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Prayer bulletin for Year 2014

  1. 1.     prayer for spiritual alertness to prevent falling for temptation and
  2. 2.      prayer against appearances, agents, works and consequences of temptation in year 2014

“Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. Do not err, my beloved brethren. (Jas. 1:13-16)

Nobody is above temptation. In year 2014, many situations (difficult and pleasant) will surface in which satan would want to take advantage to set against and derail children of God. It is therefore necessary to pray because unintended incidents and consequences are facts of life; life is full of uncertainties. When it comes to temptation, irrespective of status, position or person: all is vulnerable. But with faith in Jesus Christ who is above any temptation in life, He will help anyone to overcome any temptation.

Temptation is not a new phenomenon; it started from the first Adam to the second Adam (Jesus) and all the generations that lived after them. Many noted men of God; honorable men in our societies; knowledgeable and wise in our communities; and leaders of nearly all the world’s people, had fallen into temptation and they are still falling today.

Why temptation?

Temptation may come for two reasons

  1. Discipline, judgment or rebuke from God to correct an erred person: Sometimes, temptation comes when the Lord has a greater assignment or blessing ahead of a person. The temptation of Jesus Christ is an example.
  2. Direct attack from satan, luring man through lust, cause him/her to do that which is wrong, thus turning him against his God. If anyone falls into temptation, it can lead to a worse situation, even unto death. Remember, Jesus Christ was tempted, and was without sin.

When you are being disciplined, rebuked, tested, tried, persecuted or tempted, make sure it does not lead you to commit sin or to backslide from the faith. To be tempted is not sin, but to fall for temptation is a sin. Hence, our “Lord’s prayer”, “lead us not into temptation”. This should form part of our daily prayer. Nobody is above temptation.

Therefore, if as a child of God you fall into temptation in the New Year, do not allow it to lead to sin, it should be an avenue for correction; view the situation as a way to move you forward, better and higher. Moreover, it should be seen as a way to build a strong man out of you and to bring you nearer to God.

For the Bible says,

“All things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Rom. 8:28)

 

4 agents of lust that characterize lustful temptation

Information – refers to real information or misinformation. The aftermath of events after receiving information depends on your action after you have received it. Many Christians have received wrong messages which have caused them to fall for temptation and thus derailed them from the faith. It was misinformation (through lie mixed with truth) that caused Eve to crave for the deception of satan (Gen. 3:1-3). But for our Lord Jesus Christ, the devil’s misinformation (wrongly quoting the scripture) did not cause him to do against the will of God.

In year 2014 whenever you receive any information, either true or false, be on guard. As Christians, the Bible advised that you should put on the whole armor of God; why?  That,

  • You may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil
  • That you may be able to stand in the evil day
  • Having faith in the Lord with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one (Eph.6:10-18)

Spiritual weakness leads to physical weakness. Your spiritual and physical preparedness and ability to move against temptation and overcome is paramount in year 2014 since any information is uncertain until it is proved. Therefore, at first stance, when temptation comes, go into prayer; if possible add a fasting to it; divine intervention will take control. Hence the Bible says,

“Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak” (Mk. 14:38).

The lust of the eye – refers to covetousness or greed for possession – materialism. The eye is the main avenue for temptation. Of all the trees in the Garden of Eden that bear fruit and the herbs that God created, Eve coveted the only one that was forbidden to eat. Why? Whatever the eye sees, the heart imputes meaning and the action to follow. If the eye does not see, the heart cannot conceive anything. In one of the temptations of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Bible states,

“And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.  And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.” (Luke 4:5-6).

The scenery of all the goodies the devil showed to our Lord Jesus would not entice Him to worship the devil. Why is the world in a chaotic situation today? Why are many homes in chaos today? Why are blood relations killing themselves today? Why do nation fight against one another today? Why do we have numerous factions in thechurchofGodtoday? Believers have joined the world and have refused to follow the example of our Lord. What our Lord refused to worship the devil for has become the gods of this modern age inclusive of the elects – power, position, money, possession, fame, career etc. the struggle of many to have one or more of these has drawn many into temptation for their own destruction.

Many things that look good are in fact deadly. Looking at anything is not a problem, but the imputed meaning that the heart applies could bring about temptation. Eve in the Garden of Eden concluded that “it (the forbidden fruit) was pleasant to the eyes”; because it was pleasant, they ate it: what is pleasant to the eye now becomes death train to humanity. Even if the eye causes the heart to input wrong meaning to what is seen, we must guard against falling for any temptation.

Sin does not force itself on the unwilling, but is chosen because of its attraction. The eye has caused many to fall for many deadly attractions because they look good; this is one of the satanic strategies to induce human being into falling for temptation, and thus turning him against his Creator.

Delilah was attractive and beautiful to Samson, he coveted and married her. Delilah became an instrument of death that causes the death of Samson (Judg.16:4-22).

Be on guard in year 2014; Beware of whom your friend is; who your partner is; what you see; what you look for; and who your associates are. Choice of job should not be based on the hugeness of pay, but allow divine judgment to select for you. Not all that glitters are gold.

The lust of the flesh – lack of self-control, the desire to satisfy the body both inward and outward is a big phenomenon in humanity. Lack of satisfaction is the number one sources of man’s problem. The Garden of Eden was filled with varieties of what to eat, why was that not satisfactory enough for Adam and Eve? Man’s appetite is never satisfied. The temptation that Adam and Eve could not restrain from inEden, a similar temptation was what Jesus Christ exercised self-control and did not yield to devil’s enticement. The Bible states,

“All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body” (1Cor. 6:12-13).

Furthermore, The Bible states,

“But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank” (Dan. 1:8a)

Daniel did not rise to stardom if not because he was able to control his appetite for food. Joseph did not rise to be second in command to the king of Egypt without mentioning his self-control over devil’s enticement; he fled to avoid committing fornication. We need to know that any unlawful physical activity will affect our spirituality. We should not allow any unrighteous urge, crave or desire to affect our relationship with our God; it will alter our destiny and future.

In the story of Esau and Jacob; Esau, the older brother sold his birthright to his brother Jacob because of hunger and desperation to eat of Jacob’s red stew – lack of self-control for appetite. Jacob demanded for Esau’s birthright in exchange for his stew. Esau said “what is this birthright to me”. For this careless unmindful utterance, Esau lost all the blessings and entitlement of a first born to Jacob.

Lust for the flesh is revealed in the following sins; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envying, murders, drunkenness, reveling etc.

Anyone who cannot exercise self control will fall into the temptation of committing any of the above.

The pride of life

In another temptation of our Lord Jesus, the Bible states,

“And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence: For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee: And in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God” (Luke 4: 9-12).

The pinnacle of the temple is a metaphor of a lofty peak; the highest or culminating, a success, power fame etc. it can also refer to a child of God who has reached the climax of an achievement in life. Jesus Christ is the highest peak, the highest authority, the highest spirituality of the church. However, Jesus would not yield to the command of the devil neither would He tempt God because He’s equal in all things with the father; no, that would amount to pride.

A person of high position or who has reached the climax of any achievement would be overwhelm with pride; either intentionally or by default. At this point, he/she would take things for granted. The devil has blinded many Christians in that their attitudes after being elevated betray the Christianity they once professed.

It is unfortunate that many people who have prayed earnestly to God and were granted the privilege to get to stardom in life have turn around to bite the finger which fed them. They have replaced the position they once created for God in their lives with their achievement and position. They don’t have time for God in their daily schedule anymore. They now worship their vain self-glory. Pride causes a Christian to backslide and work independent of God.

The children of Israel came back home after they were defeated by the Philistines in order to carry the ark of the Lord; thinking that the Ark would save them. They were defeated again; the Ark of the Lord failed them and was captured. The two son of Eli were killed; why? They tempted God; thinking that the presence of the ark which represents the presence of the Lord would give them victory; whereas, many in Israel have sinned against God and were corrupt; from the sons of the high priest to the least (1Sam. 4:1-11).

Being a child of God does not mean you have to test Him by doing what is contrary to His will; or trying to play around danger which the spirit of God warns you of. In order to overcome temptation, do not take the word of God wrongly or with levity. This is why many Christians run into diverse problems and they call it temptations. You wouldn’t expect God to deliver you from law enforcement officer when you sped above speed limit, which is against the law of the land.

Obedience to the law of God and working in the spirit are key guide to avoid falling for temptation. Obedience to the law of the land which does not conflict with the law of God will protect you from suffering as a lawbreaker. When you suffer as a lawbreaker, don’t call it temptation, you are tempting God because you want Him to intervene in your wrong doing.

There are some spirits behind some manifestations of pride that must be rebuked and mortified – obstinacy, adamancy, arrogance; they can lead one to destruction.

 

The need to be enlightened

Satan is the sole originator of temptation and he uses man, evil spirits and forces in the wicked places as his agents. He offers all manner of enticements to lure a believer to disobey God and lead him to destruction. The heart’s desires and wishes of every man are never satisfied as long as he remains without salvation in Christ. He is always inclining to satisfy these desires in any way possible without minding the source, whether it is legitimate or illegitimate; righteous or unrighteous. He is not even mindful of the consequence of his action; whether it leads to life or death.

Because of this desirous intent, which is one of man’s weaknesses; satan sees it as an avenue to get to man, tempts him and make him do that which is wrong and turn him against his Creator. Temptation has then become a vital tool, which satan has been using from beginning of the world to turn man against his Creator.

God’s thought for His children is that of peace, and not evil. Satan foresees all these blessings and would do anything to stop Christians from obtaining them. Satan accomplishes his mission by putting temptation before the children of God. This temptation could come in form of the followings

  • Enticements and shortcut to lure to error
  • Frustration and delay to cause denial of God
  • Obstacles and difficulties to cause backsliding

Most temptations come because of our strong desire for worldly things and will want to obtain it ‘at all cost’, regardless of how, where and what the result of obtaining it will be.

Beware of the following baits

  1. Do not yield to satan ministration, you will likely be enticed or induced. (1Jn. 5:18)
  2. Recognize the wiles of the devil; they may lead one to fall for temptation.  (2Cor. 2:11)
  3. Avoid doubt and negativity to avoid caving in to temptation.
  4. Incessant sinning is the result of diverse temptations because the word of God has no place in the erred.

In year 2014, whatever situation you find yourself, when all things seems not going well and when faced with problem and difficulties of life, know that Satan is at work and he wants you to commit an error, whereby you are robbed of heavenly blessings. This moment calls for prayer and fasting.

 

Preventing and avoiding temptation

  • The first recommendation for a believer is to avoid temptation and this can be achieved only when you are genuinely born again. (1Jn. 5:18)
  • Let the word of God help you to overcome temptation; keep it in your heart and use them as at when necessary. (Ps. 119:11)
  • Do not compromise your faith for the fear of known and unknown. Daniel knew the consequences of disobeying the king’s law, but he was never moved but stood by his faith. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego would not compromise their faith for the fear of the burning furnace. Do not compromise your faith because of economic, political, terrorism, debt, mortgage or whatever situation that causes fear. Stand in the faith and trust the Lord to help you overcome.
  •  Avoid devil’s territory; it is an avenue for temptation. (1Cor. 7:5; Eph. 4:26b-27)
  • Don’t be too hasty or rush into getting rich. (1Tim. 6:9) wait for God’s timing. Shortcut produces fake or second best and not the best.
  • Beware of besetting sin which is a sign of spiritual unfruitfulness (backsliding) – Dema went back into the world having being a former follower of Apostle Paul.
  • Be sober and vigilant. (1Pet. 5;8-10)
  • Be spirit filled. (Gal. 5:16)
  • Put on the whole armor of God. (Eph. 6:10)
  • Pray always not to enter into temptation.
  • In as much as it is possible, avoid burden of owing – owing a bank, a person or burden of credit card. Cut your coat within your means. Do not allow any lack to cause you drown yourself into any unnecessary debt.
  • Avoid pride. (Pro. 16:18)
  • There is the need to control your appetite. Esau could not control his appetite; he lost his birthright and subsequent blessing.
  • There is the need to control your urge. – Rueben could not control his urge; he lost the position and blessing of a first born.

 

 Prayers

  • Magnify the Lord; praise His holy name in psalms and with praise worship every day.
  • Thank the Lord for His goodness and His activities in your life in the past – gift of life, physical and spiritual blessings, endowments, healing, protection, provision, deliverance over sin and its power, victories, divine attractions, promotion etc..
  • 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 Christ, purification, word of God, spiritual washing, purging from sin; pruning and divine transformation.
  • Pray against – sins and its power; manifestation, trigger and pressure of sin; flesh, temptations and defilement; guilt, penalty and curse of sin; and all those things which work against the will of God.
  • Pray for Holy Spirit empowerment – spirit and power of God; spiritual growth, guidance and discernment; wisdom, knowledge, understanding and excellence; gifts, healing and power for miracle.
  • Pray for newness of life – new creation, new spirit, new heart, spiritual purging, spiritual revival for the year.
  • 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, judgment, happiness, gladness, spiritual quickening, soundness.
  • Pray for physical fruitfulness –blessing and fulfillment of God’s promises; success, accomplishment, promotion and establishment; strength, breakthrough, increase and divine health.

 

Guarding against lustful temptation prayers

  1. Pray that the Almighty God will uphold you not to fall into temptation.
  2. Pray for spiritual alertness every moment to prevent temptation.
  3. Pray for strength to bear and overcome any temptation.
  4. Pray for spiritual and physical strength in all areas of you weakness, that the devil will not take any advantage over it to tempt you.
  5. Pray that God in His faithfulness would provide a way of escape for you in the midst of temptation.
  6. Pray for spiritual guidance to discern right or wrong.
  7. Pray for the grace to recognize every enticement and allurement that can lead one to fall into temptation.
  8. pray for grace and empowerment to resist the devil that you do not fall for his enticements
  9. Pray for discerning spirit to recognize between divine and devil’s ministration.
  10. Pray that the word of God will not be scarce as a weapon for you to combat offensively against devil’s ministration.
  11. Pray for deliverance from any unhealthy appetite or urge that causes one to fall for temptation.
  12. Pray for deliverance from any unhealthy appetite that has caused or can cause sickness in your body.
  13. Pray for spiritual calmness in the face of any desperation which could cost you precious things; even death.
  14. Pray for deliverance from every unlawful physical activity that may result to negative consequence.
  15. Pray for protection over every unrighteous urge, crave or desire that can ruin or alter your future.
  16. Pray for protection from laying hand on anything that can lead to death
  17. Pray against every deceptive activities of the devil
  18. Pray against spirit of frustration and delay that may cause denial of God
  19. Pray against any deterring, obstacle or difficulties in your way of destiny
  20. Pray for positive and unshaken faith to avoid caving in for temptation
  21. Pray against every appearance of sinful tendencies that may cause you to be tempted beyond what you can bear.
  22. Pray for grace and power to be contented within your means
  23. Pray against any pressure that will cause you to lay your hand on what can rob you of your entitlement or what can alter your destiny
  24. Pray that you will not lay your hand on anything that will cause the blessing of the Lord to elude you in year 2014
  25. Pray against the spirit of covetousness that alters or changes ones destiny
  26. Pray for spiritual blindness towards any fake or unhealthy glitters.
  27. Pray that the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ will be sufficient for you; to be contented in all situations in order to avoid temptation.
  28. Pray for deliverance from besetting temptations.

 Finale

In year 2014, in unavoidable temptation, try to endure (Patience); face it and keep moving, while abiding continually with the Lord. This is the temptation experience by the children of God. (Dan.6:16-17; 6:19-24). The Bible says “blessed is the man who endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life…” (Jas. 1:12).

Blame no one for your temptation. Follow the praying pattern of Jesus Christ (Mk. 1:35); because he is the only one who has been tempted and did not sin. Resist the devil as Jesus did (Jas. 4:7)

God promised a way out of any temptation;. “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” (1Cor. 10:13). Only believe, have faith, trust and rest in the Lord to help in any situation you find yourself (Ps. 37:3-8). No temptation is permanent.

 

ByLawrenceAbitogun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Category: prayer, teaching
  1. Prayer for spiritual alertness to prevent falling for temptation and
  2. Prayer against appearances, agents, works and consequences of temptation in year 2014

 

In year 2014, in unavoidable temptation, try to endure (Patience); face it and keep moving, while abiding continually with the Lord. This is the temptation experience by the children of God. (Dan.6:16-17; 6:19-24). The Bible says “blessed is the man who endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life…” (Jas. 1:12).

Blame no one for your temptation. Follow the praying pattern of Jesus Christ (Mk. 1:35); because he is the only one who has been tempted and did not sin. Resist the devil as Jesus did (Jas. 4:7)

 

God promised a way out of any temptation;. “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” (1Cor. 10:13). Only believe, have faith, trust and rest in the Lord to help in any situation you find yourself (Ps. 37:3-8). No temptation is permanent.

Prayers

  • Magnify the Lord; praise His holy name in psalms and with praise worship every day.
  • Thank the Lord for His goodness and His activities in your life in the past – gift of life, physical and spiritual blessings, endowments, healing, protection, provision, deliverance over sin and its power, victories, divine attractions, promotion etc..
  • 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 Christ, purification, word of God, spiritual washing, purging from sin; pruning and divine transformation.
  • Pray against – sins and its power; manifestation, trigger and pressure of sin; flesh, temptations and defilement; guilt, penalty and curse of sin; and all those things which work against the will of God.
  • Pray for Holy Spirit empowerment – spirit and power of God; spiritual growth, guidance and discernment; wisdom, knowledge, understanding and excellence; gifts, healing and power for miracle.
  • Pray for newness of life – new creation, new spirit, new heart, spiritual purging, spiritual revival for the year.
  • 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, judgment, happiness, gladness, spiritual quickening, soundness.
  • Pray for physical fruitfulness –blessing and fulfillment of God’s promises; success, accomplishment, promotion and establishment; strength, breakthrough, increase and divine health.

 

Guarding against lustful temptation prayers

  1. Pray that the Almighty God will uphold you not to fall into temptation.
  2. Pray for spiritual alertness every moment to prevent temptation.
  3. Pray for strength to bear and overcome any temptation.
  4. Pray for spiritual and physical strength in all areas of you weakness, that the devil will not take any advantage over it to tempt you.
  5. Pray that God in His faithfulness would provide a way of escape for you in the midst of temptation.
  6. Pray for spiritual guidance to discern right or wrong.
  7. Pray for the grace to recognize every enticement and allurement that can lead one to fall into temptation.
  8. pray for grace and empowerment to resist the devil that you do not fall for his enticements
  9. Pray for discerning spirit to recognize between divine and devil’s ministration.
  10. Pray that the word of God will not be scarce as a weapon for you to combat offensively against devil’s ministration.
  11. Pray for deliverance from any unhealthy appetite or urge that causes one to fall for temptation.
  12. Pray for deliverance from any unhealthy appetite that has caused or can cause sickness in your body.
  13. Pray for spiritual calmness in the face of any desperation which could cost you precious things; even death.
  14. Pray for deliverance from every unlawful physical activity that may result to negative consequence.
  15. Pray for protection over every unrighteous urge, crave or desire that can ruin or alter your future.
  16. Pray for protection from laying hand on anything that can lead to death
  17. Pray against every deceptive activities of the devil
  18. Pray against spirit of frustration and delay that may cause denial of God
  19. Pray against any deterring, obstacle or difficulties in your way of destiny
  20. Pray for positive and unshaken faith to avoid caving in for temptation
  21. Pray against every appearance of sinful tendencies that may cause you to be tempted beyond what you can bear.
  22. Pray for grace and power to be contented within your means
  23. Pray against any pressure that will cause you to lay your hand on what can rob you of your entitlement or what can alter your destiny
  24. Pray that you will not lay your hand on anything that will cause the blessing of the Lord to elude you in year 2014
  25. Pray against the spirit of covetousness that alters or changes ones destiny
  26. Pray for spiritual blindness towards any fake or unhealthy glitters.
  27. Pray that the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ will be sufficient for you; to be contented in all situations in order to avoid temptation.
  28. Pray for deliverance from besetting temptations.

 

By Lawrence Abitogun


Many have taken good decisions in life that are gold mines, but remain a dream not fulfilled, because of the fear of the unknown. Many revelations, dreams, visions, goals and ideas have become unfulfilled because of envisaging problems, histories of many that have failed in the like ventures; and mostly, lack divine empowerment to propel them into action to pursue.

Introduction

A man thought in his mind to search for where he could get honey. After searching for a long time, he found traces of flying honeybees. In his further quest to know more about the source of these honeybees, it led him to around a rock. Around this rock, he saw some bees flying in and out of the rock through a small opening. This caused the first deep breath in the heart of this man that he has finally got to a solution to his quest. However, how will he get the honey? One problem solved is the beginning to a new one.

v     Pray for spiritual revelation for what to pursue in Year 2013.

My Uncle told me a parable long time ago when I wanted to travel out of my country to theUnited States of America. He said that my journey to theUSAis like a man who is seeking 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; and he said, remember the son of who you are. Finally, he said that after enduring through the rigorous labor and having a breakthrough into the rock and to the beehives, there lies awaiting, “sweetness”.

v     Pray for spiritual and physical empowerment to succeed in all you ventures in Year 2013

The journey of a man on earth is a pursuit. All his undertakings are a pursuit. When he pursues, he has a goal; his aim is to overtake, i.e. to meet that goal: and in the course of his pursuits or in the course of his/her life journey so far, there are losses that must be recovered. In year 2013, you need to stand up to the task, what it will take to achieve your goal must be pursue.

Warning; do not pursue on your own volition; do not stay independent of God in your thought; but seek the will of God before you embark on anything.

 

Topic background (1Samuel 29 and 30)

David was a man like any other man; but he was different because he was a man after the heart of God. This is exactly how every man ought to seek after the heart of God; seeking to do the will of God; and asking how to go about the will of God. However, on the contrary, it baffles me how every man knows the will of God and fail to do it; and not that alone, but rather than seeking the heart of God, they seek to do the desires of their own heart.

David was to go to war with the Philistine, leaving behind his wives and children and the families of his group in the camp at Ziklag While on their way to the war front, the Philistine rejected David and his group, forbidden them from joining the philistine forces to fight against Israel, which is the home nation of David. So David and his group returned to their camp at Ziklag (1Sam. 29)

When David and his men got back to Ziklag (1Sam. 30:1-19), the Amalekites had invaded their camp at Ziklag, burned it with fire and took captive their wives and children and all that were with them, from small to great ; they did not kill anyone, but carried them away and went their way.

v     Pray for protection over yourself, your family and your possession against vandals and armed robbers in Year 2013.

The Bible further says, “Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.” Apostle Paul said, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. (1Sam. 30:6b)

v     Pray for divine empowerment to strengthen you whenever you are down or faced with challenges in Year 2013.

David faced a serious crisis in his leadership. He was depressed not only because of his personal grief but by the difficult situation he found himself. Ordinarily, any man would not wait a second to go after the Amelikite in order to save his family. But, instead of hurrying to go after them, David seeks first the will of God. David knew where to turn to in a time of crisis. He had learned to wait on God, confident of God eventual deliverance.

David requested that the ephod be brought to him, in order to seek the will of God. In year 2013, we must learn to seek God’s approval in whatever we set our minds in order to determine His will. So David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I pursue this troop? Shall I overtake them? ”And He (the Lord) answered him, Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all.Read the rest of the story, 1Samuel 30.

v     Prayer: This year 2013, you will pursue your goal; you will surely overtake and without failing you will recover all your losses in Jesus name. Amen.

 

To pursue

Pursue is the art of following up with a plan and strategy to achieve a set goal, purpose or to accomplish a mission.

The need to pursue

  • We pursue in order to possess our losses
  • We pursue to possess our entitlement
  • We pursue to obtain God’s promises concerning our life
  • In any works of life, it requires advance – limitless aspiration to achieve the highest point of success.
  • Many are passionate about something that worth given it what it takes to get it – Goal, Undertaking, Plan or higher education etc.
  • In pursuing, the road opens the door to more opportunities which will add more to your intended expectation.

To achieve all these aspirations, it requires us not to sit down expecting “manna” to fall from heaven; rather, we need to move into action and do the needful to achieve our purpose.

v     Pray for empowerment to pursue with a purpose in Year 2013

Determining to pursue

This period is decision time to pursue or not, decision time to think whether the whole mission worth it or not. This is the time, your mind waves here and there. It is a time the thought of many likely obstacles and problems in the pursuing period will come to mind. It is a time to try to determine causes of any likely problems; thinking of immediate problems, the unforeseen and imaginary fears. This is the time to get discouraged or to summon courage: a time to put on boldness or be overwhelmed with fear. It is a time to think according to the economist, the SWOT analysis – what is your strength; your weakness; your opportunity; and your threats. At the end, all these thoughts will influence your decision – to pursue or not.

As it is common to every undertakings or the start of anything, the take off is one of the most difficult stage of the whole process. I remember when I was in secondary school, anytime I am about to write an essay, the most difficult part is the introduction, especially, the beginning sentence. The body and the conclusion of the essay run smoothly after a good introduction. However, the whole essay has to be written grammatically, with correct spellings, punctuation and so on; these are like rules that follow the take off.

In the same vein, the starting of any pursuit is a critical point to all who is embarking on anything. However, decision becomes easier when we seek spiritual guidance; when we had taken the same step that David took – by asking God whether to embark on a particular thought or not.

v     Pray for discerning spirit to guide you in all decisions to be taken in Year 2013.

Before pursuing

What are your goals in the New Year; what do you plan to chase after; have you been having problem catching up with something or to overtake? May be you need spiritual empowerment in your strive to achieve or obtain something for a period of time. What are the things we pursue in life? They can be tangible goods or intangible goods. As a child of God, pursue first intangible goods that open the door to tangible goods. The Bible says, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matt.6:33) – desiring God’s righteous rule over our decisions and demonstrating the fruit of the spirit toward others (1Cor. 10:24) “Let no one seek his own, but each one the other’s well-being”.

v     Pray for empowerment to strive to achieve and obtain your goals in Year 2013

The following are some steps to take

  • Seek the will of God through prayer; He knows how you will know His will. Sometimes we feel we have claim or right to certain things and we want to pursue; think and seek divine guidance before embarking on anything. Not all that glitters are goal; not all lawful things are expedient or edifying (1Cor. 10:23). Do not pursue an ungodly venture or mission. God has the answer to who, what, when, where, how and why about anything. Therefore, Let God decides for you.

v     Pray for empowerment to seek God’s will; and to do the right thing in Year 2013.

  • Strengthen yourself in the Lord your God. Like David, believers must know where to turn in time of crisis. Sufficiency of strength to pursue and to overtake issues of life is found only in Jesus Christ. David wouldn’t have been able to defeat Goliath if not because he relied on the strength of God. “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied” (1Sam. 17:45). Every pursuit in life is like a “giant”, a mountain that must be surmounted.

v     Pray for victory over any “giant” (enemy) that crosses your path of pursuit in Year 2013.

  • Do not weary or discourage. The Lord told Joshua, “Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Jos. 1:9). Avoid any side attraction or any discouragement; instead, encourage yourself in the Lord; be focused.

v     Pray for empowerment to overcome fear, discouragement and distraction in Year 2013.

  • Do not delay to start, procrastination could be costly. Action follows “go ahead”. “Faith without work is dead” (Jas. 2:20). With our trust and faith in God, as human being, there are certain obligations that we must do within our given power; to “tender” i.e. work or take action. Isaac sowed in Gerra; he did not sit down because he had inherited Abraham’s blessing, but he built upon it by sowing and reaping hundred folds even in the year when there was famine (Gen. 26:12-14).

v     Pray against any power or agent of procrastination that crosses your path of progress to cause delay or stagnation in year 2013.  

  • Learn to wait on the Lord (Ps 40:1-3; Is. 40:31). “But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”

 

  • Develop an unshaken faithFaith destroys negative thought. What faith does,
  1. Encouraging you rather than being discourage
  2. Gives you boldness rather than being dismay
  3. Makes you think positively rather than being negative
  4. Builds your confidence rather than being dejected
  5. Removes fear and moves you forward
  6. Makes impossibility to be possible for good

All these together are spiritual preparedness to empower a child of God to pursue his/her aspirations. You are ready to overtake.

v     Pray for spiritual and physical equipping and preparedness to face the challenges of year 2013.

 

To overtake

To overtake is to catch up with (meeting the target) and pass (be successful) in whatever you pursue – to capture, to move ahead of, accomplishment, success, goal, plan, business, and all train of godly thoughts that cut across your mind; and to do better than former state.

After you have pursued as a child of God, you must be positively minded that you will overtake; never be negative about what you pursue because you have seek the approval of your mission from God before you started. The Bible says, “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).

v     Pray for unshaken faith and for the Lord to help your unbelief.

There are times you know what you intend to do, you even draw the plans you are going to follow; there are times you have an idea and what the result of your undertaking will be. However, there are some unforeseen circumstances that will pop up on the way as you progress which will pose as hindrances beyond your control. Because you have never travel that way or engage in that undertaking before, the Lord is your ultimate Master who is able and will lead you. The way and manner He will do it lies with Him and He will direct you as long as you trusted in Him.

Sometimes, your plan may seems to work perfectly, that is because, you have planned according to the will of God. It makes the whole process easy and fast as if you are genius or having a supernatural power which you used. For that, people will call you different names, whereas, you were working according to the will and planning of God.

v     Pray for divine strategy and empowerment to help you run the race of life with ease in year 2013.

 Do not fear to overtake

Today, many are bitter and would start to blame themselves for taking the step to do something simply because of their lack of confidence to pursue. Some would blame God for their own weakness (laziness, improper planning, and lack of knowledge) or the person who has given them the advice to pursue whatever. Why are they that critical? They have no faith in God, no faith in their goal and no faith in themselves to subdue and possess.

Moses said to the Israelites by theRed sea,

“fear not; stand still and see the salvation of the Lord

            which He will work for you today ,

           for the Egyptians you have seen today,

           you shall never see again.

The Lord shall fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.” (Ex. 14:13-14)

After Moses had spoken the word of faith, the Lord told him, “Why do you cry unto Me? Tell the people that they go forward”. Uncountable number of times, it has been repeatedly said in the bible that “fear not”.

What fear does are

  1. It blocks vision
  2. It dashes away hope
  3. It brings failure
  4. It makes capability incapable
  5. It makes possibility impossible
  6. It confuses the mind
  7. It is an agent of adversities.
  8. It slows down or kill the process of transition
  9. It neutralizes the effect of faith to make goals or hopes become reality.

“Fear not” is the key that ignites a person to move forward into the unknown. Faith overcomes fear of the unknown.

v     Pray for empowerment for and of the word of God to work in your favor and move you forward continually in Year 2013.

In the New Year, you must pursue with boldness in order to overtake and recover. The Bible says, “Therefore do not cast away your confidence (boldness), which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:” (Heb 10:35).

I once told my brother who is a contractor not to be afraid to penetrate into any office to get contract; that his goal to get a contract is more important than competitors who oppose or harassment by any security or any form of distraction – fear, discouragement, rejection, inferiority complex, encumbrances etc. These are some of the odds that one must overcome to overtake to recover in the New Year.

When the Israelites leftEgypt, their focal point was to get to the promise land as a free nation to serve the Lord and to enjoy the milk and honey that was awaiting them. For them to stay focus, they must avoid distraction of any attraction or not allowing any side attraction to shift their mind and eyes from the focal point. You need to pursue and penetrate with confidence; confidence in the power of God.

v     pray for empowerment for boldness and confidence to penetrate where God has prepared for you to tap His blessing in Year 2013

Every pursuit is a “Goliath”, a “giant”, a “mountain” etc; and not easily surmounted; however, when a believer strengthens himself in the Lord, he will subdue. No matter how difficult you pursue, do not face it with human power only, but face everything in the power of God. Haven overtake, it is time to recover.

 

To recover

To recover may mean to reclaim or retrieve; it is to regain literarily or figuratively something or someone. To recover is to obtain again what one has lost possession of – to recover a stolen thing – this was the reason David pursued. To reclaim is to bring back from error or wrong doing – ones relationship with God; or from an undeveloped state. To retrieve is to bring back or restore, especially, something to its former prosperous state – to retrieve ones fortune, health, and destiny etc. let us group what is recovered under  spiritual and physical recovery.

v     pray and personify; I will recover all recoverable in year 2013 in Jesus name

Spiritual recovery

First thing to recover or restore is your relationship with God. In the New Year if you renounce your old sinful ways and take the necessary steps to submit to the will of God, you have realigned with God. Time of refreshing from the Lord and double restoration of spiritual nourishment will come. Spiritually, every fruit of the spirit will start manifesting.

The following fruits will manifest

  • Living a life full of love; loving, forgiving and being loved
  • Life full of joy; you cannot be in bondage of losses and expect fullness of joy, but in the presence of God, there is fullness of joy.
  • Peace round about; no more living in fear or being hunt by your wickedness.
  • You relate more and tolerate more with others.
  • You are doing good rather than hunting and hurting others.
  • You wax stronger in faith; you overcome every failure.
  • You are contented with the Lord’s blessing rather than envying others possessions.

These and more spiritual benefits will be the source of your happiness; divine medicine,

v     Pray for empowerment for spiritual fruitfulness and divine medicine for your wellness in year 2013.

Physical recovery

When talking of losses and restoration, it is not recognized until you can see with your naked eyes. However, this does not come about until you have reconciled with the Lord and you have been restored spiritually. Spiritual restoration produces happiness; happiness in turn quickens and empowers the body to work and be successful in any undertaking.

The followings are some of the physical recoveries or restoration..

  1. Prosperity – rain of blessing from the Lord is released from above to wet every spiritual and physical dryness in your life (Joel 2:21-27). May be thing have not been working in your favor while you were separated from the Lord; but now, whatever you lay your hand to do prospers.

v     Pray for rain of blessing upon your life, your works and your businesses in Year 2013.

  1.  Restoration of divine health – when you are happy, you are healthy. One of the deadliest diseases is the bitterness of heart. It forms the root to many sicknesses. When you are right with God, you are happy. Happiness as medicine cures bitterness of heart, you are healed (Jer. 30:16-18). Any deformity or dysfunctions in the body because of nervous breakdown is healed.

v     Pray for divine healing on any form or disease/s or sickness that is troubling your life.

  1. Business restoration – new blessings in addition to the losses replace the old losses. The Bible says that the Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning (Job 42:12).

v     Pray for the blessing of the Lord in all your undertakings in Year 2013.

  1. Restoration of honor – Job lost his honor and respect during the time he lost everything. To worsen the situation, he was despised and reproached. However, when God restored all for him, his honor returned to him. Remembered Joseph, who was formerly disrobed by his brothers, was later enrobed for honor. His brothers came back to pay homage to him. When your ways pleases the Lord, He makes your enemies be at peace with you (Pro. 16:7).

v     Pray that Lord will remove every filthy garment of reproach (poverty, sickness, inferiority complex, ungodly acts, backwardness, waywardness) from your life in year 2013.

  1. Restoration of possessions – there are many ways we lose our possessions in life, some via vandals, fear, or to power unknown. Sometimes when we claimed to be a born again, satan still have his way to robbed us of our possessions. However, God is able to restore all in double fold. He did it for Abraham (Gen. 17) and he did it for Job (Job 42:10b).

v     Pray for deliverance from any physical or spiritual power that will want to rob us of our possessions in year 2013.

v     Pray for restoration of all our past loses.

  1. Restoration of office or position – the bottler lost his position as the king’s cup bearer and was put in prison along with Joseph. According to his dream’s interpretation by Joseph, the bottler was given back his office (Gen 40:12-13). King Nebuchadnezzar was restored back to his throne as soon as he realizes his sin of pride and he gave God His due glory (Dan. 4:34-37). Whatever position or office you have lost because of your separation from God or robbed by satan, God will restore as soon as you reconcile with Him.

v     Pray for restoration of lost position; and promotion in all that concerns you in the new Year.

  1. Restoration of fortune - many are skeptical as to how God will bring about quick restoration of their losses. Their calculation of recovery is mathematical: but divine restoration is not mathematics but on God’s providence. Our Lord Jesus fed 5000 people with five loaves of bread and two fishes. For God, nothing will be impossible (Luke 1:37).

v     Pray for divine providence in all spiritual and physical needs in year 2013.

  1. Restoration for protection – when a believer is not aligned with God, he is prone to diverse spiritual and physical attack. Attack from within and without. Such a believer is not under the umbrella of the Almighty. But, the Bible says, “No weapon formed against you shall prosper…” (Is. 54:7-17).

v     Pray for protection against every evil occurrence (natural or unnatural disaster) that may want to surface in year 2013.

  1. Restoration of scattered homes – many homes have been scattered and shattered especially, homes that has been exposed to various enemy attacks through lack of love between spouse, infidelity between  spouse, parental irresponsibility, addiction of various substances, and other disharmonious and destructive manifestations. The result of which causes disunity in the home. However, at the realization, confession and renunciation of error and reconciliation with God, unity and harmony is restored to the home.

v     Pray for restoration of peace, harmony and love in 70% of homes that have been shattered and scattered in USA as a point of contact to homes in the world.

  1.  Normalization of emotion – many lives have been shattered because of deep emotional felling caused by disappointment, dejection, being hurt, bitterness of heart, bereavement and all situations that raise one’s nerves. God will restore peace normal emotion in our bodies.

v     Pray for those who are emotionally and mentally disturbed in our society in order to give peace a chance.

For all these and more recoveries to actualize, you must be patience to get God’s approval. Sometimes you pursue and overtake; however, restoration might be instance or delayed; if it is the later, wait, it will come. Wait for Gods timing. If the “Pharaoh” and “Herod” of your liFe is not dead, you will not enjoy what you recovered.

Be patient with God

 “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation;                                                                    for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life,                                             which the Lord hath promised to them that love Him” (Jas. 1:2).

Imagine a person who has been struggling for many years to accomplish a set goal and at the very point of achieving, the devil sets an unrighteous or illegitimate success before him. It is unchristian as seen in many believers today the level of lack of patience they exercised when pursuing an undertaking. Many believers struggled in their pursuits; however, they fell short of success towards the tail end. Many have prayed and fasted; many have observed marathon prayer vigil and have denied themselves of many things to appease God in their pursuits. Still, many have failed to achieve at the end.

It is a right attitude to pray and fast, at least it is a sign of humbling oneself before God. It is not a joking matter to pursue to recover, it needs a miraculous turn around which is achievable mostly through prayer and fasting. Our Lord Jesus Christ confirms this that “this kind (miracle or translation to a better state) can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting” (Mk. 9:29). Therefore, no one should blame a believer who is prayerful; especially, when making a request from the Lord.

v     Pray for empowerment and strength to wait on the Lord and strength to overcome pressure of the flesh

However, at the nearest to any success, many people fall into diverse temptations and fail to accomplish, All because they are not patient enough with God’s steady growth.

Beware; be prayerful and if possible with fast in the New Year; give no occasion for the devil to tempt you with its enticements. When you pursue an undertaking, at the nearness to accomplishing that goal, you will feel or smell it. You know then that you are nearer to overtake. You need to be a little patient and wait for God to perfect your recoveries – success, accomplishment, breakthrough, goal, divine health, spiritual growth, possession etc.

Whatever you pursue, pursue in the will of God; pursue without fear; pursue in faith; believe you will subdue: then overtake and recover. In the New Year, you will pursue, overtake and recover all: your life shall be filled with divine sweetness like that of honey. We asked in Jesus name.

I wish you happy and prosperous Year 2013.

 

ByLawrenceAbitogun

Christianedification.org


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