Wisdom For The Day Devotional 17 May 2023 By Bishop Mike Okonkwo: Give More Time To Prayer
TOPIC: Give More Time To Prayer (TREM Devotional 17 May 2023)
“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 (KJV)
The Bible tells us an interesting story about a man called Jabez, who was described as honourable. Despite his honour, his problem started when his mother bore him and gave him a name that literarily means ‘sorrow.’ Jabez understood what it meant to encounter closed doors in life. He was rejected by men, even though he had no hand in the circumstances of his birth. His situation was so bad that everywhere he went, he became a laughingstock. It was at this point that he sought the face of God.
Worthy of note is the fact that Jabez desired God’s intervention in his life. He desired the doors that were closed against him to be unlocked. He desired a supernatural intervention. That desire drove him to his knees. He had expectations of a better life. He needed a fresh start. He was tired of the status quo, and so he cried to the Lord.
I encourage you to develop the habit of seeking God’s face in prayers, especially when things are difficult. If God could intervene in the life of Jabez, much more will He do for you!
I urge you today to give more time to prayer. Sit at the feet of Jesus and learn from Him. Don’t just talk to God in prayer, listen to Him too. Receive instruction from His mouth. The things He will tell you will unlock the doors of your miracles. Every request you bring before Him will receive His attention. See Him intervening in that long-standing health condition. Don’t look at the symptoms, look at the healing. See Him intervening in your job, business, finances, academics, and marriage. Let me assure you that God heard you ever before you began to pray and He is already throwing His weight around on your behalf.
1 Chronicles 4:9-10; James 5:13-18
DAILY BIBLE READING:
Morning – 1 Chronicles 1-3
Evening – John 5:25-47
Wisdom For The Day Devotional was Written by Dr. Mike Okonkwo; Is the Presiding Bishop of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM); a versatile man of God with over 30 years of dedicated service unto the Lord.