Covenant Hour of Prayer: Kingdom Advancement Prayer is Every Believers’ Responsibility

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Covenant Hour of Prayer

 Exhortation Lines (Week 1)

Introduction

  • From scriptures, we understand that the house of God is ordained a house of prayer –Mak. 11:17                                                                                                                                                                                                

Mark 11:17

17 And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.   

  • In the same vein, every child of God is ordained ‘a prayer house’ because we are God’s building, we are the temple of the Holy Ghost – 1Cor. 6:19/ 1Cor. 3:9

1 Cor 6:19

19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?   

1 Cor 3:9

9 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.   

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  • But praying kingdom advancement prayer is the God set priority for our prayer life – Mat. 6:9-10

Matt 6:9-10

9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.   

  • Our exhortation line this week is: Kingdom Advancement Prayer is Every Believers’ Responsibility

Monday | Kingdom Advancement Prayer is Every Believers’ Responsibility

  • Abraham a business emperor was a notable servant of God and a tireless intercessor                                       – Psa. 105:42/ Gen. 18:20-33/ Gen. 24:1

Ps 105:42

42 For he remembered his holy promise, and Abraham his servant.   

Gen 18:20-33 [ABRIDGED]

20 And the Lord said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous; 21 I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know. 22 And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before the Lord. 23 And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked? 24 Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein? 25 That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right? 26 And the Lord said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes.   

VS:32-33

32 And he said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten’s sake. 33 And the Lord went his way, as soon as he had left communing with Abraham: and Abraham returned unto his place.   

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Gen 24:1

And Abraham was old, and well stricken in age: and the Lord had blessed Abraham in all things.   

  • But What Are We to Pray? We must continue to pray for ever increasing church growth.
  • The labour room of prayer is the birthplace of supernatural church growth – Isa. 66:7-8/ Acts 6:4/7

Isa 66:7-8

7 Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child. 8 Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.   

Acts 6:4/7

4 But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.     7 And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.   

  • Turning many to righteousness through prayer among others, will make a star of any believer –  Dan. 12:3

Dan 12:3

3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.   

Tuesday | Kingdom Advancement Prayer is Every Believers’ Responsibility

  • Daniel, the prime minister of Babylon was a servant of God that prayed three times a day                             – Dan 6:20/ Dan. 6:10

Dan 6:20

20 And when he came to the den, he cried with a lamentable voice unto Daniel: and the king spake and said to Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God, whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee from the lions?   

Dan 6:10

10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.   

  • But what are we to pray? We must continue to pray for souls to be saved across our harvest field –Jn 16:7-11

John 16:7-11

7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. 8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 Of sin, because they believe not on me; 10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; 11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.   

  • We must put up a fight to disarm the enemy and release his captives for salvation                                           – Luk. 11:21-22/ Isa. 49:24-26

Luke 11:21-22

21 When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace: 22 But when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils.   

Isa 49:24-26

24 Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captive delivered? 25 But thus saith the Lord, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children. 26 And I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh; and they shall be drunken with their own blood, as with sweet wine: and all flesh shall know that I the Lord am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.   

  • Doing what God commands at all times will continue to change our levels supernaturally                             – Luk. 19:15-19

Luke 19:15-19

15 And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading. 16 Then came the first, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds. 17 And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities. 18 And the second came, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds. 19 And he said likewise to him, Be thou also over five cities.   

Wednesday | Kingdom Advancement Prayer is Every Believers’ Responsibility

  • Job the greatest businessman of his days was a renowned servant of God, given to a life of prayer – Job 1:8/ Job 42:10

Job 1:8

8 And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?   

Job 42:10

10 And the Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.   

  • But what are we to pray? We must continue to pray for all our new converts and new members to be established in the faith and in this church
  • When we pray for new converts, we shut the door against the manipulation of the devil targeted at drawing them back from the faith Luk. 11:24-26/ Gal. 4:19/ Col. 4:12

Luke 11:24-26

24 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out. 25 And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished. 26 Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first.   

Gal 4:19

19 My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you,   

Col 4:12

12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.   

  • God who sees our labour of prayer in secret is committed to reward us openly – Mat. 6:6/7-8

Matt 6:6-8

6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. 7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. 8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

Thursday | Kingdom Advancement Prayer is Every Believers’ Responsibility

  • David was king of Israel, a servant of God, prayed three times a day – Psa. 89:20-24/ Psa. 55:17

Ps 89:20-24

20 I have found David my servant; with my holy oil have I anointed him: 21 With whom my hand shall be established: mine arm also shall strengthen him. 22 The enemy shall not exact upon him; nor the son of wickedness afflict him. 23 And I will beat down his foes before his face, and plague them that hate him. 24 But my faithfulness and my mercy shall be with him: and in my name shall his horn be exalted.

Ps 55:17

17 Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.   

  • But what are we to pray? We must continue to Pray for the needs of church members to be met.
  • Praying for members turns their challenges into testimonies, thereby establishing them in the church – Phi. 1:19/ Gal. 6:2/ Psa. 23:6

Phil 1:19

19 For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,   

Gal 6:2

2 Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.   

Ps 23:6

6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.   

  • Scripturally, what we pray for others, God makes happen for us – Eph. 6:8/ Job 42:10

Eph 6:8

8 Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.   

Job 42:10

10 And the Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.   

  • God is the rewarder of those who diligently seek HimHeb. 11:6

Heb 11:6

6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.   

Friday | Kingdom Advancement Prayer is Every Believers’ Responsibility

  • Nehemiah was a steward in the king’s palace, but he was given to a life of prayer and fasting for the restoration of the glory of Jerusalem – Neh. 1:4-11/ Neh. 2:1-10

Neh 1:1-11 [ABRIDGED]

4 And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven, 5 And said, I beseech thee, O Lord God of heaven, the great and terrible God, that keepeth covenant and mercy for them that love him and observe his commandments: 6 Let thine ear now be attentive, and thine eyes open, that thou mayest hear the prayer of thy servant, which I pray before thee now, day and night, for the children of Israel thy servants, and confess the sins of the children of Israel, which we have sinned against thee: both I and my father’s house have sinned.   

VS:11

11 O Lord, I beseech thee, let now thine ear be attentive to the prayer of thy servant, and to the prayer of thy servants, who desire to fear thy name: and prosper, I pray thee, thy servant this day, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man. For I was the king’s cupbearer.   

Neh 2:1-8

And it came to pass in the month Nisan, in the twentieth year of Artaxerxes the king, that wine was before him: and I took up the wine, and gave it unto the king. Now I had not been beforetime sad in his presence. 2 Wherefore the king said unto me, Why is thy countenance sad, seeing thou art not sick? this is nothing else but sorrow of heart. Then I was very sore afraid, 3 And said unto the king, Let the king live for ever: why should not my countenance be sad, when the city, the place of my fathers’ sepulchres, lieth waste, and the gates thereof are consumed with fire? 4 Then the king said unto me, For what dost thou make request? So I prayed to the God of heaven. 5 And I said unto the king, If it please the king, and if thy servant have found favour in thy sight, that thou wouldest send me unto Judah, unto the city of my fathers’ sepulchres, that I may build it. 6 And the king said unto me, (the queen also sitting by him,) For how long shall thy journey be? and when wilt thou return? So it pleased the king to send me; and I set him a time. 7 Moreover I said unto the king, If it please the king, let letters be given me to the governors beyond the river, that they may convey me over till I come into Judah; 8 And a letter unto Asaph the keeper of the king’s forest, that he may give me timber to make beams for the gates of the palace which appertained to the house, and for the wall of the city, and for the house that I shall enter into. And the king granted me, according to the good hand of my God upon me.   

  • We must continue to pray to grow in our love for God – Rom. 5:5/                       Rom. 8:28/ 1 Cor. 2:9

Rom 5:5

5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.   

Rom 8:28

28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.   

1 Cor 2:9

9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.   

  • Jn 21:15-17/ Song. 8:7/                           1Thes. 5:17

John 21:15-17

15 So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. 16 He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. 17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.   

Song 8:7

7 Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: if a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would utterly be contemned.   

1 Thess 5:17

17 Pray without ceasing.   

  • Our labour of love will always be remembered by God for rewards Heb. 6:10/ Neh. 5:14

Heb 6:10

10 For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.   

Neh 5:14

14 Moreover from the time that I was appointed to be their governor in the land of Judah, from the twentieth year even unto the two and thirtieth year of Artaxerxes the king, that is, twelve years, I and my brethren have not eaten the bread of the governor.   

Saturday | Kingdom Advancement Prayer is Every Believers’ Responsibility

  • Paul the apostle, a servant of God was a great intercessor – Rom. 1:1/ Gal. 4:19

Rom 1:1

Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,   

Gal 4:19

19 My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you,   

  • But what are we to pray? We must continue to pray for fresh revelation from our pulpit.
  • Increase of the word will always lead to supernatural church growth – Mat. 24:28/ Acts 6:7

Matt 24:28

28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.   

Acts 6:7

7 And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.   

  • But it takes prayer and intercession to command increasing revelation – 2Thes. 3:1/ Eph. 6:19

2 Thess 3:1

Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:   

Eph 6:19

19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,   

  • Seeking first the kingdom of God endears us to God for favourMat. 6:33/ Psa. 102:13-15

Matt 6:33

33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.   

Ps 102:13-15

13 Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come. 14 For thy servants take pleasure in her stones, and favour the dust thereof. 15 So the heathen shall fear the name of the Lord, and all the kings of the earth thy glory.

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