Blessed be the Name of the Lord, He is worthy to be praise and adore, O we lift our holy hands in one accord singing blessed be Thy Name, blessed be Thy Name of the Lord.// Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in the highest, Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in the highest, Lord we lift up Your Name with a heart  be exalted O! Lord my God hosanna in the highest.

Father we declare that we loved You, help us to love You as You loved us. Glory be to Your Holy Name. Who is like unto thee Lord? You are worthy to be praised, forever and ever we worship You, we praise Your Holy Name for You alone is Worthy of our praise. Receive our praise O Lord as we come to your altar the first in year. Lord look with kindness up us and grant us all our heart desire as we worship today in Jesus Name.

Beloved, how are doing? Hope you are good? The new year is here and it has kick off in earnest without your permission, we are on the 4th day and is still counting there is no break on prayer either is there any holiday when it comes to prayer as we discussed before now, living our life without prayer is like running a car without fuel or diesel or without oil which will automatically knocked the engine and you are not prepared to overhaul your engine because it might not be as easy as you think.

It will cost you a lot in terms of money and delay will be introduced as you wait on to take off again with your new engine. We have not considered the time lag that it might take to get the right engine that will suit your body praise God.

The glory of God is evident when it appear in a place of worship or in an individuals life. In many places we read in the bible where the lorry of God appeared it was recorded that the priest could not continue with his ministration because of the glory of God that filled the place.

Beloved, we must get to that level in our worship where we will experience same, when the glory of God will be heavily present and we will be able to utter a word like did Hannah, Paul fell to the round wen e encountered same (Acts 9:4); Moses tremble when God spoke to him (Acts 7:32). Solomon dedicated the temple of the Lord (1 Kin 8:11). That will be your experience today as you offer prayers to the Only Wise God.

He will come down in glory and will receive your worship unto him in Jesus Name.

We therefore encouraged to continue in prayer as there is no substitute to it and that is the only way to renew our strength in Lord and as we do that our glory will also manifest as God will not visit you without an evidence.

 

“Continue in prayer.” Colossians 4:2

 

It is interesting to remark how large a portion of Sacred Writ is occupied with the subject of prayer, either in furnishing examples, enforcing precepts, or pronouncing promises. We scarcely open the Bible before we read, “Then began men to call upon the name of the Lord;” and just as we are about to close the volume, the “Amen” of an earnest supplication meets our ear.

Instances are plentiful. Here we find a wrestling Jacob—there a Daniel who prayed three times a day—and a David who with all his heart called upon his God. On the mountain we see Elias; in the dungeon Paul and Silas. We have multitudes of commands, and myriads of promises. What does this teach us, but the sacred importance and necessity of prayer?

We may be certain that whatever God has made prominent in His Word, He intended to be conspicuous in our lives. If He has said much about prayer, it is because He knows we have much need of it. So deep are our necessities, that until we are in heaven we must not cease to pray.

Dost thou want nothing? Then, I fear thou dost not know thy poverty. Hast thou no mercy to ask of God? Then, may the Lord’s mercy show thee thy misery! A prayerless soul is a Christless soul.

Prayer is the lisping of the believing infant, the shout of the fighting believer, the requiem of the dying saint falling asleep in Jesus. It is the breath, the watchword, the comfort, the strength, the honour of a Christian. If thou be a child of God, thou wilt seek thy Father’s face, and live in thy Father’s love.

Pray that this year thou mayst be holy, humble, zealous, and patient; have closer communion with Christ, and enter oftener into the banqueting-house of His love. Pray that thou mayst be an example and a blessing unto others, and that thou mayst live more to the glory of thy Master. The motto for this year must be, “Continue in prayer.”

Beloved, as you continue in prayer may your strength be renewed according to the word of the Lord be it done unto thee. Let’s continue:

“Let the people renew their strength.” Isaiah 41:1

 

All things on earth need to be renewed. No created thing continueth by itself. “Thou renewest the face of the year,” was the Psalmist’s utterance. Even the trees, which wear not themselves with care, nor shorten their lives with labour, must drink of the rain of heaven and suck from the hidden treasures of the soil.

The cedars of Lebanon, which God has planted, only live because day by day they are full of sap fresh drawn from the earth.Neither can man’s life be sustained without renewal from God. As it is necessary to repair the waste of the body by the frequent meal, so we must repair the waste of the soul by feeding upon the Book of God, or by listening to the preached Word, or by the soul-fattening table of the ordinances.

How depressed are our graces when means are neglected! What poor starvelings some saints are who live without the diligent use of the Word of God and secret prayer! If our piety can live without God it is not of divine creating; it is but a dream; for if God had begotten it, it would wait upon Him as the flowers wait upon the dew.

Without constant restoration we are not ready for the perpetual assaults of hell, or the stern afflictions of heaven, or even for the strifes within. When the whirlwind shall be loosed, woe to the tree that hath not sucked up fresh sap, and grasped the rock with many intertwisted roots

.When tempests arise, woe to the mariners that have not strengthened their mast, nor cast their anchor, nor sought the haven. If we suffer the good to grow weaker, the evil will surely gather strength and struggle desperately for the mastery over us; and so, mayhap, a painful desolation, and a lamentable disgrace may follow.

Let us draw near to the footstool of divine mercy in humble entreaty, and we shall realize the fulfillment of the promise, “They that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength.”

Pray as we have been instructed to do so that we will not row weak but rather our strength be renewed in the Lord. The journey ahead is long and weary we must girdle our loins with prayer for smooth ride.

Our Father, we thank You because You will surely answer when we call, Father answer us we pray in Jesus Name.

Beloved let us call and believe that he will answer us. Beloved, the Lord will answer us as we call today in Jesus Name.

 

Remain blessed in the Lord.

 

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IFEOMA OHONDU is the founder of the MattersoftheHeart foundation, a platform where issues affecting our everyday life are discussed and where necessary proffer solution. She is part of the end time army, who will not break their rank to fulfill the urgent call of God upon her life by declaring His word to the helpless, the doubting, the comfortless and the dying world. The world will experience great restoration and healing in the Word of God through her ministration. She is a voice to emphasize key spiritual truth about Faith, Healing and Encouragement.