Open Heavens Daily Devotional – Cry out Now (Sunday 17th February 2019)

Memorize: “I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill.” – Psalm 3:4
Read: Mark 10:46-52 (KJV)

46 And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging.

47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me.

48 And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me.

49 And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee.

50 And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus.

51 And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight.

52 And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.

Message:

I marvel at the attitude of some people who come to Christian gatherings. When given the opportunity to pray and cry to God concerning the challenges of their lives, they fail to take advantage of this to get their problems solved. Many times, I have had to cajole a lot of people to cry out to God in prayer over the problems that brought them to His presence. I often wonder why people would leave the comfort of their bedrooms to attend a prayer vigil only to doze off when the angels of God come around to distribute the answers to their needs. Such nonchalance was not the attitude of the Psalmist in today’s memory verse. He testified that after he cried unto the Lord with his voice, God heard him. This is a beautiful testimony of the reward of crying to God in prayer. In like manner, today’s Bible reading records the story of blind Bartimaeus who heard that Jesus was passing through Jericho, and he began to cry out saying, “Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me!” Although Bartimaeus was blind, he could hear the sound of Jesus coming and of the crowd following Him. He had no eyes to see Jesus, but he had a mouth with which to cry out to Him. Even when people discouraged him from raising his voice, the Bible testifies that “he cried out more a great deal” (Mark 10:48).

3 surprising things Jesus said that will shock you

From the story of Bartimaeus, it is amazing that people who cannot help you can decide to discourage you from crying to God for help. In any case, it is left for you to either allow them or refuse to be silenced. Another noteworthy lesson from this story is that when Jesus eventually called Bartimaeus to Himself, He still asked him, “What will thou that I should do unto thee?” One would have assumed that Jesus Christ already knew his need. Of course Jesus knew, but He was a man walking by principles of the scriptures. He was simply applying the principle He had established in Matthew 7:7, which says:

“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:”

Finally, beloved, learn to cry to god meaningfully! In other words, there are meaningless cries to God. Our Lord describes these as “vain repetitions” (Matthew 6:7). Crying to God in prayer on issues that are against His will, amounts to vain repetition. The result of such prayers is made clear in James 4:3, which says:

“Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.”

A cry to God without substance is also a meaningless cry. Learn from Bartimaeus who was very precise about his request. May the Lord hear your cry today in Jesus’ Name.

Open Heavens Daily Devotional – Divine Chastisement (Saturday 16th February 2019)

Action Point:
Examine the areas of your needs and cry to God to come through for you today. Cry to Him until you have a witness in your spirit that He has approved your request.

Bible in One Year
John 16-17
Isaiah 41:14-29

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AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

THE REDEEMED CHRISTIAN CHURCH OF GOD

DIRECTORATE OF PRAYER
2019 FORTY NINE DAYS FASTING & PRAYER GUIDE

DAY 38: PRAYER OF REVIVAL

1. Praise and worship
2. Thank God for a new day and for the salvation of your soul
3. Oh Lord keep me from sin and temptation, give me grace to overcome Rev. 3:10
4. Father remove every spirit of lukewarm in this end time church Rev. 3:15
5. Father, remove every weight that is weighing your church down in these last days, from
fulfilling her mandate. Matt. 28:11
6. Father deliver us from the spirit of carefree life attitude and set us on fire for your kingdom
Luke16:20.
7. Our Lord we thank you for your fire burning in the life of our father in the Lord and his
family. Isa 10:17
8. Father, renew the strength of all your ministers and workers in our churches Isa. 40:31
9. Father help me to forever be relevant and never become a man of yesterday. 1Sam 16:1
10. Father have mercy on me and reverse every irreversible in my life this year. Ezek. 37:1-12
11. Father, send real labourers into the field to harvest the ripped souls Matt. 9:37
12. Oh lord, by your power eliminate the weariness in the life of your ministers Ex. 17:12
13. Our Lord and maker, please remove every hireling among the ministers and replace them
with shepherd John 10:12-13
14. Father, help the church to make the right choices and reset our priorities Luke 10:41
15. Father give us the grace to be effective in soul winning this year, 2018
16. Father, help us to be faithful in giving our first fruit, tithes and offering throughout this New
Year 2019
17. Father arise, and show yourself mighty on our behalf and on the behalf of our , parishes
and family members
18. Father help me to forever be relevant and never become a man of yesterday. 1Sam 16:1