IF ONLY YOU CAN PRAY

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. James 5:13

Thought of The Day : Prayer of faith is the antidote for afflictions; the more you pray the more you’re positioned for victory.

LISTEN : “Worry and die, or pray in faith and live”, was a wife’s counsel to her sick husband. Prayer becomes difficult to do when we lose grip on faith. We are likely to abandon the duty of prayer when troubles put pressures on us. Rather than pray about a problem and seeking godly solutions, people resort to worrying about them, thereby compounding the problems. My dear, because of the prevalence of troubles and problems of life, worry seems to be inevitable and responsible for some health conditions and lack of peace of mind. Regrettably, 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. 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. 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. Your passion for prayer should increase more than the pressure from your troubles. When your hunger for prayer grows, your faith in God in times of troubles will certainly grow. Besides, time of trouble is time for prayer and not time for worries. So, stop worrying about your problems and begin to pray passionately about it. If only you can pray God will release intervention for you. Be wise!

What Should We Do With This Message?
1. Spend your time in prayer and never waste it on worry.
2. Learn to pray and wait until you receive.
3. Grow your ability to pray, not your ability to worry.
4. When you are faced with troubles do not panic, instead have faith in God.

Faith Confession : Today, I declare 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: Dear Lord, you are God of comfort and grace. 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 and destroy Satan’s plans in your life, in Jesus’ name, amen!

Reflection : When your hunger for prayer grows, your faith in God in times of troubles will certainly grow.

Quote : “Time spent on prayer is a time well spent; but time spent on worry is a waste of time and energy.”

Biblical Fact : Did you know Sarah lived one hundred and twenty seven years old? (Genesis 23:1).

Today In History : January 21, Joseph Guillotine proposes a new, more humane method of execution: a machine designed to cut off the condemned person’s head as painlessly as possible.

Stunning Fact : Did you know a snail can sleep for 3 years?

Bible Quiz : Who was the eldest of the three sons of Noah?

God bless you!

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