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never give up
Let the scripture speak
Lu 18:7 And will not God do right in the cause of his saints, whose cries come day and night to his ears, though he is long in doing it? (Bible in Basic English)
Lu 18:7 And will not God vindicate his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? (Revised Standard Version)
In his teaching on perseverance in Prayer, Jesus taught of this widow who troubled a judge severally in her search for justice. The Judge had very little regard for her, but had to give in to do away with her noise (to have peace) as she constantly came to him. Jesus poses the above question, which in essence implies that if we don’t tire, but continue to call on the Lord, God will meet our needs.
I don’t know the present state of the person reading this, but whether in this boat or not, it will happen to you once, when you’ll feel like you want to give up. Continue calling upon his name day and night, and give praise always for your redeemer is coming with solution to your problem. Some habits are very difficult to break, some problem do not seem to have any solution at hand, some situation may seem too tough; yet we have the ancient of days, who is with us and who gives us victory. Trust in God, don’t give up, your help is on the way. Take these words to God as you pray and thank God that he is working on your issue.
Don’t complain. Some people start quarreling God, asking him why he is not coming speedily to help, others wonder what they have done to God for Him to leave them in the den of lions. In all these situations, remember God is more concerned about your issues than you do. Let us all wait Him in hope and in faith.

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I love praying the written word. You see, it is living and active. It is sharper than a double edged sword (Heb 4:12). It is a powerful weapon. Praying the word is praying according to the will of the father. When we pray the word we gain confidence. For “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us”. Again “For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven” Ps 119:89. Psalms 23 is a powerful word, both for prayer and meditation. Consider praying it like this:

ü  I thank you father for being my shepherd. My confidence is in you

ü  Today I thank you because you will lead me beside green pastures and lead me beside quiet waters. I will both delight in you as well as enjoy your wonderful provisions for me.

ü  For your names sake, for your glory and your goodness, you will restore my soul. You will restore me from errors of wandering

ü  Your presence and pastoral care will be upon me. even if I walk through the valley of the shadow of death where danger looms, I thank you because you will be with me to save and sustain me

ü  Today, just like yesterday, you will furnish me with plenty and variety of provisions. My enemies will see, envy and fret but they will not hinder my blessings. I will attend thy banquet and feast with security. I receive your anointing over my head by faith, my cup will also overflow (God’s banquet has feeding, drinking and anointing – this used to be for distinguished guests, and such are you!)

ü  Wonderful God I thank you for your goodness and mercy that shall follow me all the days of my life. I will enjoy communion with you, and I will dwell in your presence for ever

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prayer 5Prayer is a mighty weapon in a believer’s hand. Edward Payson wrote to a brother: Prayer is the first thing, the second thing, the third thing necessary for a minister, especially if he have revivals. Pray, then, my dear brother, pray, pray, pray”. Jesus told his disciples “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it” John 14:13.

Through PRAYER, NO

Problem that can’t be solved

Sickness that can’t be healed

Burden that can’t be lifted

Storm that can’t be weathered

Devastation that can’t be relieved

Sorrow  that can’t be broken

Sinner that can’t be saved

Perishing that can’t be rescued

Fallen that can’t be lifted

Hurt that can’t be removed

Broken relationship that can’t be mended

Difference that can’t be resolved

Hindrance that can’t be shaken

Limitation that can’t be overcome

Mourning that can’t be comforted

Ashes that can’t become beauty

Heaviness that can’t be covered with garments of praise

Thirst that can’t be quenched

Dry ground that can’t be flooded

Desert that cant blossom

Congregation that can’t be revived

Preacher that can’t be anointed

Church pews that can’t be filled

Church leadership that can’t become one

Community that can’t become one

Nation that can’t be transformed


And I must add, you can’t remain the same again. Tumbes (Kiswahili word for ‘let us pray’)

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Lord, make me a channel of thy peace,

That where there is hatred I may bring peace;

That where there is wrong I may bring the spirit of forgiveness;

That where there is discord I may bring harmony;

That where there is error I may bring truth;

That where there is doubt I may bring faith;

That where there is despair I may bring hope;

And where there are shadows I may bring Thy light;

That where there is sadness I may bring joy;

Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted,

To understand than to be understood,

To love than to be loved;

For if it is by giving that one receives,

It is by self-forgetting  that one finds,

It is by forgiving that one is forgiven,

It is by dying to self, and believing on Jesus, that one awakens to eternal life.

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  • Jer 1:12     … I am ready to perform my word
  • John 16:24          Ask and you will receive, that your joy may be full
  • Matt 21:22         whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive
  • Jer 33:3     Call to me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things
  • John 14:14          if you ask anything in my name, I will do it
  • John 16:23          Whatever you ask my father in my name, He will give you
  • James 5:16 The effective, prevent prayer of a righteous man availeth much
  • Job 22:27  You will make your prayer to Him, He will hear you
  • 1 John 5:14         Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us
  • 1 John 5:15         And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask we know that we have the petitions that we have asked
  • John 14:13          And whatever you ask in my name, that I will do, that the father may be glorified in the son
  • Isa 55:11   so shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth, it shall not return void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it
  • John 15:17          If you abidein me, and my words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you
  • Matt 18:18         Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven
  • Matt 18:19         Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by my father in heaven
  • John 15:16          You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain that whatever you ask the father in my name He may give you
  • Jer 29:12 Call upon me and go and pray to me, and I will listen to you
  • Isa 65:24 It shall come to pass that before they call, I will answer, and while they are speaking I will hear
  • Ps 91:15    H e shall call upon me, and I will answer him, I will be with Him in trouble, I will deliver him and honour him
  • Ps 141:2 Let my prayer be set before you as incense, the lifting of my hands as the evening sacrifice

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Keep on praying. Courage brother

If while on your knees praying for the one you would have reconciled to God, you could but see what is passing in his soul – the wrestling, the remorse he strives vainly to stifle, the work of the holy spirit going on in his heart, gently but firmly triumphing over the will – how earnestly, how incessantly would you continue to pray?

Courage, then. The ground may seem dry for cultivation, but each prayer will be as a drop of water. The marble may be very hard, but each prayer is like a hammer’s stroke that wears away the roughness.

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The more praying there is in the world, the better the world will be, and the mightier will be the forces against evil. Prayer in one phase of its operation is a disinfectant and a preventative. It purifies the air; it destroys the contagious of evil. Prayer is not a fitful short lived thing. It is not voice crying unheard and unheeded in the silence. It is a cry and a voice that goes into God’s ear, and it lives as long as God’s ear is open to holy pleas, as long as God’s heart is alive to holy things. God shapes the world by prayer. Prayers are deathless. The lips that uttered them may be closed to death, the heart that felt them may be closed to beat, but the prayers live before God, and God’s heart is set on them. Prayers outlive the lives of those who uttered them; they outlive a generation, outlive an age, outlive a world.

That man is the most immortal who has done the most and the best praying. They are God’s heroes, God’s saints, God’s servants, God’s vicegerents. A man can pray better because of the prayer of the past: a man of many and acceptable prayers have done the truest and greatest services to the incoming generation. The prayers of God’s saints strengthen the unborn generation against desolating waves of sin and evil.                                                                     E.M Bounds

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Through prayer:
There is no problem that cant be solved
There is no sickness that cant be cured
There is no burden that cant be lifted
There is no storm that cant be weathered
There is no devastation that cant be relieved
There is no sorrow that cant be broken
There is no sinner that cant be saved
There is no perishing that cant be rescued
There is no fallen that cant be lifted
There is no hurt that cant be removed
There is no broken relationship that cant be mended
There is no difference that cant be resolved
There is no hindrance that cant be shaken
There is no limitation that cant be overcome
There is no mourning that cant be comforted
There is no ashes that cant become beauty
There is no heaviness that cant be covered with garments of praise
There is no thirst that cant be quenched
There is hunger that cant be filled
There is no dry ground that cant be flooded
There is no desert that cant blossom
There is no congregation that cant be revived
There is no preacher that cant be anointed
There is no church pews that cant be filled
There is no church leadership that cant become one
There is no community that cant be christianized
There is no nation that cant be transformed


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>I know whom I have believed, and I am persuaded that He is ABLE. ..2 Tim 1:12
>Able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all that we ask or imagine. Eph 3:20
>ABLE to make all grace abound towards you, that by always having sufficiency in all things, may abound in every good work. 2 Cor 9:8.
>ABLE to help those who are tempted. Heb 3:18
>ABLE to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever lives to intercede for them.Heb 7:25
>ABLE to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy. Jude 1:24
>ABLE to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day. 2 Tim 1:12
>There is no promise too hard for the Lord to fulfill. Jer 32:17
>There is no prayer too hard for the Lord to answer. Gen 18:14
>There is no problem too hard for the Lord to solve. Matt 19:26; Matt 11:28-30, Luke 4:18. He will give you rest, take it to Him.
>There is no place too hard for the Lord to move or revive. Luke 1:37; Eze 37:1-14; Isa 43:19. He makes way in the wilderness for His own, He gives live to dry bones.
>There is no heart too hard for Him to break or save. Heb 7:25; Psa 147:3. ABLE t save ALL who come to Him.
>There is nothing too hard for Him. Heb 13:8; Haggai 2:9; Joel 2:25; Ezek 36:11; Eph 3:20.

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