Morning Devotion

A father’s prayer

Sunday 16th June 2019

‘Manoah prayed…”tell us what to do for the son we are going to have.”‘ Judges 13:8 CEV

The following prayer was written by General Douglas MacArthur, a hero of World War II, on behalf of his son whom he loved dearly. If you’re a parent you may want to use it as the basis for your own prayers for your children:

‘Build me a son, O Lord, who will be strong enough to know when he is weak, and brave enough to face himself when he is afraid; one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat, and humble and gentle in victory. Build me a son whose wishbone will not be where his backbone should be; a son who will know you…Lead him, I pray, not in the path of ease and comfort, but under the stress and spur of difficulties and challenge. Here let him learn to stand up in the storm; here let him learn compassion for those who fail. Build me a son whose heart will be clean, whose goal will be high; a son who will master himself before he seeks to master other men; one who will learn to laugh, yet never forget how to weep; one who will reach into the future, yet never forget the lessons of the past. And after all these things are his, add, I pray, enough of a sense of humour, so that he may always be serious, yet never take himself too seriously. Give him humility, so that he may always remember the simplicity of greatness, the open mind of true wisdom, the meekness of true strength. Then I, his father, will dare to whisper, “I have not lived in vain.”‘

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_DATE: SUNDAY 16TH JUNE 2019_

*THEME: WATCH YOUR BACK!*

*MEMORISE:*
Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;
Colossians 4:2

*Bible Reading: 1 Peter 5:5-11*
5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:

7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

11 To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

*MESSAGE*
Watchfulness means to be alert and expectant as you monitor someone or something in your care, or as you await the arrival of someone important or a significant event. To be watchful is to be alert to things around you as you live your daily life. The Bible warns us to be vigilant by closely watching the activity of the devil, mortifying all vulnerabilities to temptation, looking out for the enemy’s wily attacks and being ever prepared for the return of our Lord Jesus Christ. Our watchfulness should begin with the words of Proverbs 4:23, which says:

“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”

The Holy Spirit refers to this as renewing the mind in Romans 12:2, which I best done by filling our minds with the undiluted words of God (Hebrews 4:12). Having set a watch over the thoughts and imaginations of our hearts, we then need to bridle our tongue in order not to sin with it (James 1:26, 1 Peter 3:10). Finally, 1 Peter 4:7 says:

“But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.”

As Christians in these last days, we are called to watch unto prayers more than ever before.

Why do we need to be watchful? The Holy Spirit answers this in 1 Peter 5:8, which says:

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:”

Let us follow the example of our Lord, who took the need to be watchful seriously in the last hour before His sufferings began. Knowing what was about to happen to Him, He was so sorrowful and decided to take His disciples to have a private moment at the Garden of Gethsemane. It was at this retreat that Jesus gave His disciples the sure antidote to temptation. He said in Matthew 26:41:

“Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

We are therefore called to be alert to dangers which can erode and shipwreck our faith in Christ such as false teachings, worldliness, love of money, inordinate ambition, sinful pleasure, sexual immorality and all other works of the flesh. Complacency or failure to watch can be very dangerous indeed. It led to the sudden death of Abel, who was killed by a brother who spoke peacefully with him in one minute but rose up to kill him in the next (Genesis 4:8). Sanballat and Tobiah, the enemies of the Jews, would have successfully terminated Nehemiah’s building project if not for watchfulness (Nehemiah 4). I pray that God will expose every activity of the enemy in your like and family today in Jesus’ Name.

*PRAYER POINT:*
Father, as You did with Elisha, help me to always be one step ahead of my enemies, in Jesus’ Name (2 Kings 6:8-12).

*BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:*
Numbers 14-15
Lamentation 1:15-2:5

*AUTHOR* :
PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

*HYMN 2 : OH JESUS I HAVE PROMISED*
1. O Jesus, I have promised
To serve Thee to the end;
Be Thou forever near me,
My Master and my Friend;
I shall not fear the battle
If Thou art by my side,
Nor wander from the pathway
If Thou wilt be my Guide.

2. Oh, let me feel Thee near me;
The world is ever near;
I see the sights that dazzle,
The tempting sounds I hear;
My foes are ever near me,
Around me and within;
But, Jesus, draw Thou nearer,
And shield my soul from sin.

3. Oh, let me hear Thee speaking,
In accents clear and still,
Above the storms of passion,
The murmurs of self-will;
Oh, speak to reassure me,
To hasten, or control;
Oh, speak, and make me listen,
Thou Guardian of my soul.

4. O Jesus, Thou hast promised
To all who follow Thee
That where Thou art in glory
There shall Thy servant be;
And Jesus, I have promised
To serve Thee to the end;
Oh, give me grace to follow,
My Master and my Friend.

5. Oh, let me see Thy footmarks,
And in them plant mine own;
My hope to follow duly
Is in Thy strength alone.
Oh, guide me, call me, draw me,
Uphold me to the end;
And then to rest receive me,
My Savior and my Friend.
[6/16, 5:09 AM] 919063: Today’s SOD – 2019-06-16
TOPIC: DESIGNED FOR EXCELLENCE; DESTINED FOR GREATNESS

SCRIPTURE: And God said,”Let us make man in our image, after our likeness”: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea,”and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. Genesis 1″:26

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Knowing our source in life determines our success in destiny.

The Scriptures make it clear that our God is a God of excellence and distinction (Genesis 1:31,”Psalm 8″:1). Excellence is a character of God; authority is the nature of Divinity.

Our anchor Scripture makes it clear that we were created in God’s image and have been destined to produce after God’s own kind and likeness. It is very clear that mankind was created to look like God because man originated from God. This is very important because knowing our source in life determines our success in destiny. 

Let me give you an example: an eaglet does not struggle to fly; a cub (young lion) does not struggle to roar and a calf (young elephant) does not struggle to be big. This is because each of these animals has the gene of their progenitor in them. Now,”just as an eaglet does not struggle to fly, a cub does not struggle to roar and a calf does not struggle to be big; a child of God does not struggle to be great. 

Beloved, there is a seed of greatness in you; you cannot struggle to be great in life; you cannot struggle to live in the realm of authority, distinction and excellence. So, it is important to be consciously aware that there is a potential for great destiny in you; you are destined to live in the realm of authority, distinction and excellence just like God.

The lack of this revelation is the reason why many people live in timidity, fear and inferiority complex on earth and have been robbed of fulfilling their destiny of greatness. But this shall not be your portion in Jesus’ Name. 

Beloved, make up your mind to know who you are in God in order to maximize your potentials and fulfil your destiny.

Remember this”: Knowing our source in life determines our success in destiny.

ASSIGNMENTS:

1. Refuse to live a lifestyle of timidity and inferiority.

2. Make up your mind to know who and what you are in God.

PRAYER: O Lord,”I reject every lifestyle of fear and timidity. Help me to know Your purpose for my life, Lord in Jesus’ Name.

FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE”: UNDERSTANDING AND OVERCOMING THE ENEMIES OF DISTINCTION AND EXCELLENCE.

DAILY READING: 1 Kings 15:25-17:24,”Acts 10″:24-48,”Psalm 134″:1-3,”Proverbs 17″:9-11

AMAZING FACT: Sir Isaac Newton was a devoted Christian,”to the amazement of many. Mathematician, astronomer, craftsman, theologian and physicist, Sir Isaac Newton, best known for his work on gravity, was a Christian since his youth and wrote passionately in defence of the Christian faith. Newton made a huge contribution to science. He laid the foundations of modern calculus and his discoveries led to several breakthroughs in recent centuries.

QUOTE”: It is possible to please people and fail on earth,”but it is not possible to please God and fail on earth. Culled from WHO ARE YOU? by Dr Paul Enenche.

PROPHETIC DECLARATION/WORD”: No devil shall tamper with your place of distinction and excellence at the top, in Jesus’ Name.

 

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