Praise Challenge: Command Your Lazarus With Praise

 Today’s Reading

When Jesus heard this, He said, “This sickness will not end in death; but, on the contrary, it is for the glory and honor of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified by it.” – John 11:4


Update

Still in our Month of Praise…

Wow!

I confess. I got bored some days.

But there’s something I’ve learned…

Never, ever depend on your feelings

Sometimes you’ll feel Charismatically great. Sometimes you’ll feel like, “what’s happening?”

Yes, you’ll feel spiritually dry sometimes.

But never, ever judge your relationship with God based on how you feel

God is with you and His word is working, whether you feel terrific or not.

So we must ride on in this praise challenge until …okay, that depends.

May God’s name be praised. He is bigger than our little needs.

For the update on the call to praise for 28 days nonstop, read:

1. After Fasting and Praying, What Next?

2.  Command the Month With Praise

3.  15 Declarations of Praise

4. 7 Reasons to Remain in Praise While Waiting for Answers to Your Prayers

5. Testimonies and Declarations of Praise by Rev. Clement Uko, author of 30 Days Healing & Restoration Prayers


How to Participate in the Praise Challenge

  1. Spend 30 (or more) minutes every day in personal praise and thanksgiving.
  2. Spend 10 (or more) minutes every day to pray for others.
  3. No matter how pressing your personal needs are, take your eyes away from them, only praise God and intercede for others
  4.  Whatever can inspire praise and worship in you, involve in it this month – get songs, sing, dance, worship, etc.
  5. Be very very watchful. God will speak to you and give you strange ideas and directions this period. Write down every new thought and revelation that God brings to your heart or through a vision or dream
  6. Share your praise report. Share your testimonies
  7. For the full devotional guide on the Praise Challenge, Get the Book on Amazon
  8. Join our Facebook Private Prayer Group

Testimonies

I Got the Job

“Blessings to you and your team, Pastor, and thank you all for your prayers. I just want to report that our prayers were answered regarding me getting a job, I have been successful in getting a job this past week and will begin work on Monday…ALL PRAISES BE TO THE MOST HIGH GOD!!! He still answers the cry of His people. Thank you all again and God you continually.

–  Lorlaine Samuels


Delivered from Demonic Oppression

Good Morning Pastor.

Thank you for praying for me.

In my dreams, I saw myself fighting and protecting my mother, anyone that accuses her I go out and confront them without fears. I saw myself fetching water and men were eager to help put the bucket on my head. For the first time, I look good like someone from Europe and people were happy to see me. The houses I saw were different and new. Before now I used to see myself in the dream begging and tormented. All that is no more.

Also, I heard a voice saying, “Although you have not seen your breakthrough, but keep thanking God and proclaiming because that’s what will bring it.”

Hallelujah”

– Queen Hamza.

NOTE: These are unsolicited real testimonies sent through comments on posts or messages in email or WhatsApp.

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REFLECTION

John Chapter 11:1-45 tells the story of one family’s sorrow to joy encounter with Jesus. The Bible says that Lazarus, a friend of Jesus, got sick.

Isn’t that interesting?

Jesus loved and was concerned about Martha and her sister, and Lazarus, and considered them dear friends (vs. 5). But still, Lazarus got sick.

Yes, even friends of Jesus do get sick sometimes.

But that’s not the whole story.

First, Jesus said that the sickness will not end in death.

And that’s what God is telling you today.

That situation will not end in death. That marriage will not die. That business will not die. That family will not end in sorrow.

On the contrary, it is for the glory and honor of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified by it.

Whatever situation you’re in right now is for the glory and honor of God. This doesn’t mean that God caused the situation so you can praise Him. It wasn’t God who made Lazarus sick. So it’s not God who is punishing you with debt, sickness or loss.

However, God will manifest Himself in the situation so that all Glory will be given to His name.


TWO MORE DAYS

When Jesus heard about His friend, Lazarus’ sickness, he stayed two more days preaching.

Why didn’t he rush down immediately?

I don’t know.

That looks like what happens to us, too.

When things start going wrong, we pray. We call on Jesus and expect Him to rush down immediately. Sometimes He does, sometimes He stays two more days.

It’s in the two more days experience that we begin to fight with all manner of thoughts…

  • Is He going to come after all?
  • Does He really love me as He made me believe?
  • Can He remember my sacrifices?
  • This is getting worse, where is He?
  • I wish He could just show up right now

Oh! Well, Jesus took two more days before visiting His friends.

Sometimes, He may take two more days in your life, too. But He’ll surely come. Yes, He’ll most certainly show up.


DID IT GET WORSE?

Lazarus died in the process of waiting.

Ok, that’s what happened in the physical. So yes, to Mary and Martha, the whole thing got worse. They lost their only brother.

But Jesus didn’t see it that way. According to Jesus, “Our friend Lazarus is sleeping, I’ll wake him up when I get there.”

Halleluiah!

What does Lazarus represent to you today?

It could be your marriage, your career, your business, your children, your health, your finances, whatever. To you things are getting worse. But no, they are getting better. That’s what Jesus is saying. You’d better believe that.


ROLL AWAY THE STONE

When Jesus finally showed up, Lazarus was already in the tomb four days. After all the protocols, greetings, emotions, and blames – “If you were here, He wouldn’t have died” (vs. 21) – they took Jesus to his graveside.

First, Jesus groaned in the spirit. That is, He interceded.

Next, he instructed, “Take the stone away.”

Martha objected: “LORD, by this time he’d be stinking. The authorities could be annoyed with us for environmental pollution if we open that tomb. Left for me, I would say, we let the will of God be done.”

No, that’s not God’s will.

“You don’t get it Martha,” Jesus said. “Did I not say to you that if you believe in Me, you will see the glory of God” (vs.40)

So they rolled the stone away.

Beloved, you need to roll away the stone of unbelief, questions, fear of the unknown, and fear of failure. You need to listen to Christ’s instruction, and begin to move by faith; for you will see the glory of God.


GIVE THANKS, AND COMMAND YOUR LAZARUS

At the graveside of Lazarus, Jesus gave thanks.

And Jesus raised His eyes toward heaven and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me…” (Vs. 41-42)

That’s interesting.

“We can certainly give thanks in all situations. Even when things are looking hopeless, we can still give thanks. As we do, heaven takes over, and God’s power is released, and His name glorified.”

After giving thanks, Jesus commanded with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth.”

And he that was dead came forth (vs. 44).

Halleluiah.

Today, give thanks. And then command your Lazarus to come forth, in Jesus name.

Speak words of authority into the spirit and command your blessings to manifest.


SONGS OF THE DAY

1. God is in Control by Twila Paris

 

2. I Am Not Alone – Kari Jobe

 

3. Bless the Lord – Matt Redman

 


PRAYER

Father, I thank You because with You there is no impossible situation.

I thank You because You have not abandoned me.

I thank You because everything is working out for my own good.

I thank You because my prayers and my life right now will work out for Your glory.

Today, LORD, baptize me with extra-ordinary confidence.

Empower my declarations and let Your power move in every area I’ll command to come back to life today

In Jesus name.

I begin to command everything that represents Lazarus in my life, “Come forth, right now.”

(Go ahead and speak specifically to different areas of your life)

Hallelujah!

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Daniel C. Okpara is the author of numerous best-selling books, including, What Do You Have in Your House?, Parable of the Serpent, Pillars of Excellence in Life and Business, Take it By Force, Prayer Wave, and Many others. He is the founder of Better Life World Outreach Center, a non-denominational ministry dedicated to global evangelism and equipping of God's people to live a better life. He is also the founder of Breakthrough Prayers Foundation www.breakthroughprayers.org), an online portal leading people all over the world to encounter God and change their lives through prayer. He has authored over 50 books on business, prayer, relationship, and investment.

2 Comments
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    Lesa-Anne Hillen February 26, 2018 at 11:15 pm

    Thank you so much for this website. I just finished my Daniel fasting and I am happy to start my praise journey tomorrow.
    I tried to click on the books to buy, but it keeps saying ” not available for purchase “. Please advise. Again thank you for this wonderful website. It is really blessing me. May God continue to bless you all.

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    Connie March 6, 2018 at 12:25 pm

    Thank you so much for the uplifting messages to God be the glory for using you

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