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“The Upward Look”

Key Verse

“My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up” (Psalm 5:3).

TEXT — Psalm 5:1-7


A horrible fire destroyed a power plant in the tiny village of Akiachak, Alaska, yet there was an active fire truck nearby that could prevent it. Unfortunately, no one knew how to operate the truck. Many losses happen today because people have not learned how to use the weapon of prayer. The power of prayer is always available, yet lives are damaged continuously without help.

The psalmist shows us what effective prayer – the divine- human communication – accomplishes in our text. When we genuinely open up to God, He steps into our lives and our battle becomes His. The psalmist teaches us how to approach Him. It must be with reverence based on His mercy. Our morning prayer must come before engaging in our daily chores and responsibilities. Early in the morning, we must attend to God’s word and hear what He has to say before encountering the challenges of the day.

The psalmist gave conditions for God to hear us. We must do away with evil and all wickedness; hate iniquity and abhor foolish acts. We must disengage from the company of deceptive people and desist from speaking lies. We must worship God in spirit and truth. The old nature must give way to the new man for our prayers to be answered. The priority of godliness must become ours as we show the praise of Him who has called us out of darkness into His marvellous light.

We should understand how to engage the power of prayer at all times. It is sad that while Satan and wicked forces rampage our homes and communities, the fire truck of prayer remains grounded. We must wake up and activate prayer on all fronts and God will help us as we seek Him promptly.

Thought for the day

Prayerlessness creates room for failure, defeat and bondage.

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Pastor W.F. Kumuyi
About Author - Pastor W.F. Kumuyi

Listed among “500 most powerful people on the planet” by the Foreign Policy magazine in 2013, Pastor (Dr.) William F. Kumuyi is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry (DCLM) headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria. DCLM started in 1973 as a 15-member Bible study group right in Kumuyi’s apartment at University of Lagos where he was a lecturer. His revolutionary Bible teaching on personal holiness and commitment to evangelism soon gained so much traction and resulted in a widespread revival.


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