Daily Devotional – 6/28/17 “Your destiny depends on it!”

Many times the positions in which we seek have nothing to do with the purpose God has for our life. We work hard at making sure our resumes are padded with stuff that makes us look good but it has nothing to do with the destiny attached to our name. We accrue thousands in student loans to move up the career ladder, only to go home stressed out because the work you’re doing isn’t doing anything for your worth. You know God is calling you out from the usual but fear has you stagnant. Please understand, God’s call for your life does NOT have to mean ministry because we all have a destiny that God has designed. How do you know what it is? It is the very thing that keeps you up at night. It is that thing you can speak passionately about and the thing you can debate for hours on end. It is the thing your search engine is full of. It is the thing you keep writing and praying about. And it is quite possibly, the very thing that caused you some dark days and pain.

What do I mean? That abuse you suffered through for years, God kept you because your destiny depended on it. Those years of homelessness, it was part of the process because your destiny depended on it. The depression you endured, your destiny depended on it. That sickness that temporarily took your sight, put a limp in your walk, left scars on your body and caused unbearable pain; your destiny depended on it. Losing friends and family, being evicted and car repossessed; your destiny depended on it. Hearing more no’s than yes, your destiny depended on it. This is why Romans 8:29 says, “For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.” We all have to endure but it makes our testimony that much stronger. Don’t count out where you are, what you have been through or even what you will go through because your destiny depends on you surviving. This thing isn’t really about you, you just happened to be the one God chose to use. And because of that, your destiny is dependent on you not giving up. “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31

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Daily Devotional – 6/5/17 “Whose prayers?”

I have a lot of people who call, inbox, text and/or email for prayer. Most times, the request are, can you pray for me to get a job, a car, guidance, strength to forgive, to see God’s plan for me and/or etc. These are specific requests I can pray for without having to ask for details. However, sometimes a prayer request comes and I have to ask a specific question of, “What do you want me to pray for?” Now, I ask this for one reason and that is because I cannot pray against what you, yourself, is asking God for. We have to be on one accord. See, I can’t pray for your marriage to be healed if you are praying for God to show you a way out. I can’t pray for God to put you in leadership at your current church if you are praying to be moved somewhere else. I cannot pray for you to find a husband/wife, if that is not what you want. I cannot pray for you to give God a yes, if you are not ready. Neither can I pray for your light bill to be paid when you’re asking God for the rent. When we come together, in prayer, we should be on one accord because the bible says in Matthew 18:19, “Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.” We need to agree.

Oh but before you even get to asking, you need to be sure the person whose prayers you are seeking, can actually pray for themselves and it works. Baby, if you can’t validate that their prayers are working for them, what makes you think theirs will work for you? I don’t mean any harm but when I am going through, I need somebody who can for sure petition the throne of grace and mercy on my behalf. When I call you in a crisis, I need you to have the ability to cry loud instead of cracking under the pressure. And it is the same for me because when you trust me enough to ask for prayers, I should be trustworthy enough to pray. This is why I don’t take the anointing on my life for granted. And this is why I don’t play with God and prayer because I know what prayer can do. There are too many people hurting, too many lost, too many on the edge of the cliff and too many losing. Prayer works. If I tell you, I am praying for you, I am because obviously you need it or you would not have come to me. Yes, pray works if you do it alone but sometimes, you need somebody else who can help. Do not be ashamed to ask for prayer, just be sure your asking does not bring you more suffering than you have. Whose prayers? The prayers of the righteous for they are powerful and effective!

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” – Romans 8:28