End of Year Fasting and Prayers (Day 3 of 21)

End of Year Fasting and Prayers (Day 3 of 21)

Strength In Waiting

Scriptures For Meditation — Isaiah 40:1-31; Phil 4:13; Eph 3:14-16

As we continue on the third day of our end of year fasting, the focus of our prayers today is to first ask for the breath of the Holy Spirit to minister a refreshing to us.

For many people, the year 2020 has been a year that’s taken a lot out of them for different reasons. All the plans that many started the year with; the hopes and aspirations for the year, the expectations for business, career, ministry, family, and different areas of their lives — all now seem to have been consigned into the pit of disappointment.

As a result of this, many people are discouraged and have become battle weary from what seems to be another wasted year of waiting and relentless fighting for the changes they had believed and hoped for.

But friend, know that our God is not limited by the dictates of time and seasons. He is the Author and Keeper of time — Your times are in His hands. His promises concerning your life are still on course to be fulfilled.

I pray for you that God as He gives you the grace to continue to stand strong, will refresh your spirit and strengthen your hands to keep holding on and your heart to keep believing in the word that He had spoken to you.

As David said in Psa 42:5 —

Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him For the help of His countenance.

Shalom!
Pastor Wale Ola

PRAYER FOCUS

Pray to God for a supernatural refreshing of the Holy Spirit.

Pray for the strength to wait on Him over this period of fasting.

Pray for a fresh anointing to come upon you to revive your spirit.

Pray that your ears will be open to receive with charity, the instructions and directions that God will speak to you concerning your life and the coming year.

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OCTOBER 2020 FASTING AND PRAYERS — DAY 3

OCTOBER 2020 FASTING AND PRAYERS — DAY 3

FIGHT WITH PURPOSE

Scripture For Meditation — 1Cor 9:24-27; Prov 20:18; Pro 24:3-6

The Lord is returning us once again to one of the scriptures that we read on Day 1 of our fasting and prayers – 1 Cor 9:24—27

A few years ago, I was going through a time of fasting and prayers “engaging the enemy in spiritual warfare”. It was one of those times of prayer when you feel so connected and anointed and feel that you can take on the world. In the midst of my smugness and bravado, God spoke a word to me, that promptly punctured my bubble —

Weapons don’t win wars, strategies do!

Yesterday, we talked about how with all the superior armament of the American and Allied forces, they were being outwitted by an enemy that was significantly less equipped, but very strategic in their approach to warfare. To win the war, the allied forces had to review their strategies and come up with the appropriate plans to outwit the enemy.

The core of the text that we will be focusing on today is verse 26, and the salient point of our mediation today is very simple.

Before the statement that he made in verse 26, Paul had been talking about the need to be intentional and focussed in the pursuit of purpose — Aiming to run in order to get the prize; training with discipline in order to compete well.

And in verse 26, Paul declares:

So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. (NLT)

The New International Version puts it slightly differently —

Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air.

There are too many of us Christians praying what I like to call “Machine Gun Prayers”; swinging and spraying and hoping something hits. The Lord is calling on us today, to be strategic in our prayers, to be purposeful in our warfare.

In Pro 20:18 the bible tells us that—

Plans succeed through good counsel; don’t go to war without wise advice.

And again in Prov 24:3-6 the Bible says:

Pro 24:3 A house is built by wisdom and becomes strong through good sense.

Pro 24:4 Through knowledge its rooms are filled with all sorts of precious riches and valuables.

Pro 24:5 The wise are mightier than the strong, and those with knowledge grow stronger and stronger.

Pro 24:6 So don’t go to war without wise guidance; victory depends on having many advisers.

Prayer Focus

Let’s take a break from our “warfare” today, and seek the face and counsel of the Lord, first to understand what our real warfare is, and then to understand what appropriate weapons He has put at our disposal to fight the war.

Let’s pray to understand the wiles or strategies that the enemy has been using to hinder us or is deploying against us in this season that we are in.

Let’s ask God to show us the strategies that we must apply to gain the victory over the enemy in order to fulfil the divine purpose for our lives!

Let’s pray for the wisdom and guidance of the Holy Spirit to confront the enemy and appropriate the victory that God secured for us through the finished works of Christ on Calvary’s Cross. Hallelujah!

Let’s thank God for the victory that is inevitably ours, and go forth in faith and confidence as we regain lost ground and take new territories in the power of the Holy Spirit in Jesus’s Name.

Amen.

Pastor Wale Ola

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OCTOBER 2020 Fasting and Prayers — Day 2

OCTOBER 2020 Fasting and Prayers — Day 2

NO RETREAT, NO SURRENDER

Scriptures For Meditation: Heb 10:35-39; Isa 40:27-31

A few years ago at the peak of the Gulf War, I remember listening to a US Army General give an interview after his forces had suffered some casualties in the hands of the insurgents.

The interviewer had wondered why the allied forces in spite of their superior numerical, tactical and weaponry advantages, were still finding it difficult to contain the enemy forces.

The answer that he gave the interviewer in response to the question had stuck in my mind ever since that day.

He said:

“The most dangerous enemy that you can face is an enemy that has no escape plans or an exit strategy.”

He explained that one of the core elements of warfare strategy and planning is to ensure the safe return of the forces from any course of action that is pursued. So the overall consideration of viability of a plan would not just be based on what you are able to achieve, but was oftentimes, also assessed with an eye on the potential loss of lives necessary to achieve that objective —You want to be able to lead your men into battle but also, to bring them safely back home.

He went on to make the point that there is an inherent weakness in every battle plan, when you also have to keep an eye on the exit strategy; and when you encounter an enemy on the battle ground who has come on a one-way suicide mission and has no distractions about thinking of escaping, you really are up against it!

He would take risks that you wouldn’t consider, go places that you won’t go and do things that many “right thinking” people would not even countenance.

What’s Your Exit Strategy?

As this came to my mind again today, I realise that perhaps one of the reasons that many believers face an uphill battle against the enemy is because some of us are fighting with an eye on an exit strategy!

In our relationships, careers, marriages, ministry engagements, and different areas of our lives, we may have unwittingly programmed failure into our endeavours because we have made room for an “if this doesn’t work I’ll try that” or maybe “if this doesn’t work , I’m out of here” attitude in our planning. We have a built-in exit strategy ready to go!

When Esther faced the king on behalf of her nation, she went in without an exit strategy. When Jesus was confronted with the cross, He had no exit strategy. When Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego faced the fiery furnace, they had no exit strategy.

My dear friend, it is time for you to let the enemy know that you have no exit strategy in pursuit of God’s call on your life and your God-given vision. There will be no retreat, there will be no surrender!

May God bless, refresh and strengthen you as wait on Him in Jesus’s Name.

Shalom!

Pastor Wale Ola

Prayer Focus

Following on from yesterday, God is calling us to a place of enduring commitment to the advancement of His purposes.

Make a declaration of your faith in God by recommitting yourself to the fulfilment of His plans concerning your life.

Confess and repent of any doubts or slackening of your faith or commitment to the assignment that God has given you or generally in your walk with Him.

Let’s pray for grace to hold on firmly to the promises of God concerning our lives.

Let’s pray for the release of a fresh anointing for breakthrough in the season that we are in.

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OCTOBER 2020 Fasting and Prayers — Day 1

OCTOBER 2020 Fasting and Prayers — Day 1

RUN TO WIN

Scriptures For Meditation: 2Tim 2:1-4; 1Cor 9:24-27

2Ti 2:1 Timothy, my dear son, be strong through the grace that God gives you in Christ Jesus.

2Ti 2:2 You have heard me teach things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others.

2Ti 2:3 Endure suffering along with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.

2Ti 2:4 Soldiers don’t get tied up in the affairs of civilian life, for then they cannot please the officer who enlisted them.

2Ti 2:5 And athletes cannot win the prize unless they follow the rules.

The theme of this month’s fasting and prayers is Standing Strong In The Lord and Finishing The Race.

More than at any other time that most people can remember especially over the last century, the events of the few months have shaken the foundation of their faith.

People’s faith in humanity has seen a battering with the evil tendencies of man against his fellow man being exposed in despicable acts of racism and wanton violence all across the globe.

Many are finding and lending their voice in protest and social action to try and address the situation, and many are turning the searchlight on the church, finding faults and cracks, and then questioning the reason or even the need for its existence, or for their continued affiliation with it.

Friend, this sentiment may be closer home than you think. The struggles and pressures that the events of 2020 have wreaked on people emotionally, financially, physically and socially, have had great spiritual consequences that are beginning to take a toll on their faith or walk with God. Many are simply exhausted and overwhelmed!

We will do well to remember Paul’s charge to his protege and son in the Lord, Timothy, in our scripture reading for today.

Stay Strong In His Grace

First, Paul admonishes Timothy to continue with the work the Lord had commissioned him to do. That my friend, is also God’s first charge to you in these times that we are in. You must continue diligently and steadfastly in the work that God has put in your hands to do —

Be strong in the Lord through the grace that you have in Christ Jesus.

Endure Hardship

Then Paul encourages him to endure the hardship that was inevitable in his walk with God. He uses the analogy of the attitude of a model soldier to put his charge across.

We must also remember this as believers —

Hardship is part and parcel of our Christian walk which we must endure and push through, as we serve in the Lord’s vineyard.

Disentangle Yourself, Stay Focused

Next, Paul cautions Timothy that as a soldier of Christ, he must not be so entangled or immersed in worldly affairs and sentiments, that he loses focus on his core assignment. This is so that he may please the Lord who has called and enlisted him into His army.

Compete To Win

And finally, Paul drives home his point by reminding him that he must compete to win. You don’t get any prizes for just showing up and participating —

You must endure to the end and compete in accordance to the rules to win the prize!

Change Your Clothes

My dear friend, you’ve come too far to give up or draw back now.

It’s time to take off your civilian attire and put your war clothes back on! There’s a battle to be fought and a victory to be claimed. The war has already been won for us on the cross of Calvary. Hallelujah!

The Captain of the Lord’s Host is leading you into battle; Jehovah Sabbaoth is raising His standard over you —

You will not die on the battle field neither will you be vanquished By the enemy.

Stay The Course!

Just stay strong and endure and you will experience the victory that is yours in Christ Jesus!

Shalom,

Pastor Wale Ola

PRAYER FOCUS

Ask God for a fresh supply of His grace to walk the walk and to do the work He has commissioned you to do.

Ask Him to show you the areas of your life where you may have become entangled or distracted by the “affairs of the world”.

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

Pray for the help of the Holy Spirit to bring the necessary changes and implement the adjustments to address and correct the lapses.

Pray for the grace not just to participate and show up, but to run in alignment with the demands of your calling and His assignment, for your life, and to complete the race and win the prize in Jesus’s Name.

Amen.

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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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