Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Matthew 6:10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Philippians 2:10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
I have come to realize that everyone on the surface of the earth has got that “one thing” that makes their lives tick. It is a constant of life. There is “the what” that drives our lives at every point.
For teens and much younger folks, it may be the quest to perform well educationally. For the youth, it may be a quest to become success (by whatever success metrics used). This includes escaping the much dreaded poverty, so money is pursued like a piece of diamond placed at the end of a 100 metre race. Well, who wouldn’t pursue? Only a glimpse at the shame and embarrassment a lack of it portends, is enough motivation. For the older adults, it may be the quest to consolidate on whatever they have tried to build for the past 20-30 years of hardwork, or lingering hope of better days again for those who fate hasn’t smiled on and as such have nothing to consolidate.
Why this demographical analysis?
It is just to buttress the fact that at any point in time of our lives, there is “the what” makes our life tick. For this thing, you can spend any amount of money to fund it. It is that thing that can make you stay awake for hours in the night. It can make you disappoint even humans, as it controls the core of your entire being. Such is the huge effect that whatever makes our life tick have on us. And On our death beds, it would be what will be most remembered. It is our rallying point!
This thing that makes our lives tick can range across several options, as people have chosen several things to expend their energy on, but the case is very different from a God-minded Christian.
Jesus was teaching the disciples on the Mount and he said to them( and all of us in extension);
Seek ye FIRST the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33
There are four components of this Scripture worthy of note here;
- God ( to be sought)
- God’s Kingdom ( to be sought)
- God’s righteousness ( to be sought)
And then the reward for faithfully seeking these first three is presented in the fourth as ALL THESE THINGS or ALL OTHER THINGS.
The Scriptures clearly shows the Christian what to seek and set as the basis for life’s pursuit. And so, although we may be engaged in various activities in life, God expects only one thing to be the first in the rallying point of our lives and existence – THE KINGDOM.
According to Phillipians 2: 10, Scriptures show us the hierarchical grading of all things in God’s universe.
- There are things in heaven.
- There are things in earth.
- There are things under the earth.
Little wonder Apostle Paul through the Holy Spirit admonishes us to “…….SEEK those THINGS which are ABOVE”,
And also to ” …set your affection on THINGS ABOVE, not on things on the earth”. Colossians 3:1 and 2.
Now let us look closely again at 2nd Peter 3.
But the heavens and the earth which are now, by the same word at kept In store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgement and perdition of ungodly men. 2nd Pet 3:7
“….in which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the WORKS THAT ARE THEREIN shall be burned up”. 2nd Pet 3:10
This includes money and all that it can buy.
“Seeing then that all these things shall be Dissolved……..” Verse 11.
It is striking to discover that there are some things that have been reserved for destruction, inevitably! And God in his infinite wisdom has warned us to steer off the temptation to make them the rallying point of our life or core of our existence.
In these last days, God seeks Christians who are not just in Christianity for themselves or what they stand to gain, but people whose hearts are set out for HIM and His purpose. People who indeed are “fellow workers unto the Kingdom of God” (Colossians 4:11).
These people have the matters of the Kingdom as what their lives revolve around. They may have businesses to run, families to keep and report to, certificates to acquire or careers to pursue, but in the midst of all these they have the overriding rallying point of their lives as God and His Kingdom. The purposes of God and being relevant to His program is what makes their lives tick! They sleep it. They breathe it. You wonder why David (even after all his misdeeds) was a man after God’s heart. He had matters of the Kingdom as what made his life tick.
Just recently, a prayer came to my heart strongly and that is; May what makes my life tick, not be what has been reserved for destruction.
I believe this should be your prayer too. There could be no greater tragedy.
Again the Spirit the LORD is asking you….
What makes your life tick?
Written by Olowo Endurance
**All Scriptures cited, unless otherwise stated are from the King James Version**
“Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me (Psalm 42:7)”
In the Kingdom, many words and expressions carry very different meanings from what they are implied in the normal world. Such of those words, is the word “thirst”. From the natural standpoint, we know that when a man thirst and he gets water, he is satisfied, and therefore no longer thirsty. In the spiritual, kingdom thirst is not satisfied. Yes I mean Spiritual thirst is not satisfied, when it gets some it still calls for more. So as this thirst is satisfied, shortly after, a deeper thirst begins.
“The leech has two suckers that cry out, ‘More, more!’. There are three things that are never satisfied – no, four that never say, ‘Enough’: (Prov. 30:15) NLT”
“The grave, the barren womb, the thirsty desert, the blazing fire (Prov. 30:16) NLT”
“Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me (Psalm 42:7)”
From the scriptures above, we clearly see that true spiritual thirst is satisfied to only create a deeper spiritual thirst. “Deep calls unto deep”, is the definition of spiritual thirst. A knowledge of God revealed to us today, makes us want to know God the more tomorrow. That is why, you can’t claim to have a thirst for God, and not have a regular act of fellowship with Him. No man claims to have a genuine thirst, without having a strong desire for prayers and study of the scriptures. Spiritual thirst is not a one-time activity, it is a life. Men of thirst pursue God every second of their life with all their breath.
David, a very good example of a man with a thirst also says this.
“O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; (Psalms 63:1)”
“To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary (Psalms 63:2)”
David once again brings us back to our definition.
Notice what David said in Psalms 63:2, to see thy power and glory as I have seen thee. He had already seen God, yet he still wanted to see God. Spiritual thirst only proclaims for more. Another example is Moses, whom God said he spoke to face to face, and yet Moses still told God he still wanted to see his face the more. (Num. 12:8, Exo. 33:18).
Thirst opens every believer to deeper insights of God. Mysteries in the kingdom are not opened to people who do not have (show) a strong desire (respect) for such mysteries. The Mysteries of God are not delivered to careless people. And until you show that you will be careful and respect such mysteries of the kingdom, you may never be entitled to them.
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls (Matthew 13:45)”
“Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you (Matthew 7:6)”
Many of the secrets which our fathers in the faith possessed, came through a strong hunger for such secrets. And today we are all enjoying the wonders of the kingdom. But some people paid the price, which was their thirst. In fact Jesus, emphatically told us that the price to pay to know more about the kingdom was our thirst. Your thirst is your ticket.
“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled (Matt. 5:6)”
Notice the use of the words “do hunger and thirst” which implies a continuous act. Not just a one day act. They desire continuously. They don’t stop. They being satisfied today, is the reason they come tomorrow. Their deep today calls for another deep tomorrow (Ps. 42:7). And so every day they keep coming, seeking to see through the secrets of the kingdom. To be sincere, our 10, 15 minutes daily devotion is not showing any act of seriousness. We can’t continue like that and expect to handle some big and deep truth of the kingdom.
This generation, always seek someone to teach them everything. Without them learning to search the scriptures themselves, and that is why we have remained at this point ever-since. We can’t continue to remain at the level we are. Our visa into the next level is our thirst.
“Call unto me and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not (Jer. 33:3)”
God doesn’t reveal secrets to people, if they don’t ask. Our asking will come out of our desire to know. Our thirst, is just like a drill in an oil field, it keeps digging until it reaches oil. Our thirst creates the will power to keep searching, seeking the things of the kingdom. King David was a man of such thirst, this was what he said in one of the psalms.
“As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God
“My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: When shall I come and appear before God (Psalm 42:2)”
“My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, where is thy God (Psalm 42:3)”
With all this David’s thirst, little wonder God loved him, and called him a man after His heart and even showed him a lot about the mystery of the coming messiah. Many of the patriarchs of old, Isaiah, Moses, Samuel, Enoch, Elisha and Paul, just to mention a few, were thirsty men. Aggressively seeking for God and wanting to know more of Him. This was clearly evident in their lives. They sought him through prayers and searching the scriptures (fellowship with the spirit). And that was why they were able to record the Bible. Can your thirst get anything for your generation? Or you just want to be spoon-fed every time?
Paul had this to say.
“That I may know Him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death (Phil 3:10)”
The bible calls us “priests and kings (Rev. 5:10)” in the kingdom. One thing worthy of note of priests is that they were SEEKERS. Always coming into the tabernacle to worship and to offer up sacrifices. They were seekers. Seeking God, so Israel could be forgiven and blessed. Now He has called us priests, are we not supposed to live worthy of our call?
“And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins (Heb. 10:11) ”
Note the word, “every”, “daily”, “ministering” and yet the bible says all that didn’t take away sins. Now we are in a better covenant, which the mysteries of the kingdom are given for us to know, but the truth remains that we may not handle this secrets if we don’t build a strong desire and crave for them.
Now, thank God for the dispensation of the new covenant. I Believe God is more than willing to see more sons arise to begin to thirst for the things that He says are rightfully ours. The holy-spirit works out this thirst in us. But we need to agree with His work in our lives.
“For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure (Phil 2:13)”.
“Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen
So as the Holy-spirit prompts us for fellowship (which leads further to thirst), our agreement to the call opens up God’s thirst in us, hereby qualifying us for more of God. Know that we can always get as much of God, as we will pursue.
If you ever desire God the more in your life, develop a heart of thirst for him, create a passion to seek him continuously. Seek him with all your heart and shortly you will you see your soul being transformed, and yourself being a custodian of great truths that will liberate the world.
God being our Father desires we thirst for His presence, because as we know him the more, so we also get to know who we truly are. Ask Him to create a thirst for Him in you today. Develop a thirst for God and qualify for more of Him.
I Call You Blessed!
Written by Afolabi Samson
Bible trends reveal that God often pairs or groups people together. One may wonder, why is it that after making a perfect man, one that God looked at and called ‘good!’, He said, “it is not good for man to be alone”? Why did Jesus ask the disciples (day of ascension) to gather together in the upper room? When He sent out His disciples to heal the sick, why did He instruct them to go in twos? These are merely a few pointers to the fact that when doing the Master’s work, a one-man army is not better than a “mature body”.
Here are a few reasons why gathering together with other Christians regularly is important.
The Psalmist in Ps 133 talks about the blessedness of brothers and sisters dwelling in unity. The easy-to-read version says “Oh, how wonderful, how pleasing it is when God’s people all come together as one!” This seems to be a declaration of a truth that had been experienced. One can almost picture him reminiscing on past gatherings where he had glorious experiences of sweet fellowship, liberation, and beholding the beauty of the Lord’s holiness; hence he utters “Oh!”, revealing his longing. There are certain indescribable pleasures obtained when we fellowship together. Usually, an experience of awesomeness makes you hunger for more.
It will be appropriate at this juncture to answer this question: What happens when saints gather together?
God is pleased! Just like it will please any parent to have his children and grand-children gathered around him, so it is with God. And what does God do in response to that? He blesses the gathering with his presence. Jesus said in Matt 18:20, “For where two or more are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them”.
And this is where the fun starts.
God being among us
Naturally, some would wonder, “but God already lives in me through His Spirit”. Yes, that is very true. Nonetheless, just the way God is 3 and God is 1, there is a place for God in you and a separate place for God in our midst. They both have different yet interwoven roles and expressions.
It is important to remember that Matt 18:20 is referring to a gathering unto God. NLT says “when 2 or more are gathered as my followers, I am among them”. It is refers to ambassadors of Christ coming together to establish wishes of the One that sent them. Although the verse was used in the context of how an assembly should manage a misbehaving member, it was mentioned as a fact and used to support a specific context; hence it is not restricted to this case alone.
So when we gather together as believers, God comes to be in our midst and fellowships with us as a group. An atmosphere is created for amazing things to happen.
When God is among us, Warmth is generated. Though physical warmth is not totally ruled out, warmth here means tenderness of heart causing genial disposition towards others which helps to build/foster cordial relationships. This will eventually lead to agreement. The hearts and desires of the members are unified by the same Spirit and the group develops what I like to call it the “tower of babel potential”. Of course this does not mean it is a sin for Christians to disagree on certain issues. Nevertheless, the Spirit of God should be given headship, so he works out peace and unity. Eph 4:3 reveals that members have to “ensure” that it happens this way. The fruit of the spirit in the form of patience and love plays out and in time, the truth will prevail. Sometimes both parties are wrong and sometimes both parties are right. Tommy Tenny in his book, Secret Sources of Power said: “An atmosphere of disunity is especially attractive to the enemy because it empowers him. … His kingdom is secure for a moment, because just as unity brings revival, disunity dispels it!”
Coming together will cause us to be united in faith and united in the knowledge of Christ Eph 4:13. As a result, we can do things in one accord and come to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. Such a unified group easily defeats others, but cannot be defeated easily.Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (please read!). Other
Prayer is simply communication with God, ideally a bi-directional one. As important as it is to separate yourself from others to pray, it should not replace the corporate prayer and agreement. Many times, corporate gatherings help to fuel your private worship. Nonetheless, this is not an attempt to prove which is more important.
A noteworthy occurrence was when God told the 120 disciples to stay in one place/room and pray, until the Spirit came upon them. I must confess that such is no more common. Are people ready to commit? I believe the Christians realized the power of praying together and they applied the same principle and got Peter delivered from prison in Acts 12.
An opportunity to build, help and strengthen each other though:
- Wise counsel. Matt 18:15-20. In the church, one has the privilege of getting a combination of “brains” controlled by the Lordship of Jesus. Where else can this be found? There are people in your gathering that can easily judge that problem you are going through often because they have more experience in walking with God than you. Prov 11:4, 15:22, 24:6; Luke 14:21.
- Pooling resources (both spiritual and material). As a church we can pool our resources to help our brother who is in need, instead of letting him bear the burden alone. We can also pool resources to achieve set goals! What do you have to offer?
Ephesians 4 reveals the “capital investments” the Holy Spirit made in the church (vs 7, 11) and the purpose for them: for perfecting the saints, for the work of the ministry, and for edifying the body of Christ (vs11-12). Did you notice the transition? In vs 11, it says “He gave to some…”, but goal in vs 13 is “Till we all …” I believe God is an advocate for division of labour, because the gifts are meant for duties. The gifts you’ve been given are not for you alone, but for the benefit of the whole group as well. Team work! It is better, faster, more efficient and more fun when like-minded people work as a team than when either of them works alone.
The proper working of each part contributes to the growth of the whole body (Eph4:16). Once you play your role as an individual, the whole church will grow a little more. Everyone is encouraged to take responsibility for their duty. Passionately steward it! Care a little less about the person who isn’t doing his part correctly. The body of Christ depends on it. You are more significant and influential. (Heb 10:25) Let’s come together to form a mature body, striving towards attaining the fullness of Christ.
Be present! Be available!
Written by Boluwatife Falaye
“Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? Isaiah 53:1”
Personally, I believe what you experience as regards your health i.e. either sickness or perfect health depends basically on the report you choose to believe. Either that of the world or that of the word.
Many people have not been able to enjoy all of God’s provision for their health basically because they choose to believe the medical reports that they have received as truth replaced by the word of truth itself.
The World’s report has been highly publicised in our world today, we keep hearing of the dangers of many health challenges and doctors keep branding new ones, without having solved the earlier ones. We keep hearing of millions dying by the day as a result of diseases and sicknesses. While I do not try to brand doctors as wicked people, I try to show us that God has an adequate plan for us to be in good health, if we will only believe Him. This article however, endeavours to amplify God’s say about our health.
Taking a closer look at God’s original intent for the earth, we will discover that God’s will was that the earth and its inhabitant should live a sickness and disease free life.
“Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day (Gen 1:31)”
Clearly from the above scripture, at creation God looked at the earth and saw that everything he had created was very good. One cannot argue that sicknesses and diseases were in this earth and such a Loving God still declared that it was very good. Man was born to rest, not to live life under the pressure of sickness and diseases. The atmosphere in Eden was an atmosphere so blessed, that even when man didn’t wear any clothes, his health did just well. Adam never had any high-blood pressure, no headache once, not to talk of migraine, Cancer was not known to him, he was a free man. His Body-temperature never went too high or neither too cold even without clothes. No Blood-Group or Blood-type knowledge, yet he was free from the menace of blood transfusion, or any related issue. He was a free man. The earth was without sickness. God never wanted any man sick neither does he delight in seeing any weak or feeble man in pains. In-fact, herbs and trees in which many of our drugs are made of today were not created for medicinal purposes but for food as seen below;
“And God said, ‘See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food (Gen 1:29)”
Notice God specifically saying, it shall be for food not drugs. So God never wanted man to fall sick in the first place so there wasn’t any need to plan for healing him. All God created with the earth was perfect health without sickness or weakness.
At the fall, man permitted the devil to take charge of the earth. And after that we notice a serious disorder from God’s original intent. Man started dying physically, a long-term result of him dying spiritually. We notice diseases take a toll on man and hereby terminating abruptly man’s life. So it is clear that the originator of sicknesses and diseases is the Devil (Man’s enemy also known as the thief). He stole man’s health.
“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly (John 10:10)”
As true at the statement above is, the world rather has shied away from this truth and has kept on trying to explain other mentally acceptable reasons for the cause of sicknesses. But according to God’s report, the sole cause of Sicknesses is the Devil. So the next time, you feel a pain in your body, don’t think twice, remember it’s the devil that stole your health and rebuke him for it.
But actually the choice is yours, whose report you believe;
“I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live. (Deut. 30:19)”
God never wants any man sick. Even at the fall, which was man’s fault He didn’t leave man to his own problem because man was helpless. Man couldn’t save him-self from the mess he had got into. And that is why for any man who has not accepted God’s salvation i.e. Jesus, such a man is helpless.
“And the Lord will take away from thee all sickness, and will put none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which thou knowest, upon thee; but will lay them upon all them that hate thee. (Deut. 7:15)”
All through the old-testament God proved him-self in many ways to be Man’s healer. Finally, to give a death-dealing blow to sicknesses, He sent Jesus. The Bible records that during His earth walk he healed the sick.
“How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy-ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him (Acts 10:38)”
The bible calls healing the sick good, it therefore means being sick was bad. And God was displeased with man’s sickness. Finally, Jesus paid the ultimate price for man’s redemption and man’s debt to sin and sickness was fully and permanently paid at the cross. If you are paying another, it’s because of your ignorance.
“He his despised and rejected by men, A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief, And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him (Isaiah 53:3)”
“Surely He has borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows; yet we esteem Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted (Isaiah 53:4)”
“But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:5)”
“Who his own self bare our sins in his body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed (1 pet 2:9)”
And by whose stripes we were healed. Notice the use of the word “were”. We were ever healed before we were sick. Jesus has restored back to the earth, God’s original purpose concerning man’s health. The only way to enjoy this now, is simply to accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour in your life. Jesus paid the price for all diseases that is ever was and will still be when he died at the cross. All we need do is to believe Him.
God doesn’t afflict or tempt any-one with sickness. He will never punish you for your sins by making you sick. He punished Jesus on the cross already for your sake. Punishing you again will mean He is not a Just God and God forbid! The Debt is Paid, The devil’s reign over your life is over.
At Resurrection, when Jesus was raised from the dead and we who believe was raised with him also, our bodies received new strength.
“It is sown in dis-honour, it is raised in glory, it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power (1 Cor. 15:43) NKJV”
“It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body and there is a spiritual body (1 Cor. 15:44) NKJV”
So as a believer, your body is a spiritual body. A no go area for sicknesses. Your body is a temple of God meant for God alone and not for sickness. God and sickness can’t co-exist in your body. Light and darkness can live together. Your knowledge of this, is where your solution lie.
Many Christians suffer diseases today because they are ignorant of God’s provision concerning their health or they simply are not persuaded of them. They rather prefer an explanation more appealing to their senses. They do not know that the best way to understand God and His ways is through faith. Faith brings understanding.
“By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible (Hebrews 11:3)”
We understand God by faith. Divine health is connected to by faith. You need to acknowledge God’s provision for your health. Believe what he says concerning your health and say what he says concerning your health. And take any other report contrary to this as false. God created you, so he knows you more than you know your-self and He says I didn’t create you to be sick, won’t you simply believe him and enjoy life like a free man?
If you are reading this, and you are sick already, accept Jesus as your lord and saviour, believe his report concerning your health, confess it, take a step of faith, and see God supplying you strength from your inner man and do what you couldn’t do before. Don’t try to do it, do it.
In the book of Acts 3: 1 -9, the story of the ugly man at the beautiful gate whom the holy-ghost healed through peter and John. You will notice Peter and John pulled up the man in the name of Jesus. He simply believed Jesus and peter and john made him do what he couldn’t do before. It was in doing that, that he got his healing.
Believe Jesus and his provision for your health and start doing what you couldn’t do before. Here-in lies your healing. So don’t try to do it, Just do it and you discover you are healed.
Take charge of your health today, activate God’s provision for your health and live life to the fullest.
Christ Reigns! We Win!
I CALL YOU BLESSED
Written by Afolabi Samson
I left others behind, and followed him as he led. I had to wait and watch with him, as he moved ahead to pray. He fell upon his face and began to pray. The way he prayed surprised me. “Is he not the son of God?” I reasoned. “How is it that he’s praying in this manner? Groaning in prayer? Why exert so much energy” Those were questions I tried to answer within myself. I tried to watch him for some minutes, but it didn’t take long for me to sleep off. Suddenly I woke up from my sleep. It was him tapping me. I checked my time, and discovered that one hour had passed already. “One hour?” I reasoned! “What’s he praying about? Has he forgotten that he’s the son of God? And now he’s even sweating profusely. Is God no longer his father?” I thought he came to wake me so we can start leaving, but I was wrong. He came to wake me to join him in prayer as he went to pray the same way two more times. I couldn’t just stand it and had to fall asleep again and again.
As we left that place, I kept thinking about the prayer scenario. And really, I shouldn’t have been so surprised. That has been his attitude from the onset. He had always kept times of prayers. I remember after one meeting we had, where there were so much miracles, he still went somewhere to pray till midnight. I had thought he would just go somewhere to relax, but I was wrong. At another time, he prayed from evening till morning; which was around 12 hours. “Why that long?” I asked in my heart. At some other times, he rose so early to a very quiet place to pray. I had been wrong in my thoughts that he wouldn’t have to pray if he was the son of God. I came to understand many of these things later.
When Jesus left us with the ministry and we had to continue preaching the gospel, we had to devote ourselves also to prayer and the word. It was as if there was something in us that just pushed us to pray. Same way he did during his time, we made prayer a priority; we had daily times of prayers, even though we pray without ceasing. We didn’t miss our prayer times for anything. And we saw so much healing and miracles just as when he was with us. We devoted ourselves fully to prayer. I remember praying somewhere one day, and even when I became so hungry, I still continued to pray. It was already the sixth hour and food was being prepared for me, but I continued in prayer. Even when we faced problems with the governing authority, that didn’t stop us from praying; it was like breathing to us. It is just our nature to pray.
Now I know why our master would always pray. That was his nature. As he was always in constant communion with the heavenly father, we were also in constant communion with the father. Some from among us even while they were remanded in prison couldn’t resist the urge to pray. They prayed, they sang praises to God. No situation was too big to stop prayers. At a time when I was also arrested and put in the prison, what the other brethren did was to pray. It was as if what God would do is dependent on our prayers. We cooperated with God in prayer to see his will established here on earth. Every one of us in the group was a man and woman of prayer. Prayer was not left for some certain group; everybody prayed. What was He praying for? He prayed that God’s will be done and His Kingdom Come.
He taught His disciples the same in what we call the Lord’s Prayer (Matt. 6: 9 – 13).
One Common act practised by our Patriarchs of Old is Prayer. Yes, they prayed. Elisha prayed earnestly, Elijah Prayed, the prophets prayed, Paul Prayed in Ephesians, Colossians, Thessalonians, Peter Prayed, the Apostles Prayed they prayed and prayed until they were able to reveal and establish the kingdom of God on earth. The 120 people who gathered in the upper room prayed until God’s Promise of the Holy-Spirit was released to the Church. Paul encouraged us to Pray without ceasing (1 Thess. 5:17). Pray without STOPING. The Apostles said we “would give ourselves to the ministry of the word and Prayer (Acts 6:4). Prayer get things done. The Holy-Spirit came on the wings of Prayer. Our Father in Heaven is ready to hear us,
“And this is the Confidence that we have in him, that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us” (1 John 5:14)
“If you shall ask anything in my name, I will do it” (John 14:14).
Now the Baton has been passed unto us, the Church. It is time for the Church to rise-up to pray and not just pray, but Pray for God’s will to be done and His kingdom Come. Prayer aligns us with God’s will for corporate turning that can activate our journey towards God. Prayer opens the eyes of our understanding just as Paul prayed in Ephesians, Colossians etc. for the Church. Prayer can create in our spirit a Hunger for the Lord. Prayers is Praying the Scriptures. God’s will is specifically declared in the Bible. That is a very safe way to pray the will of God.
The whole region knew us. We were accused of turning the world upside down. We did it through the word and prayer. As for the sick people, it didn’t matter if we touched them, or used handkerchief from our bodies, or our shadows, or just our words, they always got healed. Dead people were raised back to life too. There was no room for laziness. We were so fervent in prayer. And it was glaring that we took over the whole world, filling it with the wonderful name of the savior Jesus. Prayer to us is like breathing.
And yes we are the new creature; created in Christ Jesus for every good work. Yes we are! We pray because that is who we are. Our call was not to irresponsibility and laziness; it is a call to take over the world with his name. We are taking over. Not just by mouth; we will yet pray, and pray more, and pray. We will act too. Yes we will! Pray! Men that took over prayed, so pray now. Pray! Pray now! Have you started praying already? What are you waiting for? When you are weak, pray. When you are strong, pray.
Our Generation may never witness the Power and wonderful acts of God as we see in the bible, if we don’t learn to Pray. The effective and fervent prayer of the righteous makes tremendous power available, dynamic in its working.
The church will keep being insensitive, and Babes if we don’t Pray. We must arise. This is a wake-up Call, Pray. Pray for your Family, Pray for your country, Pray for the Church, Pray for yourself. Pray and Pray and Pray. Pray until something Happens.
Don’t waste time, pray. Pray and Pray and Pray. Shut down the Television, Shut down the Radio, Shut down that Laptop instead PRAY. Yes, I said PRAY.
Written by Ajayi Samuel and Afolabi Samson
“…Then pour out [the oil you have] into all those vessels…(2 Kings 4:4)”
Our Covenant fathers seemed to understand some ancient paths and secrets which granted them access to operate in the supernatural without stress. One of such mysteries is the secret of multiplication. It is important to note that the bible is basically a book of principles, if u know the right keys that opens a door and you operate them accordingly, no matter who you are, the doors will open to your instruction.
So if you operate the right keys in any area of your life say marriage, finances, career, ministry then success is guaranteed. And that is why a Pagan may have a peaceful marriage because he knows how to handle marriage and a spirit-filled Christian may not have one. Same also applies in business. What makes the difference is Wisdom.
“The labour of fools wearies them, for they do not know how to get into the city! (Ecc. 10:15) ”
Without a good knowledge of the keys and using them appropriately one may pray and pray and even fast for 100 years and there won’t be any result. Am not in any way speaking less of praying and fasting, but am putting emphasis on the place of wisdom. For-example, without the knowledge of kingdom prosperity one may pray and fast and still remain poor.
“Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding (proverbs 4:7)”
The book of 2nd kings 4: 1 -7 talks about a particular woman whose husband was a prophet yet died a poor man having debt (prosperity answers to knowledge not ministerial office). After his death, his creditors came wanting to take his two sons to be slave. At this, the wife of the late prophet cried to Elisha for help. It’s interesting the way Elisha answered, and said “what do you have?” Isn’t it interesting that God finds it easy to multiply what we have, than we having nothing? Even mathematics teaches us that zero (nothing) multiplied any number in the world is zero (nothing).
Remember at the feeding of the 5000 people (John 6: 1 -14), the disciples told Jesus, we have 5 loaves and 2 fishes. Also in Matthew 15:34, Jesus asked
“How many loaves do you have? And they said “seven loaves and a few fishes”.
They had something. So they qualified for multiplication. Moses had a rod, he parted the red sea, the woman in 2nd kings 4:1 – 7 had a jar of oil, she also qualified for multiplication, the woman in (Judges 9:50 – 57) also used her effort to cast a millstone, and God multiplied her effort to save a whole town, now let me ask what do you have? Or what are you doing?
Many people are not doing anything, yet they cry that God should bless them and I ask what should God bless? Imagine if God opens all the windows of heaven and it were to rain heavily, if you don’t have anything to collect water even if it is a small bucket, you still may never have water, yet there was rain.
Am not advocating for hard-work over God’s grace but am saying at least start doing something. Stop sitting down and complaining. Find something doing.
Now let’s continue with our story, then Elisha told her “go borrow vessels from everywhere from all your neighbours-empty vessels, do not gather a few (2 kings 4:3)”. You will agree with me that the number of vessels this woman will borrow will depend on how much she believed Elisha to be Gods prophet. If she believed God in Elisha a little she might just have borrowed say may be 3 or 4 to just give it a try. But if she seriously believed Elisha to be Gods mouth-piece then she could borrow as much as 25 to 30. Many people have not succeeded in life because they have refused to believe the prophet God has placed over them.
“And by a prophet the Lord brought Israel out of Egypt, and by a prophet was he preserved (Hosea 12:13)”
As much as one has to be very careful of fake prophets who profess to agents of light and are actually otherwise one still needs to be careful not to neglect God sent servants who have come to give one light. Arrogance and disobedience kills, don’t engage in it.
Then Elisha gave the woman the instruction “then pour it into all these vessels”. Now let’s hold that there and consider 2nd kings 4:42 – 44.
“vs 42. And there came a man from Baal – shalisha, and brought the man of God bread of the firstfruits, twenty loaves of barley, and full ears of corn in the husk thereof. And he said, Give unto the people, that they may eat”.
“vs. 43 but his servant said, ‘What? Shall I set this before one hundred men?’ He said again, Give it to the people that they may eat; for thus says the Lord: ‘They shall eat and have some left-over’”.
“vs. 44 so he set it before them, and they did eat, and left thereof, according to the word of the Lord”.
Notice the instruction Elisha gave in vs. 42 “Give unto the people that they may eat”.This same instruction is similar to the instruction to the woman “then pour it into all these vessels”. Now let’s look at our lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in John 6:1 -14.
“vs. 11 And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as they would”
Notice Jesus “distributed to the disciples” and “the disciples (distributed) to them that were set down”. This was the same instruction in the account of Matt. 15:32 – 39. From this three different stories we see just one trend in the way this heroes of faith operated the mystery of multiplication. What they did was to give out (pour, set before, distributed) the little they had and in a way nobody could explain the things they gave out multiplied as they desired.
The Mystery of multiplication is about giving. Releasing that thing that seems not enough, is bringing it before the almighty for multiplication.
“He that gives unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hides his eyes shall have many a curse (Prov. 28:27)”
“Cast your bread upon the waters: for you shall find it after many days (Ecc 11:1)”
It is important to note that this mystery doesn’t just work for finances. This mystery operates in all areas of life. As a minister of the gospel, know that the more you preach (let out) the revelations God give you, the more the revelations are multiplied to you. As a business-man the more ideas you get and you share, the more you open yourself to receive more.
Many times our eyes are on the big, whilst we do not know that the pathway to the big, is the small. If you ever desire that God should use you on a large-scale know that, it is being faithful in the little assignments that brings the big ones. The secret to praying one hour, is starting to pray 10 minutes. Whatever area you desire multiplication, just spend that little you have, and God will multiply it.
Many people have refused to increase because they are stingy. They have continued to hoard God resources in their life, and that’s why they don’t have more. In all aspects of life, the principle is let go that little and you see God multiply it. Learn to start sharing today, and see God’s abundant grace multiplying your little efforts in all areas.
Read Also (2 kings 4:1 -7, 42 – 44, John 6:1 – 14, Matthew 15:32-39)
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