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COVENANT HOUR OF PRAYER

EXHORTATION LINES

Monday, 15th – Saturday, 20th November 2021

Introduction:

  • The more joyful we are the greater our access to revelation – Isa. 12:3/ Phi. 4:4/ Isa. 60:1-3                                                                                                                                                                        

Isa 12:3

3 Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.

Phil 4:4

4 Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.

Isa 60:1-3

Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. 2 For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. 3 And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.

  • It takes joy and rejoicing to provoke divine intervention for our desired breakthroughs in life                                 – 2 Chr. 20:22-24/ Act. 16:25-30

2 Chron 20:22-24

22 And when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten. 23 For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of mount Seir, utterly to slay and destroy them: and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, every one helped to destroy another. 24 And when Judah came toward the watch tower in the wilderness, they looked unto the multitude, and, behold, they were dead bodies fallen to the earth, and none escaped.

Acts 16:25-28

25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. 26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed. 27 And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled. 28 But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here. 29 Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, 30 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?

Our exhortation this week is captioned: ‘Engaging the Power of Joy and Rejoicing.

Monday, 15th November 2021

Engaging the Power of Joy and Rejoicing

  • No man can receive anything except it be given him from above – 1 Cor. 4:7/ Psa. 103:1-5

1 Cor 4:7

7 For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?

Ps 103:1-5

Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. 2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: 3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; 4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; 5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

  • Serving God does not guarantee rewards, but serving God with joy and gladness of heart                                        – Deut. 28:47-48// Jer. 23:34-40

Deut 28:47-48

47 Because thou servedst not the Lord thy God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things; 48 Therefore shalt thou serve thine enemies which the Lord shall send against thee, in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in want of all things: and he shall put a yoke of iron upon thy neck, until he have destroyed thee.

Jer 23:34-37

34 And as for the prophet, and the priest, and the people, that shall say, The burden of the Lord, I will even punish that man and his house. 35 Thus shall ye say every one to his neighbour, and every one to his brother, What hath the Lord answered? and, What hath the Lord spoken? 36 And the burden of the Lord shall ye mention no more: for every man’s word shall be his burden; for ye have perverted the words of the living God, of the Lord of hosts our God. 37 Thus shalt thou say to the prophet, What hath the Lord answered thee? and, What hath the Lord spoken? 38 But since ye say, The burden of the Lord; therefore thus saith the Lord; Because ye say this word, The burden of the Lord, and I have sent unto you, saying, Ye shall not say, The burden of the Lord; 39 Therefore, behold, I, even I, will utterly forget you, and I will forsake you, and the city that I gave you and your fathers, and cast you out of my presence: 40 And I will bring an everlasting reproach upon you, and a perpetual shame, which shall not be forgotten.

  • We must continue to celebrate God for His manifold grace – Psa. 150:6/ Mal. 2:1-3

Ps 150:6

6 Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.

Mal 2:1-3

And now, O ye priests, this commandment is for you. 2 If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto my name, saith the Lord of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed them already, because ye do not lay it to heart. 3 Behold, I will corrupt your seed, and spread dung upon your faces, even the dung of your solemn feasts; and one shall take you away with it.

Tuesday, 16th November 2021

Engaging the Power of Joy and Rejoicing

  • You cannot be joyful and not be praiseful – Jam. 5:13

James 5:13

13 Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.

  • Joy and rejoicing is our covenant way out of every valley of life – Hab. 3:17-19/ Psa. 67:1-7

Hab 3:17-19

17 Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: 18 Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. 19 The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places.

Ps 67

God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us; Selah. 2 That thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations.3 Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee. 4 O let the nations be glad and sing for joy: for thou shalt judge the people righteously, and govern the nations upon earth. Selah. 5 Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee. 6 Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God, shall bless us. 7 God shall bless us; and all the ends of the earth shall fear him.

  • We must beware of murmuring, it destroys – 1 Cor. 10:10/ Psa. 28:5

1 Cor 10:10

10 Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.

Ps 28:5

5 Because they regard not the works of the Lord, nor the operation of his hands, he shall destroy them, and not build them up.

Wednesday, 17th November 2021

Engaging the Power of Joy and Rejoicing

  • God’s presence is our eternal guarantee for victory in every battle of life – Psa. 24:7-10/ Rom. 8:31

Ps 24:7-10

7 Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. 8 Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. 9 Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. 10 Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.

Rom 8:31

31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

  • Joy and rejoicing secure a life fulfilment – Joel 1:11-12/ Psa. 112:1-3

Joel 1:11-12

11 Be ye ashamed, O ye husbandmen; howl, O ye vinedressers, for the wheat and for the barley; because the harvest of the field is perished. 12 The vine is dried up, and the fig tree languisheth; the pomegranate tree, the palm tree also, and the apple tree, even all the trees of the field, are withered: because joy is withered away from the sons of men.

Ps 112:1-3

Praise ye the Lord. Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord, that delighteth greatly in his commandments. 2 His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed. 3 Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever.

  • We must beware of comparing ourselves with others, so we do not get depressed – 2 Cor. 10:12/                 1 Cor. 3:8

2 Cor 10:12

12 For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.

1 Cor 3:8

8 Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.

Thursday, 18th November 2021

Engaging the Power of Joy and Rejoicing

  • A heart-seated gratitude is our covenant access to real joy – Mal. 2:2-3/ Luk. 10:21

Mal 2:2-3

2 If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto my name, saith the Lord of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed them already, because ye do not lay it to heart. 3 Behold, I will corrupt your seed, and spread dung upon your faces, even the dung of your solemn feasts; and one shall take you away with it.

Luke 10:21

21 In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.

  • Gratitude from the heart is what counts the most with God – Isa. 29:13/ 1 Sam. 16:7

Isa 29:13

13 Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:

1 Sam 16:7

7 But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.

  • We must beware of complaining, it provokes the anger of God and robs us of His blessings                              – Num. 11:1/ Rom. 4:17-20

Num 11:1

And when the people complained, it displeased the Lord: and the Lord heard it; and his anger was kindled; and the fire of the Lord burnt among them, and consumed them that were in the uttermost parts of the camp.

Rom 4:17-20

17 (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. 18 Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations; according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. 19 And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara’s womb: 20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;

Friday, 19th November 2021

Engaging the Power of Joy and Rejoicing

  • When God stretches forth His hand to work, no one can turn it back – Isa. 14:27/ Isa. 43:13

Isa 14:27

27 For the Lord of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it? and his hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back?   

Isa 43:13

13 Yea, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let it?

  • It takes joy and rejoicing to possess our possession – Isa. 12:3/ Act. 20:32

Isa 12:3

3 Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.

Acts 20:32

32 And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.

  • But we must beware of questioning God, because God is never to blame no matter what – Job 9:4/ Mat. 11:6

Job 9:4

4 He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who hath hardened himself against him, and hath prospered?

Matt 11:6

6 And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.

Saturday, 20th November 021

Engaging the Power of Joy and Rejoicing

  • It takes joy and rejoicing to commit God to open our prison doors – Acts 16:25-30

Acts 16:25-30

25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. 26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed. 27 And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled. 28 But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here. 29 Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, 30 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?

  • Joy and rejoicing secure our tomorrow – Hab. 3:17-20/ Heb. 12:1-2

Hab 3:17-19

17 Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: 18 Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. 19 The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places.

Heb 12:1-2

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

  • – Matt.  11:6/ Luk 17:1

Matt 11:6

6 And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.

Luke 17:1

Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come!

Jesus is Lord!

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