DON’T PRAY “LORD, I MUST PROSPER!” INSTEAD PRAY “LORD, SHOW ME HOW TO PROSPER” (THE PRAYER TO KNOW WHAT TO DO).
I ASKED GOD TO SHOW ME THE SECRET OF KINGDOM PROSPERITY IN A FAST AND HE DID.
I HAVE SHARED THE TESTIMONY MANY TIMES OF HOW WE LOST ONE ENGINE OF OUR AIRCRAFT IN THE AIR AND I WAS NOT AFRAID, WE WERE EATING SNACKS ON THE HEAD OF THE devil.
GOD’S BLESSINGS MAKE YOU FEARLESS. WE DIDN’T BUY AN AIRCRAFT THROUGH CROOKED MEANS, HE GAVE IT TO US.
I AM SO FEAR-FREE ABOUT TOMORROW, WE DIDN’T GET HERE BY CROOKED MEANS.
ONLY THE BLESSINGS OF THE LORD GUARANTEE A SORROW-FREE LIFE.
– Bishop David Oyedepo on UNDERSTANDING THE COVENANT OF BLESSINGS at 4th Pre-Shiloh Encounter Service: Showers of Blessings Faith Tabernacle, Canaanland First Sunday Service || Part B
Now briefly, keys look at some characteristics of divine blessings.
1. It is irreversible. We mentioned that earlier.
2. It is sorrow free.
Not all blessed people are sorrow free, some are sorrow filled, sorrow loaded, sorrow pregnant. Only the blessings of the Lord guarantee a sorrow free life. Someone visited me years ago and the way he was breathing, just that no one can make me fear but the breathing was bad.
What was it? It is not that he was sick. It was the trouble of blessings. Blessings were troubling him but the blessings of the Lord make rich and add no sorrow.
3. His blessings are compassionate and liberal.
It is not hard-fisted. Abraham gave Lot all that he wanted. He said “Lot choose one side and I will go to the other side. I am your uncle but choose first and I will take the other side.” When Lot was in trouble, to show that Abraham didn’t just give him and say “You will soon see” he went to war and recovered him.
Every true blessing from God is full of compassion not self-conceited. Psalm 112:5, 9. It is part of the characteristics of God’s blessings, you are not an accumulator. There is a flow so that the blessings can keep flowing.
4. His blessings are fear-free.
It is not death that kills, it is the fear of death that kills. Hebrews 2:14-16. One of the characteristics of God’s blessings is that it makes you fearless. Job 3:25. His blessings will make you fearless. The blessings of man can make you fearful, the man may not be there again tomorrow but God is always there. The man may be in trouble tomorrow but God is never in trouble. His blessings make you fearless. I have told you the testimony before that we were in a plane and we lost one engine and I said “Can you make a U-turn back to Lagos?” and I told the folks back there “Would you like to have some snacks?”
They said yes and we were snacking on the devil’s head. His blessings make you fearless. We didn’t buy an aircraft through crooked means, He gave it. I am so fear-free about tomorrow, we didn’t get here by crooked means. His blessings brought us here. Somebody’s story is changing. You can’t walk in His blessings and still walk in fear.
We are trying to do this so you can know the virtue and the value of the blessings of the Lord and go all your way to come under it.
Somebody’s story has just changed because you are coming finally under the blessings of the Lord.
5. God’s blessings confer honour.
It eradicates shame and reproach. Psalm 112:9. When God blesses a man, honour is one of the proofs of that blessing. Honour! There are people who occupy very great positions but there is no honour around them, even in their household. Is that life? Zero honour.
Shame and reproach all around. When God blesses you, honour all around. You won’t lose honour in your life. You will not know shame and reproach anymore in the name of Jesus.
What must I do to come under the blessings of the Lord?
1. A proven new birth experience.
Proven! Because what we call new birth today is something else! A proven new birth experience is the beginning of our journey into the blessings of the Lord. Acts 3:26.
As you accept Christ, you come under the blessings of redemption. Galatians 3:13-14. Redemption brings us under the blessings of the Lord.
2. Engage in obedience of faith to His Word.
Deuteronomy 28:1. Blessings always trail mass obedience. Blessings demand obedience for release. Psalm 112:1-3. Be born again and work delightsomely and tirelessly in obedience to His Word and you are up there flowing in that blessing.
3. Engage the altar of prayer to clear off barriers on the path of the blessings of the Lord in your life.
Genesis 32:24-28. He pressed his way out of struggles into blessings on the altar of prayer. What do we get there today? The altar of prayer is a platform for locating what you must do. Psalm 119:18.
So it is not ‘bless me, bless me’ as you have it in the Old Testament, it is ‘Show me, Show me’ so I can be off this struggle level. I went for three days: “Jesus, show me the secret of Kingdom Prosperity”. Three days of prayer and fasting with books and the Bible in my hand. That is the prayer to pray. Not ‘Bless me, Bless me’ No! What is missing in my life? What lack I yet? It is a prayer of “Show me light.” Psalm 118:27. Psalm 36:9. It is a show me kind of prayer we are praying. It is the breaking forth of light we are talking about not crying like a crybaby.
“Anybody who has stolen my crown, return it.” Where did you keep it that they stole it? “Lord, I must prosper!” No! Show me how to prosper. Are you the one commanding Him? Or He is the one to command you? Show me the secret of Kingdom Prosperity and He did. “My Prosperity Plan does not answer to prayer and fasting…” I heard God direct. “…It is not a promise, it is a covenant.
Until your part is played, I am not committed.” The prayer is to know what to do. That is the prayer to pray. The prayer to know what to do.
I think the prayer aspect is clear now. Not Papa said we should pray and fast, then you start banging the table. No! I said Lord I am getting ready to go into full-time ministry. There are things I do not know, I am hanging on you for these five days to show me what I need to know to make the journey great.
Not God I clear all the enemies. The enemy is not there. Your ignorance is the enemy. I came back from that mountain that I called Mountain of Transfiguration and one by one, I received seven strong pillars.
The prayer for blessings is the prayer for light. Arise shine as your light comes not as your prayer comes. Isaiah 60:1,3,8, 22. Psalm 119:18.
Something has happened. Whatever has been tied down in your life is now untied because light is breaking forth to open a new chapter in your life.