickly grant her request. Equally, God appreciates those who pester Him with their prayers.