Category Archives: Prayer

A Heart For Praise

heartOnly a merry heart can praise God effectively.
Without a merry heart, your song remains a noise but with a merry heart even your noise is turned into a joyful noise of praise.
No matter how bad the situation may be, never loose your heart to your present condition because it is not your portion.
Just look up unto # Jesus the author and finisher of our faith who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross.
Never set your eyes on the temporal negatives, there is no situation God cannot change, when man’s energy fails him, then the battle becomes attractive to God but He is not a manipulator or a busy body.
God is at the sidelines just waiting for you to invite Him.
Praise is the mysterious tool for attracting God to take active part in our battles.
2 Chronicles 14:20-22

PRAYER

Father please anoint me with the oil of gladness and take away every spirit of heaviness from me so that I can praise at all times and as I praise you, take over all my battles in Jesus name.

Praise For Divine Light

divine-lightPsalm 89:15
“Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall work, O LORD, in the light of thy countenance.”
Praises attracts the blessedness of God because those who praise him are entitled to His glorious light which engenders lots of benefits attached to it such as divine guidance, protection, supernatural provision and others.
A joyful heart always does better than a medicine.
Those living in joy are always in God and if you are in God, you are bound to excel.
There is a huge difference between joy and happiness. Happiness comes as a result of your enviroment but joy comes from the inside to impact positively on your enviroment. Joy also happens to be one of the fruits of the spirit.
PRAYER: LORD, please endue me with the spirit of joy so that I can praise you at all times no matter what the situation is in Jesus name.

Divine Direction- A Gateway To Success

In some of my previous posts, I’ve shared with you some of the secrets of success and I shall be giving you another secret of success via this post which is divine direction.

The truth remains that God will not do anything without you and you can’t do anything without Him. So until you desire to be led by God you won’t be led by Him. To be assured of your success, you need to walk by God’s leading because there is a way that seemeth right unto a man but the end thereof, are the ways of death and ultimate failure.

To be led by God you need to be born again, live righteously, love God and also believe in the leading of the Holy Spirit which is inside of you even as you exercise yourself into being in the spirit- “I was in the spirit in the Lord.s day, and I heard behind me a voice”{Revelations 1:10}

To be in the spirit, you ought to do more of spiritual exercises such as prayer, praise, meditation, bible study and practical holiness.

Prayer is not talking to God but communicating with God. This entails you speaking to God and also hearing and understanding Him. So, whenever you are done telling Him your needs, take some time to try to listen(SPIRIT MEDITATION). This is when you stay in quietness with your eyes close in order to get full concentration. You’re always going to hear from God because God’s spirit is a speaking spirit. Most times what I do is, I close my bible and with my eyes closed, I just open any page and something I need always shows up and most times, so many things my show up at a time, all I do is I do it two more times and the Lord’s will always be seen. This is not guess work. Whenever God speaks, you need no form conviction to believe.

The good news is that, there are so many ways God can use in speaking to you, they are:

VISION: At times, this comes in mp3 format while at some other times, it comes in an mp4 format. It’s free to access, your credit card details are not needed. All you need is the password which I’ve given to you earlier in this post. John heard a voice in revelation 1:10 and then saw the voice in vs12.

TRANCE: This is just like a short sleep of few seconds where images and words just happen to you quickly.

DREAM: When you’re asleep, your body is as good as dead but your spirit remains active. Ordinarily, you can always dream all manner of things but on the day you decide to hear from God through your dreams, you will realise that your dream pattern will change dramatically especially when you’re living in holiness and continuously meditating on God’s word(before sleeping).

BIBLE: The bible is God’s word. So many people have read the bible with their names appearing on it’s pages but I tell you, you don’t need to see your name on it before accepting it as God’s word to you in person.

YOUR MIND: There are times when you need impromptu answers from God, if you’re really a son or by His mercies, ideas and data just drop on you. Please do not call it common sense. -“And ye shall hear a voice from behind you, saying. This is the way, walk ye in it…”{Isaiah 30:21}

The place of divine direction should never be left out by anyone who wants to experience true success as the surest way of getting to your destination in life, is to follow someone who knows the way. So, it’s time you made the choice to stop failing by following the right leading.

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How To Discover Your Purpose in Life [Catching a Vision Of Who You Are]

Until you locate the purpose of any product, that product will always fail and won’t work for you because a product cannot function efficiently outside what it’s being created for.
To discover what a product is for and how it works, you’ve got to

  • ask the manufacturer,
  • refer to the manual accompanying the product,
  • ask those who know about the product, or
  • you make research.
  • Understand that you’re a product made by the manufacturer, you can’t decide what to become, you discover it. Most persons wouldn’t want to bow to this fact and that’s why they are failing big time but hear me now, you have a maker who said, “…before I formed thee, I knew thee…”{Jeremiah 1:4}. He formed you alone hence, He knows you alone. You are unique and you remain the original copy of who you are regardless the nature of your birth. Your loved ones, teachers or mentors did not make you hence they have no right of telling you who you are. No matter how poor, bad, rejected, or disfigured you’re, your manufacturer has a plan for you, which is “…a thought of peace and not of evil to give you an expected end“{Jeremiah 29:11}. No matter how wicked a manufacturer might be, you don’t expect him to sit down to make something that he expects to fail, how much more your righteous heavenly father.
    You don’t have any rights telling your maker who you want to become or rejecting His purpose for a pot can never be greater than the potter hence He said “woe is he that striveth with his maker”{Isaiah 45:9} for, “…my counsel shall stand and I will do my pleasure”{Isaiah 46:10}

    So, how do you locate your purpose?

    BE BORN AGAIN: This is the first step to discovering your purpose as this gives you a divine connection to God. Please never try to infer that not having a divine connection to God means that He’s no longer your creator.

    PRAY: The scriptures said, “Ask me of things to come concerning my sons and concerning the works of my hands, command ye me”{Isaiah 45:11}

    PRAISE: God lives in praise and when you praise Him He comes down to you. Whenever He’s with you, expect to hear from Him.

    READ THE BOOK:The bible is a very special book from God that can help you discover you. Christ and John the Baptist discovered their purposes via the book. Go and look into that book because until you look into it, no one looks at you.

    READ OTHER ANOINTED BOOKS: Daniel used this and it worked for him-“…I Daniel understood by books…”{Daniel 9:2}. You too can.

    ENGAGING THE HOLY GHOST: “I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh…your young men shall see visions”{Joel 2:28}. A young man is someone with 6 years like Samuel and 100 year’s because they both saw visions between this age range.

    I hoped you’ve been blessed by this post. Please comment, contribute and share. Thanks.

    Understanding Purpose and God’s Plan

    Thomas Edison invented the electric bulb. He is the manufacturer while the bulb is the product. He didn’t decide to make the electric bulb an electric bulb after forming it, instead, he made the decision before he started the formation process. So, every product has its manufacturer and every manufacturer has a purpose of manufacturing his product. You and I, we are all products manufactured by our manufacturer which is God hence He said, Before I formed thee in the belly, I knew thee and I ordained thee a…{Jeremiah 1:4}

    So what is purpose?

    THE REASON FOR YOUR EXISTENCE

    Just as in the passage above, God said he had already known you before your birth and had already ordained you for a particular thing which is your purpose.

    YOUR FINAL DESTINATION IN LIFE

    “…For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate…”{Romans 8:28-30} Before you were manufactured, God didn’t only know you but He also programmed how you are to be and how He wants you to end in life hence He said, “I know the thoughts that I think towards you, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you an expected end“{Jeremiah 29:11} So, before you were born, your end was known to Him.

    GOD’S PLAN FOR YOU

    “According as he hath chosen us in Him before the foundations of the world”{Ephesians 1:4} He knew you. “Being predestined according to the purpose of Him that worketh all things according to the counsel of His own will” {Ephesians 1:11}He knows how you will end. “For we are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them”{Ephesians 2:10}


    Purpose is not decided, instead it is discovered.
    A stethoscope can never become an earpiece neither can a microwave become a television. If you do not know what a microwave is, you will always think it to be a television not because you’re a fool but because when the purpose of anything is not known, abuse is inevitable.

    One of the greatest reason (if not the greatest) why people fail is the loss of purpose. If God who manufactured you made you to be a teacher, nothing can ever make you successful in life if you choose to become a doctor.

    In my subsequent posts, I’m going to be talking more about this topic to give you an indepth undertaking of how you need to discover your own purpose, how to run with it and lots more.

    Please do well to drop your own comments via the comment box and tell me what you think about the topic. Your questions are also welcome. Please, also remember to share with your friends. God bless you.

    How To Deal With Masturbation And Pornography

    FLEE FROM EVERY APPEARANCE OF EVIL: What you see determines what you think. Fleeing not just physically but every part of you. Do away with those website, books, pop songs, devilis confessions, movies, devices… also remember to distance yourself from those friends who are not living right because evil communiaction corrupts good manners.

    MAKE PUBLIC RESOLUTIONS: I don’t mean you go telling people about your condition but in times of altar calls in your church, seminars… come out boldly and declare right there to yourself in front of God’s altar that you are done with such additions. Make vows that will keep you in faith and be determined not to go back to your old ways. It takes a lot of courage to come out in public to confess your sins and to receive Christ but it brings the feel of seriousness and genuity hence spuring you to hold fast.

    FORGET IT AND SHUN FEAR: Is it really possible to forget? Yes. Just live your normal life with God and stop thinking you have a problem. This is faith. Interestingly most people can’t stop out of fear of themselves. You no longer trust yourself because you feel so guilty about it-but just move on for Jesus has already overcome for you.
    Say that to the devil and he will flee.

    PRODUCTIVE ENGAGEMENT: Personally I don’t think you enjoy this more than making money or some other things you like. Try to be more engaged in other things and with time you will lose interest. You love the internet so much but it happens to be your main reason for doing this? ok. Why don’t you start a blog & dedicate your time to being useful.

    SPIRITUAL EXERCISES: This is an oppression of the devil and Jesus was called to deliver the oppressed so, call on Him for deliverance. Make kingdom service, fasting, prayer and praising God a lifestyle.

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    Causes Of Poverty

    To every condition enjoyed or endured on earth, there is always a reason for it and so does poverty. To me, poverty is more than unemployment, and also beyond leaving below a dollar per day. Poverty in my own terms, is a disease of living below your supposed financial means. I shall be sharing with you some of causes of this deadly disease which are

    NOT SERVING GOD
    : Poverty brings sorrow and the scriptures said, “the sorrow Of them that hasten after other gods shall be multiplied”[Psalms 16:4] but the scriptures said, “if you obey Him and serve Him, you will spend your days in prosperity”[Job 36:11]

    THE FALL
    : After Adam and Eve sinned, the ground was cursed but Jesus came to redeem us from the curse of the law. So, accept Him as your personal saviour.

    NOT TITHING
    : When you don’t pay your tithe, you lay a curse Of poverty upon youself.

    SATAN AND HIS AGENTS
    : Remember the parable Of the seed when a man planted good seeds but at night, the enemies came and planted tares.(Matthew 13:24-30) but you can “take the shield Of faith in order to quench all the fiery darts Of the wicked”[Ephesians 6:16]

    STEALING
    : “He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him”[Proverbs 28:22]

    WRONG COMPANY
    : “…he that followeth after vain persons, shall have poverty enough”[Proverb 28:19]


    PARENTAL CURSES
    : When a parent places a curse on his child be sure it’s going to follow that person.

    LAZINESS
    : “He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand…”[Proverbs 10:4]

    WASTEFULNESS
    : “A waster is brother to him that is lazy”[Proverbs 18:9]

    GREED
    : ‘There is that scattereth and yet increaseth: and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty…”[Proverbs 11:24]

    God prosper you.

    How To Get And Grow Your Faith

    STUDYING GOD’S WORD: Studying God’s word will always boost your faith as you will come across so many situations where people had been delivered from circumstances more severe than yours.

    LOOKING UNTO CHRIST: “Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him, endured the cross, despising the shame… lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds”[Hebrews 12:3]. This means emulating the level of patience exhibited by Christ and also setting your heart on the things you’re to gain if your faith impresses God.

    BEING PRAYERFUL: The more you pray, the better your chances of getting prayer answers would be. Every prayer answer is a faith booster.

    HEARING AND MEDITATING ON GOD’S WORD: The scriptures said, “faith cometh by hearing by the word of God”[Romans 10:17].

    OBEYING GOD’S COMMANDMENTS:This is where the conscience based faith come into play. You can never be confident of
    receive
    ing anything from God if do not obey his commandments.

    TESTIMONIES: Testimonies, whether personal or from others are a sure way of getting and growing your faith. From experience, I’ve seen that testimonies are capable of reproducing its kind as I’ve seen persons testifying of how they got theirs testimonies by keying into a testimony they heard.

    Please if you know of any other way if boosting ones faith, please drop it via the comment box. God bless you as you put these key ways of growing to work in
    Jesus name. Amen.

    What Is Faith

    THE OPPOSITE OF FEAR: Fear is just a false immagination of danger. If you do not agree with my definition, the bible’s definition might convince you, ”Now faith is the substance of things (not an abstract feeling) hoped for, the evidence of things (not immaginary) not seen”.[Hebrews 11:1]

    AN EYE OPENER: Faith is an eye opener that
    enables one see beyond the physical. Abraham saw himself as the father of many nations even when he was
    still childless. God once said to Abraham, “lift up now your eyes and look from the place where you are… all the land which thou seest to thee will I give it and to thy seed forever”.[Genesis13:15]

    The question here is ‘is it possible for the eyes i
    of a man to see through all the length and breadth of an ordinary city let alone a big country like Israel while standing on a point?’

    We walk by faith and not by siten.

    A SPIRITUAL CONVERTER: Faith is one great converter that is capable of converting prophecies, dreams, visions, promises, the testimonies of others etc into reality in your own life.

    A SPIRITUAL WEAPON: Our Lord Jesus Christ once said ”…if ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, remove hence to yonder place: and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you”.[Matthew17:20]
    Examples of common mountains are

  • Mtn Kilomanjaro
  • Mtn Everest
  • Mtn Atlantic ocean
  • Mtn Eathquake
  • Mtn Mr President
  • Mtn Witchcraft
  • Mtn Unemployment
  • Mtn Poverty
  • Mtn Boko Harem
  • Mtn Hiv
  • etc

    Is there any mountain around you? drop their names into the comment box. They are all going to be levelled before you know it in Jesus name. Amen.

    How To Live A Life Of Signs And Wonders

    KNOW WHO YOU ARE: This has been a major issue among christians since the world began. When Elisha’s servant saw that they were being surrounded by the Syrian army, he became frightened because he didn’t know who he was but Elisha who knew who he was said,”Fear not: for they that be with us are greater than they that be with them…[2Kings 6:16-18]

    BELIEVE IN THE MINISTERATION OF ANGELS: The Holy Spirit has already been given to us to be our comforter i.e to proctect us and to make us comfortable and as such, you need not be afraid of anything.

    BELIEVE IN THE MINISTRATION OF ANGELS: All angels including angel Michael are subjects unto us. Angel Michael ability to defeat the devil shows that we are greater than all evil powers. All angels can be sent on errands to work for us as recorded,”My God has sent his angel and he hath shut the mouth of the lions”[Daniel 6:22]

    BE PRAYERFUL:If there is a man to pray, there is always a God to answer.

    PRAISE:Praise has a minimum of the doubled effect of prayer. Praise brought down Jericho’s wall, opened the prison gate for Paul and silas…

    SOUL WINNING: “…I have chosen you and ordained you that ye should bring forth fruit(win souls), that your fruit should remain; that whatsoever ye shall ask of the father in my name He will give it you”[John 15:16]

    TALK GOOD:Always dream big, talk big(not pride or lies),

    TESTIMONY: David testified of how he kill a bear and a lion and he ended up killing a giiant ,”for they overcame him by the blood of the lamb and the words of their testimony”[Revelation12:11]

    Benefits Of Signs And Wonders

    SUBDUING THE DEVIL: Without signs and wonders, the devil can never be subdued. All problems
    , diseases and oppression are of the devil and to deal with these, signs and wonders must be performed.

    MAKES YOU DIFFERENT: Signs and wonders is capable of making you different just as it made Daniel different from all other politician in his days.
    WITNESSING EFFECTIVELY: By witnessing effectively, I mean being able to prove to others that JESUS is the one and only true God. The apostles of old witnessed Christ effectively because signs and wonders followed them.

    PROOF OF BELIEF:The scriptures says, “And this sign shall follow them that believe…”(Mark 16:17). This means that for you to truly prove that you believe in God, you need to either perform or enjoy signd
    s and wonders.

    PROSEPERITY & PROMOTION: This is what most people in church are lookin for as everyone wants to prosper and do well. This is one of the things signs and wonders brings to the table.

    In Joseph’s life, signs and wonders was all around- right from his father’s house, he had the gift of interpreting dreams.
    In Portiphar’s house, he subdued the devil in Portiphar’s wife.
    In Portiphar’s house and also in the prison, he was different from others hence he was made to lead.
    When he interpreted Pharoah’s dream, he was being promoted from being a leader in the prison to ruling a nation.

    Know of any other benefit of signs and wonders? Please do well to share them with us via thw comment box. God bless you.

    What Are Signs And Wonders

    Signs and wonders are not ordinary occurrences, the are supernatural. When they happen, science, nature, philosophy is proved wrong.

    Signs and wonders brings about surprises and joy.

    ‘When God turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dreamed. Then was our mouth filled laughter…'(Psalm 126:1-2)

    Without being born again, you cannot be an agent of signs and wonders. 1

    ‘And when He had called Him His twelve disciples, He gave them power…'(Matthew 10:1)

    Signs and wonders do not occur on their own, they have to be provoked.

    God is the true source of signs and wonders.

    It takes faith to be able to provoke signs and wonders. Without faith it is impossible to please God. If you don’t pleaseGod, do not expect anything special from Him.

    Signs and wonders are to be worked out. You don’t just think it or talk it, you have to try you faith on it just s Peter tried his faith on walking on the sea and he succeeded

    Signs and wonders are pointers to the presence of God. ‘And a great multitude followed Hi when they saw the miracles He did…'(John 6:2)

    Signs and Wonders are entitlements of every believe.

    ‘And this signs shall follow them that believe;In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak in new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.'(Mark 16:17-18)

    Benefits Of Soul Winning

    I never knew that soul winning had so many benefits until one of my pastors shared some of the benefits with us in church and I shall be using this medium to share them with you. The benefits of soul winning are:

    DIVINE BREAKTHROUGH:
    The divine breakthrough enjoyed here is for both parties. In my church, so many testimonies have been gotten via the platform of soul winning. When Christ went out for soul winning, every of his words had power. This power brought about a net-breaking draught of fishes in the same river that Peter couldn’t catch anything all night.
    We have a fair God who loves fairness and justice. Had it been that Peter didn’t catch anything when Christ asked him to cast his net into the river, he wouldn’t have given his life to Christ and as such, died a sinner. Just try to imagine what would have happened on judgement day if Peter was to say he refused to give his life to Christ because there was no evidence to show that He was Christ. This same thing can happen with you. All you need is to speak and things would just start happening because God wouldn’t want anyone who refuses to give his life to Christ to have a commanding excuse as the one stated above.

    DIVINE BEAUTIFICATION: Most people do not go out for evangelism or for soul winning because of shyness or some minor limitations but the simple truth is that whenever you go out for soul winning{with understanding}, you would be beautified by God just as the bible recorded, ‘And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever'[Daniel 12:3].

    DIVINE PROTECTION: The scriptures says, ‘…Go ye into the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved. And these sign shall follow them that believe: in my name shall they cast out devils, they shall speak with new tongue; They shall take up serpents and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them and they shall lay their hands on the sick and they shall recover'[Matthew 16:15-18].

    DIVINE HEALTH: Immediately you got born again, that scripture above is being directed to you and as such, you are being seen as a messenger or an ambassador. The bible says, ‘A wicked messenger falleth into mischief: but a faithful ambassador is health'[Proverbs 13:17].

    PRAYER ANSWERS: One of the conditions attached to prayer answers is soul winning- ‘Ye have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you and ordained you, that ye should in and bring forth fruit{win souls} and that your fruit remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the father in my name, he may give it you'[John 15:16]

    DIVINE WISDOM: The bible says, he that winneth souls is wise. I do love scriptures which sound like this. It very apt and direct. That passage simply means that if you are able to win souls for christ, whether you like it or not, wisdom has been deposited in you.

    Wow! Soul winning really pays. Start now!!!

    Know of any more benefit? Please add to this post via the comment box. You contributions, comments and questions are welcomed here. God bless you.

    How To Fast Effectively

    fastingThis post is all about how to fast and get desired results as fasting does not give you the guarantee of getting desired results except when done in the right way. For your fast to be effective, you need to:
    HAVE A STRONG PURPOSE:
    One big mistake many christians make is that they do not attach any purpose to their fast or, they end up attaching too many purposes to their fast. When the likes of Daniel and Esther fasted, they never made the mistake of attaching too many purposes at a time hence they got the much needed result.

    PRAY: Fasting without prayer is starvation or better still, an hunger strike. Telling yourself you’re fasting doesn’t really mean you are as fasting always goes with prayer.

    BE BOLD: The scriptures said, ‘Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace that we may obtain favour and find grace to help in time of need'[Hebrews 4:16]. When fasting, boldness is very important. You don’t have to look sad, beggarly or depressed like those hypocrites who always disfigure their faces and put on a sad look in order to appear to everyone as one who is fasting.

    BELIEVE: Without believing that God will answer you when you fast, He won’t answer you. Always expect something special from God when you fast.

    ABSTAIN FROM SIN: The time for fasting isn’t the time for committing sin as sin is capable of spoiling your fast for you because after committing sin, it’s going to affect your faith as you won’t be sure if God will pardon it even when He has already pardoned it. Always avoid too much interaction with people when fasting.

    LOVE OTHERS: The time for fasting, is the time for showing love and doing good as stated, ‘Is not this the fast that I have chosen? To loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? When thou seest the naked, that thou coverest him'[Isaiah 58:6-7].


    BE FOCUS:
    This is all about being fully involved in the fasting exercise with all your heart. You shouldn’t think of food while fasting because you can never go hungry while fasting.
    I hope this post will be helpful to you.
    Please feel free to comment and share. Thanks

    Benefits Of Fasting

    Most christians usually find it very difficult to fast due to one reason or the other and this might lead to severe consequences. People attach so much importance to food and this is the major reason why people do not fast.

    Whenever you decide to fast, you won’t go hungry because God automatically feeds you.

    In this post, I shall be sharing some of the many benefits of fasting with you. The benefits of fasting are:
    DIVINE POWER: The difference between christianity and other religion is power and as such, fasting is a very important exercise for all christian as you can receive all the power you need through fasting. Despite being send on a divine mission by God, our Lord Jesus Christ fasted before the full dose of power was released to Him. Also, His disciples fasted and prayed before power was released unto them on the day of pentecost. With divine power, you gain dominion over every form of satanic oppression, sickness etc.

    BOLDNESS: After the apostles fasted and prayed, the spirit of boldness was released unto them. Immediately they received the spirit of boldness, Peter who couldn’t confess Jesus Christ in front of a little girl became bold enough to speak to over three thousand persons.

    GRACE: The bible recorded, ‘…with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and Great Grace was upon them all'[Acts 4:33]. With fasting and prayer, God’s grace would be exceedingly abundant for you. Everyone needs God’s grace to succeed spiritually and otherwise. God’s grace is all about divine favour. When God favours you, everyone automatically favours you and with favour, you gain access to things you can’t ordinarily access. In the scriptures, Esther said, ‘Go gather together and fast for me…'[Esther 4:16] and due to the fast, ‘…when the king saw Esther the queen standing in the court, she obtained favour in his sight…'[Esther 5:2]

    I hope this post has helped you in figuring out some of the benefits of fasting. Please if you know of any other benefit, please drop them via the comment box. Thanks and God bless you.

    Hinderances To Prayer Answers

    When we pray, we all expect answers but at times we don’t really get the kind of result we want due to certain reasons. This post, discusses some of the reasons why prayers are not being answered:

    SIN: This remains the major reason why people don’t get answers when they pray. The scriptures said, ‘Behold the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither His ear heavy, that It cannot hear; But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid His face from you that He will not hear'[Isaiah 59:1-2]. For your prayers to be answered, you need to ask God for mercy and also live a righteous life because ‘The effectual fervent prayer of the righteous availeth much'[James 5:16].

    PRAYING AMISS: God doesn’t give us what we want. Instead, He gives us what we need. Most times, the things you want are those things that are capable of destroying you but God doesn’t want you destroyed and as such, He won’t give those things. The scriptures said, ‘Ye ask and receive not, because ye ask amiss that ye may consume it upon your lust'[James 4:3].

    YOUR HEART: Most people only seek God in times of trouble which means they do not have a perfect heart. The bible said, ‘Draw near unto God and He will draw near unto you,…purify your hearts ye double mined'[James 4:8]. When God views your heart with His Heartometre and sees that you would go back to your sinful ways as soon as He answers you, He would be left no choice other than to turn down your request.

    UNBELIEF: Without faith, it is impossible to please God and if you don’t please God, do not expect anything from Him. The bible recorded, ‘The prayer of faith shall save the sick…and if he had committed sin, they shall be forgiven'[James 5:15], also, ‘And Stephen full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracle among the people'[Acts 6:8].

    UNPAID VOWS AND TITHE: ‘When thou vowest unto God, defer not to pay it. It is better you never vowed than to defer. Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin, neither say you vowed by mistake wherefore God be angry and destroy the works of your hand'[Ecclesiastes 5:4-6]. ‘Will a man rob God? Ye have robbed me in tithes and in offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse…'[Malachi 3:8-9]. If you don’t pay your tithe, you give the devil opportunity to steal from you through various tribulations but when yours God blesses you.

    I hope all these would help you in building up your prayer life as a christian.

    Know of anymore hinderances? Please drop them in the comment box. God bless you.

    9 Essentials For Prayer Answers

    There are certain principles to apply when praying in order to get answers. Sometimes, people pray for a long time without getting what they’re asking for- not that God doesn’t want to hear, but the delayed answers, is as a result of the nature of their prayers. In this post, I’ve come up with some essential principles that can be applied when praying in order to get speedy answers. They are:
    PRAY IN THE NAME OF JESUS: Although, the mistake of not praying in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ isn’t common, yet, you can’t just rule out the possibility of some individuals and churches making the mistake of not praying in the name. Jesus speaking in the scriptures said, ‘…whatsoever ye shall ask the father in my name, He will give it you'[John 16:23]. Our Lord Jesus Christ never mentioned any other name for us to make request with and as such, His prescription should be followed.

    PRAY FOR OTHERS: Doing this shows that you love others and that you also care for the progress of God’s kingdom. Remember what your reward would be when you seek first God’s kingdom. Apostle Paul also said, ‘… pray for us that the word of the Lord may have a free course and be glorified even as it is with you. And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men…the Lord is faithful who stablish you and keep you from evil’[2 Thessalonians 3:1-3]. When you pray for others, God automatically blesses you because He is faithful.

    ALWAYS PRAY UNTO GOD: God doesn’t like hearing the prayers of a hypocrite. Whenever you pray, focus on Him and not on man. Your prayers shouldn’t be to get attention or for show off. Jesus commanded, ‘…when thou prayest, enter into thy closet and when thou hast shut the door, pray unto thy father which is in secret and thy father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly'[Matthew 6:5-6]

    AVOID VAIN REPITION: One thing you must note here, is that long prayers do not guarantee speedy answers. Our Lord Jesus Christ said, ‘…when thou pray use not vain repitions as the heathen do for they think they would be heard by much speaking'[Matthew 6:7]

    KEEP’S GOD’S COMMANDMENT: Keeping God’s commandments is a must for everyone who expects God to answer their prayers as none of you would be willing to give freely to anyone who is disobedient to your own will. The scriptures saith, ‘…whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him for we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight’[1 John 3:22].

    HAVE FAITH: It’s of no use asking for something you don’t believe you can receive. Without faith, it’s impossible to please God. The scriptures saith, ‘And all things whatsoever ye ask in prayer believing, ye shall receive'[Matthew 21:22]

    PRAY WITHOUT CEASING: Our Lord Jesus Christ gave an illustration while preaching the gospel. He spoke about a friend who went to ask another friend for bread while the friend had already fallen asleep at night. He concluded that ‘…though he{the sleeping friend} will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity, he will rise and give him as many as he needeth[Luke 11:5-8]. When praying for something, perseverance is a key factor that can boost your chances of getting your answers speedily.

    SACRIFICE: By sacrifice, I don’t mean killing a big ram or something else other than giving the Lord something that would cost you something. Just as the widow gave to God. Sacrifice is not all about money as you can sacrifice your time to God in order to get your payers answered.

    VOWING TO GOD: This is another good way of provoking prayer answers. A vow is a promise made to God asking Him to do something for you at the time of need and also stating clearly what you would do in return when your situation changes. The worst you can do to yourself, is to defer from paying your vows because God cannot be mocked.

    I hope these principles would help you in your prayer life. Please if you have any other principle, please add via the comment box. God bless you.