Today's prayer saves you from tomorrow’s trial.
Jesus told Peter 'I have prayed for thee that thy faith fails not. And when thou hath converted strengthen thy brethren' – (Luke 22:32.) This highlight another powerful principle in prayer: the principle of preparation! Today's prayers can prepare us for tomorrow challenges!
No wonder the bible says when you fail in the day of adversity it is because your strength is small! Strength to fight in the days of adversity is built up before the days of adversity! Someone said if you are just preparing when you ought to have been ready, it is too late! Our prayers today can get us ready for tomorrow!
Through prayer, we build up spiritual strength for future challenges! So that when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit can have enough strength to lift up a standard against the enemy! (Isaiah 59:19).
‘So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the Sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him’
This is the power of spiritual preparation!
"So Jotham became mighty, because he prepared his ways before the LORD his God."
2 Chronicles 27:6 KJV. Jotham's greatness was rooted in his preparedness! Even God in Proverbs 8:27 needed to prepare before he appears in Genesis 1:1.
‘When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth’
Wise men prepare before they appear. Those who don't prepare before they appear disappear in no time. John was in the wilderness until the day of his showing forth. Jesus fasting and prayer in Luke 4 were preparatory to the commencement of his ministry and when he did start the heavens exploded in power (Luke 4:14)
Preparation in prayer led to an explosion in power!
The Apostles in preparation for their ministry spent over 40days in the place of prayer. Acts 1:14-15 recorded how they continue and tarried in prayers!
‘These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren. 15 And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples, and said, (the numbers of names together were about an hundred and twenty)
This tarrying, spiritual preparation, was a prerequisite to the release of the power (Luke 24:49).
No wonder Isaiah 40:29-31 says they that wait upon the lord today shall renew their strength for future battles and challenges!
‘He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. 30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: 31 but they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.’
Waiting on God renew, refill and recharge our strength for future battles!
Praying in the Holy Spirit is one of the ways we prepare in prayers for the future that is ahead because the Holy Spirit can see into the future (John16) and pray through us according to the content of that which he has seen! He can pray directly to God on our behalf, speaking mysteries that only God can hear! It will be wise to engage the Holy Spirit always as we pray!
Proverbs 16:1 says 'the horse is prepared for the day of battle but safety is of the Lord's. Preparation is of man, while safety is of God. But still, the horse needs to be prepared for the days of battle! How prepared is your 'horse' for the days of battle?