MESSAGE EXCERPTS OF PASTOR JULIUS OKENEYE
It grieves the heart of God that his Children are praying a lot of prayer every year but are getting so little.
Some people would be fasting and praying but get little result.
This is happening to both the ones that are called and those that called themselves.
It is happening to both the ones that are born again and those that are not born again.
It grieves God’s heart because the God that answers prayers is one of his attributes.
How can we then his children pray and get no answer?
So then, do we say now that God does not answer prayer again?
Brethren, life of many Christians has become a struggle from one year to another despite our prayers because our prayers and desires are not in line with the pattern of prayers of the men of old.
- It is not the desire of God for any Christian to live a life of struggle.
- It is not the desire of God for any Christian to live a defeated life.
- It is not the desire of God for any Christian to live a frustrated life.
- It is not the desire of God for any Christian to live a failure life.
Christians are called into the life of abundance on earth.
That is why Jesus Christ said, “… I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10
Brethren, if you don’t know the purpose of God for your life, you cannot pray according to his purpose.
When you don’t know something is your right, you cannot claim it.
You are called into abundance of life and not into a life of struggle.
If our Lord Jesus Christ promised us abundance of life on earth, why then are most Christians praying and are not receiving results?
This is because we don’t pray the most important prayer.
James 4:3 says, “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.”
Here is the revelation that most of our prayers are selfish prayers.
- To ask amiss means to ask wrongly.
- To ask amiss means to pray outside divine order.
- To ask amiss means to ask outside the constitution of heaven.
- To ask amiss means to pray the prayer of the flesh and not the spirit.
- To ask amiss means to pray according to the desire of the flesh.
- To ask amiss means to pray outside the plan of God.
- To ask amiss means a prayer that does not conform to the purpose of God.
When you pray without the purpose of God, he will not answer.
Brethren, this year you don’t need to pray for what is added blessing.
There are some things you don’t need to ask before you have them. They are added blessings.
For instance, your birthright is for you, and you don’t need to struggle to have it.
If you must cry for your birthright, something must be wrong somewhere
Or if a man must cry and bribe his wife before they go to bed, something is wrong somewhere
Or if a child must cry for school fees, something is wrong somewhere.
You don’t need to pray for added blessings.
We don’t need to pray like unbelievers.
Jesus said we should take no thought, saying, what shall we eat? Or, what shall we drink? Or, how shall we be clothed? For after all these things do the Gentiles seek. Your heavenly Father knows that you have need of all these things.(Matthew 6:31-32).
So Jesus then said, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33
You don’t need to pray for what is free.
You don’t look for what is free.
You don’t need to pray for what is ready in heaven.
This year, you will not fast and pray for what is free in the Name of Jesus.
The most important prayer is not prayer for money and wealth.
This is because there is no prayer for money and wealth rather, we have divine principle for making wealth. Once you follow, you can make wealth.
The most important prayer is not to marry and have children.
There is a decree in heaven that it is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. Genesis 2:18
But some of us are looking for wife and husband ourselves. We don’t wait for God to do it for us.
As long as we want to do what God can do ourselves, we will continue to miss the mark.
The most important prayer is not the prayer to build the most beautiful mansion.
The Bible says, “Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it…” Psalms 127:1
That is why some people even build mansions but do not get to sleep in.
The most important prayer is not the prayer for political post.
What is the most important prayer you need to pray this year?
The most important prayer that every believer must pray every year is the prayer of the saints of old.
1. Prayer for the presence of God to go with you throughout the year.
In everything you want to do, the important prayer you should pray is O Lord let your presence go with me.
This prayer is a solution to most of the prayers we pray that we don’t get the result.
Exodus 33:12-16 says, “And Moses said unto the LORD, See, thou sayest unto me, Bring up this people: and thou hast not let me know whom thou wilt send with me. Yet thou hast said, I know thee by name, and thou hast also found grace in my sight. 13Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people. 14And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest. 15And he said unto him, If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence. 16For wherein shall it be known here that I and thy people have found grace in thy sight? is it not in that thou goest with us? so shall we be separated, I and thy people, from all the people that are upon the face of the earth.”
This is Moses and the Children of Israel on their journey in the wilderness they have not been before.
They are going to the land they have not been to before.
But when he prayed, he asked for the presence of God.
Moses prayed that;
- Show me now your way.
- That I may know you.
- That I may find grace in your sight.
- Consider that this nation is your people.
You cannot know the way of God and enter into trouble.
Do you pray for the mind of God concerning that business appointment?
What is most important for them is to know the God they are worshiping.
You have also entered a year 2019 that you have not entered before.
Every year is a journey to your promised land.
Every year is a journey to your breakthrough.
Every year is a journey to new miracles.
What you need is the presence of God to take you through.
When God answered Moses, he said, “My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest.”
Someone who has problems to solve cannot have rest of mind.
- Someone who has no money cannot have rest of mind.
- Someone who is sick cannot have rest of mind.
- Someone whose children are sick cannot have rest of mind.
- But someone who is with God can have a rest of mind.
When your house becomes the house of God, sickness cannot live there.
Who will cross your way when the presence of God is going with you?
The Bible says, “For the LORD thy God is a consuming fire …” Deuteronomy 4:24
Who will stand your way when the presence of God is with you and will not be consumed by fire?
When Moses and the Children of Israel got to the Red Sea, because the presence of God was with them, the Red Sea divided and made a way for them.
But when the presence of God is not with you, there will be trouble.
This is a new year.
There are some gospel truths that the saints of old discovered and if we must live a life of rejoicing, we must follow their pattern of prayer.
Why did the saints of old receive answers immediately they prayed to God?
At the Red Sea, even before Moses prayed, God answered their prayer. Immediately they stepped foot in the water, it divided.
This year before you take a step, doors of favor shall open for you.
When God is going with you there shall be nothing like impossibility.
When God is going with you there shall be nothing like closed door (Jesus himself is the door) to every breakthrough.
Wherever there is the presence of God the door will be opened.
Wherever the presence of God is no gate can close against your progress.
The presence of God is the key to the house of David.
He opens doors and no man closes.
In your business and career, the presence of God shall go with you in the Name of Jesus.
The saints of old discovered something that we must also discover early in this year, except you want to live a life of suffering.
There is a truth that you must discover that will make you to enter every door without knocking.
There is a truth that you must discover that will make you to find without searching.
There is a truth that you must discover that will make you to have without asking.
The gospel truth the saints of old discovered includes;
1. They value the presence of God than gold and silver.
Gold and can lose their value or be stolen.
But who can steal the presence of God?
Where there is the presence of God, there is blessing, prosperity and safety.
God cannot be in a place and death will enter.
When the presence of God is with you, where will the arrow come from?
Money cannot stop the arrow of destruction from destroying a man.
Wherever the presence of God is Satan cannot enter.
2. Their only cry is for the presence of God.
Their only desire is the presence of God.
Wherever there is the presence of God, you will find his glory.
When you are walking with his presence his glory will overshadow your life.
Joseph did not go to Egypt by his own desire.
He went without preparation.
He was not having beautiful cloth.
He had no qualification.
He was sold into slavery by envious household wickedness.
But when Joseph appeared in the house of Potiphar, he made him overseer of his house.
When Joseph appeared in the palace he was made the Prime Minister of the land.
Joseph had no qualification, no certificates, no guarantors but he entered Egypt with the presence of God.
The Bible says, “And his master saw that the LORD was with him” Genesis 39:3
His master saw the qualification that others do not have in his life.
Joseph was given the position he never applied for.
You cannot carry the presence of God and your life will not attract favour.
This year before you pray God will answer.
Prayer without the presence of God is a useless prayer.
When the presence of God is not with you your prayer will not be answered.
Ask yourself; ‘Is the presence of God going with me?’
Where there is no presence of God, his blessings cannot enter.
You will fast and pray the prayer that God cannot answer if his presence is not going with you.
How can you enjoy the presence of God this year?
1. Be faithful with yourself.
Are you a child of God?
Some of us dress decent when in Church but outside Church we dress like Jezebel with long finger nails like witchcraft and paint our face.
The Bible says don’t you know you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 1 Corinthians 3:16
Be sincere to yourself.
To be continued…