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An addition to your prayer journal

We have lists for different types of prayers in our prayer journal, ranging from “prayers that prevail”, “now I lay me down to sleep prayers”, “prayer for provision” and many others. Having all these arsenals in our weaponry can be confusing at times, as to what to pray about especially when circumstances that warrant prayers are muddled up. Recognizing priority is paramount in this case.

Recognition of priorities in our daily lives makes life easier without stress. Our plans are able to flow into each other avoid havoc without disruptions. Priority recognition is also important in our dealings with God. unrecognition of priorities can lead to delayed blessings and living a life below what God desires us to be.

God tests priorities

Christ saw that Bartimaeus was blind but still asked what he wanted (Mark 10:46-52). Take heed your essential need may be relegated for nonessential one. Asking the non-priority will not be God’s fault. His Word simply says: “Ask and it shall be given you” (Matthew 7:7).

Recognition of Priority

Bartimaeus recognised his priority but the man at the beautiful gate did not (Acts 3:1-9). Oftentimes it takes one to be a critical thinker to be able to analyse one’s life and know priorities. Sometimes they may hide in darker shade such as the spirit realm. The best way to unravel priorities is through the help of the Holy Spirit. Seeking and praying by the help of the Holy Spirit helps us pray priority prayers (Romans 8:26).

Seek the help of the Holy Spirit today for priority prayers.

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Identity amongst the gifts of the Spirit

The gifts of the Spirit is crucial for the edification of the church – ¬†“From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supply, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, make increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love (Ephesians 4:16 KJV). A joint becomes ineffectual of the measure it supplies if it is dislocated or not in its rightful place and, thus will not contribute effectively to the healthiness of the body.

Identity defines us: what we do and who we are. Therefore a misplaced identity can be catastrophic to an individual or more so an organization formed by chains of individuals.

The danger in defining identity today is because it is induced rather than soulishly discovered. Common examples in the circular world is when a qualified lawyer resigns from her career and becomes a chef. You ask why she became a lawyer in the first place and it could be because mom and dad are lawyers. You ask why she resigned to be a chef and it will be because she enjoys doing it.

This same ordeal can also be applied to the church today. Because someone served faithfully under a Pastor should not automatically identify him as a pastor. More so because someone can hear the voice of God does not automatically qualify him as a prophet. There are misplaced identities in the church today that can be unhealthy to the body of Christ. Remember Stéphanos was ordained a deacon by the church but his true identity was an Evangelist (Acts 6:8). Selah.

If identities induced can be unhealthy. How can identities be discovered within the church? A story I like to point at is the story of Jesus Christ. He suffered of a misplaced identity – he was called a carpenter (Mark 6:3), he was called a Demoniac (John 10:20), he was called Elijah the prophet (John 1:21) and lastly he was called the king of the Jews (John 19:3). His true identity was only revealed by the Spirit of God as the son of God (Matthew 16:16-17). The spirit of God is the soul of the Christian body. He alone can reveal our identity to us.

Once identity is discovered it serves as the base rock from which the foundation can be built. The gates of hell may come against it but they will not prevail (Matthew 16:17-19).

Seek the Holy spirit today to discover your identity.

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Aligning with the will of God

What makes a child of God is aligning with the will of God – Your will becomes the father’s will (John 1:12-13). This is the ultimate reason that separates us from Satanism.

When we think of the father’s will for our lives – we always think of it in a rosy way, that it is God’s will that all should be well at all times. In reality according to scriptures, contrast is the case; the Israelite going into captivity of the Babylonians was the will of God, Christ’s suffering and death was the will of God. The dispersing of the Israelites into other countries for captivity was to evangelise himself amongst the nations of the earth. The death of Christ was for the reconciliation of man to him.

God possess you, your will becomes his will, that he might do his good pleasure in the earth (Philippians 2:13). Yield to his will. There is no way God can use you if you do not accept his will. He will not be able to fully possess you and thus is power through you cannot be fully realised.

Situations that enacts God’s will may not be favourable but God’s thoughts for you is to do you good and give you an expected end (Jeremiah 29:11). Patience therefore is required in the accomplishment of his will (James 1:2).

Align with the father’s will.