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24 Jul 2012

Make Me A Blessing

Make me a blessing
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 Every one wants to be blessed, ya? So how do you get blessed? Very simple- by being a blessing to others.

Just recently we had the prayer challenge. You can go ahead and do it if you haven’t and feel led to. One key thing the challenge taught me was selflessness and thinking of others instead of myself.

As I prayed for others God has come through for me in ways I did not expect. Even before a problem I am currently dealing with occurred, he had provided the solution!

A friend also shared his testimony with me. He told me he had applied for a new job. Then during the prayer challenge he prayed for someone else who was job hunting and even sent her a job ad in her field. She got the job! She then simply prayed and said “God bless you” to my friend. That same week of the prayer challenge, my friend got that job he applied for. If you hear the perks of this job….in fact, you will join my friend in thanking God.

It's God’s mathematics, what you sow you reap. Simple!

The thing is every single person has problems; big, small, medium size. It doesn’t matter. So instead of protecting our corner and thinking our problem is bigger than others' and that we deserve special attention from God, we should reach out to others instead. This definitely opens doors.

The typical prayer you hear is God bless me…Oh Lord bleeesssss meeee! I think it is high time we changed that prayer to "Lord make me a blessing to others".

So what are practical ways we can be a blessing to others?

Here are a few examples:

Do you want a promotion at work? Mentor someone in your office that needs help

Do you want a new job? As you find job ads that you know someone might be interested in, send it to them.

Do you want healing?- Pray for someone who is sick

Do you want a baby?- Rejoice with those who have children, Attend your friend's baby dedication with a gift, offer to baby sit

 Do you want a life partner?- Rejoice with those who are engaged and getting married. Don’t shy away from attending your friend’s wedding.

Do you want financial breakthrough?- Give to someone who is in need

Do you want to buy a house?- Pay towards someone’s mortgage

How did God show us that he loved us, he GAVE! He gave his ONLY son to die for us. So if you say you love, then you must GIVE.

Luke 6: 38 Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”

This verse just proves to me that givers NEVER lack…when we GIVE we are sowing seeds of abundance

Now please note I am in no way suggesting that you give what you do not have. Duet 16. 17 says "Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord your God which He has given you."

You read that ya? Now please read it again carefully especially the parts highlighted. When some pastors preach and tell you to borrow to give the church and what not, if you didn't hear God tell you same, I will advise you to borrow yourself brain and keep your money. That type of preaching is heresy! (Mini rant over! Lol)

Start with the little you have, NOT what you DON’T have. See God’s promise to Abraham

Genesis 12:2 I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing.

God will make you great SO THAT you can be a blessing to others. Did I hear an amen…AMEN!

So do you want to be blessed? Then change your prayer to “Lord make me a blessing” You will be surprised at the different opportunities life will present to you to be a blessing to others. And then the reward that comes with being a blessing to others.

I will be the first to raise up my hand to say I don’t give as much as I should but by God’s grace all that is changing. Me, I know what I am looking for so I know what I need to give…;)

Lord help me to be a blessing!

So in what ways can we be a blessing to others? Please share in the comments section below.

16 Jul 2012

End of Prayer Challenge #IPray4U - Day 7

Wow we made it!!! Woo hoo! Thank you Jesus.

The devil tried to knock us out but we prevailed.

Thanks for all your encouragement, the emails, the calls, twitter messages. Thank you for sticking this out. I am sure it wasn't easy...God bless you for obeying the call.

I hope we all learnt something from the prayer challenge. I sure did.

For those just starting welcome! The Lord will surely reward the labour of love and prayers.

Someone sent me a lovely song on praying for others which I was going to add. But for the life of me I can't find where to attach an audio. I tried blogger help but the grammar was plenty so I left it.. If anyone knows how I can do this please tell me ...thanks.

Before I forget to mention- Someone asked P when she shared her testimony, if she doubted she was going to be healed from cancer. Her answer was that she KNEW that she was going to be healed one way or the other. Whether on this earth or if she died in heaven as there is no sickness in heaven. So she did not worry about that.

She reminded me of the three Hebrew boys- Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego that didn't bow to King Nebuchadnezzar. 

They said, "Our God will deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and even if He doesn't deliver us, O king, we will not serve your gods, nor will we worship the golden image which you have set up."
See bravery and faith. Chei!

One day my faith will reach that level in Jesus name. Amen.

My point though is God is good no matter what and he will NEVER forsake the righteous.

God makes all things beautiful in his time, so stay rooted in him and let HIM do only what HE can do in his time. All glory MUST go to HIM.

Ok back to what I was saying on the song. Since I can't add the song yet, I leave you with this Matt Redman song- Blessed by your Name. Reminds us that even in good and bad times we should bless the Lord. I hope this song ministers to you as it did to me.

Blessed be Your name
In the land that is plentiful
Where Your streams of abundance flow
Blessed be Your name

Blessed be Your name
When I'm found in the desert place
Though I walk through the wilderness
Blessed be Your name

Every blessing You pour out
I'll turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord
Still I will say:

Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name

Blessed be Your name
When the sun's shining down on me
When the world's all as it should be
Blessed be Your name

Blessed be Your name
On the road marked with suffering
Though there's pain in the offering
Blessed be Your name

You give and take away
You give and take away
My heart will choose to say:
Lord, blessed be Your name

Love you all!

P.S you can still send me your prayer request anytime you read about the prayer challenge through the contact page.. I would be happy to pray with/for you.

12 Jul 2012

Prayer Challenge #IPray4U - Day 3

Yesterday, Day 2 was going well till the devil try to steal my joy and divert me back to my issues. But my God, merciful God is ever faithful. Even though I felt weak I continued to pray for the people on my list.

Today, people have smsed and called just to pray with and for me. I am overwhelmed by the love I won't lie. I didn't think anyone would even consider praying for me as that wasn't even the aim of this challenge but I am grateful.

A few people have also emailed to share their testimonies with me. I just keep getting words of encouragement from people. The comments from my main post are also blowing me away. It's as if my post was just a confirmation of what people were already hearing in their Spirit. God is awesome.

Please let us keep praying. We have 4 more days to go. Our testimonies will start rolling in. God is doing wonders.

Remember, if you want me to pray with you, send me a message through the contact form.

God bless you as you obey.

10 Jul 2012

Prayer Challenge #IPray4U - DAY 1

Thanks to everyone who left a comment, who emailed, who tweeted, who bbm-ed me to indicate their commitment to join the prayer challenge. God bless you all...As you have started strong you will complete this challenge by God's special grace. Amen.

Thank you to those who also asked to pray for me. Funny I wasn't expecting that at all, it didn't even cross my mind, and I was truly touched when people, even those I don't know, asked to pray for me. God bless you.

For those who sent me their prayer requests, I am praying. Be expectant.

So my experience so far. By praying for others, I didn't even think about my issues. I actually didn't worry today! Wow. This interceding for others seem to have benefits. I am liking it :)

Please pray for Ayobami. He/She left a comment in my earlier post. Ayobami's mum has breast cancer which is spreading and the doctors are giving her till Christmas to live.

P mentioned in her testimony that they told her she had 9 months to live but she rejected it because they did not give her life, God did, so there was no way they could determine when she dies. 4 years later she is alive and cancer free sharing her testimony with others.

Our God who healed P and took away her cancer, will heal Ayobami's mum. She shall not die but live, cancer free, to declare the glory of God. Ayobami, it is well with your mum in Jesus name. May he strengthen you during this time.

Day 2 is nearly here, please set your reminders for people you want to pray for and tell your friends about this challenge. It is not to late to join. Share on facebook, twitter, email.

Anytime you see yourself praying for yourself, just call the person's name you want to pray for. I nearly got carried away today. 

So how was your experience on the first day of the challenge? Pls share in the comments section. Thanks

God bless you all.

Good night!

9 Jul 2012

Prayer challenge- IPray4U

1 Timothy 2:1 I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them.”

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On Saturday 7th July, I attended a women’s conference called Real Women, Real Issues and it was phenomenal to say the least. We had a choice of attending any of the small sessions after the main session and I read through the list.

There was a session on yummy mummies and coping with work, family and spiritual life. I thought to myself yes perfect, what I learn in this session would help me with my Super Working Mum website. So I went to the designated room for this session and waited. As the session was just about to start I skimmed through the other sessions and I read the last one “What cancer taught me about prayer and interceding for others”. I was like hmm. Then I felt the prompting of the Holy Spirit to attend that session. I hurriedly went to the room for this session.

Ok I must admit when the lady (lets call her P) started talking I was bored initially. The previous speaker was more vibrant, funny and engaging…so one part of me was like maybe you should sneak out and go back to where the yummy mummies are but I didn’t and I am so glad I stayed.

P’s testimony was beyond awesome- she had stage 4 cancer of the womb for 4 years. It had spread all over her insides and she went through HELL. In the end she was completely healed (Praise Jesus!) after they tried about 3 times to remove her womb. I don’t want to go into her main testimony as I need to get to what my post is about.

P mentioned how during her trying times, God led her to pray and intercede for other sick people in the hospital and many of them got their healing long before she got healed. And that just blew my mind away. The fact that this lady who was completely sick, in utter pain, hair falling out, couldn’t bath herself etc could overlook her pain and pray for others; IT COMPLETELY BLEW ME AWAY. I was in awe.

For some months now Baale and I have been going through a challenge that I considered a big issue but suddenly my issues looked minute compared to what P went through.

Coincidentally, I have been learning about trusting and obeying God more and seeking his Will in all I do and P’s testimony just took it to another level for me. Interceding for others. Hmm I knew about interceding and yes I pray for others but umm not often and usually after praying for myself.

Listening to P, I knew in my deepest of heart, it was time to take my prayer life to the next level. Forget about my issues and pray for other people. For a few months now, a few people have told me about their issues and I believe God is calling me to pray specifically for these people.

To further confirm what I heard, I visited a friend’s church yesterday and the preaching was also about prayer and we were even asked to hold hands and pray for/with the person sitting next to us. I was like God ok I have heard you, I cannot deny this anymore. I know you are calling me to pray for others and forget about my issues for once.

***Side Bar****
I remember Geeconnect on twitter did something called Prayer Thursday (I think). She offered to pray for you if you send her your prayer requests. I have respect for this sister.

I think I DM-ed her twice to pray for me and on both occasions God answered. Whether it was Geeconnect’s prayers or a collection of all the prayers all I know is God ANSWERED. In fact I should share one of the testimonies with you...some day... 

So my dear friends, there is POWER in praying for others. Sometimes we are too weak to pray for ourselves so the prayers of others lift us to God and he hears their cry for us. Just like the Holyspirit intercedes for us
***end Side bar***

So I want to invite you to join me in a prayer challenge called IPray4U. This challenge may not be for everyone, but I have an inclination that a number of people (or maybe it is just 1 person) reading this already felt a nudge in their spirit to pray for someone else. It could be a friend, your husband, your child, your pastor, anybody else apart from yourself.

The IPray4U challenge:

Write down the name of at least seven people you know needs your prayers.

Now for a week starting from tomorrow 10th July or the day you read this, pray for at least one of the people you have listed above per day. So this should mean you will be praying for at least seven people this week. The challenge will end on 16th July if you start tomorrow.

It could be someone who has come to you in recent times with their issues, it could be a friend seeking the fruit of the womb, it could be your pastor, it could be a friend in financial crisis, or one seeking to marry, someone in a troubled marriage, someone who is sick, it could be someone who needs salvation, it could be your wife or husband or children.

Now here comes the hard part- During this week you will not be praying for yourself. Yes you heard me right. Yes forget about your pain, sickness, needs, wants! Put them aside for one week and concentrate on praying and giving thanks for others.

(Of cuz God wont strike you down if you pray for yourself during this time, this is simply just a sacrifice you are offering on behalf of your loved ones and maybe enemies!)

To help you stay committed, set a reminder to pray at specific times of each day on your phone for a week. Once you compile the list of people you are praying for, put their names in each reminder. This will only take a few minutes of your time so do that now or sometime today.

I believe testimonies will come out as a result of your prayers. Breakthrough upon breakthrough. People you pray for will share their testimonies with you. And to top it up your own breakthrough will come as a result of your prayers and sacrifice. People will rise up to pray for you and God will listen to them.

Galatians 6:7 “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.”

On another note, if you want me to pray for you, please send me your prayer request here and by the grace of God I promise I will pray for you this week.

I have never done anything like this before i.e. decide to go on a marathon prayer session for others and not even pray for myself. How terrifying! In fact I was hesitant about writing this post (I still am) but I know God wants me to share this with you as he would love to perform a revival in our lives if we OBEY. He wants people to rise up and PRAY. It is not about us, it is about HIM.

I know after our week of praying, testimonies will abound in our lives and in the lives of people we pray for. It may not be immediate but I hope when the testimonies start rolling in you will come back and share with us here.

Let’s do this challenge for a week (or as long as God leads you to) and then let us make it a habit to pray for others and not just ourselves.

Please share this post with your contacts, so they can join this prayer challenge if they wish too. If you are on twitter you can click here to tweet about the challenge.

Jude 1:20 But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith, pray in the power of the Holy Spirit

So is anyone with me on this IPray4U challenge?? Let me know in the comment section. If you choose to do this anonymously that's totally cool as well.

I hope you will join me to pray. Let God surprise you!

I am so excited!

God bless