There was a man
In the same house fellowship where our lady of grammatikos (Greek for grammar) was killing me softly with laughter, there was a man. Like I said in the last episode “English is Your Problem” I loved that house fellowship because of the mansion. The house was big! There were paintings and sculptures all around, even the vicinity was elite, full of mansions. Each time I walked into the close, I bounced like I was going to my own house. I would just be looking at everybody that passes by me to prove that I belonged, but the house fellowship usually ended at around 7:30pm, so it would already be dark. There was therefore no need to bounce again since nobody could even see me clearly at that time. Even though our lady of grammatikos was giving me a tough time concentrating, I still lingered in the warmth and luxury of that house; but my stay was soon to come to an end because of this man and his prayer style, lest indeed I be punished by God for lack of concentration and excess laughter. Please, I am not making fun of anybody or any church, I am just speaking facts and trying to proffer solutions. Though it might be funny, it’s not funny at all.
Today, in many churches, prayer has turned into something else. It is no longer by the word of God, but by body movement. Yet, they’ll still be singing:
It’s not by might, it’s not by power, but by my Spirit says the Lord (2x)
This mountain must be removed, this mountain must be removed in Jesus’ name
This mountain must be removed, by my Spirit says the Lord
Even as they are singing this song, they would still be using all their power and might, yet they are singing it’s not by might, it’s not by power. Well, that one is not my concern, my concern is this man. This house fellowship was one of those fellowships that prayed by body movement. It is either you are shaking your body vigorously or you are shouting at the top of your voice, or both. Because of that woman, I always sat at the dining area, where I could easily hide and laugh.
The greatest mistake I made was to sit in the sitting room. Funny enough, because of the elite vicinity, the caliber of people there, were not die hard, they were gentle and didn’t display much. But this man…, he was a die hard. As he prayed, he shook his head so vigorously, with his body vibrating, and as he shouted, he muttered his lips like he was making incantations or invoking spirits. Well, what do you expect, I was a nasty little teen, instead of me to be afraid and concerned, I was busy laughing uncontrollably. In fact, I always dreaded times for prayer, I never concentrated; I am not joking at all. Sometimes, I would have to face opposite sides as a form of prayer posture so I won’t be seeing him display, yet I would still be hearing his mutterings and just burst into laughter. I am not joking, I don’t remember ever saying a complete sentence of prayer whenever he was around, because the moment I started, I ended it in laughter. I would go “Oh Lord! Help… buhahahahaaha…heehehehee…ROTFLOL”. Sometimes, they would have ended the prayer and I would still be laughing. I would then hold my hands over my face like I was still in the Spirit until I was able to subdue the laughter.
I am telling you that it got to points that I would specially pray that he doesn’t come for house fellowship each Sunday. It had gotten out of hands. Finally, I couldn’t take it any longer because I started feeling guilty, like all I went there to do was laugh at people. I started feeling like God was going to punish me, so I had to quit going there.
By the special grace of God, the Holy Spirit led me to write on the subject of prayer, and he has led me to the books and passages in the Bible that tell the simple truth about different kinds and patterns of prayer, when to pray, how to pray and how not to pray (Luke 11:1-4, Matthew 6:9-13, Matthew 6:5-8). Most of what people do these days are unbiblical. The mistake a lot of people make is that, since they sometimes or usually get answers, they attribute it to their pattern of prayer, and not even the name of Jesus anymore. There are lots of misconceptions concerning prayer, lots. The Bible is very clear on the art of prayer. There are times that demand shouting and there are times that could demand different postures and gestures, but they are majorly characterized by the leading of the Spirit. Revelation 12:11 tells us the way to overcome the devil, which is by the blood of the lamb and by the word of our testimonies.
We are not just meant to be religious as Christians, we are meant to be Spirit-led, meaning that we don’t just follow patterns because a pastor said so, or because everybody is doing it, but because the Spirit said so; the word of God is final, God honours His word more than anything else. One thing is for sure, and I have confirmed this, God is not the author of confusion, and when the Spirit of God is at work, there would be fruition of minds and spirits.
If you know it’s not by might, nor by power, but the Spirit of God, then why make it all about might and power? Except that you are just religious and just don’t even understand the implication of what you are saying. You are only causing distractions and attracting attention to yourself. The Bible specifically speaks against such public displays in the name of prayer (Matthew 6:5-8). This is one of the reasons why there is little or no love in Christianity today, people are working by might and not by the Spirit. It’s all about them, and their deliverance, and their breakthrough, and the destruction of their enemies, and their protection, to the point that they don’t even give a damn about their fellows anymore. Haven’t they read the book of 1 Corinthians 13?
My advice is if you are led by the Spirit and you are not comfortable with such environments and patterns, please leave. You are the temple of the Holy Ghost, not the church building; you are the temple of God, not the fellowship building. Please, if you are still conscious of your spirituality and are not yet finished like other people, then learn to be led by the Spirit and stop deceiving yourself and others.
Cheers and God bless you infinitely!!!
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