DO YOU REALLY HAVE FAITH IN YOUR PRAYERS?

MORNING

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : The LORD has heard my appeal for mercy; the LORD has accepted my prayer. Psalms 6:9.

LISTEN : Prayer is useless and powerless without faith. Faith and thanksgiving are the wings with which prayer flies. So, learn to pray from your heart in faith. There’s no point praying when you know your heart is not in it. When your heart is not in your prayer, God is not expected to answer it. Yes, when prayer is empty of faith, it becomes a mere expression of words. My dear, the heart of prayer is a prayer from the heart. You must pray from your heart and not just from your head. You must pray and trust God to answer you. A man once said, “Prayer is the voice of faith trusting that God knows and cares.” As a matter of fact, it’s an insult to God, and a waste of time and words to you, to pray without the confidence that, your prayers are already answered. Beloved, when you come to the altar of prayer, come with confidence. That is, come with faith. Don’t give room to doubt and fear. Pray and have faith in your prayers. Yes, have faith in God. The Bible says, Therefore let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and find grace whenever we need help. (Hebrews 4:16 NET). The ears of God are opened to hear your helpless cry and miseries. So, come before Him with your prayers in faith. His throne is always accessible to all His children. He will hear you. The Psalmist said, “The LORD has heard my appeal for mercy; the LORD has accepted my prayer.” (Psalms 6:9 NET). Henceforth, pray and have faith in your prayers because God lives. Remember, prayer is useless and powerless without faith. Be wise!

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Don’t pray until you mean to pray with the whole of your heart.
2. When you pray, believe that God has received your prayer.
3. Always pray in faith and don’t be distracted by circumstances around you.
4. When answer to your prayer is delayed, don’t give up. Instead, trust God all the same and continue to pray.

Prayer : Everlasting Father, I thank you because you are sovereign. Help me to always pray in faith, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Reflection : When prayer is empty of faith, it becomes a mere expression of words.

Quote : “Prayer is useless and powerless without faith. Faith and thanksgiving are the wings with which prayer flies.”

Faith Confession : In Jesus’ name, I confess that I will pray and believe in what I have prayed for, amen.

Biblical Fact : Did you know Isaiah the prophet was the son of Amoz? (Isaiah 1:1)

Today In History : February 22, 1935 All plane flights over the White House are barred because they are disturbing President Roosevelt’s sleep.

Stunning Fact : Did you know the typical wave height from Pacific tsunami is between 6-9 metres?

A Word Of Blessing : It is well with you. Today I speak on your life. May God show mercy to you and grant your prayers, in Jesus’ name, amen.

EVENING

TOPIC : SEEK THE FACE OF GOD BEFORE YOU DO

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Bible Verse : Commit your works to the LORD, and your plans will be established. Proverbs 16:3

LISTEN : My dear, seek the face of God before you do. God is the highest authority. And the highest authority should be honoured and revered. God is the final voice. And what He gives His approval to cannot fail. Therefore, in order to truly succeed in our plans, no matter how good our plans are, they should pass through God’s scrutiny and approval. When God tests our plans and approves of them, they are sure to succeed no matter the obstacles. My dear, never be too sure of your plans that you neglect to commit them to God. Besides, you should learn to rely on God as you proceed with your works. Trust Him with every step you take to accomplish your purpose. The Bible says, “Commit your works to the LORD, and your plans will be established.” (Proverbs 16:3). Sadly, because of ignorance of people to acknowledge and honour God, they fail even with their good plans. My dear, henceforth determine to commit your works to God and your plans will be established. Be wise!

Prayer : Everlasting Father. I thank you for your love. Today I commit my plans to you. Help me to always rely on you all the days of my life, amen!

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