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[6/12, 6:05 AM] 919063: 🌲🌷 *OPEN HEAVENS* 🌷🌲
          *DAILY DEVOTIONAL*
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_DATE: WEDNESDAY 12TH JUNE 2019_

*THEME: PRAYER: A HIDDEN MINISTRY*

*MEMORISE* :
_I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;_
–  1 Timothy 2:1

*BIBLE READ: Matthew 6:6-13*
6. But thou, when thou prayest , enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

7. But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do; for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

8. Be not ye therefore like unto them; for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

9. After this manner therefore pray ye; Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

10. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

11. Give us this day our daily bread.

12. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

13. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

*MESSAGE*
Prayer is a powerful means of communicating with God. The great thing about prayer in the era of the new covenant in Jesus’ Blood is that there is no need to say prayers in any special location or facing any particular direction for God to hear us.
God is a Spirit, and those who worship Him must do so in spirit and in truth; therefore, the location where prayer is made is of little importance. (John 4:24).

A carefully consideration of Scripture shows that prayer was offered to God in a variety of places.
In Acts 3:1, Peter and John went into the temple to pray, while in Acts 16:25, Paul and Silas prayed in the prison, and in Acts 16:13, prayers were said at the bank of a river.
In Acts 20:36-38, the brethren prayed together at the waterfront.

Further still, in (1 Corinthians 1:4) and several other Bible passages, prayers were made through the writing of letters.

Now, even though we often pray outwardly and in public places, prayer is more or less a hidden ministry.

A powerful and successful prayer life is born and sustain in the hidden places of the prayer closet. We learn this from Christ’s teaching on prayer and also from observing His personal prayer life.
Although the Bible records Him praying publicly on several occasions, Jesus taught us to pray in the closet, behind closed doors, where confidential matters can be discussed between God and man.

In Matthew 6:6, He said:

“But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut the door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in the secret shall reward thee openly.”

Jesus also lived by this principle. In Matthew 14:23, He went up alone into the mountain to pray, while in Luke 11:1, He was found praying alone in a “certain place”.
In Luke 9:18, even while in the company of His disciples, Jesus was said to be alone praying. This indicates that Jesus entered into His prayer closet despite having people around.

He kept the focus of His prayers, i.e His prayer points, private and confidential. He took His prayer as a secret between Himself and the invisible God, who gives answer to the secret prayer in the open.

It is therefore necessary and wise for Christians to treat prayer as a hidden ministry, Daniel did exploits through prayers but he kept his prayer behind closed doors and strictly confidential (Daniel 6:10, Daniel 9:3).

In essence, prayers that move mountains are often made privately. Develop your private prayer life today, and you will receive wonderful testimonies that call for celebration.

*PRAYER POINT:*
Father, please let my hidden prayers turn to testimonies today, in Jesus’ Name.

*BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:*
Number 7 & Jeremiah 51:59-52:11

*AUTHORS:*
Pastor E.A. Adeboye

*HYMN 8: MY FAITH LOOKS UP TO THEE*
My faith looks up to Thee,
Thou Lamb of Calvary,
Savior divine!
Now hear me while I pray,
Take all my guilt away,
Oh, let me from this day
Be wholly Thine!

May Thy rich grace impart
Strength to my fainting heart,
My zeal inspire!
As Thou hast died for me,
Oh, may my love to Thee
Pure, warm, and changeless be,
A living fire!

While life’s dark maze I tread,
And griefs around me spread,
Be Thou my guide;
Bid darkness turn to day,
Wipe sorrow’s tears away,
Nor let me ever stray
From Thee aside.

When ends life’s transient dream,
When death’s cold, sullen stream
Shall o’er me roll;
Blest Savior, then in love,
Fear and distrust remove;
Oh, bear me safe above,
A ransomed soul!
[6/12, 6:05 AM] 919063: Today’s SOD – 2019-06-12
TOPIC: ALIGNING YOUR TALK WITH THE SCRIPTURE

SCRIPTURE: We having the same spirit of faith,”according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak. 2 Corinthians 4″:13.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Do not speak the negative situation around your life because it is unto everyone according to their faith.

The Scripture confirms that without faith,”it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11″:6). The operation of faith in the life of the child of God is evidenced by the visibility of practical and substantial profits in his life. Faith without profit is a dead faith. Anywhere faith is in place,”there must be profit.

The Word of God is key to operating in the realm of faith. However, there are things to do with the Word of God in order operate in the realm of faith. 

Previously, we saw that a person must access light from scriptures and attune his thoughts with the Word of God in order to walk in faith. 

Now, another thing to do with the Word of God in order to walk in faith is to align your talk with Scripture; align your talk with light from scripture. That is, do not speak carelessly; speak calculatedly. Do not speak your situation; speak your revelation. Do not speak your frustration; speak your conviction. Do not speak what you feel; speak what He wills. That is the law of faith. 

Do not speak what is happening; speak what is written (2 Corinthians 4″:13). Some people speak the diagnosis they have been given or the economic situation of their country; it is because there is no light in them (Isaiah 8:20). Do not speak the negative situation around your life because it is unto everyone according to their faith (Matthew 9:29).

So,”my counsel is; be optimistic, positivistic, enthusiastic and audacious about life.

Remember this”: Do not speak the negative situation around your life because it is unto everyone according to their faith.

ASSIGNMENTS:

1. Do not focus on or speak your situation; focus on what God is doing,”and confess His Promises to you from His Word. 

2. Speak the Word of God regardless of any present challenge.

PRAYER”: O Lord,”I receive the grace to speak Your Word always despite my situation or condition of life. Help me to believe Your Word for a total transformation of life, Lord in Jesus’ Name.

FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE”: THE PROFITABILITY OF FAITH.

DAILY READING: 1 Kings 9:1-10:29,”Acts 8″:14-40,”Psalm 130″:1-8,”Proverbs 17″:2-3.

AMAZING FACT: The Bible is the only Book that has been translated into more than 3,”300 languages, covering nearly 95 percent of the world’s population.

QUOTE”: To be in touch with the Word is to be in touch with the life of God. And the more revelations you get out of the Bible,”the more like Him you become. Culled from MAKING FULL PROOF OF MINISTRY by Dr Paul Enenche.

PROPHETIC DECLARATION/WORD”: The Grace to speak the right thing consistently is released upon you right now, in Jesus’ Name.

 

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[6/12, 6:05 AM] 919063: Pray for ‘wisdom from above’

Wednesday 12th June 2019

‘The wisdom from above is…peace loving.’ James 3:17 NLT

Some people seem to thrive on conflict. They are always picking on others, arguing, disagreeing or trying to get something started. They fight just for the sport of it, not because they passionately believe in a particular cause. They are quick to jump in and expend their energy fighting other people’s battles in which they have no stake. These people seem confident but they make poor decisions, so others learn to ignore them and not take them seriously. They need to ‘always win’ in order to feel good about themselves.

When it comes to your relationships with others, you need ‘wisdom from above’. When you have it, you won’t need to put everyone else on the mat just to show how strong or smart you are. True self-confidence, including confidence in your ability to make good decisions, comes from within. ‘The wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and…good deeds. It shows no favouritism and is always sincere. And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness’ (James 3:17-18 NLT).

When you operate according to these scriptural principles, you’ll know whether or not a battle is worthy of your attention. If you keep your eyes on the prize that God has set before you, you’ll realise that some things simply aren’t worth your time and attention. As a result, you’ll make better decisions about your life as well as your relationships.

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