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[9/23, 8:43 PM] 919063: 🌲🌷 *OPEN HEAVENS* 🌷🌲
*DAILY DEVOTIONAL*
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_DATE: TUESDAY 24TH SEPTEMBER, 2019._

*THEME: PRAY FOR YOUR LEADERS.*

*MEMORISE:*
Brethren, pray for us.
1 Thessalonians 5:25

*Bible Reading: 2 Thessalonians 3:1-2*
1 Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:

2 And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.

*MESSAGE:*
Prayer is such a potent weapon that can do and undo things in people’s lives. It is so powerful that even the person praying cannot comprehend the extent of its reach. Those who walked with God in times past knew the importance of prayer, and this is what inspired Paul’s request in today’s memory verse. Even though he was a prayer warrior himself, he asked the brethren to continually pray for him and his team. Our Lord Jesus Christ also demonstrated the importance of prayer by often spending all night in prayer alone, encouraging His disciples also to be prayerful (Luke 18:1-8). In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus prayed for grace to accomplish the will of His Father and also asked His disciples to join Him in prayer, rebuking them when they did not do so. Matthew 26:38 & 40 says:

“Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me… And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?”

Paul also learnt from the Lord about the potency of corporate prayers, which is why he often craved prayers for himself and his team in his epistles. He believed that they could do nothing without God, and that God would do nothing without prayer, based on His principle in Matthew 7:7. On the surface, one would expect that pastors alone should pray for their flock, but in today’s Bible reading, we see an apostle giving the Church at Thessalonica a prayer request that the Lord would have His way in the ministry He committed to them. He also asked the Church to pray for their deliverance from wicked men who did not believe in the gospel, trying their best to stop its spread. The Church is facing a lot of obstacles today because we are not praying enough like the early Church did. Peter would not have escaped King Herod’s sword if the early Church was not fervent in prayers. The Lord answered their prayers by sending an angel to rescue him. Having witnessed the great impact of prayer, Apostle James wrote in James 5:16b, saying:

“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”

Beloved, we ought to continually pray for our leaders. The temptations and battles facing Christian leaders are beyond what members of the Church can imagine. We must therefore faithfully and consistently pray for our spiritual and secular leaders so that they may not make mistakes in governance, and so that we can live a peaceful and holy life in this world (1 Timothy 2:1-2). Spiritual leaders need our prayers to administer their responsibilities correctly, and in order not to disappoint God and betray the trust reposed in them by the Church. Furthermore, they need our prayers to finish well and strong. Are you praying for them?

*ACTION POINT:*
Make it an obligation to pray for the spiritual leaders God has set over you on a daily basis.

*BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:*
2 Kings 14-15
Daniel 7:1-12

*AUTHOR:*
PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

*HYMN 3: TRUST AND OBEY*
1. When we walk with the Lord
In the light of His word
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will,
He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey

*Chorus:*
Trust and obey,
For there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus,
But to trust and obey.

2. Not a shadow can rise,
Not a cloud in the skies,
But His smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt nor a fear
Not a sigh nor a tear,
Can abide while we trust and obey.

3. Not a burden we bear,
Not a sorrow we share
But our toil He doth richly repay;
Not a grief nor a loss,
Not a frown nor a cross,
But is blest if we trust and obey.

4. But we never can prove
The delights of His love
Until all on the altar we lay;
For the favour He shows,
And the joy He bestows,
Are for them who will trust and obey.

5. Then in fellowship sweet
We will sit at His feet,
Or we’ll walk by His side in the way;
What He says we will do
Where He sends we will go

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[9/24, 6:26 AM] 919063: Sold out to God

Tuesday 24th September 2019

‘I have given up everything else and count it all as garbage. All I want is Christ.’ Philippians 3:8 CEV

Before you discover your God-given purpose in life, you’ll often experience a series of adversities that cause you to relinquish what’s temporal and grasp what’s eternal. For Paul it meant the loss of every earthly possession. For others it can mean the heat of battle in a divorce court. When the person you thought was ‘everything’ walks away, suddenly you’re stripped down to what you had before.

Look at Job; his home was a shambles, his marriage seemed a joke and his children were dead. That’s when he discovered you can be stripped of the temporal, but not the eternal; stripped of your wealth, friends, and fame, but not of your character and your faith in God – those things survive the strippings of life. The Bible says, ‘Then Job…fell to the ground and worshipped’ (Job 1:20 NKJV). True worship is born in the fire of sacrifice. When you can lay upon the altar something you thought you hadto have because you realise it was God’s all along – that’s worship.

Look at Abraham’s altar. God didn’t want the slain body of Isaac; he wanted to know if there was anything Abraham loved more than him. That’s it – reaching the place where you can pray: ‘Lord, here are my grudges and unforgiveness, my need to impress, my time, talent and treasure, anything I’m wrapped up in that hinders me from being completely yours. You’ll never have to take these things from me, for I gladly give you all it takes to be what you want me to be.’ Can you pray that prayer today? It’s not easy, but it’ll change your life.

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[9/24, 6:26 AM] 919063: Today’s SOD – 2019-09-24
TOPIC: LACK OF PASSION FOR GOD – A SIGN OF THE END TIME

SCRIPTURE: And because iniquity shall abound,”the love of many shall wax cold. Matthew 24″:12

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: One of the signs of the end time is the deficiency of passion for God.

Sometime ago,”there was a young man who carried an unusual anointing to such a point that whenever he stepped into a place, demons would be screaming out of people. But after about three years, he lost every trace of spiritual fire. Eventually, he has no connection with ministry or serving God today.

The scripture has made it clear that one of the signs of the end time is the deficiency of passion for God or lack of love for God (Matthew 24″:1-12). That is why we see Christians struggling with their prayer life,”men on fire are gradually losing their fire, prayer warriors are becoming prayer strugglers, people of integrity are losing their integrity, a once powerful Christian sister backsliding to a point of marrying someone who is an unbeliever, all because the love for God has waxed cold.

The end time is a strength-reducing time (2 Timothy 3″:1-5); it is a time where people’s spiritual strength reduces,”fasting and prayer life reduces, but if you maintain or increase your passion for God, your spiritual strength and fire shall be correspondingly intensified.

Beloved, the first time you came to the Lord, how was your prayer life? And how is your prayer life now? How was the intensity of your study of the Bible then? And how is it now? How did you evangelise then? What about now? I would like you to examine yourself; are you engulfed by the current wind of firelessness in this end time? Has your love for God waxed cold? Think about it and return to your first love for God.

Remember this”: One of the signs of the end time is the deficiency of passion for God.

ASSIGNMENT(S):

1. Increase your passion or love for God; let God be the centre of your life,”not the things of the world.

2. Interrupt your schedule with a season of waiting on the Lord if you notice that your fire is dropping.

FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE”: SIGNS OF THE END

PRAYER: Lord,”give me the grace to keep the fire burning for You. I refuse to be a victim of spiritual slumber in this end time, Lord, in Jesus’ Name.

DAILY BIBLE READING”: Isaiah 43:14 to 45:10,”Ephesians 3″:1 to 21,”Psalm 68″:1 to 18,”Proverbs 24″:1 to 2

QUOTE: God is revealed to the fervent; not the slothful. Culled from REASON FOR LIVING by Dr Paul Enenche.

AMAZING FACT: The Nile crocodile can hold its breath underwater for up to two hours while waiting for prey.

TODAY IN HISTORY: 24/9/1948: Honda motor company is founded.

DON’T FORGET TO ATTEND: The Power-packed Communion Service tomorrow with friends and loved ones for the preservation of your life and destiny by 5:30pm. God bless you as you come.

 

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