Month: July 2023

Blessing in Opposition

How we manage conflict can powerfully affect those around us.

Matthew 5:3-16

Contrary to popular—but poor—theology, salvation doesn’t guarantee an easy life. We cannot escape conflict and therefore should learn to face it with courage and wisdom. The joy of our faith is that God gives us all we need to deal with whatever comes our way—and He’s able to use difficult things for good in our lives.

Consider the Lord’s example. Jesus was fully God, but at the same time, He was also fully human. That means He understood the sting of rejection, just as we do (Hebrews 4:15). Yet He was so fearless in challenging the status quo that religious leaders called for His death. He was at the center of controversy throughout His ministry, which is one reason He often slipped away for time alone with His Father. What a comfort to realize He understands when we, too, are in the midst of persecution.

That awareness can also help us relate to Christ in a deep, new way—and to follow His example of faithfulness, even when we’re being criticized or rejected. Simply by being the person God created us to be, it’s possible to make an impact on those around us. It’s important not to give up. So ask God to help you persevere—and trust that He is at work!

Daily Prayer

Many, Lord, are asking, “Who will bring us prosperity?” Let the light of your face shine on us. Psalm 4:6, NIV

Lord our God, with all our hearts we come before your countenance. Our hearts shall always be in your presence, asking, longing, and believing that you will guide our affairs aright. Protect us, for you are our God and Father. Protect all who are in danger or who must go into danger. Make known your great love and your living presence to the hearts of the dying. Draw our hearts together so that we may have community in you, our faith and hope set on you alone. Protect us during the night, and help us to be at peace about all our concerns because they are in your hands. Every concern of every person is in your hands. We ourselves are in your hands, Lord God, our Father, and there we want to remain. Your hands can heal and restore everything. Praised be your name! Amen.

Midnight Prayer Points

Ecclesiastes 3:1-22

Almighty and Powerful God, thank you for the gift of life.

Everlasting God I give you all the glory and honour.

Thank you Bright and Morning star for your provision upon my life and family.

O God show me your mercy and forgive me and my household all my our trespasses in Jesus name.

Arrows of evil delay fired into my star die, in the name of Jesus.

Arrows of backwardness fired into my life die, in the name of Jesus.

Every chain of stagnation holding me and my household down, break into pieces, in the name of Jesus.

Delay tactics organized against my Joy, back fire in the name of Jesus.

Every power of delay of my father’s house, die, in the name of Jesus.

Every delay program to slow me down, die in the name Jesus.

Powers of delay assign to tie me down, you are a liar, die in the name of Jesus.

Arrows of disappointment, die in the name of Jesus.

Thou power of hard life die in the name of Jesus.

Powers of my father’s house delaying my breakthrough, die in the name of Jesus.

Every document of darkness tying down my progress catch fire in the name of Jesus.

Every padlock blocking my progress breaks in the name of Jesus.

Where is the God of Elijah, convert my delay to speed, in the name of Jesus.

Blood of Jesus go into my foundation and make me whole, in the name of Jesus.

Problems with stubborn rootsn dry up in the name of Jesus.

Inherited warfare, generational warfare, be over, in the name of Jesus. I have victory over you in Jesus name.

Your personal prayer points.

Thank you Father for answering our prayers.

He’s Got the Whole World

No matter what is happening in our world, we can live with peace and hope because our God is always in control.

Daniel 2:20-22

How many of us have listened to the news and wondered, What in the world is going on? Without a firm foundation of biblical truth, we can easily be overcome with fear and despair. Thankfully, though, Christians can find peace in the knowledge that our God is sovereign over every nation and ruler on earth.

An omnipotent hand is orchestrating a good and glorious plan: the Lord is the one who “removes kings and establishes kings” (Dan. 2:20). Nothing that the Lord does is carried out in isolation. He’s working all things according to His divine plan. We tend to think that a ruler has to be righteous for God to use Him, but Proverbs 21:1 tells us that the Lord can direct the heart of any national leader wherever He wishes. In fact, He describes two pagan kings—Nebuchadnezzar and Cyrus—as “My servant” (Jeremiah 25:9) and “My shepherd” (Isaiah 44:28). Unbeknownst to them, God guided their paths to fulfill His purposes for Israel.

The Lord’s plans for this world are moving along according to His divine purposes, and no unrighteous ruler can thwart Him. Just remember, “He’s got the whole world in His hands.”

Daily Prayer

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7, NIV

Lord our God, we are your children. Hear all our concerns, we pray, for we want help from you, not from men, not from anything we can think or say. May your power be revealed in our time. We long for a new age, an age of peace in which people are changed. We long for your day, the day when your power will be revealed to poor, broken humankind. Be with us, and give our hearts what will remain with us, the strength and mercy of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Midnight Prayer Points

Psalms 121:1-8, Psalms 68:1-2.

Abba Father, mighty warrior in battle, I appreciate all you have been doing for me and my household all through this month. Thank you Jesus.

I am forever grateful to you Lord for all you have done for me and my household.

Thank you sweet Father for caring for me and my household.

O lord show me your mercy tonight, forgive me of all my unrighteousness in Jesus name.

O God arise, join the heads of my enemies together, grind them to powder by fire, in the name of Jesus.

My destiny arise and disappoint my enemies by fire, in the name of Jesus.

Problems assigned to consume good things in my life, before I leave this place, die by fire, in the name of Jesus.

Mirrors of darkness assigned to monitor my life, break by fire, in the name of Jesus.

Power assigned to quench my life. You are a liar, die by fire, in the name of Jesus.

Rivers of darkness assigned to overtake my life, you are a liar, dry out by fire, in the name of Jesus.

Wherever my glory has fallen, arise and shine, in the name of Jesus.

Battle assigned to make me rise and fall, die in the name of Jesus.

O God arise, send me my Moses over my pharaoh, in the name of Jesus.

Powers dragging my destiny ladder with me, die by fire, in the name of Jesus.

Arrows assigned to kill me back fire in the name of Jesus.

Strange spirit chasing away my miracles, expire in the name of Jesus.

Powers waiting for me at the junction of my breakthrough, die by fire in the name of Jesus.

Any power gathered to destroy me, destroy yourself by fire in the name of Jesus.

Every dream program to limit my prayers, die by fire in the name of Jesus.

Thou power of busy without results, you are a liar, die by fire in the name of Jesus.

Your personal supplication.

Thank you Father for answering our prayers.

Formula for Personal Growth

Living out the Word we’ve learned is how we—and our world—are changed.

James 1:22-25

Growing in Christ involves far more than just attending church, tithing, and listening to a sermon. In fact, many believers do all this but remain stagnant in their walk. For us to become more like Jesus, two things are necessary: instruction and involvement.

The first of these, learning truth, is vital to a healthy walk with God. In fact, Jesus proved the importance of instruction by devoting much of His time on earth to it. So how can we gain understanding? One of the most important ways is to read the Word of God. Scripture instructs us that just as newborns crave milk, we are to desire His Word so that we might grow. Pray that your spiritual thirst will become insatiable.

Simply listening to the truth, however, doesn’t mean that we’ve acquired it. Some people love attending Bible studies and expanding their knowledge, but their lives remain unchanged. Just as today’s passage teaches, we have to apply the Word to our life. Remember that actual growth requires action. As James 2:26 states, “Just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.”

If we’re truly maturing, our life will be increasingly Christlike, and our desires will align more closely with God’s heart. Make sure that you are listening and responding to His truth.

Daily Prayer

True, he died on the cross in weakness, but he lives by the power of God; and we who share his weakness shall by the power of God live with him in your service. 2 Corinthians 13:4, NEB

Lord our God, we thank you for the love you show us so that we may be delivered from weakness and sickness, from sin and misery, and may be given strength to serve you, our Father in heaven. Bless us in all we have on our hearts, that through your mercy the battle of life may be fought aright. Bless us in our times and grant that justice may gain the upper hand and we may live in peace, praising you into all eternity. Protect us, your children, forevermore. May your name be honored, your kingdom come, and your will be done on earth as in heaven. Amen.

Midnight Prayer Points

Joel 2:23-26, 1Samuel 30:8.

Father I thank you for the gift of life. I thank you for your faithfulness to me and my household. To you be all the Glory.

Father I bless your Holy name for your goodness and mercy upon me and my household, to you be all the praise.

Father I make demand for your mercy upon me for every area I have fallen short of your glory.

O Lord have mercy upon me and cleanse me from all unrighteousness, iniquities and bloodguiltiness.

O God restore every thing belonging to me that the enemies have stolen.

My Father my Father, arise and contend with every forces of darkness holding onto my breakthrough in Jesus name.

In the Mighty name of Jesus, I unseat every one sitting on my blessing.

Father by your mercy restore to me all my lost opportunities in Jesus name.

O Lord be merciful unto me and restore every wasted years of my life in Jesus name.

Father let every diverted breakthrough be restored in the name of Jesus.

O Lord open the heavens and let me experience rain of abundance in Jesus name.

Father restore my lost prayer mantles in Jesus name.

O Lord release fresh fire on my personal prayer altar in Jesus name.

Father let every business opportunities I have lost in the past be restored back to me in Jesus name.

O Lord release upon me the grace to run, to overtake and to recover all that the enemies have stolen from my life in Jesus name.

  1. Father in the name of Jesus I release fire upon every altar diverting what belongs to me. I command such altar to be roasted by fire now in Jesus name.

O God every demonic agent assigned to steal my blessing die by fire in Jesus name.

In the name of Jesus, I set every ancestral altar diverting my breakthrough on fire in Jesus name.

O God, cause me and my family to eat in plenty and be satisfied in Jesus name. We shall not lack any good thing in Jesus name.

Father let my heaven be opened and let me experience an overflow of blessings in life and career in Jesus name.

Father decorate my life with your goodness and make my life beautiful both inside and outside in Jesus name.

Your personal supplication.

Thank you Father for answering our prayers.

Jesus, Our Rock

Our compassionate Savior offers spiritual, physical, and emotional refuge for the hurting.

Malachi 3:6

Yesterday, we learned that God’s character never changes—Jesus Christ always remains the same. What a comfort for believers! And the better we know Him, the easier it will be to turn to Him for refuge. So today, let’s learn more about His nature. Jesus …

  • Forgave others. He showed mercy, not judgment, to those who recognized their sin.
  • Comforted the hurting. He visited Mary and Martha, who were mourning the loss of their brother Lazarus (John 11:1-45).
  • Provided for needs. After spending three days healing, He was concerned that the large crowd hadn’t eaten. He could have sent all 4,000 away to find their own food, but He provided more than enough to satisfy their hunger (Mark 8:1-9).
  • Interceded for His disciples. Just before He was crucified, Jesus asked the Father to protect and sanctify His followers, including you and me (John 17:15-20).
  • Strengthened believers and gave them power to do God’s work. In Acts 1:8, the Lord sent His disciples out to share the gospel, assuring them, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you.”

Jesus still forgives, still comforts, still provides, still intercedes, and still empowers. What a blessing that we can find refuge in our amazing Lord!