By David Oyedepo
Welcome to another exciting week. I hope you were blessed through last week’s teaching. Also, I believe you have discovered that you can provoke favour through Kingdom advancement endeavours. Today, we shall focus on Kingdom Advancement Prayer: Every Believer’s Responsibility!
From scriptures, we discover that Kingdom advancement prayer is a commandment. As it is written: After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:9-10).
Also, we must understand that the prayer altar is the sharpest of all sickles of harvest with capacity to birth a nation at once. The Bible records: Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child. Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children (Isaiah 66:7-8).
Furthermore, we saw how on mount Carmel, the whole of Israel exclaimed:The LORD, he [is] the God; the LORD, he [is] the God through the prayer ministry of Elijah (1 Kings 18:39; James 5:17).The is how a whole nation bowed to the effectual fervent prayer of a man. Also, Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego came out of the fire, the king passed a decree.
As it is written: Therefore I make a decree, That every people, nation, and language, which speak any thing amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made a dunghill: because there is no other God that can deliver after this sort. Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, in the province of Babylon (Daniel 3:29-30; see also Daniel 6:10).
We also saw that the Apostles were constantly in prayers, they also responded to the threats of the people with prayers. The Bible records: And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word (Acts 4:29). We saw them gathered together in Solomon’s porch praying (Acts 5:12/14, Acts 6:4/7). So, Kingdom advancement prayers will keep on advancing the engaging believer until He sets us above all nations of the earth.
It is also important to know that the multitudes drawn into the Kingdom by prayer will always require prayer to be established in the faith. As it is written: Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God (Colossians 4:12; see also Galatians 4:19).So, prayer will bring them in, prayer will also keep them established.
Moreover, we discovered from the testimony of the Apostles that nothing establishes a believer in the faith like Word encounters and for the Word to keep flowing, we have to keep praying. For it is written: Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you (2 Thessalonians 3:1; see also John 6:68).
Thus, prayer is what releases the Word and the Word is what establishes the saints (Ephesians 6:18). Furthermore, church growth will require prayer forever; the church cannot keep growing until the saints keep praying. So, we can only keep the church growing by praying. Remember, it is not the length of our prayer but the fervency of engagement.
But, what is in Praying Kingdom Advancement Prayer for us?
Supernatural Favour: As it is written: But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you (Matthew 6:33).When anything is added to our lives without asking, it is called favour. The Bible says: Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come. For thy servants take pleasure in her stones, and favour the dust thereof. So the heathen shall fear the name of the Lord, and all the kings of the earth thy glory (Psalm 102:13-15).Please, understand that nothing flies like favour!
Supernatural Change of Levels/Status: We saw Nehemiah engaged in Kingdom welfare prayer when he heard about the trouble the people were going through in Jerusalem. He fasted many days (Nehemiah 1:1-11) and suddenly, from a Cup Bearer; he became a Governor. The Bible records: Moreover from the time that I was appointed to be their governor in the land of Judah, from the twentieth year even unto the two and thirtieth year of Artaxerxes the king, that is, twelve years, I and my brethren have not eaten the bread of the governor (Nehemiah 5:14).
Wiping Away of Shame and Reproach: If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will [my] Father honour (John 12:26). When God honours a man, no devil can dishonour him. For it is written: In the multitude of people is the king’s honour: but in the want of people is the destruction of the prince (Proverbs 14:28; see also1 Samuel 2:30).
In conclusion, to be a full partaker of these blessings of stewardship, Kingdom advancement prayer must be our priority and lifestyle.
But, we cannot do that if we are not born again. Are you born again? If you are not, this is an opportunity to do so.
Simply say the following prayer:
Lord Jesus, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me my sins. Cleanse me with Your precious Blood. Today, I accept You as my Lord and personal Saviour. Thank You Jesus for saving me! Now I know I am born again!”