Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him and saved him out of all his troubles.” (Psalm 34:6).
READ: Mark 5:1-8
Are you sighing because of the problem in your life? The Lord will terminate it this season. In Exodus 2:23, the Israelites sighed when they were in bondage. Why? There is an innate desire for freedom in every human being. Even the mad people on our streets want to be free. If there was ever a mad man who never wanted to be free, it was the mad man of Gadara recorded in today’s reading. Yet, when bound with chains, he would break them off in order to be free. He also sought to be free from the demons that possessed him. By the time Jesus asked the demons to leave him and go into a herd of swine nearby, even the swine protested. They chose to die than live with demonic bondage. The fellow who is possessed by demons and does not want to be free is not as wise as the pigs in the story above. Are you under any demonic captivity? I command it to break now. You are set free today in Jesus name. From this moment, you are set free! Go and enjoy your freedom!
Apart from sighing, the Israelites cried to God. It is not enough to sigh if all you have is your voice, then use it. Psalm 34:6 says God hears the cry of the poor. God has a soft spot for the poor. If you are poor and can cry with your heart unto God, He will answer you. If you have no money, cry unto God. If a problem is about to engulf you, cry to God. In Matthew 14:23-33, while the disciples were stuck with a very unfriendly storm mid-sea, the Lord walked on water towards them. They were all afraid of their lives but the Lord came close and told them to fear not. Peter jumped on the water to walk to Jesus but began to sink. He did not keep quiet. He cried out for help, and the Lord came to his rescue. When it is time to pray, especially congregational prayers, some men who need to cry to God because of their predicament, refuse to do so because they do not want sisters to see their tears and take them for weaklings. If you truly have a serious problem, you will not remember who is there or who is not there. You will not be thinking of who to impress. Cry to God today and a change will come.
Pray from your heart to God
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