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.

Beware

  • 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.

Beware

“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.

 

 Prayers

 

  • 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.

General

  • 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”

HAPPY NEW YEAR

Lawrence Abitogun

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About the Author

Lawrence B. Abitogun, called by the special grace of the Almighty God through our Lord Jesus Christ; by the empowerment of the Holy Ghost, witnessing and preaching the gospel to the world, was born to a Christian parents at Uso, Ondo state, Nigeria. He received his elementary and secondary education in Nigeria from 1959-1971. He obtained a Bachelor degree in Fine Arts and a Master of Science in Industrial Arts at North Texas State University, Denton TX USA in 1979 and 1982 respectively.

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