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WEDNESDAY | 9TH MARCH 2016

PASTOR EMMYEXOUSIA

SOUL WINNER MUST PRAY

But we will give ourselves CONTINUALLY TO PRAYER, and to the ministry

of the word. [Acts 6:4]

It’s important to note that Preaching will not do it, if praying has

not first done it. “It is said often, he who would speak to man for

God, must speak much to God for man”.

Jesus was an exemplary man of prayer. Multitudes gravitate towards Him

everywhere. He also prayed to a point where His sweat was like a drop

of blood. The Bible records that if what Jesus did were to be written,

the whole book of the world will not be enough to contain what would

be written.

Apostle Peter preached close to thirty minutes sermon and 3,000 souls

of Jews were won in a day after ten days of waiting and praying and

also looking at Acts 3 it was recorded that disciples have hours of

prayer as a custom. Apostle Paul was also a man of Prayer. He prayed

without season. He had amazing feats and exploits in soul winning with

a point of reference relevant till today.

However, looking at our opening verse, the Apostle says…”But we will

give ourselves CONTINUALLY TO PRAYER and to the ministry of the Word.

If we notice in that verse prayer was the first priority, followed by

the ministry of the Word. The aftermath result of this exercise was

recorded in the same chapter, Acts 6:7 which says “and the word of God

increased; and the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a

great company of the “unbelieving priests” were obedient to the faith.

First, soul winner needs to pray for COMPASSION not passion for souls

because in the scheme of things compassion is superior to passion. And

it is the lasting compelling force for soul winning. [Matthew 9:36].

Second, to win souls, one needs prayer for direction on whom to preach

the gospel.[Acts 8:26-40). Third, a soul winner also needs specific

and revealed message to preach what will capture the heart of the

hearer.[John4:18]. Fourth, the preacher should always pray that the

Lord should open the hearts of the hearers to receive because even

though the preacher has a specific message to preach, if theirs heart

are not opened, it will amount to unbelief. [Acts 16:14]. Lastly,

inasmuch we pray the Lord should open their hearts, we also need to

pray for signs and wonder because Jesus says “…except ye see signs

and wonders, ye will not believe”.[John4:48].

Now it’s time for church to stop looking for gimmicks or carnal means

to win souls and get to travail in the place of prayer because it is

only as soon as we travail in prayer that’s when the Word of God will

prevail. This in turn will birth souls that will abide. Glory to God!

CONFESSION FOR THE DAY: Dear Lord Jesus, I dedicate myself today to

Prayer and to the ministry of the Word. I confess that I am filled,

moved with compassion for souls like never before in Jesus name. Amen

PASTOR EMMYEXOUSIA’S DECLARATION FOR YOU TODAY:

Today, I declare a new and fresh hunger and compassion for souls is

re-ignited in your spirit with the spirit of supplication in the name

of Jesus Christ. Amen.

STUDY MORE: Isaiah 66:7-8, 2Thessalonians 3:1

*Pastor GideonGraces&Pastor Blanche with the CCE Pastors*

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