Until you go through something and have been delivered from it, then you will realize why we must and should pray always. There are things and situations in this life especially in the spiritual realms that are going on, and unless you are a person who prays and relies in God, you will never know about it and you will never be delivered from. Many times we only realize after we notice all kinds of symptoms around us and you just know some things are not right, something is wrong with me. You even go to the Doctor and specialists and do all kinds of checkups and medically they find nothing wrong with you. And then it dawns on you, you should go to the Church and seek the face the Lord, and there you meet a minister of God and you discover your symptoms that have manifested on the outside are signs of your spiritual illnesses and dysfunctions, and there are spiritual battles and situations going on in your life, and only God’s hand through His Holy Spirit, His Word, and your faith in God can deliver you from them. And finally you are forced to seek God in prayer, in worship, in His Word, and in fellowship because these are things only God can deliver you from.
God can communicate with us through many things, but one of the main ways, especially in spiritual crisis and battles is through prayers. There are so many Bible passages that show that we must always pray because God promised if we seek Him with all our hearts we will find Him. When we pray, God intervenes in our situations.
In the book of 2 Chronicles chapter 7, reading from verses 11 to 22, it records that “Solomon finished the house of the Lord and the king’s house. All that Solomon had planned to do in the Lord’s house and in his own house was well done. Then the Lord came to Solomon during the night and said to him, “I have heard your prayer. And I have chosen this place for Myself as a house of gifts given in worship. If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, and if I tell the locust to destroy the land, or send disease upon My people, if My people who are called by My name put away their pride and pray, and look for My face, and turn from their sinful ways, then I will hear from heaven. I will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. Now My eyes will be open. And My ears will hear the prayer that is made in this place. For I have chosen this house and have made it holy, that My name may be there forever. My eyes and My heart will always be there. As for you, if you walk in My ways as your father David walked and do all that I have told you to do and keep My Laws, then I will make your throne to last as I promised your father David. I said, ‘You will never be without a man to rule Israel.’ “But if you turn away and leave My Laws and My Word which I have given you, if you go and serve other gods and worship them, then I will take you from the land I have given you. And I will turn My eyes away from this house which I have set apart for My name. I will make it so all people speak of it in shame. Everyone will look with wonder at this house that was once honored. They will say, ‘Why has the Lord done this to this land and to this house?’ Then they will say, ‘It is because they turned away from the Lord, the God of their fathers, Who brought them out of the land of Egypt. They have taken other gods, and worshiped them and served them. So the Lord has brought all this trouble on them.’”
There is a promise here the Lord God made, but this promise comes with conditions. And these conditions are we need to put away our pride and pray, look for Him, and turn from our sinful ways. When we do that He promised that He will hear from heaven, or in other words He will hear our prayers, then forgive our sin, and heal our land. If you read this Bible passage you will notice that He didn’t say heal us. First He said He will hear our prayers. So it’s possible to pray and God to not hear your prayers. As long as the heaven remains closed for you, God cannot hear your prayer. And another thing I have noticed is that He said He will forgive our sin. Meaning that our sins could be the main root causes of the so many problems in our lives. When we are going through the spiritual battles and situations, perhaps its because of the sins surround us and in our lives. And if it’s so then, unless God forgives us from our sins, we will continue to go through what we are going through.
I remember this story in the Bible of the man who was paralyzed and could not move his body, who was delivered and healed from it by the Lord Jesus. The Bible records in Matthew chapter 9 from verses 1 to 8, “Jesus got into a boat. He crossed over to the other side and came into His own city. They took a man to Him who was on his bed. This man was not able to move his body. Jesus saw their faith. He said, “Son, take hope. Your sins are forgiven.” Some of the teachers of the Law said to themselves, “This man speaks as if He is God, but He is not!” Jesus knew what they were thinking. He said, “Why do you think bad thoughts in your hearts? Which is easier to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk?’ But this is to show you that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins.” He said to the sick man, “Get up! Take your bed and go home.” He got up and went to his home. All the people saw this. They were surprised and wondered about it. Then they gave thanks to God because He had given such power to men.”
Why the Lord Jesus asked them “Which is easier to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk?” There is a mystery here. Perhaps the Lord wanted to free this man from the guilt of sin. Perhaps his condition was because of the sin he committed. I honestly don’t know, but sometimes there is a correlation between our sins and what we are going through; our sufferings and torments, our bondages and lack, spiritual afflictions, and so on.
It looks like when we are forgiven of our sins, our issues should automatically disappear. And everywhere it was going wrong in our lives, it will start working. The answers we were seeking that we couldn’t get because of the closed heaven in our lives, they will start appearing and coming to us, we start operating in the open heaven, because the heaven is now open to us.
In the book of 1 John chapter 1 verse 9, it says that “But if we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” When we confess our sins to God and do our best to repent, the Bible says God is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to clean us from all wickedness.
Many times our own wickedness, our pride to refuse to humble ourselves before God and turn away from our wicked ways and our slow in action to ask God to help us to truly repent, is our barriers we have caused on ourselves to block the blessings of God to flow to us, and because of that the heaven becomes closed on us.
Yes, there is such thing called an open heaven. In the book of Luke chapter 3 verses 21 and 22, it says, “Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heavens were opened, and the Holy Spirit descended on Him in bodily form, like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, “You are My beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.” But also in the book of Malachi chapter 3 verse 10, the Lord through His prophet said “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,” says the LORD of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows.” Another one is in the book of John chapter 1 verses 47 to 51, the Bible records that “Jesus saw Nathanael coming to Him and said, “See! There is a true Jew. There is nothing false in him.” Nathanael said to Jesus, “How do You know me?” Jesus answered him, “Before Philip talked to you, I saw you under the fig tree.” Nathanael said to Him, “Teacher, You are the Son of God. You are the King of the Jews.” Jesus said to him, “Do you believe because I said I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than that. For sure, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and God’s angels going up and coming and down on the Son of Man.”
So the Lord said in 2 Chronicles chapter 7 verse 14, He will forgive us our sin and heal our land. There is a relation between us and the land. If you read 2 Chronicles chapter 6, and you will see that king Solomon had several prayer points that He prayed about. But the Lord said He will forgive our sin and heal our land. There is something about these two. Is it possible that we could go through some curses because of the land we reside? Is it also possible that the land we live and reside could be cursed because of us? Somehow because the land is cursed, that’s why no matter how we try, it’s still hard for us to succeed as we should maybe because there is something about us and the land we reside in that is hindering our increase and success?
In the book of Genesis chapter 2 verses 4 to 8 says, “This is the history of [the origin of] the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day [that is, days of creation] that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens— no shrub or plant of the field was yet in the earth, and no herb of the field had yet sprouted, for the Lord God had not caused it to rain on the earth, and there was no man to cultivate the ground, but a mist (fog, dew, vapor) used to rise from the land and water the entire surface of the ground— then the Lord God formed [that is, created the body of] man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being [an individual complete in body and spirit]. And the Lord God planted a garden (oasis) in the east, in Eden (delight, land of happiness); and He put the man whom He had formed (created) there.”
There is a relation between us and the ground. The Bible says the Lord God formed or created us from the dust of the ground, and when He breathed into our nostrils the breath of life; we became living beings [individuals complete in body and spirit]. After He created what He created in the beginning, the Bible says there was no man to work the ground. Eden was the place of God’s richest blessing, the blessed land. It must have been God’s intention for Adam to work there to be fruitful and multiply, and to dress and keep the Garden.
Another Bible passage that shows there is a connection between us and the land is in the book of Genesis chapter 4 verses 8 to 12, “Now Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go out to the field.” While they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him. Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” “I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?” The Lord said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground. Now you are under a curse and driven from the ground, which opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. When you work the ground, it will no longer yield its crops for you. You will be a restless wanderer on the earth.”
So there is something about the land and us, and that’s why the Lord God said, “If My people who are called by My name put away their pride and pray, and look for My face, and turn from their sinful ways, then I will hear from heaven. I will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. Now My eyes will be open. And My ears will hear the prayer that is made in their place.”
If you ask me, I would say, don’t wait until you see the symptoms of the invisible battles, illnesses, and barriers that we encounter, then we start seeking the Lord. In the book of Luke chapter 18 verse 1, it says that “The Lord Jesus told His disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.” So we must and should pray always.
Helen Majaga is a founder of Helen Majaga International, Live to Your Full Potential Podcast & YouCount Magazine, specializing in the training and development of individuals and businesses to achieve personal and professional goals.