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Prayer bulletin for year 2019

Topic: I’m going higher

Don’t be a poor self-image or else you will not experience God’s best; but see yourself as one whom God had destined from creation to be great (spiritually, physically and financially). If you don’t down play yourself, no one or power can down play you because, your uplifting, your promotion, your breakthrough, your victory, your progress, your success or your achievement has been determined.

The scripture states

‘For the Lord of hosts has purposed,
And who will annul it?
His hand is stretched out,
And who will turn it back?” (Is. 14:27)

Victory, success and promotion belong to God

It is saddening to hear people attributing success to their ability, intelligence or strength, overlooking the fact that God is the source of all victories (1Chro. 14:15). Our strength is in the Lord. True success in life cannot be achieved apart from knowing and doing the will of God.

When faced with threats of life, or difficulty in going higher, consider it not too deep or too big to overcome. The more you are convinced about the difficulty and its bigness, the more you become hopeless and entangled in your own fear. However, when you focus on the Lord to back you up, you will rise above the threats.

Going higher in the new year depends more on your spiritual state, the degree of dependence and obedience to God’s word and instruction; then, you can now exercise your individual strength and wisdom as endowed you by God. Moving up is not automatic, it is like a battle, fight or struggle of life, not won or overcome by physical strength, but by the backing of God’s miraculous intervention.

The Scripture states,

“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds” (2Cor. 10:4)

Nearly all the battles won by the Israelites that were recorded in the Bible were won through divine instruction or intervention. The foundation of Christianity is built on the history of the Israelites, the teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ and that of the apostle doctrine as revealed to them by Christ. Therefore, our weapon to move higher in the new year cannot be different from that of the old.

There are certain goals you have set for yourself and there are dreams you wish to come to pass in year 2019. Achieving these aspirations is you going higher, a step up the ladder of a successful life. Beside these self-wishes, God has in place for you some things greater than your expectation for the new year. God does not want you to be stagnant, but he wants you to progress, moving forward and going higher every moment of your life – growing spiritually, physically and financially.

There are varying aspirations and expectations that may represent your going higher this year; first, view them spiritual and then, exercise your endowed power and ability to do what is necessary to get it done. Some of which can be,

  • Overcoming every spiritual barrier
  • Overcoming every spiritual weakness
  • Overcoming health related issues
  • Having victory in all challenges
  • Having successes in all your undertakings
  • Getting promotion in your place of work
  • Success in courses of your studies
  • Achieving your goal
  • Actualization of your dream
  • Breakthrough in all your quests
  • Freedom from debt
  • And among many others

The Lord Jesus 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” (Matt. 17:20).

‘I’m going higher’ is a statement of determination, affirming and confirming that you are ready to take the necessary step for a shift from your present position to a better one. This is a good thing to embark upon. However, it just doesn’t happen without going through the just course.

The just course

The just course is the way and will of God. The just course requires physical and spiritual empowerment. The physical in the sense that you need to exercise the power that God has endowed you to move up to the next level; and in the spiritual you need to connect to divine empowerment from above that will help to make the right decision on what and how to exercise your physical ability. Both spiritual and physical empowerment go hand in hand, each component compliments the other.

The scripture states,

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” Phi. 4:13

Foremost, start going higher this year by committing the year into the hand of God through prayer and fasting. Communicate with God; make known to Him your plan according to His will for the year. Then, wait and listen to Him, His instruction on how to go for it in His way. Now, start going high according to the prompting of the Holy Spirit.


Spiritual empowerment

Going higher requires exercise of your faith

The defeat of Goliath by David is a great story told in the Bible (1Sam.17).  It demonstrates where faith triumphs above sight. Most human successes in the world have been credited to the abilities of the achievers only and forgetting the role of faith in God as being the enabling power behind those successes. For you to go higher in the New Year, you need the power of God to help you

David brought victuals for his brothers in the camp where the Israelites were fighting the Philistines; however, the visit was for divine purpose. The way up may not be the way you plan this year; however, you must listen to the prompting of the spirit when He directs you.

The difficulty the Israelites were facing in the battlefield was Goliath – a giant who must be defeated before they can have victory. In the same vein, many of you have been battling to progress in life but remain stagnant because of some seen and unseen circumstances. This year you must exercise your faith, come-what-may, you are getting out of stagnation. Exercise your faith in God, faith in yourself and faith in getting to that higher level

In the pursuit of anything in this world, there will be difficulties; it is either we overcome the difficulties, or the difficulties overcome us. However, faith in God propels you to move against any difficulty.

Goliath stood as an obstacle or difficulty before the Israelites, hindering their victory over the Philistines. We envisaged many hurdles to clear before getting moving up to a higher level in life. Every difficulty must be viewed spiritually and tackled physically

Hence, David said,

“The Lord that delivered me out of the paw of the Lion and out of the paw of the bear, He will deliver me out of the hand of this philistine”. (1sam. 17:37)

Has God done great things in your life in the past that can give you the assurance that He cannot fail you and that He will continue to help you? If so, believe, He is leading you to higher ground in Jesus name.

Moreover, David said,

“Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou has defiled”. (1sam.17:45)

You must exercise your faith with boldness and courage to challenge any obstacle in the way of your upward desire. Faith in God is what will deliver into your hand and what you will need to move up the ladder of success.

The scripture states,

But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Heb. 11:6).

David overcame Goliath not by the way a man will think; he killed Goliath with a stone. Don’t preempt God but follow His instruction and the prompting of the Holy Spirit. What you will need to move up is already in your hand, what you have to do is exercise your faith to activate it by, Fearing God; Trusting in God; Hoping in God; Believing in God and Obeying the word and the directive of God.

You need faith like that of David to kill the Goliath in your way up this year

You need faith like Abraham to receive what you are trusting God for

You need faith like Daniel who by his faith in God, the mouths of lions were shut

You need faith and boldness in God like Caleb not to belittle yourself as grasshopper against the giants to enter your promise land

Going higher requires patience

Faith and patience are two inseparable spiritual virtues to fulfilling God’s promises. Abraham is an example of a man who through faith and patience was able to obtain the promise of the Lord. He waited for 25years from the time of promise to the time Isaac the promised son was born (Gen. 12:4; 21:5).

Sometimes, it takes a bit longer to become successful and be on the top (higher level), but patience, drive and consistency allow for a steady climbing to the higher ground by, Delighting yourself in the Lord; Committing your ways unto the Lord; Waiting on the Lord and Resting in the Lord (Ps.37:3-8)

Going higher requires focusing

At different times and at different point between Egypt and Canaan land, the Israelites encountered natural and human difficulties, among the notable ones are the Red Sea and the Jordan River; lack of provisions; confrontation and opposition.

Difficulties of this nature create fear and unbelief, thus bringing negative thought and distracting attractions, and a change in focus. As believers, let us believe in God and focus on how to be successful by following His directive, He will turn your fear to confidence.

In another scenario, Peter saw the Lord Jesus Christ walking on the water; Peter wanted to do the same. At first, Peter started to walk on the sea, focusing on Jesus who had permitted him to walk. However, immediately he shifted his eyes away from Jesus and beheld the boisterous wind, he started sinking. If he had stayed focused looking onto Jesus Christ and kept on walking, he would not have sunk (Matt. 14:26-30).

What happened to Peter here can deter anyone from going higher. You must not allow circumstances to distract you from focusing. When problem comes your way this year, your focus should not be on the problem, but on where you are going.

A song goes like this,

“Higher, I’m going higher; day by day I’m moving everyday”

To be focus and avoid distraction,

  • Avoid discouragement – do not put your trust in friend or any man
  • Do not allow anxiety
  • Rely on God for life supports – guard the door of your mouth
  • Avoid sentiments.
  • Beware of evil associations and attachments – do not put your confidence in a companion
  • Beware of misinformation or evil report concerning your intention, it slows progress or kill your intention.
  • Put up the right attitude and behavior that is in line with the will of God.
  • Look unto Jesus for help, the author and finisher (perfecter) of our faith (Heb. 12:2).
  • Be positive and avoid being negative


Exercising your physical empowerment

Exercising your physical strength

“He who has a slack hand becomes poor, but the hand of the diligent makes rich”. Proverbs 10:4

“The hand of the diligent will rule, but the lazy man will be put to forced labor”. Proverbs 12:24

I was told a parable long time ago that any pursuit in life is likening to a man who seeks honey from the inside of a rock. He must sharpen his axe well; he must not look at the bruised palm of his hands while striking the rock; he must not groan of the pains received because of the bruises. Finally, he said that after enduring through the rigorous labor and having a breakthrough into the rock and to the beehives, there lies “sweetness”.

The parable illustrates the course of every man on earth; the pursuit of his vision, goal or his undertakings in life is to get better day by day – “going higher”. The way to move higher is not only spiritual, but it also requires mental and physical effort. Otherwise, the achievement will be unrighteous or illegitimate.

In year 2019, work hard and don’t be lazy. Be diligent in whatever you embark to do. When God promised Isaac that He would bless him in Gerra, Isaac did not fold his arm waiting for manna from heaven, but the scripture made us to know that Isaac sow in the land and he reaped in hundred folds. You cannot be lazy and expect to go higher. You need to engage your mental faculty and physically ability. Engage in whatever you can do. As a Christian, you need to pray for divine direction, strategy, strength and empowerment.


  • Don’t be a novice, engage in what you know
  • Avoid greediness – the error of Balaam for profit
  • Avoid over ambition and desperation
  • Avoid evil associates – agents of discouragement and implication.

These unrighteous acts blinded many Christians against Godly progression and eventually lead to stagnation, regression or failure.

Embrace the following righteous acts

  • Put God first in all things before ability
  • Be divinely wise in taking any decision
  • Be diligent and not lazy
  • Be discipline with time and attitude
  • Be prudent in spending
  • Do the right thing at the right time
  • Build on God’s foundation, the word of God
  • Believe in God, believe in yourself, believe in your goal and believe that you are going higher.

Not all that glitters are gold.

Do not look at a business, or what you can do as being small, all it takes for God to prosper you is to bless the work of your hand and multiply your substance.


“Lot pitched his tent toward Sodom” (Gen. 13:12).

Sodom looks good to the eye; guess what is in Sodom, destruction. Most man’s projections and pursuits are like this, they look good at first glance, but the end is destruction. You know who you are, your capability and the right thing to do; be led by the Spirit in all your decisions

There are businesses that will take off slowly and will expand gradually and become big on the long run. Some businesses seem to be fast in the beginning but has no long span. There is no talent, gift or business on earth, by which a person cannot prosper. The most important thing as a Christian is not to engage in anything outside the purpose of God for your life,

You are unique, drive in your lane and do not fret or engage in an unrighteous business. There is the need to engage in what you are good at, what you can do and what you would enjoy doing. Whatever you lay your hand to do, do it well.




  • Magnify and bless the name of the Lord for who He is – praise His holy name in psalms and with praise worship every day. Praising the Lord opens the window of heaven for showers of blessings.
  • Thank the Lord for His goodness and His activities in your life for the  – gift of life, newness of life, physical and spiritual blessings, endowments, healing, protection, provision, deliverance, safety, His power, victories, divine attractions, promotion etc. thanking the Lord attracts more blessings.
  • Acknowledge, confess your sins and repent – that you may receive mercy, forgiveness and a refreshing time from the presence of the Lord (Acts 3:19).
  • Pray for sanctification – cleansing by the blood of Jesus, purification, word of God, spiritual washing, purging from sin, mortifying of sin, divine transformation.
  • Pray against – sins, power of sin, manifestation of sin, trigger and pressure of sin, temptations, defilement, waywardness, lie, evil tongue, presumptuous sin, guilt of sin, curse of sin, flesh, carnality and all those things which work against the will of God.
  • Pray for the power of the Holy Spirit – spiritual uplifting, spiritual guidance, spiritual lead, discernment, knowledge, understanding, spiritual gifts, empowerment, excellence, healing, spiritual eye, power for miracle.
  • Pray for newness of life in the new year – forgetting the old thing and embracing the hew life in Christ.
  • Pray for Spiritual fruitfulness – love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control, giving, mercy, truthfulness, praising, righteousness, forgiving spirit, obedience, wholeness, holiness, compassion, uprightness, justice, happiness, gladness, spiritual quickening, soundness.
  • Pray against agents and enemy of progress “going higher” – shame and reproach, fear, hindrance, obstruction/obstacle, satanic veil, blockade, enemies, doubt, futility, monitoring spirit, harm, barrenness, sickness, disease, lack of good things, poverty, conspirators, evil thoughts, suffering, persecution, changed destiny, hopelessness, vanity, laziness, mistake, idleness, bitterness, anguish, weeping, mourning, calamity, delay, opposition, confrontation or antagonist.
  • Pray against every power, spirit or person that will stand against your going higher this year – principalities, evil powers, rulers of the darkness, and spiritual host in heavenly places; power of divination, enchantment, sorcery; human agent of necromancy, witches/wizard, occultism, evil altar, satanic agents, evil forces, diabolical power, monitoring spirit or spell.
  • Pray for deliverance from any deterrent strategy that may want to work against your going higher in year 2019 – sin, power of sin, misinformation, disobedience, evil attachment, deceptive appearances, evil disaster, destiny changer/snatcher, blessing snatcher, power of lust, power of negativism, power of incrimination, power of the enemy, cage of the enemy, entrapment/snare, evil forces/works, power of darkness, seen/unseen powers, power of death, premature death, tentacles of satanic network, trouble, secret faults, power of grave, secret counsel of the wicked, blood guilt, storms of life, captivity, unbelief, bad dream, rebellion, sleep work, daydreaming, impending doom or natural disaster
  • Pray for protection/prevention from natural and human disaster that will not allow you to progress in year 2019 – sin, opportunity for satan’s advantage, causes of God’s wrath, causes for punishment, darts of the devil, terror by night, arrow that flies by day and night, noisome pestilence, sharing in the reward of the wicked, evil occurrences, plague, fire or accident.


  • Pray that God will help you to dismantle every negative thought about yourself
  • Pray that God will grant you the grace to skip over any obstacle in the way of your success in the new year
  • Pray that the Lord will help you to trust in the word of God you read daily and let the word sanctify and shield you every moment of the year
  • Pray that God will protect you from predators of life; predators of destiny; predators of good ideas and predator of dreams.
  • Pray for power to grow your faith
    • A listening ear to hear the word of God
    • The will power to study the word of God
    • The heart to receive, believe and obey the word of God
    • Pray for power and equipping with all that you need to be sensitive concerning all that pertains to you
      • A listening ear
      • Spiritual eye to see beyond the natural
      • Wisdom to deal with issue
      • A discerning spirit
      • Spiritual prompting
    • Pray against anything that wants to mar the glory of God upon your life
    • Pray for strength like the leg of a deer to scale over and overcome every difficult terrain of any adversary
    • Pray for grace to always move up the ladder of success
    • Pray for grace to remain and maintain your position on top “you shall be head and not tail”


Lawrence Abitogun

We are familiar with the parable of the LOST SON (The Prodigal son). The parable is about a son who requested for his own share of his father’s possession. There is the possibility that a lot of discussion had taken place between the father and his son. In any case, the father granted him his request. After which he went abroad to squander what was given him and later, he was left with nothing. His situation became unbearable.

One day, he realized that it would be better for him to go back to his loving father who would probably accept him back, at worst, as one of his servants. The whole story is about a repentant child of God. (Lk. 15:11-32 KJV)

The point I am trying to raise here is not the repentance aspect, but the giant step, which the prodigal son took which is worth emulating for every child of God.

At a point in life, we all want to have freedom away from the presence of God for one unreasonable reason or the other. Some people feel that God’s action is too slow for their liking. Another unreasonable reason is that many people today don’t like to be restricted by any divine rule from performing what is on their mind. Whatever is their intent, getting away from divine guidance will be disastrous. It amounts to inviting evil and doing things that is contrary. This is the situation the prodigal son finds himself.

In real life, what happened to the prodigal son is applicable to life experience. What happen is still rampart among the youth of this age. It takes a life experience for them to understand the process of life. Youth are more into getting their freedom from parents, from their instructor, and from working for others before being independent on their own; not knowing that outside the home or dependence from where we can gain more knowledge, life becomes more difficult.

Freedom without caution or restraint can lead to destruction. Adolescence life under their parents is more protective than to live a free life that leads to destruction. Likewise, adult life without God’s guidance leads to a debase mind that can eventually lead to destruction. Many children of God today are finding themselves in deplorable and regrettable situations that call for something to be done.

Before he began his journey back home, the Bible described three states of the Prodigal son’s disposition, let’s examine the three dispositions.

  1. He took a deep thought “ But when he came to himself…” v17
  2. He took a decision, “I will arise …” v18
  3. He acted on his decision, “And he arose” v20

 Taking a deep thought of situation “But when he came to himself”

That is, the prodigal son realized the poor state he found himself, which now has become unbearable. Where was his mind since the day he got out of the house? The Bible declared,

“And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;” (Rm. 1:28 KJV).

Many people have gone out from the way of the Lord only to find themselves in a miserable situation. Their lives are not spirit filled. They are filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness and riotous life, at their own detriment. Not until they trace back where they have missed the mark – getting away from God, they will never come to their senses to examine themselves.

At this point, the prodigal son realized he has missed the way; he realized he needs deliverance; and he realized he needs God’s help to rescue him from his deplorable situation.

Nebuchadnezzar, in his own situation said,

“And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me…” (Dan. 4:34 KJV)

Where was his understanding? He lost it because of his pride, attributing his success to himself and leaving God out of it.

No matter how difficult your situation may be or how tough your undertaking may be, the moment you realize that you have a Father in heaven that can deliver or help you, the solution is at hand. The prodigal son realized that he has a loving father who can take him back; likewise, king Nebuchadnezzar realized that the Almighty in heaven could restore his glory. What the two have in common is, they lay at the mercy of Him who can get them out of their bad situation and both have faith in God.

Faith in God through our Lord Jesus Christ is the power for deliverance.

Taking a decision – “I will arise”

Determination to stand up and do something is a stage that proves difficult for many people. Many people have plans, they know what to do, how to do it, and where to go and to whom they should approach to get things done. However, they fail to arise, pursue, stand up and go for it. The prodigal son determined to go to his father.

The position of the father stands for solution to his problem. When you know where to get a solution, be determine to take a positive move; to go for it without any delay. Procrastination will make you lose time or never to arise or never go for it.

 Acting on a decision “And he arose”

This is the giant step and the necessary action for anyone to get out of any terrible situation.  If you realized that you are in a terrible situation and know that there is a way out, stand up to action, or else, your terrible situation will remain permanent with you.

In another scenario, if you aspire to start any undertaking. You need to take this giant step, or else, you will never take off. Many people have dreams, visions, goals and mission that have shattered, simply because they failed to arise, they failed to take any action.

Beware of the following causes of inaction and don’t allow them to disturb or become an obstacle for you to arise and take the necessary step for a better life.

  • Debase mind – not retaining God’s knowledge in your thought
  • Worldly enjoyment – barrier to coming to one’s sense
  • Laziness – spiritual and physical idleness and slothfulness
  • Procrastination –delay which can end up killing intention
  • Fear of failure – lack of faith and hope
  • Shyness – loss of identity
  • Environment – will encourage or discourage
  • Obstinacy – unyielding to counselling and self-centeredness


Why you need to arise

  • To get better
  • To be save
  • To get out of terrible situation
  • To get delivered from all powers that are not of God
  • To get out of stagnancy
  • To get out from slavery and comfort zone

When you arise, you are activating faith to bring your hope to reality. The only unfailing power that can help you to take any giant step is found in God through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit is the propelling power that helps you to penetrate through any obstacle that stands in your way

Jesus said,

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”    (Matt. 11:28 KJV)

Prayer bulletin for year 2018

As I always write in my yearly prayer bulletin, every January 1 marks the beginning of a new year; challenges are inevitable. Year 2018 is another year, another period, another processing and a new journey of life. Even though the year would be packed with God’s blessing as ever, it would not be without some hiccups, inevitable and unknown challenges. However, as usual, the Lord God Almighty will help us to overcome challenges and we shall receive our full package of blessings throughout the year, in Jesus name.

Year 2018 is your year of thrusting into a new higher level. The year will require a high degree of endurance and patience. Why? There will be moment of night, but it will not last, because God will thrust you out into your morning of joy. I called it thrusting because it takes less than a split second for God to change situation for the better.

The Bible stated.

“…Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning” (Ps.30:5b)

Situation may be like night time, moment of darkness when all things are still; moments of struggle, hardship, lack, oppression, sickness, and affliction; moments that things do not seems to work in your favor etc. A moment like this calls for endurance and patience. No one knows how long the moment will b; but as you are putting your trust in the Lord, He will keep and uphold you until He thrust you to that higher level He has prepared you for.

Most good things emerge from nothing; likewise, the joy of the morning emerges from a night. The beginning of time was marked by darkness, the scripture stated that

“The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters Gen 1:2,

It was after this that God commanded the light to show forth. God called the light day and the darkness night and the Bible says there was evening and there was morning. Year 2018 will mark the morning of your everlasting joy.

Moment of night may come in the course of the year, count that moment as God preparing and building you for something great. The length of evening and morning was not explained in creation, only God know how long. What comes after night is the good work of God. Therefore, your moment of night cannot be determined by anyone, not even yourself, but be patient; time belongs to God.

There is always an end to a night; morning will come to reveal God’s glory. This year will mark an end to your night; it will become morning of your glory. How God does His work is His own prerogative, but we know that creation took place between evening and morning. Between your evening and morning, God is preparing you for what will be revealed in the morning; the morning of your deliverance from anything that does not give you joy

Many people will wake up on January1 into morning of their joy while others’ morning will fall anywhere during the cause of the year. My belief is this, if you believe your night is up this year, God will thrust you into your morning of joy. Whatever the situation you may be passing through that may seems to be called a night moment, God is processing your thrusting into a new level. Don’t ever think negative of that moment. As long as you believe that God is doing something in you favor, your morning of joy will be revealed.


Learning from Jesus’ humility and submission

The highest elevation or position to which anyone can rise on earth cannot be compared to that of Jesus. Human exaltation does not go beyond the earth surface, but that of our Lord Jesus, sitting at the right hand of God, is the greatest elevation that knowledge can think of. Jesus attained it through humility and submission to the will of God. The Bible states,

“Who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation: taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.  And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.   (Phil. 2:5-8)

Jesus humbled himself before the father despite the fact that He has the power to deliver Himself during His arrest; He has the power to do all things just like the Father would do: furthermore, the Bible states that He did not equal Himself with the father; that is humility.

Also, He allowed the will of the Father to prevail over His. He demonstrated that in the Garden of Gethsemane, where he submitted to the will of the Father. The scripture states,

“He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will”

At first, His flesh, His own will, wanted to avoid passing through what He was about to go through; however, He later allowed the spirit to take over His flesh. Hence, He said the second time,

“Again, a second time, He went away and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done” (Matt. 26:39-42)”

Here He submitted to the will of God. Humility and submission to God’s-will opens our eyes and heart to the right attitude needed when circumstance overwhelms us. Our Lord Jesus had his own night time before being thrusted to glory.

The night of Jesus started and ended in the following order 

  • His arrest
  • His trial before Pilate
  • his humiliation
  • his crucifixion
  • the darkest moment of His night, 3 days in the grave

Jesus endured everything that man can possibly do to humiliate anyone; he was hated, slapped, spitted upon, crowned with thorn, speared, and nailed to the cross in public and so on. The Bible states, “He did not talk” (Isaiah 53:7). What this means is that you do not fight for yourself; rather, continue to do what you have to do, don’t be weary at doing good even when the pain is excruciating. Hence, Jesus said, “Father, forgive them because they do not know what they do”,

When such excruciating moment arises, remember what the word of the Lord says,

“…Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by your name;
You are Mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned,
Nor shall the flame scorch you (Is. 43:1-2).

Now, the fact that you have to go through a situation does not mean you subject to unnecessary suffering; you must be divinely guided in all things. Don’t see an act of sin that brings pleasure or unrighteous provision and think it to be God’s blessing. Joseph flees fornication; even though it landed him in prison, he was suffering for righteousness and not unrighteousness. Apostle Peter warned us,

“…But let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as a busybody in other people’s matters.  Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter (1Pet. 4:12-16)

Furthermore, Apostle Paul said in Romans 8:18,

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time (whatever the unsuitable situation you are passing through) are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us”

Brethren, in year 2018, there is the need to humble yourself before God and submit to the Spirit of God to take over your situation. There are situations you will not be able to avoid than to go through them in order to get to where God is taking you. Before Jesus paid the ransom for our soul, he suffered, crucified and died. It was after submission and obedience to the will of the Father that the thrusting took place.

The thrusting of Jesus into His morning

  • He resurrected
  • He ascended to heaven
  • He was given a name that is above all names
  • He was thrusted to the highest position ever – sitting at the right hand of God and all creation subject to Him.

Scripture attestation,

“Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Phil. 2:9-11)

Some people may be thinking or saying that Jesus was able to endure throughout His night moment because He is the Son of God. Yes, that is true; but He put on human nature to demonstrate to us that we too can do the same. He has also empowered us to be able to bear in all situation. How about Joseph? He was a man like us. Let us learn from him.


The night of Joseph

As said earlier, no one can determine the length of night time of life but God. No one can move faster than God’s processing time. The night time of Joseph was approximately thirteen (13) years. To many believers nowadays, that would be too long a time to wait for God; a plan-B outside the will of God would have been in place or a shifting of reliance from God to His creation. That would be against remaining, trusting, believing and waiting patiently for the ordained morning time by the Creator.

In the case of Joseph, it seemed that the night time would never end. He was going from one trouble to another.

  • He was humiliated and disrobed of his beautiful colored tunic by his brothers
  • He was thrown into a dangerous pit
  • He was sold as a slave boy
  • He was bought as a slave boy to be a house keeper
  • A little pause of comfort – his master handed over everything in his house to Joseph to oversee .
  • Now comes the satanic implication of sexual impropriety alleged by his master’s wife
  • Implication landed Joseph in jail, a jail that resembles that of maximum prison. This is a point where many people will give up and hope dashed away. Many people may be thinking of possibly an execution or life imprisonment. This is the darkest moment of Joseph life.

Enduring the darkest moment of life

Every journey of life will have its own darkest moment. In the dungeon, another cool breeze of refreshing time came for Joseph; he was made the head of the prisoners because God was with him. Don’t forget, he is still a prisoner, the refreshing he was having was limited and not beyond the prison. In the prison, he did not stop or weary at doing what he does best; his gift of interpreting dream created room for him there; however, the bottler who was his beneficiary did not remember him for another 2 years. Was it an intentional act not to remember him or it was not yet God’s time: because at the end the day, it was still this bottler that told Pharaoh about Joseph

Brethren, it gets to a certain moment in life’s journey that you find yourself at a point that you conclude that the hope of getting out of your predicament becomes bleak. The nearer you think you are getting there, the more difficult it becomes, the cloudier the atmosphere becomes; it is like the end of the road or at a crossing where you don’t know where to go.

The darkest hour of the night as defined by majority is the one just before dawn. It is a moment of doubt where you either loose hope of crossing to your morning or believing you are crossing over. This is the point in which most people give up; the last stage of the struggle, as it becomes just too much for many to handle and they reach their breaking point. It is the crucial final test, the climax of the night that tests your faith and ultimate strength.

Don’t lose hope; this is the point where your endurance and patience are mostly needed. It is no longer by your own power, but leaving everything at the mercy of God to strengthen your faith and courage to press on. It is the journey into the light, from your darkness (past) into your morning of joy (year 2018).

Borrow a leaf from the butterfly

Before a butterfly becomes what look beautiful, it has passed through a process called metamorphosis. Many of us will have to pass through this process before we can fulfill. The third of the four stages of metamorphosis before a butterfly becomes what it is, is the Pupa stage. The first two stages did not bring out the true identity and ability of a butterfly nor do they reflect the glory beauty of God seen in butterfly.

The pupa stage is likening to the night or dark moment of life; a moment of silence, where the caterpillar (2nd stage) is confined in a shell-like substance, equaling to the prison experience of Joseph. The caterpillar is motionless; however, the supernatural power of God is at work, making the caterpillar undergo a remarkable transformation. Changes take place from the crawling caterpillar to become the beautiful butterfly that will emerge. By the time it is fully formed, the glory of God is revealed on it. The butterfly is now designed with glamorous colors, it is admired by all, it becomes useful in pollination and it can fly to any limit. You are flying high in year 2018,

Your “Weeping” may endure for the night, but your joy comes in the morning. Year 2018 is the beginning of your morning, the morning of your everlasting joy. Your night is over, you are thrusting out of your pupa in flying color; the glory of God will now reveal in you. Just like Isaac, you are becoming an object of envy because, people will be jealous of the goodness of God upon your life (Gen. 26:12-14).

Note: take your night (dark) moment as significant in your life. Handover that moment for God to work supernaturally upon your life so that you can become what He has purpose you to be. At this moment, you need grace and power to endure before breaking into the morning. The Bible states,

“Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator” (1Pet. 4:19)

When Joseph was put in the prison, it was like a caterpillar confined and silenced in the pupa. But the Bible says that the Lord was with him; he received favor of God.

“But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him mercy, and He gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison” (Gen. 39:21).

No one prays to experience a lingering night; however, your night may be long but it is for proper training and equipping to handle the higher responsibility ahead for you. Hence 13 years of Joseph’s night empowered him to be able to handle the administration of Egypt for many years. He became second in command to Pharaoh at the age of 30, and he lived to the age of 110 years; 13 years of night was rewarded with 80 years of God’s goodness.


Godly characteristics and right attitude needed for the thrusting into your joy in year 2018.

From our Lord Jesus

  • Humility (Jas. 4:10)
  • Submission to the will of God (Jas. 4:7)
  • Endurance in the night moment (Heb. 10:36)
  • Forgiving others (Col. 3:13)

Seen Joseph

  • The fear of God (Eccl. 12:13)
  • Trust in God  (Ps. 37:3)
  • Faithfulness in all things (2 Chron. 31:18b)
  • Truthfulness in all conversation (Pro. 12:19)
  • Hopeful in all circumstances (Rom. 12:10-12)
  • Humility
  • Godly wisdom (1Cor. 2:6-9)
  • Forgiving
  • Enduring in all circumstance and (2Tim. 3:10-11)
  • Patience (Lam. 3:25-26)

Whatever situation you may be passing through this year, in your night time, in your struggle, when you don’t know what to do or when you are expecting earnestly from God; you are moving closer to where you are going, you are moving closer to your breakthrough, you are about to arrive to your promise land: however, embrace the above mentioned godly characteristics. Your attitude matters at this point and it must be according to the will of God.

Putting on the right attitude

Night time of life can cause physical, spiritual, emotional and mental pain. Please when you find yourself in that situation, note the followings,

  • Beware of anger and do not allow any situation to cause you to sin – don’t have a plan-B outsides the will of God
  • Use the moment to pray, praise, and meditate on the word of God. Through these spiritual activities, God will direct you on what to do.
  • Put your trust in the Lord, this is your confidence, that He who relieved you of your previous pains will do it again.
  • Pray for grace and empowerment to bear and endure to the breaking of the morning
  • Beware of the uses of your sense organs. The sense organs are eye, ear, tongue, nose and touch. How do you guide yourself against the devil? You need to guide and control your sense organs. How? Beware and control
    • What you see
    • What you hear
    • What you taste
    • What you smell and
    • What you touch

If you are not sensitive enough to control these sense organs they can pollute your heart; the result can elongate your night or, it can shorten your days of enjoying your morning (the goodness of God).

Beware; the devil is an opportunist

The devil takes advantage of our sense organs when we use them inappropriately. During night time or morning of joy, if the sense organs are not subjected under the power of the Holy Spirit, they will attract the heart to unrighteous activities.

The devil can take advantage of a person in two ways,

  1. When you are passing through a night moment, rely on God to empower you to bear to the morning of your joy.  Don’t give up, don’t backslide, don’t yield to short cut and don’t go after other gods e.g. self-independence from God, reliance on man. Etc. (Ps. 146:3)
  2. When you have attained to your morning of joy, you need to pray for empowerment to maintain your blessings in the fear of God. Beware of pride, complacency, unforgiving and don’t forget your God as the one who has done it for you (Deut. 8:10-18).

In the case of Joseph, he would not allow his night moment to cause him to sin against God, therefore, he refused to fall for the devil delicacy of fornication. Also, after breaking into his morning of joy, as the administrator in Egypt, he did not revenge upon his brothers; rather, he thanked God for his night moment as a moment for preparing him for the position he found himself and as a forerunner for his brothers and the entire family of Israel (Gen. 45:3-8).

Beware; in year 2018, unforgiving can be a roadblock to your morning of joy. Our Lord Jesus, despite all that was done to Him, He said “Father forgive them for they know not what they do (Luke 23:34)”. Forgiving others opens door to your morning of joy.

Year 2018 is your year of thrusting into your morning of joy. Learn from the life’s journey of our Lord Jesus and Joseph. Embrace all those attributes that we see in their lives. Let the fear of God be your watch word this year. Through the fear of God you will be able to humble yourself and submit to the will of God. In obeying this simple advice, you will be able to guide yourself with all the attributes you need to sustain you both in your night and morning moments.

Threefold cord that enhances and guarantees your thrusting

The place of the word of God

Christianity is meant to throw light and reveal the truth in this present world of falsehood. Christianity affirms that Jesus Christ is the truth and the displayer of God’s character. To ignore and not obey the word of God is to foolishly grope around like wanderer.

A Christian should have his/her deep enjoyment in the things of God; particularly in the word of God – focusing the mind more on the scripture. In Year 2018, you need to read and listen to the word, through it you will dwell safely and you will be secure without the fear of any evil.

Look at all those who were blessed in the Bible, they have one thing in common; good relationship with God. The best way you can have good relationship with God is through obedience to His word. There is no obedience without good reward. Likewise, there is no success without obedience (Deut. 28:1-2; Ps 119: 11, 105, 165).


The place of the Holy Spirit

With the fear of God in mind, endure in your night moment this year.  Endurance is not attained by self-power; it is the Holy Spirit that helps our infirmity. Let the Holy Spirit be your source of strength to help you bear in every situation. Wait patiently and see what God will do in your life in year 2018.

The place of prayer

The place of prayer cannot but be mentioned in year 2018. Jesus Christ is our example. He prayed before He started His ministry; He prayed throughout the time of His ministry; and He prayed before His crucifixion. If our Lord through whom we prayed would pray without ceasing, let us imitate Him by praying along with fasting always before and after our thrusting into our joy.

Just as Joseph was thrusted from prison to the palace as second in command in Egypt, and our Lord Jesus attained an everlasting throne to rule all over creations; you are thrusting out of your night into the morning of your everlasting joy. Year 2018 will be your year of thrusting into a higher level in Jesus name.


These prayers are for all season, they are to be prayer points for you to build upon for the whole year. They are series of prayer points that touches nearly all aspects of life. They are leads to help your find a particular area of prayer that suits your purpose.

  • Magnify the Lord for who He is
        • Praise His holy name in psalms and with praise worship every day.
        • Praising the Lord opens the window of heaven for showers of replenish and new blessings.
  • Thank the Lord for His goodness and His activities in your life to this day Thanking Him for
  • gift of life, healing, and newness of life,
  • physical, spiritual blessings and endowments
  • protection, , deliverance, safety, victories,
  • divine attractions, Promotion, provision

    Thanking the Lord attracts more blessings.

  • Acknowledge, confess your sins and repent
  • That you may receive mercy
  • That you may receive forgiveness
  • That your sin will be blotted
  • That you may have a refreshing time from the presence of the Lord (Acts 3:19).
  • Pray for sanctification
  • Cleansing and purification by the blood of Christ
  •  spiritual washing, purging and pruning from sin,
  • Mortifying of sin and divine transformation.
  • Pray for the manifestation of the Holy spirit throughout year 2018
  • spiritual uplifting and in-filling of the Holy Spirit
  •  spiritual guidance, spiritual lead, discernment,
  • Spiritual fruitfulness and spiritual gifts
  • Pray for newness of life in year 2018
    • Creation of a clean heart within you
    • A renew steadfast spirit within you.
    •  Grace to always be in the presence God
    • Grace to always abide in the power of the Holy Spirit
    •  Restoration of the joy of salvation,
  • Pray against mental, physical and emotional pains that may arise from any night situation
  • Chaos, disorder, emptiness,
  • sorrow, bitterness and sadness
  • oppression, depression and confusion
  • affliction, sickness and nightmare
  • Prayer against every power of limitation
  • Self-condemnation and every stronghold of the mind
  • evil tongue, evil thought, enslavement
  • spiritual and physical power that wants to incapacitate you
  • any chain of evil event against you and your family
  • every confinement  or limitation of the devil
  • Pray for Spiritual fruitfulness – enhancement to right attitude
  •  love, joy, peace, gladness and happiness
  •  kindness, goodness and longsuffering
  •  faithfulness, truthfulness and uprightness
  • giving, mercy, forgiving and obedience
  • prayer for grace and empowerment
    • to humble and submit to the will of God
    • for strength to endure every night moment that appears in year 2018
    • to suppress every pressure that tend to enforce self-will as against the will of God
    • to trust and rely on God in all situations
    • to obey the word of God
    • to yield to the voice and prompting of the Holy Spirit
    • for divine guidance in all situation
    • to be hopeful in all situations
    • to wait patiently for God’s timing
    • to overcome every challenge that comes across your way in year 2018
    • to use your sense organs rightly in all situations
    • to be sensitive in all situations
  • pray for the turning around of your night to the morning of your joy
    • that every struggle of your life terminates with year 2017
    • power and strength needed to go through whatever you have to in order to be where God had prepared for you to be in year 2018
    • every lingering problem to terminate as you enter into 2018
    • power of resurrection to transform and bring life back to everything that supposed to be alive concerning you
  • general prayer for establishment and fulfillment in 2018
  • Pray to see God’s glory manifest in your life this new year
  • Pray that the Lord will reveal His Glory to you
  • Pray for the Lord to show you His way that you will follow in the year
  • Pray not to experience any sorrow (wroth, evil judgment, death, evil information, sickness, unrest, disaster etc.) throughout the year
  • Pray against any form of implication that can bring problem to you
  • Pray for divine health and strength
  • Pray that the Lord will create in your mind an attitude that will attract His presence in your life.
  • Pray that the will of God will manifest in your life
  • Pray for uncommon extraordinary provision of God
  • Pray for God’s protection and sustenance during the course of the year
  • Pray that the Lord will give you rest roundabout.
  • Pray as follows, Father let me hide myself in thee, in the cleft of Your Son Jesus throughout the year
  • Pray that the presence of the Lord will go with you in year 2018
  • Decree and declare 
  • I will crossover and live in year 2018
  • My struggle is over and I am thrusting into my morning of joy
  • Year 2018 will mark the beginning of my living a life of an overcomer
  • In year 2018, I’m going higher, I’m unstoppable and I’m flying high to unlimited level

     Pray in Jesus name

    Happy New Year

Prayer bulletin for year 2018

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