A Lifestyle of Prayer

rodney howard browne

Every believer needs to develop a lifestyle of

prayer. The Word says, “Pray without ceasing” (First

Thessalonians 5:17). We need to realize that we can live

in the spirit of prayer, whereby we pray all the time. Our

heart can always be crying out to Him. Our thought life is

never far away from God.

 

I asked the Lord why some people never feel or

sense His touch in their lives. It’s because most of their

waking moments are caught up in the affairs of this life.

Their hearts are far from God.

 

Jude 20 says, “But ye, beloved, building up yourselves

on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy

Ghost.” It is important to pray in the Spirit and keep

yourself built up spiritually. Some would say; “I need to

get prayed up.” Don’t just get prayed up; stay prayed up.

Stay in the Spirit.

 

Different Rules for Different Prayers

 

We know that just as different sports have

different rules, so there are different kinds of prayer and

not all prayer has the same rules. For the believer who

would be used of God, there are two prayers especially

among all the others that need to be prayed.

 

The first is the prayer of consecration. Jesus

prayed this prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane. It was a

prayer of consecrating His will to do the will of His

Father.

 

The second prayer is the prayer of repentance,

always keeping our hearts right with God. This is not on

the basis of sin consciousness, but out of our love for

Jesus. We would not want to do anything to hurt Him in

any way, shape, or fashion.

 

These two prayers are lacking in many lives. For

those who desire to have the anointing, a consecrated,

yielded, repentant heart will be used of God.

 

Is God a Captive in His Own Heavens?

 

There are those in the Church who think that to

see revival our prayer life must be directed towards the

devil in a warfare attitude. They believe we must wage

war on the devil in the heavens to release God so that He

can move freely. They act as if God is bound in the

heavenly realm, waiting desperately for a believer to

loose Him so that the plan and purpose of God can be

done on earth.

 

Honey, I Blew up the Devil and other Nintendo Games

 

This game of spiritual warfare is nothing more

than a spiritual Nintendo game played by baby Christians

who have no understanding that Jesus defeated the devil

two thousand years ago. He has sent the Holy Ghost to

empower the believer and to flow through that

individual’s life to enforce the devil’s defeat.

 

In this game, the devil is seen through the eyes of

the believer as very big and in control. God is having a

problem containing him. Believers, instead of preaching

the gospel, are in their closets waging war on the devil.

 

Many live in a fantasy world of spiritual warfare. It’s

probably the result of a bad dream and an overdose of

pizza with too much cheese.

 

This has permeated the Church, infiltrated the

worship, prayer, and study of the Word to such an extent

that when you go to some churches, you wonder who are

you going to worship. All they ever seem to do is talk

about the devil and pray about what he is doing. Even the

sermon and their heavenly language is directed toward

the devil.

 

By the end of the service, all the believers are

stamping their feet, binding and loosing in a frightened

frenzy. It reminds me of a bunch of kids who have been

told they are going to have to walk home in the dark past

a graveyard after they’ve just seen a horror movie.

 

Pulling Down Strongholds in the Mind or Heavenlies?

 

(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal,

but mighty through God, to the pulling down of strong

holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing

that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and

bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of

Christ (Second Corinthians 10:4,5). This speaks of a warfare

in the mind of man rather than in the heavenlies.

 

We have no account of Paul or anyone else –

including Jesus – indulging in these so-called warfare

practices. This practice is based on Daniel’s 21-day fast

while the angel was trying to get through. This, of course,

is Old Covenant. The Holy Ghost is here on earth now.

 

He came on the day of Pentecost and never left.

So rather than indulging in religious practices that

do not produce any fruit, let us turn to the proclamation

of the gospel linked to the demonstration of the power of

the Holy Ghost resulting in the establishment of the

kingdom of God. “The kingdom is not meat and drink;

but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost”

(Romans 14:17).

 

It is interesting to note that the greatest soul

winners in the world have never indulged in such

practices. They have spent their time in prayer,

fellowshipping with the Lord on a daily basis, and

ministering out of an overflow of that communion with

Him.