SEPTEMBER 2020 Fasting and Prayers — Day 3

SEPTEMBER 2020 Fasting and Prayers — Day 3

100% His!

Scriptures For Meditation: Gen 22:1-3; Prov 3:9; Acts 5:1-11

Over the past two days of our fasting and prayers, God has been speaking to us about consecration. We are going to take this a bit further today, by meditating on one of the practical consequences of consecration.

We have looked at the “spiritual” aspects of the act of consecration — Making ourselves separated unto God, eschewing sin and striving to live holy lives as we dedicate our lives to Him.

However, consecration goes beyond who we are and what we do; consecration is also manifest in our attitude to what we have; what we do with what we have, or how we steward what we have.

When we consecrate ourselves to God, we are saying that He owns us; we are declaring ourselves to be His absolute possession, God’s own property. And this not just our physical selves, but also our substance and possessions as well!

Abraham was fully consecrated unto God!

In our main scripture reading for today, we see this exemplified by Abraham, in his response to a demand by God, for what was the most valuable thing to him.

As we read in our text:

Gen 22:1 Some time later, God tested Abraham’s faith. “Abraham!” God called. “Yes,” he replied. “Here I am.”

Gen 22:2 “Take your son, your only son—yes, Isaac, whom you love so much—and go to the land of Moriah. Go and sacrifice him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains, which I will show you.”

Gen 22:3 The next morning Abraham got up early. He saddled his donkey and took two of his servants with him, along with his son, Isaac. Then he chopped wood for a fire for a burnt offering and set out for the place God had told him about.

If God called to you as He did to Abraham and ask you to give up your most prized possession to Him, what would your response be? How quickly would you respond? How far would you go?

Abraham was instant in his response and was total in his commitment.

Nothing meant more to him, than to obey and to please God. Nothing was too valuable to him that he could not fully give to God.

Friend, what is that one thing or indeed those things that you have held on dearly to, that you are not fully yielding up to God? What are those “non-negotiable” things in our lives, those areas that we have not fully given God full access to, or things that we may not have fully yielded up to Him to possess?

Let’s think about this today and respond as the Holy Spirit will prompt us to. Is there anything in your life that you are unwittingly valuing higher than God? Are there things that have become like idols in your heart that you are dedicated to and worship more than you do God?

God is calling unto us today to examine our lives, and respond to the call of consecration. Let us today, rededicate not just ourselves, but also our substance, our time, our everything to Him.

As the song says,

Everything, everything,

Lord You are, everything to me

My Treasure, my priority,

Who can compare to you?

Great is the measure of Your royalty,

O Morning Star,

You truly are, EVERYTHING!

Is God truly “everything” to you?

Selah…

Pastor Wale Ola

PRAYER FOCUS

Ask God to show you areas of your life that may not be fully consecrated to Him.

Ask Him to show you the true state of your heart in relation to your earthly possessions that have possessed you or have taken time away from God that He is deserving of you.

Dedicate those areas and those things to Him, and ask Him to give you the grace to fully yield them up to Him.

Dedicate your job, career, gifting and talents, time, material possessions, even “your” ministry; your whole substance to Him — Make them all fully ready and 100% available for His use.

Amen.

SEPTEMBER 2020 Fasting and Prayers — Day 2

SEPTEMBER 2020 Fasting and Prayers — Day 2

A Consecrated Life

Scriptures For Meditation— 

Joshua 3:5 Then Joshua told the people, “Purify yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do great wonders among you.

Romans 12:1 And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.

Eph 2:10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

As the weather cools and the final quarter of the year looms, many of us begin to take stock. We reflect on where we have come from, contemplate where we are now and imagine where we would like to go. For some of us, this exercise brings us face to face with our disappointments, failures and seemingly unanswered prayers.

In pondering what may have happened this year, we may recognise the blockers to success we are still carrying around with us. Sin. Deliberate disregard for the revealed truth of God or failure to act as we know we ought to (James 4:17).

Repentance is necessary and should be practiced often as we continue on the journey of faith. However, beyond repentance (repeated turning away from sin), we should also seek consecration which is the higher calling.

Consecration is a decision to be set apart — To be deliberate in our pursuit and service to God.

A consecrated life is not spent looking for sins to avoid. Instead, it is yielded to God’s original plan for your life. It is recognising that we were created to worship Him and our lives are His to do with as He requires for the furtherance of His Kingdom.

Consecration seeks to draw near to God, so He can draw near to you (James 4:8).

When Joshua asked the people to purify themselves, it was because the Lord was going to “visit” them to do wonders. Today, this still holds true, we must be consecrated to manifest God’s Holy power in our lives daily, as He has residence in our bodies and is always with us.

In the story recorded in Joshua, the priests carried the Ark of the Covenant of God and as soon as they stepped in the River Jordan, it dried up so the people could pass. Do you know you are a priest (1Peter 2:9) carrying the Holy Spirit within you?

Your consecration produces the same results they got!

Imagine being able to part the seas of depression, lack, sickness, loss etc. so that those whom the Lord has assigned to you (and yourself) can cross over?

What a joy to perform the good works He planned in advance for us to do! (Eph 2:10)

Over the next two days and beyond, let us bring our lives into consecration unto the Lord. There is still time to finish 2020 strong. For when we purify ourselves, indeed, He will do wonders amongst us!

Shalom,

Sade Abiodun

Prayer Focus

Let us thank God for the chance to re-focus and consecrate our lives today

Pray for a fresh infilling of the Holy Spirit, for He alone can help us sustain a consecrated life

Let’s release every disappointment of the past, fear and negative emotion concerning 2020. Each day is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!

Pray for a fresh vision even for the last quarter of the year, that we may indeed perform the good works God has prepared in advance for us to do

As we consecrate ourselves, let us call for the power of God to manifest in our lives and make a way, not just for us for those all around us.

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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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