“Brethren, pray for us”.
1 Thess. 5:25
Glory and honor be unto the Lord for His great love and mercies upon our lives. We’re most grateful for everything he’s doing in our midst. May the blessings of the most high be the portion of all readers, doers, and sharers of this devotional. God bless you all.
The ministers of God are great vessels in the hands of God. It’s of outstanding Truth that to be a clay in the hands of God — the potter is a heavenly task. To be a golden vessel through which heaven and earth meet is a divine call. The attacks of Satan against the true ministers of God are very serious. He hates them with perfect hatred.
Apostle Paul knew this and was well vexed of the result of a fervent prayer of the righteous. He knew that it avails much. This great apostle did not think it beneath him to call unto the Thessalonian believers for their prayers. Ministers stand in need of their people’s prayers; and the more people pray for their ministers the more good ministers will have from God, and the more benefit people will receive by their ministry.
Even apostles, while acting under an extraordinary mission, and enjoying the inspiration of the Holy Ghost, felt the necessity of the prayers of the faithful. God
requires that his people should pray for his ministers. Pray for your pastor and the leaders of the church, fast for them. The Lord is calling all of us to pray now for them even as we journey through this year. The harvest of the faithful has come, God wants more harvesters, and He needs your prayers to call them into the field.
Brethren, the time has come to PRAY, yes, PRAY!
PRAYER: We pray for all holiness ministers of God in these end times. Pour your strength upon them Oh Lord, so they’ll hate nothing but sin, do nothing but your work, and love nothing but you and their neighbors in Jesus name.
“Therefore Eli said unto Samuel, Go, lie down: and it shall be, if he call thee, that thou shalt say, Speak, LORD; for thy servant heareth. So Samuel went and lay down in his place.”
The child Samuel was very pious, meek and humble in his service to Eli, the priest, before the Lord. Because of how serviceable he was, he never missed a call from his master. He was so much attentive and obedient to everything he was instructed to do. He made his bed very close to where the ark of God was. Because of where he lied, he clearly heard the voice of God. He positioned himself at the exact place where the presence of God can be felt.
He lied daily before the presence of the Lord. There was never a day that he wasn’t before the Lord. No wonder he became one of the greatest prophets of Israel. The problem with today’s Christian youth is the lack of the spirit of serving. Instead of serving, they want to be served. If you learn how to obey and serve, you’ll be fit to rule and lead. God is looking for those who possess a servant’s heart to make them leaders. His heart is after those who will remain in his presence even if they don’t hear his voice. He is seriously searching for those who will wait until they’re truly called by Him without complaining.
Beloved, it’s time to lie before God, don’t just walk before His presence, make your bed there. It’s time to be willing to serve with a pure heart. Serving God and man is the ultimate purpose of every human on earth. Make your bed before the ark of God!
PRAYER: I will lie continually before you, Lord Jesus. For in your presence is joy unspeakable and eternal pleasures.
“And David was afraid of God that day, saying, How shall I bring the ark of God home to me?”
There was a great solemn of joy and celebration when the Israelites were bringing the ark to the place that David had prepared for it. Then came a moment of sorrow after God instantly killed Uzza upon touching the ark when it tilted. David became frightened so he brought not the ark home to himself to the city of David, but carried it aside into the house of Obededom the Gittite.
Let the sin of Uzza warn us all to take heed of presumption, rashness, and irreverence, in dealing about holy things, and not to think that a good intention will justify a bad action. In our communion with God we must carefully watch over our own hearts, lest familiarity breed contempt, and we think God is in any way beholden to us. Let the punishment of Uzza convince us that the God with whom we have to do is a jealous God. *And that the nearer any are to him the more displeased he is with their presumptions.*
Nonetheless, David should have brought the ark home. He shouldn’t have been afraid to do so. Because the ark of God is so pure and holy, those who carry it and the place it dwells must be outstandingly holy. Nothing impure must come near it. There is a heavenly blessing for anyone who welcomes the ark to his house. Is your heart holy for the ark to dwell? _Bring the ark to your heart, yes, bring it home!_
*PRAYER:* I pray unto thee, Lord Jesus to purge my heart for the indwelling of your spirit in your name.
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“Thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not go up, nor fight against your brethren the children of Israel: return every man to his house; for this thing is from me. They hearkened therefore to the word of the LORD, and returned to depart, according to the word of the LORD.”
God had a covenant with David concerning his children that if they’ll hearken unto Him and obey all His commandments, then will He be with them and establish them. But if they forsake Him, He will chastise them with the rod, though His mercy won’t depart from them. When Solomon, the son of David became king, God reinforced this covenant with Him and seasoned it with wisdom and wealth.
Although Solomon fulfilled his purpose of building a house for God, he didn’t follow all the commandments of the Lord as did his father David. As a result, God rented ten tribes of the kingdom from the tribe of Judah and gave it to Jeroboam, instead of Rehoboam, his son. In the aftermath of this, Rehoboam, prepared to battle against the house of Israel to redeem the kingdom back to his tribe out of ignorance; For he didn’t know it was given to Jeroboam in fulfilment of God’s prophecy by Ahijah, the prophet. So the Lord stayed them from warring against their brethren for He said, “…this thing is from me”.
Beloved, there are many things going on in your life that its source is from God. He allows us to pass through the fire to burn all filthiness and makes us shine as the sun. Sometimes we blame ourselves, others or even the devil for the pains we bear, but we must remember that He knows exactly what He is making us to be. We may not understand now, but we will later and will joyfully proclaim in thanksgiving that “this thing was from God!”
PRAYER: I don’t understand what’s going on in my life, oh Lord. But I do believe your invisible hand is always upon me and moulding me to be a vessel of honor in Jesus name.
“As for the word that thou hast spoken unto us in the name of the LORD, we will not hearken unto thee.”
In the aftermath of the captivity of Judah to Babylon, a strong warning from the LORD came to Jeremiah concerning all the Jews which dwell in the land of Egypt because of their wickedness which they committed to provoke Him to anger. They burnt incense and served other gods, whom they knew not. God told them the state of Judah before destroying them that upon all their idolatry, He sent unto them all His servants, the prophets, who rose early and said to them, “Oh do not this abomination that God hates”. But they hearkened not nor did they incline their ear to turn from their wickedness and idolatry. Wherefore, His fury and anger poured forth against them and gave them up to their enemies.
After all these warnings from the Lord, none of the Jews was ever ready to repent and hearken unto the Lord. Rather, all the men which knew that their wives had burned incense unto other gods and all the people that dwell in the land of Egypt answered Jeremiah, saying, “As for the word that thou hast spoken unto us in the name of the LORD, we will not hearken unto thee. But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth, to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, as we have done, we, and our fathers, our kings, and our princes, in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem: for then had we plenty of victuals, and were well, and saw no evil.”
Such is a willful answer from a disobedient heart. But don’t be too quick to judge these people, aren’t Christians of today doing same? Upon all the preachings, prophecies, revelations and end-time messages, are we not living our lives as we will? Aren’t we loving the world which God’s words said we shouldn’t? Aren’t we preaching virtue and practicing vice? Aren’t we confessing this same answer to God and His prophets by the lives that we’re living? It’s time to wake up and be willing to be obedient!
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, please forgive me for any rude answer that I’m giving you through my lifestyle. Help me to obey all your words for I love you in your name I pray.
“But the LORD is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation.”
There are many gods —idols made of the hands of men, who are creatures of the living GOD. The demons are more than humans on earth. Some are living in some men, trees, sea, mountains, valley, hills, etc and yet there are many of them who are still on earth without a dwelling place. Both the fallen angels and human beings were created by GOD. So it’s of a fact that there’s none comparable in wisdom, sovereignty, power and majesty with GOD. He’s independent of all his creation, He is the true everlasting and living GOD.
Believers admire the greatness of GOD during worship and praises times. We adore Him to be omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent and confess the beauty of His nature and attributes. The LORD said, “Thus shall ye say unto them, The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, even they shall perish from the earth, and from under these heavens. He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heavens by his discretion”. (V. 11&12)
David, the Psalmist, knew this and professed, “Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness.(Psalm 48:1) GOD is great, the vastness of His mightiness is incomprehensible. Beloved, how great is GOD is your life? How are you showing to the world that the LORD is the only true GOD? Is He reigning in your life?
PRAYER: You’re great yes, you’re, mighty God. Everything about you is great. You’re great, Oh yes, you’re great LORD JESUS.
“Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses”.
The kingdom of God shall be upon the earth even as it is in Heaven. Such is the prayers taught by the King of the kingdom himself and we believe he’s going to answer it himself. For the past years of the early Christians, this prayers has not disappeared from the mouth of Christians. Even now, we continue to pray in an unwavering faith that God will establish his kingdom upon the earth. That’s our kingdom; we have no share in the kingdom of this world, our territories are not earthly as the Israelites, but heavenly.
Christians who sought their territories among the kingdom of this world had their portions of it in where their king reigns — hell. Satan reigns in hell and anyone who will take his territory in his kingdom will have his share in his palace of hell fire. So the question is, “where should Christians take their territories?”. The WORD! Yes, our territories are in no other place other than in the words of our King.
The words of God have no boundary with the world; it has nothing similar or sharable with the kingdom of this world. It’s a kingdom independent on its things. Christians living in this kingdom had their independence on Calvary, where Christ shed his blood to save us from the kingdom of this world. Every word of God is a promise that we must take. The Bible is the territory of Christians. It’s the land that we must live in like the Israelites migrated from Egypt to Canaan; we have migrated from the world to the WORD. Our king is looking forward to seeing us taking our territories in His words. Have you yet taken your territory? Take your territory now! Yes, now!
PRAYER: I renounce any kind of worldliness in my life and I take my territory now in the words of my King, Christ Jesus.