BEING A SERVANT OF GOD IS NEITHER A TITLE NOR AN EMBLEM. BEING A SERVANT OF GOD IS A FUNCTION.
PRAYER IS A RESPONSIBILITY GIVEN TO MAN BY GOD. EVERY CHILD OF GOD IS ORDAINED TO BE A PRAYER HOUSE.
THE MORE WE COMMIT OURSELVES TO THE ALTAR OF PRAYER, THE MORE WE ARE ABLE TO SECURE ACCESS TO HIS BLESSING.
AS YOU ENGAGE IN KINGDOM ADVANCEMENT PRAYERS, PARTICULARLY BEGINNING FROM THESE 21 DAYS OF PRAYER AND FASTING, GOD WILL BE RESPONDING WITH BLESSING IN YOUR DIRECTION.
THE LABOUR ROOM OF PRAYER IS THE BIRTH PLACE OF SUPERNATURAL CHURCH GROWTH.
-Pastor David Oyedepo Jr at CHoP
Father, this morning we have come before You with our voices of gratitude, for answering and hearing every one of our prayers.
Thank You Lord for the testimonies we have heard, they are Your doings and they are marvellous in our eyes. We give You all the praise and all the glory. Now Lord we come before Your Word, asking that You speak to us and that Your Word will transform each one of us. We thank You because we know it is done already, in Jesus precious name, we have prayed.
On this 1st day of the 21 days prayers and fasting, we shall be examining God’s Word upon this mountain and we are looking at this exhortation that is captioned:
KINGDOM ADVANCEMENT PRAYER IS EVERY BELIEVER’S RESPONSIBILITY
From scriptures, we understand that the House of God is ordained as a House of prayer.
In the same vein, every child of God is ordained a Prayer House.
Why is that so? According to God’s Word, every child of God is God’s building – 1 Corinthians 3:9
We are also told in 1 Corinthians chapter 6 verse 19 that our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. That is why it is written, “men ought always to pray and not to faint” – Luke 18:1
Prayer is a responsibility given to man by God. Every child of God is ordained to be a Prayer House – Romans 12:11-12
Every child of God is ordained to be a consistent prayer house where prayers are consistently and ceaselessly offered unto God.
1 Peter 2:5
Everyone of us is being built up into a spiritual house where there is a consistent flow of spiritual sacrifices which represent prayers, transactions between Heaven and earth, in the realm of the spirit. That is God’s ordination for every child of God. Church Gist. You and I are ordained to be spiritual prayer houses. That is God’s ordination for every child of God.
But praying Kingdom advancement prayer is God’s set priority for our prayer lives – Matthew 6:9-10
God makes it very clear that when it comes to the altar of prayer, Kingdom advancement prayer is expected to be our priority. That is why all this week, we are looking at this subject: Kingdom Advancement Prayer is Every Believer’s Responsibility. You are to be offering it unto God continuously. It is to continuously be our lifestyle.
-I pray that upon this mountain, the grace, the unction required, the spirit that powers prayers and supplication will come afresh upon each one of us. As a reason of that, Kingdom advancement prayers shall become your own lifestyle.
Let’s take examples from scriptures. We look at:
The example of Abraham: Abraham was a business emperor but also described as a notable servant of God and he manifested his servanthood by tireless intercession – Psalm 105:42
Being a servant of God is not a title, being a servant of God is not an emblem. Being a servant of God is a function and here we find God Himself putting the record of Abraham as being a servant of God. Church Gist. Abraham was a business emperor but yet described by God as a servant.
We see how Abraham stood to intercede on the behalf of Sodom and Gomorrah for the rescue of the land. He was a tireless intercessor and the outcome of his life of consistent stewardship in Genesis chapter 24 verse 1: Abraham was old and well stricken in age: and the Lord had blessed him in all things.
Every department of life was saturated by the blessing of God because Heaven was saturated by the altar of prayer.
You see the more we commit ourselves to the altar of prayer, the more we are able to secure access to His blessing. Abraham was not praying for blessing, he was praying for the rescue of Sodom and Gomorrah, but God was responding in blessing.
-For somebody here, as you engage in Kingdom advancement prayers, particularly beginning from these 21 days of prayer and fasting, God will be responding with blessing in your direction.
You heard the two testimonies read. The first person said that he engaged in Kingdom advancement prayers, by the 4th day, the miracle job landed. The other one said they engaged in Kingdom advancement prayers and refused to even pray for themselves, having waited for the fruit of the womb for years. But suddenly, God stepped in and the miracle baby arrived.
-Whatever your own desired miracle is, it will arrive in your life speedily in the name of Jesus Christ.
WHAT ARE WE TO PRAY?
We must continue to pray for ever increasing Church growth. According to God’s Word, the labour room of prayer is the birth place of supernatural Church growth.
The birth process for souls into the Kingdom of God and the House of God is the process of prayer. Prayer is described as spiritual labour. What labour is to the birth of a child is what prayer is to the growth of the Church. If the Church will continue to grow, the Church must continue to pray.
We have an example in scriptures, in the Book of Acts chapter 6 verse 4 to 7
He said, “we will give ourselves continually to prayer”: we will not stop our engagement on the altar of prayer and as a result of that, we saw the Church continued to grow.
“The Word increased, the number of disciples multiplied” – Acts 6:7. Even the priests that were chronic resisters, who were opposers of the gospel, He said, “a great number of them became obedient to the faith.”
In other words, as they engaged the altar of prayer, every barrier to growth was broken and the Church began to expand to realms that had never been seen before this.
-The good news is this, as we pray in this season, we shall see the Church expanding to realms we have never experienced before.
-We shall see the Church expand to realms we have never seen before. The growth shall be unprecedented.
The reason why prayer is so vital is because there is no agenda of God that can be delivered in the energy of the flesh. So we engage the altar of prayer to invoke the intervention of God.
Zechariah 4:6, 1 Samuel 2:9
The growth of the Church cannot take place by the energy of men, it is the intervention of God, but we engage Him on the altar of prayer.
-We shall see His hand like never before in the name of Jesus Christ.
The beauty is this: that turning many to righteousness through prayers among others will make a star out of any believer. So you are not serving God for nothing. As you are engaging on the altar of prayer, seeing to the turning of men to righteousness, your star begins to rise. Your star begins to rise!
-For you, this season shall be the season of rising. Your star will rise.
-As you engage, your star will rise.
Prayers: Receive from God grace. Lord, I receive grace to engage profitably in this season, to engage acceptably in this season, to engage ‘reward-ably’ in this season. Lord, I receive grace to be effective on the altar of prayer. I offer my body O Lord, as that house, that spiritual house where spiritual sacrifices of prayer are offered unto Heaven, in the name of Jesus Christ.
Take grace this morning. I receive that grace. Thank You mighty God and blessed be Your holy name, in Jesus precious name we have prayed.
CHoP is an acronym for Covenant Hour of Prayer