THE CHOSEN DAILY DEVOTIONAL...
DATE: WEDNESDAY 28TH DECEMBER 2016.
TEXT: 1 Samuel 1
THEME: THINGS MUST BE DONE DIFFERENTLY
“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.”
Have you prayed and prayed and fasted and yet, nothing seems to be happening in your life? Then, it is time for you to change strategy. Hannah was going to Shiloh every year, yet she could not bear a child until she changed her strategy. When she observed that all her prayer, supplication and fasting had yielded no results; she decided to make a vow. This strategy paid off. Her vow moved the hand of God and she conceived and the following year she carried her baby. What about you? Are you complaining of having developed ulcer as a result of much fasting? Then it is also time to change your strategy.
If you must obtain a different result in life, it means that you must do things differently. That was also the approach Blind Bartimaeus adopted. He had kept quiet for so long and which never paid off. He could not regain his sight and it was becoming reproachful. He longed for another opportunity to give a new strategy a try and it came. On hearing that Jesus was passing that way, he decided to take a different approach knowing that it could be the last time such opportunity would come his way. He shouted at the top of his voice, “O thou son of David, have mercy on me.” People tried to hush him down. He remained undaunted and even shouted the more. And it paid off. Be ready to behave like the Blind Bartimaeus if need be.
Many people claim to desire a change in their situations, yet they do not exhibit any form of positive desperation to prove that they are desire the change. Some even go ahead to sleep while believing that God will just intervene. God knows that we need these things, yet He commands us to ask, seek in order to find. Of course, He does not encourage laziness. He wants us to show that positive desperation that we actually need a change.
Worship/praise God and then take the following prayer points:
1. Every reproach upon my life, O thou Son of David, by your mercy, take it away, in Jesus’ name.
2. He that maketh a way where there is none, the hour has come. Father, make a way for me where there is none, in Jesus’ name.
3. Any spiritual blindness covering my eyes: be healed, in Jesus’ name.
4. Any power assigned to cause discouragement to my G. O and our mummy in the Lord, in the name of Jesus, receive rebuke, in Jesus’ name.
AUTHOR: PST LAZARUS MUOKA