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We are in the last days,  no question about this. We are living at a very challenging time in the body of Christ. Wickedness has increased tremendously. The church is slowly losing relevance as it has compromised. Many of God’s servants are walking defeated lives. Our children, families, governments,  courts, politics and economy are threatened. We are crossing fingers because we fear the worst will happen,  yet are doing nothing about it. We are in bondage and captivity,  in chains and darkness. We have fought and are now tired. We have given up or are giving up. 

This scenario can be compared with one that happened during prophet Habakkuk’s time.  There was idolatry, immorality,  injustice,  treachery, and general oppression to the people.  His heart was sick at what he experienced in his everyday life. 

When battles are at fever pitch, we need to move a notch higher and use better weaponry. We also need seasoned fighters.  Habakkuk sat down and it his memory rekindled God’s great happenings in the past.  Habakkuk 3 is a story reminiscing God’s great deeds in the past. Take note that God responded by doing battle in three places: the waters,  heavens and the land.  That is where battles are done even in our physical world. After reading carefully this I identify with its relevance to our generation and see the importance of crying out with habakkuk “..do it again lord in our generation”. for who is better equipped to fight for us than the lord of Hosts?  He says that the battle belongs to him. 

Let the watchmen and prayer warriors in our generation repent on behalf of the church,  then arise and make this cry: “O LORD our God,  rend the heavens and come down,  deliver us,  save us,  revive us for we are down,  restore us back to you and your purposes for us.” He will tear down the mountains,  gates, chains,  captivity and all wickedness released upon us.  Let us keenly read the verses below and pray them out until they are part of us,  let us celebrate as we receive by faith god’s judgement upon our enemies in spiritual places. 

Habakkuk 3:2-19 LORD, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, LORD. Repeat them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy. God came from Teman, the Holy One from Mount Paran. His glory covered the heavens and his praise filled the earth. His splendor was like the sunrise; rays flashed from his hand, where his power was hidden. Plague went before him; pestilence followed his steps. He stood, and shook the earth; he looked, and made the nations tremble. The ancient mountains crumbled and the age-old hills collapsed— but he marches on forever. I saw the tents of Cushan in distress, the dwellings of Midian in anguish. Were you angry with the rivers, LORD? Was your wrath against the streams? Did you rage against the sea when you rode your horses and your chariots to victory? You uncovered your bow, you called for many arrows. You split the earth with rivers; the mountains saw you and writhed. Torrents of water swept by; the deep roared and lifted its waves on high. Sun and moon stood still in the heavens at the glint of your flying arrows, at the lightning of your flashing spear. In wrath you strode through the earth and in anger you threshed the nations. You came out to deliver your people, to save your anointed one. You crushed the leader of the land of wickedness, you stripped him from head to foot. With his own spear you pierced his head when his warriors stormed out to scatter us, gloating as though about to devour the wretched who were in hiding. You trampled the sea with your horses, churning the great waters. I heard and my heart pounded, my lips quivered at the sound; decay crept into my bones, and my legs trembled. Yet I will wait patiently for the day of calamity to come on the nation invading us. Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior. The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights. 
ASK GOD TO DO IT AGAIN

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Hebrews 4:14-16 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
Hebrews 2:10-11 In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what he suffered. Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters.

Hebrews 2:14-15 Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.

As we approach God in prayer, we are coming to a throne; a throne of grace and mercy. This is the picture we should all have. He who sits there is Christ himself. He is our brother, even clever than our brothers, who is ready to help us in every way. He has passed all we pass through and has emerged victorious even without sin. He has been where we are, He understands our weaknesses, and He can offer our prayers to God in a better way than we do. And so friends,
we can overcome death as He overcame
sickness as He carried our infirmities
sorrow as He became a man of sorrows
captivity as He went into captivity and made it captive
every temptation as He was tempted in every way yet without sin
rejection as He was rejected
abuse as He was abused
physical, social and psychological attacks as He did
false accusations as He was falsely accused
labelling as He was labelled
make it to heaven as He is already there
… and the list goes on.
It doesn’t matter where we currently are, He was there and overcame, and He is ready to show us mercy and give us grace to overcome just as He did.

Lets tell Him that we are sorry where we let Him down. and BOLDLY ACCEPT HIS GRACE AND MERCY FROM JESUS OUR LORD AND BROTHER. We need to have this picture in our minds when we come to Him. He supplies my grace to conquer all in His name

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Key text
Gal 4:19 My little children, of whom I am again in travail until Christ be formed in you–
(ASV)

CHRIST BE FORMED
How often do you pray for new believers? How often do you pray for your pastor, friend, spouse, child? Many a times we celebrate when one has come to Christ; angels too rejoice in heaven. Jesus compares the idea of salvation with a sower planting seeds which fall in different soils. He says thus:
Mt 13:3-9 And he spake to them many things in parables, saying, Behold, the sower went forth to sow; and as he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the birds came and devoured them: and others fell upon the rocky places, where they had not much earth: and straightway they sprang up, because they had no deepness of earth: and when the sun was risen, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. And others fell upon the thorns; and the thorns grew up and choked them: and others fell upon the good ground, and yielded fruit, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He that hath ears, let him hear.
Any believer is a product of a seed sown (I hope and pray that the reader has been sowing, if not, do it – you must be productive). Different soils and different climatic conditions will play a great part in the growth of this believer regardless of his age and years in salvation.
Paul, writing to the Galatian church helps them understand the passion he has had to see the church growing in the things of God. He call the church “my little children”, meaning that he regards himself to be their father. He further informs them that he has been travailing for them until Christ be born in them. Writing to Thessalonian church he says that his greatest desire is that the church (his hope, joy & glory) be worthy before our Lord Jesus.
That same mind that was in Paul should be ours too. We need to pray consistently that Christ be formed in the life of our dear one. That in all their manners they may be transformed to the image of Christ. Begin it and you will see great difference in their lives. Before you complain about them, put them daily praying Pauline prayers for the church to them- that Christ shall be formed in them, that they may grow in love; that God will give them wisdom, understanding, revelation etc; that they will love the LORD above all else. Travail until this is birthed. Remember, God holds you accountable for those he places near your reach. I was recently jolted by this testimony by Kenneth Hagin where he describes an episode that happened in his life. He had been led to intercede for a certain man but refused to heed the direction the Spirit of God was leading him to. He always thought he would have time to pray for him. After some time the man died, and God showed him through a vision where the man was. He was in hell, screaming and wailing as fire burned him without ceasing. It was a terrifying experience to him indeed. Jesus pointed out to him that He held him (Kenneth) responsible for the death of the man! Reason? He refused to intercede for him. How guilty are we also about the same? May God help us.
Please take the challenge – intercede for Christ to be formed in others.

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Let the scripture speak. stand in the gap
Isa 61:1-4 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good tidings to the afflicted; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; to grant to those who mourn in Zion–to give them a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he may be glorified. They shall build up the ancient ruins, they shall raise up the former devastations; they shall repair the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations.
Isa 42:7 to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness.
Isa 56:10 His watchmen are blind, they are all without knowledge; they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; dreaming, lying down, loving to slumber.
Isa 42:19 Who is blind, but my servant? or deaf, as my messenger that I send? who is blind as he that is at peace with me, and blind as Jehovah’s servant?
Isa 42:18 Hear, ye deaf; and look, ye blind, that ye may see.
Jg 6:12 And the angel of the LORD appeared to him and said to him, “The LORD is with you, you mighty man of valor.”
Jer 1:12 Then the LORD said to me, “You have seen well, for I am watching over my word to perform it.”
(All emphasis is mine)
When God looks from above, what does he see? He sees people who are struggling. Just to pick the above examples, he sees people who are: blind, deaf, afflicted with diseases, broken hearted, poor, imprisoned, in darkness, bound, mourning, in ashes, faint, devasted for many generations, dumb, without knowledge among many others that may not be in the above scriptures.
Sad enough, this is the same picture that He sees in many Christians. This is primarily why Jesus came, He saw the above and came to set them free.
Whose duty is it to set the above free? One answer: Christians.
What is the state of His servants, the Christians? They are blind, deaf, without knowledge, have given up, belittlers of themselves, too lazy to anything hence end up sleeping. This is the picture too with many of His watchmen. Too sad, isn’t it? Don’t look at the Christian watchmen you see around, please look at yourself. How free are you, how clear is your sight?
What does God see in us? What He saw in Gideon and in Jeremiah. A mighty man, a mighty warrior. Sadly many have ended up becoming mighty worriers!
What does He expect of us? He wants us to partner with Him to build, raise, restore, repair and bring back to order what the enemy has destroy or tampered with.
We need to see situations the way Jesus sees them, and we ought to see ourselves the way He sees us. We should see our friends, children, family members, neighbours, teachers and leaders through His eyes.
What holds us back? Several things including fear, doubt, laziness, the cares of the world, a don’t care attitude, too busy and crowded days, ignorance etc
This pains Christ. He is looking for a people to arise and through prayer confront the issue. We need to fix the issues first spiritually before we do it physically. God still cries out as it was in the time of Ezekiel:
Eze 22:30 And I sought for a man among them, that should build up the wall, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found none.(ASV)
Gideon never knew that he had all that was needed to confront the giants of his day, he had to get divine assurance. What more divine assurance do you need than this-

Are you standing in the gap?

Are you standing in the gap?

God is looking for a willing watchman, not a strong watchman. He qualifies the called, he does not call the qualified! Are you ready to confront the works of darkness you see around yourself and see God turning them round? Jesus’ heart bleeds to get someone who will stand up to be counted for the task, no matter his status or qualification.
Arise, God is banking greatly on you, will you heed the call?

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BEYOND CLOSED DOORS

John 20:19-20 The disciples were afraid of the Jewish leaders, and on the evening of that same Sunday they locked themselves in a room. Suddenly, Jesus appeared in the middle of the group. He greeted them and showed them his hands and his side. When the disciples saw the Lord, they became very happy.
John 20:26 A week later the disciples were together again. This time, Thomas was with them. Jesus came in while the doors were still locked and stood in the middle of the group. He greeted his disciples

I have been greatly ministered to by some writing of Corrie ten Boom, a lady mightily used of God during and after the Nazi regime.
She says that every person is either a missionary or a mission field. This includes the people in your office, school, neighbours etc. Perhaps you say that you have really tried to be a missionary to them, but you couldn’t because the doors were closed. She advises that instead of using the wisdom of the wise, we should use the foolishness of God. God backs his word even when situations look bleak according to our wisdom. With this foolishness, we believe & allow  Jesus to enter through closed doors.
From the Bible quotations above, closed doors could not stop Jesus from showing himself to his disciples. I believe that Jesus is able to get through closed doors into communities, families, institutions and individuals; and reveal Himself to them. As we pray for open doors for preaching of the word, we should also ask Him to reveal himself to those closed up.
With faith then we should speak, declare & even pray according to God’s word. A pen, however good or expensive may not write on its own; but the hand behind it does. There is a mighty hand that holds us brethren. May we this week, and this year purpose to follow the foolishness of God. May we embark on a vigorous endeavour to invite Jesus in the closed doors. We trust God, even when it appears there is no way (seems foolish for us to pray). Let us not give up because the walls look high and the doors have been shut. Imagine the joy you have when you see God penetrating these grounds! He receives glory

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i wish you all the lord's blessings

I have just had a session before the Lord in prayer. I asked Him to guide what to put down today in my blog, then He led me to passionately pray for the many people who have been visiting my blog and those who have been following, including those who shall read in coming months or years. I have laid this prayer before my God, and I know He is faithful to fulfill it. If you believe it just say AMEN, or pray it back. The prayer goes like this:

  • I thank you father for the many friends you have given me in this blog, including those who have been visiting. Thank for making them part of me.
  • Father I pray that you shall bless them abundantly.
  • I pray for those who have not received your son Jesus Christ as their personal savior that you may draw them to you by your grace and mercy
  • I pray that they may know you as the only true God and savior
  • I pray that you shall deliver them all from the schemes of the devil
  • Father I ask that they will grow from one glory to another, and that they will hunger and thirst for you always
  • Direct their feet in ways of righteousness, and help them abhor all manners of wickedness
  • Some of them father are struggling with sins that easily entangle them, deliver them my God. Cause them to overcome and to detest their sinful ways
  • Some are at the point of making critical decisions, may you give them wise counsel
  • Some of them are at a point of giving up, help them see your hand guiding them and stretched to pick them up, even to forgive and guide them
  • Let the words spoken against them be nullified, and let everything written against them by their enemies be cancelled in Jesus name. let every tongue that rises against them in condemnation be silenced today in Jesus name
  • Give them a spirit of wisdom and understanding, as well as discernment
  • Holy Spirit of God, guide, teach and instruct them. May they find you a dear friend always
  • Father I pray for those whom the enemy has imprisoned, bound, yoked, and set in dark dungeons, that you deliver them by the power in your name
  • Let the pits that have been dug before them be filled, and let the barriers that have stood before them crumble in Jesus name. be the light unto their paths always
  • Send forth your word and your truth upon each one of them
  • Teach them to rely and put their trust in you, teach their hands to wage war against their enemies
  • May your favour overshadow them, o my God
  • Let the doors closed before them by their enemies be opened, and let those that have been opened be closed
  • Establish them in righteousness, be their solid foundation
  • Let every evil hidden before them be revealed, and let their enemies be frustrated
  • Some have entered into evil covenants with or without their knowledge, deliver them
  • I pray that they shall be transformed from one glory to another, into the image of your son Jesus Christ
  • I pray that they shall be bold, and shall not feel ashamed to testify you before men
  • Open doors to speak your word to your servants
  • Father I pray that they shall exemplify Christ-like character wherever they shall serve you, and your name shall be praised through their good deeds
  • Anoint them afresh, and fill them with love, joy, peace, praise, self control, kindness holiness and all the good that come from your presence
  • May their light shine brighter and brighter like a new day.
  • Extend their territories, and lead them to the destiny you have called each one of them to. Arise and meet every power that fights against their destiny today in Jesus name
  • There is a lot to pray for them father, I know you love them, overshadow them with your love, and father I pray that by your grace and mercies, one day one time, we shall all meet together in glory, to live with you forever.
  • I bring all these issues before your throne of mercy, in the name of your loving son Jesus Christ
  • AMEN

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Psalms 18 is one of the deadliest psalm that that a prayer warrior can use in engaging in spiritual battles. Lest you forget, Paul tells the church at Ephesus that  “we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” Eph 6:12. A Christian is therefore, constantly engaged in battles. You can arise and pray Psalms 18 during your day of battle. Consider praying thus:

  • Father you are my strength, my rock and my fortress, even my deliverer. You are my shield and the horn of my salvation. V.1,2
  • You are worthy to be praised, when I call upon you, you save me from my enemies v.3
  • Remember o Lord how you saved me when pangs of death surrounded me, with floods of ungodliness causing fear in me. Sorrows of Sheol surrounded me as well as snares of death. V.4-6
  • Arise o Lord and deliver me from the wicked that rise against me. Let every flood of wickedness against me be consumed. I command sorrows and fears to depart now. Shield me today and let the horn of my enemies be broken v1-6
  • Arise and shake the heavenlies and the earth, let wicked foundations in my life, family and neighborhood be shaken to nothingness. Let your foundation replace any other foundation that has stood against us. V.7 -11
  • Let you voice thunder and silence every voice of the enemy. Rain coals of fire upon them as you drive them away. V. 12-13
  • Let the fiery arrows of the enemy be extinguished and broken. Let the arrows of the Lord scatter our enemies v.14
  • Rebuke the powers of darkness fighting me from the sea. Uncover all wicked plans set against me and thwart them today in the name of your son Jesus Christ. V.15
  • Draw me out of the many waters, deliver me from my strong enemies v.16
  • Support me and bring me to a broad place, for you are my rock of salvation v.17,18
  • Help me walk in ways of righteousness, and depart from evil
  • Teach my hands to war. I arise and break the bows of my enemies v.34
  • Today I pursue my enemies and overtake them. I will not turn back till I destroy all v.37
  • I beat my enemies like fine dust and I break their necksv.42,43
  • Let all strangers who rise against me submit to me, let them come out as frightened from their hide outs v.44-45
  • Lord I give thanks to you, for you are my refuge and deliverance, glory be to your name v.47ff

NB. Your enemies whom you pray to destroy are not human beings, but rather demonic forces that they operate under and all forces of the devil. The bible commands us to love those people who ill-treat us.

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