TOPIC: Spiritual Breath For Saints (DCLM Daily Manna 21 August 2021)
TEXT: Lamentations 3:55-58
55 I called upon thy name, O LORD, out of the low dungeon.
56 Thou hast heard my voice: hide not thine ear at my breathing, at my cry.
57 Thou drewest near in the day that I called upon thee: thou saidst, Fear not.
58 O Lord, thou hast pleaded the causes of my soul; thou hast redeemed my life.
KEY VERSE: “Thou hast heard my voice: hide not thine ear at my breathing, at my cry.” – (Lamentations 3:56)
According to Benny Hinn, there was a story circulated during World War I about a British soldier caught one night creeping secretly back to his tent from a nearby bush. He was then charged by his commanding officer with holding communication with enemies. The young soldier pleaded that he had gone to pray to God. His commander then commanded him in anger to get down on his knees to convince him by praying like he had never prayed before. The young soldier instantly knelt down and prayed powerfully like he had never done before. There was a hushed silence after the young soldier’s amen. “You may go, I believe your story. If you hadn’t drilled often, you couldn’t have done so well at review.”
The text today deals with the testimony of Prophet Jeremiah about how God graciously answered his prayers for deliverance from the dungeon into which wicked people had cast him. He said God heard his cries for help and deliverance, and assured him that he should not be afraid of any personality. If the prophet had not been praying fervently before the trouble came, the present adverse situation would have quickly got him discouraged and despondent.
Just as evangelism is a spiritual exercise for believers and the word of God a spiritual food, prayer is the spiritual breath of saints. It is the breath of regenerated souls that helps to draw in the gracious air from the throne of mercy. It is a divine indicator that a believer is still spiritually alive.
God never forgets His people. Through prayer, believers can intercede for others, draw strength from the Lord, and receive healing for sicknesses, access deliverance from oppression, get promotion, success and favour. Sinners can be prayed into the Kingdom and backsliders can receive pardon and restoration.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Prayer is the spiritual oxygen for God’s children.
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.