Sunday, October 16, 2016
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : Let my prayer come before you: incline your ear unto my cry; For my soul is full of troubles: and my life draws nigh unto the grave.- Psalms 88 : 2 , 3
LISTEN : God can’t be wicked or unrighteous not to care for his ailing and troubled children. He’s not insensitive not to care about our predicaments; for He’s a loving, generous, caring and compassionate Father. His goodness and mercies knows no bounds; and having Him on your side is worthwhile. God is good to all, especially to the obedient who patiently and persistently call on Him. Most times we murmur and complain against God for not turning our side in times of trouble; but the question is, did we ever acknowledge that He exist? If we do, do we pray to Him for help? And believe that he can hear us? Beloved, if you must receive anything from God you must pray, not just pray, you must believe in what you pray about. David was a man of prayer, his life was majorly characterised with afflictions and battles; however, he overcame all through prayer and faith in God. He never ceased to pray and wait on the Lord, nor did he failed to trust in Him at all times. In our verse of the day he said, ” Let my prayer come before you: incline your ear unto my cry; For my soul is full of troubles: and my life draws nigh unto the grave.” (Psalms 88 : 2 , 3).
David cried out to God when he was in trouble and greatly afflicted, he begged the LORD to consider his cry for mercy. In his prayer, he told the LORD the degree of his afflictions and stated categorically that it was life threatening; he said, “ my life draws nigh unto the grave”(Psalms 88 : 3a). David in this prayer was saying something like, oh LORD! If you don’t come to save me I will certainly perish. Given all the troubles and afflictions that he faced, there was evidences that he wasn’t going to survive it, but he prayed and believed God for deliverance and He did delivered him. In Psalms 62 : 7 , 8, David affirmed his deliverance and subsequently encouraged others to put their trust in God in any circumstance they found themselves. He said, “In God is my salvation, and my glory; the Rock of my strength, and my safe place. Have faith in him at all times, you people; let your hearts go flowing out before him: God is our safe place.” Beloved, because David anchored his hope in God, God delivered him and exalted him. God became his strong protector and shelter, simply because he trusted in Him at all times; and Poured out his heart before Him. Like David, let’s put our faith in God, pray to Him, and believe Him to fix our problems and deliver us from every affliction.
Having read today’s devotional, what are you expected to do?
1. Always pray to God at all times, and when trials and tribulations want to swallow you up; ask for divine intervention.
2. Don’t give up on prayer just because it’s taking too long to have your request met; just hang on, God our redeemer lives.
3. Develop a fervent and persevering prayer life and refuse to be toss to and fro by fear and doubt.
4. Always pray with expectations and pray until you receive.
Daily Task : Always remember that God can’t be wicked or unrighteous not to care for his ailing and troubled children, He’s not insensitive not to care about our predicaments; know that He’s a loving, generous, caring and compassionate Father.
Daily Reflection : When we put our faith in God, pray to Him, and believe Him to fix our problems and deliver us from our afflictions, He’s challenged to act.
Prayer : Almighty God, thank you for your word today, I ask that you give ear to my prayers and deliver me from all afflictions, troubles and trials, in Jesus ‘ name, amen.
Prophetic Word : Today, I prophesy over your life, for every delay you’ve encountered or experienced, God will give you divine acceleration and success, in Jesus ‘ name.