Wednesday, September 21, 2016.

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place.- Psalms 118:5

LISTEN : Majority of christians today don’t give the needed attention, time and passion to prayer. They seem to have forgotten that prayer is an integral part of our walk with God. They attend religious meetings, participate in singing and dancing in the church, but loses energy and interest the moment there’s a call for prayer. Beloved, do you know that the devil is playing fast one on you? Do you know that when you quit praying you loses ground to the devil? Did Jesus Christ our Master ever neglected to pray? What about the apostles and the early church, did they ever neglected to pray. The church today becomes weaker everyday in a wicked world because the church is filled with people who neglects their spiritual responsibilities. We seem to be comfortable with ‘no prayer life’ to the advantage of the enemy. But it’s obvious that we can’t do without prayer. There’s trouble and afflictions everywhere, how do we survive the pains and poison of afflictions without prayer? Remember, sincere prayer is an act of faith. You can’t pray to God when you don’t trust him. Beloved, do you have some challenges? Are you afflicted? The bible recommend that you pray. In the bible book of James 5 : 13, the word of God says, ” Is any among you afflicted? let him pray.”

David understood the power of prayer, as a result he never failed to employ it in his moments of distress and afflictions. In one of those occasions he said, ” I called upon the Lord in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place” (Psalms 118 : 5 ). Out of distress, in the very midst of trouble David called upon the Lord; his voice was heard, as it were, coming from the depth of his sorrows. (Psa 18:6). When you pray, where you were pressed and afflicted before; overwhelmed with sorrows; couldn’t move; had no liberty; God will give you space and freedom on every side, so that you could move without obstruction or pain. When you pray sincerely, God will raise you from a circumscribed to an expansive position. Beloved, pray, pray and pray again. Remember, nothing lies beyond the reach of prayer except that which lies outside the will of God. So pray till you breakthrough.

Having read today’s devotional, what are you expected to do?
1. Don’t pray only when you feel like praying, rather pray when you don’t feel like,for such sacrifice pleases God.
2. Don’t give up on prayer because God’s ear is itching to hear your cry for mercy and help.
3. Don’t sustain your afflictions by neglecting to pray. Rather pray until your answer come.
4. Grow your faith and prayer life and you’ll increase your chances of victory over the enemy.

Daily Task : Don’t forget to pray no matter the circumstances. For when faith and prayer are neglected, life is lived at the mercies of the devil.

Daily Reflection : When you pray, where you were before pressed on every side; overwhelmed with sorrows; couldn’t move; had no liberty; God will give you space and freedom on every side. So pray till you breakthrough.

Prayer : Almighty God, thank you for your word today, give me the grace and strength to persevere in prayer in Jesus ‘ name, amen.

Prophetic Word : Today, I prophesy over your life, you’ll certainly breakthrough. The power of God shall accomplish it soonest in Jesus ‘ name, amen.


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