Strength In Waiting
Scriptures For Meditation — Isaiah 40:1-31; Phil 4:13; Eph 3:14-16
As we continue on the third day of our end of year fasting, the focus of our prayers today is to first ask for the breath of the Holy Spirit to minister a refreshing to us.
For many people, the year 2020 has been a year that’s taken a lot out of them for different reasons. All the plans that many started the year with; the hopes and aspirations for the year, the expectations for business, career, ministry, family, and different areas of their lives — all now seem to have been consigned into the pit of disappointment.
As a result of this, many people are discouraged and have become battle weary from what seems to be another wasted year of waiting and relentless fighting for the changes they had believed and hoped for.
But friend, know that our God is not limited by the dictates of time and seasons. He is the Author and Keeper of time — Your times are in His hands. His promises concerning your life are still on course to be fulfilled.
I pray for you that God as He gives you the grace to continue to stand strong, will refresh your spirit and strengthen your hands to keep holding on and your heart to keep believing in the word that He had spoken to you.
As David said in Psa 42:5 —
Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him For the help of His countenance.
Pastor Wale Ola
Pray to God for a supernatural refreshing of the Holy Spirit.
Pray for the strength to wait on Him over this period of fasting.
Pray for a fresh anointing to come upon you to revive your spirit.
Pray that your ears will be open to receive with charity, the instructions and directions that God will speak to you concerning your life and the coming year.
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A Reason To Be Thankful
Scriptures For Meditation — Gen 1:1-4; 1Thes 5:18
The birth of our world began with the most chaotic mess that the universe will ever experience – void of God’s presence, devoid of His glory, bereft of His structure and order; and then there was the utter unimaginable darkness, that enveloped the mess that then was the earth.
Maybe you can identify in one way or the other with those absences in your life right now – the mess, the void, the darkness, the hopelessness.
But see one thing, even as woeful as things appeared to be at the scene, the Spirit of God was still there, hovering over the surface of the waters. Then God spoke the word: “Let there be light”; and there was light. It was a good light. Then God began to separate the light from the darkness…disorder and chaos gave way to divinely structured order. Where once there was a void, His Shekinah Glory became preeminent.
This can be the story of your life in the coming year. God wants to create a miracle out of your disappointments, a river of joy out of the tears of frustration and despair that you have cried.
He himself has said that He will never leave you nor forsake you. His Holy Spirit is hovering over you right now, hovering over that situation, waiting for the word of the Lord to be released over you, so that He can act upon the word – He watches over His word to perform it!
That is why with that knowledge, what He is asking you to do today, what we are going to do today the second day of our fast, is to spend quality time thanking God.
We thank Him for what He has done so far; that we are even alive to see this day, for His mercies and grace upon our lives, for keeping us in His love.
We thank Him in advance for the promises and victories of the coming year, believing Him when He said in His word, that the glory of the latter days shall be greater than the former!
We thank Him not only for being alive, but more importantly, being alive in Christ. That we are still standing, and we have not lost our praise, that our faith in Him has not failed!
Find something specifically in your life or family that you want to thank God for.
CONSECRATION and DEDICATION
Scripture For Meditation — Joshua 3:5 NIV; Philippians 2:13 NIV
1. As we begin our fasting and prayers, start with thanksgiving, praise and worship. READ: Psalm 107 —
If it had not been for the Lord on our side, where would we have been.
Through the good times and the bad times, His love and mercy have been constant. When we have been good, it was He who helped us; when we have erred, He has been merciful; when we have been down, He has sustained us; When it looked like we were going to drown in the pool of despair and troubles, somehow God kept us afloat. He is ever faithful!
2. Consecrate (purify, sanctify) yourself. In order words, examine yourself, asking God for mercy and cleansing through the blood of Jesus Christ, where you have erred or gone astray.
3. Spend quality time to wait in God’s presence, rededicating yourself to Christ. Pledge your allegiance to Him again, while seeking to know Him more. Surrender to Him, ask Him to to fill you with His fullness.
• Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. (Psalms 139:23-24 NIV)
• But who can discern their own errors? Forgive my hidden faults. Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then I will be blameless, innocent of great transgression. (Psalms 19:12-13 NIV)
• Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. (Psalms 51:10-12 NIV)
• Fill me with more of You, and work in me to will and to act in order to fulfill Your good purpose.
In Jesus’ name — Amen!