Articles for May 2016

40 FAST FACTS ABOUT PRAYER – DAY 26

26.  PRAYER PRESERVES SPIRIT SOUL AND BODY

 

THAT’S HOW JESUS PRAYED FOR YOU

 

John 17:11
Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are.

 

THAT’S HOW THE APOSTLE PAUL PRAYED FOR THE CHURCH.

 

1 Thessalonians 5:23-25
Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.

 

Brethren, pray for us.

 

40 FAST FACTS ABOUT PRAYER – DAY 25

25.  PRAYER ELEVATES US ABOVE OUR PEERS

 

1 Chronicles 4:9-10
Jabez was MORE HONORABLE than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez, saying, “I gave birth to him in pain.” Jabez CRIED OUT TO THE GOD  of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And GOD GRANTED HIS REQUEST. 

 

In a seemingly endless list of names that had to be in the cannon of scripture to validate ultimately the genealogy of the Messiah, a pause happens.   Holy Spirit finds it important to bring our attention to the fact that not all names were there for just the counting.

 

Jabez rises above the mundane.  His start in life is on the negative balance of things.  A mother who had suffered so much at child birth that she chose to name the child Jabez. To some up his name – Pain and inconvenience.

 

Every time his name would be called, it would be a standing reminder of the pain and inconvenience he was to his mother.

 

Not much detail is given beyond that, Was the actual child bearing unbeatable? Or was it circumstances around the baby’s arrival? We know not.   All we know is that Jabez existence epitomized pain to his mother and she made sure that no one would ever forget that.

 

A fear developed in Jabez.    Having been declared a pain from birth he had one cry;  I don’t want to be a source of pain in the future. This name must not be a self fulfilling prophecy of my tomorrow.

 

And what was to be his way out of this unfortunate fix?  PRAYER!  He cried out to the GOD of Israel and his fondest dream was granted.  According to historians Jabez became a lawyer and a city was named after him.

 

PRAYER FOCUS:

 

1.              Pray that you may rise above the unfortunate dictates of your birth / background.
2.              Ask GOD to help you carve a dream future you can follow
3.              Pray that you may remain strong to pursue the good dreams of establishment in your life.
4.               Thank GOD for journey Mercies towards your great destiny.m

 

40 FAST FACTS ABOUT PRAYER – DAY 24

24.   PRAYER USHERS SEASONS OF GRACIOUS AND TIMELY  HELP.

 

Hebrews 4:16
Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God’s unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it].

 

Psalms 18:6
In my distress I called to the Lord;
I cried to my God for help.
From his temple he heard my voice;
my cry came before him, into his ears.