Tag: Faith

 

PRAY FOR GRACE

Oh Lord my God, I ask for Your grace to do all that You have called me to do here on earth for my days are numbered.  I know by faith that I can do all things according to Your will through Christ Jesus, I am not afraid to step out in boldness and confidence of who I am in You.

You have enabled me to keep persevering through the ups and downs of life.  Now I can visualise the great and mighty things You have in store for me from Your perspective.  Open the eyes of my understanding and give me wisdom, knowledge and counsel to make the right decisions at the right time in the right place.

I know that nothing is too difficult for You and with You all things are possible.  Thank You God for it is not by my might or power but Your Spirit that is at work in me.   For this reason I can move from strength to strength and enforce your will here in my life as it has already been established in heaven.   You have given me authority to bind and loose, destroy and build, open and close, whatever I activate here on earth is established in the throne room of God.  I decree and declare let your will be done in my life and marriage oh God.   Your ways are higher than my ways and Your thoughts higher than mine, help me to find strength in You and You alone.  Let no other man, idol, living or dead creature take Your place in my heart .   In Jesus Name Amen

 

Waiting for something in high expectations is one of the most difficult moments in ones life when you feel so tired, drained and helpless.   It gets to the point when you keep asking “when God when?”,  “When would you hear my cry? Is it today, tomorrow, next year or five years from now?”

We are living in a world where the society does not understand the essence of waiting on God.  Everything is processed swiftly and speedily, think about it….  You place your food is the microwave in less than two minutes it is warm enough, the internet is more than hundred times faster than ten years ago, the computers processors processes data faster than before, transactions are processed speedily online to the extent that you don’t need a human being any more to speak to over the counter.

The question is have you waited so long on God for the manifestation of His promises and it seems like its taking ages to come to pass?  I must confess that I have waited so long.  But I know my wait is not in vain.

But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31

I have been waiting on the Lord for the secret petition of my heart for over nine years and it seems like my waiting would never end.  I have decided to change my attitude to waiting on the Lord, I have decided to wait in joy, peace and a sound settled mind knowing in all awareness that the Lord almighty is seriously on my case and He will not rest until the manifestation of His promises comes to pass.

My strength is renewed moment by moment, day in day out, spending time in His presence studying His Word, I cling to Him for trust, wisdom and direction so I will not grow weary, loose focus or faint on the journey ahead.  I might have waited so long but I know that my wait would surely reap rewards of harvest.

Yes I have waited so long, yes I am still waiting but no I not tired of waiting because my wait is not in vain.  Our God is a perfect God and when He starts something He would surely finish it.  The end of a thing is better than its beginning Ecclesiastes 7:8a.  He is the Alpha and Omega, He is a just and righteous God.  He has a perfect package that is being processed waiting for you.  He has not forgotten you because He knows your name.  It might have been so long and you are the point of loosing hope.  You might have waited so long and persevering in waiting on God as I am, don’t give up.  He has a better plan and purpose and allow Him to work through you so that His works would be perfect for your life to be a testimony and His name to be glorified

 

My declaration for you today is where you have sown in tears, pains and sadness, you shall reap in joy, peace and the fullness of all that He has in store for you.  The time of favour is now , not tomorrow but now.  The kairos time of breakthrough is now and I decree that you shall not miss it and you shall embrace it.  It is time to change your attitude from bitterness and anger to longsuffering and peace, from despair to high hopes and faithfulness in Jesus Name.

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Have you ever waited on the God for a long period of time and did you receive your breakthrough or answered prayers? Could it be that you are still waiting on the Lord for the manifestation of His promises if so what is your attitude to waiting on Him?  Your comments would be an encouragement and inspiration to strengthen them they keep persevering 

Prayer is the vital key product every christian needs to develop a deeper walk with the Lord. Prayer connects you our Father in heaven.  When you pray wholeheartedly, seeking His face He would surely answer you. Knowing how to pray effectively keeps you in alignment with His plans and helps achieve effective results.

Before you present your case before God if you have any grievances, grudges against anyone endeavour to resolve the matter first.  If anyone has offended you or otherwise, ask for forgiveness and try to make peace/amends with them.

Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.  25 “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. 26 But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.” Mark 11:24-26

So how do you pray effectively?  Elijah knew how to pray effectively that produced effective results.  Elijah had an intimate relationship with the Lord and he was a man who understood how to utilize his authority to command things into being.  Every time he sought the Lord He prayed earnestly until he received an answer.  When he spoke, it was in authority causing an enforcement to manifest on earth as it in heaven.  Elijah made a decree that there would be no rain at his word there was no rain.

And Elijah the Tishbite, of the inhabitants of Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the Lord God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, except at my word.”  1 Kings 17:1

Then in the third year, Elijah went up to the top of the mountain to diligently seek the Lord in prayer, positioning himself in a prayer posture that caused him to connect with the Lord and humbled himself in the presence of God presenting his request before the Most High God (1 Kings 18:42).

Each time Elijah went to check if the rain had come he found no sign.  He persisted persevering in prayers, seeking His face wholeheartedly for the floodgates of heaven to open and pour down showers of rain.  At the seventh time the Lord granted his request.

Then it came to pass the seventh time, that he said, “There is a cloud, as small as a man’s hand, rising out of the sea!” So he said, “Go up, say to Ahab, ‘Prepare your chariot, and go down before the rain stops you.’”  45 Now it happened in the meantime that the sky became black with clouds and wind, and there was a heavy rain. So Ahab rode away and went to Jezreel. 1 Kings 18:44-45

So what can we learn from Elijah the Prophet of God who knew how to pray effectively.  The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. 17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. 18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit James 5:16b- 18.

There are five key points to an effective prayer that makes things happen:

  1. Earnest prayer:  When you pray, pray to God in spirit and truth, wholeheartedly diligently seeking Him for an answer.  Colossians 4:2 states to continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it and with a heart of thanksgiving being grateful to God for what He has done.
  2. Fervent prayer:  There needs to be a undying passion to keep praying with all kinds of prayer and supplication in the spirit (Ephesians 6:18).  Increasing the intensity of seeking fervently no matter what even in the midst of the challenging situation.  It should not deter you from humbling yourself under the mighty hands of God that you may be lifted up in due time (1 Peter 5:6).
  3. Righteous life: The Lord hears the prayer of the righteous and He is far from the wicked (Proverbs 15:29).  The righteous shall never be moved or shaken so trust God to see you through the storms of life.  Elijah lived a righteous life in obedience to His words and instructions even when he did not understand the end of the matter
  4. Persistant and persevering prayer:  Don’t ever give up on God even when you cannot see the physical manifestation, keep pressing hard after Him, travailing in a place of prayer until you receive the productive results.  Elijah kept praying  constantly and consistently until he saw the sky become dark and cloudy and about to rain.
  5. Divine knowledge of walking in His authority: It is important to understand your position of authority as a royal priesthood, chosen generation  and special people consecrated to fulfill His purpose on earth as it is in heaven.  Elijah walked boldly in power and authority without any fear of man but God.  When you pray to God, proceed boldly before the throne of grace to obtain mercy at a time of need (Hebrews 4:16).

 

It is time to pray effectively to the Most High God, pray prayers that would produce fruits.  Trust Him at His word for He is a covenant keeping God and He would always fulfill all that He has promised you over your life.  Do not give up on God because He is faithful, loving and He is a rewarder of those that diligently seek Him.

 

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When challenges tries to suppress you especially during the stormy rain or when everything around you is not going as planned, there is the tendency  for you doubt if God really exists, questions your faith and believe in God. Have you found yourself at a crossroad not knowing what to do, where to go and you are stuck in the same position because of your unbelief.

Usually Faith is not the issue but the ability to believe that God is able to do it.  The measure of faith does not matter as the word states that if you have faith as a mustard seed you can move mountain (Matthew 17:20).  It does not matter how small your faith is but a firm conviction in  your heart that He is capable of doing what He has promised.  The disciples could not cast the demon out of the boy because of their unbelief (Matthew 17:14-20)

UNDERSTANDING WHAT FAITH AND BELIEVE MEANS

Faith  is the substance of things hoped for, evidence of things not yet seen (Hebrews 11:1).   Faith is visualizing your expectations in the spirit realm and calling it forth into  physical manifestation.

Belief  is the firm, confident assurance and trust in someone or a system.   It can also be defined as the mental acceptance of a conviction in the truth, actuality or validity of something.  Believe  is the verbal term for belief and can be classified as an action word.

 When doubts in God’s ability to do what He has  already promised creeps in, then it means your believe  in God is unstable.  A sudden question of  trust, complete dependence on God for support and confidence in Him creates a lingering effect on the ability to believe in God.

It is time to ask Him through the power of the Holy Spirit to help your unbelief.  Your heart’s cry to God should be “Lord help my unbelief ” just as the Father of the boy possessed by the demon asked the Lord in desperation to help his unbelief so that the boy will receive his complete healing (Mark 9:23-24).

 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” Romans 10:10-11 NKJV

Believing in the Lord can  be developed through studying the word, spending time in His presence and  in communion with God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit .  Most of all praying  and fasting (Matthew 17:21).  Believe is the conviction of the heart to decree/declare and confess with your mouth that no matter what, in the midst of it all I believe that God is able to do just what He said He would do.  Therefore nothing whatsoever should separate you from the love of God, not life or death, not principalities or powers, not in good health or sickness, absolutely nothing shall separate from the love of God (Romans 8:37-39)

 

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