Is another time for prayer; glory be to God. I will exalt you Lord for thou have lifted me above my enemies Your banner over me is love. Thank You God, for redeeming my soul from the raging fire and bringing me into Your marvellous light. Thank You Lord, for going all the way for me; thank You for answering my prayers in the time past and I know You will do it again, glory be to God.
Today, we will be considering another element of prayer “Obedience; The Victorious life” We cannot be too frequent in our requests; God will not be weary of His children’s prayers. Sir Walter Raleigh asked a favor of Queen Elizabeth, to which she replied, “Raleigh, when will you leave off begging?” “When your Majesty leaves off giving,” he replied. So long must we continue praying, our father will not be tired of listening and giving answers our prayers (Lk 18:1-8).
In opposition to sin stands obedience. “For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous… Ye became the servants of righteousness” (Romans 5:19; 6:18). In connection with all that has been said about sin, and the new life, and the reception of the Holy Spirit, we must always give to obedience the place assigned to it by God.
It was because Christ humbled himself and became obedient unto death, yea, the death of the cross, that God so highly exalted him. And Paul, in this connection, exhorts us: “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5). We see, above everything else, that the obedience of Christ, which was so pleasing to God, must become really the characteristic of our disposition and of our entire walk. Just as a servant knows that he must first obey his master in all things, so the surrender to an implicit and unquestioning obedience must become the essential characteristic of our lives. And Christ said bring him unto Me:
“Bring him unto me.” Mark 9:19
Despairingly the poor disappointed father turned away from the disciples to their Master. His son was in the worst possible condition, and all means had failed, but the miserable child was soon delivered from the evil one when the parent in faith obeyed the Lord Jesus’ word, “Bring him unto me.”
Children are a precious gift from God, but much anxiety comes with them. They may be a great joy or a great bitterness to their parents; they may be filled with the Spirit of God, or possessed with the spirit of evil. In all cases, the Word of God gives us one receipt for the curing of all their ills, “Bring him unto me.”
O for more agonizing prayer on their behalf while they are yet babes! Sin is there, let our prayers begin to attack it. Our cries for our offspring should precede those cries which betoken their actual advent into a world of sin. In the days of their youth we shall see sad tokens of that dumb and deaf spirit which will neither pray aright, nor hear the voice of God in the soul, but Jesus still commands, “Bring them unto me.”
When they are grown up they may wallow in sin and foam with enmity against God; then when our hearts are breaking we should remember the great Physician’s words, “Bring them unto me.” Never must we cease to pray until they cease to breathe. No case is hopeless while Jesus lives.
The Lord sometimes suffers His people to be driven into a corner that they may experimentally know how necessary He is to them. Ungodly children, when they show us our own powerlessness against the depravity of their hearts, drive us to flee to the strong for strength, and this is a great blessing to us.
Whatever our morning’s need may be, let it like a strong current bear us to the ocean of divine love. Jesus can soon remove our sorrow, He delights to comfort us. Let us hasten to Him while He waits to meet us.
How little this is understood by Christians! How many there are who allow themselves to be misled, and rest satisfied with the thought that sin is a necessity, that one must sin every day! It would be difficult to say how great the harm is which has been done by this mistake. It is one of the chief causes why the sin of disobedience is so little recognized.
It is our sole responsibility to prayer until something happens, not only that we are saved, we must also desire the salvation of our entire household, someone is asking, how? Everybody under our roof must profess Christ:
“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” Acts 16:31
This gospel for a man with a sword at his throat is the gospel for me. This would suit me if I were dying, and it is all that I need while I am living. I look away from self, and sin, and all idea of personal merit, and I trust the Lord Jesus as the Saviour whom God has given.
I believe in Him, I rest on Him, I accept Him to be my all in all. Lord, I am saved, and I shall be saved to all eternity, for I believe in Jesus. Blessed be thy name for this. May I daily prove by my life that I am saved from selfishness, and worldliness, and every form of evil.
But those last words about my “house”: Lord, I would not run away with half a promise when thou dost give a whole one. I beseech thee, save all my family. Save the nearest and dearest. Convert the children, and the grandchildren, if I have any. Be gracious to my servants, and all who dwell under my roof, or work for me. Thou makest this promise to me personally if I believe in the Lord Jesus; I beseech thee to do as thou hast said.
I would go over in my prayer every day the names of all my brothers and sisters, parents, children, friends, relatives, servants, and give thee no rest till that word is fulfilled, “and thy house.”
I hope someone is making that commitment alongside with me. We are committed to pray until everybody under our roof and influence give their lives to Christ. Amen! We must pray until something happens.
My beloved, do you know that partial obedience is equal to disobedience. What is that thing the Lord has been laying in your heart to do and you kept putting it off, is possible there is a reconciliation to do, there is a giant step to take but you are afraid, perhaps the Lord is instructing you are to leave your comfort zone to where the Spirit of God is leading you, there is a forgive to extend, then and only then we you break through shines forth. You can be your own enemy and limitation. Break that chains of bitterness, unforgiving spirit, malice; invite the Holy Spirit to help you if you think you cannot help yourself. (I will be sharing something on this next week by God’s grace)
I pray for someone whose heart is hurting and so heavy now that as you read this message that healing will come upon you, let the heaviness disappear in Jesus name. Receive healing into your heart right now; Holy Spirit take over and do the surgical and heal this my sister, my brother that is hurting, let the light of God permeate this heart now in Jesus name. Healing is coming upon you now in Jesus name. You are healed. Amen! Receive the joy of the Lord into your heart now, Amen!
Come sing along with me, stop sucking! You must get it right at this point now! No don’t retreat, come along with me; liberate yourself now! Sing on:
Let the living water flow over my soul
Let the Holy Spirit come and take control
Of every situation that troubles my mind
All my cares and burden unto You, I roll
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus
Father, Father, Father
Spirit Spirit Spirit
Remain blessed in the Lord.
Evang Ifeoma Ohondu