DAILY DEVOTIONAL BY: PASTOR PAUL RIKA: INTERNATIONAL DIRECTOR Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide
TOPIC: THE POWER OF PRAYER
DATE: SUNDAY 10, JANUARY 2021
TEXT: Acts 4:23-33
KEY VERSE: James 5:17 ‘Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.’
The Church must learn to pray and mobilize their members to pray. Teach every unit of the Christian assembly prayer. Prayer will drive away fear and instill boldness and courage in Christianity. Prayer will cause the power of God to fill everywhere and you will be walking in the power of God. Prayer will release the power of God that will weaken the enemy. The forces of witchcraft in the Church will be decimated and the brethren will be set free from demonic bondage. When you pray together, the hearts of the brethren will be united in love; the Lord will bring prosperity, healing, deliverance and blessings among you. Acts 12:5, ‘Peter therefore was kept in prisons but prayers was made without ceasing of the Church to God for him.’ From the experience of apostle Peter, we could see that the enemy can target a particular person, maybe the leader of the Church to persecute him. The enemy may even want to kill him, but the prayer of the brethren will deliver such a person.
Acts 6:4 But we will give ourselves continually to prayers and to the ministry of the word. “We will give ourselves,” means leaders should also pray. Do not leave prayers to your members only. You, as a leader, pray also. Keep praying to keep the victory in your life; keep praying to keep militant performance in your ministry. Do not say ‘others are praying for me.’ There is a God of justice who knows how to reward careless persons. Galatians 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. You organized vigil as a leader and you are not there. You organized people to pray, and when they are praying you go to sleep in the office. Who are you deceiving? Who are you cheating? Is there no righteous God in heaven who knows you are failing? He knows you are not qualified. Will He not do justice? Rise up yourself, put yourself into this business of prayer and indeed pray. That is what God is telling you. That is what God expects from you. God told me, “When you organize prayer, make sure you and your wife join those praying. Be involved in prayer yourselves!”
Thought for the day: The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
Song for the day: There’s nothing prayers cannot do, Jesus answers prayers….
Bible reading for the day: Genesis 25-26; Matthew 9:1-17