Topic: Prayer; The Identity Changer [Wednesday May 17, 2017]
Scripture: And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested. 1 Chronicles 4:10
Thought For The Day: Prayer does not only affect a man’s environment; it also affects his ‘invironment’
Prayer is the flow of communication between man and God proceeding from a healthy and lively relationship. There are a lot of benefits a person enjoys when he prays: they include access to power, purity, purpose, direction, wisdom, favour, Divine resources, etc.
As crucial as all these benefits could be, the greatest benefit of praying is what prayer does to a man’s identity. Prayer is an identity changer. Prayer does not only affect a man’s environment; it also affects his ‘invironment’ (his internal Environment; his spirit).
The person who prays is changed by his prayer. Jacob was a supplanter whose identity was changed at the place of prayer. He was changed from Jacob, a person to Israel, a nation.
Jabez, like Jacob, also experienced a change of identity; his identity was changed from Jabez, a man of sorrow to Jabez, an honourable man; Jabez also became the name of the city he founded (1 Chronicles 2:55). He became more honourable than all his brethren. He was changed from being a miserable Jabez to an honourable Jabez (1 Chronicles 4: 9,10).
Jesus’ appearance was transfigured at the place of prayer; the fashion of his countenance was altered (Luke 9:29).
Beloved, engage in persistent prayer, not only for what it can do for you but for what it will do to you and in you.
Remember this: Prayer does not only affect a man’s environment; it also affects his ‘invironment’
- Remain in persistent, unbroken relationship with God.
Fight every form of laziness at the place of prayer.
Prayer: O LORD, baptize me with fresh prayer power. Give me the grace for unbroken relationship with You, LORD in Jesus’ Name.
FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE: THE NECESSITY OF PRAYER.
Daily Reading: 2 Samuel 2:12 to 3:39, John 13:1 to 30, Psalm 119:1 to 16, Proverbs 15:29 to 30.
Quote: Prayer is the most crucial engagement of a Christian in his relationship with God. Culled from: PRINCIPLES AND POWER OF PRAYER by Dr Paul Enenche
Amazing Fact: Typewriter is the longest word that can be made only using one row on the keyboard.
Today In History: 17/5/1877 – The first telephone switchboard burglar alarm was installed by Edwin T. Holmes.
Dunamis International Gospel Centre (DIGC), is a powerfully anointed church, headquartered at Abuja, Nigeria, with Dr Paul and Dr Becky Enenche, as the Senior Pastors. It is a power-packed arena where God’s Presence, Principles and Power are at work for the salvation, healing and restoration of human destinies and dignities.