THE URGENCY OF PRAYER

If three of the seven statements of Jesus on the cross are prayers, then it is safe to say that we urgently need prayer in our times of trial.
On the cross,
• Christ committed His spirit to God through prayer (Luke 23:46)
• Christ asked for forgiveness for those that sinned against Him through prayer (Luke 23:34)
• Christ declares victory over the devil through prayer
Always in prayer, the will of God must be first solicited. He knows and does everything in our best interest.

DANIEL’S PRAYER (Dan 9:4-19)

I prayed to the Lord my God and confessed:
“O Lord, you are a great and awesome God! You always fulfill your covenant and keep your promises of unfailing love to those who love you and obey your commands. 5 But we have sinned and done wrong. We have rebelled against you and scorned your commands and regulations. 6 We have refused to listen to your servants the prophets, who spoke on your authority to our kings and princes and ancestors and to all the people of the land.
7 “Lord, you are in the right; but as you see, our faces are covered with shame. This is true of all of us, including the people of Judah and Jerusalem and all Israel, scattered near and far, wherever you have driven us because of our disloyalty to you. 8 O Lord, we and our kings, princes, and ancestors are covered with shame because we have sinned against you. 9 But the Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him. 10 We have not obeyed the Lord our God, for we have not followed the instructions he gave us through his servants the prophets. 11 All Israel has disobeyed your instruction and turned away, refusing to listen to your voice.
“So now the solemn curses and judgments written in the Law of Moses, the servant of God, have been poured down on us because of our sin. 12 You have kept your word and done to us and our rulers exactly as you warned. Never has there been such a disaster as happened in Jerusalem. 13 Every curse written against us in the Law of Moses has come true. Yet we have refused to seek mercy from the Lord our God by turning from our sins and recognizing his truth. 14 Therefore, the Lord has brought upon us the disaster he prepared. The Lord our God was right to do all of these things, for we did not obey him.
15 “O Lord our God, you brought lasting honor to your name by rescuing your people from Egypt in a great display of power. But we have sinned and are full of wickedness. 16 In view of all your faithful mercies, Lord, please turn your furious anger away from your city Jerusalem, your holy mountain. All the neighboring nations mock Jerusalem and your people because of our sins and the sins of our ancestors.
17 “O our God, hear your servant’s prayer! Listen as I plead. For your own sake, Lord, smile again on your desolate sanctuary.
18 “O my God, lean down and listen to me. Open your eyes and see our despair. See how your city—the city that bears your name—lies in ruins. We make this plea, not because we deserve help, but because of your mercy.
19 “O Lord, hear. O Lord, forgive. O Lord, listen and act! For your own sake, do not delay, O my God, for your people and your city bear your name.”

KING DAVID’S PRAYER ( 1 Chronicles 29:10-19 )

10 David praised the Lord in the presence of the whole assembly, saying,
“Praise be to you, O Lord,
God of our father Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting.
11 Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power
and the glory and the majesty and the splendor,
for everything in heaven and earth is yours.
Yours, O Lord, is the kingdom;
you are exalted as head over all.
12 Wealth and honor come from you;
you are the ruler of all things.
In your hands are strength and power
to exalt and give strength to all.
13 Now, our God, we give you thanks,
and praise your glorious name.
14 “But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand. 15 We are aliens and strangers in your sight, as were all our forefathers. Our days on earth are like a shadow, without hope. 16 O Lord our God, as for all this abundance that we have provided for building you a temple for your Holy Name, it comes from your hand, and all of it belongs to you. 17 I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity. All these things have I given willingly and with honest intent. And now I have seen with joy how willingly your people who are here have given to you. 18 O Lord, God of our fathers Abraham, Isaac and Israel, keep this desire in the hearts of your people forever, and keep their hearts loyal to you. 19 And give my son Solomon the wholehearted devotion to keep your commands, requirements and decrees and to do everything to build the palatial structure for which I have provided.”

OH LORD I AWAIT YOU

Oh how joyful I became when I learnt that You will be born into the midst of men this month. Father I am so grateful for your love, care, and protection throughout this year, from January through to December. Even though there were some hitches here and there, I give you thanks for Your word says that in all things must we have tongue of praise unto You. My dreams you have achieved with me have made me the most blessed person on the surface of this earth right now, no doubt about it.

My prayer this day father is just to make you aware that I await the birth of the savior of the world. My iniquities have I laid before you ahead of the birth of the savior Jesus Christ later on this month. Father I am so sorry and I pray that you help me have a stronger spirit to subdue all the pressures from the desires of the flesh. Lord I want to hold unto you and go wherever you go with you and witness all your sermons and miracles, especially when you fed the multitude with the handful of loaf and fish. I want to replicate this singular act of generosity, and father I pray and ask that even though I am going to be challenged by some ‘Philips’ that I don’t even have enough for myself, let me never hold back my hands of generosity. Father I want to use this opportunity at your feet to thank you and ask for your abundant blessings, support, and protection for the following people: (in no particular order) Peter Angmor Kodjo, Vida Koryo Kodjo, Daniel Akornor, Gloria Naa-Oyoe Quartey(mum), Frederick Angmortey Kodjo, Victoria Ampadu Boateng, Millicent Angmorkuor Kodjo, Hermann Angmornor Kodjo, Henking Teye Kodjo, Gustav Narh-Korli Kodjo, Paul Lawer Kodjo, Owen Angmor Kodjo, Florence Ablah-Doe, Elliot Ampadu Boateng, Loretta Oyoe Quartey, Bernice Ameyaw, all friends and loved ones, and all my cherished readers. I know everything became possible through these vessels because You God have allowed it. May you grant them their heart desires in Jesus’ name. I love you Lord and I await to worship you king forever. Amen!

HEZEKIAH’S PRAYER

 Isaiah 37:16-20

16 “O Lord Almighty, God of Israel,

enthroned between the cherubim,

you alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth.

You have made heaven and earth.

17 Give ear, O Lord, and hear;

open your eyes, O Lord, and see;

listen to all the words Sennacherib has sent to insult the living God.

18 “It is true, O Lord, that the Assyrian kings have laid waste all these peoples and their lands.

19 They have thrown their gods into the fire and destroyed them,

for they were not gods but only wood and stone,

fashioned by human hands.

20 Now, O Lord our God, deliver us from his hand,

so that all kingdoms on earth may know that you alone, O Lord, are God.

AND HANNAH PRAYED

1 Sam 2:1-10

1 Then Hannah prayed:

“My heart rejoices in the Lord!

The Lord has made me strong.*

Now I have an answer for my enemies;

I rejoice because you rescued me.

2 No one is holy like the Lord!

There is no one besides you;

there is no Rock like our God.

3 “Stop acting so proud and haughty!

Don’t speak with such arrogance!

For the Lord is a God who knows what you have done;

He will judge your actions.

4 The bow of the mighty is now broken,

and those who stumbled are now strong.

5 Those who were well fed are now starving,

and those who were starving are now full.

The childless woman now has seven children,

and the woman with many children wastes away.

6 The Lord gives both death and life;

He brings some down to the grave but raises others up.

7 The Lord makes some poor and others rich;

He brings some down and lifts others up.

8 He lifts the poor from the dust

and the needy from the garbage dump.

He sets them among princes,

placing them in seats of honor.

For all the earth is the Lord’s,

and He has set the world in order.

9 He will protect his faithful ones,

but the wicked will disappear in darkness.

No one will succeed by strength alone.

10 Those who fight against the Lord will be shattered.

He thunders against them from heaven;

the Lord judges throughout the earth.

He gives power to His king;

He increases the strength of his anointed one.”

MOSES’ PRAYER

Psalm 90

This month’s prayer is a prayer prayed by Moses, the man of God. I am sharing this prayer because anytime I read and meditated on the words in this prayer, I got spiritually uplifted and realised how great our God art, and I knows for sure that it will serve you wonderful reader as it did me. Let’s bow down our heads as Moses prays.

1 Lord, through all the generations

you have been our home!

2 Before the mountains were born,

before you gave birth to the earth and the world,

from beginning to end, you are God.

3 You turn people back to dust, saying,

“Return to dust, you mortals!”

4 For you, a thousand years are as a passing day,

as brief as a few night hours.

5 You sweep people away like dreams that disappear.

They are like grass that springs up in the morning.

6 In the morning it blooms and flourishes,

but by evening it is dry and withered.

7 We wither beneath your anger;

we are overwhelmed by your fury.

8 You spread out our sins before you—

our secret sins—and you see them all.

9 We live our lives beneath your wrath,

ending our years with a groan.

10 Seventy years are given to us!

11 Who can comprehend the power of your anger?

Your wrath is as awesome as the fear you deserve.

12 Teach us to realize the brevity of life,

so that we may grow in wisdom.

13 O Lord, come back to us!

How long will you delay?

Take pity on your servants!

14 Satisfy us each morning with your unfailing love,

so we may sing for joy to the end of our lives.

15 Give us gladness in proportion to our former misery!

Replace the evil years with good.

16 Let us, your servants, see you work again;

let our children see your glory.

17 And may the Lord our God show us his approval

and make our efforts successful.

Yes, make our efforts successful!