Month: October 2023

Good Decisions

To be able to see our best option, we sometimes need to wait.

Genesis 25:29-34

We all know the phrase “You reap what you sow,” but did you know it’s actually a biblical principle? (See Job 4:8 and Proverbs 11:18.) In today’s passage, Esau learned this truth the hard way. Famished, he returned from hunting and requested some of the stew his brother made. Seizing upon the opportunity, Jacob agreed in exchange for his twin’s birthright.

In Old Testament times, the firstborn enjoyed special privileges, which included authority over younger siblings, a double share of the inheritance, and being the spiritual leader of the family. Yet Esau, deciding that food was more of a necessity, traded his birthright for dinner. He later grieved when he realized what was lost, but at that point, it was too late.

Like Esau, we all face critical choices. And though God forgives, the consequences remain. So we must learn how to choose wisely. We should take to heart two warnings from this story. First, to be able to determine our best options, we should wait until we’re physically, emotionally, and spiritually stable.

Second, it’s often important to delay gratification. Though our human desires feel overwhelming at times, we should prayerfully wait for God’s timing.

Think about the longings that you have. Pray for wisdom and patience so that you can make godly decisions during critical moments.

Daily Prayer

Praise the Lord, all you nations; extol him, all you peoples. For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord. Psalm 117, NIV

Lord our God, we thank you that we may come to you and that our spirits can reach out for your help and your comfort. May we draw strength from communion with you, our Father. May we realize more fully that we are your children, truly your children, who throughout our pilgrimage are allowed to know you as our refuge and our help. Remember our world, and grant that many hearts awaken and turn to you, looking to you in all the fear and need which sweep over many people in our time. Let your Spirit be revealed to our hearts in quiet, bringing many experiences from you, O Lord our God, and from your kingdom. Protect us every day in the many lands throughout the earth. For the nations are yours; they shall receive life and blessing from you, and at last your kingdom will be revealed in all the world, to the eternal glory of your name. Amen.

Midnight Prayer Points

Ecclesiastes 3:4-5, Psalms 35

Father arise and have mercy on me, let your mercy and goodness follow me all the days of my life.

There is time for everything, I decree this is my time to laugh, it is my time of unspeakable joy in Jesus Name.

LORD, there’s no one like you, please protect me and my Nation from those who are stronger than us.

O LORD my God, save me from the hands of the wicked, save my life and that of my family from the hands of the evil ones.

LORD, please don’t leave me and my Nation alone, arise and fight for us, help us LORD for we have no power of our own.

LORD, please fight for me and bring me justice, judge me with your fairness.

Father, please don’t let the wicked continually laugh at me, let my enemies be ashamed in Jesus Name.

Father arise and send a saviour to Nigeria, send that man that will deliver us from the oppressors.

Let destructions be the portion of the wicked plotting evil against Nigeria, if they refuse to repent, LORD destroy them completely.

Father, put a new song in the mouth of Nigerians, make us sing about all your good things and cause us to be great again.

Father, be good to Nigeria, rebuild our broken walls again, make us a fortified city and build a wall of defense round about us.

We pray for love and strong unity among us, we declare harmony, bless us with peace as a Nation.

O LORD draw lost souls back to you, in your mercy reveal Christ to them in Jesus Name.

Jesus be exalted in my life, family and Nation. Holy Ghost brood over our Nations and let the light of Jesus shine bright in Jesus Name.

Every evil power draining my virtues, die, in the name of Jesus.

Failure and calamity shall not be my identity, in the name of Jesus.

Power of stagnation assigned against me, dry up, in the name of Jesus.

Every padlock of darkness holding down my progress, catch fire, in the name of Jesus.

Book of generational failure, bearing my name, catch fire, in the name of Jesus.

Personal supplication.

Thank you Father for answering our prayers.

A Call to Repentence

When we truly agree with God about our failures, He sets us free to enjoy an abundant life.

Hebrews 4:13-16

Have you ever gotten caught in a “guilt cycle”? You confess sin, tell God you’re sorry, and promise not to do it anymore—only to find yourself sinning again. You’ve come before the Lord to confess dozens of times but still find yourself repeating the same sins. It’s easy to get discouraged, but God promises, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous, so that He will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).

Friends, God is holding up His end of that promise. When we truly confess, He forgives us. Psalm 103:12 gives this assuring description of His forgiveness: “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our wrongdoings from us.”

So, how do we genuinely confess? True confession means agreeing with the Lord about sin, and it is inseparably linked with repentance; they’re two sides of the same coin. In the Greek, repent literally means “a change of mind,” so to repent is to turn our back upon wrong and change our actions.

In practical terms, to confess and repent requires the intentional decision to say, “By the Holy Spirit’s power, I’m turning away.” Satan will still tempt you, and failure remains a possibility. But God can break the chains of your sin, and He wants to set you free—free to live the abundant life (John 10:10).

Daily Prayer

Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, Lord. They rejoice in your name all day long; they celebrate your righteousness. Psalm 89:15–16, NIV

Dear Father in heaven, how lovingly you have thought of us! How much good you let us experience again and again! So our hearts are happy, and we go to rest this night full of joy and thanks because we are your children. Our thanks and joy shall be our service to you day and night. More than this you do not ask, and in this we will be faithful. We want to be joyful and to be glad for our lives. Even when we face dark hours, O Lord our God, we are filled with hope that brings us joy for the future as well as for the present, with assurance that your salvation is coming. We rejoice in what you give us already today. Amen.

Midnight Prayer Points

Psalms 27:8-14

Father, I thank you for your goodness and mercies upon me and my family members.

O Lord as I begin to pray please answer me speedily in Jesus name

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

Every arrow of backwardness, fired into my star, die, in the name of Jesus.

Chains of stagnation upon my destiny, break, in the name of Jesus.

Delay tactics, organized against my joy, scatter, in the name of Jesus.

Every delay, programmed to tie me down, die, in the name of Jesus.

Every arrow of disappointment fired against me, die, in the name of Jesus.

Thou power of hard-life assigned against my life, die, in the name of Jesus.

Every arrow of shame, targeted at my life, backfire, in the name of Jesus.

Every power ordained to make me rise and fall, die, in the name of Jesus.

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

Curses and covenants of satanic delay upon my life, die, in the name of Jesus.

Deep pit, swallowing my virtues, vomit them by fire, in the name of Jesus.

Chain of delay, holding my star, break, in the name of Jesus.

Cloud of darkness around my breakthrough, scatter, in the name of Jesus.

I pull down every stronghold of satanic delay around me, in the name of Jesus.

Every strongman assigned against my progress, die, in the name of Jesus.

Satanic decree over my picture, die, in the name of Jesus.

Personal supplication.

Thank you Father for answering our prayers.

A Hidden Kingdom

In His timing, God will reveal everything we need to know.

Matthew 13:10-13

Jesus’ teaching about His kingdom was sometimes direct, with the Sermon on the Mount serving as a prime example. In the Beatitudes and the other teachings of that sermon, Jesus explained how to live as a kingdom citizen. “When you fast …,” He said. “When you pray …”

At other times, Jesus revealed His kingdom through parables. These simple stories, which use familiar characters or scenes to convey rich truths, are easy to understand. “The sower went out to sow,” one parable begins. The story then tells what happens when the seed falls on different kinds of soil. But parables have a deeper meaning, too. Even the disciples needed help interpreting some of them.

Jesus still speaks to us today—in the words of Scripture and through the Holy Spirit and the body of Christ. And though the “secret” is out, we may feel that we lack understanding. In different seasons of life, we may experience clarity on spiritual questions we struggled with in the past. Or things that once appeared simple suddenly seem mysteriously complex.

Part of our growth is in learning to accept God’s timing, even when it comes to understanding Scripture. Whatever season we find ourselves in—whether a time of clarity or confusion— humility in approaching the Lord is essential. We can trust that He will reveal all we need to know. No hand-wringing required.

Daily Prayer

Sacrifice thank offerings to God, fulfill your vows to the Most High, and call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me. Psalm 50:14–15, NIV

Dear Father in heaven, we want to praise you together and to thank you with all our hearts for your goodness and your deliverance from our many needs. Accept our thanks, and help us go on our way with ever joyful hearts. Make us ready for whatever you have prepared for us, your children. Bless us in our individual lives and bless us in our community. Let your Spirit shed its rays into all places to comfort people’s hearts and to restore and strengthen their faith. May your name be praised forevermore. Amen.

Midnight Prayer Points

Psalms 106:1, Daniel 6:3, Joel 2:28
Psalms 127:1, Ephesians 1:18.

Father, I thank you for today, thank you for fighting my battles, both seen and unseen. Blessed be your Holy Name in Jesus name.

Father, baptise me with the spirit of excellence and illumination in Jesus name.

O LORD my God, let the eyes of my understanding be enlightened tonight in Jesus Name.

Father, make me extraordinary. Cause me to stand out among my peers in Jesus name.

Father make me outstanding in all my endeavours in life, breath upon me the spirit of excellence in Jesus Name.

Father, please set me apart for your glory, use me for your glory and make me a vessel unto honour in Jesus name.

Father, please compensate me divinely. Help me never to miss my reward in Jesus name.

Father, pour out your spirit upon me tonight. Refresh me from the inside out in Jesus name.

Father, please supernaturally direct me to maximize my time here on earth and to fulfil my glorious destiny in Jesus name.

O LORD my God, deliver me and separate me from every time wasters in Jesus Name.

Father in the Name of Jesus, help me to be conscious of my time, I refuse to spend my time on the wrong assignment in Jesus Name.

In the Name of Jesus, Father help me to know when is my time, give me understanding of my time and season in Jesus Name.

O LORD my Father, may I not miss my time and season in Jesus Name.

In the Name of Jesus, divine help be released unto me and my family now in Jesus Name.

Father, let things begin to turnaround for me. Let every hardness in my life or my family be turnaround for good in Jesus Name.

In the Name of Jesus, I declare and decree, as from today onwards as I go, no more decline, no more backwardness, no more delay in my life in Jesus Name.

Father, give me a divine encounter that will change my life completely in Jesus Name.

Father, please keep me near the cross and may I never miss HEAVEN at last in Jesus Name.

Father, cause me to begin to experience speed in my destiny in Jesus name.

Personal supplication.

Thank you Father for answering our prayers.

Revealing the Hidden King

All Christians are called to tell others that the Messiah has come.

Mark 8:29-30

When Jesus was born, His mother knew His identity—and she treasured the things she knew about Him, “pondering them in her heart” (Luke 2:19). It wasn’t until He became a public figure at age 30 that Jesus began to fulfill some of what she already believed to be true.

Strangely, He continued to fly under the radar for a while, operating in obscurity or on the margins. It created some frustration for His followers who believed He was the Messiah, the prophesied king of Israel. But there is a gospel theme known as the “messianic secret,” which refers to the times Jesus performed a miracle and said not to tell anyone about it. (See Mark 8:30.)

The great mystery of God becoming man was that Israel’s king was coming, but incognito. Even during the last week of His life, when the marks of His ministry took on a fully messianic character, Jesus was still holding off on the full explanation of who He was.

The irony of all this secrecy, though, was that those who met Jesus told everyone about Him. And the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20) makes that the norm for all Christians. Because we have experienced the salvation and freedom that comes from trusting Jesus, we’re called to tell everyone the now-known secret that the King has come and is coming again.