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The Restoration Prayer

Happy New Year Everyone.

It has become customary for a lot of Christian congregations to start the year with prayer and fasting.

One of the prayers I have found to cut across denominations is usually ‘The prayer of restoration’ and most of the time the scriptural reference for that prayer is usually taken from Joel 2:25-26.

Read with me: I’ll make up for the years of the locust, the great locust devastation -locusts savage, locusts deadly, fierce locusts, locusts of doom, That great locust invasion I sent your way. You’ll eat your fill of good food, you’ll be full of praises to your God…’ -Joel 2:25-27 (MSG)

Does this verse apply to you today?

Let’s look at the verse again.

The word ‘I’ in verse 25 is referring to God. Therefore God sent the locust devastation on the Israelites as a result of their disobedience.

He made this promise that we like to quote in response to their repentance.

So, before you quote this scripture again, answer the following questions.

1. Has God told you that He sent ‘locusts’ your way and why?

2. If yes, have you repented as God requires?

If your answer to question 1 is ‘No’. Errm, what are you doing?

I leave the answers to you.

P.S I do not have anything against the ‘prayer of restoration’ in itself, I just want to encourage believers to pray with understanding of scriptures.

I choose to pray in understanding in 2016.

Who’s With Me?
Tobiloba

Child-Like Faith

I spend a lot of time around children. As a result I have found out that the children of this generation have super active imaginations. My niece is on an entirely different level.

She imagines the most out of this world things and when we’re having conversations and she’s animatedly talking about those things she plans to invent-like a robot that does all her household chores,and I respond,

‘But you know that’s not possible-at least for right now.’

She ALWAYS responds ‘ But aunty, ‘Nothing is impossible with God’.

I nod in acceptance but i always pass it off to her childish naivety.

Until this week.

I was contemplating a lot of things and I was mentally trying to figure out how everything was going to come together. I mentally knocked some things out as impossible and then I remembered to pray. As I was praying,I could hear my niece’s voice in my head saying with absolute certainty.

‘Nothing is impossible with God’

And then a bible verse struck me with a new meaning.

Read with me: ‘Whoever shall not receive the kingdom of God like a little child,he shall not enter therein’-Mark 10:15

I need to have Childlike faith. That unwavering,Unquestioning,no plan B, no impossibilities kind of faith.

My walk with God has been challenged once again.

I’m learning to let go of my preconceived notions and develop childlike faith.

God Help!

Who’s with Me?

Tobiloba

The ‘Parable’ Of The Older Brother

Merry Christmas Everyone!

I woke up yesterday with a very popular story i’n the bible ringing in my head. If you’ve been in church a while or know bible stories, there’s no way yo missed this one. It’s none other than the parable of the prodigal son.

For my readers who don’t know that story and as a refresher course for all us, Read: Luke 15:11-32.

Today I’m going to focus on a part of that story a lot of us pass over when we read the parable. It’s the part of the older brother. Verses 25-32 of that story focus entirely on the elders brothers reaction to the prodigal son’s return.

Now let’s bring his responses home and see how we are doing.

A ‘bad’ boy/girl gives his/her life to Christ. You saw it happen.All of a sudden, every testimony Sunday,this person has a testimony of how God has been so awesome and has done this and that and how he/she now realizes it is sweet to know Jesus. Meanwhile you’ve been born again since age 5 , never strayed, walked the straight and narrow and yet you’ve been praying the same prayer point that this bad boy/girl turned Christian just testified about for 10 years.

You get jealous. or let me say it nicely, you feel bad.

You avoid prayer,God starts to seek you out. In response you rant and rave and tell God He’s not being fair.
#elderbrothersyndrome

Who’s been there? I have. Too many times to count. I think I was going down that road again this week so God used this parable to call me to order-again.

God said to me, the same thing the father in the parable said to the elder brother. Read with me: My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. 32 But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’”-Luke 15:31-32 (NIV)

Can you see it? Okay, Let me break it down.

Dear lifelong/long term Christian who is getting jealous of the new convert who seems to be getting all the blessings, Listen:

You have ALWAYS been God’s child. You have always had access to everything that belongs to Him. Everything you need and want He can and will give to you. It’s your inheritance anyway, but you have to ask.

Do you notice that in that story,the elder brother never said he asked for anything and was refused. He got angry because he had an entitlement mentality. He did not receive because be did not ask.

I hear those of you saying,I have asked and asked, yet nothing.

We all know by now that there are a myriad of reasons why this may be the case. That’s the subject of another post entirely.

I’ll end today’s post with something I heard/read somewhere that completely applies here.

The reason you’re upset over the fact that someone else has something you’re praying for is because you unconsciously think that it means that they are depriving you of something you deserve.

Listen God has more than enough blessings for all of us. Our requests cannot bankrupt heaven’s storehouse.

And he gives to each of us according to His will.

So I’m checking my heart this season to flush out all traces of the elder brother syndrome hanging out there.

Who’s with me?

Tobiloba

HONEST PRAYERS

I just ran into a common scripture in the Message translation. It reads

Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace.-Matthew 6:6 (MSG)

In my life, I have prayed some really dishonest prayers.

Slow down before you crucify me, you probably have too.

If you’ve been a Christian for a while, you will understand in a bit. Have you ever prayed a prayer by rote or from memory without giving much thought to what you were saying?

Have you ever used words in prayer just because they sounded right even though they did not reflect the true thoughts and feelings of your heart?

If you have, you’ve prayed dishonest prayers.

For a very long time I was the queen of dishonest prayers. I had all the right words and inflections but my mouth was not saying anything close to what my heart was saying.

Then a while back, God literally asked me, why do you think I want you to pray?

That got me thinking.-God does not need me to be His information minister, He already knows what’s going on so there’s nothing you are  going to tell Him that He does not already know.

So why do we think we need to pretty it up for him and sound in a certain way when we pray? He already knows what’s going through your mind.

Why do we think we have to hide certain things from Him? Sorry pal, He knows all your dirty secrets that have been hiding in the closet all these years.

Prayer should be us playing our part in building a relationship with someone who loves us by constantly communicating with Him.

If communication is to be meaningful, it has to be honest.

As humans, when we find out that someone we love has been hiding things, It hurts.

How do you think God feels every time we come to Him dishonestly?

If you’re angry, tell Him.

Disappointed, Hurt, Scared, confused… Say it as it is.

Today, let’s stop the pretence, lets drop the ‘christianese’ and honestly tell God how we feel.

It will revolutionize our prayer life.

Who’s with me?

Tobiloba.

ALLOW PEACE

I have always had an issue with worry. I used to make a joke that if they handed out degrees based on a person’s ability to worry, I would be on my way to getting a PHD by now if I didn’t have one.

Don’t get me wrong, I know and I’ve taught that worry is a sin- Philippians 4:6. When God told us not to worry, he was not joking, he meant it. Every time I consciously or unconsciously flout that instruction I commit a sin. 

I keep confessing and asking for forgiveness for this particular issue but I never fully repented from it.  This was one of the issues I alluded to in a previous post. (Read that post here: https://tobilobaajayi.wordpress.com/2013/06/01/dont-just-confess-repent/).

I was not repenting because I didn’t know how to do it. Trust me, I really wanted to repent but I did not know how to NOT worry. I know prayer works but some worry sessions were still seeping through the prayer cracks. Why?

Can anyone relate?  If you can, keep reading.

Here’s what I found recently:

Peace is the antithesis of worry. I cannot worry and have peace. Fortunately when Christ died he gave me His peace- His perfect peace-John 14:27

Then why was I not walking in the peace that became mine the day Jesus became my Lord and Saviour?

This is what I found in Colossians 3:15 (AMP) ‘And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds……’

To have peace, I had to allow peace. I have to choose to let the peace which Christ has given me be the default setting of my emotions and I should always choose to remain in this default setting.

Peace is already available, but I have to choose it.

Worry is a choice. I can choose to worry or NOT worry.

You can make that choice too

There are two choices; worry or peace. Each of them is knocking at the door of my mind and I can only allow one.

I choose to allow peace.

Who’s with me?

Tobiloba

 

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