Open Heaven 8 November 2019 Friday Daily Devotional By Pastor E. A. Adeboye
Topic: The Midnight Cry
Memorise: “Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.” – Matthew 25:13
Read: Matthew 25:1-13 (KJV)
1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.
13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
Bible in One Year: Esther 4-7, Hosea 12
The midnight cry in today’s Bible reading is a shout proclaiming the commencement of an important event, just like the announcement of the arrival of the bride and the groom at a wedding reception by the Master of Ceremonies (MC). At such a time, you will observe different kinds of people. There are those who will not hear what the MC announced at all because they are lost in their own world, either chatting with friends or fiddling with their phones. Some will be so busy running up and down to attend to other matters that they will totally ignore the MC’s announcement. Some other will actually hear the MC’s announcement but will stubbornly sit down instead of standing to honour the bride and the groom. These different reactions to the bride and groom’s arrival depict what will happen when our Lord returns as a groom to take His bride home. It is therefore important that we quickly examine our level of preparedness for this event and make necessary adjustments where necessary:
“16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” – 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17
From this scripture we understand that the Lord will descend from heaven with a shout, and according to today’s Bible reading, this event will occur at a time symbolized by the characteristics of midnight, when most people are fast asleep with little or no expectation of His return. Speaking of what will happen prior to His return, the Lord said in Matthew 25:5:
“While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.”
I believe this is the reason why the coming of the Lord will be with a shout, in order to wake everyone up. I also perceive an ongoing revival that is gaining momentum, which will serve as a wake-up call for sensitive believers.
At the Lord’s coming, the Holy Spirit reveals to us that the dead in Christ will rise first (1 Thessalonians 4:16). The question is, are you dead to the flesh, to sin and to worldliness? Paul testified that he was crucified with Christ; what about you? Are you crucified with Christ indeed, or are you conforming to the dictates of the world (Galatians 2:20; Galatians 5:24; Romans 12:2)? Only those who are dead to this world of sin will hear the midnight cry. Those who have died in Christ have a new type of life in Him. Only those who possess this life and remain faithful to the cross of Jesus Christ will be qualified to meet the Lord at His coming. May you be ready to meet the Lord when the midnight cry rings out in Jesus’ Name.
Prayer Point: Father, separate me from all distractions blocking my view of Your return, in Jesus’ Name.
Hymn 17: Hold The Fort
1 Ho! my comrades, see the signal,
Waving in the sky!
Reinforcements now appearing,
Victory is nigh!
“Hold the fort, for I am coming,”
Jesus signals still,
Wave the answer back to Heaven,
“By Thy grace we will.”
2 See the mighty host advancing,
Satan leading on;
Mighty men around us falling,
Courage almost gone.
3 See the glorious banner waving,
Hear the bugle blow;
In our Leader’s Name we triumph
Over every foe.
4 Fierce and long the battle rages,
But our help is near;
Onward comes our great Commander,
Cheer, my comrades, cheer!
RCCG 30 DAYS FASTING & PRAYER FRIDAY 8TH NOVEMBER
DAY 8: PRAYER FOR YOUTHS
TEXT: Lamentation 3:27
Youth is the time of life when one is young. A time between childhood and adulthood and the glory of young man is their strength. Pro 20:29
- Bless the Lord O my soul and all that is within me. Bless His Holy name. Psa 103: 1
- Thank God for a new day and for the salvation of your soul
- Thank God for His goodness and mercy over your life and family members,
- Father, God, thank you for your unfailing love, blessings and goodness upon our youth Psa1031-5
- Father, please increase the faith of all our youths in you , in Jesus name. Luk 17:5
- Father, please guide and protect our young people from the path of destruction and deliver them from the spirit of worldliness, in Jesus name. Psa 32:8
- Father, please every battle acquired from birth that is affecting our youths, be destroyed, in Jesus name. John 9:1-9,
- Father, please endued all our youths with power from on high
Luk 2 4:49
- Father, please as David defeated Goliath in his days, let all our youths defeat every Goliath assigned against them 1 Sam 17
- Father, please satisfy the youths with every good things of life Psa 103:5
- Father, please destroy every spirit of weariness and tiredness in the life of our youths. Isa 40:30
- Father, please, release your divine strength upon our youths, in Jesus name.
- Father, please help our youths to obey and work for you at this their tender age in Jesus name. Lam 3:27
- Father, please make our youths relevant in their generation, in Jesus name. Psam71:7
- Father, please deliver all our youths from the hand of the wicked, the unrighteous and cruel men of this world in Jesus name. Psa 71:4