Fountaineers have been reminded to always pray without getting tired.
This charge came from The Fountain of Life Church, TFOLC, Ilupeju, Lagos, through its Senior Pastor, Taiwo Odukoya, during the July 7 Thursday Showers service.
While noting that prayers include rejoicing and thanksgiving as they make their request known to God, the Senior Pastor said, “That you’re alive is enough to rejoice and give thanks. It takes a living person to have problems. So have the attitude of gratitude.”
Taking his teaching from 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, the clergyman insisted that prayer is for all Christians. He added that prayer includes thanksgiving, rejoicing, request, and communion with God.
Pastor Taiwo further stated that believers’ prayers should not focus on enemies or deliverance. He said: “One doesn’t have to have an enemy before you pray. You can thank God. God is interested in your well-being, so this is enough to talk with Him, and that is prayer.”
He cited Romans 8:26 to affirm that believers sometimes do not even know what to pray about or how to pray, just as he emphasised that “we need the help of the Holy Spirit to be able to pray aright.”
Using the stories of King Jehoshaphat (2 Chronicles 20) and Paul and Silas (Acts 16) as illustrations, the Senior Pastor asserted that believers do not have to keep quiet and allow the enemy to deal with them; instead, they are to pray, sing and commune with God.
Pastor Taiwo said this would bring phenomenal results like King Jehoshaphat’s victory over Moab and Ammon’s combined army and Paul and Silas’s deliverance from the prison. “Don’t just bring your request; bring it in a way that God’s will is respected and honoured,” Pastor Taiwo added.
As he led the worshippers in prayers. Pastor Taiwo said that when believers pray in the Spirit, they are charging their inner man, which would prevent intimidation from the enemy. “You have a Father who is ever near and answers prayers. So, pray without ceasing. Let your prayer life be consistent,” he urged.
The service ended with prophetic declarations by the church’s helmsman.