Morning Devotions

[1/4, 6:59 AM] 919063: Enlarge your asking capacity

Saturday 4th January 2020

‘You do not have because you do not ask God.’ James 4:2 NIV

How large is your asking capacity when it comes to prayer? When Elijah asked Elisha, ‘”What may I do for you, before I am taken away?”…Elisha said, “Please let a double portion of your spirit be upon me”‘ (2 Kings 2:9 NKJV). Some of us may have been shocked by his response, pegged him as arrogant, and said, ‘You need to humble yourself and be grateful for the privilege of serving a great prophet like Elijah, and count yourself fortunate if God permits you to carry on his ministry.’ But Elisha wasn’t timid, and Elijah wasn’t offended. So how did it all turn out? Elisha got his double portion and ended up performing twice as many miracles as Elijah.

When you pray, God doesn’t say, ‘Make your request reasonable and practical.’ He wants you to ask ‘largely and abundantly, not sparingly’ (see James 1:5). How’s this for a big promise: ‘Only ask, and I will give you the nations as your inheritance, the whole earth as your possession’ (Psalm 2:8 NLT)? Take the limits off God! Think about it: if he’s willing to give you ‘the nations as your inheritance’, he will surely save your loved ones, heal your body, give you that job, that home, or that relationship you’ve been praying for. Jesus said, ‘And I will do whatever you ask in my name’ (John 14:13 NIV).

Only two times in Scripture has someone said something that caused Jesus to marvel. On both occasions it was a demonstration of audacious faith by a Gentile, and someone the religious crowd thought had no right to God’s miraculous provision. So the word for you today is – enlarge your asking capacity.

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[1/4, 6:59 AM] 919063: OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL

DATE: SATURDAY 4TH JANUARY 2020.

THEME: GRATEFUL HEART I.

MEMORISE:

O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever. I Chronicles 16:34

READ: Luke 17:11-19

11 And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.

12 And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off:

13 And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.

14 And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.

15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,

16 And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.

17 And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?

18 There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.

19 And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.

MESSAGE:

God loves people who are always thankful. While others may get little gifts that makes them happy, He makes sure that the joy of the grateful is always full. In our Bible reading for today, all ten lepers were healed, but only the thankful one was made whole: every sign that he had ever been leprous was removed. I can imagine that anyone who had ever seen him prior to his healing would have found it hard to believe he had ever been a leper. The joy of the grateful one is always full.

“Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.” Psalm 100:4

From the passage above, we see that the right way to come into the presence of God is to do so with thanksgiving. Some Christians just barge into God’s presence with their request as though He were their slave.no wonder many prayers go unanswered. When you come to Him, do so with thanks. Even if it seems as though everything is going upside down for you, thank Him for the fact that you are still alive. God cannot ignore a thankful heart. Once you get His attention, you can then present your request to Him. Many years ago, just before the commencement of a three-day crusade to start off the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Abuja, Nigeria, I praying “Father, perform miracles today, show Yourself strong, heal the sick, raise the dead…..” when I suddenly hear God say ”Shut up!” Then He asked “Have you thanked me for all the miracles I have been doing in the past? For the next three days, I don’t want to hear any request from you- just thanks.”” This was very hard for me, but I tried to only give thanks to Him throughout the next three days.

After the crusade He said “Now, tell the elders to strengthen the foundation of the church because, while you have been experiencing some increase, now you will start experiencing multiplication!” We are still enjoying that multiplication till date.

KEY POINT:

Thanking God always brings greater benefits than presenting requests to Him.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Job 1-5

AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

HYMN 16: LET US WITH A GLADSOME MIND.
Let us, with a gladsome mind,
Praise the Lord, for He is kind.
For His mercies aye endure,
Ever faithful, ever sure.

He with all-commanding might
Filled the new-made world with light.
For His mercies aye endure,
Ever faithful, ever sure.

All things living He doth feed,
His full hand supplies their need:
For His mercies aye endure,
Ever faithful, ever sure.

He His chosen race did bless
In the wasteful wilderness:
For His mercies aye endure,
Ever faithful, ever sure.

Let us, with a gladsome mind,
Praise the Lord, for He is kind:
For His mercies aye endure,
Ever faithful, ever sure.

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[1/4, 6:59 AM] 919063: *Above Only Devotional*

Saturday, January 4

*You Shall grow in the Knowledge of Chrlst This Year*

_2 Peter 3:18 (GNB), 2 Peter 1:2 (AMPC), Philippians 3:10 (NIV)_
_But continue to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, To him be the gIory, now and forever! Amen. *May grace (God’s favor) and Peace (which is perfect well-being, all necessary good, all spiritual prosperity, and freedom from fears and agitating passions and moral conflicts) be multiplied to you in [the full, personal, precise, and correct] knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. *I want to know Christ–yes, to know the power of is resurrection…_

One thing that will help you focus on Christ this year is your decision to value and deliberately grow in your knowledge of Him. The blessings of the knowledge of Christ are just immeasurable. Colossians 2:3 confirms that all the treasure of wisdom and knowledge are hidden in Christ. Christ is the wisdom and the power of God, 1Cor. 1:24. Through the knowledge of Christ, you will know the hope to which God has called you, the riches and glory of God’s inheritance in you, His saint, and the working of His resurrection power in you, Eph.1:17-20. Through the knowledge of Christ, you will be filled with the knowledge of God’s will, you will be fruitful, you will be strong, more patient and joyful, Col. 1:9-11.

You will prosper and remain in health, as your soul prospers. This happens as you know and walk in the truth of Christ, 3 John 1:2-4. There is a direct link between the operation of the grace of God and your knowledge of Christ. By the knowledge of Christ, you will know and enjoy all of your inheritance as God’s child, Acts 20:32. Inheritance is not something you work for, it is afforded to you because of a relationship. You don’t work to get it; you work because you have it and it causes you to perform better than those who are ignorant of it, 1 Cor.15:10. By the knowledge of Christ, you shall be strong and instead of being exploited by the devil, you shall do exploits, Dan. 11:32. You shall be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might, Eph.6:10. Philippians 3:10a (AMPC) says, “[For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His person more strongly and more clearly], …” This year, the word of Christ will dwell in you richly, Col.3:16.

Prayer: Ask God to fill you this year with the deep and intimate knowledge of Christ. Receive grace to study and pay more attention to the word of Christ.

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