Category: Motivation

The Benefits of Christian Fellowship

Fellowship is an important part of our faith. Coming together to support one another is an experience that allows us to learn, gain strength, and show the world exactly what God is.

Each of us together shows all of God’s graces to the world. No one is perfect. We all sin, but each of us has a purpose here on Earth to show aspects of God to those around us. Each of us has been given specific spiritual gifts. When we come together in fellowship, it’s like us as a whole demonstrating God. Think of it like a cake. You need the flour, sugar, eggs, oil, and more to make a cake. The eggs will never be the flour. None of them make up the cake alone. Yet together, all those ingredients make a delicious cake. It is like that will fellowship. All of us together show the glory of God.

Fellowship Provides Encouragement

We all have bad moments. Whether it’s the loss of a loved one, a failed exam, money problems, or even a crisis of faith, we can find ourselves down. If we go too low, it can lead to anger and a feeling of disillusionment with God. Yet these low times are why fellowship is important. Spending tie with other believers can often lift us up a little bit. They help us to keep our eyes on God. God also works through them to provide us what we need in darker times. Coming together with others can aid in our healing process and give us the encouragement to move forward.

Hebrews 10:24-25 “Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.” (NLT)

Fellowship Reminds Us We’re Not Alone

Coming together with other believers in worship and conversation helps to remind us that we are not alone in this world. There are believers everywhere. It’s amazing that no matter where you are in the world when you meet another believer, it’s like you suddenly feel at home. That’s why God made fellowship so important. He wanted us to come together so that we always know we’re not alone. Fellowship allows us to build those lasting relationships so we’re never by ourselves in the world.

1 Corinthians 12:21 “The eye can never say to the hand, ‘I don’t need you.’ The head can’t say to the feet, ‘I don’t need you.'” (NLT)

Fellowship Helps Us Grow

Coming together is a great way for each of us to grow in our faith. Reading our Bibles and praying are great ways to get closer to God, but each of us has important lessons to impart to one another. When we come together in fellowship, we teach each other things. God gives us a gift of learning and growing when we come together in fellowship we show each other how to live as God wants us to live, and how to walk in His footsteps.

1 Corinthians 14:26 “Well, my brothers and sisters, let’s summarize. When you meet together, one will sing, another will teach, another will tell some special revelation God has given, one will speak in tongues, and another will interpret what is said. But everything that is done must strengthen all of you.” (NLT)

 

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Leadership Characteristics to Build

Leadership is not just about being a manager or a boss. Being a leader is about having the skills, qualities, and attributes to inspire as well as mobilize other people to bring an idea or project to fruition.

Leadership skills are important to develop, whether you are a student, at entry level, or a senior executive moving up the career-ladder. The ability to take ownership of something and bringing forward momentum to ensure that goals are achieved is a key differentiator wherever you are in your career.

So even if you are at the very beginning of your professional life, it is important to start displaying leadership as soon as possible. You are going to want to demonstrate to your boss or superiors that you have the initiative, drive, staying power, and the vision to take on more responsibility or even qualify for promotion.

That said, a true leader does not just look to developing his or her skill set in order to achieve rewards. You will end up disappointed when expectations are not met.  True leadership is built on authenticity, integrity, and a body of core competencies that drive success in every area of life – from management, to research, to the simple accomplishment of everyday tasks, to how you manage your private life.

Being able to display leadership qualities requires a robust set of skills to be proficient in and have become part of your personality. Below we have broken them down and given brief explanations. As you go about with your day-to-day, look for opportunities to develop all of these skills and actively work to improve your abilities.

20 Leadership Qualities to Develop

Problem Solving Ability: Leaders are adept at solving problems – identifying the challenge, breaking it down into its constituent parts, and devising the processes as well as the approaches that lead to a workable solution.

Having an Open Mindset: Part of effective problem solving is being open to try new ideas, new approaches, new angles – wherever they come from. Knowing that you do not know everything is a key leadership attribute and opens the door to insight and solutions from a broader range of sources, influences, and cultures.

Ability to Inspire: Managing other people’s input does not have to be overt or official –the badge of manager is not required to lead others on your team. Leaders are those people that inspire and motivate others, by a variety of means to pull together effectively to get something done.

Intuition: Good leaders trust their instincts. They learn from experience. As well as from listening to others and being guided by their peers, who in turn inspire them.

Innovative Mindset: Seeing things from a different angle. Trying new ideas out. Being open to input and suggestions from diverse sources. Experimenting. Failing and trying again. These creative qualities are fundamental to good leadership.

Positive Mindset: Maintaining a positive approach and learning not be side-tracked by the negative has a strong impact on teams and individuals. It’s very easy in work environments to get sucked into negativity that can quickly turn toxic. Good leaders know how to side-step this trap and keep focused on the objectives and tasks that yield results.

Confidence: Believing in yourself, knowing you do not know everything but have the right attitude and the open-mindedness to find solutions.  As well as embracing diversity in thought and learning from experience. Working towards positive results – all of this generates an inner-confidence that reaches and inspires other people.

Robust Communication Skills: Part of leading is being able to share and articulate what you think, need, or want to achieve. Building strong communication skills so that other people can understand and buy into your vision or idea is key.

Ability to Delegate: It is impossible to do everything yourself. And most people hate to be micro-managed in their work. Learning to delegate and to recognize other people’s strengths is a core leadership skill that helps inspire and motivate as well as leverage diverse skills.

Trustworthiness: Transparency is key. Along with strong communication skills, you need to demonstrate to others that you have integrity and you can be trusted to deliver. You are the kind of person that says what they mean and mean what they say. As well as being reliable to not take credit away from those who work alongside you.

Determination: You have a clear idea of what you want, how to get there and how to overcome the roadblocks you might encounter along the way.

Emotional Intelligence: Emotional intelligence is the interpersonal ability to forge or work with other people, in teams, or on a one-to-one. You take the time to understand others and build the skills to connect.

Persistence: You are not a quitter. No matter how difficult a job is or how long it takes to accomplish, you have your eyes on the prize. Being able to endure and continuing, despite obstacles is a key indicator of a leader.

Reliability: You stick to a schedule, you arrive on time, you deliver what as well as when you say you will deliver. Other people know they can depend on you.

Developer of Relationships: You take the time and the effort to see other people’s strengths (and weaknesses). As you develop the inter-personal relationships to develop these strengths in order to build synergies and get things done more efficiently.

Ability to Think Strategically: You understand why you are doing something. You grasp the necessity behind the task and how it fits into an over-arching goal. You think about how best to utilize resources to reach your goal. You are able to make the connections between the different stages of a plan.

Being Organized: From time-keeping to planning to reporting, good organization ensures that things go to plan in the allocated time.

Meticulousness: Good enough is not enough for you. You pay attention to the smallest detail. You are a holistic thinker – thorough and particular in your approach to everything.

Being Humble: Good leaders are those who have the humility to listen to others, recognize and reward them and in doing so, inspire, and motivate them to work together around a shared vision.

Authenticity: It is easier than you think to spot someone who is insincere or prone to “schmoozing.” Real leaders are just that – they are real. They believe in what they do and say. Your charm is genuine.

Take a moment to reflect on how many of these attributes you say are innate to your personality? And how many do you have to work on developing? Leadership, like all other skills, is something that can be actively refined, developed, and improved over time.

LIVING A LIFE THAT MATTERS

Ready or not, someday it will all come to an end. There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days! All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten, will pass on to someone else! Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance!
It will not matter what you owned or what you were owed! Your grudges, resentments, frustrations and jealousies will finally disappear! So too, your hopes, ambitions, plans and to-do list will expire.
The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away! It won’t matter where you came from, or on what side of the tracks you lived, at the end! It won’t matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant, even your gender and skin colour will be irrelevant!
SO WHAT WILL MATTER?
How will the value of your days be measured? What will matter is not what you bought but what you built; not what you got but what you gave! What will matter is not your success but your significance! What will matter is not what you learned but what you taught! What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage or sacrifice that enriched, empowered or encouraged others to emulate your example!
What will matter is not your competence but your character. What will matter is not how many people you knew, but how many will feel a lasting loss when you are gone! What will matter is not your memories, but the memories that live in those who loved you! What will matter is how long you will be remembered, by whom and for what!
Living a life that matters doesn’t happen by accident. It’s not a matter of circumstance but of choice!
Make that choice today! And choose to live a life that matters!

Christianity is heart-work

“He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.” Psalm 24:4
Outward practical holiness is a very precious mark of grace. It is to be feared that many professors have perverted the doctrine of justification by faith in such a way as to treat good works with contempt; if so, they will receive everlasting contempt at the last great day. If our hands are not clean, let us wash them in Jesus’ precious blood, and so let us lift up pure hands unto God. But “clean hands”will not suffice, unless they are connected with “a pure heart.” True religion is heart-work. We may wash the outside of the cup and the platter as long as we please, but if the inward parts be filthy, we are filthy altogether in the sight of God, for our hearts are more truly ourselves than our hands are; the very life of our being lies in the inner nature, and hence the imperative need of purity within. The pure in heart shall see God, all others are but blind bats.
The man who is born for heaven “hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity.” All men have their joys, by which their souls are lifted up; the worldling lifts up his soul in carnal delights, which are mere empty vanities; but the saint loves more substantial things; like Jehoshaphat, he is lifted up in the ways of the Lord. He who is content with husks, will be reckoned with the swine. Does the world satisfy thee? Then thou hast thy reward and portion in this life; make much of it, for thou shalt know no other joy.
“Nor sworn deceitfully.” The saints are men of honour still. The Christian man’s word is his only oath; but that is as good as twenty oaths of other men. False speaking will shut any man out of heaven, for a liar shall not enter into God’s house, whatever may be his professions or doings. Reader, does the text before us condemn thee, or dost thou hope to ascend into the hill of the Lord?

7 Ways To Move In God’s Timing

Trusting in God means also trusting in His timing. Learn to discern the next move of God on your life and be alert to His Divine timing.

Pray

Psalm 34:15

Take time to communicate with The Father and get the “green light” from Him on next steps. It’s always wise to seek His counsel and follow peace to know that we’re in the right place at the right time.

Wait

2 Peter 3:8-9

Don’t act with haste, but really get to know The Father’s will for the moment. God’s timing is usually discerned through patience. Give yourself time for The Holy Spirit to confirm what He wants you to do. The Bible says those who wait for The Lord will always find a renewed sense of strength and direction.

Identify God Desires

Jeremiah 29:11

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Your new nature is always in the presence of God. You can’t spend that much time with The Father without attracting His desires and His heart for people. Learn to identify those desires that God just drops in your heart. They will be a stir and an indicator on when to take action.

Confirmation Cues

John 16:13

But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.

The Holy Spirit will relate to you through confirmation cues to encourage you either to move forward, slow down or come to a complete stop. Be watchful and sensitive to these cues as they will help you stay planted in the will of God.

Look For God-opportunities

John 6:28 – Therefore they said to Him, “What shall we do, so that we may work the works of God?

“God-opportunities” that The Lord wants us to act on will always be an opportunity for our abilities to be amplified with His strengths. When God wants you to take action it will bring you into a co-laboring partnership with Him.

Don’t Delay Obedience

Luke 11:28

Once God makes known to you His will and your next steps, do everything you can to respond with immediate obedience. A slow reaction time is the enemy to the blessing of radical, immediate obedience.

Upgrade Alert

Luke 21:34-36

“Be on guard, so that your hearts will not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life, and that day will not come on you suddenly like a trap; for it will come upon all those who dwell on the face of all the earth. But keep on the alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

Stay alert in understanding God’s desire to take you to the next level of glory. We have to be ready and willing to allow God to advance us forward to the next level. Being sensitive to those times will help you make the right move and become more aware of God’s transitional phases for your life.

 

Prayer Guide For Belivers

The word “prayer” is very common to us all, yet most people do not understand the full meaning of it. Today, places of worship abound, where people gather for worship, to praise and pray to God, our Almighty Creator. Diverse doctrines of all biblical based religions and faiths cannot and will not change the “ever known ancient” pattern of prayer and supplication showcased in the scriptures. Learning how to pray to God and constantly praying has helped a lot of people get out of troubles, both in our time and in biblical times.

The scripture is the standard upon which one can rely and experience the superfluous imminence and transcendent light from God. Through prayers, one can tap from the divine energy of God; the energy will help unlock the doors and windows of blessings, success, healing, good health, uplift and spiritual bliss, etc.

What is Prayer?

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, prayer is an address to God in word or thought. Prayer means talking to God in the form of giving Him praise, thanks, expressing one’s needs or desires. However, I define prayer as the “Consciousness tune-up of the inner self”, toward the throne of the presence of the Almighty God.

What I mean is that, when we pray, we tend to elevate our consciousness towards a more lofty existence than the one we are already in. When we pray, we are actually bringing ourselves closer to a communion with the divine; and when we have a communion with our creator, when we in a meeting with our maker, we have every opportunity to tender our request.

A good example to describe the instance of praying to God is one having a meeting with a king. Imagine you have the opportunity once a year to meet with the king of your land, won’t you prepare the best way you can and cherish every moment of the meeting. If we will do so for an earthly king and ruler, how much more we should do for the ruler of the whole universe. The most interesting part is that, the ruler of the whole universe desires and is ever willing to listen to our prayers.

We talk to God through prayers while He talks to us through the scriptures.

There is no distinction to a class of people for whom prayer is made for. Everyone can pray depending on one’s understanding of actually what prayer is and what one needs.

The challenging vicissitudes of life cannot come to an end as long as this earth endures {Genesis 8:22}

The essence of prayer is to draw us closer to our creator and at the same time we can use the opportunity to entreat our creator to ease off our problems and grant us our heart desires.

It is written in the scriptures, thus: “A prayer of Moses the man of God” {Psalm 90:1}. Moses of the bible, the son of Amram and the greatest prophet of all, understood the efficacy of prayer, and he prayed. The entire Bible is one long story of the prayers of God’s people and how he answered them and is still answering them today.

Understanding Prayer
In the book of Genesis, it is stated “Jacob in his dream saw ladder plunged from the earth reaching the heaven. Angels were ascending and descending from it to earth. {Genesis 28:12}. It means that man’s pure thought (meditative prayer} and pure verbal statement (invocative prayer} to God, ascends through the gate (ladder) of prayer plunged from earth to heaven.

Prayer then can be said to be the request of whatever one needs with supplications to the almighty God; who in turn supplies it to him from the throne (store house) through the same ladder of request.

Service Of The Heart
The prime aim of prayer is to achieve the highest degree of closeness and unification with our creator. It is also the expression of one’s total reliance on God thus coming closer and closer to him. It is the service of the heart (Deut 11:13). When trouble and calamity befall a person, he has only one perfect option – to turn to his creator (God). If one can understand that his trouble is a message from God, if one will understand that, sometimes God allows troubles to befall a man to draw his attention towards Him, he will immediately respond and seek closeness and unity with his primary source of his existence which is God Himself. When God allows certain troubles to befall us, He is reminding us the need to repent and return to Him. (Psalm 77; 79; 51 and 130)

It is obvious that to achieve closeness to God while praying, one should not be preoccupied with his/her daily problems. According to the great thinkers in matters of prayer; “when one wants to pray, he should walk a distance of two doors and only there should he pray”. This simply means that there are two steps preparation to prayer. One must move out of the road that connects him with his daily needs which impedes his concentration on his prayers. It’s only then that one can enter the roads bringing him closer to God.

Combining Effort and Prayer
Prayer is transformative. Distractions impede performance. Do not say I have prayed thereby abandoning the efforts of praying more. With effort comes progress, if not total success. One who is despaired will never advance. Also, as one prays, he should work hard in order to beautify his prayers.

Payer + Hardwork = Success

People rely solely on miracles these days. A miracle can only take place when effort complements prayer. (Exodus 14:21-23; 26-28)

The Commandment To Prayer
The law of prayer is not to render honour with the mouth while the heart is distant. But from the innermost heart should one supplicate for mercy from God. (Deut 26:8-10 and Psalm 27:8). This is man’s greatest fulfilment and the only finest acquisition on earth he can strive for. The door is open and our inner self beckons for the priceless minutes of prayer; let us enter.

Problems and Need of Man
From the very day man sinned against his creator, his problems issued forth (Gen. 3:16-19). No one’s life is devoid of problems and needs. We need to strive with effort and prayer to excel in areas of work, good health, healing, success, peace, business, marriage, etc.

Every good thing is at the reach of man (Gen. 1:28-30).

God understands every language, it doesn’t matter the language you speak, nor how fluently you speak; only make sure you pray with the proper intention and focus. When you pray, free your mind and pour out you heart to God. If you feel like crying, cry, because a broken and a contrite heart God do not despise (psalms 51:17). Do not hold back your emotions before God. And do not forget that faith in God is the secret to answered prayers.

I have already written about the Biblical definition of Faith.

How To Pray

Now to learning how to pray to God:

1. Prepare your mind and heart:
Prayer is an action that requires the unification of the mind and the heart. Our heart harbours emotions while our mind nurtures thoughts and reasons. Our hearts create the emotions that spark thoughts and our minds decide how to express those thoughts. To pray, one needs to unify his mind and heart, and that is when we say that we are in the mood to pray. To be in the mood to pray, means, we have aligned our minds to express our hearts’ emotions.

You do not necessarily need to go to the mountains to put yourself in the mood to pray, but you need to create the awareness of divinity around you before you can pray fervently. God is everywhere, but to feel His presence, you need to tune up the divine consciousness around you before we can feel it.

Some of the ways to prepare the mind and heart to pray to God.
Singing praises and worships before praying: Doing this elevates our consciousness from the mundane to a lofty consciousness and realm of existence.
Meditation: This involvesclearing the mind of every thought and focusing on one thought, which is the divine. Meditation will assist you to feel vibrations of higher frequencies that normally you cannot feel. In meditation your body will be there but your consciousness is somewhere else. Meditation is most times practiced by people who have mastered how to control their thoughts and emotions.
Concentration: This practice involves clearing your mind of every distraction to give attention to a particular action. This is some worth like meditation. But meditation sometimes requires the use of certain materials to influence consciousness tune-up. It might also require you go to a quiet place; however, to concentrate does not necessarily need such. This is the practice that suits short prayers in an uncomfortable environment.

2. Start by Thanking God
When you are in the mood to pray to God, the first action in prayer is to offer thanks to the creator for all He has done, is doing and will continue to do. When we appreciate Him for all He has done, He will be willing to do more. Thank Him for the gift of life, health, business, food shelter, money, safety, etc; remember that whatsoever you have is the gift of God, for riches and honour come from the Lord 1 Chronicles 29:12.

3. Ask for divine forgiveness.
The next prayer point after thanking God should be asking Him for forgiveness. The bible says “Blessed is the man whose sins the Lord does not count against.” Psalm 32:2.

It is also stated in the book of Isaiah 59:1-2 saying “Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save nor His ear dull to hear. But your iniquities have separated you from God”. However, we do not need to panic as long as we have made up to repent, return to God and ask for forgiveness, “For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign Lord; repent and live.” Ezekiel 18:32.

The bible also says: “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and heal their land” 2 Chronicles 7-14. From this portion of the bible, we can understand that asking and receiving God’s forgiveness guaranties answered prayers

4. Speak as the Spirit Leads
At this point you can table all your requests and supplications before the Almighty God, however, make sure you also ask Him for the grace to always draw close to Him and to always do His will. When you ask God for something, implore His grace and favour. “For His mercies endures forever.” Psalm 136-2.

Ask your needs from God with sincerity of heart. Say your heartfelt prayers with a broken and a contrite; heart for God does not despise such heart. Psalm 51-17. When you request form God of anything, do not ask randomly, be specific and give reasons why He should do what you asked of Him. For example, when you ask God for money, tell Him what you need the money for, e.g. education, feeding, charity, etc. Doing so will make you ask reasonably and for a reasonable course.

5.Thank God in Anticipation for a Favourable Answer
When you do this, it’s as if God is the one now owing you. For you have declared to him that you have unwavering faith in Him.

6. Pray for Others
When we pray to God for others, our prayers get answered faster. So, consider praying for others as you pray for yourself.

7. Back up your Prayer with Events in the Bible
Reminding God how He helped others in the bible and why He should help you, because he never changes. Use the power embedded in the book of psalms and other bible portions to complement your prayers.

Spiritual Activities That Work with Prayers

1. Fasting
As a religious term, fasting can be defined as the process of abstaining from eating food during a prayer session. It is a ritual that was commanded by God in the bible Leviticus 23:32, and was practiced by a lot of people in the bible.

Fasting is a spiritual exercise that helps in spiritual growth and imbues spiritual discipline. Most times in the scriptures when people fasted, they did so as a penance intended to serve as reparation for the act of sin. 1Samuel 7:5-7, Nehemiah 9:1-3, Jonah 3:69. In biblical era, fasting is most sometimes associated with acts like wearing sackcloth and putting ashes on the head.

There is a mystical and spiritual benefit associated with fasting. When one fasts, he burns fat and blood, in this process; it is as if the person in question is already bringing himself/herself as a living sacrifice before God. Fasting is a very wonderful tool that can be utilised in prayer, especially when it is done with sincerity of heart as opposed to a show off fasting which the bible condemns. Isaiah 58:34.

2. Keeping the Laws of God

One cannot be in sin that grace may abide. If you love me keep my commandments. A lot of people, in the name of receiving grace, have rejected the laws of God. The laws of which God Himself said which “keep my decrees and laws, for the person who obeys them will live by them. I am the lord.” Leviticus 18:5.

Ezekiel 18:9 says “He follows my decrees and faithfully keeps them. That man is righteous; he will surely live, declares the Sovereign Lord.”

The book of proverbs 7:2 says: “keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye. If we can adhere to the secular laws of man that does not guarantee eternal life, how much more the laws of our heavenly father who can destroy our soul. Obeying the laws of God as much as we can tells God that we care about Him to honour Him, He will in turn honour our prayers, for the bible says: “Those who honour me I will honour, but those who despise me I will disdain.” 1 Samuel 2:30.”

3. Giving Charity

Almsgiving is a very spiritually elevating gesture. Our soul feel immense joy when we remember an act of kindness we offered to someone else, so also does God feel. Everyone is God’s children, helping one of God’s children makes God happy, and no one ever loses by doing what is right. Yes! Temptation comes, trials come, all are for the good when we overcome them, and it’s just a matter of time.

It is written in the scriptures saying: “There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore, I command you to be open-handed toward your fellow Israelite who is poor and needy in your land.” Deuteronomy 15:11. The bible also says: the foreigner residing among you must be treated as a native-born. Love them as yourself…” Leviticus 19:34.

Giving charity after a prayer session is a very powerful gesture that can bring quick answer to a prayer. Also, when you are praying for a child, helping orphans will not be a bad idea as well as visiting the sick. Charity has a way of turning events around.

4. Use of the Book of Psalms

One of the books of the bible that is full of prayers and supplications on any topic you can ever think of is the book of psalms. Reading and singing the Psalms is one of the most ancient spiritual practices. Using psalms to pray will definitely enhance your praying experience. Praying God’s words back to Him is a powerful way to pray, and that is what the book of Psalms can assist you to do.

The Psalms are God’s own prayer book for us and are great way to God’s words back to Him. Within the Psalms, every human emotion is covered, from grief, despair, and confession to praised, joy, and thanksgiving. Timeless laments and evergreen praises words that have been sung and prayed for thousands of years; ancient words that still speak to us today. The Psalms can help one develop a sound and well ordered prayer language.

Method of Using the Book of Psalms to Pray to God
Read and pray one chapter each day. This method entails reading one chapter of the book of Psalm each day, thereby working your way up from one chapter to another. This method will help you develop your prayer language and learn the book of Psalms. It will also help you broaden your prayers to include topics you may not have otherwise prayed for.
Use topical Psalms as a base for your prayers. In the process of learning the book of Psalms, you may be drawn to certain ones for various needs. You may decide to pray certain psalms for certain days like grief, a psalm to comfort you in hard times, a Psalm for giving thanks, etc. It’s a good thing to memorize a psalm which you can sing any time the need calls, like Psalm 23 —“the Lord is my shepherd”, which is a popular Psalm. As for me, my favourite is Psalm 121.
Sing the Psalms. King David sang the Psalms as songs. You can still do same today. You can find music for each of the psalms in various hymn books and contemporary worship songs. Sing them before praying; sing them in the middle of your prayers. Sing them at work, sing them while working walking. The bible says my mouth shall sing your praise all day long, if you form the habit of singing the psalm every time, you have succeeded in drawing your being closer to the divine being.
Short Prayers
Sometimes, some situations call for a short prayer that does not give the person praying the chance to make any prior preparations. For example, you are in an airplane and the pilot announces that there is a technical problem with the engine; in such a situation, you don’t have time for preparatory rituals, you just go ahead and make that pressing request from God for safety. Many people did it in the scripture and it worked. Elijah did it at Mount Carmel 1Kings 18:36-38; Eliezer did it in Aram Naharaim Genesis 24:11-21.

Having learnt what prayer is and how to pray, it’s time to put them into action. This piece of writing is not to give you fish, but to teach you how to catch fish. The prayer practices listed below have been tried by many and they worked, you can also give it a try.

Few Prayer Points and their Prayer Guides

The following are some of the problems of man and prayers which can bring solutions and happiness in one’s life. Those who have practiced it testified of the answers the Almighty God offered, thereby relieving them of their problems.

Prayer for Multiplying One’s Business and Wealth

Recite Genesis 30:37-43 (x7) in the morning, afternoon and evening for 7 days consecutively with immense concentration. Add midnight prayers with Psalms 20 and 121, for it has been known by the masters of mystics that the heavenly doors of blessings are always open during the watch of the night. After the 7 day period of prayers, give charity to the less privileged and orphans.

Prayer for Success in Academic Pursuit
Do not rely on magic pens and exam malpractices as most people do. There is no magic that can see you through but your efforts in reading your books with prayers will always carry you on. No one is created to be a failure. It is laziness and distraction that bring many down in their academic pursuit. If you are having problems in your exams or academic pursuit, the following prayers will see you through.

Recite Psalm 45 and Ezekiel 36:24-28 hourly. This should be done for 4days conclude the prayer by reciting 2 chronicles 6:38-40.

Prayer for Healing the Sick

Repentance from one’s bad ways and returning to God almighty for mercy is the first step. Then recite Exodus 34:6-7, Psalm 51 and 67, followed by psalms 20,6,9,18,55,69,90,91,102,103,116 and 142. If the sick person’s name has a meaning that does not pertain to life, change it to another that pertains to life if necessary. Call on the angel – Rafael for healing. Conclusively, recite Isaiah 38:4-20 and Numbers 12:13

Prayer for Court Case
Firstly, make sure you are not guilty of the crime you are accused of. If you are guilty, then go and make peace with the person you have a dispute with. If you can avoid going to court in the first place, please do so, there is no gain in dispute.

NOTE: If you have a police/Court case and you are passing through injustice in the matter, do the following:

Observe some hours of fasting for 3 days. On each day, recite Psalms 1, 2, 3. Invoke the angel who rules on the pillar of justice – Atsalyah (53x). Conclude with Jeremiah 50:29-34.

Note: Where you see the names – Babylon and Chaldean, replace with the names of your accusers, the police or court judge. Do this for 3 days; you will experience true justice and victory. Conclude with Psalm 7.

Prayer for Disappointments
It could be that every of your appointment turns out bitter in the end, and you go home disappointed. Don’t worry; every problem has a cure and its end will be the beginning a joy.

Recite: Isaiah 51:9-11; Psalms 40; 54; 57; 77. As you pray add this statement:

He redeemed my soul from going down to the grave. It’s not in me that walk to direct my footsteps but in the God that created me. He has made my way straight and has levelled mountains before me. There shall I walk and not stumble and I shall rejoice in his presence (7x).

Prayer for Barreness
Have you been barren for years after marriage? The law of the almighty creator says: be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth exceedingly

This is a positive commandment but its only sin that breech this not to happen. The bitterness of barrenness can be compared to that of the death of a beloved. Hanah’s prayer changed her situation. Yours can change too. Do the following:

Pray for forgiveness of sin reciting Psalms 51 and 130.
Observe 7days of midnight prayers especially between the 7th and 15th day of the appearance of the new moon. Recite psalm 113 and 1 Samuel 2:1-5.
Give charity to motherless babies and joy will follow you for the barrenness will no more.
Prayer for Connection and Uplift
Success comes through hard work and prayer; there is no magic that can withhold you from attaining your goal if you go for it. The following prayer steps have proved to be efficacious in providing divine open doors to many that applied them.

Observe four (4) days chain prayer, chain prayer means bringing your supplication before the throne of the Almighty timely; it can be one hourly, two hourly or three hourly throughout the prayer period. The chain prayer should start from morning to sunset. It might seem to be a big challenge, but remember that that every good thing comes with a sacrifice, in this case the sacrifice you are making is having a communion with your creator, and I don’t think there is any companion better than that. In those periods of your prayer, avoid talking to anyone until your prayer is over.

As you pray, tell the Almighty why He should uplift you and tell Him what you will do in His name when He gives you the connection you are asking for. Recite psalms 8, 65, 113:1-8 and 1 Samuel 2:6-10. At the conclusion of each day’s prayer say the following:

The God of hosts, praise worthy is the man who trust in you. Oh God save me, may the king of kings answer me as I call. Let light, Love and power of God, restore His plan for me on earth. Say this three (3) times.

Prayer for Marriage

The book of Genesis said that Adam woke up and saw Eve, therefore he said:

“This is the bone of my bones…” (Genesis 2:23-24). To find one’s spouse is easy as surely as the process is committed into the hands of the Almighty Creator. The scripture says “And Isaac came from the way of the well Lahai-roi, for he dwelt in the south country. And Isaac went out to meditate in the field (a house of prayer) at the evening, and he lifted up his eyes and saw…” {Gen. 24:62-65}

It’s all about lifting up of your spiritual eyes toward the throne of the maker of all; you will behold your spouse. Take the following steps in other to achieve positive result.

Be punctual and regular to the house of God praying for 7 consecutive days. Also in the evening, never forget to be in God’s house for your prayers for it was at the time of the evening prayer that Elijah the prophet received the answers to his prayers at mount Carmel.
Recite psalms 32, 38, 70, 71, 121 and 124 each day of your stay in the house of prayer.
Try as much as possible to visit a marriage ceremony and give gift to the couples.
Prayer for Help in Troublesome Times
The following steps will help you out of your troubles.

Reflect on your past ways, observe total repentance and return to your maker in whole heartedness. Confession of sins helps to reduce, if not totally remove troubles.
Observe some days of fasting (if possible) and pray with the following psalms 16, 20, 25, 38, 54, 81, 85, 86, 87, 102, 130 and 142.
NOTE: Fasting can atone sins quickly; for the one who fasts, burns his/her fats and blood as if he/she brought a sacrifice upon the alter of GOD.

At the end of your prayers for at least 4 days, give alms to the poor, destitute and widow, with faith and trust in God, all your problems will vanish.
In all your prayers always make this divine biblical in all your prayers always say this biblical verse: three times “O Lord God, master of hosts, hear my prayer, give ear oh God of Jacob Selah.”

The will of the almighty creator who is blessed forever, is not that man he created in his image should perish but, that man should live and serve Him. God bestowed upon man, the power to control the forces of nature and bring nature to his service. This includes both seen and unseen forces and demons.

Genesis 1:27-30, made us to understand that our God wants man to exercise control over nature. He has given us dominion over He created. With prayer we can move mountains and perform miracles. Joshua son of Nun, prayed and the sun stood firm and the moon stayed still until the Isrealites got victory. Joshua 10:12-14.

No problem in life is permanent, it will dispel when we invite our creator, so, turn to God in prayer and your problems will be solved.

ASIDE
It is written in the book of Jeremiah 51:62-63, thus:

“Then say, ‘Lord, you have said you will destroy this place, so that neither people nor animals will live in it; it will be desolate forever.’ When you finish reading this scroll, tie a stone to it and throw it into the Euphrates. Then say, ‘So will Babylon sink to rise no more because of the disaster I will bring on her. And her people will fall.’”

This part of the article is an aside; it is for people who desire to know more and make the best out of the bible. The bible we have is a very great tool we can use to solve all our problems if we know how to use it. In the passage above, we read about a ritual Jeremiah performed against the enemies of Israel as He prayed. As he threw the scroll inside the river he said:”So will Babylon sink to rise no more because of the disaster I will bring on her.” The reason why God allowed that to be recorded in the scriptures is because he wants us to make good use of it.

However, because of feeble minds that will read this article, we did not talk about mystical acts that initiate quick answers to prayers. Remember that when Moses parted the Sea of reeds, he was praying and God told him to stop praying and perform a ritual by striking the water. Some problems in life need rituals and actions and not only prayers.

So, if you would like to know more about the various rituals of the bible and how to use them to obtain quick answers to prayers, comment bellow.

Kindly share this post is you find it helpful, if there is anything you did not understand or any prayer point you want us to write a guide on, or if you wish to understand the deeper meaning of certain things discussed in this book, please comment bellow.

IS THERE A COW IN YOUR LIFE THAT IS KEEPING YOU MISERABLE?


Once upon a time, in a far away land, there lived a Chinese wise man and his disciple. One day during their travels, they saw a hut in the distance. As they approached it, they realized that it was occupied, in spite of its extremely poor appearance.

In that desolate place where there were no crops and no trees, a man lived with his wife, three young children and a thin, tired cow. Since they were hungry and thirsty, the wise man and his disciple stopped for a few hours and were well received. At one point, the wise man asked:

“This is a very poor place, far away from anything. How do you survive?”

“You see that cow? That’s what keeps us going,” said the head of the family. “She gives us milk, some of it we drink and some we turn into cheese. When there is extra, we go into the city and exchange the milk and cheese for other types of food. That’s how we survive.”

The wise man thanked them for their hospitality and left. When he reached the first bend in the road, he said to his disciple:

“Go back, get the cow, take her to the cliff in front of us, and push her off.”

The disciple could not believe what he was hearing.

“I cannot do that, master! How can you be so ungrateful? The cow is all they have. If I throw it off the cliff, they will have no way of surviving. Without the cow, they will all die!”

The wise man, an elderly Chinese man, took a deep breath and repeated the order:“Go ahead. Push the cow off the cliff.”

Though outraged at what he was being asked to do, the disciple had to obey his master. He returned to the hut and quietly led the animal to the edge of the cliff and pushed. The cow fell down the cliff and died.

As the years passed by, remorse for what he had done never left the disciple. One spring day, the guilt became too much to bear and he left the wise man and returned to that little shack. He wanted to find out what had happened to that family, to help them out, apologize, or somehow make amends. Upon rounding a turn in the road, he could not believe what his eyes were showing him. In place of the poor shack, there was a beautiful house with trees all around, a swimming pool, several cars in the garage, a satellite dish, and more. Three good-looking teenagers and their parents were celebrating their first million dollars.

The heart of the disciple froze. What could have happened to the family? Without a doubt, they must have been starving to death and forced to sell their land and leave. At that moment, the disciple thought they must all be begging on the street corners of some city. He approached the house and asked a man that was passing by, about the whereabouts of the family that had lived there several years before.

“You are looking at it,” said the man, pointing to the people gathered around the barbecue. Unable to believe what he was hearing, the disciple walked through the gate and took a few steps closer to the pool where he recognized the man from several years before, only now he was strong and confident, the woman was happy, and the children were now good looking teenagers. He was dumbfounded, and went over to the man and asked:

“What happened? I was here with my teacher a few years ago and this was a miserable place. There was nothing. What did you do to improve your lives in such a short time?”

The man looked at the disciple, and replied with a smile:

“We had a cow that kept us alive. She was all we had. But one day she fell down the cliff and died. To survive, we had to start doing other things, develop skills we didn’t even know we had. And so, because we were forced to come up with new ways of doing things, we are now much better off than before.”

My question is: WHO OR WHAT IS THAT ‘COW’ IN YOUR LIFE THAT YOU NEED TO PUSH OFF THE CLIFF?

Many a time, we have let our dependence on salary, titles, certain people, things or situation, create a comfort zone and limit us from achieving greater things.

You could be very ‘cautious’ in nature and it takes you a lot to let go and climb to another level. You ma

y feel terrible at first, but in the end, it will all be worth it.

From the conversation in the end, the man says that they had to develop skills and do other things when their only ‘source of survival was dead’.

It is time to wake up!

At times, we need to lose that job to realize that we can actually do well in business.

Sometimes that business needs to fail, to realize that we can do well in other things.

Sometimes a situation in our lives may have to fail for us to realize that we deserve and can get better.

Is there a cow in your life that is keeping you miserable? If so, push that cow down the cliff and please do not be tempted to go after it!

COVID-19 pandemic could be the godsent servant pushing our cow down the cliff so we can develop wings to fly🦅.