Thursday, October 5, 2017.

Author: Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day: And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed. Mark 1:35

LISTEN:. Jesus Christ the righteous Son of the living God is known for regular and effectual prayer during His earthy ministry. While He was in the world, He prayed passionately from the heart; as a result, He obtained answers from the Father. Truly, no one can pray to God and expect answers if there is no heart for prayer. Having a heart for prayer will cause us to pray passionately from our hearts; and a prayer from the heart will produce the desired result. Prayer is one of the ways we commune and spend time with God. Time spent with God is a worthwhile investment. Time with God can never be lost or wasted. Sadly, many people spend their lives daily without having quality time with God in prayer. They do not have time to commune with Him in prayer, personal bible study, meditation, etc. They have no regard for the will of God. They have little or no time for Him. They seemed to have forgotten that we are humans, and that we are nothing without God. Beloved, we should spend quality time with Him to be able to make the most of our lives. Beloved, do you know that failing to spend time with God will affect your God-given purpose? Therefore, no matter your engagement, do not fail to make out quality time for God.

Like Jesus Christ, always have time with God in prayers. Who could be busier than Jesus Christ while He was in the world? He worked round the clock (Acts 10 :38), yet had quality time with God in prayer. Our verse of the day says this about Him, “And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.” (Mark 1:35). My dear, Jesus Christ never neglected to pray no matter His engagements, business, etc. He knows when to draw the line between His relationship with man and God. Where we read, tells us how He woke up early in the morning to commune with God in prayer before going about the activities of the day. In another occasion, after attending to a crowd, He sent them away to enable Him commune with God. (Matthew 14 : 23). Beloved, how much time do you have for prayer? How much time do you have for God? My dear, never neglect to pray fervently no matter what. Prayer is a time with God, and a time with God will shape your future, correct your inordinate behaviours, direct your steps, warn you against evil, give you access to God, give your life a meaning and save your soul. So do not neglect to pray fervently.

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Determine to grow a heart for prayer and time with God to shape your future.
2. Do not favour your daily activities over your daily appointments with God.
3. Never neglect or fail to pray at all times, for prayer will connect you to God.
4. Always begin and end your day with God – pray and meditate on His word.

Daily Task: Begin your day with God. Before going about the business of the day, always commune with Him to receive His approval and protection.

Daily Reflection: Time with God cannot be wasted because, it is the best investment of the wise and the key to experiencing His presence, protection and power.

Daily Prayer: All-powerful God, you are the God that answers prayer, pour upon my heart the desire to pray, and to love and obey you whenever you call, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Daily Prophetic Declaration: You will make a difference. Today I prophesy over your life, the grace to establish a wonderful relationship with God is released upon you. Your days of spiritual insensitivity, dryness and lukewarmness are over. May God grant you the heart of prayer and dedication, in Jesus’ name.

Daily Quote: Even the righteous cannot do much without fervent, and the prayer of faith.

Today In History: October 5, 1915. Germany issues an apology and promises payment for the 128 American passengers killed in the sinking of the British ship Lusitania.