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.
    AUGUST 2020 Fasting and Prayers —Day 3

    AUGUST 2020 Fasting and Prayers —Day 3

    You Say What?

    Scriptures For Meditation— Prov 18:21, Rom 4:17

    Pro 18:21 The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.

    Some years ago, I attended a prophetic conference where one of the speakers made a statement that really made a lasting impression on me, and has been a recurring admonition in my heart ever since.

    He said:

    Your destiny is in your mouth!

    There are so many things that come naturally to us as thinking rational human beings. We have been taught and conditioned to look, listen, feel, reason and then talk.

    So essentially, we speak as we see, we say what we hear, we believe what we feel and then declare what we think about the information our minds have processed and then store the results in our hearts.

    As Jesus tells us in Matthew 12:34, “…whatever is in your heart is what you say”.

    The question then is: What is in your heart?

    Satan uses this very knowledge as a strategy to fight us in his battle against us. We are bombarded daily with visuals, sounds and thoughts that are designed to overwhelm our hearts and bring us to the place where we then inadvertently begin to shape our destinies by the words that we declare.

    In proverbs 4:23-25, the bible tells us (New Living Translation):

    Pro 4:23 Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.

    Pro 4:24 Avoid all perverse talk; stay away from corrupt speech.

    Pro 4:25 Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you.

    Everyday we turn on our televisions or read the News from whatever medium, the prognosis and forecasts by the “experts” about the days ahead are to say the least, dreary and very gloomy. There are talks of a “Second Wave” of the virus, recession, job losses and more deaths.

    While these things may be the inevitable consequence of what the world has been through in the last 8 months of the year, our lot as believers is different!

    What shall we then say to these things?

    2Co 4:17 For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!

    2Co 4:18 So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.

    And also, we can do as Abraham did, as the bible tells us in Romans 4:17:

    In spite of what Abraham saw and felt about the situation of His life, he chose instead to still believe God’s promise which He had made to him — he trusted in the God that calls the things that are not as though they were. And God came through for him!

    Prayer Focus

    On this last day of the fast, we will begin by first thanking God for His mercies and goodness that’s us.

    After this, let’s recount these blessings that we have experienced even in this season; let’s fill our minds with the remembrance of His faithfulness and let our mouths begin to speak from the abundance of the thankfulness in our hearts.

    Let’s look forward to the coming months (beginning with the month of September) with expectation and joy, and let’s begin to declare the promises of God concerning our lives.

    Let’s speak to shape our destinies by the words of faith that we will begin to declare from today. We will not speak as the world speaks. We will instead, declare what God has said.

    Let’s intercede for this nation. Let’s petition God for mercy and protection.

    Let’s cancel all the negative pronouncements and declare that only the counsel of God shall stand.

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    AUGUST 2020 FASTING AND PRAYERS — Day 1

    AUGUST 2020 FASTING AND PRAYERS — Day 1

    Declaring and Claiming His Promises

    Scriptures For Meditation — Ex 23:25; Matt 8:14-17

    As the people of Israel prepared to settle in Canaan, God gave them a series of laws and ordinances that they were to live by, and which would regulate their ways of life.

    Together with these statutes, God also made so many promises to them, one of which was to provide them with the blessing of divine health.

    Exo 23:25 “So you shall serve the LORD your God, and He will bless your bread and your water. And I will take sickness away from the midst of you.

    In another scripture, he categorically promised them that if they obeyed his commandments and served Him diligently, He would shield them and make them immune to any of the diseases that their Egyptian taskmasters suffered from.

    And the LORD will protect you from all sickness. He will not let you suffer from the terrible diseases you knew in Egypt, but he will inflict them on all your enemies! (Dt 7:15 NLT)

    This promise of divine health that God made to His people, is indeed a very pertinent and appropriate promise for us to claim in these times that we are in.

    As the nations of the world begin to slowly open up their borders to allow the free flow of people in and out, and steps are being taken to restore some sort of normalcy to social gatherings.

    With schools being mandated to resume in the coming weeks, many parents look at the portend from the News they are being fed about the virus, and may be anxious about their children going back to school in this climate.

    Very few can categorically say with any degree of certainty, what we are to expect in terms of the possible spread or hopeful containment of the virus.

    But there is One who knows — The Omniscient and Omnipotent One. Hallelujah!

    As good as this Old Testament promise was to the people of Israel, we New Testament believers have a better promise based on a better covenant secured by the blood of Jesus Christ concerning our health.

    The bible tells us that Jesus already bore our sicknesses upon Himself on the cross and paid the price in full for us to walk in divine health and to protect us from every attack on our health.

    Prayer Focus

    Our prayer Focus for this first day of our fasting is for the children that are returning to school.

    Let’s petition God concerning their safety and security from the virus.

    Let’s pray for God’s covering over the nations and their children, that the devourer will not use the virus as an occasion to take the lives of these children or to afflict them in any way.

    Let’s plead the blood of Jesus over the schools and that God’s presence will overshadow them and keep the angels of death away.

    Let’s pray specifically for our children, for God to keep them as the apple of His eyes and cause His glory to be a shield of protection around them.

    We declare in the name of Jesus, that the Lord will keep sicknesses, diseases and death away from our households in Jesus’s Name. Amen.

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    July 2020 Fasting and Prayers — Day 3

    July 2020 Fasting and Prayers — Day 3

    Are You Ready?

    Scriptures For Meditation — Joshua 3:1-17; John 16:13; Psalm 32:8

    “When you see the right thing, you will hear the right word.”

    This was what the Lord impressed on my mind as I prepared to write today’s blog.

    They are many things that are happening in the world and in many people’s lives right now that we haven’t ever seen before; too many things that we may not really know what we are meant to focus on. Maybe you can identify with this as you read this today.

    On the first day of our fasting, God spoke to us about Moses and his burning bush experience — how his focus on the right thing was the precursor to him receiving a revelation of God’s plans concerning his life and the nation of Israel.

    Perhaps God is waiting for you to also see right, so that you can hear Him right in this season?

    Looking Unto Jesus

    In our scripture for meditation today, we see the children of Israel at the threshold of a very important intersection in their history; they were about to exit the wilderness and enter into a new phase of their journey into the promised land, as they crossed the Jordan River.

    God this time, helped them with their focus, by telling them what they were to look at — they were to keep their eyes on the Ark of the Covenant, and on the priests on whose shoulders it was being carried.

    The Ark of the Covenant was a representation of the Shekinah Glory, the very presence of God in the midst of the Israelites.

    “That you may know the way by which you must go”, shows that as the ark of the covenant led the way, Israel would accomplish this impossible task of passing through the Jordan River, as they set their eyes upon God’s presence, and followed only after His leading.

    When we are looking out for Divine guidance to navigate this season, it is critical that there be nothing in the way to obscure the object or to distort our vision of His leading.

    Will You FollowThe Way Maker?

    As we stand on the threshold of the new things that God is about to do in our lives, our nation and ministry at this time, we also must heed the call to take our eyes off the things that surround and distract us, and keep them firmly focused on Jesus as He leads the way!

    “Sanctify Yourselves…”

    The people were also enjoined to “Sanctify themselves”.

    This means they were to separate themselves from common things to focus in on the LORD, and to see that the LORD will do wonders among them.

    Hitherto, the Israelites had been led on their way by the pillar of cloud by day and pillar of fire by night; but now, things were to change —the Ark was now to be the Way Maker to lead them into the promised land.

    Friends, I really believe in my heart that God is doing new things in His Church at this time that we have to correctly respond to. We need to keep our eyes on Jesus as He navigates us through this way that we’ve never been through before. We can’t afford to take our eyes off Him!

    Are you ready and prepared to follow the Ark into Jordan…?

    Selah…

    Pastor Wale Ola

    PRAYER FOCUS

    Let’s begin by sanctifying ourselves as we get ready to follow His Holy presence into the new place that He’s leading us into.

    Let’s ask Him to show us what we need to address in our lives; what we need to rid ourselves of to make ourselves ready as brides prepared for the groom.

    Let’s pray for the priests (the leaders that God has appointed) that they will stand strong to lead under the unction of God’s presence and power.

    Let’s pray for them, that they will hear correctly and with clarity, the instructions that God is speaking to the Church at this time, so that the people they are leading can follow the leading of the Lord into their promised inheritance.

    Let’s pray specifically for the leadership of GLA, that as we wait on the Lord for direction on the way to go in this season especially post-Covid, that we will open our ears, our eyes and our hearts to how God is leading His Church in this season that is upon us.

    Pray for yourself, that God will give you the grace, wisdom and the boldness to embrace and step into the new things that He may be requiring of you.

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    July 2020 Fasting and Prayers — Day 2

    July 2020 Fasting and Prayers — Day 2

    Behind The Scenes

    Scriptures For Meditation — Ex 3:6-10; Ex 2:23-25

    Our first scripture text that we are meditating on today, is a continuation of the text that we read yesterday.

    Following Moses’ encounter and dialogue with God on Mount Horeb, God declared His plans concerning the deliverance of the children of Israel from the bondage of slavery in Egypt.

    A God Who Sees

    Have you ever gone through a rough patch or experienced a tough situation where you have wondered if God saw your pain or even remembered you at all?

    Can you imagine how the Israelites might have felt after being held in captivity for close to 430 years; can you imagine just how many generations have known nothing else about their heritage but the servitude of slavery?

    And on a smaller scale, in the case of Moses at this time, he had been on his own personal wilderness journey of 40 years. He probably thought of himself as the man that time forgot!

    When Moses woke up that day, as far as he knew, it was going to be just like any other day he had experienced over the last 40 years that he had been in the wilderness; Same mountain, same route, same routine, a normal day in the life of a simple shepherd; or so he thought!

    He sure didn’t bargain for God to interrupt his “normal” in a spectacular way unannounced, and completely change the course of his life.

    Friend, even when it looks like nothing is happening; when it seems like God had forgotten you; when you think that He’s not got you on His mind, He can show up on the scene and declare His awesome majesty in your life, in that situation.

    God is at work on your behalf, behind the scene!

    As we sing in that song:

    “Right now, God is, working it out, working it out, God is working it out, right now”!

    A God Who Knows…

    Hear what God Said to Moses:

    Exo 3:7 And the LORD said: “I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows.

    Exo 3:8 So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Amorites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites.

    Exo 3:9 Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel has come to Me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them.

    Exo 3:10 Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.”

    • God saw them in their affliction

    • God heard their cry

    • He knew their sorrows

    Earlier on in Exodus 2:23-25, the bible also tells us how their plight was not unknown to God:

    • They cried out because of their bondage

    • God Heard

    • God Remembered

    • God Saw

    • God Responded by sending a deliverer to them, to bring them out of Egypt.

    PRAYER FOCUS

    • Let’s start by reading Psalm 77:1-20

    • Let’s cry out to God in faith today; let’s pray that He will open a book of remembrance for us

    • Let’s petition Him to look and note the affliction, the oppression, the injustice that we are suffering in our lives or that we have suffered and come to our defence and rescue us.

    • Pray for God to send deliverance so our destinies can be liberated from the shackles of the enemy.

    • Let’s pray for divine intervention in areas of our lives where we need God to show up.

    • Let’s pray for more of God’s presence in our lives; that we will have divine encounters with God as we wait on Him in Jesus’s Name.

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    July 2020 Fasting and Prayers — Day 1

    July 2020 Fasting and Prayers — Day 1

    Fire On The Mountain

    Scripture For Meditation — Ex 3:1-5

    One consistent word that the Lord has been speaking repeatedly to the Church over this period that we are in, is that He is doing a “New Thing”!

    As He said in Isa 43:19 —

    Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert. (NKJV)

    As I meditated on this scripture, the word “Behold” jumped out at me.

    What did this word “behold” mean to the Hebrew in the context of that message?

    The word represents the idea of looking toward something of interest — The underlying meaning is the idea of a continuation; it meant “a looking toward something continually”.

    So, God prefaced the announcement of what He was about to do with the word behold. In other words, He was saying to them to pay attention.

    Pay Attention

    He was saying to them as He is saying to us today, that we need to watch closely, to pay attention to the things unfolding before us, so we don’t miss out on the new things that He is about to do; the great things that He is already doing!

    In our scripture for meditation today, we see that very concept playing out in the life of Moses in his encounter with God in his “burning bush experience”:

    Exo 3:2 And the Angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed.

    God had kickstarted a process to do something to intervene in the affairs of the Israelites and deliver them from their captivity in Egypt, and indeed in Moses’ life; and He announced this by grabbing Moses’ attention in an unusual occurrence.

    Exo 3:3 Then Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.”

    When God saw that Moses responded to what He was manifesting before him, God revealed His plans to him.

    Exo 3:4 — So when the LORD saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.”

    Take A Closer Look

    Child of God, could God have been trying to get your attention through your own “burning bush experience” to usher you into your “new things” and you are not seeing the signs?

    If you look carefully at the verses of scripture that we just read; it is interesting to note that Moses did not just see what was unfolding before Him; but crucially, he also saw correctly!

    What Are You Looking At?

    Is it not strange that it wasn’t the sight of the angel in the midst of the burning bush that caught his attention, but what he turned aside to look at, what caught his attention, was the fact that the bush was burning with fire but was not consumed!

    Exo 3:3 Then Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.”

    Are you looking at what is unfolding before you at work, in your business, in your ministry, all around you in this season and taking notice of what God is showing you? Are you looking at what God really wants you to focus on?

    Some of us may be looking and indeed seeing, but we may inadvertently be focusing on the wrong thing!

    Moses didn’t focus on the angel (as awesome as that sight probably was to him) — it was the “less spectacular” sight of the bush burning without being consumed that really caught his attention.

    Child of God, I pray that God will open your eyes to see what you are really meant to see, so that you can hear your “marching orders”; the word that will bring you into your breakthrough in this new season.

    Selah

    Pastor Wale Ola

    PRAYER FOCUS

    Pray against every distraction that the enemy may have been using to draw your attention away from what God is really doing in your life and situation.

    Pray, Lord open my eyes to see what I am meant to see in what You are doing.

    Speak Your word to me that I may know what to do in this season.

    Pray against the spirit of confusion, that you will have clarity in your mind and spirit, to see, to hear and to do as God will instruct in Jesus’s Name.

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    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.

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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.