In search of answers to the troubles and challenges of a man's life from the Bible history books, I found that there is actually nothing new under the sun. No trouble or challenge in life is new to man under the sun. Trouble has no respect for your age; whether rich or poor, tall or short, literate or illiterate, male or female. Trouble is color blind and it does not discriminate. I have identified ten men in scriptures and studied the prayers that made them outstanding and victorious. Men like David, Moses, Jabez, Paul etc. just to mention a few. I strongly believe as you read this book you will be encouraged and inspired by the challenges and the prayers that changed the story of these men into glory. You will learn to apply the same prayers to deal with your personal challenges thereby becoming a channel of inspiration, hope and peace to your world.
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God and His Praying Giants
Copyright© 2017 by Dr Daniel.O.Ayeni
Unless otherwise marked, all Scripture quotations are taken from the King James Version of the Bible
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Chapter 1: The Prayer of Jacob.
Chapter 2: The Prayer of Moses.
Chapter 3: The Prayer of David.
Chapter 4: The Prayer of Solomon.
Chapter 5: The Prayer of Jabez.
Chapter 6: The Prayer of Elijah.
Chapter 7: The Prayer of Elisha.
Chapter 8: The Prayer of the Psalmist.
Chapter 9: The Prayer of the Believers.
Chapter 10: The Prayer of Paul
This is your day of Salvation.
To all God’s Giants in the School of Prayer, especially to Dr. D.K. Olukoya, the founder and presiding General Overseer of the MFM Ministries worldwide, whom God used prophetically to teach my hands to battle and fingers to war in the school of prayer.
I want to recognize and acknowledge those whom God is using to establish my steps in the ministry.
First, I want to appreciate Our father in the Lord; The General Overseer of The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch .A. Adeboye, Daddy GO as we fondly call him, for his exemplary leadership of humility, consistency and persistency in the school of prayer.
I deeply appreciate our Regional Pastor in Charge of RCCG Europe Mainland Region 3, Pastor (Dr) David Shola Oludoyi, PDSO as we use to call him, for his simplicity in leadership, and readiness to invest the best into our lives to make us the best we could ever be for God. Sir, thank you very much for your mentorship.
I deeply appreciate Mr. & Mrs A. Kasua for their selfless support and assistance in the ministry. Also, Gr. Capt. & Mrs O.R. Abidoye, for their commitment and support to kingdom advancement. Additionally, I want to appreciate Mrs. Moriselade .O. Ogunsola, Dr. Barbra and Bro. Abraham Korodele for assisting with the editing of my books.
I thank all ministers and workers of RCCG, Mount Zion Parish, Moscow, Russia who have enabled me to enjoy ministry and not just endure it. Special thanks to Mr. Victor Henry Itauma, Mr. Sola Aiyetan, Mr. & Mrs. Kayode Oluwafemi, Engr. Maina Emmanuel, Dr. Seun Akin Paul, and Bro Charles Odike. Your service of love will never go unrewarded by God- the Father in Jesus name.
Special thanks with deep appreciation to my priceless family; my wife and children. I count myself blessed and highly favored to have such a loving, caring, challenging, empowering wife. You have made obeying the Lord in ministry so easy. Your support, patience, love and prayers reflect in our home and in the lives of the children. May you be highly favored and recognized among women in Jesus name. Amen.
A time comes in one’s life when a man or a woman is desperately in search of answers to the crucial questions of life. Who am I? Why am I here? What’s my life all about? Is there really a life after death? And if yes, where am I going to? And how do I get there? For lack of answers to these questions, many have come to conclusions about life that has made them vulnerable to the forces that really govern the world.
Life can be likened to a journey, or a marathon race not a sprint. Many begin, only a few finish well. Not because they so desired, but because many got caught up in the traffic of life.
Father Job puts it this way
“Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble." Job.14.1
In search of answers to the troubles and challenges of a man’s life from the Bible history books, I found that there is actually nothing new under the sun. No trouble or challenge in life is new to man under the sun. Trouble has no respect for your age; whether rich or poor, tall or short, literate or illiterate, male or female. Trouble is color blind and it does not discriminate.
Job tells us, you cannot buy your way out of some levels of troubles. Troubles and problems are sometimes the price you pay for progress. They sharpen your sword and develop your skills. They can either make you bitter or better. The only man without trouble is the man in the cemetery.
The good news I have also found is that “Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.” (Psalms 34: 19). There were men of like passions like us in scriptures who had faced similar challenges and have prevailed on the altar of prayer with outstanding victories.
In this book in your hand, by God grace I have identified ten of such men and studied the prayers that made them outstanding and victorious. I strongly believe everybody can relate to these men and their challenges in respective of their color, race, gender or creed. Most of all, I firmly believe we need to see their prayers and apply the same to our very own lives.
The story of Jacob is a picture of what the lives of many people, especially believers, look like in today’s world. The name Jacob in the Greek means "deceiver, or trickster". This tells me that every time Jacob was called, he was actually declared a deceiver, or a trickster. This is one reason why as parents we should be careful what names we call our children. Because every time we call that name, we are prophetically shaping the destiny of that child. No wonder the life of Jacob was characterized with lots of deception.
Jacob was a twin and the youngest of the two. His elder brother Esau was an established skillful hunter. While he Jacob, was a glorified shepherd boy. His brother was a strong hairy, masculine, tall young man. But he was a simple home boy. Esau was Isaacs’s favorite son because he was the first and stronger of the two. Jacob on the other side was closer to Rebekah their mother, partly because of a prophecy she received from the Lord when she was pregnant of them.
"The Lord said to her, “Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you will be separated; one people will be stronger than the other, and the older will serve the younger.” Genesis.25:23.NIV
A Plate of Soup
One faithful day, Jacob was cooking some sweet reddish stew, when Esau came back from hunting with a penetrating hunger. He was so hungry that he asked his brother for a plate of stew. Jacob for some reason asked Esau to trade his birthright as the first male born child in the family for a plate of soap. It is needless to say that unfortunately, many believers have traded their lives and destinies, dreams and visions, and most times their spouses and children for a plate of food (pleasure) from the pot of lust and pride.
I suspect that Mother Rebekah had constantly told Jacob that his brother Esau was eventually going to serve him according to the word of the Lord. So Jacob took advantage of this occasion.
A Tricksters Struggles
As Isaac grew older, the need to transfer the generational blessing was impressed on him. So he called his beloved son Esau to prepare a favorite meal for him to be in the best mood to release the blessing. Unfortunately for Esau, his brother the deceiver, the trickster, in collaboration with his mother, stole the blessing by deceiving Isaac. When Esau found he had been deceived, he planned to kill his brother. This was the beginning of Jacobs’s struggles. He had to run for his life. There are many of us who are living and struggling with the consequences of the sins of the past; a broken marriage, a child out of wedlock, years spent in wrong relationships, on drugs, alcohol, and in bad business deals. The devil has constantly oppressed, and depressed many with the thoughts of these struggles. The enemy has successfully convinced you that God can never love you nor can He change your story. That devil is a liar! You are not the first person, but definitely the next person in line to enjoy the grace of God that delivers totally in the name of Jesus.
The tricksters DNA
Jacob ran to Laban, his uncle for safety. Eventually, he fell in love with Rachel and had to work for 14years to marry her. Why? Because after working for the first 7years according to his agreement with Laban for the hand of Rachel in marriage, he was deceived into marrying Rachel’s senior sister Leah, but since he was so drunk with love for Rachel he agreed to work for another 7years to marry the love of his life.
As time went by, Jacob began to think of freedom from working for someone with little reward. He asked for freedom. But Laban had a different opinion.
Genesis.30:27-28 NIV "But Laban said to him, “If I have found favor in your eyes, please stay. I have learned by divination that the Lord has blessed me because of you.” He added, “Name your wages, and I will pay them.”
Laban openly confessed that he was blessed because Jacob was working for him. He sought the help of a diviner, that is, a witchdoctor, to find out why he was so blessed. He made a deal with Jacob, and tricked him again. Is it not interesting how a man can work for his company for years, becomes so valuable, that a decision to move on to the next level of owning his company is frowned at. "Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?" Romans 6: 16.
Many have remained slaves and servants to the spirit of mediocrity, laziness, immorality, alcohol, and destructive addictions. It is time to demand your freedom. Jacob demanded for his freedom, and the Lord gave Him a strategy that eventually leads him out of the slavery of Laban. You can also be set free today from the bondage of fear, worry and anxiety. God the Father has provided you with a strategy. Open up your heart; lift up your voice- Shout Jesus! Please set me free!
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