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Maintain the Glow!

on Jul 27 in Prayer, Uncategorized tagged by admin

“Never lag in zeal {and} in earnest endeavor; be aglow {and} burning with the Spirit, serving the Lord” (Romans 12:11 AMP)

The only way you can be aglow with the fire of God in your spirit is to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Jesus said in Acts 1:8 “And ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you.” The Greek word translated power here is “dunamis,” which refers to power that reproduces or revives itself.

Back in the Old Testament, they always needed a revival. King David asked in Psalm 85:6, “Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?” But the new man in Christ doesn’t need revival.

All through the Epistles none of the Apostle ever asked for revival. That’s because we have in our day something the Old Testament folks didn’t have; we can be filled with the Spirit and maintain that glow twenty four hours every day by spending time to pray fervidly in other tongues. This is something you must take seriously; maintaining the glow of the Spirit in your life.

Every day, before you get about your business, speak in other tongues; make this your lifestyle and you’ll always be led in the path of success and greatness.

Request And Receive!

on May 06 in Prayer, Uncategorized tagged by admin

“And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me” (John 5:5-7).
Some people don’t know the difference between complaining to the Lord and making a request of Him. When Jesus met the sick man at the pool of Bethesda, He asked him, “Do you want to be made whole?” Instead of the man to request His help, he started complaining. This was his character, and he could have missed his miracle, but for the compassion of Jesus.

Your attitude in prayer determines whether or not you’ll receive what you desire. Don’t have a complaining attitude. Complaints don’t work with God. He has shown us what works in His Word; it says “Don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything. With thankful hearts offer up your prayers and requests to God” (Philippians 4:6 CEV). John 16:24 says, “Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.” Praise God!

He Seeks Your Fellowship

on Feb 18 in Prayer tagged by admin

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.” (2 Corinthians 13:14)

The Greek word translated “communion” above is “koinonia,” which also means fellowship, participation, and partnership. This means it’s possible for a man to have a personal relationship with God, the Creator of heaven and earth. He isn’t unapproachable as the religious folks try to make us believe. Actually, the Bible reveals that He longs for your fellowship.

When you’re acquainted with the Lord, you’d realize He loves you even in spite of your wrongs. In his epistle to the churches, John said, “That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ” (1 John 1:3).

So, why does God seeks your fellowship? It’s because you’re His very offspring; you have His life and nature (1 John 5:11-12). Also, the reason God can fellowship with you is that you have His life (Zoë) in you. The world doesn’t speak His language, but you do, for His Holy Spirit lives in you. This is the reason He delights in your worship and prayers. No wonder He said, “…before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear” (Isaiah 65:24). So you see, prayer is more than asking Him for things; it’s a fellowship. That’s what the Lord seeks; your fellowship with Him.

No Limits!

on Jan 14 in Prayer, Uncategorized tagged by admin

“Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 18:19).

I want you to observe the term ‘anything’ used by Jesus in our opening scripture. It lets us in on the power and extent of the authority we wield as Christians when we come together in agreement to decree a thing in His Name. There’re “no limits” to what we can ask and receive in prayer, for He says “…if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven…”

This means any two or more of us can change anything by simply agreeing together in prayer. Notice the words of Jesus in the very next verse: “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them” (Matthew 18:19) He’s right there in your midst when you come together in prayer to decree a thing; He’s there to establish it and make it happen.
You know, the Church is the Body of Christ; we represent Him and carry on His work on earth today. We’re His ambassadors and there’re no limits to what we can achieve as long as we come together in agreement concerning anything.

This makes us masters in life. It means nothing can stop us! As a Church, or as two or more believers coming together in prayer, we can get whatever we want. We can have miracles happen in the Name of Jesus Christ – miracles without limits!

Train Your Spirit to Discern His Voice

on Aug 31 in Prayer tagged by admin

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27).

Some Christians often find it difficult to discern the voice of the Spirit. This is not because His voice is weak when He speaks; rather, it’s because their spirits aren’t trained to discern His voice. “So how do I train my spirit to discern the voice of the Holy Spirit?” you might ask.

Simple, first, you must develop a voracious appetite for the Word. Study the Word and know it for yourself. The voice of God’s Spirit is made known to you through the written Word.

Secondly, praying in the Spirit. Prayer helps to condition your spirit to become a dependable receptacle of God’s ideas, visions and promptings. So, how you pray, what you pray about, and the content of your prayer, on the basis of the Word, determine how sensitive your spirit will be to His voice.

Spend quality time in fellowship with your heavenly Father through praying in other tongues. This will not only refresh you, but also cause you to continually be in sync with His will and purpose for your life.

Intercession: A Ministry

on Aug 17 in Prayer tagged by admin

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men” (1 Timothy 2:1)

Interceding for others is something you do regularly, not when it’s convenient; it’s a ministry. Intercession helps you become effective in changing the lives of others through prayer.

James 5:16 (AMP) says, ”…The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working]“. When you notice some believers around you, who’re not growing well in Christ, intercede for them. If you have relatives and friends who aren’t born again, you should be interceding for them very strongly; don’t take it lightly! Remember, the Bible says there’s joy in the presence of the angels of God in heaven over one sinner that repents (Luke 15:10).

Intercessory prayer isn’t something you’re casual about; it’s heartfelt; that means your emotions are involved; you keep at it until there’s a testimony. It could take days, weeks, months, but don’t stop; keep praying, because the value of the one you’re interceding for is the life of Jesus. So, when you take up a matter concerning another believer, and you’re praying, you’re not wasting time; you’re causing a change in the realm of the Spirit.

Spirit-To-spirit Communication

on Aug 07 in Prayer tagged by admin

I will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons” (Psalm 16:7).

In our opening scripture, David talks about his “reins” instructing him in the night seasons. This refers to the human spirit. He reveals the importance of listening to God’s instructions from within. The Apostle Paul calls the human spirit the “inward man” (2 Corinthians 4:16), while Peter describes him as the hidden man of the heart (1 Peter 3:4). This is because the human spirit is not visible to the physical eyes.

The Bible says in John 4:24 “God is a Spirit…” hence, we can only make contact with Him through our spirits. When He wants to communicate with you, He does so directly with your spirit, not your head or your mind; it’s a Spirit-to-spirit communication. This is also the kind of communication that takes place when you pray in the spirit–in other tongues; it’s a God-ward communication. Your spirit makes direct contact with God’s Spirit: “For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.” (1 Corinthians 14:2).

Proverbs 20:27 says “The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly.” Whatever instruction, leading or guidance the Lord seeks to give you, He does by contacting your spirit. That’s who He deals with, not your physical body or outward man. So relate with God from your spirit today.

He Needs Your Permission

on Jul 26 in Prayer tagged by admin

Verily I say unto you, whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” (Matthew 18:18).

The Bible tells us that our Heavenly Father knows what things we have need of, before we ask Him (Matthew 6:8). So why then do we still pray?

Firstly, man is a free moral agent, with the rights and the power of choice. God never enforces His will, purpose or choice on anyone. That’s where prayer comes in. You’d have to dialogue or commune with Him in prayer concerning your desires, even though He already knows what’s in your heart.

God needs you to cooperate with Him to bring His Will and good pleasure to pass in your life. The principle is that two can’t walk together except they agree (Amos 3:3). You agree with God when you speak the same things He has said concerning you in prayer. That way, you side up with Him to have His Word come to pass in your life.

If there’re things in your life that you want changed, then go ahead and bring them before the Lord in prayer. Until you do, nothing will change. God will only endorse for you the change that you’ve permitted.

Find out more about the several kinds of prayer and their applications in our book titled: How To Pray Effectively. Visit www.loveworldbooks.org for more information.

Turn To God

on Jul 03 in Prayer tagged by admin

Then he turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto the LORD, saying, I beseech thee, O LORD, remember, now how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore” (2 Kings 20:2-3).

There’re times you may find yourself confronted with a difficult situation. You’ve wailed, lamented, complained, and solicited help from everyone you knew; particularly those you thought could help, and yet nothing changed. It’s time you turned your face away from men! Stop talking to men about the situation. Instead turn to the Lord in prayer.

God alone has the ability to supply all that you need according to His riches in glory (Philippians 4:19). 1 Peter 5:7 (AMP) says “Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately {and} cares about you watchfully.” In Psalm 50:15, He said, “…call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.” The Lord is your “very present” help in times of need (Psalm 46:1); so if you find yourself in a dire situation, all you need do is call on Him. He’s ever willing and delighted to hear your voice and answer your prayers: “For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers…” (1 Peter 3:12).

You Don’t Need an Intermediary

on Jun 23 in Prayer tagged by admin

And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you” (John 16:23)

As a Christian, a proper understanding of your relationship with the Father is vital for your communication with Him through prayer. When you pray, you don’t need an intermediary between you and the Father. This means, praying through Jesus is wrong. Rather, the Bible says to pray in the Name of Jesus, this means you are standing in His place; you’ve become His voice!

Also, as Christians, we don’t ask the Father to grant our requests for “Jesus’ sake,” for God wouldn’t answer your prayers for Jesus’ sake. He loves you as much as He loves Jesus (John 17:23). So when you pray to the Father in the Name of Jesus, it’s as though Jesus Himself were praying, because you stand in His stead.

The Bible says in Philippians 2:9, that “…God also hath highly exalted him (Jesus), and given him a name which is above every name.” In other words, the Name of Jesus is the biggest Name in heaven. So whatever you ask the Father in the Name of Jesus is granted you because of the authority of Jesus – the One in whose Name you’re asking!

So every time you pray to the Father, in the Name of Jesus, be conscious that you’re praying in Jesus’ stead; therefore, whatsoever you ask the Father in His Name, He will give it to you.

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