Today's Devotion (Saturday)

MOUNTAIN TOP LIFE DAILY DEVOTIONAL



SEVEN EARNEST SUPPLIANTS


FIRE SCRIPTURE: 1 Kings 8:28-59; John 19:30-38


MEMORY VERSE:

1 Kings 9:3 "And the LORD said unto him, I have heard thy prayer and thy supplication, that thou hast made before me: I have hallowed this house, which thou hast built, to put my name there for ever; and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually."


PRAISE WORSHIP: Take a worship song as led by the Holy Spirit


THE MESSAGE:

Im Zechariah 12:10, God said He would pour out the Spirit of grace and supplication on the home of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of grace (Hebrews 10:29) and supplication (Romans 8;26-27). He is the One who awakens us to the desire and need to pray. A suppliant is a person making a humble or earnest plea to someone in power or authority.


Let us examine seven Bible characters that made desperate and heartfelt cry to God for intervention, plea as well as help and their requests were granted. There are important lessons to learn from these suppliants.


First, when Jacob desperately needed divine change in his life and destiny, he cried to God for help. He knew that only God's intervention could save him. In Genesis 32:26, the Bible says that he had an encounter at a place called Peniel. As he prayed  and wrestled with God's angel, the visitor of heaven wanted to return to heaven because day was about to break. Jacob said he would not let the angel go unless he blessed him. The angel asked him, "What is your name." He said, "Jacob" and the angel said, "Your name shall no longer be Jacob but Israel." From that day, Jacob's life and destiny changed for good.


Moses' cry of intercession to God for His forgiveness for the Israelites who had made and worshipped the golden calf is another instance. Moses proved to be a great leader as he stood in the gap and told God to forgive the sin the Israelites had committed or blot him out from His book (Exodus 32:31,32). Similarly, Solomon cried to God for wisdom in 1 Kings 3:7,9. His request was not to fulfil a selfish motive, it was to enable him serve God and lead His people excellently. God honoured his request. Beyond wisdom, He gave Solomon riches and wealth untold.


Also, David's cry for cleansing in Psalm 51:1,2 is a case in point. He had sinned against God and was guilty of adultery and murder. He cried desperately to God for mercy, forgiveness and restoration. God granted his request. He did not despise David's broken spirit and contrite heart. Another earnest suppliant was the dying soul in Luke 23:42. The penitent thief cried to Jesus, "Lord, remember me when thou get to thy Kingdom." Though the man was at the verge of being turned to hell, Jesus granted his plea and made him a candidate of paradise. Similarly, the Philippian Jailer's cry for salvation comes to mind. In Acts 16:30, the Jailer had seen God's power in the deliverance of Paul and Silas, the prisoners under his wrath. He wanted to kill himself but Paul stopped him. He then asked what he could do to be saved. He and his household received salvation. Lastly, Paul's cry for deliverance in 2 Corinthians 12:8,9 is notable. He cried to God three times for deliverance from the thorn in the flesh and messenger of satan that was troubling him. God told him that His grace was sufficient for him.


Beloved, I encourage you to become an earnest suppliant today. Ask and you shall receive. Seek and you shall find. Knock and it shall be opened unto thee.


MOTIVATIONAL QUOTE:

God is willing to supply your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.


PROPHETIC WORD FOR TODAY:

EVERY PROBLEM THAT HAS ENTERED INTO YOUR LIFE FROM THE DREAM SHALL BE DESTROYED, IN THE NAME OF JESUS.


PRAYER POINTS:


MORNING

1. Father, give me the spirit of grace and supplication, in the name of Jesus.

2. Father, give me my Peniel encounter today, in the name of Jesus.

3. O God, give me a broken spirit, a contrite heart and banish sin from my life, in the name of Jesus.


EVENING

4. My Father, intervene in my affairs and turn my life around for good, in the name of Jesus.

5. Father, send Your help to me, in the name of Jesus.

6. O God, by Your mercy, arise and meet me at the point of my need, in the name of Jesus.

7. Father, let my prayer life produce ear-tingling testimonies, in the name of Jesus.


Bible In One Year: Joshua 16-18


Source: MOUNTAIN TOP LIFE is a daily devotional by Dr. D.K Olukoya (General Overseer, Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries Worldwide)

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