Monday, August 19, 2019
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. James 5:13
LISTEN : When you’re troubled, pray and pray again. Prayer is the believer’s source of power and protection. When you pray, the heaven is opened and sicknesses and diseases are healed The prayer of faith changes situations. My dear, are you suffering, hurting, rejected, disappointed, frustrated, sick, heartbroken, traumatised, oppressed, betrayed, or facing any kind of ugly situations? Please pray! You can’t pray in faith and not receive divine attention and intervention. No matter the situation, pray in faith. The prayer of faith will certainly invite God to take control of your situations. Beloved, are you suffering? And your suffering seems to have no end? Don’t worry! Talk to God about it. Our verse of the day says, “Is any among you afflicted? let him pray.” (James 5:13). Tell God your concerns and drop them with Him. He has answers to them all. Pray until you receive. Prayer brings God’s attention to your problems. If you can pray to God in faith, He will give solutions to your problems. You have not yet received solutions to your problems because you choose to handle it yourself. The Bible says,”You desire and you do not have. . .because you do not ask.”(James 4:3). When you ask, I assure you that you will receive from God. (see Matthew 7:7,8). My dear, no matter the affliction, pray, and never rely on your own strength. Rather, pray until God hears you. Remember, if you can pray you can’t be disappointed. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Pray about your problems and trust God to help you.
2. Never stop praying, rather pray until you receive.
3. Keep your hope alive and know that God will answer your prayers.
4. Stop worrying about your problems, instead, pray and exercise faith in God.
Prayer : Heavenly Father, you are kind and gracious. Therefore, deliver me from my troubles, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Reflection : When you’re troubled, pray and pray again and never quit.
Quote : “Prayer is the believer’s source of power and protection. For you can’t pray in faith and not receive divine attention and intervention.”
Faith Confession : In Jesus’ name, I confess that prayer of faith changes situations. Therefore, I will pray until I receive. amen.
Biblical Fact : Did you know Prophet Joel was the son of Pethuel? (Joel 1:1)
Today In History : August 19, 2010 Operation Iraqi Freedom ends; the last US combat brigade, 4th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, leaves the country. Six brigades remain to train Iraqi troops.
Stunning Fact : Did you know birds need gravity to swallow?
A Word Of Blessing : It’s well with you. Today I speak to your life, May the yokes of afflictions be destroyed in your life, in Jesus’ name, amen.
TOPIC : YOU CAN’T BE PRODUCTIVE TO GOD WITHOUT CHRIST
Monday, August 19, 2019
Bible Verse : I am the vine. You are the branches. He who remains in me, and I in him, the same bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5
LISTEN: God wants us to be fruitful. He wants us to produce good results and become eternally productive. God wants us to be productive for His kingdom. He wants us to impact lives around the world and turn them over to Him. However, we can’t achieve that until our relationship with Him is sustained. Beloved, God wants us to faithfully serve Him and spread the gospel of Jesus Christ around the world. But, we can’t do His will or anything of importance until we have chosen to connect and commit ourselves to Him. Jesus said, “I am the vine. You are the branches. He who remains in me, and I in him, the same bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5). My dear, we draw our strength from God. Therefore, fruitfulness in the Christian faith will be impossible if we are disconnected from Christ the source of supernatural strength. My dear, what is your relationship with Christ? Are you really doing what God expects of you? Are you truly depending on Him for strength and direction? If not, make a U-turn today by building a warm relationship with Him. Remember, you can’t be productive to God without Christ. Be wise!
Prayer : Heavenly Father, help me to be fruitful to you now and forever, in Jesus’ name, amen!