IS ANY AFFLICTED?!
In the earth realm, afflictions exist in diverse shades and forms, some are peculiar to a region, nationality or people.
The Bible says one day, King Herod decided to kill all the children FROM AGE OF 2 YEARS AND BELOW.
He slaughtered them all just because he was spat by some Men who saw the Lord’s star in the East.
He slaughtered them all in hope that Jesus would be one of them.
People have often used power to perform very dubious and terrible ATROCITIES.
Such AFFLICTIONS exist. Such Terror exists.
The Bible tells us of Pharoah who SUBJUGATED AND ENSLAVED THE JEWS OF OLD BRUTALLY.
Exodus 1:11-12, 14 (KJV) Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh treasure cities, Pithom and Raamses.
But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were grieved because of the children of Israel.
And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage, in morter, and in brick, and in all manner of service in the field: all their service, wherein they made them serve, was with rigour.
He made THEIR LIVES BITTER.
HE GRIEVED THEM!!
There are such realities in the earth realm.
Acts 12:1-3 (KJV) Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church.
And he killed James the brother of John with the sword.
And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.)
Herod Stretched His hands to VEX certain of the church.
Such VEXATION exists in the earth realm.
Herod KILLED JAMES. ONE OF THE CHIEF ESTIMATES APOSTLES IN THE CHURCH.
He saw some folks LOVED IT, he decided to take Peter also.
Let me be clear with you.
Some people are interested in your bitterness and AFFLICTIONS.
Some derive their joy from such occurrences, such situations.
Where you are grieved in your finance.
In your marriage.
In your academics.
In your career.
IF no one derives any joy, Satan does, he is our sworn enemy.
But the church must WAKE UP TO PRAYERS!!
James made an example of a kind of FERVENT (HOT, BOILING), EFFECTUAL PRAYER OF A RIGHTEOUS MAN.
James 5:17-18 (KJV) Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.
And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.
This wasn’t a prayer to understand some ‘IN CHRIST REALITIES’, this is a prayer of a righteous man, who understands he is in right standing with God by Faith.
As important as the prayers for us to grow in revelations are, there are prayer that addresses some PHYSICAL ISSUES.
In this case, Elijah was praying that it might RAIN.!!
We can affect NATURE VIA OUR PRAYER!!
In times of afflictions, we don’t keep quiet, WE PRAY!!
James 5:13 (KJV) Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.
The solution is not complaint.
The solution is not wishing or hoping.
PRAY!! Hot!! Full of faith!!
The Bible didn’t record that the church prayed before James was killed but in the case of Peter, PRAYER WAS MADE WITHOUT CEASING!!
Acts 12:5 (KJV) Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.
And look what deliverance was WROUGHT!!
WE PRAY OURSELVES OUT OF EVERY AFFLICTIONS, ALL CALAMITY, ALL INJURIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES!!
2 Thessalonians 3:1-2 (KJV) Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:
And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.
Don’t take it easy with Satan. PRAY!!
Don’t take it easy with afflictions. Pray!!
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