What a Mighty God we serve, what a Mighty God we serve, what a Mighty God we serve, what a Mighty God we serve. // I have the light of God in me, I have the light of God in me, I have the Spirit of the Son of God I have the light of God in me.

Holy Father, Thank You for the day so bright and the weather so good for Your children to arise and shine as You have order us from creation. Thank You Father, for everything and let You Name alone be glorified in the Name of Jesus.

Lord as You children come into Your presence to pray, Lord help us to breakthrough. Holy Spirit help our infirmities today as we pray Thee in Jesus Name.

Beloved, do you remember this prayer captioned “the Grace” even a child who is learning to speak but is always around in the arena of prayer can recite it. We are do the same now, if you are ready let’s go  “May the grace of our Lord Jesus, the love of God and the sweet fellowship of Holy Spirit be with us now and forever, Amen!

Incidentally I know of the fellowship where they don’t said “the grace” but rather they recite “goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I shall dwell in the presence of the Lord forever. While we recite these prayers at the closing of every Christian gathering in many denomination some prays only the latter part (goodness and mercy).  No hard and fast rule though.

Beloved, have you taken time to consider the lines of these prayer called the “the grace.” Have you observed that so many people either leaves before it is said while some are parking their belongings and at the same time  yelling at their children or whoever they came to church to be up standing because it is time to go.

I want to share with you my experience some years back.  I went to church for an evening program and I left in hurry after the announcement and as the pastor was about to close  the service, on my way going, the Spirit of God questioned my leaving the church before the grace was shared. I gave all excuses in the world including (I think then I was nursing a baby and we are having one of our an annual program tagged “Word Feast” and I needed to be part of it).  this is my responses, you know tomorrow is a working day and I needed to get things fixed up at home before going to bed and ready for the next day.

I got a shocking answer that change me from that day on. “Never leave an arena of prayer before the benediction is shared “the grace”. That is my final covering over you as you go. Don’t you also know that it is as good as the full service.” I could not believe what I was hearing but that is the instruction from above. And ever since then I cannot remember leaving any service before “the grace” is shared.

And on one occasion there was traffic and I drove into the church just as the Man of God was about to share the grace and I was still rushing in, and someone just said to me “they are about to share the grace,” at that information I have to increase my steps as I remember what the Holy Spirit told me that it is as good as full sermon or service. Take out time to meditate on these things for I believe the Spirit of God is one.

Beloved, it is possible before now you have not really given a special consideration to this prayer, like I said earlier even babies who are learning to make speeches also recite it when adult are saying same.

Do you know that as simple as that it is, it invokes the power of the Triune God over your life? I want you from today onward to make it part of your prayer if you have not been doing that, then go a step further to be still while you saying it and finally teach others also to do same.

It is grace that brings you before the Throne to receive and be blessed by the God. Beloved, we are covered with iniquities therefore cannot access the Throne except through the blood of Jesus Christ.

Also beloved do you that without grace the level of your good deeds will be limited.  The work of grace in our lives are inestimable. Without grace you despair. Grace helps us to mature in the Word and work of God. Our loving and caring for one other is just by grace not by desire because your desire to love and help may either be limited or hindered but for grace that breaks all bounds. 2 Cor 8:7; 9:8, 14; Eph 4:7, 14-15

We are instructed that our speeches be seasoned with grace, You know some people can kill with words that proceeds out from the mouth, but the word of God warns us in Col 4:6; Jas 3:8 against such.

May His grace so abound in us that we bring honour unto Him alone.

Come and see the wonders of grace from God Himself, as depicts by our topic today. Are you afraid of the heavy cloud over you? We need not be as the heavier they are the better it becomes for you when it’s let down as rain afterall. My prayer for you that every clouds that is holding your glory must let it down as showers of rain over you in Jesus Name.  let us rn to our God who hath not turn away our prayer.

Now, let’s go digging further:

 

“If the clouds be full of rain, they empty themselves upon the earth.” Eccl. 11:3

Why, then, do we dread the clouds which now darken our sky? True, for a while they hide the sun, but the sun is not quenched; he will shine out again before long. Meanwhile those black clouds are filled with rain; and the blacker they are, the more likely they are to yield plentiful showers. How can we have rain without clouds?

Our troubles have always brought us blessings, and they always will. They are the dark chariots of bright grace. These clouds will empty themselves before long, and every tender herb will be the gladder for the shower. Our God may drench us with grief, but He will not drown us with wrath; nay, He will refresh us with mercy. Our Lord’s love-letters often come to us in black-edged envelopes. His wagons rumble, but they are loaded with benefit. His rod blossoms with sweet flowers and nourishing fruits. Let us not worry about the clouds, but sing because May flowers are brought to us through the April clouds and showers.

O Lord, the clouds are the dust of thy feet! How near thou art in the cloudy and dark day! Love beholds thee, and is glad. Faith sees the clouds emptying themselves and making the little hills rejoice on every side.

What do you have to say about the next message before us, let’s find out what:

“Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer.” Psalm 66:20

In looking back upon the character of our prayers, if we do it honestly, we shall be filled with wonder that God has ever answered them. There may be some who think their I prayers worthy of acceptance—as the Pharisee did; but the true Christian, in a more enlightened retrospect, weeps over his prayers, and if he could retrace his steps he would desire to pray more earnestly. Remember, Christian, how cold thy prayers have been. When in thy closet thou shouldst have wrestled as Jacob did; but instead thereof, thy petitions have been faint and few—far removed from that humble, believing, persevering faith, which cries, “I will not let Thee go except Thou bless me.” Yet, wonderful to say, God has heard these cold prayers of thine, and not only heard, but answered them.

 Reflect also, how infrequent have been thy prayers, unless thou hast been in trouble, and then thou hast gone often to the mercy-seat: but when deliverance has come, where has been thy constant supplication? Yet, notwithstanding thou hast ceased to pray as once thou didst, God has not ceased to bless. When thou hast neglected the mercy-seat, God has not deserted it, but the bright light of the Shekinah has always been visible between the wings of the cherubim.

Oh! it is marvellous that the Lord should regard those intermittent spasms of importunity which come and go with our necessities. What a God is He thus to hear the prayers of those who come to Him when they have pressing wants, but neglect Him when they have received a mercy; who approach Him when they are forced to come, but who almost forget to address Him when mercies are plentiful and sorrows are few.

Let His gracious kindness in hearing such prayers touch our hearts, so that we may henceforth be found “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit.”

Beloveth, is it your picture that was painted above? Do you use God or you love God? (Jn 21:15.) We must pay attention to our prayer life. Our prayer altar must always have its coals of fire on. Never let ashes not cover your prayer altar. May it not be characterized with sluggishness and slumber.

Be alive both in your body and Spirit as it is in Jesus. Pray all manners of prayer as we are being admonish, pray also in the Spirit. And may our prayer answering God accept your request as it proceeds out of your mouth today and always in Jesus Name. Amen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Receive grace to pray and breakthrough 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.