The Doctrine Of Prayer: The Lord Who Cares

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TEXT: First Peter 5: 1-9
Rev. (Dr.) Stephen K. Awoniyi


The word, “The Doctrine Of Prayer” was written by the man T. W. Hunt in the year 1986.  In reference to Robert R. McLaughlin, it could be explained or emphasized thus;  

An important point to note first is that we are not to use prayer to try and get God to do what we want done.  Many believers try and use prayer to get their own way, not God's way.  Prayer must be compatible with God's will and God's way. Sometimes that may be our will and our way, but other times it may not.

"And this is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him" (1 John 5: 14-15).

Prayer is not designed to get us out of trouble, but rather to express our helplessness, our humility, our total dependence on God, and our recognition of His grace and His mercy toward us.  Prayer is not what we want for ourselves, but what God wants for us.  In fact, prayer is an expression and an extension of Bible doctrine resident in the soul.

We fail in prayer because we fail to understand and utilize Bible doctrine correctly. The Scripture says,

"If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it shall be done for you" (John 15: 7).

Prayer was never designed to fulfill our lusts and desires; prayer is designed to fulfill the will, plan, and purpose of God for our lives (Robert R. McLaughlin).


According to the Scripture, prayer must be built on the foundation of the sovereignty and the character of our Lord Jesus Christ.  That is, Prayer is as old as a man; it permeates all of history and is common to all people.  In order words, prayer is a universal in time, in space, and in the scope of its content.   The Bible narrated the story of the man Hezekiah, the man Paul, the man Samuel, the man Josiah, the woman Miriam, and the woman Anna in many ways.  The above named people were made in the likeness of God and they had great unity and fellowship with God.  The Scripture narrated it in various ways and it could be explained thus;    

  1. Prayer Is Universal
  1. Genesis 4: 25-26 (NKJV).
  2. 1 Kings 18: 17-26 (NKJV).
  3. Acts 2: 14-21 (NKJV).

             A New Son

25 And Adam knew his wife again, and she bore a son and named him Seth, “For God has appointed another seed for me instead of Abel, whom Cain killed.”  26 And as for Seth, to him also a son was born; and he named him Enosh. [a] Then men began to call on the name of the Lord (Genesis 4:25-26 (NKJV).

17 Then it happened, when Ahab saw Elijah that Ahab said to him “Is that you, O troubler of Israel?” 18 And he answered, “I have not troubled Israel, but you and your father’s house have, in that you have forsaken the commandments of the Lord and have followed the Baals.  19 Now therefore, send and gather all Israel to me on Mount Carmel, the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal, and the four hundred prophets of Asherah,[a] who eat at Jezebel’s table.”

Elijah’s Mount Carmel Victory

20 So Ahab sent for all the children of Israel, and gathered the prophets together on Mount Carmel.  21 And Elijah came to all the people, and said, “How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.” But the people answered him not a word.  22 Then Elijah said to the people, “I alone am left a prophet of the Lord; but Baal’s prophets are four hundred and fifty men.  23 Therefore let them give us two bulls; and let them choose one bull for themselves, cut it in pieces, and lay it on the wood, but put no fire under it; and I will prepare the other bull, and lay it on the wood, but put no fire under it.  24 Then you call on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the Lord; and the God who answers by fire, He is God.” So all the people answered and said, “It is well spoken.”

25 Now Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, “Choose one bull for yourselves and prepare it first, for you are many; and call on the name of your god, but put no fire under it.”

26 So they took the bull which was given them, and they prepared it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even till noon, saying, “O Baal, hear us!” But there was no voice; no one answered. Then they leaped about the altar which they had made (1 Kings 18:17-26 (NKJV).

Peter’s Sermon

14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and heed my words.  15 For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day.  16 But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: 17 ‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams.  18 And on My menservants and on My maidservants.
I will pour out My Spirit in those days; and they shall prophesy.

19 I will show wonders in heaven above, And signs in the earth beneath: Blood and fire and vapor of smoke.  20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord. 21 And it shall come to pass.  That whoever calls on the name of the Lord Shall be saved (Acts 2:14-21(NKJV).

Brethren, in the above narrated messages we just viewed, what is your ultimate relationship with God and how honestly and faithfully do you wait and depend on Him?  Be assured that our Almighty God is beside you no-matter your sorrow, discouragement, or sadness.  Depend on Him and honestly trust in Him the more and victory will be yours in our Redeemer’s name.

  1. The Prayer Life Of Jesus Christ    
  1. Mark 1: 32-39 (NKJV)
  2. Matthew 14: 22-23 (NKJV)

The occasions for the prayer life of our Lord Jesus Christ are many.  That is, He prayed in the early morning and at night.  That is, He often prayed alone.  This could be seen in the Gospel of John Chapter 6: 15 – 21 and in the Gospel of Matthew Chapter 11: 25 – 30. The above narrated phrase that is, “The Prayer Life Of Jesus Christ” could be viewed or narrated in this way;

Many Healed After Sabbath Sunset

32 At evening, when the sun had set, they brought to Him all who were sick and those who were demon-possessed.  33 And the whole city was gathered together at the door.  34 Then He healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and He did not allow the demons to speak, because they knew Him.


Preaching in Galilee

35 Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.  36 And Simon and those who were with Him searched for Him.  37 When they found Him, they said to Him, “Everyone is looking for You.”

38 But He said to them, “Let us go into the next towns that I may preach there also, because for this purpose I have come forth.” 39 And He was preaching in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and casting out demons (Mark 1:32-39 (NKJV).

Jesus Walks on the Sea

22 Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away.  23 And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there.
(Matthew 14:22-23 (NKJV).


Dearly beloved, be assured that the prayer of our Lord Jesus Christ is very, very, important.  That is, He faithfully, prayerfully, honestly, and obediently prayed in the morning.  Also, He diligently chose His   disciples after praying all night.  And, when He prayed in the City of Gethsemane, He expressed unwillingness to die on the Cross of Calvary.  Be aware that the final recorded words of our Lord Jesus Christ before His death was a word of prayer. 
       Brethren, how do you face your problems in times of difficulty, in times of sadness, in times of sorrow, and in times of calamity?  Understand that the Lord is on your side no-matter your situations, problems, or panics.  When you face all of these calamities and problems, tell the Almighty God that He is there for you, then, you we win the battle and victory will be yours in Jesus’ name!  Again, no matter your problems, sadness, tribulations, issues, or difficulties, trust more and depend more on Him and you will gain and win the battle in Jesus name.  Amen!    


Praise and Prayer, May 2014

Prayer/Counseling hotline: 07064359520


    Brethren, pray for us (1 Thess 5:25)



THURSDAY 1st   MISSION WEEK: The EMS first Mission Week continues today. Please join us as we continue our two-week-long prayer/ fasting for the success of this program. Pray for today’s talk titled: “how can you, your family and your church be practically involved in taking the gospel beyond your vicinity to the whole world?”

FRIDAY 2nd MISSION WEEK: The Mission Week enters its 5th day today. Please join us as we continue our two-week-long prayer/ fasting for the success of this program. Pray for the film shows and testimonies from the fields.

SATURDAY 3rd  MISSION WEEK: The Mission Week enters its 6th day today. Please join us as we continue our two-week-long prayer/ fasting for the success of this program. Pray for the many churches that will go out on evangelism today as part of the Mission Week.

SUNDAY 4th MISSION WEEK: Today, the ECWA family rounds up its first EMS Mission Week. Please observe a half-day prayer/ fasting for today’s Sunday service. Do this with praises and thanksgiving for the success of the program and for answers to other prayers.

MONDAY 5th CENTRAL REGION: Thank God for 112 new converts last month. Thank God for the water projects in our region. As a result of these projects, the village Chief and many of his subjects gave their lives to Christ. A new Prayer House has already been planted. Thank God the new three classrooms and the donation of 3 bundles of zinc from ECWA Masaka for Ungwan Jatau Prayer House.

TUESDAY  6th  ECWA HQTRS: Today is set aside for prayer and fasting at the ECWA HQTRS. Pray for the ECWA Executive members, HQTRS staff and other ECWA departments.

WEDNESDAY 7th MID EAST REGION: Thank God for 140 new converts last month. Thank God for a successful retreat held at Panda DCC from 8th – 11th April, 2014. Thank for the transfers within the Region and pray that God will graciously settle the missionaries in their new places.

THURSDAY 8th  FAR NORTH REGION: There is trouble in Dansadau. People have fled the area.  Our Far North Regional Coordinator has evacuated all our missionaries in the place. Please pray. There is a big threat by Muslim fundamentalists to destroy the church in Sabon Birni  and to chase away the pastor. Please pray against this.

 FRIDAY 9th   FAR NORTH REGION: Pray for more missionaries for Kebbi. There are 15 stations without Missionaries. Pray for Bakori town. We want to plant a church there.

SATURDAY 10th FAR NORTH REGION: Thank God for another new supporter (Women Fellowship Kebbi DCC). Thank God for Sokoto Pastors’ outreach at Tafkin Doki. Thank God for these new converts: Luka Amadu and Adamu Mamman.

SUNDAY 11th  MID-CENTRAL REGION: Thank God for the success of the just concluded Missions conference and for the safety of the participants to and from the venue of the conference. Pray for the effective implementation of all the lessons learnt by the Missionaries and the supporters during the conference. Also thank God for the success of the Missions Awareness in Kagoro DCC between the 26th and 27th of April, 2014.

MONDAY 12th  NORTH-EAST REGION: Please intensify prayer towards this Region for God’s intervention concerning terrorism and persecution. Pray especially that God will deliver the over 200 girls abducted by the Islamic Boko Haram terrorist group.

TUESDAY 13th  SCHOOL SERVICES: Pray for this arm of the EMS, for the safety of the school children and their workers, both in the Missionaries’ Children Schools in Jos, Lakwame and Kufana and over seven Mission Field Schools in various Mission Fields.

WEDNESDAY 14th  RETIREES: Pray for these people who have labored and toiled in the Lord’s vineyard and are now retired. Pray for their health and spiritual and material needs. Pray for EMS to be able to raise sufficient funds (N2.5m for 2014) to supplement the meager pension allowances of our retirees.

THURSDAY 15th  WIDOWS/ ORPHANS: Pray that God will continue to comfort these people and meet them at the point of their needs. During the last EMS Widows Seminar, 53 missionary widows attended. Many committed to praying and fasting for EMS work. Pray that God will help them to be faithful. Thank God for our supporters who keep giving for the support of these widows.

FRIDAY 16th  NEW MISSIONARIES/ SUPPORTERS: There is an increasing demand for missionaries from all across Nigeria and beyond. Pray to the Lord of the harvest to raise laborers into His vineyard. Also, pray to God to raise more supporters.

SATURDAY 17th  SOUTH NORTH-EAST: Pray for the Southern Taraba area. Three of our missionaries and their families were attacked and narrowly escaped death but their entire properties and houses were burnt down to ashes. Pray for this new Region.  The devil is fighting hard to destabilize it.

SUNDAY 18th SOUTH NORTH EAST: Thank God for His faithfulness. In spite of the crises, Gongola DCC was able to pay the March salaries of their missionaries. Pray for Taraba DCC’s missionaries’ outstanding March salaries (N503, 300.00).

MONDAY 19th  NORTH CENTRAL REGION: Thank God for 150 new converts, please pray for their spiritual growth. Also thank God for new supporters in this Region.

TUESDAY 20th NORTH CENTRAL REGION: Please pray for two of our missionaries and their families that were displaced by crisis in Dahai and Koronishiya, Bukuru DCC. 

 WEDNESDAY 21st SOUTH WEST REGION: Pray for the success of a proposed awareness in this Region. Pray for more supporters in this Region.

THURSDAY 22nd SOUTH EAST REGION: Thank God for the successful Regional Prayer and Fasting/ Outreach carried out in Oguta, from 27th – 29th of last month. Thank God for what He is doing in that Mission field. Thank God for prevailing over the transfer problem which the devil wanted to use to wreak havoc to God’s work in that region.

FRIDAY 23rd NORTH WEST REGION: Praise the LORD! Mr. / Mrs. Daniel Yusuf Don Yaro has offered scholarship to twenty Missionaries to the tune of N25,000.00 per missionary. Thank God for 4 new supporters from Kasuwan Magani DCC. Also thank God for the small donors in our region.

SATURDAY 24th  ECWA RENEWED VISSION: Thank God for the positive responses received in fulfillment of this great vision. Pray for those who are yet to fulfill their promises to do so as soon as possible.

SUNDAY 25th  CROSS BORDERS: Please continue to pray for all our missionaries and members of their families in our Cross Borders’ fields. Pray for Rev Simon Yako, our Cross Borders Coordinator, who travels a lot to do survey of new frontier countries that EMS will advance to.

MONDAY 26th  FULANI MINISTRY: Pray for these areas: Lekki-Taba, Nguroje, Kakara and Yerimaru. They need a Missionariy, school for their Children and portable water. Pray for the Fulani/ Radio Ministry.

TUESDAY 27th  PRAYER AND FASTING: The EMS family is observing its monthly prayer and fasting today.

WEDNESDAY 28th  SPORTS FRIENDS: Pray that God will continue to use this ministry to reach out to our youths and win them over to Jesus Christ

THURSDAY 29th  CITY MINISTRIES: Pray for God’s divine provision for this crucial arm of EMS. Thank God for the increasing interest and support that is coming from nationals, individuals and organizations. Pray that the Holy Spirit will continue to move on the hearts of more nationals to support this critical ministry.

FRIDAY  30th  EMS SUPPORTERS: Pray for all those who have been supporting the work of God through the EMS. Pray that they would experience God’s abundant provision of spiritual, physical, material and financial resources that God’s work would not lack.

SATURDAY 31st  PRAISES AND THANKSGIVING: Praise the LORD and give thanks for seeing us through to the end of this month.

Praise and Prayer, March, 2014

Prayer/Counseling hotline: 07064359520


    Brethren, pray for us (1 Thess 5:25)

SATURDAY 1st  PRAISE GOD: Praise God for a new month and for a new life in Christ. “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast”. (Eph 2:8-9)

SUNDAY 2nd  EMS HEADQUARTERS: Pray for the Director, the admin, Units Coordinators and all the HQTRS Staff and their families. “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— for kings and all those in authority” (1 Tim 2:1-2)

MONDAY 3rd  SCHOOL SERVICES: Pray for the School services Coordinator, Rev. Ben Buba, staff and students of all the EMS schools and Mission field Schools

TUESDAY 4th ECWA HQTRS Today is set aside for prayer and fasting at the ECWA HQTRS. Pray for the ECWA Executive members and the ECWA HQTRS staff

WEDNESDAY 5th  CROSS BORDERS: Pray for all our Cross Borders missionaries. Ask God to raise supporters and missionaries for this Unit. “How shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? As it is written, how beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! (Rom 10:14-15)

THURSDAY 6th  FULANI/ RADIO MINISTRIES: Pray for wisdom and protection for the Coordinator of this Unit, Rev. Idris Shaaibu and members of his family. Pray for a successful Conference of the Fulbe Christian Association of Nigeria starting today to end on the 9th of this month at Jebu Miango near Jos. Pray for more missionaries to reach the Fulanis with the gospel. “Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all”. (Col 3:11)

FRIDAY 7th  SPORTS FRIENDS: Pray for the Coordinator, Rev. Emmanuel Ali and the activities of this Unit. Pray for more sporting activities this season.

SATURDAY 8th   ECWA RENEWD VISION: Thank God for the amazing things He has done so far as regards the ERV. Thank Him for all those He has been using to contribute towards the success of this project. Thank Him for the successful commissioning of the Church and other related projects in The Gambia by the ECWA Executive.

SUNDAY 9th  ECWA RENEWD VISION: Pray for God to raise more supporters and Church Planters for the ERV. “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come”. (Matt 24:14)

MONDAY 10th THE SICK: At this moment some of our missionaries or their spouses or children are critical ill in hospitals. Also, some of our supporters and members of their families are suffering from one form of disease or the other. Please pray for God’s intervention to heal the sick from all their diseases.

TUESDAY 11th  NORTH CENTRAL REGION: Thank God for new 3 supporters in this Region. Pray for them and the old ones. Pray for God to help our 6 Coordinators that were recently transferred to other Regions. Pray for them to be able to adapt to their new places of assignments and for His favor to be upon them. Pray for the new Missionaries to be guided by the Holy Spirit in the field

WEDNESDAY 12th   NORTH CENTRAL REGION: Thank God for Dadin Kowa LCC in Bukuru DCC which is building a church and 3 classrooms in our mission school in Fadan Zigam. Also the Women Fellowship of this LCC donated 41 wrappers (uniforms) for The Gambian Missions.

THURSDAY 13th   EMS SUPPORTERS: Even in these difficult times, brethren are still making huge sacrifices for the gospel of Jesus Christ to spread. Pray for all our supporters including individuals, LCBs, LCCs, DCCs, agencies and others that God has been using to support the work of missions through the EMS

FRIDAY 14th CENTRAL REGION: Thank God for the film show at Abaji DCC, Lubakya, Kpagu LCC a strong Muslim area. There were 17 new converts while 10 others rededicated their lives. Pray for one of our new fastest growing Prayer Houses at Kutara Garki LCC. Thank God for the 10 new supporters in this Region in January 2014. 7 of these were from the ECWA Gospel Church Karu, Abuja. Pray for the family of our missionary, Rev. Jacob Duyah, who died on 08/02/2014.

SATURDAY 15th  NORTH WEST REGION: Thank God for 8 new missionaries that were recently posted to this region. Thank God for making it possible to pay our Missionaries’ salaries last month and also thank God for new 5 supporters in this Region. Pray for new converts and new literacy class Graduates. Pray for new supporters and small donors in this Region.

SUNDAY 16th FAR NORTH REGION: Pray for the new Regional Coordinator, Rev. Yahaya Bungule as he undertakes the odious task of turning this region around. Pray for all the newly posted Missionaries to this Region. Pray to God to raise supporters and more missionaries to this ripe mission field.

MONDAY 17th MID EAST REGION: Thank God for the protection over incessant Fulani Jihadists attacks. Pray for the newly posted Missionaries to this Region to be guided by the Holy Spirit. Thank God for raising new supporters last month. Thank God for healing the Regional Coordinator’s wife.

TUESDAY 18th MID-CENTRAL REGION: Thank God for the 92 Coverts last month. Pray for their spiritual growth and maturity. Thank God for the 5 new missionaries that were recently posted to this region. Thank God for 3 new supporters. Pray for the proposed mission conference coming up between the 3rd and 5th of April, 2014.

WEDNESDAY 19th NORTH-EAST REGION: Thank God for the new coverts last month. Pray for their spiritual growth and maturity. The Boko Haram sect has wrecked so much havoc in this Region. Please pray for God’s intervention.

THURSDAY 20th  SOUTH NORTH EAST: This Region has just been newly created. Pray for the Regional Coordinator, Rev. Nehemiah Magaji for wisdom, favor and strength. So many things need to be  put in place for the success of this Region. Please pray!

FRIDAY 21st  SOUTH WEST REGION: Pray for the Regional Coordinator, Rev. Cornelius Taiwo Adebayo as he undertakes the herculean task of turning this region around. Pray for all the Missionaries in this Region. Pray to God to raise supporters and more missionaries to this mission field

SATURDAY 22nd SOUTH EAST REGION: Praise God for the 199 people who heard the gospel and the 17 people that gave their lives to Christ. Pray for the people of Ukwota and Isieke as we plan to reach them with the gospel this month.

SUNDAY 23rd SOUTH EAST REGION: Pray for Pastor Sunday Danladi who was transferred to Garriki in Enugu DCC to work among the Muslims. Pray that God will use him in his new station. Pray for Paul Awaje as he settles down in his new station in Ezikoro in Yenegoa and also for Pastor Cyril Eke.

MONDAY 24th CITY MINISTRIES: Pray for the family members of Baba Dangana Yari (House Parent of Du) who lost their daughter. Thank God for the successful dedication of a 4 Bedrooms flat built and donated to Gidan Bege, Lafia by Mrs. Phoebe D. Ayenejeh. Thank God for the various food items that were donated to the ministry. Thank God for N2m received for the purchase of more grains.

TUESDAY 25th PRAYER AND FASTING: The EMS family is praying and fasting today. Please join us. Please feel free to contact us for a free copy of our detailed prayer needs.

WEDNESDAY 26th  EMS NEWS LETTER: God has been using this material as a powerful tool for the spread of the gospel of the Kingdom and to contribute towards the spiritual maturity of the brethren. About two million naira is needed annually for its quarterly production. Ask God to raise supporters for this project. Also pray for its sustainability, quality and for it to have more impact in the lives of those who are destined for the Kingdom of heaven.

THURSDAY 27th   UNCONVENTIONAL MISSIONARIES: Please ask God to raise carrier missionaries e.g. Doctors, Engineers, Pharmacists, accountants, Architects, missionary teachers and other professionals who would be willing to work as tent making missionaries in our various missions fields within Nigeria and overseas. “Pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest." (Matt 9:38)

FRIDAY 28th   ECWA: Today, take time to pray for ECWA as a denomination. Pray for all her members, LCBs, LCCs, DCCs, GCC, Agencies, Departments and Units. Pray for ECWA leadership at the various levels. Pray for a revival in ECWA

SATURDAY  29th  THE BODY OF CHRIST: Pray for the followers of Jesus Christ to be the light of the world and the salt of the earth.

SUNDAY 30th   NIGERIA: Please intercede for Nigeria. Pray for her people, leaders and the government at the various levels. Pray for security, economy and the political class.

MONDAY 31st PRAISE AND THANKSGIVING: Today is the end of the month. Praise the LORD and give thanks for seeing us through. PRAISE THE LORD!