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.
    2019 End of Year Fasting & Prayers — Day 21

    2019 End of Year Fasting & Prayers — Day 21

    “You are loosed from your infirmities”

    Scripture For Meditation — 1Tim 2:1-2; 2Thessalonians 3:1-2; Ps 20:1-9

    Prayers For the Leaders

    As we come to the end of this year’s fasting and prayers, we will spend this last day meditating on what we have been praying about over the past three weeks.

    Spend some quiet time alone with God away from all distractions and listen to what He will minster to your spirit. Write down any impressions you may receive whilst waiting.

    Thank God for the grace He’s given to you to wait, and thank Him in advance (by faith, for answered prayers).

    Prayer Focus

    Please lift up myself and my family in prayers, as God will lead you to pray.

    Pray also, for the Leadership team and their families.

    Pray for us for clarity of vision and divine wisdom to lead the ministry, to plan and to execute God’s counsel concerning His agenda for the year 2020.

    Pray for unity amongst the leadership team, that we will all be in alignment with the vision and work together in agreement as one, to see the plans and purposes of God for the year and beyond accomplished.

    Pray that God will refresh and reward the workers that have given of their substance to support the ministry over the years.

    May the glory of the Lord manifest in every area of our lives and ministry; may the Lord that answers prayers come through in power and miraculously in each of our lives in Jesus’s Name. Amen.

    Shalom,

    Pastor Wale Ola

    2019 End of Year Fasting & Prayers — Day 20

    2019 End of Year Fasting & Prayers — Day 20

    “You are loosed from your infirmities”

    Scripture For Meditation — Rev 22:1-5; Ezekiel 47:1-12

    Divine Alignment

    As we come to the penultimate day of this year’s fasting and prayers, we will do what we normally do to end our prayers for the coming year — Prophesy into the year 2020!

    John’s vision in our scripture text today, mirrors a similar vision that God showed to Ezekiel (Eze 47:1-12). Both men were shown a vision of a river flowing from the throne of God out into the streets. John’s account calls this river the Water of Life, while Ezekiel calls it the River of God.

    In both instances, the rivers broke the curse of death, barrenness and stagnation; they influenced the trees to be fruitful, bringing forth fruit every month; and brought life and healing wherever they flowed.

    That is the promise that we are going to claim and prophesy into every month of the year 2020.

    Prayer Focus

    Let’s start by bringing the year 2020 before the throne of God, and pray that God will incapacitate and remove every disabling spirit and their influences from the year.

    Let’s then bring every month of the new year under the covering of the blood of Jesus, praying that every day of those months begin to align with the word and purpose of God concerning your life.

    Let’s prophesy these promises of the scriptures above into every month of the year:

    • That God will break the curse of death, barrenness and stagnation off your life.

    • That God will cause your life and your efforts to be fruitful throughout the year.

    • That the anointing of the Holy Spirit will flow into every area of your life to revitalise you, and to bring healing wherever you are infirmed.

    • That each month of the year will release the harvest that the river of God will produce for you.

    • That every resource / provision that you need to accomplish God’s agenda and fulfil His vision and purpose for the season will be released in Jesus’s Name.

    • That God will frustrate and cancel every plan that the enemy has fashioned against you through whatever means.

    • Bless every month of the new year and pray that each month will manifest the glory of God in and through your life in Jesus’s Name.

    Shalom,

    Pastor Wale Ola

    2019 End of Year Fasting & Prayers — Day 20

    2019 End of Year Fasting & Prayers — Day 20

    “You are loosed from your infirmities”

    Scripture For Meditation — Rev 22:1-5; Ezekiel 47:1-12

    Divine Alignment

    As we come to the penultimate day of this year’s fasting and prayers, we will do what we normally do to end our prayers for the coming year — Prophesy into the year 2020!

    John’s vision in our scripture text today, mirrors a similar vision that God showed to Ezekiel (Eze 47:1-12). Both men were shown a vision of a river flowing from the throne of God out into the streets. John’s account calls this river the Water of Life, while Ezekiel calls it the River of God.

    In both instances, the rivers broke the curse of death, barrenness and stagnation; they influenced the trees to be fruitful, bringing forth fruit every month; and brought life and healing wherever they flowed.

    That is the promise that we are going to claim and prophesy into every month of the year 2020.

    Prayer Focus

    Let’s start by bringing the year 2020 before the throne of God, and pray that God will incapacitate and remove every disabling spirit and their influences from the year.

    Let’s then bring every month of the new year under the covering of the blood of Jesus, praying that every day of those months begin to align with the word and purpose of God concerning your life.

    Let’s prophesy these promises of the scriptures above into every month of the year:

    • That God will break the curse of death, barrenness and stagnation off your life.

    • That God will cause your life and your efforts to be fruitful throughout the year.

    • That the anointing of the Holy Spirit will flow into every area of your life to revitalise you, and to bring healing wherever you are infirmed.

    • That each month of the year will release the harvest that the river of God will produce for you.

    • That every resource / provision that you need to accomplish God’s agenda and fulfil His vision and purpose for the season will be released in Jesus’s Name.

    • That God will frustrate and cancel every plan that the enemy has fashioned against you through whatever means.

    • Bless every month of the new year and pray that each month will manifest the glory of God in and through your life in Jesus’s Name.

    Shalom,

    Pastor Wale Ola

    2019 End of Year Fasting & Prayers — Day 19

    2019 End of Year Fasting & Prayers — Day 19

    “You are loosed from your infirmities”

    Scripture For Meditation — Ecc 4:9-12; Matt 18:18-20

    STAND UP STRAIGHT

    Our prayers today will be along the lines as we prayed for the church yesterday. (Please read yesterday’s blog if you didn’t read it already).

    As was said yesterday (reading from Luke 13:10-13), sometimes, the disabling issues that we face in life even though they have natural, physical or maybe even rational manifestations that we can easily see, may actually have their root in spiritual causes.

    With this in mind, we will be praying for our brethren in church and for ourselves, addressing the disabling spirits that may have been limiting or hindering us in anyway, that we may not have even realised have caused the infirmities manifesting in our lives!

    God’s promise to you is that you will stand up straight, loosed from whatever infirmities have held you bound.

    I’VE GOT YOUR BACK!

    Many times, we get tired, frustrated and discouraged waiting for the change that we have believed God for, that we can get to the place where we stop praying and give up on our vision.

    That’s why both of today’s scriptures give us the assurance of victory that comes from believers standing together in prayer, agreeing with themselves on the truth and reliability of God’s promises in His word to us.

    Let’s read our first scripture text for today from the NLT bible:

    Ecc 4:9 Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed.

    Ecc 4:10 If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.

    Ecc 4:11 Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone?

    Ecc 4:12 A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.

    Selah,

    Pastor Wale Ola

    Prayer Focus

    Bring yourself / your family before God; ask God to visit the root of your bloodline and rebuke the spirit(s) behind the disabilities that have hindered you or your family.

    Bind those disabling spirits, remove yourself, your family and your brethren in church, from under their influences and power.

    Speak to the areas of your life that you know are infirmed, that they receive the power to straighten up and walk into the fullness of God’s purpose.

    Pray for the release of every resource / provision that you need to do the work assigned by God for the year, and to accomplish your vision for the year effectively.

    Pray for your business, career, job and meetings that will happen in the coming year. Pray that you will find favour, see advancements, be rewarded with promotion, and prosper in all that you set your hands to do in Jesus’s Name.

    Let’s stand in agreement with our sisters that are believing God to get married, that God will answer our prayers and make it happen in 2020.

    Let’s also pray for divine favour for those who are believing God for jobs / new jobs, business, career direction / changes, that God will make a way for them.

    Let’s intercede for those that are suffering from sicknesses, that they will receive divine healing in Jesus’s Name. Amen

    2019 End of Year Fasting & Prayers — Day 18

    2019 End of Year Fasting & Prayers — Day 18

    “You are loosed from your infirmities”

    Scripture For Meditation —Luke 13:10-17; Matt 16:13-19

    Here We Go Again

    On day 10 of our fasting, talked about a spiritual reality that we said sometimes confuses us as believers — The question:

    How can I still be bound though I’m saved?

    Let’s return to our opening scripture that gave us the theme for this series of meditation.

    Like the daughter of Abraham that was bound by the disabling spirit in our theme scripture text, it is also possible to be a born again child of God but still experience spiritual challenges and be bound in one area of our lives or the other. (We talked about this earlier when we meditated on the miracle of Lazarus’s resurrection).

    The woman no doubt would have sought medical solutions to her disability over the 18 years that her condition persisted (much like the woman with the issue of blood was said to have spent all her money on physicians looking for a cure), but when Jesus appeared on the scene, He rebuked What the Bible references as a disabling spirit — the spirit of infirmity; He laid His hands on her and immediately, she was made whole!

    While there are those believers who foolishly blame every negative occurrence in their lives that they experience to the work of Satan and his demonic activities, there are also others that think nothing of spiritual influences and just assume that everything happens as a consequence of natural or physical facts that can be reasonably explained.

    The truth is somewhere in the middle.

    More Than Meets The Eye

    Sometimes, the natural things that we see in the physical, actually have their root in, and are the consequence of spiritual, demonic activities.

    Unfortunately as believers instead of addressing the root cause of the problem which may be spiritual in nature, we sometimes spend our time and resources applying physical, natural or “rational” remedies that defy our “solution”.

    The solution to your problem is not really more work, working harder, doing more… the question that you may need to address may be:

    What’s the spirit disabling your destiny?

    When Jesus addressed and rebuked the spirit that had kept that poor woman bound, she was loosed and healed of her physical disabilities!

    Prayer Focus

    We will spend the next few days using this understanding to pray for the Church, the congregation and our own selves or families.

    Bring GLA before God; ask God to visit the root of this ministry and rebuke the spirit(s) behind the disabilities that have hindered the church.

    Bind those disabling spirits, remove the church from under their influences and power.

    Command the church to receive the power to straighten up and walk into the fullness of God’s purpose.

    Pray for the release of every resource / provision that we need to do the work effectively.

    Pray for the programmes, activities, events planned for the coming year, believing that everything that is needed will be provided for by Jehovah Jireh.

    Shalom,

    Pastor Wale Ola

    2019 End of Year Fasting & Prayers — Day 17

    2019 End of Year Fasting & Prayers — Day 17

    “You are loosed from your infirmities”

    Scripture For Meditation — Rom 8:32; Ps 81:10; Ps 84:11-12

    Pro Vision

    In yesterday’s blog, we looked at vision and how it should essentially be about what God has on His mind for us—His plans concerning our lives; and not just our own desires or ideas about how an ambition is to be fulfilled.

    What! Does that mean it is wrong for us to have ambition and desires for our lives?

    The answer to that is a resounding No; but the key point is that our desires and ambitions should flow from God’s plans for our lives — what He desires and has envisioned as His purpose for our lives or for that particular season of our lives as it were.

    The beautiful thing about this approach to defining “our vision” for the new year, is that what God envisions, He also resources.

    That’s What He Does!

    One of the covenant names of God by which He revealed Himself to the children of Israel is Jehovah Jireh. (Read Gen 22:1-14)

    Many times, people have done great injustice to the meaning of this name, by reducing it to just a noun (My Provider or Supplier) instead of seeing it as the verb that it is; a powerful statement that carries a promise!

    The literal translation of this compound name of God is — “The Lord Will Provide!”

    Think about that for a moment in the context of “vision” that we have been meditating on.

    Every vision from God comes packaged with the provision to accomplish it; that’s what the word provision really means — that which is supplied and made available for the vision.

    His name — Jehovah Jireh, is thus an eternal promise and a guarantee, that He will provide the necessary resources or that which is needed to bring His vision, His plans and His purposes to pass in your life. Hallelujah!

    Prayer Focus

    Surrender the vision for the year before God (desires, plans, proposals for ministry, career, business, family,etc). Prov 16:3

    Pray to God for open heavens over your life and over the year 2020.

    Pray that the supply lines that will carry the blessings for your season will not be blocked or hindered in Jesus’s Name. (Isa 60:11)

    Pray for the release of the provisions for the vision that God has birthed in your heart for the year. (The resources, people, materials, finances, infrastructure needed to accomplish the vision)

    Pray for divine favour over your life and your name in Jesus’s Name.

    Pray for the release of a fresh anointing that is peculiar to the season and necessary for the accomplishment of the vision for the year.

    Shalom,

    Pastor Wale Ola

    2019 End of Year Fasting & Prayers — Day 16

    2019 End of Year Fasting & Prayers — Day 16

    “You are loosed from your infirmities”

    Scripture For Meditation — Jer 33:3; Eph 3:20

    20-20 Vision

    As Christians, we have possibly at different times in our walk with God, quoted the bible verses in Habakkuk about vision that we meditated on yesterday — “write it down, make it plain, wait for it”!

    But what really is vision?

    The immediate thing that we will think about rightly, is that it pertains to our visual abilities or senses. So we can say that vision is the ability to see, or as a dictionary definition puts it,

    “it is the ability to think about or plan the future with imagination and wisdom.”

    But then, in the context of the scripture that we were meditating on, it goes much farther than that.

    In the text, vision is defined by the word “Perceive”, which is:

    The ability to see beyond what is seen in the physical present

    • A perception beyond the normal experiences.

    • To see something that is not physically present.

    • A revelation, or understanding that transcends our normal cognitive abilities

    The bible tells us that one of the ministries of the Holy Spirit is to tell or show us things that are to come (John 16:13-15; 1Cor 2:9-10); friend, it is God’s will and desire for you to know His purpose for your life!

    And that’s the thing about the “vision” that we are talking about — it is not the lofty ambitions or grandiose desires of what we hope to achieve, or the carefully laid out strategies or “game plan” to accomplish the grand design for our lives; rather, it is the God-breathed, Holy Spirit inspired revelation of the heart of God, concerning His plans and purposes for our lives in the season that we are in.

    As we wait on the Lord this week, we are positioning ourselves as Habakkuk did, to hear what God will say to us; to see what He will show us concerning the year that we are about to enter into, and indeed, the new decade!

    Prayer Focus

    I’ll like us to recall one of the definitions of vision that was mentioned earlier:

    “it is the ability to think about or plan the future with imagination and wisdom.”

    Start by praying that God will give you clarity of thought and the working of the mind of Christ in you, first to receive His plans for your life, and also to understand what He is saying to you or showing you.

    Ask God to give you the capacity to see beyond what is present in the physical. Call upon Him; ask Him to show you those things that you need to know, in order for you to do the things that He wants you to do.

    Pray that He will give you the ability to perceive His plans for the year, beyond your normal experiences.

    Pray that as He has removed the graveclothes that covered your face, He will remove every limitation in your thoughts and influence your imaginations for your future by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

    Pray that God will give you the wisdom to plan, and the strategies to execute those plans according to the pattern that He will show you.

    Let’s also spend some time to pray the same prayers for the church.

    Shalom,

    Pastor Wale Ola

    2019 End of Year Fasting & Prayers — Day 15

    2019 End of Year Fasting & Prayers — Day 15

    “You are loosed from your infirmities”

    Scripture For Meditation — Habakkuk 2:1-3; Proverbs 16:3; Ps 37:4-5

    Eyes Forward

    Over the past two weeks, the focus of our fasting and praying has been on casting our minds back over our lives, seeking to identify and deal with the issues that have set us back and limited or disabled us from fulfilling God’s purpose for our lives.

    And as we read yesterday, the purpose of setting Lazarus loose from those graveclothes, was so that he could then go on and fulfil his destiny!

    This last week of the fast, we’ll be looking in the opposite direction; casting our gaze forward, to believe God for a vision for the new year, and to declare His word into the year.

    In our first scripture text (Habakkuk 2:1-3), I want us to focus on some universal truths that I think can help us in our endeavours, learning and applying one or two of these spiritual truths in our focus on the coming year.

    Habakkuk’s Attitude

    Habakkuk’s attitude to hearing from God, is a relevant instruction to us, in his intentionality, determination and commitment to hearing what God had to say about the issue that he had brought before God (Read Habakkuk 1:12-17):

    Pay particular notice to the highlighted words

    • I will climb up to my watchtower and

    Stand at my guard post.

    • There I will wait

    • To see what the Lord says

    • And How He will answer my complaint.

    As a watchman looks out from his watch-tower into the distance, the prophet will look out for the answer or message from Heaven.

    God’s Response

    God responds to the prophet by painting a picture – a vision of what was to come, detailing His plans to redeem His people and judge their tormentors.

    God’s response to Habakkuk is still relevant to us even now, whenever He gives us a vision concerning the issues of our lives. There are applicable universal truths in what God said to him, and there are applicable principles that we can adopt in responding to what God tells or shows us in our praying and waiting times:

    He further instructed Habakkuk

    • Write My answer down

    • Make it Plain so that those that will carry the message can read it as they run with it

    • Know that this Vision that I show you has an appointed time

    • It will be fulfilled

    • Even when you think it is slow in coming

    • Wait patiently

    • It will come to pass

    • It will not be delayed

    Prayer Focus

    • Start by praying that God will open your ears and cause you to hear His voice with clarity as you wait on Him for instructions for the new year.

    • What are those things that you are believing God for in the coming year?

    • What are the changes that you would love to see in your life?

    Physically

    • In your relationships

    • Business

    • Career

    • Job

    • Ministry

    • Finances

    • Home / Family

    Write them down in a prayer journal so you can have a visual of where you are going.

    • What plans does God have in place to accomplish those things?

    • How does He want you to respond to what He has shown /told you?

    • Present these strategies before God, and ask Him to empower you to see them through.

    More grace to you as you wait on Him!

    Pastor Wale Ola

    2019 End of Year Fasting & Prayers — Day 14

    2019 End of Year Fasting & Prayers — Day 14

    You are loosed from your infirmities”

    Scripture For Meditation —John 11:41-44; John 12:9-11

    And Then What?

    We will end this week by looking at the concluding part of the story of Lazarus’s resurrection.

    Joh 11:44 And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go.”

    I want us to zero in today, on the last sentence in the verse above.

    Friend, we have talked about your bound hands, bound feet and covered face and how God has given the divine command to set you free as He did Lazarus. But as you will see in the above statement, the command concerning Lazarus was a two-part command; it didn’t just end at setting him free; there was also an accompanying command that was to follow his freedom — the consequence or purpose of him being set free:

    Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go.”

    Let him go where? Or Let him go do what?

    The Story Continues…

    The story of Lazarus continues in the next chapter:

    Joh 12:9 Now a great many of the Jews knew that He was there; and they came, not for Jesus’ sake only, but that they might also see Lazarus, whom He had raised from the dead.

    Joh 12:10 But the chief priests plotted to put Lazarus to death also,

    Joh 12:11 because on account of him many of the Jews went away and believed in Jesus.

    What the enemy meant for evil, God turned around for His glory!

    As Jesus had said earlier, Lazarus’s death was not unto death, but that through it, the glory of God might be demonstrated for all to see! Jesus had made a claim earlier that He was the resurrection and the life; a claim that was backed up by the miracle, a miracle that subsequently led many to believe in Jesus!

    Glory Carrier

    Lazarus was set free to go and be a walking signpost and living evidence of the power of the Son of God over death and the grave; that is why you also must be set free—to go and fulfil your destiny to be a glory-carrier! Friend, get ready; your testimony, the story of your turn around will cause many to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ!

    But you must first be loosed! For when you are loosed, everything that your bound hands couldn’t do; everywhere that your bound feet couldn’t reach; everything that your covered face couldn’t comprehend, you are now enabled to accomplish!

    Has He not said that if you believe, you will see the glory of the Lord?

    Selah

    Pastor Wale Ola

    Prayer Focus

    In order to properly pray today’s prayer, we need to fully understand what that command “Loose Him” really means:

    The word “Loose” in its root sense means

    • To do away with, to deprive of authority

    • To declare unlawful

    • Metaphorically, to overthrow

    Our prayer today, will be to do away with every symbol of death that the enemy has attached to your life and destiny.

    Pray that God will deprive of authority, any thing that has wound itself around you to disable you in anyway.

    Declare to your situation, that because Christ has issued a supreme command to set you free, every band of bondage that seeks to hold you bound is hereby declared to be unlawful.

    Overthrow in the name of Jesus, every strongman that the enemy has empowered to enforce an assignment of death in your life.

    2019 End of Year Fasting & Prayers — Day 13

    2019 End of Year Fasting & Prayers — Day 13

    “You are loosed from your infirmities”

    Scripture For Meditation —John 11:41-44; 2 Cor 3:13-18

    Veiled Faces

    Finally, the verse from our meditation yesterday, mentions Lazarus’s face, as another part of his body that was also bound by the graveclothes.

    Now, the covered face is even more debilitating than bound hands and feet, because being covered, it affects and disables so many of the senses that are required for wholesome living —The eyes, ears, nose and the ears.

    Symbolically, the effect of this is that the covered face can be representative of spiritual limitations that have the consequence of impairing the senses as highlighted below:

    • The EyesNo vision
    • The NoseStench of death and decay
    • The Mouthineffective words, no voice, undermined, misunderstood
    • The EarsCan’t hear; lack of direction
    • The Head / Mind Confusion, depression, muddled thoughts, lack of understanding of spiritual things.

    A person could be born again, and yet be disabled in any one of the areas or ways mentioned above!

    And yet again, as with the bound hands and feet, this ought not to be so!

    Unveiled Faces

    The bible tells us another way by which we might have our face covered, apart from demonic activities — it is when we are caught up in the law instead of living in the liberty of the Spirit.

    The law represents the works of the flesh that puts our faith in all the efforts of our own abilities and wisdom.

    And as the bible says:

    2Co 3:13 We are not like Moses, who put a veil over his face so the people of Israel would not see the glory, even though it was destined to fade away.

    2Co 3:14 But the people’s minds were hardened, and to this day whenever the old covenant is being read, the same veil covers their minds so they cannot understand the truth. And this veil can be removed only by believing in Christ.

    2Co 3:15 Yes, even today when they read Moses’ writings, their hearts are covered with that veil, and they do not understand.

    2Co 3:16 But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.

    2Co 3:17 For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

    2Co 3:18 So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.

    Prayer Focus

    Confess and Repent from the works of the flesh that you may have unwittingly relied on to accomplish what could rightly and only be done by the Spirit of God.

    Pray for God to unveil your face and open the eyes of your Spirit to see as God intends.

    Pray that your eyes will behold His glory even in that situation that has troubled you.

    Pray for your ears to open to hear the voice of the Shepherd of your soul; to hear His instructions and to understand His directions for your life.

    Pray that God will remove the stench of death, stagnation and decay from your life; and that He will release the fragrance of Christ all over you.

    Pray that God will open your mouth and give you a voice that carries authority and influence; a voice that commands respect and favour.

    Declare that You have the mind of Christ! Pray for a sound mind that’s free from oppressive and depressive thoughts.

    Pray for clarity of thought and the spirit of understanding.

    Shalom,

    Pastor Wale Ola