My consistent prayer inspires courage and delivers justice in every situation.
“To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.”MLK
“Be fair, just, merciful, and walk humbly with your God.”Micah 6:8 (TLB)
Dear Prosperity Partners and Friends,
I pray you are well, happy, and inspired as we welcome the final week in the month of January. I also pray that you are already experiencing results of your ‘increased’ prayer time. Spending extra time in God’s loving presence can only bring about great blessings. Don’t you agree?
Last Sunday, the sermon reminded us that the prayers of two Baptist Ministers, The Revs. Sam Sharpe of Jamaica and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. of the USA, were a source of encouragement to them and an inspiration to the wider world. It was prayer that lifted them when their faith seemed to fade. It was prayer that revealed their life’s mission. It was prayer that enabled them to keep going when all the evidence suggested that they should stop. It was prayer that illumined their path in the midnight of their despair. It was prayer that make them bold enough to lay everything on the line so that God could use them in ways that emancipated nations from the bondage of human slavery, and economic and racial discrimination. It is prayer that gave them the peace that the world promises but is unable to deliver. Prosperity Partners and Friends, Prayer will do the same for you and me.
The sermon reminds us that:
- We must persist in prayer.
The 11th Chapter of the Gospel of Luke shares Jesus’ Parable of the Knock At Midnight. A man knocks on his friend’s door at midnight to ask for bread for a friend who will soon arrive at his home. He knocks to request bread to offer his guest. Jesus reminds us that it is the man’s persistent knock that will cause the friend to awake from his bed and provide bread. Jesus goes on to say that when we dare to knock, the door opens. When we dare to seek, we find. When we dare to ask, what we ask for is given to us. (See Luke 11:9)
- Your persistent prayers will:
a. Give you the ‘Big Picture’
Your blessing is in what your soul has blessed. Prayerfully seek your purpose in life. If you seek your purpose, you will find it. Or should I say, it will find you, just as Revs. King and Sharpe discovered their purpose through their persistent prayers.
b. Supply you with necessary resources (human and spiritual)
What is required for the fulfilment of your mission is wrapped up in your life’s purpose or mission? When you catch the mission, the provision is included. It’s a package deal.
c. Inspire ‘hope’ to see you through appearances of ‘rough patches’
“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.” MLK
d. Attract others to support you
Dr King describes Mother Pollard as a ‘dedicated participant in the bus protest in Montgomery, Alabama. He would turn again and again to her encouraging words throughout the Civil Rights Movement: ‘God is taking care of you.’
e. Leave a ‘footprint for good’ on you and the world
Britain abolished slavery post-Rev. Sam Sharpe’s revolt. Every Jamaican Prime minister is the offspring of the enslaved persons that Rev. Sharpe sought to emancipate. Many economic and racial barriers of domination and discrimination fell due to the Civil Rights Movement in America, led by Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. These are definite footprints for good in the world today.
Know this: There is a reason that you woke up this morning. There is a reason that you are where you are in your life. Your persistent prayers will reveal your God-given mission that includes the necessary provision. Your ‘spiritual footprint’ is necessary. So is mine.
‘God of All Creation, I accept the mission that You have assigned to me. It is etched on my soul. I seek Your Divine Wisdom, Patient Love, and Unwavering Faith to boldly be what You designed me to be. In humility and persistent prayer, I let that for which I was born come alive, beginning NOW!
Thank You God!
Seeing Tremendous Blessings for You in 2022,