Tuesday, December 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: Beloved, how timely, active and vibrant is your prayer life? Do you know that Jesus Christ our model is also known for his effectual prayer life? Truly, while He was in the world, He prayed passionately from his heart; as a result, He obtained answers from the Father. What then is prayer? Prayer means a direct address to God. It is the communication of the human soul with the Lord who created the soul. Prayer is the primary way for the believer in Jesus Christ to communicate his emotions and desires with God and to fellowship with Him. But 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. As children of God, we should not find it difficult to pray. We are different from people of the world, and so should pray. Only the wicked have no desire to pray (Psalm 10:4), but the children of God have a natural desire to pray (Luke 11:1). Beloved, learn to spend time in prayer with God; for it is an investment that will not fail.
Like Jesus Christ, let us have time with God in prayers. Jesus Christ was very busy while He was in the world, yet, prayed like none other. He worked round the clock meeting people’s needs (Acts 10 : 38), but did not neglect the duty of 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). Beloved, Jesus Christ never neglected to pray no matter His engagements, business, etc. Where we read, tells us how He woke up early in the morning to commune with God in prayer before going about the business 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? Henceforth, determine to pray fervently and timely. Always pray, because a time spent with God will shape your future, correct your behaviours, direct your steps, warn you against evil, give you access to God; give your life a meaning and save your soul. So pray and keep praying.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Determine to grow a heart for prayer and have 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 Prayer: Almighty God, you are the God who answers prayer, pour upon my heart the desire to pray, and to love and obey you whenever you call, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Task: Beloved, 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 Quote: Until we are serious and determined about our prayer life, other things of less importance will take the place of prayer.
Today In History: December 5, 1861 In the U.S. Congress, petitions and bills calling for the abolition of slavery are introduced.
SAY THIS: Today, I confess with my mouth, that henceforth, I will be conscious of my prayer life. I will not be weak in prayer, but strong. I will not neglect to pray, but pray at all times and in all situations, 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.