I will lift up Your Name x5 O God among every other Name. He is alive! Amen x3 Jesus is alive forever He is alive Amen!

Merciful God, we come before Your Throne of mercy to give thanks for all You done for us and to receive help from You, Who can blessed beyond measure. You are not man that fails. You are Omnipotent, Omniscience, Omnipresence, You can do all things. Your love is beyond measure and everything You do is excellent. Thank You Father!

Beloved, you are treasure though in earthen vessels that the exceeding greatness of the power may be of God, and not of ourselves. Even as you are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed.(2 Cor 4:7-9).

Beloved, we are betrothed to Christ and we are much loved by Him. He gave up the Throne to woo back to His Father, a beautiful bride like You as you will soon discover as you read through the first message for today. He left His Throne to do His Father’s will- reconciling man to God and His Father was pleased with Him.

How much of Christ can be said of you in your life? Are you compassionate, kind, are you merciful, do you easily forgive, do you love even as He loves. It is not easy to live the way of Christ if you are yet to crucify the flesh. God’s way is different from the way of the world.

Today, we will learn to do it God’s way or the hard way. We must pray as expected of us and as we pray, let us believe that it is done. You must pray out doubt and unbelief in your life today and pray in faith, trust and patient to obey Him all the days of our life. Amen!

At the beginning of your petitions an answer went out, and I have come to give it, for you are treasured [by God]. So consider the message and understand the vision:—Daniel 9:23

“For you are beloved.” Could there be any words from God more welcome than these? Daniel was in exile in Babylon as a result of his nation’s utter defeat by the Babylonians. He desperately wanted to make sense of his circumstances. So he did what he had done so many times before: he prayed. God immediately dispatched the angel Gabriel.

Gabriel revealed that God had sent him to Daniel at the beginning of his supplications. God did not even wait for Daniel to finish his prayer. Why? Because God loved Daniel greatly. What a marvelous testimony! There had been times when Daniel’s love for God had been put to the test. Now, when Daniel was in need, God was quick to respond in love to him.

God wants to answer the prayers of those whose hearts are completely His (2 Chron. 16:9). God can accurately orient you to the events of your day. Media, public opinion, and political leaders cannot tell you the truth of your circumstances. Only God can. God loves you and will speak to you in His time. His answer may come immediately as it did in Daniel’s case, or it may be delayed, but it will come (Dan. 10:13).

If it seems as though everything is crumbling around you, and you wonder why you do not see God’s activity, take comfort in knowing that you are loved in heaven. If you are genuinely seeking God’s answers, you can go to your Father confidently with your questions. He will respond to you in love (Luke 11:5–13). (Please this scripture before you continue).

This is Jesus model of prayer for His beloved. We are encouraged by Jesus not to be selfish in our prayer. How? By praying this way “Our Father” and not “My Father”. If Christ Who is a son will extend such a love to us co-heir to the Throne, why then, will we not extend same to others around us. Understand that there moments you want to identify with the Father personal but we must never be selfish when approaching the Throne in prayer or else the prayers will return back to you void.

He went further in His illustration to show us how to demonstrate love to our fellows (v5-8). The request made there was not the fellow knocking but for a friend who came from a long journey. His concern for his friend made him to leave his bed and go looking for a bread for him.

How many of us can do that? Like I said earlier God’s way is not an easy and a popular way. So many desert there friends in need. They encourage you with their lips and will never part with anything from their hands. Beloved, are you in this category? That is not God’s way.

A more classical example is the open rebuke of Christ to us His children who never believed nor trust Him, “if you who are evil knows how to give what is good to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give to you, not just your need but He will also give you the gift of the Holy Spirit, Who will always intercede for you.

And finally Jesus encourage us to pray the prayer of importunity, to ask and keep on asking, seek and keep on seeking, knock and keep on knocking, God will surely hear us and delivery unto us good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, shall He give into your bosom.

Fellow me as we discover more on how to do it .. God’s way:

 Doing It God’s Way… Or The Hard Way

Yesterday while enplaning, I spotted a young Christian businessman whom I had attempted to influence a couple of years ago toward growing spiritually. At that time, he gently nudged me aside, explaining that the pressing demands of his newly formed consulting firm left little room for spiritual matters.

An hour later, as we deplaned, he commented on the current economic crisis in Asia and the extreme stress he was under. As we waited to go through immigration, I asked him if he was spending regular time with God. The answer was no.

 Within minutes after clearing immigration, George, a friend who heads a mid-sized firm, picked me up. For some time now, he and I have been working together on developing his consistent walk with God. As we headed for the city the subject of the severe state of the economy again came up. Immediately I was struck, by way of contrast, with his calm response to the grave situation. God, he assured, would give wisdom in seeing him and his company through the downturn.

 It was apparent to me that because he had been hiding the Scriptures in his heart during his daily times of prayer and meditation, he was indeed prepared to trust God through the current period of financial stress.

 As George was sharing, several passages came to mind from my own time with God that very morning:

 “I sought the Lord, and he answered me; He delivered me from all my fears… “

 “This poor man called, and the Lord heard him; He saved him out of all his troubles… “

 “Fear the Lord, you his saints, for those who fear him lack nothing… “

 “A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all… “

 “I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.” (Psalm 34:4, 6, 9, 19; 37:25 )

 QUESTION: So, what do you do when everything in the economic picture seems to turn sour? Tighten your stomach muscles and power through it? Invent new schemes for survival? Peddle faster? Panic?

Or rest? Trust? Wait? And quietly seek His direction?

 I guess the answer depends upon to whom you have been looking to supply your daily needs: Yourself or God. If it is you, then you ought to be in a state of panic, because I doubt if any of us are that good!

We have two in one package in our prayer manual today. One on the hand telling how God response to our prayers and telling us how to  relate with God with regards to other people’s need, and another on the hand encouraging us to rely fully on God to provide and answer our prayers.

Beloved when you pray, your answers comes from God. Do not rely on men for he has no capcity to meet your need, for those who oppress God’s children hear you what the Lord said concerning them “woe to you Babylon and Chaldea as God’s judgment come down on you for oppressing His inheritances, showing no mercy on them and putting a cruel yoke on those of them who are old (Isa 47).”

Beloved, look up you who are bow down, the time to favour Zion has come and the Lord is saying to you “Awake! Awake! Put on your strength, O Zion, put on your beautiful rob robes… from now there will never again come into you the unclean and those without circumcision…” (Isa 52).

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.