EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR
by: pastor paul rika, international director of HOREMOW
EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR DAILY LIVING
BY: PASTOR PAUL RIKA, INTERNATIONAL DIRECTOR
Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide (HOREMOW)
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 11, 2023
TEXT: LUKE 18:10-14
10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.
11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.
12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.
13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.
14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for everyone that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
Key verse: 1 Thessalonians 5: 17 “Pray without ceasing.”
The church is made up of mature believers, young believers, unbelieving members and newcomers. Seek to edify others in your prayers. Prayer mannerisms in the worship service should be decent so as not to abuse the art of prayer. Strange screams, wild movement and other unwholesome prayer manners should be avoided. Some have given blows to their Neighbours through wild stretching of hands. The screams and strange body movement of some draw attention to themselves and cause many to give up praying to watch them.
Indecent kneeling and prostration by females in a mixed congregation can stir lust among the males. The pure and fervent spirit of prayer in the church should not be quenched through unwholesome prayer mannerisms. Many spend time singing instead of praying. Others dance during prayer. Some instrumentalists strike their instruments to create prayer melody. All these are indications of spiritual weakness and prayer deficiency. We must know that there is time for everything. We must not use moments of congregational prayer to go wildly into speaking in tongues as this may have negative impact on some of the worshippers. All manners of lying actions and hypocrisies should be avoided. The God we are praying to is a holy God.
Vain repetitions should be avoided. Unholy actions that promote lusts, anger, pride, competition and mechanical prayers will hinder answers to prayers. The prayer warriors must watch against Satan inspired revelations which come to destroy and not to build people hence revelation-mindedness while praying is harmful. God can choose to give revelation during prayer but must not be compelled to do so; otherwise, Satan will take over to misguide God's people. God speaks to His people in many ways according to His choice and in the time of His choice. You cannot compel Him. Honour Him. Yield to Him. Believe Him. Wait for Him. He may speak now or later, act now or later. He will certainly act promptly and in the right time.
Thought for the day: God will certainly act promptly and in the right time.
Song for the day: My life shall be a testimony, testimony, testimony…
Bible Reading for the day: Isaiah 45-47; Colossians 3
PASTOR PAUL RIKA