OFFERING SPIRITUAL SACRIFICE

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Scripture: 1 Peter 2: 5. Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

Beloved, I welcome you to another Moment of Daily Encounter!

Yesterday we established that the primary role of the believers’ priesthood is Prayer. Today, we shall examine the secondary role.

As we begin to flog it out concerning the issue of prayer, which is the believers’ primary role, it is wise for us to lay certain foundation, upon which we can make these prayers and get answers.

A close look at our anchor scripture reveals that once you are born again, you are now a lively stone! Understanding of your true identity has a way of preparing your mind for the ministry of Prayer.

The second thing we notice is that we are to offer spiritual sacrifices! Here comes the question, what exactly are spiritual sacrifices?

The spiritual sacrifices include ;

1. Prayer: This is the primary role of our priesthood! Just like the old testament priest offered incense upon the altar of incense, so also must we continue to offer prayers continually(1Thes.5:17).

Psalm 141: 2. Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.

2. Praises: Praise to God is what we have been wired to do as men. It is easy to praise God when things are rosy but when it turns sour, we often find it difficult to praise.

It is the praise we do at odd times that is referred to as a sacrifice:

Hebrews 13: 15. By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

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Beloved, as we begin the year, make out time to give sacrifice of praise to God (for details of sacrifice of praise check our meditation of 27th December, 2021).

3. Surrendered Will: It is a spiritual sacrifice to offer our will in absolute surrender to the will of God.

Many times God has not helped some of us because our will is not fully surrendered to the will of God and because God always respects our will, He has no choice than to leave us alone with our will!

To have a successful prayer life, we must yield our will and surrender it to the will of God.

This was exactly what Jesus did when He went to pray at Gethsemane! Jesus said:
Luke 22: 42. Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.

4. Surrender your body: Your body is what provides accommodation for your spirit and your soul ( your will).

To have a successful prayer exercise, your body must be surrendered to God. Have you noticed that any day you determine to fast and pray, that is the day you feel hungry the most?

But if your body is fully surrendered to God, you can ignore the hunger and still go ahead with your prayers and fasting. It is only a body surrendered to God that can shun immorality and whatever else could defile the body. The Bible said:

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Romans 12: 1. I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

In conclusion, spiritual sacrifices are what you do in word or do with the intention of bringing glory to God.

As we therefore get prepared for the January fasting and prayer, ensure you have surrendered your will to the Lordship of Jesus, let your will, ambition and aspirations be swallowed up in the will of God.

Then discipline your body to be brought under the submission of Jesus, engage in the mystery of praise even at odd times and you shall have an exciting prayer time this year.

Remember this : Heaven is real and hell is real! To pray and be heard, your will must be surrendered to the Lordship of Jesus. So give your heart to Jesus Jesus today.

Prayer points:

– Father thank you for your word to me today.
– Lord, I surrender my will to yours, let your will be done in my life this year in the name of Jesus.

Prophetic Declaration:
– I prophesy the release of Grace to yield your body and entire life to the Lord for maximum results this year in the name of Jesus.
– I prophesy Supernatural recovery for all your losses in the name of Jesus.

From your brother Alex
God bless you
Happy New Year!

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