Tuesday, January 10, 2012

HERALDING THE 21- DAYS PRAYER AND FASTING


Ever since the Holy Ghost instituted the annual 21-day prayer and fasting in this commission, it has continued to generate diverse testimonies for individuals, families, careers, businesses and the commission as a whole. It has also boosted the spiritual lives of Winners. Today the annual prayer and fasting has become the spiritual platform for activating the fulfillment of the prophetic word for each year. 
Prophetically, God has ordained this year our year of glory and we must rise up to destroy every band of wickedness that may want to resist our access to the Waves of Glory this year. 
However we understand from scriptures that until the God of vengeance shows up, the wicked may never give up (Ps 94:1-7/ 21-23). Also remember that until God unleashed His vengeance upon Egypt, Pharaoh never gave up (Ex11:1-7, Ex 12:12/29-33/41)
Remember, Jesus taught us on vengeance prayer when he spoke about a King who neither fears God nor regard men and there came a woman crying unto Him; avenge me of my adversaries, but this wicked king will not give heed to her.   But at a point, this king had to bow saying:
“…….Though I fear not God, nor regard man; yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.  And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith. And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?.......” Lk 18:1-8

·   Also know that we are in the last days; we are in the days of vengeance of the Lord – Is 61:1-2/ Lk 4:17-18
·  The day of vengeance is in God’s heart – the year of the redeemed has come – Is 63:4
·  Even though God had programmed to set Israel free and had also set a prophetic agenda for their freedom; And God had even gone further to set a time for their glorious liberty. Yet until vengeance was executed, God’s plan could not come through. There was a 30 year delay but vengeance eventually had its way.
Gen 15:13-16/ Exo 12:41
Therefore as we invoke the vengeance of God, an end must come to all forces of stagnation, frustration and delay this year in our lives, as it written;
”Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.” Ecc 8:11

But why vengeance prayer? We may ask.
Vengeance Prayer is key to all supernatural breakthroughsIs 61:2-5, Lk 11:21-22, Ps 7:9-13
It is interesting to note that why defining the purpose of fasting, the bible declares, it is first and foremost to loose the band of wickedness and to undo the heavy burdens. This simply means to bring an end to the wickedness of the wicked through vengeance prayer among others.  (Is 58:6)
Every Winner must secure vengeance on all forces of the wicked that may be set to derail God’s glorious agenda for our lives this year.
We observed that a number of spiritual blessings that accompany prayer and fasting are enumerated in Is 58:6-12. Everyone is encouraged to look through those verses of scripture and maximize the blessings of the 21 days of prayer and fasting.
Furthermore, in the parable of the wheat and the tares, Jesus taught that a man sowed good seed into his field and while men slept his enemy came and sowed tares. But when asked by His servants, have you not sown good seeds into your field, why has it grown tares. He responded:  
 “.....An enemy hath done this......” Matt 13:28

Every time we go asleep spiritually, the enemy continues to have a field day
We must rise up to stop the wicked – Lk 11:21-22
We must engage importunity in prayer to stop the enemy (Lk 18:1-8)
And because prayer and fasting enhances our spiritual authority for conquest, we must take full advantage of this 21-day prayer and fasting to stop the wickedness of the wicked against our lives and this commission. (Is 58:6-10/ Matt 17:21)
We can destroy the hold of the devil and his agents through the power of prayer and fasting (Lk 4:14/32/46)
Remember, the prophetic focus for the month has already been declared – I WILL AVENGE MY ELECT SPEEDILY Lk 18:1-8
Let us therefore arise and take full and speedy delivery of the fulfillment of the prophetic Waves of Glory ordained for this year -1Tim 1:18 (Deut 2:24/ Matt 11:12)
Jesus is Lord!
Bishop David O. Oyedepo