By Bishop David Oyedepo
Last week, I showed you the relevance of your spiritual placement in your encounter with destiny. This week, I want to show you a vital key to a glorious destiny— prayer. Every time God calls people together, it means He has made all things ready for them (Luke 14:17). God speaks according to His size. No wonder, Philippians 4:6 says: “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”
The situation may be turbulent, but with prayers, God is able to re-package your destiny again. Prayer is one of God’s ordained channels for the restoration and recovery of your destiny (I Kings 8:15). God’s plan is at the mercy of our prayer life. So, everything has an answer in prayer. There are few examples in scripture, of men that took delivery of their destinies on the altar of prayers.
One of them was Jacob. He had a challenge and his mother thought she could help him. However, this landed him in trouble.
One day, Jacob was left alone to travail. His travail ended on the prayer altar. He triumphed and took delivery of his glorious destiny in prayers (Genesis 32:24-26). Second, Daniel was supposed to be destroyed because he was listed among the wise men hired by the king to help him solve a complex situation. They were to be destroyed because they could not deliver a solution to the concern of the king. Daniel asked for time to sort it out, because he knew where destiny is preserved. So, Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego went into prayers (Daniel 2:16-19).
The secret was revealed to them and they were not destroyed. That delivered their destinies in the land via the altar of prayer.
Third, Jabez was the man born with misfortune, but he stood before God and prayed: Oh, that thou wouldest bless me, and enlarge my coast (I’m choking here), and that thy hand might be with me…And God granted him that which he requested (I Chronicles 4:9-10). After his prayer, Jabez had a change of destiny. Every covenant child of God has a glorious future. Your destiny is at stake, until you stand strong at the prayer altar (Jeremiah 29:13). You have to contend in prayer, if you must take delivery of your glorious and enviable destiny (Deuteronomy 2:24).
Why is prayer important?
Prayer is the platform from where divine help is released. He said: “…Come boldly to the throne of grace that you may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16). So, when we are confronted, we take delivery of the help needed from the prayer altar (II Chronicles 26:7). Also, destiny is not fulfilled without a cost, and one of the costs is prayer!
Requirements for answered prayers:
Salvation: Our Father which art in heaven (Matthew 6:9) connotes salvation. If your name is not known to God, He won’t respond to your prayers (John 1:12). When you confess your sins, forsake them and accept Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, you become His child and He becomes your Father. When you call upon Him in prayers, He answers you because He knows you are His child.
Sanctification: Thy kingdom come (Matthew 6:10) entails sanctification. It takes one being sanctified to enjoy answered prayers.
God’s will: Thy will be done (Matthew 6:10). You need to walk in sanctification, which is God’s will, among others, to have your prayers answered.
Godliness: This is all about possessing Godly virtues. Our Godly virtues need to be maintained. Godly virtue is not a gift. You can access it, if you thirst for it (Matthew 5:6). When you are Godly, you enjoy answered prayers.
Friend, the power to access the key to a glorious destiny is available, if you are born again, saved or redeemed.