Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.” (Ps. 22:3).
READ: Matthew 8:1-3
Prayer is an indispensable weapon for every believer. One thing your day of favour should meet you doing is praying. The day that your prayer collides with your time of favour, you may not need to repeat that particular prayer request anymore because the answer will surface. May your prayers collide with your time of favour this season!
Another important step to take during your time of favour is to praise God. Psalm 22:3 says, “But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel”. If your time of favour comes and it meets you praising and worshipping God, you can be certain your desire is granted. Many people start with praises, but when Heaven delays its response, their song gradually changes from praise to uncertainty. If nothing positive happens soon, it further degenerates into a song of complaints. If this is unchecked, it is soon replaced by songs of bitterness and judgemental comments against God. This is why many people with doubts, complaints and bitterness miss their time of favour. Pray that your day of favour will not meet you in a state that can rob you of your blessings.
On the other hand, there are certain qualities the Lord is looking for in those He will favour. The more of such qualities you possess, the easier and more likely you will become a candidate of divine favour. In John 4:21-24, the bible records that God is carrying out a manhunt for God-worshippers. No wonder David was most favoured by God! Do you know that nowadays some believers are more favoured than others because of their position as worshippers? Can God look through your city and say you are His worshipper? God looked all over the world and found David. In today’s reading, the multitudes thronged and followed Jesus. One fellow, a leper, however, drew closer, dropped on his knees and worshipped Him. The Lord could not ignore him. He had no choice but to cleanse him. One category of believers God cannot ignore is worshippers. This leper risked his life—with the possibility of being stoned to death—by smuggling himself to fall at the feet of Jesus. True worshippers are risk takers. They are ready to die as long as they have the opportunity to worship the Lord. Are you a convenience worshipper or a risk-taking worshipper?
Thank God for all the Christian leaders in your nation. Pray that God will gracefully reposition them as channels of blessings to your nation and beyond.
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