Monday, September 5, 2016.
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: Pray in the Spirit at all times with every kind of prayer and request. Likewise, be alert with your most diligent efforts and pray for all the saints.- Ephesians 6:18 (ISV).
LISTEN: It is a privilege to be part of God’s family and to be chosen of him. Members of his family are heirs of his glorious inheritances in Christ who is the head of all things. It is therefore expected of every member of God’s covenant family to work for the good welfare of one another through intercessions where necessary. Today, a lot of believers have left praying for others to criticising, accusing, fighting and gossiping one another while the devil is busy destroying what holds the church together – love. When believers in Christ no longer offers prayers for all believers worldwide except for members of their local church or denomination, we have failed as saints. Our verse of the day said, ” Pray in the Spirit at all times with every kind of prayer and request. Likewise, be alert with your most diligent efforts and pray for all the saints. (Ephesians 6 : 18). Christians should not limit their prayers to their individual denomination but the brethren worldwide. Until the church is willing to pray we shouldn’t expect God to act. However, we can expect God to intervene if we are willing to intercede (Acts 12:5-10). The word of God has told us of the powers and strength we can gather when we pray. When we pray God will intervene, but when we neglect or stop to pray we’ll be bankrupt of strength and defense.
Prayer is one of the sources of strength in times of trouble. Intense prayer has power over all life’s situations. In 2 Samuel 22 : 4, the Psalmist said, ” I will call on the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.” Similarly, when the saints prays power for victory and deliverance are released. So let’s offer prayers for all the saints – the holy sons and daughters of God. Let’s not forget that on daily basis people faces one challenge or the other, and at times the ability to pray oneself out of such challenge might be very difficult. At such times, it is expected that prayers be made for one another at all times with the spirit of perseverance. Sometimes, the prayers you offer for yourself may appear to be delayed or greeted with silence from God; in such situations what would you do? The bible gives answer to that in Luke 18:1 and said, “…that men ought always to pray and not to faint”. Unfortunately, many people give up too soon in prayer. When they don’t see the answer almost immediately, they quit. God is not pleased with such approach. Why not change your approach to prayer from today, and always realize that delay is not denial. Besides, note this one thing: whether you agree with God’s ways or not, God is still in charge and makes the rules, not you.
Having read today’s devotional, what are you expected to do?
1. Learn to live for the Christian faith and not for denominational interest.
2. Don’t limit your prayers and intercessions to your local church members or needs.
3. Always persevere in prayer, for the God who commands perseverance in prayer won’t fail to answer.
4. When your faith is not enough in prayer, join it with the faith of others
Daily Task :This week, try to do something that involves delay and waiting, so that you can gradually build your ability to accept divine delays.
Daily Reflection : We can expect God to intervene if we’re willing to intercede.
Prayer :Almighty God, grant me the grace and strength to persevere in prayer for all saints; and when I don’t have the strength to go on praying, make me to still go on in Jesus’ name, amen
Prophetic Word : Today, I prophesy over your life, you’ll not miss your christian responsibilities to pray for others. God will guide you in all the ways you’ll go in Jesus ‘ name.