ONE OF THE GREATEST LESSONS I HAVE LEARNT FROM BISHOP DAVID OYEDEPO IS, “THERE IS ALWAYS WHAT WE MUST DO FOR GOD TO MOVE.”
UNTIL GOD’S MATTERS MATTER TO YOU, YOUR MATTER WILL NOT MATTER BEFORE GOD.
IF WE TRULY LOVE GOD, WE WILL SERVE HIM IN SEASON AND OUT OF SEASON.
IF OUR LOVE IS GENUINE, IT WILL NOT BE CONDITIONAL IN OUR STEWARDSHIP.
ARE YOU SERVING GOD FOR WHAT YOU CAN GET FROM HIM OR BECAUSE YOU REALLY LOVE HIM
NEVER FORGET THAT OUR LABOUR OF LOVE WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED BY GOD FOR REWARDS
-Pastor Steve Ogah at CHoP
Our Father, again this morning, we thank You for the blessing of a brand-new day and every testimony in stock for everyone here this morning. As we go into Your Word, speak to each and everyone of us and bless every soul represented here.
It is my privilege this morning, as given of God and of His servant, my father, to bring quickly a Word of exhortation this morning. Since the week began, we have been looking at the subject:
KINGDOM ADVANCEMENT PRAYER IS EVERY BELIEVER’S RESPONSIBILITY
Please understand this morning, every child of God whether male or female, young or old is ordained of God to pray continuously and endlessly. We are ordained of God to continue to pray ceaselessly.
Luke 18:1, 1 Thessalonians 5:17
For the believer, prayer is not an admonishment, it is not a suggestion, it is a command. We saw that clearly depicted in Matthew chapter 6 verse 5 and 7
The question is, ‘How are we commanded to pray? What is the protocol that guarantees answers on the prayer altar?’
We are ordained to keep praying Kingdom advancement prayer continuously and endlessly.
When we talk about Kingdom advancement prayers, we are simply talking about Kingdom centered prayers, Kingdom focused prayers, Kingdom promoting prayers.
Jesus began to show and unveil to us the protocol that guarantees answers on the prayer altar and He said, “after this manner therefore pray ye…” – Matthew 6:9-10
Kingdom centered prayers are simply ‘Thy Kingdom come’-order of prayers; ‘thy will be done on earth’-order of prayers. Never forget this truth that the Kingdom of God is a Kingdom of responsibilities. There are tasks, there are duties, there are responsibilities assigned, as ordained by God for every man.
One of my greatest lessons I have learnt from my father, he said, “there is always what we must do for God to move.” There is always what man must do for this God to move.
God’s Word, we understand also from scriptures, filled with examples of men and women who engaged in the mystery of praying Kingdom centered prayers; we see all the amazing testimonies and changes that erupted in their lives.
There are set patterns that must be followed if prayers must be answered and the scripture is very clear. Set patterns that every believer must subscribe to if prayers must be answered.
All these things will be added – Matthew 6:33
You will not need to struggle for them, they will be added unto thee.
In the world of Economics, there is what they call scale of preference where we begin to arrange our wants and needs in the order of priorities and relative importance. So it is in the Kingdom of God, so it is on the altar of prayers.
God is saying simply, “you want to get all the things that the world is crying to get, there is a pattern to follow: keep ye first the Kingdom, keep pushing the advancement of the Kingdom, keep pushing for the promotion of the Kingdom; and every other thing you will ever need or desire will be added to you.”
-There is somebody here, you are returning with a testimony this morning.
Now we see the example of Nehemiah in scriptures. Nehemiah was a steward in the King’s palace but was a man given to a lifestyle of prayer and fasting for the restoration of the glory of Jerusalem.
When we read critically that story from Nehemiah chapter 1 verse 4 to 11
Nehemiah was comfortable in the palace of the King. In the natural he had no concerns but when he heard the story of what had happened in Jerusalem
The story of Nehemiah simply was this, the matters of God touched his heart to the point that his own comfort was of no essence any more.
Please hear this truth: until God’s matters matter to you, your matter will not matter before God.
Until the agenda of the Kingdom becomes priority in our lives, our own matters will not concern God –
-For somebody here, God will hear your cry this morning.
We see many believers today praying for the advancement of the Kingdom, praying for the growth of the Church, they say, “why am I praying? God does not need my prayer to grow His Church!”
“Pray for the retention of new converts and the establishment of new members”: If they want to stay, let them stay. My own desires are too many, I have not finished packaging my needs and presenting them before God and you are asking me to pray for the advancement of the Kingdom?
Hear this: the God that answers prayers, the One to whom you and I come to pray on the prayer altar, He is saying, “For Me to answer your prayers, there is a set protocol: seek ye first My Kingdom. Keep pushing for the advancement of My agenda and every other need of yours will be added to you cheaply.”
-There is somebody in the house this morning, you are returning with the biggest testimony.
WHAT ARE WE TO PRAY FOR?
We must continue to pray to grow in our love for God. We must continue to pray to keep growing in our love for God.
The stronger our love for God, the greater our commitment to the advancement of His agenda,
Please hear this, this morning saints of God, if we truly love this God, we will serve Him in season and out of season.
If our love is genuine, it will not be conditional in our stewardship.
Jesus began to ask Peter a solid question, a love question. He said to him, “Simon, lovest thou Me more than these?”
If you read that chapter (John 21) from verse 1 to 14, you will begin to see the encounter that Jesus had with His disciples. They were out fishing all night and they caught nothing and Jesus got on scene; He said, “cast your net on the right side.” At the instance that they did, they enclosed of fishes – John 21:6
Jesus began to unveil the superiority of divinity, raw before their faces. As they dragged themselves out of the waters, they got there and there was provision of fish, fire, bread, everything, already set before them.
Jesus said, “bring all the fish you have caught” – John 21:10
The Bible said they dragged the net, great multitudes but the net did not break– John 21:11
Jesus began to ask them, “lovest thou Me more than these things? Are you serving Me for what you can get from Me or you are serving Me because you love Me?” – John 21:15
That is the question God is asking every believer today: Are you serving because of what you can get or because you genuinely love Me?
As I close this morning, never forget our labour of love will always be remembered by God for rewards – Hebrews 6:10
-It is my prayer this morning, for everyone here that our love level for God will continue to change levels.
Prayers: Receive grace to keep loving God all the days of your life. Receive that grace this morning, for our love level to keep changing.
Lord, continue to change my love level for You. Thank You precious Father, in Jesus mighty name we have prayed.
CHoP is an acronym for Covenant Hour of Prayer.