by Taiwo Ayeni
The Power of Vows, Part 4
The Vow of Meditation
Meditation is a vow that carries blessings and that the church must keep if it is to remain relevant in the End Times. Several battles are won and lost on this terrain. It’s like the midfield in a soccer game–whoever controls the midfield will carry the day in victory. The mind of the child of God must be saturated with the thoughts of God. Hence, the scriptures warn in Philippians 4:8: “Finally, my brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
The Vow of Prayer
While the vows of thanksgiving, worship, and praise open the door for effective prayer, a man must then pray. While thanksgiving, worship, and praise are prayers themselves, worded prayer is essential as an expression of need. Prayer is the railroad that carries our requests to God. One must keep the vow of prayer to live a victorious life. A man who does not keep the vow of prayer has essentially declared that he is not yet tired of suffering. Our brother David, having seen the goodness of the Lord, desired His presence all the time. Beyond this, he entered into a prayer pact with God, just as nations of the world enter into a military pact. He declares in Psalm 61:2b: “… when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”
This is simply preparation for the unexpected. It is saying, “In case I lose steam in the place of prayer, God, intervene and lead me by the help of the Holy Spirit to the rock that is higher than I. Fill me with your presence, grant me the grace to press on, and let me ‘see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary’” (Psalm 63:2b). The wisdom in this request is that David would have all-around protection in the time of trouble. The faithfulness of God is unquestionable, and He always keeps His end of the agreement. King David acknowledged this: “For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy” (Psalm 61:3).
Other benefits that come from fulfilling the vow of prayer include an assurance of safety and the guarantee of a life that isn’t shortened by satanic overlords. When the Lord protects a man, that man exudes the confidence of an angel. This strengthens the man’s relationship with God. One can therefore boast in the Lord with David and declare that: “I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wing” (Psalm 61:4). It is a confirmation of where his trust lies–with God Almighty, and the reason for this is in verse 5: “For thou O God, has heard my vows…” Note that he did not say “my vow,” but “my vows.”
It is necessary to obtain power for effective prayer, praise, and declaration of the Word of God. Psalm 149:6-9 says: “Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two edged sword in their hand. To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people; To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron. To execute upon them the judgment written: this honor have all his saints.” One might wonder why God waited until Psalm 149 to revisit these subjects–the heathen, the people, the kings, and the nobles—that were first introduced in Psalm 2:1-2: “Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed…”
The truth is that God was waiting for the equipping, manifestation, and revealing of the sons of God with high praises in their mouths and the sword of the Spirit (the Word of God) in their hands (ministry) to deal with these powers. These powers had taken dominion over our territories, and they could be likened to the Prince of Persia that withstood Daniel and delayed the answer to his prayer for 21 days. The Almighty God had to send angel Michael to dislodge this hindrance and pave the way for the answer to Daniel’s prayers. These spiritual entities are no pushovers, so one needs a heavy spiritual arsenal to unseat them.
Thank God for His provision in Isaiah 54:17: “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn…” If this verse had stopped here, one might not fully comprehend God’s divine package, made to affirm His protected children. But the verse concludes: “…This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord…” It is our heritage to be divinely protected. If you are not enjoying this, then you need to examine your prayer life. This is the Lord’s package for every believer. You do not need to beg for it; it is part of the water you draw from the wells of salvation (Isaiah 12:3).
The Vow of Fasting
Fasting also is a vow that must be performed, because the power required for result-oriented prayers is received through fasting. The Lord Himself established the practice of fasting in His teachings and encouraged it for victory in spiritual warfare.
Next month in the conclusion of his series, Pastor Ayeni examines Messianic vows—the vows made by the Lord Jesus Christ on our behalf. Taiwo Ayeni is president of Rehoboth Bible Ministries, Inc., in Grand Prairie, where he lives with his wife Abidemi and their son and daughter. You may contact him at rehobothbministries.org.