EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR DAILY LIVING
BY: PASTOR PAUL RIKA, INTERNATIONAL DIRECTOR
Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide (HOREMOW)
DATE: Wednesday August 18th, 2021
TEXT: Luke 2:36-38
36 And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity;
37 And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.
38 And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.
Key verse: 1 Samuel 12:23 Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way:
Preachers and believers who are living their lives without prayer cannot possibly live in holiness. The daily grace required to live the righteous life must be requested from God. Therefore, you just have to pray. You have no reason and no excuse not to pray. You are even committing sin when you leave this attribute of God idle. Acts 2:42 ''And they continued steadfastly in the Apostle's doctrine and fellowship and in breaking of bread and in prayers''. Prayer is an all-time commitment. It is not something you do one day and abandon for the rest of the week, only to come back to it again. It will never work that way. It must be steadfast. If you want to get something cooked on fire (say beans), you don't light the fire and after five minutes put it out, and then come back after three hours to light the fire again to resume cooking. If you continue like that, how many days will it take you to cook the beans? In the same manner, you delay answers by the short prayers you do without continuity. “They continued steadfastly,” means the apostles were continually praying. Make steadfast prayer a habit.
Acts 3:1 ''Now Peter and John went up together into the Temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour''. In this verse, we can see that a time is set within the day called: The hour of prayer. When it is time for prayer, wake up; stop the activities you are doing and go for prayers. There are times you do not know what to pray about or for. Yes, the Bible says so. But the Holy Spirit is waiting for you to give you groanings that only God understands its meaning (Romans 8:26, 27). At this point, you see yourself making deep sounds with tension in your heart and groaning, which shows that the Holy Spirit has taken over. God understands what the Spirit is saying. Or, you may go into speaking in tongues as the Holy Spirit takes over, if you are baptized in the Holy Ghost. The Lord understands what you are saying. The Church or a Christian assembly may fix a period for prayer. The family might say, “This house shall be praying at this period.” Whatever time is fixed becomes The hour of prayer. Be steadfast and prompt at it.
Thought for the day: Prayerfulness is one of the evidences of life in Christ.
Song for the day: All the world starts changing, when the church starts praying…
Bible reading for the day: Psalm 109-111; Romans 16
PASTOR PAUL RIKA