EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR DAILY LIVING
BY: PASTOR PAUL RIKA, INTERNATIONAL DIRECTOR
Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide (HOREMOW)
DATE: Saturday July 24th, 2021
TEXT: Luke 18:1-5
1 And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;
2 Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man:
3 And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary.
4 And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man;
5 Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.
Key verse: Matthew 21:22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.
Here is prayer warfare: prayer against your enemies, prayer against the devil and prayer against the forces of darkness contending with you. The force against you is a strong one. The power you are contending with may be a strong power like the widow's experience in today's devotional text. The Bible says the judge was a wicked judge. He had no fear of God, neither did he regard man. Who then would move him? This was the kind of person this helpless widow was facing in battle. The widow came to him and said, “My opponent is taking away my property. Please judge the case between me and my opponent and give me back my property.” But this judge was so wicked that he did not respect the widow. He did not pity the widow. But there was one weapon that the widow used, which the Lord revealed to be very powerful and effective against the enemy. That weapon is continual praying, continual calling upon God and continual coming to God in prayer. It is importunity in prayer!
There was a kind of resisting force; an evil attitude from the man against her. Each time that widow came, she stood helpless and weak. But she kept coming all the same. She was not discouraged, but kept coming and this weighed down on the wicked man. Although the man was resisting, his resistance died with time. His resistance faded with time and he had to give up and bow to the pressure. Eventually he must have said to himself, “I am dying, I had better settle this matter for I am made restless by this weapon of continual coming.” The Lord is saying, no matter how powerful those demonic forces are, keep on praying, keep on calling on the Name of Jesus and keep on reciting the scriptures. Every time you pray, you release a great force and attack against the enemy. Every time you say something, pray or quote God's promises, sing a song and manifest your faith against the devil, you are releasing a great force against him and he will eventually bow to your superior power. That is the truth. By continual praying you can overcome a strong enemy. Why should you strike once and run? No, keep on bombarding the enemy until he gives way for you!
Thought for the day: Your relentless prayer is a strong weapon against your powerful enemy.
Song for the day: There's nothing prayer cannot do, Jesus answers prayers….
Bible reading for the day: Psalm 41-43; Acts 24
PASTOR PAUL RIKA