Wednesday, August 4, 2021
Home Blog

FOUNTAIN OF MY SOUL By Pst. Victor Okereke (De Edifier)



“A fountain of joy alive in you”: How Music Tunes the Soul

I recorded this collection during the month of October 2018. Having a clear calendar for the month, I felt the Lord telling me that there was a reason I had no ministry obligations for the entire month. As I asked the Lord ‘why?’ I felt led to record this project, coupling some of my favorite songs. Worship with me and find rest for your soul as you walk intimately with Jesus through these song. I AM LIFE-STREAM

A fountain that flows from above;
I have passed from the waters of strife
And come to the Elim of love;
I have drunk of the heavenly well,
In the depths of my being it springs.
No mortal can measure or tell
The gladness the Comforter brings.

Fountain of my soul

Oh, come to the Fountain of Life,
The fountain that never runs dry;
Oh, drink of the boundless supply,
For Christ is the Fountain of Life.

I have come to the Fountain of Blood
That for guilt and uncleanness doth flow;
I have washed in its sin-cleansing flood
And my garments are whiter than snow.
I count not my righteousness mine—
’Tis Jesus that lives in my soul.
I partake of His nature divine,
And in Him I am perfectly whole.

I have come to the Fountain of Health,
A boundless and endless supply;
’Tis a secret man’s wisdom or wealth
Can never discover or buy.
But the secret my Lord hath revealed
In the fountain that flows from His side,
In the stripes by whose pain we are healed,
In Himself as He comes to abide.

I have come to the Fountain of Joy;
His joy is the strength of my heart.
My delight is unmixed with alloy,
My sunshine can never depart.

From my spirit within flows a fountain of life—
The Triune God flowing in me;
God the Father’s the source, Christ the Son is the course,
And the Spirit imparts life to me.

And my soul-life at last I lay down;
O Lord, deepen the pure flow of life;
At Your coming may life be my crown.

In the fresh, tender grass Jesus makes me lie down;
He leads me by waters of rest;
No more struggle and strain; all self-effort is vain;
In the flow I am perfectly blessed.

Jesus called me one day to the Holiest Place,
To live in His presence divine;
Hallelujah, I’ve heard an encouraging word:
“Abide—you’re a branch in the vine.”

Who can satisfy my soul, like You
Who on earth can comfort me and love me like You do
Who could ever be more faithful and true
I will trust in You, I will trust in You, my God

Who can satisfy my soul, like You
Who on earth can comfort me and love me like You do
Who could ever be more faithful and true
I will trust in You, I will trust in You, my God

There is, who is a King
(There is a fountain, who is a King)
Victorious warrior
(Victorious warrior and Lord of everything)
My rock, my very own
(My rock, my shelter, my very own)
Blessed Redeemer, who reigns upon the throne, oh yes

There is a fountain, who is a King
(Who is a King)
Victorious warrior and Lord of everything
(Victorious warrior)
My rock, my shelter, my very own
(My rock, yes He is, He is, my very own)
Blessed Redeemer, who reigns upon the throne
(Blessed Redeemer, who reigns)

Who could ever be more faithful and true
I will trust in You, I will trust in You, I will trust in You, my God

I’ve got peace like a river,
I’ve got peace like a river,
I’ve got peace like a river in my soul.
I’ve got peace like a river,
I’ve got peace like a river,
I’ve got peace like a river in my soul.

I’ve got joy like a fountain,
I’ve got joy like a fountain,
I’ve got joy like a fountain in my soul.
I’ve got joy like a fountain,
I’ve got joy like a fountain,
I’ve got joy like a fountain in my soul.

I’ve got love like an ocean,
I’ve got love like an ocean,
I’ve got love like an ocean in my soul.
I’ve got love like an ocean,
I’ve got love like an ocean,
I’ve got love like an ocean in my soul.



The prophet said in Joel 3:9, “Wake up the mighty men.” Wake up the mighty women. I’m here to wake up your dreams, wake up your talents, wake up your potential, wake up the healing. You may have let circumstances convince you that it’s never going to happen, but I believe today that the dream is still alive, that promise is still in you. Get ready; you’re about to give birth to something that’s going to thrust you to a new level of your destiny.

Proclaim this among the nations: “Prepare for war! Wake up the mighty men, Let all the men of war draw near, Let them come up. Beat your plowshares into swords And your pruning hooks into spears; Let the weak say, ‘I am strong.'” (Joel 3:9-10)

As I write you today one phrase resounds in my heart. Wake up the mighty men!

Maybe you don’t feel mighty at this moment. But you are, whether you feel like it or not. We all are if we’ve made Jesus the Lord of our lives and the time has come for us to rise up and start acting like it.

Why? Because the devil is taking territory he has no right to occupy. He is hindering the work of God, harming saints and holding entire nations hostage because too few believers are using the divine authority they’ve been given to actively, aggressively resist him.

Some months ago in prayer, I had a vision that has come to mean a great deal to me. I saw the hand of the Lord reaching out to place a scepter in the uplifted hand of a man. Initially, the man received it and, with tears of gratitude and love, thanked the Master for giving it to him. Then, in a spirit of deference and respect, the man put the scepter right back into the Lord’s hand.

It seemed to me the Lord should be pleased with such a submitted heart. The unspoken attitude of the man seemed to be, “Thank you, Lord, for Your gift. But I’m giving it back to You because all I want is for Your will to be done.”

The Lord did not respond with delight, however. On the contrary, in a voice that resounded with displeasure He said, “I CANNOT GIVE THIS TO YOU IF YOU WILL NOT TAKE IT!”    

Not Just Children But Full-Grown Sons
In the months that have passed since then, the Lord has been speaking more to me about the authority of the believer. He has challenged me to more fully use that authority in my own life. And He has revealed to me how much not doing so has cost not only me but those I’ve been called to watch over and pray for.

Most important, God has reminded me that if I do not take dominion over my own flesh and my own circumstances by actively standing on His Word, they will take dominion over me. If I do not fulfill my responsibility to resist the devil—in my own life, the life of my family, my church, my city or my nation—He will not fulfill that responsibility for me. So, unless some other praying saint intercedes for me, the job will not get done.

In that case, the devil will have his way…and he has no mercy.

“But De Edifier,” you might say, “you don’t usually talk like that. You always make us feel warm and fuzzy. You always tell us how much Jesus loves us and how wonderful life is with Him.”

Jesus does love us. More than we can possibly imagine. In fact, He loves us too much to be forever satisfied just hugging us and trotting us on His knees like beloved, spiritual toddlers. He has a life planned for us that is more wonderful than anything we could ever plan ourselves.

However, we must grow up before we can fully live it.

God’s great design is to raise us up and train us to rule with Jesus forever. He has destined us to be not just children of God—but full-grown sons capable of reigning with Him. We were redeemed not just so we could be blessed and enjoy the fellowship of God but so that we, as the Church, could become the overcoming, Co-Regent Bride of Christ who “receives authority and power over the nations…[to] rule them with a scepter” just as Jesus Himself does (Rev. 2:26-27).

How, where and when will we learn how to rule like that?

We will learn it by overcoming the devil and enforcing the will and the Word of God now in our own spheres of influence right here on the earth. If we don’t learn it now, we’ll never learn it. The better we learn it and the more we overcome here, the higher our rank and reward will be in the next dispensation.

Develop Some Spiritual Muscle
That’s not only scriptural, it just makes sense. Think about it. How could God set a believer in authority over a nation in the age to come when he never even took authority over his own flesh in this age? How could God entrust multitudes to the care of someone who never even learned to pray for and keep the devil off his own little family?

He couldn’t! That person would not have developed the spiritual skills necessary to reign and keep evil forces in check.

Some people think, Well, if I don’t learn to reign here…I’ll just learn when I get to heaven. But that logic doesn’t hold up. How could we possibly learn to resist and exert dominion over evil forces in heaven? There aren’t any evil forces there! It takes resistance to develop spiritual muscle, just like it takes resistance to develop physical muscle. And there is no devil, no fallen flesh, nothing negative to resist in heaven.

That is the primary reason for this dispensation. That’s the reason Jesus didn’t throw the devil into the lake of fire and put an end to his works right after the resurrection. He left him here so the Church could use him to do spiritual benchpresses.

God left the devil on earth just like He left the giants in the promised land so He could teach us to exercise the dominion He has given us in Christ. He wants us to grow up into our divinely appointed role as rulers by learning to enforce the will and Word of God in the face of natural and demonic opposition. He wants us to learn how to possess the land.

That’s why, despite God’s great and tender love for us, once we have the time and opportunity to mature in Jesus, He will not deal with the devil for us. Even to spare us natural pain and suffering, He will not jump in and do our job.

He will not say, “Yes, Sweetheart, I know I gave you authority and told you to watch, pray and resist the devil. I know I told you to be strong, put on your spiritual armor and use My Word as the sword of the spirit. But you’ve been real busy lately and if I don’t do something, the devil is really going to tear up your life. I guess I’ll just overturn My plan to train the Church to reign so I can jump in and fix things for you.”

My Very Own Birthday Wishes | Happy Birthday To Me! – Pst. Victor Okereke (De Edifier)

Happy Birthday

Birthday Wishes For Myself – Heartfelt, Inspirational & Prayer

One of the greatest forms of self-love and self-appreciation revolves around making affirmations to yourself and treating yourself like you would treat a loved one, only much better. As odd as it may sound, wishing yourself a happy birthday helps you reflect on the life you’ve lived whilst inspiring you to make amends for the new year.By all means, be extra! Gift yourself and take yourself out on a date. This will not only help you grow as an individual but also keep you independent. Aside from that, our compilation of inspirational, prayer and heartfelt wishes for yourself will guide you into taking charge of your day, even if nobody cares to whisper a wish on your behalf.

Here’s to loving yourself more and celebrating your day!


Heartfelt Birthday Wishes For Myself

1: Growing up, everyone around me spent all their time trying to be great. I am one of the lucky ones who has always been great. Happiest birthday to me!

2: As I turn a year older today, I am most thankful for the people around me and the gift of being alive. Happy birthday to me.

3: May I have the best birthday yet. I know I have had a positive impact on people’s lives, and I hope to inspire many more

4: If I could make a wish right now, it would be to be heard screaming across the universe just to show how happy I am. Happy birthday to me!

5: Wishing myself a productive and successful new year. As I blow the candles on my cake, may all the looming sadness and negativity be blown away.

6: Happy birthday to me! There should be a national award for awesome people like me. I’d like to thank myself for being exceptional and accommodative.

7: Merriest birthday to one of the most humble, funny, awesome and beautiful people I know: Me!

8: One of the greatest people to ever exist was born today. As I turn one year older, I hope that everything in my life will advance to the next level.

9: It is beyond explanation how far I have come in life. I can’t believe I am a year wiser, more beautiful, and richer today! To God be all the glory. Happy birthday to me.

10: I am happy to live up to this day. It is an occasion worth celebrating. I know I will be alive to celebrate more years. Happy birthday to me.

11: There’s no other way to say I am grateful for life. Many are in the Great Beyond and oblivious of the passage of time. I desire to live long to put a smile on people’s faces. Happy birthday to myself.

12: I will not die but live to be a wonder to many. My life is beautiful; I am a year older today. Happy birthday to me.

13: It is my birthday today. This year will be my best so far!

14: Finally, the day has come. On a day like this, a princess was freely given to my parents. That princess has matured into a queen. I am proud of my life and the far I’ve come. Happy birthday, to me.

15: ‘Drum rolls’! Let the party begin! I can’t hold back my excitement because it is my birthday. Happy birthday, sweet me. More blessings to me.

16: Everything has been orchestrated to favor me in this new year. I wish myself a glorious birthday.

17: Let the music play, let us dance in awe and excitement. Oh! I can’t help but rejoice because I have added another year today. Sorrow shall not have any power over me this year. Happy birthday to my darling self.

18: Hello me, you are highly favored. You may not be where you want to be yet, but at least you are not stagnant. Moving forward and staying strong is my main goal. Happy birthday to me.

19: Angels are on guard over my life. Here is to many more years of exploits in life and good health. Happy birthday to me.

20: Happy birthday to me. No evil is permitted to come near me all the days of my life. Today, I celebrate the fulfillment of the many promises of safety for me.

21: I lead a life of excellence; no wonder I have been able to change my world within the little time I have lived. May God grant me the strength and wisdom to be more. Happy birthday to me.

22: I am a candidate of grace, an heir of the kingdom of heaven. My life is blessed, and I know it. It is a new year for me; happy birthday.

23: All that I have hoped for, I will receive as I turn a year older today. Happy birthday to me.

24: It is awesome that I don’t look like what I’ve been through. God really, has got my back. He will see me through more years. Happy birthday, dearest me.

25: At last, my new season of greatness has come. I can’t wait to explore new frontiers. Happy birthday to myself.

26: One thing I am sure of is this, “There is no failure for me. It is either I win, or I learn.” That is all I desire out of life. I wish myself a happy birthday.

Inspirational Happy Birthday Messages For Myself

27: Another phase in life, another stage of excellence and another opportunity for growth. I am more than grateful to be alive. Happy birthday to me.

28: Cheers to the person I’m turning into and the open doors in life. I thank God for keeping me this long and for seeing another birthday. Come all, help me celebrate this great day.

29: A year older, a year wiser. Happy birthday to this beautiful soul. May the Lord always provide all I need in life. This is my prayer today.

30: My life has been a constant process of growth. I have gradually realized my potential, but I hope to exploit it fully this year. Happy birthday to me.

31: All I pray for this new phase in life is to have the utmost joy and provision for everything I need. Happy birthday to this lovely soul and thank God for life!

32: Happy birthday to the person I am today, and cheers to the person I’m becoming. I have seen tremendous growth and resilience amidst tough situations. I pray that this new year will bring divine happiness.

33: I promise to keep on loving myself more than anything else. This life is truly mine, so happy birthday to me!

34: Hooray! Another birthday, another celebration. I take this opportunity to wish myself the best birthday yet and abundance in blessings.

35: I owe God everything I am, and everything that I have. Without Him, I wouldn’t have been alive to celebrate this day. May His unending love light the path for me. Happy birthday to me.

36: I wish myself a tremendously happy birthday today. It hasn’t been an easy journey through life, but it has been worth it because I have got God by my side. I can’t wait for another year to come.

37: Wishes do come true for anyone that believes that all things are possible. I am a firm believer in a greater me. On this new day into my wonderful year, I wish myself a beautiful birthday.

38: Self-love isn’t selfish; it is simply loving yourself to be able to love others from your heart. I celebrate myself on my birthday today. Happy birthday, dear me.

39: God has been incredibly faithful to me. In spite of my wrongs, mistakes, and shortcomings, His mercy still found me worthy to be kept alive to see another birthday in my life. I am super, super grateful to my good Lord. Happy birthday to me!

40: I don’t know about others, but my life is completely beautiful. I am glad to be a year older today. Happy me, happy birthday!

41: I am destined for something bigger. a life of fulfillment and abundant success. This is a new year to live out my destiny. Happy birthday to me.

42: Everything I touch is blessed. There is absolutely nothing I need that I can’t have with God. I am undeserving, but His love covers me in all. Here is me, wishing myself a lovely birthday celebration this day. Let the party kick-off!

43: My appreciation goes to God, the Owner of my life. His faithfulness is forever true, and today is proof that He has done me well. I congratulate myself on this new year I have stepped into. Happy birthday to me.

44: I shall not lack any good thing. My labor shall not come to naught. On this day, as I mark another year in my life, I will have memorable events to talk about. Happy birthday to me.

45: It isn’t so much about the pomp and style than it is of expressing gratitude for being a partaker of life in the land of the living. I am not ungrateful to you, Lord. More of Your blessings, I pray. Happy birthday to me.

46: My heart overflows with joy. Time and again, I am reminded that I am one of the most blessed human beings on earth. I may not have it all, but I am certainly living my dreams. Happy birthday to me.

47: Happy birthday to me. I have every reason to be happy on this day.

48: It is not unusual to hear bad news in the wake of each day. I’m thankful to be numbered amongst the fortunate. Happy birthday to me.

49: Dear Lord, thank you for bringing me into another fabulous year where I will live out your glory. It is my birthday today; may Your goodness remain with me.

50: On my birthday today, I pray that the presence of the Lord will never depart from me all the days of my life.

Birthday Prayer Wishes For Myself

51: Countless joy, peace, and love are all I pray for as I turn one year older. Thank you to all who have helped me along the way. Happy birthday to me.

52: Turning a year older means I get to be wiser than ever before. My heart desires to be grateful always and to appreciate everyone in my life every other day. Very happy birthday to me.

53: I hope that this special day will blossom into achieved goals and accomplished dreams. Happy birthday to the happy person I am.

54: Happy birthday to me. Thank you, mom and dad, for bringing such a wonderful gift in the world and for always showing me the way.

55: I’m so excited today simply because it’s my birthday. I pray for peace, prosperity, and happiness above all things. May God bless me continually.

56: Today, I choose to forget all my problems and paint a smile on my face because I am blessed. A most spectacular birthday for me.

57: I might not be the most powerful or richest person in the world, but I have a sound mind and peace. On this birthday, I celebrate all the small priceless things that we take for granted. Happy birthday to me.

58: May I have the best birthday today. I wish myself a life filled with happiness to the brim and the life-long realization that as long as I have life, I am rich.

59: Let me be the first one to wish myself a superb birthday and favor beyond imagination. I celebrate me!

60: I count myself blessed to see another beginning in my life. I pray on this day, that joy and favor will be with me for the rest of the year and that I will fulfill my destiny. Happy birthday to me.

61: This year shall be my best year. I count on You, Lord, to make it happen. Happy birthday to me.

62: My youth is renewed day by day. God has been so kind to me; I cannot tell it all. May His grace which found me, continue to sustain me. Happy birthday to me.

63: Today, I declare that I will live long in the land of the living to do unlimited exploits. In my year of bloom, may my hand never be heavy to reap my benefits. Happy birthday to me.

64: My prayer for myself on this day is that l will not regret my new year which begins this day. Happy birthday to me.

65: The work of my hands is blessed. My efforts to prosper shall always prevail. The love of God shall distinguish me amongst many. Happy birthday to me.

66: The faithfulness of the Lord shall never cease in my life. All the good things will be provided for. Happy birthday to me. I am deeply grateful to Him.

  • Today marks yet another amazing day for me. Thanks to the Lord Almighty, a new age has been awarded me, and I pray for many more days like this joyous anniversary I am experiencing today.
  • Hurray! It is here again, and I want to share this special day of mine with you all. Happy birthday to me! The Lord has been merciful to me and I pray for more mercies in the years ahead.
  • I pray to the Lord for more of an ecstatic day like today. Not many have the opportunity to have a new year added to their lives. It is only by Your grace that I can celebrate today. I wish myself a cheerful birthday!
  • Hurray! The day has come again for me to say a wish, and I wish myself success and everlasting happiness as I celebrate a birthday full of joy today.
  • I am very thankful and grateful to the Almighty for granting me yet another year. I pray for an abundance of grace in my world.
  • Special thanks to the Lord and everyone who has been instrumental in my life. I pray for many more heavenly days like today. Happy birthday to me!
  • I will be forever grateful to the Lord for giving me another special day on this earth. On this day, I pray for a peaceful birthday and supernatural guidance in the life ahead.

My best video

 subscribe to my YouTube channel


7 Steps to Calling in Your Harvest – By De Edifier

7 Steps to Calling in Your Harvest - By De Edifier

You may have heard of calling forth your harvest and wanted to know how to reap your harvest according to scripture. Ministers like Dr Shdrach Yange teachs on how to reap your harvest regularly—because this is a tried and true Biblical principle that every believer must put into practice in their walk of faith.

In the natural, bringing in a harvest has always been a season of great celebration. The reward for sowing, watering and protecting precious seed symbolizes abundance and fruit from a season of work and sacrifice.

When it comes to a spiritual harvest, our expectancy should be the same. Sow, wait, reap. Sounds simple, right? Yet, if you’re like most people, you’ve found yourself at one time or another wondering what happened to your harvest.

You’ve sowed, prayed and waited. But nothing comes. In fact, it seems like a harvest is long overdue. Or, maybe the devil has come like a pesky crow and stolen all your seed. Either way, you’re left wondering, Could there be something more to this process? The simple answer is yes.

Are you due for a harvest?

Well, get ready for the windows of heaven to open, because the Lord of the harvest has a plan for you to receive the bounty of His greatest blessings. If you’re ready to see a visible return in your life, here are seven simple steps to help you call in your harvest.

1. Sow Seed for Your Harvest

“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.”—Galatians 6:7, NKJV

If you are desiring a harvest in your life, one thing is sure—you can’t reap if you don’t sow. The devil has tricked so many Christians into believing they can’t afford to sow financially or otherwise. He’ll work overtime trying to keep you in fear about giving away your resources. Why? Because he knows how much you stand to gain in both the natural and the spiritual realms.

Jesus said in Luke 6:38 that if you give “you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back”!

That’s a powerful truth! That’s why the enemy doesn’t want you participating in sowing. In fact, he’d prefer that you just forget about it altogether. But, that would only be to your own detriment because in Genesis 8:22, it is promised that while the earth remains, seedtime and harvest will not cease.

What is seed? Seed is anything you give. It can be time, money, resources, faith, hope or love.

The most important part of sowing is the heart behind the gift. So, when you sow, be sure you are acting as a good sower. Second Corinthians 9:6 says, “[Remember] this: he who sows sparingly and grudgingly will also reap sparingly and grudgingly, and he who sows generously [that blessings may come to someone] will also reap generously and with blessings” (AMPC).

When you give in sorrow, there is no faith, so there is no return. So, sow your seed in joy and you will reap a harvest!

2. Get Aggressive About Reaping Your Harvest

“And from the days of John the Baptist until the present time, the kingdom of heaven has endured violent assault, and violent men seize it by force [as a precious prize—a share in the heavenly kingdom is sought with most ardent zeal and intense exertion].”—Matthew 11:12, AMPC
A common misconception about the principles of sowing and reaping is that we sow the seed, then wait for God to do the reaping for us.  When we do this, we miss a very important part we are to play! We sow the seed, God gives the increase, but we are to reap (or gather) the harvest.
In other words, you must become a sower and a mower.

To do so, you must become aggressive. If you leave your harvest in the fields, it will rot! Purpose in your mind today to become aggressive about harvesting. Leave nothing on the table for the enemy to steal—it belongs to you! Every seed you’ve ever planted is available if you haven’t reaped it yet.

Speak this aloud: “I am not just a good giver. I am a good reaper.”

3. Don’t Give Up on Your Seed

“So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.”—Galatians 6:9

Jerry Savelle says, “Your harvest is determined by what you do while you’re waiting for it.”

Waiting is the toughest part of the sowing process, isn’t it? You sow your seed…then…silence. How can you be sure your harvest will come? A lot is dependent upon how you wait.

If you sow your seed in faith, you will expect it to grow, and you’ll keep expecting— no matter how long it takes. In the meantime, it is important that your words match your faith. Try this: Say, “I am expecting a record-breaking harvest.”

Once you have your words in line, refuse to surrender for any reason. If you give up at any point in the process, you will jeopardize your harvest. Allowing yourself to become weary or give up will forfeit what you’ve waited so long to receive.

Instead, hold tightly to what God has said about the return on your seed. Remember, harvest only comes in the right season. Learn the rules of reaping your harvest. As long as you stay the course, you are guaranteed to reap from what you have sown.

Maybe you’re waiting for a financial harvest, a breakthrough in a relationship, or healing and restoration in your body or emotions. Whatever it is, if your harvest is taking longer than you’ve anticipated, God’s Word and His promises are true. So, hold on!

God remembers every seed you’ve ever sown. So, don’t give up on your seed just before the finish line. Harvest is coming!

Get the weeds out of your harvest

4. Keep the Weeds Out of Your Harvest

“And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.”—Genesis 2:15, KJV

The word translated keep in Hebrew means “to put a hedge of thorns around, to watch over; to guard, protect and safeguard.” When a farmer plants seed in a garden, he doesn’t just walk away and hope for the best. No! He has much to do to protect his crop.

And so do you.

What can choke your crop? Walking outside of love. This includes unforgiveness, bitterness and strife. So, keep a watch on your heart, pull the “weeds” out by the roots when they crop up, spray them with the Word, and cast them out with the help of the Holy Spirit.

5. Water the Seed of Your Harvest

“Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee. Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God, shall bless us.”—Psalm 67:5-6, KJV

A farmer would never think of planting a field full of seeds and then neglect to water it. It would be a death sentence for his crop!

The same is true of seed we sow. It needs to be watered. But with what? Praise and thanksgiving—the language of faith. Throughout the Bible, we see praise and thanksgiving associated with a resulting harvest.

Praise God and thank Him in advance for your harvest. Thank Him that the hundredfold return is working all the time.

6. Put In the Sickle for Your Harvest

“But when the grain is ripe and permits, immediately he sends forth [the reapers] and puts in the sickle, because the harvest stands ready.”—Mark 4:29, AMPC

Mark 4:29 demonstrates our role in reaping the harvest. To gather and collect our bountiful harvest, we must put in the sickle.

What is a sickle? It is a sharp instrument used for cutting crops during a harvest. Our sickle is the Word of God coming out of our mouths.  Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow….”

We reap our harvest the same way we acquire anything else—by faith. Our words of faith cut down the crops and bring in the harvest. In fact, words are an important part of the entire process of sowing and reaping. What you say is what you sow. And the words you speak today will dictate tomorrow’s harvest. So, be sure your words are calling in your harvest with faith. They are a powerful harvesting Want to get notified the next time we upload videos like the one above? It’s easy, simply subscribe to our YouTube channel


7. Command Your Harvest to Come

“Behold, the hire [or the harvest] of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped [the harvest] are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth.”—James 5:4, KJV

When your harvest is ready, it will cry out for its rightful owner. How do you command it to come in?

Cry out to the Lord for your harvest.

Now, to cry does not mean to whine or act pitiful. It is a cry of faith. It means to proclaim, and demand immediate action with aggressive force and passion. It means you cry out and say, “Satan, in the Name of Jesus, release my harvest!” and “Angels, go gather it up NOW!”

Practice these seven steps to calling in your harvest just as Dr Shadrach Yange has taught and experienced for decades. If you’ve been sowing seed, it’s time for you to call forth your harvest and see great reward. Release your faith, and reap your harvest!


The challenge with the Christian faith

The challenge with the Christian faith is that, the longer you are in it, the easier it is to lose sight of its immense wonder if you’re not careful. You can get into the “motions” of church, the habits, colloquialisms, and traditions, and end up missing the awe-inspiring gift of Jesus. You can learn enough doctrine to begin measuring the righteousness of others against it, only to find that no one measures up.

This is why my recent study through the book of 1 Timothy re-ignited my own sense of awe. You see, as a preacher, I often teach in second or third person; “you,” “they,” “her,” “him.” But the Word of God is a first-person experience. “I,” “me,” “my.” The Apostle Paul, arguably the most prolific and impactful Apostle in history, could easily pass judgment on others due to their sin and he certainly does so throughout scripture. But this verse strikes me as the most powerful indictment of all.

We are so quick to point the finger at others for their sin. We are so quick to identify the problem as being outside of ourselves. But the heart of humility is knowing that, when Christ came into the world to save sinners, he had my name at the top of the list. Nona Celestine Collins Jones. There is nothing I could point to in you that absolves me of the mess within me. And, because of that, I am simply grateful.

The Apostle Paul’s acknowledgement that, of all sinners who needing saving, he was the worst, is a powerful admission of truth. The grace of God saw my name at the top of that list of sinners, but wrote the word “worthy” over it in the red ink of Jesus’ blood. I have no room to judge anyone else; I can only point them to the same cross upon which my own sin was crucified. May we extend that same grace to the lost and hurting in our own lives.



Forget about those old men called “Sponsors”. Build a future with that brilliant determined young man who is after you. He might be poor today but he wont be poor forever. Build wealth with your own man. Sponsors will bless you with gifts, diseases and curses. Don’t die over material things. Better things are yet to come. Some died of AIDS just because of iPhone 4, little did they know that we will have iPhone 10. Sponsors will waste your youthful years and you will miss the chance of getting married to a man who will make you a ‘Mrs’. Its very true, there will be more to life. Think about the future. To the wise ladies, think through this piece.Share it so others can learn from it. Thank me later.


Dear married lady

1. Dear Married Lady, Holy wives don’t just speak in tongues. They cook super meals, they raise godly kids, wear hot dresses(for their husbands), they have mind blowing sex & still make Heaven.

2. Dear Married Lady, Forget about changing your husband. Just be an upgraded version of you with more value and sweetness.

3. Dear Married Lady, Look at your Husband with the lenses of righteousness in Christ Jesus. He may have some wrong doings but do not focus on the wrong doings but rather focus on the Christ in him. In other words, focus on his positives and not the negatives. Do this in wisdom!

4. Dear Married Lady, Familiarity has the tendency of taking things for granted: our family and especially our husbandsReplace nagging with appreciation!

5. Dear Married Lady, Be the number one FAN of your husband. Support him in all his interest. Ensure you decree greatness in all his endeavours. Don’t allow other ladies to do this for you. Be the first and best at this.

6. Dear Married Lady, As Christ is Love so are you. As Christ is forgiveness so are you. Do not punish your Husband with tight jeans. Let him give you some massage or buy you something nice. You are not a fool! You care for your marriage.

7. Dear Married Lady, Decide that loving is intentional and intentionally love your partner. Find out what love means to your partner and give it. Don’t assume a common definition of love. What is love to you may not be for himPortray the love he yearns.

8. Dear Married Lady, In this age where technology is supposed to break homes, use this same technology to build your home. Text your husband some hot messages as a shadow of the things awaiting him at home.

9. Dear Married lady, Don’t focus on the competition outside the home and get bitter. You are not the only Lady who Loves your husband. Focus on your Husband andgive him the best of treatment always; especially when you think he doesn’t deserve it.

10. Dear Married Ladies, Don’t become a prison for your husband. When it gets to the point where he needs space grant it to Him. There is freedom in true love. Over protective love is false and destructive. Use those periods to better yourself. Get the most sexiest look. Be your sweetest self when he returns home. You are always the winner.

11. Dear Married Woman, Be the curious and Creative type.Don’t be shy to initiate lovemaking. Wear sexy lingeries does not mean you are spoilt or demon possessed. Join in the creativity, make your marriage fun. Afterwards blow in tongues together!

12. Dear Married Lady, Challenges may come in your marriage. Instead of letting it tatter you, you decide to make the best, look your best, love your best in the face of challenges. Guess what the Christ in you is the best. So you can’t be any less.

13. Dear Married Lady, the fact that you have four kids does not mean let your body look 20 years older. You can start small. Discipline yourself. Check your weight. Don’t eat junk food. Take brisk walks! Exercise your body and be in Lady,

14. Dear Married Lady, Christianity is not the end of descent hot fashion. Christianity is not tagged with old ladyship. That you wear a Long gown does not mean you are holy. Dress well. Be neat. Look presentable. Let the young ladies check you up for the latest descent trend!

15. Dear Married Lady, even when you’re tired, be sensitive to your man’s bedly needs. You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. Don’t lazy yourself in front of him. It’s a bad signal. Be in readiness to satisfy Him at all times. Don’t give him reasons to look elsewhere.

16. A woman of Grace who can find? She has a heart of gold. Gives her best even in the worst. She Loves like no Love other even at the most undeserving times.

17. She is love. She is forgiveness. She is support. She is prayer. She is wisdom. She is your dream lover. She mothers the world. She is as Jesus is, so precious. She is loyal and strongly soaked in the word. She Rightly fits everywhere.


A Vision not actioned is auctioned

1. A lifestyle change isn’t required for God to accept people. All He asks for is a ‘heart change.’

2. If you have a vision and you do not act on it, it will die. A vision not actioned is auctioned!

3. What did God tell Moses to do? To speak to the rock. And what was going to happen? Water was going to come out. In fact until Moses carried out the instruction and spoke, nothing would have happened. But there are many rocks in your life which need only your speaking to them to release their stored contents. Why has the water not come out? Because you are looking at the rock as a stone, but God is seeing it as a reservoir.

4. Christians can face heavy trails of the enemy. We can be knocked down but we can never be knocked out.

5. The keys to success and prosperity are grace, faith and hardwork.

6. A vital key to success is that achievers risk their lives.

7. Too much playing safe has destroyed the aspirations of men and women headed for success

8. Religion offers nothing; it is a dark alley leading nowhere.

9. We have nothing to offer the heathen but a religion, and true Christianity is not a religion. Religion is only a form, a ceremonial observance, but Christianity is a life itself. Christianity is the core, heart and nature of Jesus Christ being manifested in man.

10. A believer who is undisciplined and slothful in business principles will not prosper.

11. I was made in Heaven assembled in Nigeria and dispatched to my generation.

12. Faith does not make things easy, it makes them possible.

13. No man ever wins when he is afraid to fight.

14. God can take you from ‘who are you’ to ‘how are you?’

15. Zealousness doesn’t give you what you require from God, but faith is the raw material that gives you a better thing from God.

16. God is looking for a voice not an echo.

17. Learn to fight even when you are not willing to fight, because the day you cease fighting, you star losing.

18. If you listen too much to what people say about you, you will not listen to what God is saying to you.

19. Anything taller than you is under the feet of God.

20. Whatever you admire in life, desire it, and whatever you desire in life reacquire it, and whatever you require in life, aspire for it, don’t retire, but refire, when you refire, the acquire that which you desire that you admire in life

21. I don’t worry, I don’t fear, I know that God is on my side.

22. Don’t tell me how big your mountain is. Tell your mountain how BIG your God is.

23. When it looks as if God is refusing to answer, endeavor to respond with a waiting.

24. The mark of a born-again Christian is his soldier status. All God’s children are warriors. God’s servants are all fighters.

25. My life has never been in danger, God is in control, and no man can plan evil against me and succeed

Your Rights as a Child of God – By De Edifier

Your Rights as a Child of God

Do you know your rights? As a child of God, you have legal spiritual rights, but you have to know what they are to exercise them!

If you are a citizen of the United States, you have certain rights, which are outlined in the Constitution and called “The Bill of Rights.” As long as you obey the laws of the land, you are in right-standing with the United States government.

The same thing is true with God: As a believer, you are a citizen of the kingdom of God, and you have a right to everything in the Kingdom. There is a covenant between Jesus and God, signed in Jesus’ blood, which provides these rights for you. If Jesus is your Lord, then you are in right-standing with God—you have the righteousness of God. You have a right to everything God has.

In life, people are willing to fight for their rights—what belongs them. They put forth a big effort to make sure they get what is rightfully theirs—an opportunity, a personal belonging, a raise, a promotion. But, in spiritual things, they tend to just roll over and give up.

When you accepted Jesus as your Savior, you received rights and privileges you did not have before, because you became heirs to His promises (Galatians 4:1-7). You have legal rights in the spiritual realm, but you have to take your place and exercise them!

Believers all over the world are learning their rights. They are becoming more and more aware of their position as children of God and joint heirs with Jesus (Romans 8:17).

If you’re ready to take your place and walk in the benefits that belong to you, here are seven rights you have as a child of God.

1. You Have the Right to Be Free

“Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” –John 8:36 (NKJV)

When God created man, He gave him the gifts of life, dominion and free will. Why did He give us free will and not just force us to be righteous? Because God didn’t want robots or servants. He wanted a family. That’s why the right, the privilege and the power to DECIDE has been left by God in the hands of men.

You have the right, for example, to decide where you’re going to spend eternity. You have the right to choose life or death, blessing or cursing. You have the right to choose heaven or hell, and God will back your decision. Most of all, you have the right to be free.

Satan will try to convince you that you can’t choose to be free. But, let’s not forget for a moment that he is the father of lies. So, which are you going to choose?

LIE: You have no choice but to be condemned, sick, addicted, depressed and living in lack. You should feel guilty about your past and everything you’ve done wrong. You’ll never overcome it. You aren’t righteous.

TRUTH: If the Son makes you free, you have the right to be free. Free from sin, shame, guilt and condemnation. Free from your past, free from addiction, free from depression. Jesus took it all from you. You are free indeed!

If you choose to believe the lie, and you don’t contend for your right to be free, you’ll be locked in a cell. Only, this cell has the key available in the lock because you don’t belong there—you’ve already been set free. All you have to do is turn the key and walk out—straight to freedom. Straight to victory.

2. You Have the Right to Be Healed

  “By His stripes we are healed.” –Isaiah 53:5 (NKJV)

When it comes to the rights provided by the government, we may have to fight for those rights at times. But with God, you don’t have to fight for the right to be healed. No. Jesus has already dealt with that.

You are a son or daughter of Abraham and you should be healed today! Jesus broke the power of the curse that came on Adam, and if you’ll exercise your authority in Christ Jesus by His Name, His blood, His Word and His resurrection, as a joint heir with Him—then that curse does not have any right or authority over you.

God wants His people well, and the way you can be well and stay well is to find out what God says in His Word concerning your healing and concerning your right to be well.

To walk in your right to be healed, you’ve got to totally sell out and dedicate your life to what God says. Make the Word first place and final authority. God’s Word works. Receive your healing and stay healed!

3. You Have the Right to Prosper

“And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.” –2 Corinthians 9:8

People have the idea that spiritual things are separate from material things. That isn’t true. Spiritual laws govern material things. A Spirit (God) created all matter.

So, the laws of prosperity will work for anyone who will meet the biblical requirements to walk in them. God has always promised, “If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land” (Isaiah 1:19, NKJV). While there are qualifications for increase in prosperity, it already belongs to you, and you have a right to call for it!

Why does God want us to prosper? Not only so that we might enjoy life abundantly, but so we will do something about the poverty in the rest of the world. The gospel not only gives people hope in the Kingdom to come, but it gives them hope in the here and now!

What does it mean to prosper? It means you have the right to live a long life on the earth. You have the right to have joy and peace. You have the right to live in a safe and beautiful home, drive a reliable car, be steadily employed at a job where you are promoted and paid well. You have the right to enjoy healthy relationships and to bear children.

You have these rights because you are redeemed, saved and joint heirs, with Jesus, of the promise of prosperity given to Abraham. Abraham was lacking nothing. He was blessed with abundance in every area. That’s also your inheritance. That’s your right as a child of God.

4. You Have the Right to Never Fear Again

“For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, ‘Abba, Father.’” –Romans 8:15 (NKJV)

Do you have any fear in your life? Right off, you may think you don’t. But, do you worry about anything? Are you afraid of getting sick, getting fired or losing a loved one? Are you afraid people are talking about you behind your back? Are you afraid of what your future looks like?

Let’s start here: You have the right to never fear again. Ever. God didn’t give you a spirit of fear—He gave you a spirit of power. When you’re empowered, you don’t fear. Fear isn’t natural, and it isn’t responsible. It’s nothing but torment (1 John 4:18). And Jesus didn’t come so you would be tormented—He came to give you dominion, authority, peace and perfect love. What does perfect love do? It casts out fear—permanently.

Jesus came to break the power of that bondage! How? By stopping the force of fear. Praise God! There is not one thing in Satan’s bag of tricks that the Word cannot overcome. So, don’t pay him any attention!

Smith Wigglesworth once told a story about waking in the night and feeling the presence of evil in the room. As he looked to the foot of his bed, he saw the devil standing there trying to instill fear in him. But instead of responding in fear, he said, “Oh, it’s only you,” then turned over and went back to sleep.

That’s how we need to treat the things of the devil. He’s powerless as long as we refuse to open the door to him through fear. You don’t have to act on fear. You don’t have to practice fear. You don’t have to talk fear. Give it no place. If you sense it rising up within you, stop right then and take authority over it in Jesus’ Name and cast it out.

And you have been given a right by God to step over into that supernatural place. You have authority over demons, and you have a right to take your stand in the unseen world of the supernatural—the realm of the Spirit of God. You have a right to never fear


5. You Have the Right to Have Peace

“The Lord will bless His people with peace.” –Psalm 29:11 (NASB)

We were just talking about being free from fear—so how is having peace any different?

True peace doesn’t come from the absence of trouble; it comes from the presence of God. The Hebrew word for peace, shalom, means “completeness, wholeness, peace, health, welfare, safety, soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest, harmony, absence of agitation or discord; to be complete, perfect and full.
There is a story of an art gallery that asked for paintings illustrating the idea of peace. The one that stood out most was that of a scene with a small tree branch bending over a rushing waterfall. On the branch sat a small nest with a bird sleeping inside. That is a great picture of the God kind of peace.

You have a right to have peace like that, even when serious trouble comes (Isaiah 26:3).  How? Enter into peace by spending time praising God and resting in the truth of His Word. As you put your complete trust in Him, you will experience peace in the midst of even the most challenging circumstances.

6. You Have the Right to Use the Name of Jesus

“And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ.” –1 John 3:23 (NIV)

We have a commandment to believe on the Name of the Son of God. To believe on His Name is to put demand upon His ability. The mighty, powerful Name of Jesus is available to you. But, you must become aware of your right and privilege to use it.

The Name of Jesus is the key to heaven’s storehouse. It can do anything that Jesus can do. According to Philippians 2:9-11, everything in existence—heaven, earth, under the earth—will bow its knee and confess with its mouth that Jesus is Lord. The Name of Jesus is the Name that is above every other name.

You are in the family of God, and you have the right to the use of the Name of Jesus. When you pray in the Name of Jesus, you have the right to expect your heavenly Father to answer because you have not prayed in your own name—you have prayed in Jesus’ Name. His righteousness (right-standing with God) is yours!

7. You Have the Right to Always Triumph

“Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ.” –2 Corinthians 2:14 (KJV)

Always triumph. Did you know to expect that? That doesn’t mean you live a life without trials, though. A triumph, or victory, comes after a battle. We’ll face battles, but we are always supposed to win. Always. There is no defeat for those who are in Christ Jesus. So, when Satan tries to hurl things at us, Jesus has already provided the victory. But we have to contend for it.

How can you exercise this right?

You have the right to ask God anything according to His will and expect it to be done for you. You have a right to your healing, redemption and victory. You have a right to pray. You have a right to your Father’s fellowship.

You have the right to resist Satan and to expect him to flee. In all things.

Jesus came to earth and gave Himself as a sacrifice for sin to buy back your rights. Once you receive Him as Lord of your life, all the rights and privileges God originally intended for you are restored.

But you are the one who has to exercise those rights!

You see, the devil is an outlaw, and even though Jesus has taken away his authority and he has no legal right to kill or steal from the children of God, he’ll do it anyway…as long as we let him get away with it.

You must enforce his defeat by speaking the Word of God in faith. Act on His Word now. Speak triumph and victory over every situation in your life, according to His promises. Then refuse to back off that demand. Resist the devil with all you’ve got. He might fight you for a while, but sooner or later, he will have to flee from you!

Now that you know your rights as a child of God, you can walk in freedom, healing and abundance. You don’t ever have to fear again, you can have perfect peace, you can use the Name of Jesus, and you can triumph every day! Knowing your rights is the first step to taking everything that belongs to you. You have the right to be victorious!



Pregnancy is such an incredible gift, and David and I are so thankful that God has allowed us to bring a new life in the world! I have loved tracking Baby Hodges’ growth and progress over the last nine months, but all of the check-ups and information can at times be overwhelming! I find myself worrying about our baby’s development: Is he growing like he is supposed to? Is his heart beat as strong as it should be? Am I prepared for labor? It has really helped me to pray for these specific concerns as each trimester brings new development for our baby and new aches and pains for me!

Prayer works and it’s powerful. God says in the Bible that He works on our behalf when we pray. Now how amazing and freeing is that? Knowing you can lift up every body part of your baby and every bit of good and bad news to Him and He is going to take care of it! Praying during my pregnancy definitely helped give me a more peace of mind and helped ease all my fears and worries but even more than that it was a way for me to intercede on my baby’s behalf and give him a head start in his walk of faith. And I l believe that is the greatest gift I can give my unborn child.

I have been loving the book Praying Through Your Pregnancy by Jennifer Polimino and Carolyn Warren. It gives examples of specific pregnancy prayers to pray with scripture references. I especially love the Third Trimester prayers that have helped me get mentally ready for labor which could happen any day now. I hope these pregnancy prayers help to give you peace and patience like they have helped me.

11 Beautiful Pregnancy Prayers to Pray for During Your Pregnancy featured by popular Los Angeles life and style blogger and expecting mom, Ashley Hodges

Pregnancy Prayers for the First Trimester

First prayer

Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for the child You are giving me. Thank you for this awesome miracle of new life. You are the only one who knows if I am having a boy or a girl, and whichever it is, I ask You to bless my baby with good health and with love. Lord, please help me feel well physically, and take away any morning sickness or other hardships that may make it hard for me to concentrate on You and this gift You are giving me. I pray against miscarriage, Jesus. I know how common it is, but I know You want me to have a healthy baby, and so I claim a healthy pregnancy, in Jesus’ name. I know love is the most important gift I can give my baby, so help me to be the most loving mother I can be. Father God, I want to be an extension of Your love. Use me to bring Your love into my child’s life. Anoint me to teach my child how to pray. Help me teach my child Your ways and Your Word. Help me to be a good role model. And again, I praise You for this wonderful miracle of life that’s growing inside me. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Baby’s brain

Dear Lord, I pray for my baby’s brain development. I pray that my baby will develop a healthy, intelligent brain. I pray now that this baby will grow normally, just as it is supposed to, according to Your plan for pregnancy. I pray that the cells will multiply and grow and that the brain and spinal cord will develop properly. Give my baby a strong spinal cord and a strong, intelligent mind. And because Your Word says, “Whatever you ask in My name, I will do” (John 14:13), I am obeying Your Word by asking You to bless my baby’s growth and make my baby healthy and strong. I also ask that You will bless my baby with an excellent memory. Lord, help me teach my baby to memorize Scriptures, and help my baby to memorize them easily and quickly. I pray that Bible verses will come to his or her memory quickly in times of need. I thank You for Your promise of giving us peace, so I don’t have to worry about something being wrong with my baby. I declare the power of Your Word and Your Holy Spirit to come to pass. May my baby’s brain develop just as it should, and may my child be blessed with a high IQ, to be used for Your glory. And, Lord, I pray that my son or daughter will grow up to be a person of prayer – that he or she will have faith and tap into Your power through prayer. I pray in the name of the Father God, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Baby’s heart

Father God, I thank You for my baby’s heartbeat, and even though I can’t hear it yet, I know You can. Bless my baby’s heart and cause it to grow strong, just as it should be. Protect my baby’s heart from any defects or problems. Your Word says that in the beginning Your creative powers were at work. I acknowledge Your power and ask You to extend it to my baby also. Create a healthy baby, week by week, as he or she grows. And, Lord, give my child a heart to love and serve You. Give my child a tender heart, open to hearing Your voice, and to be kind and compassionate toward others. Please help me to be a good role model of these attitudes as well. Help me lead my child in prayer and in opening up our hearts to You to receive Your love. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Baby’s hands, feet, fingers, and toes

Dear Lord, I pray for my baby’s hands and fingers, feet and toes, that they will grow and develop properly. I pray for the elbows and wrists that are developing as well, they they will be good and strong and flex as they should. Please bless my baby’s hands and use them for the good of Your kingdom. Bless my baby’s feet and help my child to always walk with You, God. Lord, thank You for blessing each one of us with special gifts and talents. I pray that whatever my child does with his or her hands, he or she will do it well and use it for the ministry. Bless the work of my child’s hands. Help him to be diligent in his work so he may be viewed to have godly character. And, Lord, bless my child’s feet that they might go where You want them to go, for Your ministry. I know that every good and perfect gift comes from above, and I acknowledge You as our Creator and God. I praise You for all You have done and for all You will do. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Pregnancy Prayers for the Second Trimester

Baby’s legacy

Dear Lord, I thank You for making it to the second trimester this week! I praise You for the miracle of this baby I’m carrying. Truly, You are a great and wonderful Thank you for caring for my unborn baby, as You said in so many verses. Lord, I pray for my child that he or she will exhibit the fruit of the Holy Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Help me to be a role model of these. Lord, I want to live in my life in harmony with You, so that I bring Your Spirit into our home and into my child’s life. Help me be the loving mother You want me to be. And, Lord, I also pray for the physical development of my baby. Please cause everything that is happening this week to develop properly. Psalm 139:13 says, “You created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb”. I thank You for this encouraging Scripture. Please knit together – cause to develop properly – every part of my baby’s being: body, soul, and spirit. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Baby’s voice

Dear Lord, I pray for my baby’s vocal cord development -– that his voice will develop properly. Help his mouth, throat, larynx and windpipe to form as they should. And, Lord, I pray that my child will grow up to be a person who is known for speaking words of life. Help my child to speak only positive, encouraging, and uplifting words, and to avoid gossip and criticism. Help me, too, so that I can be a good role model for godly speech. Please help me when I’m having a hard day, when I’m tired or when I’m angry, because I don’t want to say things I’ll regret later. Help me to hold my tongue. Thank you, Lord, that we can call on You for help. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Baby’s eyes

Father God, I thank You for giving us spiritual insight through Your Word. I pray that my baby will grow to have sharp spiritual vision. May he experience Your calling on his life at an early age. Open the eyes of his heart and enlighten his mind with Your Word. Fill his life with the glorious riches that are the inheritance of Your people. As his mother, I stand for him in prayer and claim the promises in the Bible for him. And, Lord, I pray for my baby’s eyes that they will open and see this week or sometime very soon, according to what is right for his development. Please give my child perfect vision. If there is anything that threatens my baby’s sight, I ask You to heal him right now and create a perfect retina, optic nerve, and perfect interpretation of the image displayed in his brain. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

11 Beautiful Pregnancy Prayers to Pray for During Your Pregnancy featured by popular Los Angeles life and style blogger and expecting mom, Ashley Hodges

Pregnancy Prayers for the Third Trimester

Baby’s Ears and Hearing

Dear Lord, I pray for my baby’s hearing that is developing now. Give him or her perfect hearing with the ears and inner parts of the ear working properly. But, Lord, I also pray that my child will hear and recognize Your voice. Give him spiritual ears to hear what You say to his generation, and to him specifically. I pray that my child will love Your voice and be sensitive to it. Lord, You say in the book of John that Your people hear You and follow You, and that You give them eternal life. I pray now for my child’s salvation, that You would give him a wonderful experience in knowing You are his personal Lord and Savior and that You have prepared eternal life for him. Lord, I also pray that my words express love and are positive, encouraging, life-giving and Bible-based. I pray that my baby hears only good things coming out of my mouth, and I pray that I will think about what I am going to say before I say it. Help me teach by words and action to speak praise. Show him the path in which You want him to go and help him to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ wherever he goes. Thank you, Jesus, for hearing my prayer. I ask this in Your name. Amen.

Preparing for labor

Dear Lord, I pray for my baby this week. I pray that You will turn my baby’s head down in the direction You want him to be. If for some reason the baby shouldn’t turn, such as if the cord is wrapped around his neck, then I pray that You take care of this situation, too.

God, You are Almighty and know everything that is going on with my body and my baby. You know the exact minute my baby will be born. Please help me to be patient and get through this time of waiting. I am so anxious to see and hold my baby that I can barely wait another day. Please be close to me and my baby and surround me with Your love and presence at the birth. Help the labor go smoothly and the birth to go just right.

I know that in Nehemiah it says that Your gracious hand is upon me. I know You will bless this delivery, Lord. I know that my labor will be manageable and You will be with me the whole time. Please take away any fear that I may have, and help this baby to come quickly and safely.

You are a great and powerful God. I know that if I praise You, You will rain down Your blessings from above. I believe that You are the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. This is a new beginning for my baby, for our family. We praise You for this wonderful gift. Thank you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Prayer to pray on your due date

This week is my due date. I thank You for helping me make it to full term in my pregnancy. I am looking forward to welcoming my baby into our home. Lord, please help my baby come at just the right time. Bless my labor and delivery. Give the medical staff wisdom to make all the right decisions. Help me be strong during delivery. Help me trust in You. I pray that Your sweet presence would fill the room with joy as I deliver the baby and we welcome him into this world. Lord, I know You are a good God, and I choose to put my trust in You. be with me now and every moment of the day. Let me be aware of Your presence with me. Reveal Yourself more to me so I can know You and love You more. Thank you, Lord. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Prayer to pray if your baby is late

Dear Lord, You know when this baby is ready, and I will praise Your name. I have been waiting for what seems like forever. I feel so uncomfortable and truly can’t wait much longer to meet my baby. Please make it happen soon. I know you have a reason for this delay, maybe a miscalculation on the date or maybe my baby’s lungs need to mature a bit longer. Whatever it may be, I trust in You God, and praise Your mighty name. Jesus, give me peace and rest during these last days before the baby arrives. Make this baby healthy and strong. Please bring the right people to help me deliver this baby. Please let me have this baby in the way I wish, and in the way that’s best for my child, whether natural or C-section. You know what is right for me and my baby. You are a great and wonderful God who has given me a beautiful gift: the gift of life. I praise Your name, Jesus. Amen.

11 Beautiful Pregnancy Prayers to Pray for During Your Pregnancy featured by popular Los Angeles life and style blogger and expecting mom, Ashley Hodges

I hope these pregnancy prayers bless you and your baby! I would love to hear how you dealt with the unknowns of pregnancy? Did you have a book of prayers that you used? Or a certain scripture you meditated on? I would love for you to share in the comments below what helped you so that me and other moms-to-be can read and learn from you too!  🙂

25 Powerful Prayers for Pastors and Leaders

25 Powerful Prayers for Pastors and Leaders

These powerful prayers for pastors and church leaders are meant to help pastors and church leaders pray for strength, their ministries and their flocks.

Prayer to Take My Yoke
Precious God, we come to You as Pastors and Church Leaders because we labor and are heavy laden! This duty is tiring and exhausting at times, so we take up Your yoke and learn from You, for You are gentle and lowly in heart. I know that in You we will find rest for our souls so that we can continue to pursue our duty. Thank You, Lord, because Your yoke is easy and Your burden is light. Amen.

Prayer for Victory
Heavenly Father, we know that You are for us, therefore who can be against us? Lord, the adversary has attacked us, at times the church has questioned us, we have even questioned ourselves, but we will be victorious with You by our sides! I pray that we never depart from You and Your awesome power so that we can be strengthened even as we are attacked for the works that we do for Your kingdom. Amen.

Prayer for Good Work in Christ
God of Promises, we magnify Your Name, because You never fail! Your word says that we can be confident in the fact that You who has begun a good work in us will complete it until the day of Christ Jesus! Lord, it does not matter what the adversary does to us, it does not matter what setbacks we face because the words that You have uttered shall come to pass. The will that You have for our lives shall come to pass! Amen.

Trust in God Prayer
Holy God, You have called us to do a duty for Your people. Because You are faithful we know that through You, we can do it. We are not alone, even when we may sometimes stand alone physically, You are with us in Spirit and in truth. Father, I pray that You have Your divine way among us church leaders and pastors so that we can faithfully lead Your flock to the victory that You have promised us. We put our trust in You for you are always faithful to us. Amen.

Prayer to Make Me Christ’s Soldier
Father in Heaven, Your word says that we must endure hardship as good soldiers of Jesus Christ. As soldiers (church leaders and pastors) I pray that we remain focused on the kingdom goals that You have set out for us, because a soldier does not entangle himself with the affairs of his life, a soldier pleases him who enlisted him to be a soldier. Just as we have been called into Your heavenly army, let us fight, focusing on You and the kingdom and not on other personal affairs that are in fact irrelevant. Amen.

Prayer for Wisdom
Dear Lord, we sometimes lack wisdom as church leaders and pastors but I pray that we do not lack wisdom because we are the shepherds that lead Your flock according to Your will. I pray that we ask of You for wisdom and guidance, for You give to Your people liberally and without reproach! With You, we can lead under Your wisdom and revelation so that we may be powerful and effective leaders of Your people. Let us not have too much pride so that we do not ask of You the things that we need, because You freely give to us. Amen.

Prayer to God of the All Possible
Anointed One, leading Your people is not an easy task because there are many obstacles and trials that we must endure. There are many times that it feels as though we cannot do Your work because opposition presents itself so strongly against us. But, Lord we know that with man it is impossible, but not with You; all things are possible with You. We can be effective leaders with You. We can be victorious in our many departments and many ministries with You. Lord, let us continue to walk with You so that we may be great pastors and church leaders. Amen.

Prayer to Uphold Me
Father, thank You! We know that You make firm the steps of those who delight in You and as pastors and church leaders we do delight in You! We may stumble but we will not fall because You uphold us with Your hand. You are our provision and protector! Nothing and no one will be able to keep us from Your hand for You are with us in every situation and in every circumstance. Lord help us to walk in our purpose knowing that Your hand is upon us. Give us the confidence to do You works with Your mighty authority. Amen.

Life of Purpose Prayer
Righteous God, I thank You for being our Father. I pray that You help us, pastors and church leaders, to live with purpose. Let us consider how we may spur one another toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as many pastors and leaders can be in the habit of doing. But I declare that we will encourage each other because we are united in our goal. Let us love one another and not compete because You do not think one of us is better than the other. Fill our hearts with more of Your love so that we may show this love to one another. Amen.

Prayer to Be Strong and Courageous
Matchless God, I declare that we will be strong and courageous because we are leaders of Your people! I pray against the spirit of fear and I declare that we will not let other people make us feel threatened because our duty goes beyond the flesh, what we are called to do is to please Your spirit and to affect Your heavenly kingdom. I pray that I will not fear because You go with me. You will never leave me nor forsake me. You want me to be fearless in my purpose, I pray that You continue to give me the strength to be. Amen.

Gratitude Prayer
Good Shepherd, thank You for who You are and for all that You do! Your word says that You prepare a table for me in the presence of my enemies. As a pastor and church leader, You have shown me how to be patient when my adversary is around me. You anoint my head with oil and my cup overflows. Lord, You have blessed us and will continue to bless us far beyond what I could ever imagine. You are my God of abundance! Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me as I lead Your people in the way that they should go and I may dwell in Your house forever. Amen.

Perseverance Prayer
God of Power, I pray for divine strength because being a church leader or pastor can be draining spiritually, emotionally, and physically. I pray that I persevere under the trials that I face because once I have stood the test, I know that I will find a great reward when I receive the crown of life that You promise to those who love You. I pray that You give me the patience and the courage to endure the trials that are necessary in my ministry. Thank You in advance for my eternal reward in heaven that makes the trials worth it. Amen.

Prayer for Confidence
Beautiful One, as a church leader or pastor it is easy to go down the path of self-doubt. I pray against any doubts that I have in myself or in You because before I was formed in the womb, You knew me! Therefore, when I was born I was set apart. You appointed me as a prophet to the nations. Lord, I rejoice in Your word because Your word never fails nor lies. My ministry was ordained by You; therefore, I know that I should be doing this and that I can do this because it is in line with the will that You have for my life. Father, whenever I doubt, I pray that I remember that You have called me and that You have a great plan for my life and for my ministry. Amen.

Enlarge the Ministry Prayer
Father, our Fountain of living water, we pray that You will enlarge the ministry of this church. We first ask that You enable us to be fruitful in winning souls to Your kingdom. Show us the best approach for evangelism and discipleship of the lost in our area. We also pray that we would be effective in attracting believers who don’t have a church home. Lord, we pray for growth in this church – numerical growth as well as spiritual growth. Help us thrive! Amen.

Prayer for Vision for Future
Lord God, our King of the ages, Your word tells us that without vision, the people perish. Give us a vision of what You want this church to look like. Help us as leaders to map out plans for this church that are innovative, practical, and which embrace Your vision for this church. We know the plans You have for us are good plans – plans to prosper us and to give us a future and a hope. Help us to lead this congregation wisely, in accordance with Your will. Amen.

Time Management Prayer
Almighty God, I feel so stretched and often conflicted with how to manage my time. I need to visit the shut-ins and those in the hospital, counsel people in my office, prepare sermons and order of worship, deal with crises that arise, meet with the board and various committees, and much more. Most importantly, I need to spend that intimate time with You, so I can have the power and enlightenment to lead these people. Help me use my time wisely, so I can accomplish all that needs to be done. Amen.

Prayer for Personal Holiness and Spiritual Anointing
Lord, holy righteous One, I can’t lead this congregation into a deeper walk with You unless I’m traveling down that path myself. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and help me to truly abide in You. Take control of my life and help me walk in holiness. Anoint me with fresh oil, to do the work You have given me for Your kingdom. Purify me with Your fire and burn away anything that doesn’t reflect You. Anoint me to do even greater works for Your glory. Amen.

Prayer for Preparation and Study
Wonderful Lord, guide and bless me, I pray, as I study Your word and prepare sermons and Bible studies. Use me as Your spokesperson to convey the message You desire to give to the congregation. May Your message first convict my own heart, so I have a great passion for Your word and Your people. May Your Spirit begin working even now in the hearts of the people, that they will be soft to what You want to teach them. Keep us focused on what You want us to know and do. Amen.

Prayer for My Marriage and Family Life
Sovereign Lord, one of Your chief qualifications for overseeing this church is to manage my own household well. How can I lead and love Your church if I’m not lovingly leading my own family? Help me to love my wife as You love the church. Help me to treat her with consideration and honor. Help me to lead my children to follow You with all their hearts and to respect and obey me and their mother. Help me to lead my family by example. Amen.

Prayer for Church Finances
True God, we lift before You the financial needs of this church. Help us to teach this congregation what Your word tells us about giving. May they embrace the concept of tithing and of being cheerful givers. May they understand that when they give, You multiply their seed for sowing and increase the harvest of their righteousness. We also pray, Lord, that You will help us identify areas of unnecessary expense. Guide us in wisely using the funds we have in the best possible way. Amen.

Prayer for Conflict Management
My God and my King, I bring to You issues of conflict management within this church. I am grateful that some members of this congregation have taken ownership of certain areas of need but help them to work graciously with others who want to be part of that ministry. I pray for our leadership meetings and committee meetings, that we would encourage and support each other, be open to new ideas, and each work toward peace and loving cooperation. Amen.

Prayer for Ministry to Community
Living God, we don’t want to just exist for ourselves as Christians. Help our church be a place that welcomes the lost and has effective outreach into our community. Help us to be Your hands and feet to those in spiritual and material need. Show us where You want us to go and what You want us to do. Help us to understand the true needs and what we can do logistically to meet them. Help us to effectively organize our efforts for Your glory and praise. Amen.

Prayer for Global Outreach
Lord of Hosts, Jesus’ final directive was to make disciples of all nations. Lord, we want our church to be known as a church that is fervent about missions around the world. Help us as leaders to encourage going, giving, and praying for workers for the harvest. Guide us in investing in global outreach, supporting missionaries who are reaching the unreached, and in helping fund church planting and caring for the poor. Remind us to be prayer warriors for fulfilling Your great commission. Amen.

Dealing with Criticism Prayer
O Lord, my Strong Tower, I’m reminded almost weekly of how I’m failing to measure up to the expectations of various church members. Someone always seems to be disappointed that I’m not doing enough visiting, or I’m not preaching on their favorite topic, or any number of things. I feel burdened and frustrated often. Lord, help me be gracious with my critics. I know I can’t possibly please everyone, so help me focus most on pleasing You and doing what You want me to do in the way You want me to do it. Amen.

Prayer for Emotional Fatigue
Lord, my Strength, my heart is worn out. I see so many people in a world of hurt. I see those lonely and suffering emotionally. I see those desperately ill and needing a healing miracle. I see the financially destitute and the spiritually oppressed. Lord, I want to help them all, and I thank You for giving the privilege to minister to them and share Your love and hope. And yet, I find it hard to detach from their hurt. Help me find that emotional balance, Lord, and overcome this fatigue. Amen.