Monday, August 13, 2018
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : Evening, morning, and at noon, I will cry out in distress. He will hear my voice. Psalms 55:17 NHEB
LISTEN : No one can survive without oxygen. In the same way, we will die spiritually if we sever communication with God. But our spiritual energy can be sustained when we breath the fresh air of prayer. When we communicate with God, we will discover His will and be delivered from our troubles. When prayer is genuinely made to God, answers can be expected. God never fails to deliver on His promises. He does exactly what He says He will do. (Numbers 23:19). Though, troubles may force us to think that God has forsaken us; but if we can pray without ceasing, we will surely overcome our problems. Beloved, God answers prayer if we pray in faith. (Jeremiah 33:3). When prayer becomes important to you God will certainly hear you. So, you must learn to persist in prayer; that is, to pray without ceasing. Those who will prevail with God are those who through faith will persist in prayer. David said, “Evening, morning, and at noon, I will cry out in distress. He will hear my voice.” (Psalms 55:17). David refused to give up praying no matter his situation. He prayed until he received. (Psalms18:6). He was not bothered about God’s delay in answering his prayer, instead, he was strong in faith knowing that God will surely answer him. Friend, are you tired of praying? Have you chosen to ignore the instruction to pray without ceasing? My dear, persist in prayer. Pray fervently until you receive. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Persist in prayer and never quit praying no matter what.
2. Do not be weak in prayer, instead, pray persistently.
3. Always pray in faith knowing that God will answer you no matter the delay.
4. Carry your problems to God and trust Him as your solution provider.
Daily Prayer : Blessed Father, you are my God and solution provider. Hear me when I cry to you in my distress, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Reflection : When prayer is genuinely offered to God, answers can be expected; for God never fails to deliver on His promises.
Daily Quote : “To breath the fresh air of prayer is to stay in touch with God. And those who stay in touch with God will unfailingly discover His will.”
Daily Faith Confession : Today, I acknowledge and therefore confess that God will hear us when we pray. I will pray and trust until He hears me, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration : You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may God hear your prayers. May the desires of your heart be granted, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Biblical Fact : Did you know that life and death are in the power of the tongue? (Proverbs 18:21).
Today In History : August 13, 1881 The first African-American nursing school opens at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia.
Stunning Fact : Did you know African elephants only have 4 teeth?
BELOVED, CONCLUDE YOUR DAY WITH THE EVENING MESSAGE BELOW AS YOU RETIRE TO BED TODAY
TOPIC : GOD WILL REBUKE THE WIND THAT IS AGAINST YOU
Monday, August 13, 2018
Bible Verse : They came to him, and woke him up, saying, “Save us, Lord! We are dying!” Matthew 8:25 NHEB
LISTEN: Beloved, is the wind of life against you? Is your life fallen apart? Are you in pain and heartbroken? Do you think God has abandoned you to perish in your troubles? Beloved, be calm! God knows about your troubles and will deliver you. (Jeremiah 29:11). Friend, do not be afraid because God will certainly rebuke the wind that is up against your life. Never doubt God’s ability to deliver you like the disciples of Jesus Christ who responded in unbelief and fear when attacked by a heavy storm in the sea. (see Mark 4:37-40). They knew that they were in the same boat with Jesus Christ, yet, their lack of faith could not allowed them to know that with Jesus they were safe. They sounded like Jesus Christ was not bothered about their predicament. They approached Him and said, “Master, do you not care that we perish?” (Mark 4:38) However, he arose and rebuked the storm and it was arrested. Beloved, are you living in fear and doubt? Please do not panic, rather keep calm and have faith in God! Surely, He will rebuke and deliver you from “the wind” that is up against you. Be strong and courageous and you will not be disappointed. Be wise!
PRAYER POINTS :
1. Pray and bless God for His mercies, direction and protection.
2. Confess your sin to God and ask for forgiveness and mercy.
3. Ask God for faith to believe that He cares about you.
4. Pray and destroy all satanic plans against you and your family.
May God arrest what is bothering you. May the Lord grant relief to you and cause your fears to cease, in Jesus’ name, amen.