Monday, July 9, 2018

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : Continue steadfastly in prayer, watching therein with thanksgiving. Colossians 4:2

LISTEN : Are you troubled? Pray. Are you sick and weak and has done all you know but nothing seems to change? Pray. Are you experiencing crisis in your life? Pray. (James 5:13,15). Is your life falling apart? Pray. Prayer gives peace to a troubled heart. It leaves worries in the hands of a loving and caring God. He who prays in faith cannot be addicted to worry. (Philippians 4:6,7). In prayer, problems are surrendered to God in anticipation of a positive outcome. When you pray knowing that God has heard you, you cannot leave in fear of your circumstances. To experience the joy and benefits of prayer you should pray with thanksgiving. You should thank God in advance believing that He has heard you. Celebrate His promises and accept them as belonging to you. Beloved, without faith it is difficult to pray in times of troubles, and more difficult to pray with thanksgiving. People see prayer as a slow process of receiving answers to their problems. But those who understand the importance of prayer cannot neglect to pray because they know that when God answers prayer, He gives a lasting solution. Beloved, keep praying and pray with thanksgiving. Never wait to see results before you thank God, instead, thank Him to see results. Be wise!

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. When you pray, pray in faith and do not doubt what God can do.
2. No matter the circumstance, determine to have a thankful heart towards God.
3. In all circumstances, do not neglect to pray. Rather, pray until God hears you.
4. Stop worrying about anything, and start praying about everything.

Daily Prayer : Almighty God, I thank you because you answer prayer. Open your ears to my prayer and groaning today, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Daily Reflection : When you pray knowing that God has heard you, you cannot leave in fear of your circumstances.

Daily Quote : “Prayer gives peace to a troubled heart and leaves worry in the hands of a loving and caring God. He who prays in faith cannot be addicted to worry.”

Daily Faith Confession : Today, I confess that God hears prayer. Therefore, I will pray and put my worries in His hands, amen.

Daily Prophetic Declaration : You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may God hear your cry and groaning for deliverance. May your life never be miserable, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Biblical Fact : Did you know Prophet Samuel makes his sons judges over Israel in his place? (1 Samuel 8:1)

Today In History : July 9, 1609 Emperor Rudolf II grants Bohemia freedom of worship.

Stunning Fact : Did you know over 5 million people in Brazil are employed in the coffee industry?




Monday, July 9, 2018

Bible Verse : Now therefore thus says the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways. Haggi 1:5

LISTEN: Beloved, do you take a regular check on your moral life? Are you living in line with the will of God? In our verse of the day, God urged the Israelites to consider their ways just the same way He is urging us today. The phrase, “consider your ways” simply means to think carefully about what you are doing: to give thought to your ways. Beloved, how often do you examine your ways? Do you really watch what you do? Do you know that your actions can make or mar you? Do you also know that when you refuse to give thought to your ways you will certainly regret your decisions in the long run? Beloved, do you really examine what you do with your life? Do you consider your actions before carrying them out? Do you know that not to consider the aftermath of your actions is to head for disaster? Truly, those who act, not minding the consequences of their actions are bound to suffer harm and misery. My dear, always remember that your action is like a seed, whatever you sow you will reap. (Galatians 6:7). If you do the right thing, you can expect God’s blessing and good success in your life. So, consider your actions and guard against doing evil. Use God’s word as your mirror and you will not be deceived. (Psalms 119:11). Be wise!

1. Glorify God for His mercy to you today.
2. Ask God for forgiveness, and grace to be committed to Him.
3. Pray God to help you to always examine your life.
4. Pray God to awaken Christians all over the world to righteousness.
5. Pray against demonic invasion of your life tonight, and Ask God to keep you from evil.

Today I prophesy to you, may God awaken you to righteousness. May the yoke of sin be broken in your life; and may God order your steps and give you peace of mind, in Jesus’ name, amen.

God bless you. See you tomorrow.