Category Archives: DCLM Daily Manna

DCLM Daily Manna 6 September 2020 – Everyone Is Liable

Topic: Everyone Is Liable
[DCLM Daily Manna 6 September 2020 Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]

Text: Ezekiel 18:1-18 (KJV)
1 The word of the LORD came unto me again, saying,

2 What mean ye, that ye use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying, The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge?

3 As I live, saith the Lord GOD, ye shall not have occasion any more to use this proverb in Israel.

4 Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.

5 But if a man be just, and do that which is lawful and right,

6 And hath not eaten upon the mountains, neither hath lifted up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, neither hath defiled his neighbour’s wife, neither hath come near to a menstruous woman,

7 And hath not oppressed any, but hath restored to the debtor his pledge, hath spoiled none by violence, hath given his bread to the hungry, and hath covered the naked with a garment;

8He that hath not given forth upon usury, neither hath taken any increase, that hath withdrawn his hand from iniquity, hath executed true judgment between man and man,

9 Hath walked in my statutes, and hath kept my judgments, to deal truly; he is just, he shall surely live, saith the Lord GOD.

10 If he beget a son that is a robber, a shedder of blood, and that doeth the like to any one of these things,

11 And that doeth not any of those duties, but even hath eaten upon the mountains, and defiled his neighbour’s wife,

12 Hath oppressed the poor and needy, hath spoiled by violence, hath not restored the pledge, and hath lifted up his eyes to the idols, hath committed abomination,

13 Hath given forth upon usury, and hath taken increase: shall he then live? he shall not live: he hath done all these abominations; he shall surely die; his blood shall be upon him.

14 Now, lo, if he beget a son, that seeth all his father’s sins which he hath done, and considereth, and doeth not such like,

15 That hath not eaten upon the mountains, neither hath lifted up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, hath not defiled his neighbour’s wife,

16 Neither hath oppressed any, hath not withholden the pledge, neither hath spoiled by violence, but hath given his bread to the hungry, and hath covered the naked with a garment,

17 That hath taken off his hand from the poor, that hath not received usury nor increase, hath executed my judgments, hath walked in my statutes; he shall not die for the iniquity of his father, he shall surely live.

18 As for his father, because he cruelly oppressed, spoiled his brother by violence, and did that which is not good among his people, lo, even he shall die in his iniquity.

Key Verse: “Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.” – (Ezekiel 18:4)

Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi

MESSAGE:
According to Charles Spurgeon, “If in the courts of justice, a thief, when called up, should argue, ‘Well, I am not so great a thief as some; there are to be found some who have been thieves longer than I and if there be one conviction in the book against me, there are some that have a dozen convictions against them.’ No magistrate would acquit a man on such an excuse as that, because it would be tantamount to his admission of a degree of guilt, though he might try to excuse himself because he had not reached a higher degree”. It is so with every sinner. All have sinned. Another man’s sins cannot excuse you; you must stand on your own feet at the day of judgment.

The word of the Lord came to Ezekiel in the text to stop an erroneous belief paraded with a popular proverb. The saying was that when the fathers sinned, the punishment would be transferable to their children. God declared that all souls belong to Him – the soul of the father, as well as the soul of the son. Any soul that sins and does not repent will surely die. Everyone is liable for their sins.

Despite the diversity of human goals, aspirations and means of survival, one thing remains universally essential: the well-being of the soul. This is one area of life that you will never be excused for neglecting. While everything else that matters to us in this life will someday cease to be, our immortal souls will continue to live on, whether in eternal bliss or eternal grief.

That you attend church regularly, do charitable works in the community and give alms to the poor does not automatically translate into getting the approval of God in heaven. Repentance and faith in Christ are necessary because no one can bear your sins for you: everyone will stand in judgment one day.

Thought For The Day: All souls will face God individually at judgment.

The Bible In One Year: Psalms 92-100

DCLM Daily Manna 4 September 2020 – A Prophet Like Moses

Topic: A Prophet Like Moses
[DCLM Daily Manna 4 September 2020 Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]

Text: Deuteronomy 18:15-22 (KJV)
15 The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken;

16 According to all that thou desiredst of the LORD thy God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I die not.

17 And the LORD said unto me, They have well spoken that which they have spoken.

18 I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.

19 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.

20 But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die.

21 And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken?

22 When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.

Key Verse: “I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.” – (Deuteronomy 18:18)

Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi

MESSAGE:
Our text reveals the promise of God to give His people a Prophet that will instruct, direct and warn them. This became necessary so as to teach them how to inquire from God and learn His ways. Though God sent other prophets after Moses, none of them fits the description of the promised Prophet. After the ministry of Moses, the Scripture affirms that none of God’s prophets was like him. Thus, this promise can only be applied to Christ, the Messiah.

Moses was faithful to God but Christ “was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house” (Hebrews 3:3). Christ and Moses both have mediatory, prophetic and priestly offices. Other similarities are their peculiar excellence of ministry, as well as variety and magnitude of miracles. They were acknowledged as prophets mighty in deeds and words before God and all the people. They had closeness and familiar communion with God, including great followings as leaders of the people of God. Moses was a divine instrument used by God in giving the Law. Christ gave the new commandments in the gospels and Acts of Apostles on which the Christian Church is founded.

The implication of Christ as the promised Prophet is that He would be the patent Mouthpiece of God as contained in the original promise. Jesus Christ is, therefore, the eternal Word from God. To believe that He is a Prophet is right but to fail to do what He says is bad. Acceptance of and obedience to this great Prophet is obligatory. Therefore, anyone who neglects the offer of salvation through Jesus Christ, the Prophet and Word of God, is doomed eternally.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Acceptance of, and obedience to Christ is obligatory.

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Psalm 85-88

DCLM Daily Manna 3 September 2020 – Shun Abominable Practices

Topic: Shun Abominable Practices
[DCLM Daily Manna 3 September 2020 Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]

Text: Deuteronomy 18:9-14 (KJV)

9 When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations.

10 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch,

11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.

12 For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.

13 Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy God.

14 For these nations, which thou shalt possess, hearkened unto observers of times, and unto diviners: but as for thee, the LORD thy God hath not suffered thee so to do.

Key Verse: “When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations.” – (Deuteronomy 18:9)

DCLM Daily Manna 30 May 2019 Daily Devotional

MESSAGE:
A young Christian man got admission into a university in Africa. Instead of joining godly fellowships in school, he went to identify with unbelievers. One day, soldiers found him partying around 1am in town, mistook him for an armed robber and shot him dead.

Moses, the prophet of God, after giving specific instructions concerning the priests, highlighted divine imperatives on the generality of the Israelites. He enumerated abominations of the inhabitants of the land which the Israelites were to abstain from. One of such practices was occultism; others include divination, observing of times, enchantment, witchcraft, familiar spirits, wizardry and necromancy. These were the practices of the heathen nations whom the Lord drove out of the Promised Land. God demanded perfection from the children of Israel.

Involvement in occultism is a great affront to the supremacy of God and a challenge to His sovereignty. It entails the recognition of a rival deity besides the true God. Even today, many people still go to those who use diabolical means to get information about themselves or others. Some get initiated because they want power, popularity, success or wealth.

Believers must avoid these and several other traditional practices that link people with Satan and his kingdom. Those who are involved in these practices must desist and pray for forgiveness. God demands perfection from us. To be perfect is to be holy in thought, words and actions. It is to be free from the works of the flesh and manifest the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:19-24).

Thought For The Day: Avoid practices that challenge the supremacy and sovereignty of God.

The Bible In One Year: Psalm 80-84

DCLM Daily Manna 2 September 2020 – Presumptuousness Is Grievous

Topic: Presumptuousness Is Grievous
[DCLM Daily Manna 2 September 2020 Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]

Text: Deuteronomy 17:8-13 (KJV)
8 If there arise a matter too hard for thee in judgment, between blood and blood, between plea and plea, and between stroke and stroke, being matters of controversy within thy gates: then shalt thou arise, and get thee up into the place which the LORD thy God shall choose;

9 And thou shalt come unto the priests the Levites, and unto the judge that shall be in those days, and enquire; and they shall shew thee the sentence of judgment:

10 And thou shalt do according to the sentence, which they of that place which the LORD shall choose shall shew thee; and thou shalt observe to do according to all that they inform thee:

11 According to the sentence of the law which they shall teach thee, and according to the judgment which they shall tell thee, thou shalt do: thou shalt not decline from the sentence which they shall shew thee, to the right hand, nor to the left.

12 And the man that will do presumptuously, and will not hearken unto the priest that standeth to minister there before the LORD thy God, or unto the judge, even that man shall die: and thou shalt put away the evil from Israel.

13 And all the people shall hear, and fear, and do no more presumptuously.

Key Verse: “And the man that will do presumptuously, and will not hearken unto the priest that standeth to minister there before the LORD thy God, or unto the judge, even that man shall die: and thou shalt put away the evil from Israel.” – (Deuteronomy 17:12)

Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi

MESSAGE:
Many today have received leanness into their souls, families, careers, because of their disregard and disobedience to constituted authorities. They end up missing God’s plan for their lives. Whatever instruction or judgment decided on a matter concerning us and others in the assembly of Christians must be complied with, whether it is in our favour or not.

The Lord, through Moses, had earlier in Chapter 16 ordered that courts of judgment be established throughout the land to hear cases and give judgment. But here in our text, provision is made for appeals in matters that these other courts were unable to handle. In other words, we are introduced to courts of supreme adjudication so that those who were not satisfied with the manner issues were handled could appeal them. In all civil or criminal cases, where there was any doubt or difficulty, the local magistrates were to submit them by reference to the tribunal of the Sanhedrin – the supreme council. Their sittings were held in the neighbourhood of the sanctuary so that in cases of emergencies, the high priest would consult God by Urim.

The decisions of these courts were binding on the appellant and there was no room for appeal. If a person was so perverse and refractory as to refuse obedience, his conduct, as inconsistent with the maintenance of order and good government, would then be regarded and punished as a capital crime. This was to make the people fear and do no more presumptuously.

As believers, we must learn to adhere to instructions given to us in our local churches, whether it is in our favour or not. No one runs ahead of God and has a pleasant tale to tell. Being left in the permissive will is grievous and will lead to tragedy and eternal damnation.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: A peace loving Christian accepts godly verdicts.

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Psalm 78-79

DCLM Daily Manna 1 September 2020 – Take Your Stand

Topic: Take Your Stand
[DCLM Daily Manna 1 September 2020 Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]

Text: Psalm 119:1-8 (KJV)
1 Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD.

2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.

3 They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.

4 Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.

5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!

6 Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.

7 I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.

8 I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.

Key Verse: “Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart” (Psalm 119:2).

DCLM Daily Manna 9 May 2019

MESSAGE:
Martin Luther, the great German reformer, published a number of works which explained his position. He was summoned to appear before the German Congress at Worms in 1521 to answer charges of heresy. He was quoted to have dramatically concluded with “Here I stand! I cannot do otherwise! God help me!”

In our passage, the psalmist eulogised the blessedness of keeping God’s word and seeking Him with the whole heart. As God has commanded His people to keep His word, the desire of the psalmist was therefore to keep it. He that keeps God’s word will not be put to shame.

Christianity starts from that moment of self-searching, questioning and of conscious decision to follow the Lord. Then there is genuine repentance and accepting Christ as Saviour. The psalmist made that choice. He said, “I have chosen the way of truth”. Jesus Christ is the Truth.

The decision to follow Christ consistently is a personal one. For the journey to be on, it must come from the heart. It cannot be forced on someone, otherwise, it becomes tedious. Although there are mines laid by the enemies of the gospel to cause obstructions and challenges, believers must constantly go to God for strength.

The psalmist knew it is a blessed thing to seek God with the whole heart. He knew the foolishness of sacrificing one’s eternal joy for transient pleasures of the world. His desire then was to be directed by God to keep His ways. And that is what every wise person must do.

Thought For The Day: Those who stand for nothing fall for everything.

The Bible In One Year: Psalm 72-77

DCLM Daily Manna 31 August 2020 – Are You Chosen?

Topic: Are You Chosen?
[DCLM Daily Manna 31 August 2020 Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]

Text: Deuteronomy 18:1-8 (KJV)
1 The priests the Levites, and all the tribe of Levi, shall have no part nor inheritance with Israel: they shall eat the offerings of the LORD made by fire, and his inheritance.

2 Therefore shall they have no inheritance among their brethren: the LORD is their inheritance, as he hath said unto them.

3 And this shall be the priest’s due from the people, from them that offer a sacrifice, whether it be ox or sheep; and they shall give unto the priest the shoulder, and the two cheeks, and the maw.

4 The firstfruit also of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the first of the fleece of thy sheep, shalt thou give him.

5 For the LORD thy God hath chosen him out of all thy tribes, to stand to minister in the name of the LORD, him and his sons for ever.

6 And if a Levite come from any of thy gates out of all Israel, where he sojourned, and come with all the desire of his mind unto the place which the LORD shall choose;

7 Then he shall minister in the name of the LORD his God, as all his brethren the Levites do, which stand there before the LORD.

8 They shall have like portions to eat, beside that which cometh of the sale of his patrimony.

Key Verse: “For the LORD thy God hath chosen him out of all thy tribes, to stand to minister in the name of the LORD, him and his sons for ever” (Deuteronomy 18:5).

Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi

MESSAGE:
Often, people get themselves into a frenzy when they argue about who is called and who is not. Some people arrogate to themselves the status of “being called” just for the sake of it without doing the duties that “the called” of God are expected to do.

Also Read: Open Heaven 31 August 2020 – The Enemy Within

It is like confessing Christ but not willing to bear the cross. A lot of people today are only interested in the benefits that accrue from wearing the toga of “servant of God,” without really doing the work.

The tribe of Levi was appointed by God to work as the spiritual servants for the nation of Israel. For this reason, they were given no portion of land, though they were given 48 cities throughout Canaan.

The Levites, as God’s ministers, were in full-time service, and so, it was the responsibility of the rest of Israel to provide for them through their offerings. This tribe was “called”; it was specially chosen for special duties. It would be unthinkable for anyone from any other tribe to have usurped the office.

The passage teaches us that people must stay in their appointed offices. People must not hijack offices that are meant for others. There was no account of envy on the part of others and no one considered the Levites as “parasites” who fed on the sacrifices of others. Other tribes in Israel had their special assignments and God-appointed roles.

Likewise, in the body of Christ, roles have been assigned. Believers must stay true to their roles and concentrate so well in order to deliver on their duties.

Thought For The Day: Know your calling.

The Bible In One Year: Psalm 68-71

DCLM Daily Manna 30 August 2020 – Vanity Censored!

Topic: Vanity Censored!
[DCLM Daily Manna 30 August 2020 Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]

Text: Psalm 119:33-40 (KJV)
33 HE. Teach me, O LORD, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end.

34 Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart.

35 Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight.

36 Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness.

37 Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way.

38 Stablish thy word unto thy servant, who is devoted to thy fear.

39 Turn away my reproach which I fear: for thy judgments are good.

40 Behold, I have longed after thy precepts: quicken me in thy righteousness.

Key Verse: “Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way.” – (Psalms 119:37)

DCLM Daily Manna 17 May 2019 Daily Devotional

MESSAGE:
The eyes have remained very important in human life. Just as the organ plays an important role of seeing; it has however, constituted a serious impediment to many people in their journey to heaven. A lot of sins have been committed and lives lost as a result of wrong use of the eyes. In our passage today, King David, having been bitten by the scourge of sinful “seeing,” cried unto God, among other things, to turn “away his eyes from beholding vanity.”

There are lots of vanities all over the place. One does not need to go far before seeing them. They are even in places where they should not be. The believer is in a constant battle between right and wrong. These vanities are running after believers and presenting themselves at every turn. But David knew that “all that glitters is not gold.” The psalmist sought to know God through obedience to His will. He realised that he could do this only by keeping his mind off the things of this world and keeping it on the testimonies of God. By doing this, the insults will be ignored in his life when he no longer considered obedience to God a thing of which to be ashamed.

Surrendering to and serving God in totality will always bring relief. Making a public show of our stand in God gives relief from worldly encumbrances. Believers are reminded today that nothing else matters but a life lived for Christ; a songwriter says, “Only what’s done for Christ will last.”

That was David’s wish; and that should be the wish of every genuine child of God. However, this cannot be possible except our eyes are turned from beholding vanity on a regular basis.

Thought For The Day: Those who see through the eyes of Christ always reach their destination.

The Bible In One Year: Psalm 61-67

DCLM Daily Manna 29 August 2020 – Let There Be Justice

Topic: Let There Be Justice
[DCLM Daily Manna 29 August 2020 Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]

Text: Deuteronomy 17:1-6 (KJV)
1 Thou shalt not sacrifice unto the LORD thy God any bullock, or sheep, wherein is blemish, or any evilfavouredness: for that is an abomination unto the LORD thy God.

2 If there be found among you, within any of thy gates which the LORD thy God giveth thee, man or woman, that hath wrought wickedness in the sight of the LORD thy God, in transgressing his covenant,

3 And hath gone and served other gods, and worshipped them, either the sun, or moon, or any of the host of heaven, which I have not commanded;

4 And it be told thee, and thou hast heard of it, and enquired diligently, and, behold, it be true, and the thing certain, that such abomination is wrought in Israel:

5 Then shalt thou bring forth that man or that woman, which have committed that wicked thing, unto thy gates, even that man or that woman, and shalt stone them with stones, till they die.

6 At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is worthy of death be put to death; but at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death.

Key Verse: “At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is worthy of death be put to death; but at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death.” – (Deuteronomy 17:6)

Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi

MESSAGE:
Recently, a country in Africa rose in stout defence of some of her citizens on death row in another country over allegation of hard drug trafficking. The foreign country is known to execute those found guilty of such offence; but it was discovered that some “convicts” were wrongly condemned as they knew nothing about the drugs found in their luggage. The African country was able to prove their case beyond reasonable doubt that the conviction was cancelled and the convicts freed.

God is a God of orderliness and justice. He knows that a natural man is evil and can go to any extent to hurt others, even to the point of death. Although He had prescribed death for idol worshippers in Israel; He insisted that those who must die should first defend themselves. He insisted that execution of suspects must not be a premeditated thing but a thorough process in which more than one person must testify against the individual standing trial. This was also to eliminate death through malice, vendetta and sheer hatred.

From the passage, God declared that no gossip is to be used as evidence to convict one of idolatrous worship. Since such worship carried with it the penalty of death, then the accused must be faced by, at least, two witnesses who could confirm the accusation. In whatever field believers find themselves in the secular world, the church and family, justice must be our watchword. Those who lead others must not draw conclusions on hearsay. Thorough investigations must be carried out to ascertain the truth of an allegation against someone.

We must emulate the God of justice; we too must go the whole length to ensure that the just is not punished unjustly. Believers must ensure that no one is ill-treated on account of perception but justice must prevail at all times.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Sacred beings take sacred decisions.

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Psalm 51-60

DCLM Daily Manna 28 August 2020 – The Narrow Way

Topic: The Narrow Way
[DCLM Daily Manna 28 August 2020 Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]

Text: Matthew 7:13-14 (KJV)

13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

Key Verse: “Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” – (Matthew 7:14)

Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi

MESSAGE:
A group of fresh students were eager to move into the dormitory. Many of them struggled to be accommodated into the newly renovated building while those not too “smart” were contented with the old, unpainted building to the jeers of the apparently smarter ones. That was before rainfall. But when the rains came, the painted block leaked as if it had no roof. But the old building, undesired as it were, was intact. And so those who laughed last turned out to laugh best as the mockers became the mocked.

The book of Proverbs reveals that “there is a way which seemeth right unto a man but the end thereof are the ways of death”. The ways of death would seem attractive, permitting every sinful load and luggage. Our text warns us about the peril of desiring to get to heaven through the broad way. The broad way allows personal effects of sin – adultery, fornication, lying, cheating and all forms of evil and wickedness. And many are following that way that leads to hell.

To get to heaven, believers must walk in His steps. The narrow way is the way of true repentance, separation from the world of evil and self-denial.

Are you on the narrow way? Have you repented of your sins and accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Saviour? If not, you can do it now and join the few that travel on the narrow way to heaven.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: The narrow, hard way of today will be the way of rejoicing later for those who endure.

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Psalm 44-50

DCLM Daily Manna 27 August 2020 – Mighty Weapon

Topic: Mighty Weapon
[DCLM Daily Manna 27 August 2020 Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]

Text: Luke 18:1-8 (KJV)
1 And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;

2 Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man:

3 And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary.

4 And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man;

5 Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.

6 And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith.

7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?

8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?

Key Verse: “Yet because this widow troubleth me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.” – (Luke 18:5)

DCLM Daily Manna 30 May 2019 Daily Devotional

MESSAGE:
The place of prayer in the affairs of man cannot be overemphasised. In our text, Jesus Christ admonished His disciples on the necessity and importance of persistent prayer. He spoke of a widow who approached a fearless judge to avenge her of her adversary. Though unwilling to grant the widow’s request, the pressure of unceasing asking left him with no option.

This illuminating parable reveals lack of consistent prayer or outright prayerlessness as the reason many believers are weak and defeated. Many people have the erroneous impression that once they believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, all other benefits such as victory over Satan, the world and their enemies, healing from sickness, deliverance from oppression and freedom from demonic bondage become automatic. Therefore, when they are faced with challenges in life, instead of engaging in importunate prayer, they begin to grumble and complain to God.

Grumbling or complaint does not remove problems. Rather, prayer is a mighty weapon that removes obstacles that stand between us and our needed miracles, provided we ask with clean hands and a pure heart. In spite of the assurance of answers to prayers that Jesus had given us, we still need to hold on to Him in prayer of faith. Assuming that since God has given us promises in different parts of the Bible we do not need to pray is presumptuous.

The widow in today’s passage was specific in her request and did not stop asking until she received. It is necessary for us to emulate her and God who answers prayers will answer.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Strike it; strike again and again and you will soon make a mark.

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Psalm 39-43