PRAYER POINTS FOR 50 DAYS OF FASTING AND PRAYER
THEME: YEAR OF HIS FULLNESS (PSALM 16:11)
PRAYER POINTS FOR DAY 1, MONDAY 11TH JANUARY, 2016
THANKSGIVING – 1 THESSALONIANS 5:18, PSALM 100, PSALM 103
Father, I thank you for keeping me, my family and all that pertain to me. Psalm 34:1-6
Thank you O’ Lord for bringing me into this year. Job 33:18
Thank God for keeping you and all yours this year. Psalm 16:5-6
Thank God for His mercies on your life and family. Lamentations 3:22
Thank God because all will be well with you and all yours in 2016. Isaiah 3:10
Thank God for what He is going to do in your life this year. Isaiah 43:19
Thank God for your glorious future. Psalm 67:5-7
Memorise: And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. Acts 2:42
Read: Acts 2:40-43
It is possible to be totally free of sickness for that is God’s desire for us.
And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and will give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes , I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee. Exodus 15:26.
Healing is good and highly desirable but some people who are well do not appreciate their state of well being. Like it is commonly said, you may not know the value of what you have until you lose it. Can you eat and easily digest it? You need to thank God because there are those who can hardly take any solid food because of their inability to digest it. Can you drink water and easily urinate? Thank God for it because there are those who have to be assisted with that function via dialysis. Thank God for your legs that you can stand, walk and even jump because there are those who have legs but cannot use them for anything.
Healing is good but living a healthy life is better. Better still is carrying the healing virtue. In John 6:5-13, Jesus was faced with the challenge of feeding 5,000 people with five loaves of bread and two fishes; immediately He broke the bread after He gave thanks, they were multiplied. At the Holy Communion we re-enact the “Breaking of Bread” which symbolises His body that was broken for us (1 Corinthians 11:24). How was His body broken? His body was broken by the stripes He received. These stripes paid the price for our healing, 1 Peter 2:24 says we have been healed by His stripes. But before the breaking of bread comes the giving of thanks, it is the giving of thanks that releases the power for multiplication and healing. As you go in to partake of the Holy Communion, do you give thanks for the body broken for you before requesting the blessing and healing? Know that the power to multiply your blessing and the power to renew your body are both available when bread is broken at the Lord’s Table. Every blessing you can ever desire is available at the Lord’s Table. Just come with your faith giving thanks.
Father, as l approach the Communion table this season, let your healing virtue flow through me to others and multiply my blessing.
Memorise:Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High: Psalm 50:14
Read: Psalm 50:10-15
A leper came to meet Jesus asking for healing in Matthew 8:2-4. After receiving his healing, the Lord had a charge for him:
And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, show thyself to the priest; and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.Matthew 8:4
First, we learn from verse 3 of this account that if you are truly anointed of God, you will not be afraid to lay your hands on the sick and pray for them as the Lord commanded. There are some believers who out of fear refuse to lay hands on the sick using 1 Timothy 5:22 as an excuse. But Mark 16:18 says as a sign that you have believed in Christ, you shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover. While care should be taken as to who you allow to lay hands on you, your laying of hands on the sick is in agreement with Scriptures. Except the Spirit specifically checks you against doing so to a particular individual, you can go ahead and obey the Lord, lay hands and pray for their healing. That personal contact is an avenue by which the anointing can be released to those who need it.
Another lesson from this story is that the Lord approves of your thanksgiving offering after God has done something spectacular for you. He told the erstwhile leper to go and offer the gift Moses commanded according to the law. When God does something spectacular in your life, give Him thanks in a spectacular way. Do not stop at saying, “Thank you”. You could colour your thanksgiving by the gift that follows it. On thanksgiving service days, in addition to verbalising your thanks, singing and dancing, come to Him with a sizeable thanksgiving offering. After surviving the flood, Noah offered to God a violent thanksgiving offering that insured the earth against possible destruction by means of a flood. Your thanksgiving can be in cash or in kind. The size of your thanksgiving offering may really be stating the depth of your appreciation to God.
Give a gift as part of your thanksgiving. Let your thanksgiving take a visible shape.