WE LIVE IN A WORLD THAT IS FULL OF WEARY AND HEAVY-LADEN PEOPLE.
IN THESE LAST DAYS, THE EARTH WILL BURN LIKE AN OVEN AND WE ARE SEEING IT ALREADY.
THERE IS DRYNESS EVERYWHERE IN THE WORLD AND PEOPLE ARE LOOKING FOR THE PLACE OF REFRESHING.
GOD IS MAKING THE CHURCH IN THESE LAST DAYS AN OASIS IN THE DESERT, WHERE THERE IS A PLACE OF REFRESHING, WHERE PEOPLE ARE COCOONED UNDER GOD, WHEN OTHERS ARE FEELING THE HEAT IN LIFE.
AS WE PRAY AND FAST, GOD BEGINS TO CREATE AN OASIS IN THE MIDST OF THE DESERT.
EVERY WORD THAT ADDRESSES THE LIVES OF PEOPLE COMES DIRECTLY FROM THE THRONE OF GOD AND THAT IS WHY WE ENGAGE THE ALTAR OF PRAYER.
THE WORD OF GOD IS ALSO THE KEY TO THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE MULTITUDES THAT COME.
THE ETERNAL WORD BRINGS ETERNAL ESTABLISHMENT.
-Pastor David Oyedepo Jr
Day 5, Evening Session
21 Days of Prayer and Fasting (10th to 30th January 2022)
Our Father, tonight we have come with gratitude in our hearts to give glory and praise, for all the encounters that You have given us since we began to access this mountain of prayer and fasting.
We give all the glory unto You. Lord, tonight, our eyes are on You, we ask that You will speak to us, let Your Word transform us. We thank You because we know it is done, in Jesus precious name we have prayed.
Our line of exhortation in our evening prayer session this week has been:
PRAYER AND FASTING: THE LIVEWIRE OF EVERY GROWING CHURCH
From scriptures, the end time agenda of God is to see to the advancement of His Church on the earth, so much so that the kingdoms of this world are to become the kingdoms of our God and of His Christ – Revelation 11:15
This is why we are told in the end time; the mountain of the Lord’s House is to be exalted above all mountains and all hills and all nations will flow into it – Isaiah 2:1-2
Therefore, from scriptures, it is clear that the last days are ordained as days of supernatural growth for the Church of Christ – Zechariah 2:4
God has ordained the end time Church as a Church of multitudes but this agenda of God cannot be fulfilled in the energy of the flesh – Zechariah 4:6
Therefore, if it will be fulfilled, we require the engagement of God’s hand, because whatever God’s mouth speaks, it takes His hand to perform.
To engage the hand of God, you and I must understand that we must engage it via a spiritual channel.
HOW DO WE ENGAGE GOD’S HAND FOR THE BUILDING OF HIS CHURCH AS HE HAS ORDAINED IN THIS LAST TIME?
We must understand that prayer is God’s wisdom for provoking supernatural Church growth. Prayer – Isaiah 66:7-8
From scriptures we are made to see that the travail refers to prayer. As we engage the altar of prayer, backing it up with fasting, we begin to see the hand of God manifest, provoking supernatural Church growth.
Quickly tonight, what does prayer and fasting do that provokes supernatural Church growth? We’ll look at 2 things very quickly tonight and I believe God that we shall see the order of growth that we have never seen before; that which eyes have not seen, ears have not heard, it has not entered the heart of man, we will see it this year.
1. Fresh revelation in the Word which is provoked by prayer is one of the keys to supernatural growth.
As we pray and we fast, there is the unleashing of fresh revelation.
Acts 6:4, 7 – The Word of God increased. As prayer increased, the Word of God increased.
Acts 19:20 – From scriptures, we are made to see that as we engage the altar of prayer, there is the increase of the Word. Never forget, according to scriptures, wherever the revelation of the Word is found, the multitudes will be gathered.
Acts 13:44, Luke 5:1, Luke 12:1
As the Word grows in revelation, the multitudes grow in population. That is why we must keep engaging the altar of prayer and fasting because in doing so, we see the increase of the Word and with the increase of the Word comes the increase of the multitudes.
Matthew 24:28 – Wherever the Word is scattered, the eagles will naturally gather.
In other words, it is the potency of the Word of God that determines the multiplicity of the people. That is why you and I must understand the necessity of engaging in prayer and fasting.
Somebody is saying, “why is prayer and fasting required for revelation?” Because it is the now Word, the sent Word, it is the right Word that changes the story of people and that Word can only be accessed as we go to God in prayer.
Isaiah 50:4 – He openeth my ear, morning by morning to hear as the learned.
Why? Isaiah 50:4 – That I may be able to speak a Word in season to him that is weary.
Every Word that addresses the lives of people comes directly from the throne of God and that is why we engage the altar of prayer, because in doing so, there is the fresh Word, the right Word.
That is why you hear people testifying that “God’s servant was speaking and it was like he was speaking directly to me.”
What is that? The right Word. The Word that the individual requires at that time. That kind of Word can only be accessed as we press on the altar of prayer.
The altar of prayer gives us access to the revelation of the Word of God which in turn brings about the multiplication of the people of God.
Beyond that, we also get to see that the Word of God is also the key to the establishment of the multitudes that come.
John 6:68 – The eternal Word brings eternal establishment.
He (Peter) said, “Thou has the word of eternal life”: Because of the Word we have received, there is nowhere we can go, there is nothing that can shift us, nothing can move us, nothing can disconnect us because of the potency of the Word that we have received.
That is why we pray for the unleashing of the right Word, unleashing of the sent Word, unleashing of the Word in season, unleashing of the Word of eternal life that will bring eternal settlement to the life of every individual.
Prayer and fasting provokes the revelation of the Word of God.
2. We discover that prayer and fasting enhances spiritual refreshing and that refreshing makes the Church like a watered garden whose waters fail not and as a result of that, it causes the sheep to lie down there. It brings spiritual refreshing.
Isaiah 58:6, 11
Why is this so critical? We live in a world that is full of weary people. The Bible makes us to understand in Matthew chapter 11 verses 28 and 29, Jesus said, “come unto Me, all of you that labour, that are heavy laden and I will give you rest…”
We live in a world that is full of people that are weary, that are heavy laden and seeking for times of refreshing.
Why is that so? Because we are told in these last days, the earth will burn like an oven and we are seeing it already – Malachi 4:1-2
There is dryness everywhere in the world and people are looking for the place of refreshing.
This is what is going on in the world around us.
What happens to those who find their way to Zion? “Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord and whose hope the Lord is. He shall be like a tree that is planted by the waters” – Isaiah 17:7-8
Zion is the place of refreshing, outside of Zion, men are famishing. The famine is wild everywhere but in Zion, there is refreshing.
What God is making the Church in these last days is an oasis in the desert, where there is a place of refreshing, where people are cocooned under God, when others are feeling the heat in life.
That is what happens when we pray.
As we pray and fast, God begins to create an oasis in the midst of the desert. The Church becomes that oasis where everyone comes for refreshing.
Acts 3:19 – God’s presence is the fountain of refreshing and that presence is domiciled in Zion.
As we come to the Church, the Church becomes the place of refreshing, particularly as we instigate that process through engagement in prayers and fasting.
That is what God has ordained for these last days. It means as we engage the altar of prayer and fasting, we see God begin to multiply the Word, we see God begin to cause refreshing in the Church and as a result, we see Him begin to multiply the Church.
The beauty of this is this, in the programme of God, everyone that is part of the multiplication must be a partaker of the glorification.
-For you, as you are engaging in advancing the Kingdom of God, be expectant, your hour of glory has come.
Prayer: One Word to Heaven, “Lord, give me grace to remain effective in advancing Your Kingdom on the altar of praying and fasting.”
Receive that grace this evening. Lord, give me grace, to remain effective in advancing Your Kingdom, on the altar of prayer and fasting. Grant unto me grace.
Thank You Father for that grace, in Jesus precious name we have prayed.
That grace shall begin to manifest in your life, in Jesus precious name.
21DaysPF is an acronym for 21 days of Prayer and Fasting