STOP WORRYING AND PRAY INSTEAD

MORNING

Monday, January 20, 2020

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. James 5:13

LISTEN : We are likely to abandon the duty of prayer when troubles put pressures on us. Rather than praying about a problem and seeking godly solutions, people resort to worrying about them, thereby compounding the problem. My dear, because of the prevalence of troubles and problems of life, worry seems to be inevitable and responsible for some health conditions and lack of peace of mind. Regrettably, worry leaves our minds unsettled, and make our body unfit to confront our challenges. What does it mean to worry? It means to think about problems or fears: to feel or show fear or concern because you think that something bad has happened or could happen. My dear, worry reduces the voice of faith and increases the voice of fear. It closes the ears to the voice of God and opens them to the voice of Satan; it blinds the eyes to the promises of God and opens them to the lies of the devil. Therefore, when you are faced with trials, you should rather spend your time in prayer and not waste it on worries. Time spent on prayer is a time well spent; but time spent on worry is a waste of time and energy. My dear, the arrival of problems is not an invitation to worry, panic, depression or fear; but a call to pray and to grow more and more in faith (Philippians 4:6-7). When trouble comes, it is time to come to God and not time to run away from Him. Beloved, your passion for prayer should increase more than the pressure from your troubles. When your hunger for prayer grows, your faith in God in times of troubles will certainly grow. Besides, time of trouble is time for prayer and not time for worries. So, stop worrying about your problems and begin to pray passionately about it. Be wise!

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Spend your time in prayer and never waste it on worry.
2. Learn to pray and wait until you receive.
3. Grow your ability to pray, not your ability to worry.
4. When you are faced with troubles do not panic, instead have faith in God.

Prayer: Dear Lord, you are God of comfort and grace. Help me to trust you and not worry about my problems, in Jesus’ name, amen!

Reflection : When your hunger for prayer grows, your faith in God in times of troubles will certainly grow.

Quote : “Time spent on prayer is a time well spent; but time spent on worry is a waste of time and energy.”

Faith Confession : In Jesus’ name, I declare that God is my help and comfort in times of troubles. Therefore, I will not be afraid. I will trust Him as long as I live, amen!

Biblical Fact : Did you know Sarah lived one hundred and twenty seven years old? (Genesis 23:1).

Today In History : January 20, 1954 Over 22,000 anti-Communist prisoners are turned over to UN forces in Korea.

Stunning Fact : Did you know a snail can sleep for 3 years?

A Word Of Blessing : It is well with you. May God heal your broken heart. May the plan of death be destroyed in your life, in Jesus’ name, amen!

EVENING

TOPIC : YOUR LIFE COMPLETELY BELONGS TO GOD

Monday, January 20, 2020

Bible Verse : Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 1 Corinthians 6:19

LISTEN : God is the creator of all things, hence, our body and life belong to Him. My dear, do you acknowledge God as the owner of your body and life? Are you ignorant of the fact that you belong to Him? Do you not know that the height of foolishness and ungratefulness to God is to reject, neglect and question Him as your owner and creator? The scripture says, ”Fools says to themselves, ‘there is no God. ‘They sin and commit evil deeds; none of them does what is right” (Psalms 14:1). Beloved, let us not forget that the Spirit of God lives in us, and that we are not our own? (1 Cor. 6:19). We should make efforts to be “eternally minded” and not “carnally minded.” We should stay in tune with the Holy Spirit always and deepen our relationship with Him. My dear, surrender your body to God and learn to live to the glory of His name. Remember, your body and life belongs to God. So, be wise!

Prayer : Heavenly Father, I know you created me. Therefore, help me to serve you with my body as long as I live, in Jesus’ name, amen!

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