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Attah Gideonjerry

THE CONCEPT OF PRAYER


Prayer is one of the most fundamental strongholds of the Christian faith. Men who did exploit for God in recorded and unrecorded history were men of prayer. The Holy Bible is replete with stories of men who were just as human as we are yet caused heavenly bodies and earthly circumstances to obey them, stopped nations and tweaked the normal all because they were people of prayer.


The apostle of our faith, the Lord Jesus Christ was Himself a person given to prayer while He lived on earth as a man. He would frequently withdraw Himself to secluded areas to pray or within his discussions or prior to certain miraculous acts He would first pray to God His Father.


I believe the concept of prayer is beyond what one can fully discuss in a single article because of the enormity of its scope. However, this article will reveal to us salient points to help us appreciate this divine concept called prayer.


·        Prayer is fellowship: prayer is not just a means whereby we tender our supplications and needs before God alone; it is also a means whereby we also interact with God through His Holy Spirit. So whenever we come before God in our hearts to pray we should have the consciousness that God hears us and wants to talk with us too. When Jesus wept at Gethsemane, meditate on His prayer and you will find out that it was a conversation! When we pray we are having a conversation with the creator of all things. Praise God!


·        Prayer gives us strength:studying scriptural events, we find out that it isn’t every time God takes away the storm; other times He gives His children strength to resist the storm. If Prayer doesn’t take away the challenge at the moment, it builds our faith to the extent that we have peace in the face of trials. There are times when things do not really go how we want them to, we can always pray and trust God to come through for us.



·        Prayer changes things:Jabez was a man cursed from birth. His mother gave birth to him in deep anguish and she named him “sorrow”. Obviously, the man’s life turned out so sorrowfully that he had to cry out to God. Brother Jabez cried out to God about his situation and God made him more honourable than his brethren. An intricate study of the national history of Israel in bible times will reveal that though they were the apple of God’s eyes, God doesn’t do much to help them in times of their troubles until they pray. Prayer changes things not unto what we want per say but into what God wants and we can be sure that God’s plan for us is always of good. (Jer29vs11).



·        Prayer changes us:one special thing praying to God does is that it transforms us to look like whom we pray to (God). When we pray in the Holy Spirit, light breaks forth in our spirit and changes part of our mindsets which are not godly. Have you ever discovered that after moments of prayer you just couldn’t hold on to an ungodly ideology you once supported? Or you just got to understand something in God’s word without any trace to how you got to understand it? Prayer changes us!



Prayer is not a religious activity Christians undertake as a roll call; it is a means of expression, of fellowship and of transformation. Prayer has always been a place of strengthening for saints and will continue to be so. Even our Lord Jesus Christ still prays (intercedes) though He already is in heaven. May God through His Holy Spirit ignite the fire of prayer more than ever in our hearts. Amen!

 

Attah Gideonjerry Oct 22 '20 · Comments: 3
Johnpaul Naomi

A ROYAL DIADEM: 'you will be a crown of splendor in the Lord's hand, a royal diadem in the land of your God. No longer will they call you deserted, or name your land desolate. But you will be called Hephzibah, and your land Beulah, for the Lord will take delight in you and your land will be married'. Isaiah 62:3-4


FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE: 'For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. i will praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well'. Psalm 139:13-14


A ROYAL PRIESTHOOD: 'But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light'. 2 Peter 2:9


HIDDEN WITH CHRIST IN GOD: 'For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God'. Colossians 3:3


A CHILD OF GOD: ' Yet to all who received, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God'. John 1:12


A FRIEND OF GOD: 'I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, For everything that I learnt from the Father I have made known to you'. John 15:15


ONE IN CHRIST: 'There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male or female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus'. Galatians 3:28


NO LONG SLAVE TO SIN: 'For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slave to sin-because anyone who has died has been freed from sin'. Romans 6:6-7


A CITIZEN OF HEAVEN: 'But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a saviour from there, the Lord Jesus Christ'. Philippians 3:20


SEATED IN HEAVENLY REALMS: 'And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in heavenly realms in Christ Jesus'. Ephesians 2:6

Johnpaul Naomi Nov 10 '20 · Comments: 2
Johnpaul Naomi

Ever since I became born again, Jesus has manifested himself to me in divers ways, but I will only write about Him as MY PRINCE OF PEACE.


My life, I can say is a manifestation of JESUS AS THE PRINCE OF PEACE. Jew few years into my marriage, after the birth of my second child, the devil came with the intention  to cease the love and peace in my home. At that time, my husband and I were working in the same organisation and he was framed and accused of an act that was never true. it looked so real and believable to mortal men; it was something that was capable of destroying any marriage that is not founded by God and the expectation of colleagues was that I will leave my marriage, my home, my job and most especially my God. But they never knew that my PRINCE OF PEACE is around the corner calming the storm.


My husband came home that evening, to explain to me all that had happened and I told him 'is that all?' he said yes and further told my that his direct boss will like to speak to me. I asked him, 'on this matter?' he said yes. We were staying in one of the two bed room apartments in the staff quarters and his boss also stays in another apartment in the staff quarters. My kids were already asleep, so we left them and went to see his boss.


The boss narrated all that had happened just like my husband told me and he waited to see and hear my response. I appreciated him for calling me and I told him, 'may God give you all the wisdom to handle the matter'. I could feel and see his shock and surprise at my response.


Back home, my husband was restless and worried that I was not saying anything. I told him there was nothing to say, we prayed and I told him, please come and sleep, there is nothing to be worried about. I didn't know when he slept because me I slept like a baby.


The next day I went to the office and even the class to lecture, I could feel all eyes on my; i could feel their thought and expectation dashed. My husband was also in his office, I kept sending  text of encouragement to him. I went to his office after my lecture to make sure he was very okay. Even when the final resolution of the panel according to them, because there was no proper investigation or panel set up, imagine in less that two (2) of investigation, they already came out with their resolution. We were asked to vacate the staff quarters in less than 48hours, my husband was released of his job but they couldn't sack me or ask me to resign because it will become too obvious that it was a set up. In all of these, JESUS IS STILL MY PRINCE OF PEACE. My Jesus worked for us a far weight of glory.


God directed my husband to a two bed room flat in town, we went to see the place, paid for it, cleaned it, got a lorry to park our things and we moved out that same day. God is faithful! Our marriage got sweeter, bigger and better after the incidence. Today, the same people who mocked, conspired and laughed at us are running to our feet. Take all the glory LORD.


Again, few year after the birth of my third child, I discovered I was pregnant again. One morning, after dressing my kids for school and they left, I felt tired and decided to rest. I slept off and when I woke up, I made attempt to stand up only to see blood coming out from me, I reached out to my phone called my husband, who came and took me to the hospital. I was treated, my child was stable, admitted for two (2) days and the blood stopped. the doctor placed me on bed rest for a month, after which I should return for checkup.


I couldn't do anything at home, we were forced to employ a nanny, something we never wanted most especially at this stage of our children's life. I was not comfortable because I was used to doing thing myself. Few weeks later, I started having contraction, I told my husband this is not normal, the pregnancy was just four months old. We went to the hospital, the doctor did all he could but the contraction kept reoccurring and became more sever and painful as if I in labour. I cried out to my FATHER, I told HIM, Father take away this pain and give me peace and He told me 'my child, it is the best I will do for you'. Shortly, the fetus passed out, my PRINCE OF PEACE came and gave me peace again.


Our Lord Jesus Christ is peace personified, you have Him, your peace know no bounds. Embrace the PRINCE OF PEACE today and you will so glad you did. God bless you.



Blessings!     


   

Johnpaul Naomi Nov 10 '20 · Comments: 1
Attah Gideonjerry

                                       TAKING HEED


We currently live in a world where moral and righteous standards are practically on a steady decline. It is more worrisome that certain believers have compromised their faith to the extent that they appear more like the ‘world’ they were called out from. They esteem the pleasures of compromise under pressure above their convictions.

 

Many of these believers do not really understand the repercussions of their actions. They do not know that by denying the power of godliness whose form they have; they take many others far away from salvation.

 

Apostle Paul’s first letter to Timothy has a verse which should help us gird our loins and take godly living more seriously.

1Timothy 4:16 “Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.” (KJV)

 

This message was initially for Timothy but by the will of God it has become a message to all the saints. To take heed to oneself is to watch how one conducts himself or herself in conversation, actions, decisions and transactions. We are instructed just like Timothy to watch these things especially in relating with people.

 

The Apostle also brought to light another area where believers must take heed; in teaching. You may say, “but I am not a preacher or pastor?” but by the implication of living life, one is a teacher.

 

You teach by communicating ideologies through conversations and conducts during your normal daily activity. Take heed, that though you are a confessing Christian, what your life teaches are not ideologies contrary to the principles of God’s kingdom.

 

Now this is the crux of taking heed to yourself and to your teachings.

 

You will be able to save yourself and those that hear you; you will be able to save those that come in contact with you. Just a meeting with you pushes men and women closer to Jesus Christ.

 

This means that if you do not take heed to these things, you will lead yourself and those that have contact with you to destruction.

 

We are the light of this world, in the plan of God we should be examples for the world. Isn’t it terrible if we who should be the light, shining for others to see now become darkness like the people of the world?

 

By taking heed to our conducts and conversations in holiness and godliness through the help of the Holy Spirit, we would preserve our faith while we draw others to our faith or help others preserve their faith.

 

May God help us to take heed!  

Attah Gideonjerry Oct 25 '20 · Comments: 1
Fred James
A man who got fed up with life was about committing suicide in the forest when he heard another man's cry some distance away. Wondering who could be in such a forest at such a time, inquisitiveness made him to drop his ropes to go in search of him. When he found him, the man said to him, please, before you hang yourself, help me with the clothes you're putting on to cover my nakedness, I can't go back to the city this way. That was how he changed his mind and refrained from killing himself, seeing another person whose situation was worse than his.


In life, nothing is worth dying for. While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Rom.5:8). He died so you won't die. We live by His death. Suicide is a lie of the devil. It is a suggestion that is not your solution, but rather leads to eternal damnation. The act of killing oneself is highly unscriptural and prohibited by God.


Your thought pattern matters a great deal. As a man thinks in his heart, so is he (Prov.23:7). The human mind is so powerful. Whatever affects your mind, affects your life. To think death is to end up a dead man. When you think life, you'll live. No matter the challenges, think and speak positively.


Death and life are in the power of the tongue (Prov.18:21). Nothing is permitted to happen to you which was not first spoken. Words are spiritual but manifest in the physical. Jesus says, the words that I speak to you, they are spirit and they are life (John 6:63). Never dwell on the negative situation, always confess your expectations based on scriptures. There's hope for the living (Job 14:7, Eccl.9:4). Samson said, let me die with the Philistines, and he died (Judges 16:28-30). A robber on the cross said to Jesus, remember me in your kingdom, and he made it to Paradise that very day (Luke 23:39-43).


Never forget that God loves you passionately, and desires to have you spend eternity with Him. There's no hopelessness or helplessness with Him. He's the reason why we live. He's the God who can make the worst sinner to become the greatest preacher. Apostle Paul is an epitome. You can make it again. Life can be sweeter and better with Jesus. 


God's grace, mercy and deliverance power can find you. Mary Magdalene will tell you better (Mark 16:9). Jesus can save and lift you in life if only you give Him the opportunity. Do you have Him in your life already? If not, why delay? Now is the hour of salvation. He stands right at the door of your heart waiting to come in. There's so much to live for. You can't die now. God loves you.

Eneojo Fred James.



Fred James Oct 2 '20 · Comments: 1