THE TRANSFORMATION THAT WILL TAKE PLACE IN YOUR LIFE BY THIS 21 DAYS PRAYER AND FASTING, GENERATIONS YET UNBORN WILL HEAR OF IT.
WE MAY PRAY CORPORATELY BUT TRANSFORMATION TAKES PLACE INDIVIDUALLY. GOD DOES NOT TRANSFORM GROUPS, HE TRANSFORMS INDIVIDUALS.
REAL ENGAGEMENT WITH GOD IN PRAYER BEGINS FROM THE HEART.
Pastor (Mrs.) Faith Oyedepo
Day 9 Morning Session,
21 Days of Prayer and Fasting (10th to 30th January 2022)
Father this morning, we thank you for answered prayers. Accept our thanks in Jesus name. Right now as we go into your word change our story again, give us spiritual understanding. Grant us grace for performance and let your name alone be glorified in Jesus powerful name we have prayed.
In our morning prayers all through this week, the subject we are looking at is captioned PRAYER DOES NOT JUST CHANGE THINGS, PRAYER CHANGES PEOPLE.
- You shall be changed.
We have been taught over and over that when we pray, we pray to get results. However we don’t pray to get results, we also pray for transformation. Your prayers in time past, God has been answering but from this moment forward, you and I will continue to be transformed. Very importantly, we must understand that there is transformative power in prayer. Yes! Results are produced but beyond the results, we get transformed.
Today is the third day of the third three day module of this prayer and fasting. The Bible says on the third day, He will raise us up. To be raised up means your position will change. Therefore watch out because before this day runs out, your position spiritually, mentally, physically will change for the better.
We see this all through scriptures and in our contemporary life.
God’s servant has shared with us how that one time he went out to pray on the mountain and he said to the Lord “show me the secret behind the book of Ezekiel”.
After the three days of prayer and fasting, he was descending from the mountain and God said to him clearly “from today, I have touched your tongue with the coal of fire as you say it you will see it”. That is transformation, that is not just answers to prayer.
That transformation that he had several years ago, we see that having effect in the lives of many up till today. That is why he can say to this “go” and it goes.
That’s why he can speak a word and it happens, that’s why men of the underworld will see a Winners sticker anywhere and say “let them go, carry your trouble go, set them free” because a man was transformed.
- The transformation that will take place in your life and my life by this 21 days prayer and fasting, generations yet unborn will hear of it.
In scriptures we see the example of a man called Jacob that we are going to be looking at today. Genesis 32:24-28. We may pray corporately but transformation takes place individually. Jacob was left alone, before this time he was in the company of people but for him to be transformed he had to be left alone. We may pray corporately but transformation takes place individually. God does not transform groups, He transforms individuals.
- You are the next to be transformed.
Jacob was a man that prevailed on the altar of prayer and would not let go on the altar until he was transformed. He returned with a change of name, not just answers to prayer.
- There is someone here under the sound of my voice before the end of this prayer and fasting, you will also return with a change of name.
Jacob ‘s name was changed from Jacob to Israel. You may not necessarily change the name that you bear but your name must change from stagnation to progress. Your name must change from sickness to health. Your name must change from poverty to prosperity.
I don’t know what area to desire a change of name, the good news is it is available right now. Say it convincingly ‘NOW’. There is power in what you say, as you say it you will see it.
Jacob’s name was changed and immediately the effect was feasible, he was no longer the deceptive Jacob, his life was transformed and then he became a father of many nations.
- Your generations yet unborn will thank God for your life. They will pray in the name of your God by virtue of the transformation that will take place in your life.
How do we get transformed on the altar of prayer? By engagement. Prayer engages us. James 4:8. When we draw near to God, God draws near to us. In other words, when we engage with God in prayer, then He engages us thereby transforming us. Jacob engaged on the altar of prayer and that angel engaged with him and then he was transformed.
As we commune with God, as we talk with him and he talks back with him on the altar of prayer, we get transformed. When it is time to pray, please engage. Don’t just look around, don’t just say something for the purpose of speaking, engage. Real engagement begins from the heart. Engage with your heart.
When there is no engagement between your spirit and the Spirit of the living God, there is no transformation that can take place. It is possible to keep speaking and speaking and there is no true engagement from the heart. Therefore every moment you have an opportunity to pray either personally or corporately, engage your heart.
If it means you having to stand up to ensure your heart is engaged, do it. If it means you having to sit down, do it. If it means you having to close your physical eyes to ensure your heart is engaged and rule out every form of distraction.
Do it. Until there is engagement of the heart, transformation cannot take place.
- You will not end this 21 days of fasting and prayer in the same place where you started.
Finally, for transformation in prayer to take place, we must expect it. It won’t just happen, we must expect it. Jacob said “I won’t let you go…” determined! “I won’t let you go until you bless me” Expectant! Did he get it or not? We are all still enjoying the transformation that Jacob had on the altar of prayer.
- The expectation of your heart shall not be cut short in the name of Jesus.
One prayer we need to pray this morning therefore is “Lord help me by the supply of your Spirit throughout this season and beyond to always engage my heart in prayer so I can be transformed”.