THE WORLD WILL NOT LOOK FOR YOU IF YOU ARE NOT PRAYERFUL’

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IN 1995, DURING THE AFRICAN INVASION PROJECT, BISHOP OYEDPO CAME TO OUR CLASS ON MONDAY AND WE PRAYED FROM MORNING TILL EVENING.

SOME OF MY CLASSMATES ASKED, “HOW IS PAPA PRAYING WITH US NOW?”
I SAID, “YOU THINK LIVING FAITH GREW WITH POUNDED YAM?”

HE LED THE PRAYERS WITH THE PASTORS WITH US. HE WILL ONLY GO FOR SHORT BREAKS, COME BACK.

SOME COULD NOT STAND IT. THAT WAS THE FIRST TIME WE SAW PRAYER.
WE PRAYED MONDAY TO FRIDAY, BEFORE THE CHURCH JOINED AND BY 1996, THE CHURCH HAD EXPLODED.

ANYWHERE YOU SEE EXPLOSIVE GROWTH, FIND THE STORY.
YOU DON’T USE PHONETICS TO GROW CHURCH.

THE WORLD WILL NOT LOOK FOR YOU IF YOU ARE NOT PRAYERFUL.
A PRAYERFUL MINISTER WILL ALWAYS COMMAND ATTENTION.

-Pastor David Ibiyeomie
Morning Session, Day Two
Church Growth Conference, 2022

2. Continuous prayer: I used the word ‘continuous’ because if you just pray a prayer, you think there should be leaves after a while. Our father (Bishop David Oyedepo) said they prayed Monday
to Saturday, so if you don’t want to be a prey, you have to pray.
Prayer is a spoken conversation with God based on His Word. It is getting God involved.

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Prayer is a terrestrial licence for celestial interference. It is a spiritual exercise that enhances
our relationship with God. Prayer is the seed for change.
Any minister who does not pray is not ready for Church growth. A prayerless minister is heading for destruction. Jesus during his earthly ministry never played down on prayer. If the Head and the
Builder of the Church was serious with prayers, then you have no excuse.
James 5:16b (AMPC)
No Church can grow without prayers and occasional fasting. Prayer and fasting are the weapons we use to dislodge the gates of hell for the advancement of the Church.
Matthew 16:18 – the gates of hell are interested in the Church and no other thing will you use to clear the devil except by prayers.
Matthew 17:21 – You have to fast for things to go fast.
Jesus often separated Himself for the purpose of prayer and whenever He prayed, the Holy Spirit empowered Him to do exploits.
-Someone is living here to do exploits in the name of Jesus

Mark 1:31,37 – The world will not look for you if you are not prayerful. A prayerful minister will always command attention.
Prayer is a strong spiritual force that propels all men to where you are, it stirs up revival in you and the Church you are pastoring. It is prayer that makes you a flame of fire for the devil to stay clear.
Let me say this to you: the devil is not afraid of your English. If I tell you something, you will be shocked: he is not afraid of your power, he killed James when he was operating in power, he was heading for Peter, the only thing satan fears is prayers. It was prayers that rescued Peter. When you are prayerful, evil is far from you.
Check: every time prayers are hot, dangers are averted.
It is the force we use to avert evil.
Luke 21:36 – To escape everything called evil, you will have to be on fire in prayer.
A prayerless pastor, a prayerless Church will be a powerless pastor and a powerless Church; a prayerful pastor and Church will be a powerful pastor and Church. Prayer is one major weapon for Church growth. Anywhere you see Church growing, prayer is consistent. satan will always want to stand against Church growth, but he will not succeed – Ephesians 4:27
-satan must be cleared as we are talking in the name of Jesus.

Mark 3:27 – You can’t take over any territory without clearing the strong man, satan.
I was privileged to be here 1995/1996 and the Church was to go for AGIP (African Gospel Invasion Program) and we stood one morning: our father (Bishop David Oyedepo) came to the class, he said, “get up.” We came for lectures Monday morning and we prayed till evening.
Some of my classmates asked, “how is Papa praying with us now?” I said, “You think Living Faith grew with pounded yam?”

He led the prayers with the pastors with us. He will only go for short breaks, come back. Some could not stand it. That was the first time we saw prayer. We prayed Monday to Friday, before the Church joined and by 1996, the Church had ‘boom’ (exploded). Anywhere you see explosive growth, find the story. You don’t use phonetics to grow Church.
In fact, the more English you speak, the more satan will be angry. You know some of the English is annoying him already.

A prayerful Church will be a growing Church.
Where prayer stops, that is where growth will stop. The only thing satan fears is a Word-based prayer. It is your level of prayer that will determine your level of growth. Prayer is the livewire of every growing Church. A prayerless minister will produce a prayerless congregation and a prayerless congregation will soon go into oblivion.
Even Jesus referred to the Church as the house of prayer – Mark 11:17
It is the only violent in prayer that can experience unhindered and lasting Church growth – Matthew 11:12
The more we pray, the more the growth; the less we pray, the less the growth and impact.
Fervent, continual prayer is a compulsory course in the School of Church growth.

Let me say this to you, the devil is not afraid of a holy and gentle pastor who is not prayerful; he is afraid of a holy, word-filled and prayerful pastor. The early Church was born during the time of earnest heartfelt prayer – Acts 1:14
When the Apostles were prayerful, they were known; but when they began, if you read Acts of the Apostles, you will find out that every time the Church was attacked, there was no prayer. The Church went off when prayer began to die. What breathing is to humans, is what prayers is to Church growth. Church growth stops where prayers stop. To operate in the realm of Church growth, you must be addicted to prayer.

Let me say this to you: you must find out your own formula for the environment. I will tell you a live story. I learn by observation, 95, if not 100 per cent of my learning here is by observation than teaching.
Don’t come to a programme like this and your eyes are closed. I observe more than I am taught physically. Yesterday, I will give a practical example. Yesterday, I was asked to take the second prayer.
When David (Pastor David Oyedepo Jr) came, I saw that when he prayed the first one, he kept the microphone aside and was praying with his mouth. Mummy came, prayed the same thing. If you tell me to pray next time, I will do the same thing. You know why? I noticed that when it comes to prayers, if you hold the microphone, you disturb other people’s prayers, I am sure our father must have told them, allow other people to pray, you don’t use your own to disturb them. I saw him, I didn’t know that before; so next time, I don’t need somebody to teach me, if they tell me, pray: I will just do the same thing.

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