(Day 16 of the Fasting and Prayer Programme)
Scripture Reading: Matthew 2:7-21
Jeremiah 11:18 says, “Then the Lord told me about the plots my enemies were making against me.” The reality of evil conspiracies by our enemies against us are obvious. The Psalmist says, “Why do the nations conspire, and the people plot in vain….” (Psalms 2: 1-2).Conspire means to breathe together. It means “to combine, to cooperate towards an end”, however, it has come to mean “to combine secretly for unlawful purposes, to plan and act secretly, especially in order to commit a crime, to devise someone’s ruin.” Today, we fast and pray the Holy Spirit bring to our consciousness God’s word in Psalms 21:11: “Because they sought to do you harm, they devised a wicked plan—but they will fail!” AMEN. Child of God, are you a victim of evil conspiracies? Or, are the enemies planning your downfall? In our scripture reading, a powerful king rose against an innocent and ‘powerless’ new born Baby. The enemies do not want your “star” or that of your family to shine. The Psalmist says, “Kings of the earth take up position, princes plot together against Yahweh and His anointed, now let us break the fetters! Now let us throw off their bonds!” (Psa. 2:2-3) (NJB)
Brethren, you must realise that every temptation is Satan’s conspiracy to bring you down, so whenever you fall into temptation, you are aiding the success of demonic plans against your “star”. The only sure way to overcome evil conspiracies is through fervent prayer. After the Lord opened the eyes of Jeremiah to the evil conspiracies against him, he prayed: “Lord of Heaven’s armies, You make righteous judgments, and You examine the deepest thoughts and secrets. Let me see Your vengeance against them, for I have committed my cause to You.” (Jer.11:20) God responds: “Not one of these plotters from Anathoth will survive, for I will bring disaster upon them when their time of punishment comes.” (v.23) Hear these, “He thwarts the plans of the crafty, so that their hands achieve no success.” (Job 5:12); “Devise a plan, but it will be thwarted; State a proposal, but it will not stand, For God is with us.” (Isa.8:10); “The LORD nullifies the counsel of the nations; He frustrates the plans of the peoples.” (Psalms 33:10)
Child of God, do not be afraid of their evil scheming; God will reveal their plans to you, so be spiritually alert and in prayer and through the power of God’s word, thwart their devises.
MASS: GREEN 1 Sam 24:2-20; Ps 57:2. 3-4. 6.11 (R.2a); Accl. 2Cor. 5:19; Mk 3:13-19
1. Spend time in praise and worship songs.
2. Father, let the Angels of my destiny locate me and direct me to the right direction in Jesus name.
3. Take the prayer, “Overcoming Demonic/Wicked Conspiracies” in “Amen: It is Done” (Pg. 46).
Exercise: Remember to sow your seed, a minimum of N1050, into any of our bank accounts; and take the prayer of 2018 seed-sowing declaration.
Meditation: Isaiah 54:15-17.