May 2019 Fasting & Prayers — Day 3

May 2019 Fasting & Prayers — Day 3

An Imminent Change

Scriptures For Meditation — Is 66:7-8; Is 65:17-24

Yesterday in our scripture meditation, we read in Isaiah 26:17-18 about the discouragement of a people, lamenting about their frustrated expectations and the disappointment of pregnancy and the pain of labour without the benefit of delivering a live baby.

But in the first of our scripture text for today’s meditation, we see God presenting a prophetic declaration of an impending change and a new reality to Israel.

As soon as Zion Travailed, She Brought Forth

God was saying to His people; I know that the reality of your past experiences and the story of your present situation has been one of frustrated labour of pain without gain and aborted deliverances, but I am now declaring a different future to you!

“Before the birth pains even begin, Jerusalem gives birth to a son.

Who has ever seen anything as strange as this? Who ever heard of such a thing? Has a nation ever been born in a single day? Has a country ever come forth in a mere moment? But by the time Jerusalem’s birth pains begin, her children will be born.” (Isa 66:7-8, NLT)

In this prophecy, God was promising them that a time was imminent upon them, when their story will change suddenly and their circumstances will turn around to conform with His will, plans and purposes for their existence — they would be delivered from their captivity, gathered from where they have been scattered, brought back into their own land and made to become a nation again.

And all these was going to happen in one day; suddenly, in an instant, and without the delay or pain of a protracted labour!

Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day, or shall a nation be born at once?

Normally, the law of nature demands that through the operation of the principle of seed time and harvest, there is usually a time lapse between when a seed is sown and then the process of germination, maturity and harvest; but He was going to suspend the law of nature and make it happen in a moment.

As Albert Barnes said in his commentary —

“Months and years are required before the earth would be covered with its luxuriant and beautiful productions But here would be an event as remarkable as if the earth should bring forth its productions in a single day.”

Can you also believe this for yourself?

Can you dare to believe that God can do the same in your situation and about your life? That He can bring about your change in one day, in an instant and in a sudden moment?

If God can do it (as He did) for a whole nation, is He not able to do it for you as well?

Selah,

Pastor Wale Ola

PRAYER FOCUS

Our prayers for today will be taken from our second scripture text Is 65:17-24.

Every one of those verses contain a promise to Israel about the blessings of their coming change that we could also use as a template or pattern to shape our prayers today.

Dear Lord, please do something new in my life; change my story and wipe away the painful memories of my past experiences.

Let my life become a source of joy and gladness, and my household be a continuous manifestation of your mercy and victory.

Wipe away the tears of my disappointments and give me reasons to celebrate and rejoice in this new month.

I pray Lord, that your promises concerning my life will no longer be delayed; that I will not suffer any more miscarriages and your plans for my life will no longer be aborted.

I pray that I will no longer labour in vain neither will I toil for minimum returns or no rewards.

I pray that long will I enjoy the fruits of my labour and the work of my hands the the produce of my harvest will be blessed.

Bring the month of June before God, and pray that the answers to these petitions will be manifest in your life in the Name of Jesus.

Amen.

May 2019 Fasting & Prayers — Day 2

May 2019 Fasting & Prayers — Day 2

Frustrated Expectations

Scripture For Meditation — Isaiah 26:17-18

When a woman is pregnant, she is said to be “expecting”.

Expecting means: To think or believe something will happen, or someone will arrive. It also means Normal; what usually happens; to regard (someone) as likely to do or be something.

Let’s do a quick word study on the meaning of the root word, expect.

When the root word “Expect” , is used, we mean to say that we believe that something will happen, or to consider something as likely to happen, to believe that (someone or something) will arrive soon.

So, Expect means: To anticipate, await, look for, hope for, watch for, look forward to, look ahead to, have in prospect; contemplate, bargain for/on, bank on, be prepared for, plan for; predict, forecast, foresee, prophesy, envisage, envision.

Unfortunately however, as we read in today’s scripture text, things sometimes don’t go, or happen as we expected; times are, when our expectations are delayed or even completely disappointed at other times.

“As a woman with child approaches the time to give birth, She is in pain and struggles and cries out in her labor, So we were before You, O LORD.

We have been with child, we have twisted and struggled in labor; We gave birth, as it seems, only to wind. We could not accomplish salvation for the earth, Nor were inhabitants of the world born.” (Isa 26:17-18 Amplified)

We have been with child — Like women with child; we have been full of hopes and expectations of great things, of deliverance from our enemies, and of the help from God being at hand:

We have been in pain — We have gone through the waiting period of pregnancy carrying the hope of a coming baby; sometimes in great distress and anxiety, and now we have come to the time of birth when we expect that the baby will be delivered; travailing in birth, we looked upon the pain as a prelude to a happy issue of things: ThatThis baby will be born!

We have as it were brought forth wind — But alas; our efforts have availed nothing. (The issue of all their painful toil was like the result of a false pregnancy!)

We have been through the waiting, we have suffered patiently in the hope; we have been through the pain of the travailing, but without the expectant result!

Can you identify with all that?

Hear again, what God is saying to you dear friend:

“Zion, would I bring you to the moment of birth and not let it happen?” says the LORD. “Would I close up a mother’s body when it is time for her baby to be born?” says your God.” (Isa 66:9 NIRV).

Keep Speaking Right!

Keep declaring the words of the prophecy and promise that God has given to you; keep speaking the right things concerning your life and into your situation. That is what pleases God!

“My son, if your heart is wise, my heart will be glad, even mine;

Yes, my heart will rejoice when your lips speak right things.

Let not your heart envy sinners, but continue in the reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord all the day long.

For surely there is a latter end [a future and a reward], and your hope and expectation shall not be cut off.” (Pro 23:15, Amplified)

Selah…

Pastor Wale Ola

PRAYER FOCUS

Ask that God will strengthen you in waiting.

As Paul prayed for the church In Ephesus,

I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. (Eph 3:16, New Living Translation)

Pray that God will exalt His word concerning you and bring His promises to pass in your life.

Pray that there will no longer be any delays or obstructions to your delivery.

Pray that the hope you are carrying will not be disappointed, aborted or miscarried.

Pray that your expectations will not be cut off.

Pray that God will intervene in your situation to bring about a timely and safe delivery of His purposes for your life in their due season.

P-U-S-H!

P-U-S-H!

May Fasting & Prayers — Day 1

Theme Scripture for Meditation: Isaiah 66:7-9

Sometime this month, I had a conversation with God in which He asked me about a pregnant woman in labour going through a difficult time in delivering the child — What will she do at that point; will she just give up and let the baby die in her womb without delivering it? Will the medical personnel give up and abandon the process?

Today, we’ll be focussing particularly on verse 9, which has been resounding in my spirit for the better part of this month.

Here, God was symbolically using the scenario of a pregnant woman at the point of delivery, who was about to go into labour, to the state of His people who were at this time in exile under Babylonian captivity.

In the text, God was speaking into a seemingly hopeless situation and declaring something totally contrary to the prevalent state of things as they stood.

His word to them through the Prophet, was that there was going to be a supernatural, sudden turnaround of their captivity and they would experience a quick, pain free birthing that would deliver the promise of the Messiah and of Israel as a reborn nation, gathered together again, from whence they had been scattered.

Even though the prophecy in these verses, pertain to the Jewish nation and the coming of the Messiah and flourishing of the Gospel church, for the purposes of our fasting and prayers this month, we will go outside of the verse in context, and see a truth about God that is universal and consistent with His sovereign nature.

I read a particular translation of this verse, that really conveys this truth — The Doug-Rheims Bible Translation

“Shall not I that make others to bring forth children, myself bring forth, saith the Lord? shall I, that give generation to others, be barren, saith the Lord thy God?” (Isa 66:9)

Meditate on that for a moment…

God was putting forth the omnipotence of His majesty and His track record as a life-giver, the way maker — the God of breakthroughs and sudden turn arounds.

Just as that woman going through the delay of the difficult delivery will not be allowed to give up on the process by the midwife and accompanying medical attendants in that labour room, God is asking you reading this, going through a delay and difficult moment at the point of delivering God’s promises for your destiny or season not to give up, but to p-u-s-h!

They will encourage the woman to push and if she is too weak or incapable of doing so herself naturally, they will look for ways to intervene in order to prevent a destiny from being miscarried and aborted and safely deliver the baby in her womb.

The Holy Spirit is the midwife of your destiny at this point, and God is about to intervene in the delivery of His promises concerning you —if God is able to bring your personal desires to pass, is He not able to bring His own desires and will concerning you to pass?

He will not bring you to the point of birth and then abandon you and not cause you to bring forth!

My dear friend, it is time for the push to happen — God is about to intervene to bring forth that destiny that you have been carrying about in your womb. Don’t give up on that baby just yet!

Selah…

Pastor Wale Ola

Prayer Focus

Just get on your knees, assume a birthing position and push; together with the Holy Spirit, we will all act as the accompanying medical support to push through at the place of prayer.

If you are too tired or too weak to push, simply turn it over to God and ask God for a divine intervention to help bring the promise to birth and to prevent the baby from being still born!

April 2019 Fasting & Prayers — Day 1

April 2019 Fasting & Prayers — Day 1

Taking The Limits Off

Scriptures For Meditation — Luke 4:16-21; John 8:36

A recurring theme of the bible is the concept of deliverance, which is a by product of Salvation.

Even the Name Jesus, is derived from the Hebrew word Yeshua, which means Jehovah is Salvation.

In our first scripture for today’s meditation (Luke 4:16-21), Jesus lays out for us, His ministry calling card, detailing the essence of His assignment on earth. A close look at the words that He wrote, will show that the verses are expressing different aspects of deliverance from situations that will cause limitations in people’s lives.

This month’s fasting and prayers will be focused on exactly this — Praying for God to take the limits off of our lives!

Many of us are limited by different issues, facing diverse challenges in our lives, that are or have limited us and are contending with our ability to experience and enjoy the abundant life that Christ has promised us. We will stand together in the place of prayers over the next 3 days, to pray that our lives will begin to align with, and manifest the fullness of the promises of God to us in John 8:36.

Prayer Focus

In whatever ways we are being limited; in whatever situations the enemy has been exacting upon us, we are petitioning God to deliver us in the Name of Jesus, to manifest His glory and loose us and set us free indeed from every limitation that is hindering our progress in life, or has hindered us from fulfilling our God-ordained destinies.

Shalom!

Pastor Wale Ola

Join Us At Our April Love Feast

Join Us At Our April Love Feast

Join us for our Love Feast first Sunday of April (7th April, 2019) as we celebrate the goodness of God in our lives and in this ministry.

Please do stay behind after the service for refreshments and fellowship, and feel free to invite friends and family to come along with you too!

See you there.

Pastor Wale

DAY 2: FEBRUARY 2019 FASTING AND PRAYERS

DAY 2: FEBRUARY 2019 FASTING AND PRAYERS

Contending For Your Destiny

Scripture Reading: Matt 16:21-23; Eph 5:13-17

Mat 16:21  From then on Jesus began to tell his disciples plainly that it was necessary for him to go to Jerusalem, and that he would suffer many terrible things at the hands of the elders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. He would be killed, but on the third day he would be raised from the dead.

Mat 16:22  But Peter took him aside and began to reprimand him for saying such things. “Heaven forbid, Lord,” he said. “This will never happen to you!”

Mat 16:23  Jesus turned to Peter and said, “Get away from me, Satan! You are a dangerous trap to me. You are seeing things merely from a human point of view, not from God’s.”

Matt 16:21-23 (NLT)

Whose Report Will You Believe?

One sure promise that God has given to us concerning this year, is that there will be changes to the stories of our lives; changes that will glorify His Name and move us into His destined purposes for our lives in this season. Can you say “Amen” to that?

Now as God has spoken, you have a decision to make – you can either choose to believe the word that God has spoken and start declaring it over your life and situation, or you can choose to continue to look at the things that you see in the natural, and ignore the word that God has spoken. But please remember, whatever choice you do make, you will eat the fruits thereof. Selah

As Paul writes, “we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.” (Heb 10:39)

The enemy’s strategy has always been to position himself to challenge the truth of the word that God has spoken to His children, and to try to derail them as they pursue the fulfilment of the word in their lives; he did it with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, he did it with Jesus at the temptation and in the Garden of Gethsemane; and no doubt, he will try the same strategy against you.

As the enemy did with Peter in Matt 16:21-23, sometimes, he will even use the people that are close to us, to give us “well-meaning counsel” that will bring us out of alignment with the will of God and His timely purpose for the season that we are in.

“Do not be foolish and thoughtless, but understand and firmly grasp what the will of the Lord is…!”

Maybe even now as you read this, he has already started to Weave his web of deception and lies to confuse your mind and prise the word of faith from your heart, make you change what you see, so that he can make you change your confession….and this is only the second month into the new year!

We will end today’s meditation by reflecting on the reading of our second scripture text from the Amplified translation of the bible:

Eph 5:13  But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light [of God’s precepts], for  it is light that makes everything visible.

Eph 5:14  For this reason He says, “Awake, sleeper, And arise from the dead, And Christ will shine [as dawn] upon you and give you light.”

Eph 5:15  Therefore see that you walk carefully [living life with honor, purpose, and courage; shunning those who tolerate and enable evil], not as the unwise, but as wise [sensible, intelligent, discerning people],

Eph 5:16   making the very most of your time [on earth, recognizing and taking advantage of each opportunity and using it with wisdom and diligence], because the days are [filled with] evil.

Eph 5:17  Therefore do not be foolish and thoughtless, but understand and firmly grasp what the will of the Lord is.

Selah

Pastor Wale Ola

Prayer Focus

  • Lord let the words that I speak concerning my circumstances align with the word You have spoken concerning my destiny.
  • Dear Lord, please give me the wisdom to discern the counsel of man that is out of alignment with Your purpose for my life and my season.
  • Speak into and command every area of your life to obey the prophetic declaration that God has spoken concerning your life.
  • Prophesy into the month of March and call forth the release of every resource (material, financial, spiritual, human) that you will require to fulfil God’s agenda for your life in this new month.
  • Pray that as you have found favour with God, men will also honour, elevate, celebrate and favour you in Jesus’s Name. Amen.
February 2019 Fasting & Prayers — Day 1

February 2019 Fasting & Prayers — Day 1

Contending For Your Destiny

Scripture Reading: 1Timothy 1:18; Psalm 102:13

What did God say to you? What had He said to you concerning your destiny, your career, your ministry, your finances, your children, this year?

What lies has the enemy been speaking to you through the circumstances and situations that you are experiencing right now?

Whose report will you believe?

Some Questions To Answer

As we begin our fasting and prayers for the month of February, I will like us to consider a few more questions which I believe have been inspired by the Spirit of God to move us into alignment with His promises concerning this season, and that we can use to pray through to the victory that is ours in Christ for this year—

  • Can you relate to any of the issues listed below?

    • Do you feel as though you have been fighting an unending battle that you never seem to be able to get a break from?
    • Do you sometimes feel powerless and exhausted fighting against an enemy that seems to be too strong for you?
    • Stagnation?
    • Disappointments?
    • Hinderance?
    • Delay?

    If you have answered yes to any of those questions, please take some time to rejoice and celebrate the victory that you are about to experience over these challenges in this season of your life, as God exposes and destroys the operation of the spirit of Jezebel in your life!

    The spirit of Jezebel is not a person! It is the spirit of discouragement that fights against the prophetic word that has been spoken over your life and destiny.

    How The Spirit Operates

    The Spirit of Jezebel operates as strong demonic influences that stir up discouragement, weariness, jealously, resentment and suspicion, and is often vindictive toward the person who detects its presence or confronts its operation. It conspires to drive people to abort the progress and success of divinely ordained projects, purposes, relationships, organisation, potential and destinies.

    It will sometimes use false prophecies or so-called, dreams, visions or “insights from God” to bring fear, confusion and discouragement, in order to negate or counter a genuine word from God or work of God. It is a beguiling spirit that draws the unwitting in and recruits them as an army against the work of God in your life.

    The Warfare

    Remember as you examine the activities of this spirit that you will discover that you can be both the victim and perpetrator. As we deal with this spirit working against you, you also have to be aware that the spirit can use you as an instrument to discourage, hinder or sabotage the work or the plans of God in someone else’s life as well.

    The Victory

    When the Lord gives you victory over this spirit, you will notice that a veil will be lifted, and scales of deception will fall from your spiritual eyes or from the eyes of those that the enemy has beguiled and had been instigating against you to hinder your efforts. Truth will prevail and set you free from anything built upon fabrications, lies, falsehood and untruths.

    Shalom,

    Pastor Wale Ola

    Prayer Focus

    • Lord, let me hear clearly, Your instructions that I need to hear to walk in obedience to Your word.
    • Lord Unveil my eyes; let me know the truth of Your word concerning my life and every situation that I am in right now.
    • Expose and destroy the influence of every lie of the enemy that has been designed to sabotage your plans and purposes for my life.
    • Deliver me from every deception and the lies that the enemy has used to distract me or to resist my progress and promotion; whether through words, my thoughts, my emotions and feelings, offences, jealousy, false prophecies, dreams and visions that are not from God.
    • Uproot everything in my life and in the lives of my helpers, my thinking and my emotions, that has kept me in bondage to the spirit that has been deployed to hinder the fulfilment of your word concerning my life.
    • I declare the truth of Your word over my life (Psalm 102:13).
    January Prayer and Fasting Day 3 — (Thursday 31st)

    January Prayer and Fasting Day 3 — (Thursday 31st)

    The River of God

    Scriptures For Meditation — Ezekiel 47:6-12

    Our scripture for meditation today is part of the key scriptures that God gave to us at the beginning of the year.

    In keeping with our prayer focus for our fasting this month, we’ll be using these verses to pray for souls for GLA and the prosperity of the ministry.

    God showed Prophet Ezekiel a vision of the River of God following out from the sanctuary down through the desert and finally emptying into the valley of the dead sea.

    Very significantly, the consequence or the impact of this River as it flows through the different regions that it touches, is quite profound!

    As the NLT translated verse 9,

    “There will be swarms of living things wherever the water of this river flows. Fish will abound in the Dead Sea, for its waters will become fresh. Life will flourish wherever this water flows.”

    And it goes on in verse 12 of the same translation:

    “Fruit trees of all kinds will grow along both sides of the river. The leaves of these trees will never turn brown and fall, and there will always be fruit on their branches. There will be a new crop every month, for they are watered by the river flowing from the Temple. The fruit will be for food and the leaves for healing.”

    There was freshness everywhere the River went. Dead things come alive and living things thrive even more; there’s prosperity on every side and barren desert places become fruitful. There will be sustained nourishment and every month will yield its increase!

    Oh that that same River will flow into our ministry; what a glorious change it would make in our lives!

    Let’s reach out to God and believe Him together for this miracle in Jesus’s Name!

    Shalom,

    Pastor Wale Ola

    Prayer Focus

    • Let’s pray for the River of God to flow into every part of this ministry and to bring revival.

    • Pray for God to bring healing and deliverance everywhere the River flows.

    • Pray for fruitfulness on every side; for the efforts and work of the ministry to bear fruit.

    • Bring every programme and ministry initiative we will be doing this year before God and pray for God’s blessing on them to prosper them.

    • Pray for souls to be saved and added to the church in abundance.

    • Pray that every month of this year will see souls saved and added to the church from all the nations of the world.

    • Pray that God will establish and cause those who are already planted in the church to flourish and be grounded in Him.

    January Prayer and Fasting Day 2 — (Wednesday 30th)

    January Prayer and Fasting Day 2 — (Wednesday 30th)

    An Obstacle To Overcome

    Scriptures For Meditation — 2Cor 4:1-4; Col 1:13

    Yesterday, we looked into the heart of the Father to see a heart that is relentless in the pursuit of sinners, not to punish them, but to love them into becoming His children.

    As was said also, we have been enlisted as co-workers to help in the realisation of this desire.

    In response to this, we have undertaken the task to partner with God in prayers over this fasting period to see His kingdom enlarge; however our commitment to this task, must go beyond simply praying: “Lord, please make it happen in Jesus’s Name”.

    We have to work smart!

    We need to understand and work with the knowledge of the critical truth expressed in our first scripture for today — we would be dealing with people whose minds have been blinded by the enemy, in order to prevent them from receiving the truth of the gospel that can save them and set them free; and then, some are bound and need to be loosed even after they get saved, in order to remain in the kingdom.

    Our Task

    Our Task today will be to use the authority that God has given to us in Christ Jesus, to remove the obstacles that stand in the way of realising the objective. (Matthew 28:18-20)

    Let’s go in the power of the Holy Ghost and see His kingdom come as souls are saved and added to His kingdom!

    Prayer Focus

    • Pray for the minds that have been blocked in resistance to the gospel to be opened and to become responsive to the truth.

    • Take authority over the lies of the enemy and cast down every imagination and knowledge that are being exalted above the word of God.

    • Unlock the prison doors of the strongholds that have kept the people bound, then loose the chains and set the captives free

    • Pray for God to provide opportunities and to orchestrate situations to witness the gospel to the unsaved.

    • Call forth the souls into God’s kingdom and also into our fellowship.

    January Fasting & Prayers — Day 1 (Tuesday 29th)

    January Fasting & Prayers — Day 1 (Tuesday 29th)

    Partnering With God

    Scriptures For Meditation: Matthew 9:35-38; Proverbs 11:30

    As I prepared to write the blog for this month’s fasting and prayers, a few thoughts came to my mind concerning what was the best way to capture and express what was on my heart concerning the focal point of our fasting.

    Then an overriding thought came to my mind as I considered this question:

    I wonder what’s on God’s mind?

    I wonder if God has any prayer points; but why would He? Seeing as all things were created by Him and for Him?

    But then I thought again; we spend so much time presenting our prayer lists before God; what about agreeing with Him on His own prayer point?

    If God had one prayer point, what would it be? That’s what I would want to pray about!

    Well, the answer to this question is not a super-spiritually discerned, theological revelation. It can be found by simply looking into the heart of the Father —

    The heart of the Father beats for souls to be saved and delivered from the damnation of hell.

    That’s the primary reason that He sent His Son Jesus Christ.

    It follows then, that we as believers, ought to partner with God, to see His will established on the earth by helping to bring His desire to pass.

    Our prayer this month will be our seed into the expansion of God’s kingdom.

    Whilst we are believing God for prosperity in our own personal lives; in our business, ministry, finances, careers, etc, we will be partnering in prayers with God over the next three days, to believe with Him for the expansion of His kingdom.

    Let’s burden our hearts with that one thing that we know is paramount in God’s heart. When Jesus declared that He will build His church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it, He was looking forward to you and I as believers and ransomed souls, to be the building blocks for His Church.

    What an awesome privilege!

    That the creator and possessor of the heavens and the earth will deem it fit to call us His children, co-labourers with Him and joint-heirs with Christ Jesus!

    How else can we begin repay that love than by reflecting that same love in our lives and through our actions to bring many more souls into God’s family?

    Can you say to the Lord today:

    Here I am Lord; send me. I’m available and willing to be used by you!

    Selah

    Pastor Wale Ola

    Prayer Focus

    • Let’s start by thanking God for this ministry; for God’s faithfulness through the years, for the souls that have been saved and touched by the ministry of this fellowship.
    • Let’s thank Him for all those people that He has used over the years to support and to serve in this ministry.
    • Let’s thank Him for the testimonies and the manifestation of His presence and blessings in our lives.
    • Let’s put our needs to the side for the moment and with our whole heart, pray and believe for souls to be saved and added to God’s kingdom.
    • As GLA Lighthouse is an extension of God’s kingdom, let’s pray that we will also see the manifestation of the expansion of His kingdom even in this ministry, as we experience supernatural growth and expansion in the year 2019 in Jesus’s Name.
    • Let’s each pray for God to show us how we can as individuals, be used more by Him in this year for the expansion of His kingdom.
    • Let’s pray for the Anointing and every empowerment and resource we need to be equipped to do this.
    June 2020 Fasting and Prayers — Day 3

    June 2020 Fasting and Prayers — Day 3

    And God did it…again!

    Scriptures For Meditation — Joshua 21:44-45; Ps 126:1-6; Isa 55:10-13

    “And the LORD gave them rest on every side, just as he had solemnly promised their ancestors. None of their enemies could stand against them, for the LORD helped them conquer all their enemies.” Jos 21:44

    Over the past two days of our fasting and prayers, we have focused on the infallibility of God’s word and the inevitability of the promises that He makes to His people.

    As we read previously in Day 1, God had made a promise to the Israelites saying that a day was coming when He would restore their fortunes and bring them into their land and settle them. In Day 2, we read:

    So the LORD gave to Israel all the land he had sworn to give their ancestors, and they took possession of it and settled there. Jos 21:43

    But the story didn’t end there!

    Today, we see from our first scripture (Joshua 21:44-45), that every single detail of the promise that God gave to them was taken care of in fulfilment of the promise.

    “Not a single one of all the good promises the LORD had given to the family of Israel was left unfulfilled; everything he had spoken came true.” Jos 21:45

    Child of God, that should make hope come alive in you as you read that scripture!

    God gave them possession; He gave them rest on every side so they could enjoy the possession, then He gave them security from oppression of the enemy, so they could retain the blessing. Hallelujah!

    There is a word that stuck in my mind in one of the scriptures that we read in Day 1 — Jeremiah 30:3 —

    “For the time is coming when I will restore the fortunes of my people of Israel and Judah. I will bring them home to this land that I gave to their ancestors, and they will possess it again. I, the LORD, have spoken!”

    This word comes alive, as it appears in one of the scriptures that we are meditating on today — Psalm 126:1 —

    When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. (kjv)

    It is the word “again”; reading from the kjv translation, it would go on to appear three times in the passage. (Ps 126 verses 1, 4 and 6)

    It is a word that should fan the fire of hope that the promise of restoration ignited in you!

    Sometimes we can look at the promise especially relating to what we have lost or what has been destroyed, and wonder if it would be possible that we could ever recover those things; maybe because we think time has passed or events have overtaken the situation; that it was past the time of recovery or the window for restoration to be possible.

    But the word “again” suggests otherwise; God did it once before, He can do it again; and then again, and again, if He needs to!

    God had once delivered His children from the captivity of Egypt. The exiled captives in Babylon to whom this fresh promise of restoration and settlement was now being given, would have heard those stories of God’s deliverance then, and maybe wondered if God would, or could He still do the same for them in their plight?

    And then, God did it…again!

    Whatever it is that God has promised to do in your life; He knows just what to do to make it happen. He has promised not only to do new things, but to also recover and restore the old things that we have lost as well. Just sometimes, not in the way that we think…

    As the song goes, “My God will do it again, just like before; I’m not giving up, I’m not down!”

    Can you join me to make this your declaration of faith in this season that you are in?

    Selah…

    Pastor Wale Ola

    PRAYER FOCUS

    Psalm 126:1-6

    Thank God for the testimonies of the past miracles and demonstrations of God’s faithfulness in your life.

    Think of a testimony or testimonies that you have heard of what God has done in another person’s life that you know of. Thank God for His faithfulness in their life.

    Ask God to turn your captivity around again. (Ps 126:4). Pray this for yourself, your family, the church.

    Pray that God will fill your mouth with laughter and your tongue with singing.

    Pray, Lord according to Your word, please restore my fortunes, again in Jesus’s Name.

    Thank God for answered prayers.

    Prayer & Fasting Corporate Prayers

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    June 2020 Fasting and Prayers — Day 2

    June 2020 Fasting and Prayers — Day 2

    Just As He Said…

    Scriptures For Meditation —Jeremiah 30:3; Joshua 21:43; 1John 5:14-15

    So the LORD gave to Israel all the land he had sworn to give their ancestors, and they took possession of it and settled there. Jos 21:43

    The first part of the promise that was fulfilled concerning Israel was restoration of their rightful possession.

    God had promised earlier in Jer 30 that He would restore their fortunes and bring them again into their inheritance; and He did just as He had promised to do!

    I liked the inclusion of the word “again” into the promise. It meant that they were not just going to take new territories, but that they would also recover lost ground! Hallelujah!

    This promise also had another dimension to it — Settlement.

    An Enduring Reality

    God was saying to them that their possession of their inheritance wasn’t going to be a fleeting or temporary experience; there was a promise of permanence also with it — it was going to be an enduring reality!

    As the bible says concerning God in Ecc 3:14;

    And I know that whatever God does is final. Nothing can be added to it or taken from it. God’s purpose is that people should fear him.

    I pray for you my dear friend, that as we stand and pray together on this second day, that will also be the reality of your life and your enduring testimony in Jesus’s Name.

    Amen.

    Prayer Focus

    • Restore My Fortunes O Lord (Pray this for your self, your children, family, church, your nation)

    • Cause us not only to take new territories, but also to recover lost ground.

    • Bring me/us to a place of settlement

    • Make my/our breakthrough an enduring testimony in Jesus’s Name.

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    June 2020 Fasting and Prayers — Day 1

    June 2020 Fasting and Prayers — Day 1

    What He Said…

    Scriptures For Meditation —Jeremiah 30:1-3; Matt 5:18.

    This month’s fasting and prayers will be in keeping with the theme of what we spoke about in the first part of the sermon series, Rest of God (please listen to the sermon again if you can).

    We will begin today’s meditation by looking at God’s instruction to Jeremiah concerning the prophetic word to Israel in Jer 30:1-3:

    Write down for the record, everything that I have said to you.

    This is an instruction from a God who is so sure of the inevitability of EVERYTHING that He has said.

    At all times, our first, continuous and even our last line of defence against doubt, discouragement or lies of the enemy in times of challenges is the promise that God has made to us, or what He has revealed or declared as His will.

    What Did God Say ?

    In the case of Israel, God continued His discourse with Jeremiah with a confirmation of what He had said earlier, and what He was presently saying:

    Jer 30:3 For the time is coming when I will restore the fortunes of my people of Israel and Judah. I will bring them home to this land that I gave to their ancestors, and they will possess it again. I, the LORD, have spoken!”

    God made a promise to them of Restoration, Possession and Settlement.

    He told Jeremiah to write these things down, so the people could use them as a point of reference to navigate through the adverse seasons of their lives.

    So, what has God said to you?

    Has He made any specific promises to you in prophecy or are there any promises that you can claim as His revealed will in His word?

    The assignment for you today is to take some time out to write out these things that you are believing God for, and let’s bring them before His Throne of Grace today as we pray and wait on Him in fasting.

    When Jesus was confronted by the Tempter, His response was: “It is written”

    And in 1Timothy 1:18, Paul advises Timothy to use the prophecies that have been spoken concerning his (Timothy’s) life, as a weapon of warfare against the enemy.

    This will be our opening gambit against the enemy this month!

    Let’s bring His words to remembrance and let’s dig in our heels in faith, to resist and counter the wiles of the enemy against our destiny.

    Shalom,

    Pastor Wale Ola

    Prayer Focus

    Rewatch Sermon (Rest of God)

    • Write Down What He Said

    • Meditate on What He Said

    • Thank Him For What He has Said

    • Declare What He said: “Lord, You Said…”!

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    Fasting & Prayers For The Nation — 3rd Cycle

    Fasting & Prayers For The Nation — 3rd Cycle

    Just A Thought

    Scriptures For Meditation: Eze 20:30; Zec 9:10

    Eze 22:30 “I looked for someone who might rebuild the wall of righteousness that guards the land. I searched for someone to stand in the gap in the wall so I wouldn’t have to destroy the land, but I found no one.”

    This session brings us to the final cycle of the 3 cycles of 26 days that God laid on my heart for us to fast and pray for the nation.

    Looking back from when we started, it is interesting to see how each cycle has dovetailed into poignant moments in the affairs of the nation.

    The first cycle coincided with the weekend that our Prime Minister was hospitalised for Covid-19 infection and also recorded the worst death rate throughout the whole pandemic.

    The second cycle coincided with the Prime Minister’s address to the nation on the decision on the way forward concerning the lockdown. And this third cycle that begins today, now coincides with the beginning of the ease of lockdown measures, and a potentially combustible situation with the protests, riots, looting and deaths happening all around America.

    Yes, we listen to the news and think America, so far away from us…

    Just How Far Away Is Far?

    Just spare a moment’s thought if you will; when the outbreak of the pandemic began, we watched the news and thought…”China; thank God, so far away…”.

    And then it got to Europe; but even then, Spain, France and Italy were not part of the Uk; so it was still something we just watched on the news; background noise on the telly as we went about our business; something we talked about in passing, maybe with an occasional cursory acknowledgement of the people that died —It was still reasonably far away from us; until it was not!

    But please spare a moment’s thought if you will.

    What if the riots are not as far off as we think? What if there were to be a filtering through of the sense of injustice and the burning angst against the inequitable social justice system and perceived racism to the ethnic minority groups in different spheres of life in this nation?

    What if what’s happening now in America kicks off something here in our nation too?

    What if someone dear to you were to be on the receiving end of a fatal act of injustice? Would it be “near enough” then for you to sit up and take notice?

    We started these cycles with a scripture from Ezekiel 22:30, and we are ending with the same verse of scripture.

    God is still looking for someone to stand in the gap so that the land will not be destroyed. He’s waiting for someone to help rebuild the wall of righteousness.

    Will that person be you?

    Prayer Focus

    George Floyd should not just be the name of a random person that just happened to be on the receiving end of the fatal miscarriage of justice — he is someone’s son, father, brother, uncle, nephew or friend. He is a part of someone’s family that is now broken and stricken with grief. He is a life that will never fulfil its full potential. He is one for whom the bell has tolled.

    Saints, let’s remember his family, and the families of those that have lost loved ones to acts of injustice and racial bias.

    Let’s pray concerning what is happening in America right now; let’s speak peace over the nation and pray that God will cause righteousness to flow like a river over the land.

    Let’s pray that God will shut the mouth of the devourer heal the wounds and the hurts of the oppressed, and still the rage of the vengeful.

    Let’s pray for this nation that God will protect us from the looming unrest and still the roaring of the waves of discontent.

    Let’s pray that God will give the government wisdom to navigate the next steps in our post-covid recovery process.

    May 2020 Fasting and Prayers — Day 2 (Saturday May 30th)

    May 2020 Fasting and Prayers — Day 2 (Saturday May 30th)

    Back To Where We Began

    Scriptures For Meditation: Acts 2:42-47; Matt 9:35-38

    One of the most significant changes that the body of Christ is experiencing in these times, is the proliferation of home churches across the nations of the world.

    Even though we call it a “change”, it is actually a reversion to what the church was, how it began in the early days of the New Testament Church. Because of the persecution of Christians by the Roman rulers, worship service took place mainly in private homes, as described in the book of Acts of the Apostles.

    As a result of the lockdown and social distancing directives in response to the pandemic, every church has had to adapt its operations in order to be able to deliver mission objectives and fulfil ministry vision. The hardest hit area has been the physical gatherings in designated church buildings and public meeting rooms.

    Church Without Walls!

    Disruptive as this may be, the church is nevertheless experiencing a sort of revival in close-group fellowship and a sense of “community” in relations, and then there’s the increased opportunity for outreach and evangelism as people are turning to or looking up to God.

    It is now somewhat easier to get otherwise uninterested people to “attend” church services from the comfort of their homes online, without the “awkwardness” they might have experienced if they were to attend a live meeting. The walls have come down!

    Friends, as Jesus said in our scripture for meditation today, the harvest is truly plentiful and the opportunity to bring the souls into God’s kingdom abound at this time!

    As you believe God for those “new things” that you want to see happen in your life; please actively believe God also, for “New Things” that He can do through your life, business or ministry for the growth of His kingdom!

    PRAYER FOCUS

    Today’s prayers will be focussing on believing God to open our eyes (individually and corporately), to see the new things that we need to align with, in order that God’s purpose for this season might be fully realised.

    Let’s pray that God will anoint and bless the different social media platforms that we are using in these times to share the gospel.

    Pray for a quickening in your spirit as God stirs up a passion to see souls added to His kingdom daily and the strategies to make it happen (both as an individual and as a church).

    Pray for the walls that had limited or hindered us in anyway to come down.

    Pray for multiplication even in these times; that the Lord will bless this ministry and prosper the work of our hands in Jesus’s Name.

    May 2020 Fasting and Prayers — Day 1 (Friday May 29th)

    May 2020 Fasting and Prayers — Day 1 (Friday May 29th)

    Get Your New Wineskins ready!

    Scripture For Meditation: Mark 2:21-22; Ps 90:12-17

    As we wait on the Lord over the next three days, we will be paying into the theme of the messages that God has been speaking to us about change.

    God has been speaking to us over the past few weeks, that He is about to do a new thing.

    However, in order for us to be able to experience or indeed accommodate the “New Things” that God is about to do, we will need to get new wineskins ready for Him to use!

    For the “new things” that you are believing God to do in your life in this season to manifest, God is waiting for you to get rid of the old Wineskins and present new ones that can receive and retain the fresh outpouring of the His Spirit that is necessary to facilitate the change for the season.

    What Are These Old Wineskins?

    • Our old Wineskins could be old attitudes and mindset that cannot handle the new things that God wants to do.

    • They could be old structures that we have become accustomed to and which have become inflexible to change;

    • Old ideas or habits

    • Relationships that have run their course and need to end, but which we are trying to drag into the new season of our lives.

    • The old Wineskins could also be people who have refused to change their outlook from the past to align with the new things that God has begun to do in your life, in a place or even in their own lives.

    • Unscriptural Cultural dispositions and Customs —

    • Some of these old wineskins could even be customs that have been passed down through the years which worked well in the past, that we have not bothered to question or review, and have become de rigueur in our lives, yoking us to the memory of the past!
    • methods that have become stale and devoid of life, with no room for movement or change—

    I’m talking about those Old Wineskins that have reached their limit of use, and cannot accommodate the vibrancy and effervescence of the new things that God is about to do.

    The challenge of today’s message for you as you wait upon the Lord is fasting and prayers:

    To uncover and confront every area of your life that the Holy Spirit is demanding and convicting you to change.

    Q. What will you do about those old Wineskins?

    These old Wineskins will stand in the way of your destiny; they can limit your progress or hinder what God wants to do in this new season of your life!

    Don’t become so insensitive to the changing demands of this season, that you miss the opportunities for growth and progress that the new season may be offering to you.

    PRAYER FOCUS

    • Dear Heavenly Father, please open my eyes to see the old Wineskins in my life that are hindering or can hinder the outpouring of Your promised blessings into my life.

    • Show me where I need to change and what I need to change in order to prepare for the new things that You want to do in my life.

    • Give me the new Wineskins appropriate for the new things that you are doing in my life in this season.

    • I pray that You will give me the grace, the boldness and the courage to be able to address the limitations of the old Wineskins, and to remove them from my life, that I may receive Your promises in Jesus’s Name. Amen.

    Fasting For The Nation — Cycle 2 (Wednesday 6th — Friday 8th May)

    Fasting For The Nation — Cycle 2 (Wednesday 6th — Friday 8th May)

    Theme: Healing of The Nation

    Today begins the second of the three 26-day cycles of intercession that God instructed us to observe in the dream that I had on the 15th of March.

    The first cycle which fell on the weekend of Good Friday to Easter Sunday, coincided with a series of events that showed us why God had given us the forewarning — that was the period that our Prime Minister was critically ill from the Covid 19 infection, and the worst weekend for fatalities and Good Friday in particular, recorded the highest number of deaths in a single day in the UK before or since after that date.

    This second cycle strategically falls in this period when the government is billed to make critical decisions about the way forward concerning the lockdown and the economy. The Prime Minister will be addressing the nation this Sunday.

    Whatever decision is announced on Sunday has the potential to have far reaching consequences for us all, either for good or bad, and here is our opportunity to stand in the gap again for this nation as oracles of God to intercede and declare that the good counsel of the Lord alone shall stand!

    PRAYER FOCUS

    DAY 1 (Wednesday 6th May) — 1Timothy 2:1-2

    Prayer For The Leaders

    1Ti 2:1 I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them.

    1Ti 2:2 Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity.

    • Pray for the Prime Minister, Economic, Scientific (S.A.G.E) and Political advisers, that God will influence their thoughts and give them the wisdom to make decisions that will prosper and bring healing to the land.

    • Pray that God will overturn the plans of the enemy.

    • Pray that he will not be able to hijack the situation to implement his own agenda for the nation.

    DAY 2 (Thursday 7th May) — Eze 47:1-12

    Healing of The Economy

    • We will begin by praying that The River of God will flow through this nation, and bring healing to the land.

    • Pray that God will heal the economy of this nation and preserve it from recession.

    • Pray that God will heal ailing businesses and industries that are righteous and life-giving and are in alignment with His will.

    • Pray that God will revive the church and bring healing to the fractures that have set in over the years.

    DAY 3 (Friday 8th May) — 2Kings 7:1-20

    Pray For A Positive Supernatural Turn Around In The Fortunes of This nation.

    Pray that God will restore the prosperity of this nation and cause His peace to reign over the land.

    May the Lord remember you and bless you as you stand in the gap for this nation in Jesus’s Name.

    Pastor Wale Ola

    April 2020 Fasting & Prayers — Day 3

    April 2020 Fasting & Prayers — Day 3

    Treasures of Darkness

    Scripture for Meditation: Isa 45:3-6; 1Pet 2:9; Col 1:9-14

    In yesterday’s blog, we spoke about the darkness that was prophesied to envelope the earth and how God promised to do a work in the lives of His people to still bring about His purposes through His manifest glory in their lives.

    Dear friend, that promise still holds true for us at this present time as believers and children of the Most High God!

    In the midst of the greatest darkness, His glory will arise upon you and cause you to stand out and manifest the praises of His name.

    It’s your time to shine!

    In our first scripture today (Isa 45:3), we see that God said to Cyrus:

    “I will give you the treasures of darkness And hidden riches of secret places, That you may know that I, the LORD, Who call you by your name, Am the God of Israel.”

    Or as the Message Bible puts it:

    “I’ll lead you to buried treasures, secret caches of valuables— Confirmations that it is, in fact, I, GOD, the God of Israel, who calls you by your name.”

    Child of God, there are treasures in these dark times that are waiting for you to be discovered; buried treasures, secret caches of valuables that are hidden even in these dark times that God is making available for His children to possess as He leads them by His Spirit.

    Do you have the faith to take your eyes off the distractions of the darkness and see the opportunities and possibilities that are also waiting for you?

    Prayer Focus

    Two main things for you to pray about as we believe God for this breakthrough —

    1. Divine Leading

    2. Divine Positioning

    God’s promise to Cyrus is that He will lead him to the secret places where those treasures are hidden in the darkness. By extension, He was saying to Cyrus, that He will position him strategically in the places where he would be able to discover and appropriate these treasures.

    • Pray again for God’s divine leading to be able to navigate through the present and the imminent dark times that’s upon the world.

    • Pray for divine positioning, the anointing and the wisdom to be able to recognise and take advantage of all the opportunities that will enable you to possess these hidden treasures in Jesus’s Name.

    What’s more?

    God is going to do these things all because of the glory of His name and not because we have worked for it or deserve it; it’s going to be all about the grace of God shown in His mercy and favour towards us.

    As He said to Cyrus:

    Isa 45:4 It’s because of my dear servant Jacob, Israel my chosen, That I’ve singled you out, called you by name, and given you this privileged work. And you don’t even know me!

    Isa 45:5 I am GOD, the only God there is. Besides me there are no real gods. I’m the one who armed you for this work, though you don’t even know me,

    Isa 45:6 So that everyone, from east to west, will know that I have no god-rivals. I am GOD, the only God there is.” (The Message Bible)

    • Pray that God will raise “Cyruses” who He will bring into your life, and will empower for your sake, to enable and help you to fulfil His call and purpose for your life in Jesus’s Name.

    Shalom!

    Pastor Wale Ola

    April 2020 Fasting & Prayers — Day 2

    April 2020 Fasting & Prayers — Day 2

    A Light In Darkness

    Scripture for Meditation: John 1:1-5; Is 60:1-3

    We will continue our fasting and prayers today, looking at more of the prophetic word from God concerning Israel. But first, let’s look at our second scripture text for this series (Is 60:1-3).

    Isaiah 60:2 will strike a familiar chord with many of us at this time, when the whole of the world is experiencing a time of gross darkness under the siege of the Covid 19 pandemic and its attendant trail of death and destruction.

    The word of the Lord to Israel was:

    “For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the LORD will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you.”

    While the message on one hand was a portend of doom and gloom arising out of the imminent darkness that would envelope the earth and its peoples; on the other hand, it was also a promise of deliverance and breakthrough for God’s own people even in those dark times!

    Instead of being covered and overwhelmed by the darkness that was to visit the earth, their story would be different — they would be covered by the overwhelming presence of God’s glory. Hallelujah!

    But the promise didn’t end there; as a result of God’s glory arising over His people, unbelievers will see the manifestation of God’s work in their lives and even kings will notice and come to the brightness of their rising.

    Prayer Focus

    We will begin by praying as we did yesterday — let’s pray for God’s glory to arise over us as this gross darkness covers the world and its people.

    Let’s pray that the glory of the Lord will be a defence for us in our homes, businesses, jobs, ministries and concerning our health.

    Let’s pray that the work of the Lord will so tangibly manifest in every area of our lives, that unbelievers around us and even people in places of influence and power will acknowledge and be drawn to God.

    Let’s prophesy into this season and declare the word of God and His unfailing promises over this nation, our places of work or business, school, homes, finances, ministry and church in Jesus’s Name.

    Pray that your destiny will not be disrupted nor overwhelmed by the darkness that’s upon the world in Jesus’s Name.

    Every blessing,

    Pastor Wale Ola

    April 2020 Fasting & Prayers — Day 1

    April 2020 Fasting & Prayers — Day 1

    Anointing For Breakthrough

    Scripture for Meditation: Isaiah 45:1-2; Eph 1:18-23

    This passage of scripture is one of those curious prophetic messages in the bible, that lend themselves to varying interpretations.

    The point of divergence usually centres around the true identity of Cyrus, about whom the prophecy pertains. Was he just a Persian king or was he a type of Christ?

    Today, I want us to put the debate aside and instead look at some of the details of the prophecy expounding the purposes of God concerning him.

    These will form the basis of our prayers as we fast.

    The general tone of the word of the Lord concerning him was one of a demonstration of God’s sovereignty and His providence working in Cyrus’s life, to fulfil a divine purpose.

    Prayer Focus

    Let’s start this session by praying to God for the manifestation of His abiding presence in our homes, lives, businesses and in this church, as we go through the current climate that the whole world is experiencing.

    Let’s pray to God for the anointing for breakthrough to be tangibly manifest in our lives — Let’s pray for the evidence of His presence to be seen in our lives as God promised to do in Cyrus’s life:

    God declared that He will hold his hands, strip powerful adversary kings of their armour and defence to weaken them before him, and will open doors before him and remove every hinderance, so that his advancement will not be hindered.

    Furthermore, God promises that His presence will go before him, level mountains and make a clear path for him to walk through.

    Friends, that was some serious anointing on Cyrus’ life that we just read about! It was a powerful breakthrough anointing.

    God’s divine presence, God’s protection, providence, direction and leading and God’s power were to become the defining features of his life.

    Let’s pray that this will also be our own reality even in this season, as we begin to experience the favour of the Lord breaking through for us in every area of our lives in Jesus’s Name.

    Amen.

    Pastor Wale Ola