Praying Through (What It Means And How You Can Get There)
“Pray until you cry… or you laugh… or you feel a rest…or until the burden lifts”
-Pastor Nathaniel Bassey.
We have recently had a slew of #TestimoniesArising on the Women At the Well group…testimonies that blow our minds and just keeps us in awe of God’s faithfulness.
A sister of ours had her family saved from a near fire disaster. Our Daddy saved them miraculously.
After she shared the testimony, another sister of ours, Bolaji shared on how we need to be sensitive in this season and pray when God says PRAY!
As I read what she wrote, I was reminded of some words my Pastor Nathaniel Bassey shared with us last year.
He said “not everyone who dies is supposed to have died. There is always a window God gives to us so we can address it (paraphrased)”
He told us his own testimony, on how he woke up one morning with the Spirit leading him to pray in tongues for an hour. He had friends also call him to tell him they had an ill foreboding while he was about to travel.
He knew he had settled it in the Spirit. He boarded a bus with his team and the bus had an accident on the way but they came out without a scratch.
But imagine if he had not prayed that morning and addressed the situation.
And that was when he told us that we must be sensitive to the Spirit’s leading.
When He leads you to pray, pray.
You don’t even have to know what He is leading you to pray about.
Pray it through in tongues.
And this brings me to our topic of the day.
What does “praying through” mean?
This is mostly what happens in the realm of prayer. God seeks a man to agree with Him in prayer and bring Him into the situation…but sometimes He finds no one.
“And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.”
Ezekiel 22:30 KJV
But when He does find someone (and amen, we are among those someone), He lays the burden on their heart to pray.
The way it happens is that you just feel a heaviness on your heart…something that grieves you and just a pain you can’t really express in words.
Sometimes you wake up suddenly with that burden at night.
Now when that happens, you have been given a window to pray about whatever it is the Spirit is bringing to mind.
And this is where praying through comes in…
Most times, since you do not know what the issue is, you do not even know how to articulate the words in English so it’s a blessing to have the gift of speaking in tongues in these instances.
“For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.”
1 Corinthians 14:2 KJV
Since you do not know what the matter is, speak out the divine mysteries in the Spirit.
And this is where praying through comes in; you know not what you are praying about so you cannot even tell when it is solved.
But this is how it happens, as you pray, you get to a spot you hit where the burden rolls away, evidenced by you feeling a lightness in the place where the burden was or laughing or crying inexplicably.
You just hit a spot where you know that “I have got it! Whatever it was, victory is mine”!
I could totally relate with Pastor Nat’s words on this because last year while I was at NYSC, I would sometimes just wake up with something niggling at the back of my mind.
I would just be burdened and I had no idea why.
I remember one Sunday morning, it was a dream I had and didn’t even understand it but was so burdened.
So I started praying in tongues. I prayed and prayed and suddenly started dancing and laughing and jumping.
Till this day I do not understand what it was about or what God averted.
This year too I woke up from a dream that my dad died. They said in the dream that he died on a Tuesday.
I had nothing to say in English so I prayed in tongues. I prayed till the burden lifted and I started laughing.
I didn’t even tell my family, I knew it was settled in the Spirit.
My dearies, in these times we live in, we must be sensitive to the Spirit.
When He wakes us up on some certain days/nights with burdens, get on your feet and pray.
Some persons who God wanted us to stand in the gap for have gone down the deep end because the righteous was nowhere to be found.
We pray for grace to obey…
To stand in the gap…
And to pray through situations God brings to mind in Jesus name, amen.
Lord, if you are looking for someone to stay in the gap, find me.
Baptize me with the Spirit of grace and prayer. Awaken me to my place in prayer. Help me to intercede for the land and for your people…
Sharpen my spiritual sensitivity Lord, in Jesus name I have prayed, amen!
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She is the founder of The Women At The Well and is committed to raising up women filed with Jesus.
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