Saturday, October 17, 2020
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. James 5:13
Thought of The Day : He who prays always and exercises faith in God will tame the temptation to worry.
LISTEN : It is difficult to stop worrying about anything when you have not master the art of prayer. Praying about everything helps to develop our trust in God. If we can pray with thanksgiving God can arrest the tension in our hearts. Worry is a menace, it is often responsible for some health conditions and lack of peace of mind. Worry leaves our minds unsettled, and make our body unfit to confront our challenges. What does it mean to worry? It means to think about problems or fears: to feel or show fear or concern because you think that something bad has happened or could happen. My dear, worry reduces the voice of faith and increases the voice of fear. It closes the ears to the voice of God and opens them to the voice of Satan; it blinds the eyes to the promises of God and opens them to the lies of the devil. Therefore, when you are faced with trials, you should rather spend your time in prayer and not waste it on worries. He who prays always and exercise faith in God will tame the temptation to worry. Time spent on prayer is a time well spent; but time spent on worry is a waste of time and energy. My dear, the arrival of problems is not an invitation to worry, panic, depression or fear; but a call to pray and to grow more and more in faith (Philippians 4:6-7). When trouble comes, it is time to come to God and not time to run away from Him. Beloved, your passion for prayer should rise with your troubles. When your hunger for prayer grows, your faith in God in times of troubles will certainly grow. My dear, time of trouble is time for prayer and not time for worries. So, learn to spend time in prayer and don’t waste it on worry. When you worry, you waste your energy, but when you pray you will garner energy and secure peace of mind. Be wise!
What Should We Do With This Message?
1. Spend your time in prayer and don’t waste it on worry.
2. Learn to pray until you receive.
3. Improve your capacity to pray, not your capacity to worry.
4. When you are faced with troubles don’t panic, instead have faith in God.
Faith Confession : Today, I confess that God is my help and comfort in times of troubles. Therefore, I will not be afraid. I will trust Him as long as I live, amen!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, you are God of comfort and peace. Help me to trust you and not worry about my problems, in Jesus’ name, amen!
A Word Of Blessing : It is well with you. May God heal your broken heart. May the plot of evil be destroyed in your life, in Jesus’ name, amen!
Reflection : Resist to worry! Worry leaves our minds unsettled, and makes our body unfit to confront our challenges.
Quote : “Worry reduces the voice of faith and amplifies the voice of fear. It blinds the eyes to the promises of God and opens them to the lies of Satan.”
Biblical Fact : Did you know Seth was 912 years old when he died? (Genesis 5:8).
Today In History : October 17, 1979 – Mother Teresa is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
Stunning Fact : Did you know India is home to over 200 million cows
Bible Quiz : Who wrote the book of Acts of the Apostles?
God bless you!