Bishop David OyedepoMotivational


Prayer is a communication, not emotional displays. God is not moved by your tears; He is only moved when you ask according to His will. So, all you need is the right words and your communication with Him will be through.

In Isaiah 43:26, He said, “Declare thou, that thou mates be justified.” What do you declare? His word, which is the only language He understands and permits Him to intervene in your case.

Dr David Oyedepo

…For thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name. Psalm 138:2

One thing is needful for every other thing to fall in place -the word of God. If you check through scriptures, you will find out that everything is hooked to and rooted in the Word. Faith, effectual prayer and success are all rooted in it.

It is the Word that makes one outstanding in Christianity, not religious exercises.

I have seen many heavy prayer warriors who are weary, but I am yet to see a Word warrior who is not a conqueror.

When you are Wordless, your prayers can’t be genuine. You will either be under pressure, or just be playing games. How can you be praying on the same issue for over one year without getting an answer and you have never bothered to sit down to ask yourself, “What is missing? It is God’s Word that connects you to the throne for response.

No matter how long you have been cheated by the devil, when you cry to God and say, “Lord, can’t You See how I am being cheated? Can’t you see how long I have been a Christian?” All He will say is, “My son, talk sense! What do you want Me to do for you?”

In Isaiah 43:26, He says: Put me in remembrance, let us plead together, declare thou, that thou mayest be justified.

So until you remind Him of His Word that commits Him to your deliverance, your prayers will continue to remain unanswered.

In the Yoruba dialect, there is an adage that says, “When you are crying, you should still be able to see where you are going.” If you want to stop that flow of tears in your life, pay attention to Word preparation for proof-producing prayer.

Consider Elijah’s short prayer in 1kings 18 and the immediate answer he received.

…And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word. 
Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the Lord God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again. 
Then the fire of the Lord fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. 
And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The Lord, he is the God; the Lord, he is the God. 1kings 18:36-39

But before he made this prayer, heavyweight preparations were already in place.

We will look at each component of preparation of Elijah’s altar, to help our understanding of the importance of Word preparation for great encounters in prayer.

…And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, unto whom the word of the Lord came, saying, Israel shall be thy name:
And with the stones he built an altar in the name of the Lord: and he made a trench about the altar, as great as would contain two measures of seed. 1kings 18:31-32

The fire of God does not fall until the stones are in place. But what are these stones?

….Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builder rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes. 
Therefore say I unto you, The Kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. 
And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder. Matthew 21:42-44

The stone Jesus is talking about here is Himself. He is the lively stone(1 cor. 10:1-4), and John 1:1,14 says:

…In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father) full of grace and truth…

The stone is Jesus and He is the Word of God. That means the stone that must first be gathered is the Word of God. If any opposition fall on it, that opposition will be broken; and when it falls upon any opposition, it grinds it to powder. That means anytime you Locate Scriptures that address any issue f concern in your life and use them, you are spiritually hauling stones against the opposition, breaking them first and then grinding them to powder. 
You know the Bible says, “…The scriptures can not be broken… “(John 10:35). So, the Word of God can not be stopped; it is irresistible and always gets its way. When David was going to face Goliath, the Bible says:

….And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd’s bag which he had, even in a scrip and his sling was in his hand and he drew near to the Philistine.
And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead and he fell upon his face to the earth. 
So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him. But there was no sword in the hand of David. 1 Samuel 17:40, 49-50

Rather than spend time doing some religious exercises that won’t profit you, spend it in the Word, to gather the appropriate stones that will bring down Goliath. Go by the River of Life(the Bible), carefully choose and pick up those lively stones(Scriptures), put them in your bag(your heart) and then move out against the opposition and you are sure to bring down his head.

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  • Have you ever asked the question, why doesn’t prayer work? Why at times does it appear that God ignores us when we pray to Him. Many have prayed for God to intervene and solve a problem that they are struggling with, but sometimes God‘s apparent answer is silence.


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