I was taking a nap at home recently when I overheard some children from the other street praying/playing among themselves. The nature of the prayer points they led gave me an insight into who “taught” them to pray; “Any arrow, trying to cut my destiny short, fall down and die. Every evil arrow in my father’s house, you are a liar, die!!!”

Friend, whoever affects your prayer life has affected your life in no small way. This is why one of the virtues to catch in following and relating with friends and mentors is the prayer virtue. Rather than asking your pastor to show you his tailor, ask him about his prayer closet. Don’t only admire the Gucci shoes your mentor is putting on, check out his walk with the Lord.

Did you notice that the disciples of Jesus did not ask Him to teach them any other thing except prayers (Luke 11:1)? They must have reasoned that his prayer life was the secret of his success in life and ministry. “And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples” (Luke 11:1).

There would never be a season in your life when prayers would no longer be important. It does not matter the phase you are in or your level of success, prayer remains the engine that drives the wheel of progress in your life. Prayer must be the oxygen with which you breathe and survive daily. You must be careful of any success or progress that does not stem out of a strong and consistent prayer life.

The truth is, God rates people from the platform of their prayer life. You are only doing as much as your prayer life. As far as God is concerned, wisdom, wealth and strength amount to nothing when a man is founding wanting in the place of prayers and intimacy; “…But let him that glories glory in this, that he understands and knows me…” (Jeremiah 9:23-24).

Ultimately, your investment in prayers would yield greater dividends than any other thing (Acts 4:13). This season, learn about prayers, pursue a life of prayers and be immersed in the spirit of prayers. Don’t be too busy to pray. Get involved in the prayer schedules of your Church. Choose friends based on prayer power (Daniel 2:17-19, Acts 4:23-33). Whoever helps your prayer life has significantly helped your life.

© ‘Demola Awoyele
Lead Pastor,
Destiny Impact Church
Akure, Nigeria