OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL. FRIDAY 3 JULY 2015. THEME : PRAYER CAN SUBDUE PEOPLE.

MEMORISE : He shall subdue the people under us, and the nations under our
feet. PSALM 47 : 3.

READ : GENESIS 32 : 6 – 12 & 33 : 4.
6 And the messengers returned to Jacob, saying, We came to thy brother Esau,
and also he cometh to meet thee, and four hundred men with him.
7 Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed: and he divided the people that
was with him, and the flocks, and herds, and the camels, into two bands;
8 And said, If Esau come to the one company, and smite it, then the other
company which is left shall escape.
9 And Jacob said, O God of my father Abraham, and God of my father Isaac, the
LORD which saidst unto me, Return unto thy country, and to thy kindred, and I
will deal well with thee:
10 I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and of all the truth, which
thou hast shewed unto thy servant; for with my staff I passed over this
Jordan; and now I am become two bands.
11 Deliver me, I pray thee, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of
Esau: for I fear him, lest he will come and smite me, and the mother with the
children.
12 And thou saidst, I will surely do thee good, and make thy seed as the sand of
the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.
33 : 4
4 And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed
him: and they wept.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : 1 CHRONICLES 12 : 14 AND LUKE 16 : 14 – 31.

When Jacob was told that his brother, Esau, who had sworn to kill him, was
coming to meet him with four hundred men, he was justifiably afraid and
distressed. However, he prayed to God for deliverance, reminding Him of His
covenant with his fathers. Several things happened to Jacob as a result of this
prayer. After he prayed, God changed his name from Jacob to Israel ( Genesis
32 : 28 ). Prayer can rename a situation or an individual, and it can also
terminate the regime of an evil era induced by a bad name. When prayer ends a
bad name, there will no longer be any reason to call the fellow by the former
name. God told Jacob “From today, nobody will call you that name again.” As
soon as He said it, every reproach the name had attached to him was completely
erased. Royalty took over from there. From today, you shall no longer be called
barren! You shall labour without receiving a commensurate harvest. From
today, sorrow, tears and disappointment have ended in your life!

Beside this, prayer gave Jacob power with God and helped him prevail over the
anger of his brother. To subdue impossible human beings, you need power with
God. The extent to which you can control men will be determined by the power
you have with God, because it’s God who subdues men under you ( Psalm 47 : 3 ).
Whenever you pray intensely from your heart, power is produced. The power
that prayer generates can be channelled towards achieving any goal. When you
pray effectively concerning your business, the power to succeed in it is
released to you. If you are struggling in your studies, you need to pray
intensely, and the power to enable you all that you should do to succeed in your
academics will be released.

Acts 1 : 8 declares that when the Holy Spirit comes, power comes with Him.
When you pray in the Holy Ghost with your heart, power comes. This power may
come in the form of understanding difficult subjects you are studying, wisdom
to relate with subordinates in such a manner that garners their support to
enable you succeed in your assignment or ministry, and so on. Prayer also helps
you to be victorious over men. Are people rising up against you? Pray! As you
pray, they will be subdued. Is anyone threatening your life like Esau did to
Jacob? Pray, and the Lord will subdue them.

ACTION POINT :
One weapon every leader requires to keep the loyalty of their subjects and
subordinates is prayer. Pray that God will keep those under your faithful to
your righteous cause.

AUTHOR : Pst. E . A ADEBOYE.

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