Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye

Memorise: And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. Romans 8:27

Read: Romans 8:26-27

In Mark 5:1-20, the Lord Jesus Christ was at a graveyard. But what was He doing there? He was paying visit to a mad man who had made the graveyard his residence. In whatever hole you are hiding the Lord will visit you. By the time the man saw Jesus at a distance he ran to him, fell on his face and worshipped Him contrary to what the demons in him wanted. Who told this man to take such an action? It was the Spirit that inspired him and told him, “That is the fellow who can deliver you. Shut your ears to all the other voices you are hearing now, run with all your strength to Him and when you get there, worship Him”. He obeyed the prompting of the Spirit and he was delivered that day. This tells us that God can even prompt a mad fellow to take the steps that will eventually secure his deliverance. Are you battling with insanity? Have you been hearing strange voices? In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, I command every strange voice to disappear now. I rebuke you spirit of insanity and I command you to take your leave now in Jesus name.

Similarly, in Matthew 15:21-28, when the Canaanitish woman came to meet the Lord to ask for the deliverance of her daughter, He did not say anything but secretly, He was inspiring her to keep calling for help until she asked for bread crumbs and He gave her the miracle. Sometimes, when we are making our request, we do not know how to package it well. Left to ourselves, many of our prayers that were answered would not have been answered if not that the Holy Spirit assisted us in repackaging the request. This is why Romans 8:26 says:

Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groaning which cannot be uttered.

From James 4:3 we understand that we don’t receive when we ask amiss. But praise God that through the help and inspiration of the Spirit, we can reach our goal. May you be inspired afresh today!

One way you allow the Spirit to repackage your request is by praying in tongues. Endeavour to pray for one to two hours in tongues daily. 

Bible in one year: Deuteronomy 32:34

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