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The Recipe For Effective Prayer - Talk Less And Believe More! By Reno Omokri by ochejoseph(m): 7:05am On Dec 09, 2018
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I am a minister of God’s Word and when I minister, I discourage people from getting excited when I preach. I am not impressed when people clap for me or say ‘preach preacher’ when I minister. To me, that is an indication that I am telling people what they like. Jesus was not like that. He offended people with the truth and He made them ponder deeply after they heard Him.

Instead of applause, I pray that we will see changed lives because every information that does not lead to transformation is entertainment, and I am not an entertainer. I am a minister of God’s word who also happens to be a politician.



The problem with traditional Christianity is that we have made God into Someone who is not attractive. We have made God into a boring being who is more concerned with commandments and rules than Someone who is attractive and whose Presence invokes fullness of joy.

To inspire people, leaders and those in authority do not need to impress them. Connect with them. Jesus had all the powers to impress people but His disciples followed Him because He connected with them.

When Peter’s mother-in-law was sick, He healed her. When He went to a party and the wine was finished, He turned water into wine. When He was preaching to a crowd, they probably might not have remembered all He taught them, but they certainly were touched that He cared enough to ensure that they did not leave with physical hunger. He fed them all.

When the crowd wanted to stone the adulteress, he was able to connect with them via something they all had in common – sin, and that saved the adulteress’ life.

No matter how competent you are and how developed your character is, if you can’t connect with your people you can not lead them!

In fact, there is no such thing as a Christian. Jesus DID NOT call us to be Christians. The word ‘Christian’ is actually a name that unbelievers gave to those who believe in God through Christ Yehoshua (Jesus’s real name). Jesus actually called us to be Christ followers (Matthew 4:19), and Paul corroborated this in 1 Corinthians 11:1.
Jesus is a leader. From Him, anyone can learn how to lead.

Do not allow anybody sell you the idea that a Christ Follower is meant to be boring, dour and colourless. Jesus was not like that. On earth, He was a fun person to be around, a sociable person who attended get togethers, parties and visited people (Matthew 9:10, Luke 14:1, Luke 19:5).

He was also very affectionate (John 13:23-25), yet He had authority and commanded respect (Matthew 7:29).
Jesus dressed well ( John 19:23), wore perfumes (Mark 14:3-6) and used to sing hymns with His disciples (Matthew 26:30).

Now if Hebrews 12:2 admonishes us to “fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith” how then can you follow Jesus and be a dull, colourless and modest person? How can you follow Him without exhibiting some of His qualities?

Many people erroneously think God wants them to be modest. God wants you to dress modestly. But He does not want you to be modest. He does not want you to have modest ambitions. What is the use of that? God wants you to have life and have it “MORE ABUNDANTLY”!

In Matthew 5:16, Jesus commanded us to “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heave.”

How can you be modest if your light is to shine?
In John 14:15 Jesus said “If you love me, keep my COMMANDMENT”. The tendency we have after reading this is to attempt to keep Jesus’ commandments to show that we love Him. But in reality rules and commands have never been able to inspire love. What Jesus is saying is if we can FALL IN LOVE WITH HIM the love will help us keep His commandments.

The reason why an independent adult obeys his father is because he loves his father. He does not love his father because he obeys his father. He obeys his father because he loves him.

The love comes first and then the obedience is easy. But if the obedience comes first then the love would be forced, and a forced love is no love. That’s why Jesus said “’Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest COMMANDMENT.”-Matthew 22:37-38.

If God were looking for words, He wouldn’t have answered the prayer of the woman with the issue of blood because she did not even utter a word.

The fastest prayer ever answered by God was the prayer of the woman with the issue of blood. She did not shout. Matthew 9:21 says “she thought, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.”

Emulate this unnamed woman. God is not moved by shouting. He is moved by faith. Don’t be fooled by those who tell you you must shout to be heard or who say a closed mouth is a closed destiny. Men listen to what comes from your mouth, But God listens to what comes from your heart

What God is looking for is faith without which you cannot please Him. And when you have faith, even your “thought” would be answered-”Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think”-Ephesians 3:20. My recipe for effective prayer-talk less and believe more!

Principle 1 for answers prayers: God’s Greatest Pleasure is to be believed.
Have you ever been so happy that you were too excited to eat? In Hebrews 11:6, we learn that God’s greatest pleasure is to be believed “without faith it is impossible to please God”. Now consider the Son of God in John chapter 4. His disciples had gone to buy food for Him because He had not eaten. When they left He had an encounter with a Samaritan woman. After preaching to her she believed Him and ran to her town to tell everyone about Him. Then His disciples came back and in verse 31 urged Him to eat to which He responded that He had eaten! The pleasure Jesus felt when that woman believed Him made Him full. Likewise, when we believe God and His Son Jesus, we ignite so much pleasure in them and at that stage ‘all things shall be added unto you”-Matthew 6:33.
Principle 2: God’s Deepest Pain Comes from Being Doubted.

When Jesus was told that Lazarus had died, he went to Bethany and assured Mary that she would see her brother again. Mary and the Jews standing about doubted. Jesus told Mary “Did I not tell you that if you BELIEVED you will see the glory of God”. But in John 11:33 we read “When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled.” The reason why He was moved is because of their doubt. So moved was Jesus that in John 11:35 we have the shortest verse in the bible “Jesus wept”. Disbelief or doubt hurts God and His Son Jesus.

Religious people always like a multiplicity of rules. They tell you that if your prayers must be answered you must take it by force. Go and read all the prayers that Jesus, who is our only standard, made while He was on earth. Jesus spoke with authority but he never prayed long prayers for God to act and He never shouted His prayers.

The only times Jesus prayed long prayers was not when He wanted God to act but when He needed strength from God. God is our power source and we need to go to Him in prayer to recharge our spiritual energies because it gets depleted just like a phone or a laptop and God is the power source from which we all source our power.
The only time it was recorded that Jesus shouted a prayer was when He was calling a dead Lazarus back to life.
And Jesus did that for a particular reason. It was it a habit with Him. At that particular point in time He was trying to prove a point and the bible records it.

In John 11:42 He gave the first reason why He did it. “I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.” The Jews had been asking for a sign and He knew that many if them would genuinely believe if they saw a sign because they had heard of false Messiahs in the past and did not want to put their hopes in one.

The second reason He shouted is in chapter 45. “Therefore, many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Jesus did, put their faith in him.”
There were many Jews there and it was necessary for Him to shout to be heard because He wanted them to have proof of His divinity!

Normally when He preached by the Jordan or by the other seasides He would stand in a boat so that the sea breeze could project His voice so He had no need to shout, but at that point He was in Bethany, not by the sea.
Look at the powerful prayers in the bible. Short and concise. John 11:43 we read the prayer “Lazarus Come Out”. Peter’s prayer in Matthew 14:30 “ “Lord, save me!”. The thief at Jesus’s side during the Crucifixion in Luke 23:42 “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” All these are short prayers that were answered instantly!
Potent prayers are declarations of faith based on confidence in God’s abilities.

What did Jesus say? He taught us to pray in Mark 11:23. We are told to say onto mountains. No long speeches, no shouting, no cajoling or negotiation, what Jesus told us to do is to say to the mountain. Our faith in God does the rest.

So instead of saying to the mountain, we want to discuss, cajole.
God is our Father and we don’t have to doubt that He will answer our prayers therefore we don’t need to convince Him. All we need to do is declare into the mountain be thou removed. Why? Because the bible says to us in 2 Corinthians 1:20 “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.”

In fact 1 John 5:14 calls it a “confidence” “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:”
We need to understand that the promises of God are promissory notes that are more credible than physical cash! When we say to our mountains we are cashing in on God’s promise and what is the ultimate promise He made with regards to this?

“God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?”-Numbers 23:19.
I have said it before in the local assembly that I pastored for three years-Faith is the money of the spiritual realm. In Nigeria, we don’t know what money really is because our currency is not convertible. Naira really only has intrinsic value in Nigeria. If you take it to Europe, Asia or America, you can’t convert it. That is why when you want to travel to England, you first have to buy British pounds in Nigeria with Naira because you can’t exchange Naira for pounds in Britain. But an English man can go to any country inn the world and exchange his pounds for the local currency because the pound is fully convertible.

The reason why it is convertible is because the money is a promissory note. On convertible currencies, there is a promise by the government to pay you the value of that money.

In the spiritual realm, your faith is like money. Whenever you want something, you look for a promise in the bible that justifies what you want them you apply your faith to claim that promise
My money is not the Naira, Dollars, Pounds or Euro. All these currencies can fail. The Pound is currently in trouble In the 1930s the dollar was also in trouble during the Great Depression when over 9000 U.S. banks collapsed. Rather than place your faith in world currencies consider placing your faith on the promises of God. The Naira, Dollar, Pound, or Euro may fail one day as other currencies have failed in the past, but read what Psalm 37:25 says “I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread”.

Reno Omokri
Bestselling author of Facts Versus Fiction: The True Story of the Jonathan Years, and other books. Avid traveller.

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Re: The Recipe For Effective Prayer - Talk Less And Believe More! By Reno Omokri by Hakeem12(m): 8:30am On Dec 09, 2018
First of all, here's a simpler question: are prayers answered literally, in the same way a nairaland question is answered literally? I.e., are prayers answered clearly and explicitly, in English or another human language, without any doubt as to what the answer is, in a timely manner?

I think 95 percent of people would agree that the answer to this simpler question is no. Growing up in a christian religion I was told, "God answers prayers in his own time and in his own way." Religious people who believe prayers are answered or who have experienced answers to prayer experience them in the form of feelings and comforting thoughts. Answers to prayer are generally in the spiritual realm rather than the temporal realm--whatever that means.

So, given this, are prayers "answered"? Not in any scientific or predictable way. But do humans experience spiritual "answers" to prayer? Absolutely. The problem is just that these "answers" to prayer are completely unrelated to physical reality as far as I know, so they don't exist as anything more than a human experience.

Which isn't to say that human experiences aren't valuable, as long as you classify them as such.

Putting your belief in modern science, will do you more good than putting it in a sky daddy whose supposed delegates scam you of your hard earned money and leave you to wallow in abject poverty. The great unmentionable evil at the center of our culture is monotheism. From a barbaric Bronze Age text known as the Old Testament, three anti-human religions have evolved - Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. These are sky-god religions. They are, literally, patriarchal - God is the Omnipotent Father - hence the loathing of women for 2,000 years in those countries afflicted by the sky-god and his earthly male delegates.

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Re: The Recipe For Effective Prayer - Talk Less And Believe More! By Reno Omokri by Nobody: 8:32am On Dec 09, 2018
where did all our previous prayers lead us?
I guess they weren't effective now Reno wif ur effective method, pray for stability in naija economy....clowns
Re: The Recipe For Effective Prayer - Talk Less And Believe More! By Reno Omokri by tegafej(m): 8:33am On Dec 09, 2018
He speaks the truth

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Re: The Recipe For Effective Prayer - Talk Less And Believe More! By Reno Omokri by Olujoe1(m): 8:33am On Dec 09, 2018
Sense but he needs more sense to me make it sensible
Re: The Recipe For Effective Prayer - Talk Less And Believe More! By Reno Omokri by eleffizi: 8:34am On Dec 09, 2018
Educative write-up. I love this.

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Re: The Recipe For Effective Prayer - Talk Less And Believe More! By Reno Omokri by tstx(m): 8:34am On Dec 09, 2018
If God is a God that answereth all prayer why is Nigeria still useless? Because we don dey pray since 1960
Re: The Recipe For Effective Prayer - Talk Less And Believe More! By Reno Omokri by Nobody: 8:34am On Dec 09, 2018
HAROLDWILSON:
Foolish idiot
What makes him a foolish idiot?

I've noticed that a bulk of Nigerians are too emotional and sentimental. Hence, not able to be logical

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Re: The Recipe For Effective Prayer - Talk Less And Believe More! By Reno Omokri by sheDD(m): 8:34am On Dec 09, 2018
He spoke well

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Re: The Recipe For Effective Prayer - Talk Less And Believe More! By Reno Omokri by emmy9500: 8:36am On Dec 09, 2018
Simple truth

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Re: The Recipe For Effective Prayer - Talk Less And Believe More! By Reno Omokri by Nobody: 8:37am On Dec 09, 2018
Well said

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Re: The Recipe For Effective Prayer - Talk Less And Believe More! By Reno Omokri by hopefulLandlord: 8:42am On Dec 09, 2018
Pray less or don't pray at all (its useless) and act more

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Re: The Recipe For Effective Prayer - Talk Less And Believe More! By Reno Omokri by kyaagbanairaland(m): 8:47am On Dec 09, 2018
This man is gradually turning into a noisemaker.
Re: The Recipe For Effective Prayer - Talk Less And Believe More! By Reno Omokri by hopefulLandlord: 8:50am On Dec 09, 2018
Hakeem12:
First of all, here's a simpler question: are prayers answered literally, in the same way a nairaland question is answered literally? I.e., are prayers answered clearly and explicitly, in English or another human language, without any doubt as to what the answer is, in a timely manner?

I think 95 percent of people would agree that the answer to this simpler question is no. Growing up in a christian religion I was told, "God answers prayers in his own time and in his own way." Religious people who believe prayers are answered or who have experienced answers to prayer experience them in the form of feelings and comforting thoughts. Answers to prayer are generally in the spiritual realm rather than the temporal realm--whatever that means.

So, given this, are prayers "answered"? Not in any scientific or predictable way. But do humans experience spiritual "answers" to prayer? Absolutely. The problem is just that these "answers" to prayer are completely unrelated to physical reality as far as I know, so they don't exist as anything more than a human experience.

Which isn't to say that human experiences aren't valuable, as long as you classify them as such.

Putting your belief in modern science, will do you more good than putting it in a sky daddy whose supposed delegates scam you of your hard earned money and leave you to wallow in abject poverty. The great unmentionable evil at the center of our culture is monotheism. From a barbaric Bronze Age text known as the Old Testament, three anti-human religions have evolved - Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. These are sky-god religions. They are, literally, patriarchal - God is the Omnipotent Father - hence the loathing of women for 2,000 years in those countries afflicted by the sky-god and his earthly male delegates.

Well said bro

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Re: The Recipe For Effective Prayer - Talk Less And Believe More! By Reno Omokri by Larriekay: 9:03am On Dec 09, 2018
Re: The Recipe For Effective Prayer - Talk Less And Believe More! By Reno Omokri by Yoighaman(m): 9:07am On Dec 09, 2018
Powerful sermon! If you didn't 'feel' the message, you are on a long thing. In fact, I'm done for this sunday, no more church service today...till next week.

@OP, thanks for sharing.

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Re: The Recipe For Effective Prayer - Talk Less And Believe More! By Reno Omokri by AkpaMgbor(m): 9:12am On Dec 09, 2018
tstx:
If God is a God that answereth all prayer why is Nigeria still useless? Because we don dey pray since 1960
The word of God stated it clearly that 'prayers/faith without works is dead'..In James 2 14-26..there's a universal law of cause and effect that God himself admonishes us to observe..

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Re: The Recipe For Effective Prayer - Talk Less And Believe More! By Reno Omokri by AkpaMgbor(m): 9:14am On Dec 09, 2018
7Alexander:

What makes him a foolish idiot?

I've noticed that a bulk of Nigerians are too emotional and sentimental. Hence, not able to be logical
Even the ones that saw the four walls of a university are not left out..they are as ignorant and utterly illogical as the uneducated..they can only read and write and that's it..

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Re: The Recipe For Effective Prayer - Talk Less And Believe More! By Reno Omokri by Alsayer: 9:21am On Dec 09, 2018
I think it'd be better if people stopped blindly believing everything they hear in churches and mosques and learn to think for themselves. Then, they will reach the bitter truth that Man is no more special than any animals in the forest. We're all products of evolution and it is our inherent arrogance that made us create Gods to worship so we'd feel special.

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Re: The Recipe For Effective Prayer - Talk Less And Believe More! By Reno Omokri by oluwasegun007(m): 9:22am On Dec 09, 2018
I feel blessed reading this...


Considering the writeup is from a critic....

I feel blessed this day.

Happy Sunday y'll

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Re: The Recipe For Effective Prayer - Talk Less And Believe More! By Reno Omokri by Lugard89: 9:34am On Dec 09, 2018
Hakeem12:
First of all, here's a simpler question: are prayers answered literally, in the same way a nairaland question is answered literally? I.e., are prayers answered clearly and explicitly, in English or another human language, without any doubt as to what the answer is, in a timely manner?

I think 95 percent of people would agree that the answer to this simpler question is no. Growing up in a christian religion I was told, "God answers prayers in his own time and in his own way." Religious people who believe prayers are answered or who have experienced answers to prayer experience them in the form of feelings and comforting thoughts. Answers to prayer are generally in the spiritual realm rather than the temporal realm--whatever that means.

So, given this, are prayers "answered"? Not in any scientific or predictable way. But do humans experience spiritual "answers" to prayer? Absolutely. The problem is just that these "answers" to prayer are completely unrelated to physical reality as far as I know, so they don't exist as anything more than a human experience.

Which isn't to say that human experiences aren't valuable, as long as you classify them as such.

Putting your belief in modern science, will do you more good than putting it in a sky daddy whose supposed delegates scam you of your hard earned money and leave you to wallow in abject poverty. The great unmentionable evil at the center of our culture is monotheism. From a barbaric Bronze Age text known as the Old Testament, three anti-human religions have evolved - Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. These are sky-god religions. They are, literally, patriarchal - God is the Omnipotent Father - hence the loathing of women for 2,000 years in those countries afflicted by the sky-god and his earthly male delegates.
too long but inspiring

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Re: The Recipe For Effective Prayer - Talk Less And Believe More! By Reno Omokri by plucky16(m): 12:17pm On Dec 09, 2018
God bless you brother Omokri
Re: The Recipe For Effective Prayer - Talk Less And Believe More! By Reno Omokri by themanderon: 12:35pm On Dec 09, 2018
Sons and daughters of hell are already here to pour their invectives on Christianity. What they don't realize is that there were others before them that failed to turn people away from God and they themselves will fail.
The gates of hell cannot prevail over the people of God. Its a promise that stands sure for all times to come.
Re: The Recipe For Effective Prayer - Talk Less And Believe More! By Reno Omokri by Nobody: 1:25pm On Dec 09, 2018
Re: The Recipe For Effective Prayer - Talk Less And Believe More! By Reno Omokri by effty(m): 2:05pm On Dec 09, 2018
Hakeem12:
First of all, here's a simpler question: are prayers answered literally, in the same way a nairaland question is answered literally? I.e., are prayers answered clearly and explicitly, in English or another human language, without any doubt as to what the answer is, in a timely manner?

I think 95 percent of people would agree that the answer to this simpler question is no. Growing up in a christian religion I was told, "God answers prayers in his own time and in his own way." Religious people who believe prayers are answered or who have experienced answers to prayer experience them in the form of feelings and comforting thoughts. Answers to prayer are generally in the spiritual realm rather than the temporal realm--whatever that means.

So, given this, are prayers "answered"? Not in any scientific or predictable way. But do humans experience spiritual "answers" to prayer? Absolutely. The problem is just that these "answers" to prayer are completely unrelated to physical reality as far as I know, so they don't exist as anything more than a human experience.

Which isn't to say that human experiences aren't valuable, as long as you classify them as such.

Putting your belief in modern science, will do you more good than putting it in a sky daddy whose supposed delegates scam you of your hard earned money and leave you to wallow in abject poverty. The great unmentionable evil at the center of our culture is monotheism. From a barbaric Bronze Age text known as the Old Testament, three anti-human religions have evolved - Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. These are sky-god religions. They are, literally, patriarchal - God is the Omnipotent Father - hence the loathing of women for 2,000 years in those countries afflicted by the sky-god and his earthly male delegates.
What is your contribution to science itself? What have you done for people to believe more in science than in God? The Good Book says that even a fool is considered wise when he shuts his mouth.
Re: The Recipe For Effective Prayer - Talk Less And Believe More! By Reno Omokri by bennyann: 4:07pm On Dec 09, 2018
I endorse this. I'm looking for a church that connects with me like this has. I so much connect with it from beginning to the end that I had to save it on any saving platform within my reach grin

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