(Fasting and prayer day 11)
“You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows” (Ps 23:5)
The women fellowship was very good. We praised God with songs and we shared testimonies of God’s power and grace. We encouraged one another in the way of the Lord. Then there was a prophetic word concerning marriages in Nigeria. Many couples struggle with the idea of marriage. There are very few successful Christian Spirit filled homes. There are very few role models. Most marriages are based on worldly, pagan, religious concepts or the practice of polygamy. I have lived in Nigeria since 1980. Both as a doctor and a pastor, I have rarely seen truly happy marriages. It is very rare. Most couples are more concern about their children than their marriages. Couples here do not divorce but they live unhappily. Most of the wives are not devastated when the husband cheats on them. They even ‘expect to be betrayed’. That is the reason why love is not strong, holy, romantic, pure and passionate. It is more of less ‘practical’ and lukewarm. This is more or less the culture here.
This attitude spills over even in the relationship the women have with Jesus Christ. The spirit of religion allows for a little bit of emotional display but the rest is ‘business as usual’. Praying is routine and worship is musical entertainment. Men and women are too shy to display their true feelings. They feel guilty to be ‘in love’. The devil has taken advantage of this and quenched the Spirit in many churches. The marriages suffer too. If there is any woman who loves Jesus with all her heart, like the way Mary of Bethany did, that one may be tagged as a witch. If there is any wife who next to Jesus loves her husband with all her heart, she may be called ‘materialistic’. Her in-laws may say that she married ‘their son of brother’ for money. It is hard to fight such accusations.
Tonight we prayed against the demons that hate Biblical marriages; that attack the intimacy with have with our Lord and with our husbands. We declared that we are not ashamed of Jesus and we are not ashamed of our husbands. We commanded the evil spirits of confusion, poverty, fear, sickness (malaria, typhoid fever, diabetes, hypertension, depression…), ogbanje, water spirits and untimely death to leave us and to go away, in the name of Jesus! We asked the Holy Spirit to come and fill our hearts. We declared that we are hungry to know and love Jesus more than ever before. We prayed that God will ‘turn the water into wine’ in our marriages. We prayed that the Holy Spirit will purify our hearts with a new holy boldness to stand for Jesus and to serve Him forever! I am a witness that the Holy Spirit came and filled these needy vessels. All glory and praise to the Lamb upon the throne! In Jesus name, Amen!