PRAY TO RECEIVE

MORNING

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : When they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were gathered together. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness. Acts 4:31 (UKJV)

THOUGHT OF THE DAY : When prayer quakes our hearts for God, God quakes the earth for our sake.

LISTEN : For the earth to experience the quaking power of God, men must expend themselves in the altar of prayer. The Spirit of God comes with power when the heart is wet with prayer. The disciples of Christ gathered to pray, and when they have prayed, heaven responded by release of power (the Holy Spirit) to them. My dear, sincere prayer to God generates unhindered power to man. A church member asked his pastor. “Sir, does prayer work?” “How powerful is prayer?” “Prayer is as powerful as your faith in God.” Replied his pastor. Beloved, that is true for everyone of us. Faith gives strength and answer to your prayers. You cannot experience the power of prayer until you enjoy to pray in faith. Prayer is powerful. It prepares the heart to encounter God. Prayer opens the window of heaven to those who invest in it (prayer). It gives answers to questions of life. When men pray God answers. When men pray fervently demonic foundations are shaken and removed. (Acts 12:5-7). Prayer gives confidence and courage to a troubled heart. My dear, comfort is not far from anyone who delights to pray. Because of the potency of prayer Jesus said, “… men ought always to pray, and not to faint” (Luke 18:1). This means that, he who prays in spite of discouragement and delays will unfailingly receive divine intervention. Amazingly, the full power of prayer is released when prayer is combined with praise. A heartfelt prayer and praise God cannot resist. Beloved, how much do you love to pray and praise God? When you pray, certainly you will receive power from heaven. And when the power of God comes, all powers will bow. Friend, no power stands when the power of God is provoke by prayer and praise. So, pray and praise God and you will discover how powerful prayer is. Be wise!

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Pray to God always and you will discover His power.
2. No matter what, do not give up on prayer, instead pray without ceasing.
3. When you pray to God, praise Him too, to unlock the door of His blessings.
4. Make prayer your delight and you will discover how good God is.

Prayer: Eternal Father! You are the most powerful God. Help me to pray in line with your will, and receive answers to my prayers, amen!

Reflection : For the earth to experience the quaking power of God, men must expend themselves in the altar of prayer.

Quote: “The Spirit of God comes with power when the heart is wet with prayer. For a sincere prayer of faith to God generates unhindered power to man.”

Faith Confession : In Jesus ‘ name! I confess that God hears prayers that is done in faith. Therefore, I would pray in faith henceforth, amen!

Biblical Fact : Did you know Balaam was spoken to by a donkey? (Nunmbers 22:22-35).

Today In History : May 28, 1961 Amnesty International, a human rights organization, is founded.

Stunning Fact : Did you know the electric chair was invented by a dentist?

A Word Of Blessing : It is well with you. May God bless you. May He answer your prayers and put a smile on your face today, in Jesus’ name, amen.

EVENING

TOPIC : EMBRACE THE GOSPEL OF LIFE

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Bible Verse : For the word of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us who are saved it is the power of God. 1 Corinthians 1:18

LISTEN: The gospel of Christ Jesus is the gospel of life. So, embrace it. Sadly, the gospel of the kingdom of God has been despised by a lot of people today. In some nations of the world, Christians are persecuted and incarcerated because the eyes of men are blinded to the truth and saving grace of God. The gospel of Christ will not make sense to anyone, but only to those whose eyes are spiritually opened. My dear, do you know we are lost without Jesus Christ. Surely, people are saved or lost by their own choices. Anyone who does not make the decision to be saved will forever be lost. To be lost is to live in sin, and refusing to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. It is to reject and despise the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ on the cross: to remain an enemy of God and be condemned forever. Beloved, we all have equal opportunity to be saved through Jesus by faith. Therefore, to continue to reject Him and His gospel is to choose to perish forever. The gospel has power to bring you back to God and gives you a future. If till now you still see the word of God as foolishness, then you are doomed, unless you repent. The Bible says “For the word of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us who are saved it is the power of God.” (1Corinthians 1:18). Beloved, accept the gospel of Christ Jesus today. Hurry now for time is running out! The more time you waste the closer you are to hell. Be wise!

Prayer : Almighty God! Help me to accept the gospel of Jesus Christ and never takes it as foolishness, amen.