EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR DAILY LIVING BY:
PASTOR PAUL RIKA: INTERNATIONAL DIRECTOR
Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide, (HOREMOW)
DATE: MONDAY, MARCH 22ND, 2021
TEXT: Matthew 26:38-44
Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me. And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done. And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy. And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.
KEY VERSE: Luke 22:44
And being in an agony He prayed more earnestly: and His sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
How can we succeed without prayers? How can we advance in life and move up without prayers? How can we win over the devil that has risen up against us without prayers? Even Jesus during His earthly ministry, often went into a quiet or solitary place and had time to talk with the Father.
Make out time to pray early in the morning. Jesus cut His sleep to pray. Do not sleep all through the night; interrupt it and pray. In today’s devotional text, you can see that Jesus was very troubled. Something was disturbing Him. The fear of suffering that was in His way disturbed Him at that time.
Jesus was asking God to strengthen His human soul so that He could face the fight ahead of Him. God granted Him grace. In fact, the Bible tells us that during this time, He spoke with groaning. It was not a casual prayer. He prayed so fervently that the sweat coming out of His body was like great drops of blood!
Satan cornered you somewhere and you are not serious in prayer? Satan put some sickness in your body and you are not too serious in prayer? Satan is coming to you in bad dreams and you are not fervent in prayer to blow that thing off? Is it suffering that you are passing through and you are not fervent in prayers, so that even if the Lord would not take it away, He should at least speak to you as He spoke to Paul: “My grace is sufficient for you (2 Corinthians 12:9)."
You are a man of marriageable age and your body is yearning for a partner; are you not going to be very serious in prayers so that if the delay is caused by financial constraint God would create an open door, or that God should lead you to your wife; or that God should help you bring your body under control?
You are a young lady that has come of age and people are constantly asking, “How’s your husband,” and this is bringing shame to you. Will you not take the matter to God and pray through for a husband, or pray through that you should not be put to shame, or that God should stop those people from disturbing you? Would you not take it up seriously in prayer?
Thought for the day: A prayerful man or woman is an overcomer.
Song for the day: Why worry, when you can pray, trust in Jesus….
Bible reading for the day: Joshua 7-8; Luke 2:25-52
PASTOR PAUL RIKA