I AM NOT SURPRISED BY WHERE WE ARE NOW RATHER I WOULD HAVE BEEN SURPRISED IF WE ARE NOT HERE BECAUSE I SAW IT AHEAD. IT IS WHAT YOU SEE THAT GOD GIVES TO YOU.
THERE IS NO NATIVE DOCTOR, NECROMANCER, OCCULTIST THAT HAS WHAT YOU HAVE IN CHRIST THE PROBLEM IS THAT YOU CAN’T SEE IT
IT IS ONLY A PRAYING CHURCH THAT BECOMES A GROWING CHURCH AND ONLY AN UNTIRING PRAYING CHURCH REMAINS AN EVER GROWING CHURCH
– Bishop David Oyedepo
Day 9 Evening Session,
21 Days of Prayer and Fasting (10th to 30th January 2022) Communion Service
Jesus again Thank you. Thank you for your help on the prayer altar. Thank you for diverse raw encounters. Receive our thanks in the name of Jesus. Speak to us again tonight and let your name be glorified.
Why Must We Continue to Pray for Church Growth? God’s will is that all men be saved and be brought into heaven’s storehouse which is the Church so they can come to the knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2:4, Psalm 73:17, Jeremiah 3:15-16). He establishes people under his ordained shepherds, so he wants us in church so we can be established and begin to multiply and increase and become representatives of Christ. God wants all men saved and multitudes are still in the valley of decision waiting for where to cast their commitment. Joel 3:13. We are in the last days, the harvest is ripe. Church Growth. We are to go after them both in prayers and in Ingathering engagement. Anything that has to do with church growth demands prayer. You can’t find any New Testament account of Church growth void of prayers. It is only a praying Church that becomes a growing church and only an untiring praying church remains an ever growing church. When you are tired of carrying pregnancy, you are tired of having children. If we don’t know the purpose of a thing, we can get weary at any time and say “is it not enough?”. No, it’s not as long as there are sinners on the street. They are very close to the Church, they sell on the road but never enter here. They greet you goodbye, welcome everyday. As long as they are there we have to be here on the altar of prayer, we have to be on the go, with passionate pursuit for their establishment.
We engage His hand to stay on duty building such local assemblies. John 6:44. The Father is the drawing hand that draws people into Church. It takes prayer to taste church growth, to see it, taste it and keep seeing it takes prayer. Paul may plant, Apollos may water but only God can give the increase (1 Corinthians 3:6). When any Church stops praying, the church stops growing. Don’t mistake the applause of preaching as a growth factor. Behind all of those is prayer.
The flow of the world answers to prayers, the understanding of the world answers to prayers.
Whatever requires the Holy Spirit requires prayers. If anything demands praying without ceasing it is Church growth. You pray now and scatter all the forces resisting it and they regather. Satan left Jesus for a season not for all seasons and he came back and entered into Peter. He was entering anybody he could enter until he entered Judas who sold him.
We have no choice, it is a lifelong obligation for any church that will keep growing. There was a time in Europe when they were selling 1400 Churches. One denomination, why? There were no more people. It takes time to build but to keep life there takes prayers. Endless, ceaseless prayers.
There was a time when in over ten years, one of the most fervent praying churches I grew to know is the Korean Church but a time came for a period of ten years, 10,000 churches shut down. Not by government policy, not by anything. People just won’t come there. They have prayed and they have retired.
– May this Church never retire from praying for souls to be saved, praying for souls to be established.
– May you never retire from praying from strength to strength so you don’t go from weakness to weakness and down and out.
He has answers that no skill can provide, no connection can provide but you get them for free on the altar of prayer so what is the problem? Praying kingdom advancement prayer just brings you into favour with God where He begins to add to you even what you can’t remember to pray. What a plus what an asset.
– We shall not lose it.
We serve a God of addition, so let’s keep calling on Him. Add to your church, build your church Lord, add more men to your Church. Holy Spirit as the Father draws them save them. Lord Jesus keep them and establish them to the uttermost. Every genuine partaker of Church growth enjoys the glow that comes with it. You can’t be part of the growth and not be a partaker of the glow. You are part of the growth, you are entitled to the glow. Wake up, it’s an opportunity. Jeremiah 30:19, Daniel 12:3. For turning men unto righteousness and for every genuine effort made there is a reward. You get rewarded openly by the Lord for your labour.
God all through the Acts of the Apostles you always see addition in the number of congregations. Addition, great multiplications. When God adds nobody can subtract, when God lifts no one can bring down.
Mark 4:1,8:1, Luke 12:1
Christ the Head of the Church is a Messiah of multitudes. We are not wasting our time praying for Church Growth, we are securing our glorious destiny.
Lift up your two hands and receive grace to keep engaging tirelessly. This God never lies. Receive grace to be part of this chariot for life.
You are here in this service tonight so you can make the most of this season. We live in a depressed world, you and I need Jesus to stay above all that depresses the world around us.
We are about to take this communion, I like you to believe God for an eye opening miracle. Nothing keeps a man going like what he sees ahead of him. Man is so myopic, he hardly sees beyond his nose. Lord via this communion tonight, let the scale in my spiritual eyes drop off. Help me to see those amazing things you have set before me. You can’t beat Paul out of the faith, he already has gone to the third heaven.
So he saw the glamour, the beauty, the aroma of heaven. So he knew he couldn’t die in the sea. He was going to heaven smiling (2 Timothy 4:7). You can’t see a great tomorrow and be depressed. There is no breakthrough here that is recognized as anything on the other side. You can’t see this glory, this glamour, this splendor and give up on following Jesus. Jesus gave His disciples bread and their eyes were opened.
– Today, your eyes will be opened.
This is where the Church gets stranded. If you know what I have and compare it with what you say you have and are rich, you are wretched and miserable. You can’t see how poor you are because you can’t see how rich what is ahead of you is. Sweet Heaven.
– Every spiritually blind eye that can’t see a future in their following God will be healed via this communion.
He heals all manner of sicknesses and diseases. He does refer any case to anybody. He is the only one that speaks to the dead, there is no medical expert that speaks to the dead. He has the key to your total healing, health and restoration.
– This table tonight will set you free permanently.
Believe God for the opening of your two eyes to see the wonders set before you. Lord open my spiritual eyes to behold the wondrous things that lay ahead of me. Help me to see the crown of glory that pertains to those who turn many to righteousness. Help me to see the end of those who are genuinely following God. Help me to stay burning for you all my days.
– As each one of us partakes of this tonight, spiritual shortsightedness that makes people give up on God is taken off your life.
You must have heard me say I am not surprised where we are now, it is the good hand of the Lord. I would have been surprised if we were not there now because I saw it ahead. You can’t see goodness, greatness, divine backing ahead and be troubled. It is not been able to see it. There is no native doctor, necromancer, occultist that has what you have. Just that you can’t see it. “All the land which thou seest, I give to you”. You can’t see it, I can’t give you.
– Spiritual shortsightedness is healed tonight.
– Spiritual long-sightedness is healed tonight.
– Receive your full blown perfect sight.