Scripture Reading: Luke 18:1-8

Welcome to today’s devotional. According to St. Faustina: “A soul arms itself by prayer for all kinds of combat. In whatever state the soul may be, it ought to pray. A soul which is pure and beautiful must pray, or else it will lose its beauty; a soul which is striving after this purity must pray, or else it will never attain it; a soul which is newly converted must pray, or else it will fall again; a sinful soul, plunged in sins, must pray so that it might rise again. There is no soul which is not bound to pray, for every single grace comes to the soul through prayer.”  For St. John Chrysostom: “Prayer is the place of refuge for every worry, a foundation for cheerfulness, a source of constant happiness, a protection against sadness.”

St. Peter Eymard agrees with St. John when he said, “Have confidence in prayer for it is the unfailing power which God has given us.” The accumulated power of prevailing prayer can move immovable obstacles. Let prayer be your attitude. God has performed miracles in response to urgent, on-the-spot pleas, of course, but many spiritual battles take much time. You cannot earn God’s blessing by virtue of the amount of time you pray. Yet no one ever became mighty in prayer without spending much time praying. It is the fiery intercessor who conquers. A burning heart is the best preparation for prayer. Fiery prayer is the intensity born of the Holy Spirit. Such flaming prayer at times causes sleep to vanish and makes the heart hungry to fast. The secret of living a fruitful prayer  life is persevering in prayer. The believer with such prayer life does not give up, because he/she must see the manifestation of the glory of God. We must press on in prayer with faith. Elijah knew God had promised to send rain, but he persevered seven times in continued prayer, with his face between his knees (1Kings 18:41-46). A persevering prayer is the prayer that brings God’s miraculous power to bear on man’s need. Child of God, let us persevere in prayer for it is the secret of living a prayerful, fruitful life.

Share this true life experience of one user of DSD. “Sometime in 2004, after a very long wait, trying to gain admission into the higher institution, I got the break and gained admission into the Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO), to study Information Management Technology in a most miraculous manner, as my admission list only came out on my matriculation day, not with the best of JAMB results without any form of sorting and for this I give God all the glory. I settled down and began to gain a level of influence when I encountered a problem in my 200 level second semester that led to my expulsion, I was expelled alongside with two other students on grounds of examination malpractice, but as God will have it, out of the three panels I faced, only one found me guilty while the other two did not, but I was still expelled against all odds. My expelled status was made known to me on my birthday, April 11th, which was also the day I was to commence my 400 level first semester exams, a day, whose good would forever be scarcely known to me. On the day my expulsion letter was finally handed over to me,  I took it and walked straight to the school altar at our then place of worship. I placed the letter on the spot where the altar was usually erected and made this prayer: ”Dear God, I do believe that your name is being exalted on this altar and people come here to be blessed by you, my admission was a miracle and would be dented by this expulsion, therefore Lord, grant me a bigger miracle with my reinstatement and my testimony would be heard by all, in Jesus name. Amen.” Although it was a short prayer, but I believed God on it. The wait was long and nothing had been longer, because both friends and family began to give up, as both spiritual and physical negative options began to creep in,  but God’s grace kept me. My dad came to Owerri to assist me seek any form of solution, and was clearly informed that no student, ever been expelled from this university,  was reinstated in the university’s twenty two years of existence. I was therefore advised to go and learn a trade or get a new JAMB form to seek for a fresh admission elsewhere. But I held unto God’s word, which was rooted in my spirit and  prevailed. Very early one fateful morning in 2010, my then H.O.D called me and asked me to board the nearest transport back to school, that I have been reinstated by the school’s Senate. I was short of words, and could only shed tears of joy. Friends in Christ,  God is forever faithful, so no matter what you have been through or going through, just hold on to God’s word, because He surely will honour His word and see you through.

Prayer Point:

  1. Take any of the prayer points that suit your situation(s)

Exercise: Spend quality time with God in Prayer.

Memory Verse: Jeremiah 29:12-14