PRAYER DOES NOT ONLY CHANGE THINGS, PRAYER CHANGES PEOPLE

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THOSE WHO RUN TO STAY WITH GOD HAVE MEN RUN TO LOOK FOR THEM
YOU CAN’T FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD AND NOT INCREASE VALUE. EVERY TIME YOU FIND A MAN THAT SETTLES WITH GOD, HIS LEVEL CHANGES SUPERNATURALLY.
WHEN YOU PRAY, GOD ANSWERS. WHILE YOU PRAY, GOD CHANGES YOU.
THE COMPANY YOU KEEP DETERMINES THE DESTINATION YOU REACH.
EVERY TIME MAN ENCOUNTERS GOD, MAN EXPERIENCES CHANGE

  • Pastor David Oyedepo Jnr.
    Day 12, Morning Session,
    21 Days of Prayer and Fasting (10th to 30th January 2022)
    Our Father this morning we give you thanks and praise. Thank you for responding every time we call. Now this morning our eyes are upon you. We ask that you speak to us again, and let your word transform each one of our lives.

Our line of exhortation in our morning prayers all through this week has been PRAYER DOES NOT ONLY CHANGE THINGS, PRAYER CHANGES PEOPLE.

Every redeemed child of God is ordained to experience continuous change, Proverbs 4:18, Romans 12:2. Clearly our adventure is an adventure of continuous transformation.

One of the divine channels for this transformation is prayer. In Luke 9:28-29, we are told concerning Jesus as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered. His garment became white and glistening. As a result of that we saw dramatic transformation in the life and ministry of Jesus.

The reason prayer can be said to be an agent of transformation is because every face to face encounter with God provokes supernatural change. 2 Corinthians 3:18. Every time man encounters God, man experiences change.

The altar of prayer is an altar of encounter where man meets with God as a result man meets with change.

When we talk about prayer we are simply talking about a communion, an exchange between man and God. In the process of this spiritual changes that begin to command physical or practical transformation. 2 Corinthians 4:18. When a man begins to stand on the altar of prayer, in the process of praying there are certain spiritual changes that begin to take place and the outcome of those changes will begin to manifest physically or practically.
The word ‘glistening’ means that the light wasn’t reflective, it wasn’t light that came from outside, it was light that came from inside. Glitter means light from outside hitting anything. If you have gold and light hit it, it begins to shine. Glistening means that the light was coming from inside and began to show from outside.

What that means is that in the process of praying there are certain spiritual alterations that are taking place inside that nobody may be seeing now but it is only a matter of time. By the time Jesus came down from the mountain of prayer everything around him began to surrender. Luke 9:35. He has become a voice to be heard.

We know from scriptures that Jesus heard the voice come from heaven more than once.

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The first time in Luke 3 “this is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased” that is identification. Here it says “this is my beloved son, hear ye him” that is authority for manifestation. The first one said he belongs to me, the second one said he represents me. So wherever he goes, whatever he says must be obeyed. Manifestation began when the process of prayer was fulfilled.

I like you to understand that you are not wasting your time standing before God. There are products of prayer, the product of prayers is answers, but the process of prayer produces changes. When you pray God answers, while you pray God changes you.

The time invested in prayer provokes supernatural manifestation and alterations within you that begin to provoke a change of level.

If you are cooking meat for example, the product of boiling of meat is the meat but in the process of boiling that meat, as that meat spends time with the water, over a period of time that water changes from being just water and then after a while it becomes meat stock. It has changed value by reason of fellowship with the meat. You can’t fellowship with God and not increase value. Every time you find a man that settles with God, his level changes supernaturally.

  • For someone here, by the end of these 21 days of prayer and fasting you would have changed value.

Mark 1:35-37
He went alone but in that moment of being alone, he became the necessity of all men. Those who run to stay with God have men run to look for them. You must understand the values that we gain by engaging this channel of prayer.

There are three individuals Shedrack, Meshach and Abednego who were a company of prayer warriors. We see from scriptures that they were companions of Daniel. Daniel 2:17-18.

If they were companions with Daniel, they had similar practices with him. Daniel 1:8-17. One of the practices of Daniel was prayer. Daniel 6:10.

That means these individuals must have been praying three times a day also. They were individuals of similar practices. James 5:16b (AMP). It wasn’t just prayer that they started and stopped, it continued. These were people that were consistent in prayer.

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I like you to understand that in the process of prayer God is changing you against the things you are about to confront. People rejoiced about the fact that these individuals were about to be thrown into the fire but the Bible tells us that the people came to look at individuals upon whose body the fire had no more power. Daniel 3:27.

That transformation was not sudden, it was a process. It took them having time with God. Every time invested in God is changing you from level to level against the things that will be confronted tomorrow.

This year is called our Year of More than a Conqueror. That means that we are supposed to win fights without any struggle and stress. We are going to have dominance without resistance. For that to become a reality we must change level.

We must stay praying because as we stay praying we enjoy changes and it is the changes that you enjoy determines the authority that you employ.

  • I pray for each one of us that you will change level to the point you will display dominance without resistance.
    So we must ensure that we engage with that understanding. Let me give us this word of caution because it is vital, these three men were companions with similar desire.

The company you keep determines the destination you reach. Be conscious of your company. Acts 4:23. You should have a praying company, not those that mock and degrade prayers. If you are friends with a prayerless man, you will become a prayerless person. Sanitize your company and then you will begin to experience greater and greater levels of change.

God is saying to you and I simply that if we are going to be effective then we must engage this altar of prayer in a sustained manner. Take note: every moment you are praying is another moment you are changing.

The you that began this fast on Day 1 is not the same you here now on Day 12.

You keep changing from glory to glory, level to level, from dimension to dimension, to the point that the enemy sees you far off and begins to take flight. That is your experience this year in the name of Jesus. If there is any grace we need it is grace for continuity.

Men ought always to pray so that men can always be changing.
Prayers: Lord give me grace to remain consistent in prayer.

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