Today, I may be addressing the ladies but my male readers can still learn from this too. It is a call for all.
Who is a woman of God and what is her rightful position? Women of God are responsible for an enviable position in God’s kingdom, of which they will give account of later to God. You will surely see good days when you obey God’s command.
Rise up, you women who are at ease! Hear my [Isaiah’s] voice, you confident and careless daughters! Listen to what I am saying! In little more than a year you will be shaken with anxiety, you careless and complacent women; for the vintage will fail, and the ingathering will not come. Tremble, you women who are at ease! Shudder with fear, you complacent ones! Strip yourselves bare and gird sackcloth upon your loins [in grief]! – Isaiah 32:9-11 (AMP)
You are to wake up from slumber and get on your knees, if you are to continue to see good days in future. Your today is as a result of the effective prayers you prayed or did not pray yesterday; and your tomorrow will be a result of prayers prayed or not prayed today.
Who is a woman of God?
But to as many as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the authority (power, privilege, right) to become the children of God, that is, to those who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) His name – John 1:12 (AMP)
We can deduce from the above scripture that a woman of God is a woman who loves God, has received Jesus as her personal saviour and obeys all His commands, both the written word of God and the personal instructions from God.
In addition, God is her number one priority: every other thing is secondary. Her life is centred on God. Also, she loves people and shows it by her actions. Furthermore, she lives a sacrificial life.
What is the rightful position to take?
Based on today’s text (Isaiah 32: 9-20), the rightful position to take is “on your knees.” It is a position you must maintain if you want to see good days all your life, in your family, church or nation.
You are to arise and take the position of a diligent prayer warrior. Otherwise, the forces of darkness will have a free day causing havoc within your territory: strife, division, sickness and diseases, poverty, and abominable occurrences will come like bandits.
Prayers keep the enemy away from your territory. The more you pray, the farther away he goes. That means, the lesser you pray, the closer he comes. It’s like a torch light in the night: the brighter it becomes, the more darkness disappears.
Why do you need to pray?
You pray for things to happen according to the plan of God. Jeremiah 29:11 (AMP) tells us the plan of God, “For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.”
God’s plan is for you to continuously see good days. And one way to bring it to pass is by asking God to fulfil His plan and purpose in all that concerns you. He says to ask and you will receive, which means that if you do not ask you will not receive.
Another reason why you need to pray is that God cannot do anything on earth without the invitation of man in pray. Surprised? It’s true. In Genesis 1:28, God gave man the dominion over the earth for a season and until the time elapses, man decides what happens on earth. Unfortunately, the first thing man did with his authority was to sell off to the enemy and he became the god of this world. That is why God sent Jesus as a man to earth to redeem man and to destroy all the works of the devil.
So when you pray, you use your authority as man to ask God to intervene. Note that the enemy too can’t do anything without the consent of man. Therefore, whatever evil the devil is perpetuating, man gave him the permission knowingly or unknowingly.
Furthermore, God is looking for a man to stand in the gap so that His wrath will not come down on nations because of sin (Ezekiel 22:30). Are you available? Can God find that person in you?
The wages of sin is death and every sin has its consequences. You can stand in the gap, like Moses did for the Israelites, and God’s wrath will be averted. But when there is no mediator, the wrath of God will come in its fullness on the parties concerned. And it can be your family, church or nation. I believe you should not allow that to happen.
In conclusion, woman of God, arise and be on your knees so that good days will continue in your territory. Your family, church, even your pastors covet your prayers. Pray and you too will be a beneficiary of the blessings of diligent prayers.
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