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)
TUESDAY AUGUST 22, 2023
TEXT: 1 TIMOTHY 2: 1-8
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
7 Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.
8 I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.
Key verse: 2 Corinthians 2: 11 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.
There is a strong move in the churches of our time that appears to be showing that prayer is more effective and result oriented when done on a mountain. Many people go to mountains to pray: ministers, believers, and at times the whole congregation of the local church. Those who practice praying on the mountain seem to believe that since Elijah prayed on a mountain and there was rain and Jesus prayed on the mountain on some occasions, the mountain must have some prayer mystery and prayer advantage. More and more people go to the mountains to pray. Some go to lonely mountains in distant places to pray.The scripture nowhere encourages the people of God to pray on mountains. There is no scriptural promise for praying on mountains. There is no New Testament example of one who went to pray on a mountain, because Jesus did so, or because of any spiritual advantage. Effectual fervent prayer can be offered to God everywhere, according to the message and practice of the scriptures. We do not condemn anyone who enjoys the solitude of the mountain and occasionally resorts there to pray and mediate. But we condemn the prayer inspiration people have on mountains.
Praying on the mountain is the same as praying on the seashore or riverbank. It is clear to all that the people who adhere to the practice of praying on the seashore or riverbank are spiritualists who consult the spirits of the waters. When praying on a mountain becomes a regular practice, it carries the same implication! Note that ignorance endangers, ensnares and destroys. Satan can subtly take over where a life is not guided by the word of God. Some mountains around us are dangerous. They are the habitation of dangerous reptiles, wild beasts, dangerous men and evil spirits. Beware! Be warned!
Thought for the day: Ignorance endangers, ensnares and destroys.
Song for the day: Jesus, blessed Jesus, I love Your name…
Bible reading for the day: Psalm 119:49-104; 1 Corinthians 4
PASTOR PAUL RIKA