I am so excited to say happy New Year to you once again. This year the Lord told me he would visit his children with great reward. I want to thank God for his grace that kept us thus far. If not for God’s mercy, you and I would not make it into the New Year. We appreciate you also for your followership and readership.
In this New Year, I want you to start with prayers. The intention of God for you and your family this year can only materialize in the place of prayer. I will love to establish this using the story of Elijah and Ahab.
If you remember, Elijah prayed, and there was no rain for three years because of the ungodliness of the Ahab, the king of Israel and the people in his kingdom. Idolatry was the order of the day then, a sin that God hates with perfect hatred.
After three years, there was a contest on Mount Carmel and God disgraced Idolatry and the prophets of Baal were killed. After this, Elijah told the king Ahab “there is a sound of the abundance of rain” (I Kings 18:41). The prophet told the king to eat and drink. Ahab went to eat and drink, but Elijah went up to Mount Carmel to pray.
Ahab went up to eat and drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; then he bowed down on the ground, put his face between his knees (praying). After Elijah heard the sound of the abundance of rain, he could have gone to eat and drink like Ahab, but he did not. Elijah did because he understood that the sound of abundance of rain he heard in the spirit realm could not become physical rain until someone prayed.
God could have given you a prophetic word for the year also. I want you to recognize that you have a choice to eat and drink like Ahab or go to Mount Carmel to pray like Elijah. Do not forget if Elijah had not gone to pray, the rain would be at the level of sound in the spirit realm, but it will not wet the ground. The birth of Jesus, a sure promise of God, was prayed through by Simeon the priest and Anna the prophetess. Our responsibility is to pray for all God has said until we see them happening.
Praying God’s promise into reality is similar to the process of taking a cheque or bank draft or a promissory note to the bank. If you paste a cheque on your car, it will not become money in your pocket. Instead, you have to take it to the bank. Similarly, that sticker or calendar cannot bring the promise to pass but prayer. During the crossover night, we said Amen to several proclamations in excitement and faith. Many of the proclamations requires us to go to our closet and pray them through.
Steps to take during this prayer season
- List out the promises of God for the year and reflect on them daily. The Holy Spirit will press some on your spirit man because they are for you. Let your list contain the prophesy received directly from the Lord and those shared by the pentecostal fathers. It may concern: You, Your family, Your local assembly, The body of Christ, and a location
- Deliberately pray on those that are yours—this is a pattern in the scripture you must give attention to. For instance, Daniel learnt by books that it was time for the deliverance of Israel from the captivity of Babylon. Daniel read books like II Chronicles 36:21, Jeremiah 27:7,25:11-12, and 29:10. Similarly, read and meditate on scriptures related to the identified issues in 1
- Go before God with joy, humility and faith
- You can focus on a promise and pray in the spirit for a long time.
- Dedicate a day in a week after the end of New year fast to pray until you see the promises.