Month: May 2023

Beloved Children, Pleasing to God

God delights in those who love Him and want to do His will—even when they stumble.

Ephesians 5:1-10

As believers, we’re supposed to imitate Jesus. That might seem impossible to us. After all, He was the Son of God! In fact, God the Father even attested several times, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased” (Matthew 3:17). How can we possibly live up to that?

Thankfully, God doesn’t expect us to be perfect. He knows we’re still learning. Just like a parent who rejoices over a baby’s first steps, so our heavenly Father delights in our steps as we seek to walk with Him. The goal is growth. Once a toddler walks, the parents’ delight shifts to more mature achievements. As long as we keep growing in our faith, we will never cease learning new ways to please our Father. He loves us and patiently cheers us on at each new level.

What’s important to the Lord is our heart. Amidst all our frailties, failures, and temptations, God sees our inmost thoughts and motivations. He knows how much we love Him and desire to obey. Even in our stumbling, He helps us up and encourages us with His Word.

If you’re prone to perfectionism, give yourself grace and time to grow. That’s what the Father does, so learn to see yourself through His eyes. He’s waiting—not to berate your efforts but to help you develop into the person He designed you to be.

Daily Prayer

As for you, see that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father. And this is what he promised us – eternal life. 1 John 2:24–25, NIV

Lord our God, we want to find our joy in you and in all your promises to us. For you have promised that in the midst of all the pain and sorrow, you are preparing what pleases you and serves your honor in every heart. May we experience in our lives the fulfillment of many of your promises, so that again and again we can go forward joyfully, rising above difficult times and situations. Have mercy on us and protect us in your strength. Amen.

Midnight Prayer Points

Genesis 26:17-22, Proverbs 31:8-9

Thank you Jesus for preserving my life till this moment, may your name be praised forever.

Thank you for my years of struggles that were never in vain, thank you Father in the name of Jesus.

Father, tonight let your mercy speak for me in the name of Jesus.

Lord where I have no voice, please raise a voice for me in the name of Jesus.

Daddy, I am here again tonight, as a helpless child, because I know that you are the help of the helpless, please send me help quickly in the name of Jesus.

Father do not be silent, deal mercilessly with the forces of darkness turning my hardwork into a futile efforts in the name of Jesus.

Every demonic herdsmen, waiting for me to dig well of success so that they can hijack it from me, receive angelic slap in the name of Jesus.

Powers stealing my ideas, die in the name of Jesus.

Father restore back to me all the productive years the enemies has stolen from me in the name of Jesus.

Any power, displaying my goods in their coven, causing me frustration and no sales in real life, consuming fire of the Lord, consume them now in the name of Jesus.

Powers sitting on my business plans and proposals, I unseat you now by fire in the name of Jesus.

Any tongue speaking evil against my business or products, enough is enough become deaf and dumb in the name of Jesus.

Any strongman blocking clients from patronizing me despite all my efforts in advertising my products/business, die in the name of Jesus.

Let God arise and declare war in the camp of my enemies causing low/no sales in my business in the name of Jesus.

Father I can no longer help myself send me divine helpers that will take my business to the next level in the name of Jesus.

Father, this new well {mention the name of your new business or career} I have dug, I decree and declare it shall stand, no enemy will claim it from me in the name of Jesus.

Every Pharaoh rising against my idea/business, perish in the red sea now in the name of Jesus.

Anything that will bring shame or reproach to my business, Father deal with them now in the name of Jesus.

I refuse to accept advice from anyone that will ruin my business in the name of Jesus.

Your personal prayer points.

Thank you Father for answering our prayers.

The Grace of Giving

Those who honor God by sharing generously are blessed with His joy.

2 Corinthians 8:1-7

In verse 7 of today’s passage, Paul wrote, “See that you also excel in this grace of giving” (NIV). Let’s look at some people in the Bible who were examples of this kind of generosity.

In Mark 12:41-44, Jesus praised the poor widow for her sacrificial giving. Contrasting her with those who gave out of their surplus, He said, “She, out of her poverty, put in all she owned” (Mark 12:44). When we trust the Lord with our finances as this woman did, then no matter how little or how much we have, we’ll excel at the grace of giving.

A sacrificial mindset can be found in the early church, too. Those new believers eagerly sold their possessions and property to meet the needs around them. (See Acts 2:45.) Because of their generosity, God blessed them with glad hearts, favor from people, and increasing numbers.

The Macedonian churches from today’s passage also understood the importance of giving. Even though these believers were very poor, Paul says “their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity.” He even says they considered it a privilege to share in this way (2 Corinthians 8:2-4 NIV).

God expects us to give, and to do so cheerfully (2 Corinthians 9:7). In His grace, He’s provided biblical role models to help us learn how. What’s one way you can become a more giving person?

Daily Prayer

Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. Psalm 103:1–3, NIV

Lord our God, O Holy One, we thank you that we may lay aside our own nature and be lifted in spirit above all that is temporal and human and have joy in you. In spite of all the evil surrounding us, in spite of the thousandfold misery of humankind, we may still rejoice in you, in all you do and will yet do for us. Grant that we may go on rejoicing, having joy together, helping instead of burdening each other, until this earth is filled with the jubilation of those you have so richly blest. Forgive us all our sins. Heal us in mind and body. Deliver us from all the corruption that tries to take hold of our souls. Amen.

Midnight Prayer Points

Psalms 128, 127:3-5

Father I thank you for my life and that of my family.

Thank you Lord for forgiving us of all our sins and unrighteousness
(Instructions; pray these prayers even if you are not married or have given birth)

Father, I thank you for the grace to be called a mother/father in the name of Jesus.

Thank you Jesus because tonight shall be the night of great deliverance for me and the children you have gifted me in the name of Jesus.

Father this night I rededicate my children to you, do with them what pleases you because they are yours forever in the name of Jesus.

Father show me mercy tonight wherever and whenever I have claimed total ownership of your heritage in my care in Jesus name.

Powers that said since we cannot catch him/ her let us go after his/her children , O God do not listen to them but destroy them in your anger, in the name of Jesus.

Father make my children your anointed in the name of Jesus.

JESUS please build your wall of fire around the heritage you have given to me in the name of Jesus.

I decree and declare no weapon formed against my children shall prosper in the name of Jesus.

(Instructions: pray this particular prayer with every strength in you)

Every demonic curses over the life of the firstborns in my father’s house, in my mother’s house or in my inlaw’s house, waiting to manifest in the life of my first born (mention the name of the child) at a certain age, Rock of Ages, break them to pieces in the name of Jesus.

My children (mention their names), you shall not inherit any negative traits from any late family members of both your father’s house and your mother’s in the name of Jesus.

Powers waiting for me to reach a certain age to afflict me through my children, you are a liar, die in the name of Jesus.

O God of the past, present and future, arise in your mercy, go to the past, present and future of my children and make everything work for their favor in the name of Jesus.

Any ancestor raising evil altars for my children, sacrificing blood and dancing around their names, O Most High God, let them run mad instantly in the name of Jesus.

I rebuke every power assigned to turn my children against me at my ripened age in order to see me suffer in the name of Jesus.

Every afflictions my parents passed over to their children, surely as the Lord liveth and His Spirit lives, such afflictions shall not arise against me or my offspring in the name of Jesus.

At the appointed time that the glory of my children will begin to manifest, I shall not be found in the grave yard, mortuary or at the psychiatric hospital in the name of Jesus.

Father, thou art my strength and my shield, the lifter up of my head, please honour these prayers tonight in the name of Jesus.

Father cause the heaven to shake, cause the ground to shake and let there be earthquake in the camp of the enemies wanting to attack me or my children as a result of these prayers in the name of Jesus.

Powers chanting my children’s name before any evil altar be silenced and die in the name of Jesus.

Your personal prayer points.

Thank you Father for answering our prayers.

Daily Prayer

But God’s mercy is so abundant, and his love for us is so great, that while we were spiritually dead in our disobedience he brought us to life with Christ. It is by God’s grace that you have been saved. In our union with Christ Jesus he raised us up with him to rule with him in the heavenly world. Ephesians 2:4–6, TEV

Lord our God, we thank you for allowing us to experience your power. We thank you that we need not be occupied with material things only. We thank you that your Spirit comes to our aid again and again. Grant that we may continue to have your help, and let many hearts find what a grace it is that in spirit we may walk in heaven even during this transitory life with all its foolish ways. We may say with complete assurance that everything tormenting and burdening will pass by. It passes by, and we go joyfully and confidently toward your kingdom, which continually gains in power. Amen.

Midnight Prayer Points

BIBLE REFERENCE: Psalms 91:1-16

You are the mighty man in battle El-Shaddai, You are the mighty man in battle glory to your name O God.

I join the hosts of heaven to sing praises to you tonight. Father accept my thanksgiving in the name of Jesus.

Father as long as I am breathing I will always worship you forever in the name of Jesus.

There is none Holy as the Lord Almighty, who spare me from all evils both seen and unseen, be Thou exalted O God in the name of Jesus.

Father please forgive me all my trespasses that may want you to withdraw Your hand of protection from me in the name of Jesus.

Father please cleanse me from every guilt, wash me with the blood of Jesus and make me white as snow that I may be worthy in your presence in the name of Jesus.

Father, I and my household abide under your shadow tonight nothing shall take me or my family from your secret place in the name of Jesus.

Forever O God, continue to be my refuge, don’t let me or any member of my family die untimely in the name of Jesus.

Father please deliver me from every fear of the unforseen circumstances in the name of Jesus.

Father at thy word O Lord, let no evil come near my dwelling in the name of Jesus.

Thousand shall fall at my side and ten thousands at my right hand but it shall not come near me and my household in the name of Jesus.

On the day the road is hungry for flesh or thirsty for blood, my relatives and I will not be on the road in the name of Jesus.

Father, please command your angels to always watch over me, to carry me up in their hands and never to let me hit my legs on demonic stones in the name of Jesus.

Father please deliver me from the spirit of fear in the name of Jesus.

For the remaining part of this year and beyond my family and I, friends and loved ones shall not be victim of accident and untimely death in the name of Jesus.

Arrow of sickness, arrow of untimely death, targeted against me or my family, hear the Word of God, go back to your sender in the name of Jesus.

Father deliver me and my family from the plans of the enemies in the name of Jesus.

Every evil dreams unto death be destroyed by fire in the name of Jesus.

Father when I call you in my distress please Lord incline your ears to my cry and deliver from the enemies that are too strong for me.

Father please satisfy my household and I with long life in the name of Jesus.

Father, there shall be no premature deaths in Heaven At Last-Godgift platform in the mighty name of Jesus.

By the blood of Jesus, we seal the covenant of long life in good health and sound mind in the name of Jesus.

Your personal prayer points.

Thank you Father for answering our prayers.

Becoming a Generous Giver

Take time to consider all the gifts you’ll enjoy today because of God’s goodness.

2 Corinthians 9:6-8

We know we should be generous, but have you ever thought about all the ways the Lord has been generous to us? He formed us in our mother’s womb with tender, loving care and gave us life (Psalm 139:13). He created the world in which we live and provided air, water, food, and other essentials—as well as sunsets, butterflies, flowers, and laughter.

At salvation, we received additional gifts—the forgiveness of sins, eternal life, adoption into God’s family, and a heavenly home. We’re also given the Holy Spirit, who indwells us and provides wisdom, guidance, and comfort. We don’t deserve any of this, nor could we earn it. It’s been freely given to all who believe in Jesus.

When we think of how generous God has been to us, we should want to extend that generosity to others. To become a generous giver, remember these truths. We are …

• Imitating Jesus when we give sacrificially.

• Honoring God when we obey His commands to give.

• Extending His work through our support of the church.

Being a generous person requires a heart that loves the Lord above all else. The Holy Spirit will also transform each of us into someone who finds pleasure in giving. And God loves a cheerful giver.

Listen and Respond With Courage

Remember, taking a risk in God’s will is always safter than clinging to safety outside His will.

Sometimes God calls us to participate in His mission in unusual or even confusing ways. These situations might ask us to step outside of our normal manner of doing things and take a risk, give sacrificially, inconvenience ourselves, or even suffer for the sake of others. Have you ever felt called to go beyond your routine to do something extraordinary?

For some Christians, this might look like answering a call to move overseas and share the gospel with unreached people groups. For others, it could mean giving more than usual to help their church or community meet a need. Or perhaps it involves taking a risk to support and come alongside someone who is struggling. Not all of us are called to make big, overt gestures. But we all can try to listen with courage, trusting God to guide us in how we use His gifts—whatever that may look like.

Think about it

• Can you remember a time when God asked you to take a step that made you uncomfortable or even fearful? How did you deal with it?

1 Corinthians 16:13 NIV says, “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.” What would it look like to listen to God with courage?