RCCG Open Heavens Devotional Thursday 31 January 2013
PRAYER PRODUCES COMFORT
By Pastor E. A. Adeboye
Memorise: "To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;" Isaiah 61:2
Bible in one year: Deuteronomy 10-12
Prayer point: Father, comfort me on every side this year.
Another benefit of prayer ¡s that It makes God to comfort His children who are mourning. it is true that one of God’s titles is Comforter. it ¡s also true that God loves to comfort those who mourn in Zion according to Isaiah 61 :1-3. Yet, as much as God wants to comfort you, on several occasions, He may not do anything until you pray. In this respect, prayer confirms to God that you truly desire the comfort that He can give. However, who are those that should expect divine comfort? These are those whose lives have no colour, taste or attraction. If there is nothing that can attract others ¡n your life, you surely need divine comfort. If you have lost all you had to a fire, and what is left is nothing but ashes, you need divine comfort. If you are mourning over the loss of something precious, you need to be comforted. if you are depressed over a trying situation, you need comfort in any way you need divine comfort this season, the Lord will comfort you in Jesus name. God is the greatest comforter. When He comforts you, He will turn your point of sorrow into your greatest source of joy. In other words, after God’s comfort comes, whenever you look back in retrospect to the cause of sorrow, you would be glad ¡t granted you access to divine comfort. When He comforts you, He will turn your point of sorrow into your greatest source of joy.
One Bible character who suffered loss was Job. Boy! That man knew sorrow! He could vividly tell you the colour of sorrow. Occasioned by his trial of faith, Job lost on every side- his Family, Relationships, Business Empire, Servants, Health, etc. He had only a fringe of his life, being so close to death. But eventually when the Lord restored Job, the same man from whom virtually all men ran, became a centre of attraction (Job 42:10-17). The life that had no colour but only ashes began to radiate in glowing colours. Suddenly, there was restoration. The compound interest on his losses was calculated and given to him. He also lived long enough to enjoy his blessings. Have you suffered losses? As you engage ¡n heartfelt prayer this season, your ashes will turn into radiant colours. All you lost shall be restored triple folds. Those who ignored you will soon discover how indispensable you are and they will start to pursue you. It is your season of comfort.