Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Effective Fervent Prayer of a Righteous Woman

The Effectual Fervent Prayer of a Righteous Person Availeth Much – James 5:16b (KJV)
‘The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results’. (New Living Translation)

In Philippians 4:6, The Word says that we must petition Heaven with all kinds of prayers. As a child of God, I enjoy coming before my Father earnestly praying for miracles by declaring my righteousness through the blood of His Son Jesus Christ.

So if one righteous woman can pray effectively and be heard and answered by God enough to produce wonderful results through the power of the Holy Spirit alive and active in her, how much more would be the results of two or more women praying together.

Prayer, effective consistent prayer has great power and produces wonderful results. In Daniel 11:32, we read that ‘the people who know their God shall be strong and do exploits’ (KJV). To know the God you worship and to pray to Him attentively has great power and produces wonderful results.

But then, who is righteous? Could it be the Pastor, the Priest, the deacon or the ordinary person sitting in the church pew? Is anyone righteous? The Bible in Romans 3:10 says, ‘No one is righteous, not even one’.

So is the Lord giving us a promise of something which is unattainable? No, absolutely not.
We are made righteous through the blood of Jesus Christ shed for us on the Cross of Calvary. (1 Corinthians 15:57)

When we confess our sins and acknowledge our need of Christ’s saving grace, He cleanses us from all unrighteousness and presents us holy before the Father. (1 John 1:9). Therefore we can enter boldly the Holy of Holies presenting our petitions and prayers before the Father because we have been made righteous by Christ our Savior. (Hebrews 4:16; 9:12; 10:19).


Christ has been made to us our Righteousness. (Jeremiah 23:6b)

We put on that breastplate of righteousness accorded through the sacrificial death of Christ on the Cross and His shed blood and enter the most sacred dwelling of God and pray and intercede. And God will hear us and release His great power on our prayers. It is that powerful prayer of a righteous person that will bring about wonderful and exciting results.

There is a book titled, ‘The Village Priest who fought God’s battles’. It is based on the life and ministry of Saint John Mary Vianney, 1786 – 1859. John Vianney was an 18th century Catholic Priest who became popularly known for his ever consistent, humble and deep prayer life, so much that his impoverished (both spiritually and materially) Parish at Ars was transformed to a Village of devout parishioners enough to attract pilgrims from all over Europe.

Note from the Author: “For almost forty years, several thousands of pilgrims flocked to Ars to see and to hear a humble priest in whom they felt the presence of God. Today Ars still continues to be a sanctuary of the Spirit which points out to everyone the authenticity of Christian Life”.

Lessons from our Lord Jesus Christ
When Christ prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, the earth shook with his sobs of agony. The final battle with the devil was won that night. The devil and all his satanic forces were trampled over and defeated as Christ our Savior prayed and interceded for all those who would believe in His Name. (John 17)


  • a)    That eternal life would be given to all who would come to Christ. (v2)
  • b)    That the Father would keep all those who had given themselves to Christ. To be preserved and presented faultless before the Father. And that none be lost. (v11-12)
  • c)     That the joy of the Lord would never be taken away from them and that God’s Word will always remain in them. (v13-14)
  • d)    That the believers be kept safe from the evil one. (v15b). 1 Peter 5:8, ‘Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour’.
  • e)    That through the Word they would be kept pure and holy and that the world would not corrupt them. (v17-18)  They were to shun the world and its corruption.
  • f)      That the believers would be entirely God’s people.

Jesus also prayed for those who would come to Him through the testimony of these believers.

§  That they would be one, just as He and the Father are one. Unity – Psalm 133:1, ‘Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity’.
§  That they perfected into one. (v23)
§  To be in Christ and in Christ forever. To dwell in His glory.
§  Christ to be revealed in them.
§  That the Father’s love for Christ would be in them too.

A lot of Christians have the wrong interpretation of prayer. They seem to think that prayers are only for seeking material blessings. Yet the Word of God clearly says that we ought to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness…then all these (material blessings) will be added unto us. (Matthew 6: 33)

If any material blessings are thrown in as we pray, give God the glory for His earthly provision for His saints at prayer.

We ought to seek the Kingdom of God by aligning our prayers with His prayers. What Christ desires most is what He prayed about in John 17.
These are the prayers of a righteous person; prayers which avail much, prayers which have power and produce wonderful results.
When we pray like this, we bring the devil down to his knees. ‘We overcome by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of our testimony’ (Revelation 12:11)

Souls are worn to heaven; the weak are strengthened, the sick are healed and the bound are delivered. James 5:15

To be righteous is to be like Christ. To pray powerful prayers, with wonderful results is to pray like Christ did, taking His heart’s desires as ours. Amen.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Sometimes We Do Not Pray Enough

“Isaac went out to meditate in the field toward evening; and he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, camels were coming. Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac she dismounted from the camel”. Genesis 24:63-64

When we take the time to pray, deeply and fervently, God will lift up our eyes to see a future we had never dreamed possible. The problem with most people is in thinking that there is nothing more to be gained or desired for in this life, so they focus their prayers on the obvious only. There are things that God will reveal to us when we take the time to be alone with Him in prayer out in the field. It is quiet, peaceful and our heart is able to tune in to God’s Spirit within us. The answer to prayer comes first in our heart and then it is revealed for our eyes to see.

Isaac and Rebekah’s story is a story of two strangers meeting for the first time and falling in love. God ordained this meeting; He had it all worked out from the first day the servant left Abraham’s tent with the instruction to get a wife for Isaac.

When we pray fervently and deeply, the Holy Spirit arises at God’s command and moves around situations and creates favorable scenarios for us which were beyond our dreams. The God we pray to is the God who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to His power that works within us.  (Refer Ephesians 3:20).

If we would copy Abraham, our Father in the example of faith in God. He trusted God for a child even at 99 years of age; this was God’s appointed time for him. (Genesis 21). As if this was not enough to stretch Abraham’s faith, God asked him to sacrifice that ‘long awaited for’ child at Mount Moriah. We should never stop praying in faith to the God who wants to do more in our lives than we have achieved already. We should not allow age, resources or ability to limit the works of God in our life. Noah conversed with God and built an ark while everyone else mocked him, yet through that act of faith he saved his whole family and generation.

There are many examples in the Bible of men and women who prayed fervently to God and were rewarded with more than they anticipated in life. So go on, and pray!


Maybe you have never heard of this God who is able and willing to do more in your life than you ever anticipated. Call on His Son Jesus Christ. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life”.
God is able and willing to make a way for you where there is no way. He is able and willing to give you a future where all hope had been lost. He has the ability to create unforeseen opportunities, to heal broken bodies, restore broken relationships, create jobs in an unfavorable economy, and much much more. Amen.

Friday, May 30, 2014

My Beloved Emily Elizabeth

Barely three weeks have passed since my young sister Emily Elizabeth passed away.

Tears have not come easy for me; the pain is just too much for me to bear alone. I grieved at her funeral, but then God took all that sorrow and grief and hid it in His Cross. That is the only sensible way I can explain how I am processing my grief. Everything seems buried deep inside me and all I can feel is a numbness I cannot even explain. But God is carrying me; that much I have assurance of.

When my brother Mike passed away in June 1991 I grieved for months. Every time I thought of him I would burst out crying, even while walking down the street. He was my big brother and it was like someone had chopped off the covering of my head. I lost direction and I could not be comforted. During his time of illness I had prayed and fasted so hard I was sure he would be healed. But the finality was that I lost him to the hepatitis virus which ran through his liver so fast that within six months he had died.
I lost to that dreadful poison in his body but through prayer and sharing God's Word with him I won his soul for Jesus. The enemy caught up with him but not before God sent his emissaries to lead him to the Cross. The enemy sent his servants to slay him but God had already planned an eternity with him.

After Mike I lost five more family members to different kinds of illnesses. God knows why we as a family have to grieve so much; but the comforting truth is that not a tear drops to the ground from our eyes without Him shading a few more of His. Remember Jesus wept as Mary and Martha wept for their brother Lazarus. 

32 Then, when Mary came where Jesus was, and saw Him, she fell down at His feet, saying to Him, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.”
33 Therefore, when Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her weeping, He groaned in the spirit and was troubled. 34 And He said, “Where have you laid him?”
They said to Him, “Lord, come and see.”
35 Jesus wept. 36 Then the Jews said, “See how He loved him!”
John 11:32-36

It is so annoying to listen to the hypocritical sympathies of some relatives when they speculate on what kind of sin my mother committed that would be causing the death of her children. Jesus had an answer for his disciples when they speculated on what sin caused the man to be born blind.
‘As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”3 “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him’.
John 9:1-3

Now Liz is gone, and the speculation continues, even from relatives whom we thought were mature born again Christians. Sometimes what we profess to be is overtaken by what we become when we think we can score a grudge by striking with hurtful words at a person in their moment of weakness. It is even more pathetic when this is done to a grieving person. In the Bible we are warned against taking advantage of someone in their weak state. We are instead told to comfort those who mourn and strengthen the feeble hands. One has to be an extra special case of a coward to lash out bitter words at a grieving person.

At Liz's funeral I was actually told indirectly that I was the ugly big sister who stepped on people's toes unlike Liz who was good natured and easy going. I almost retorted that I was the Martha in the kitchen while she was the Mary taking it easy at the Lord's feet. Then the Lord caught my thought and reminded me about what I was up against; the enemy using his servants, again, to destroy the wonderful relationship that Liz and I shared since she graduated from Teacher training.

She was now an adult and since I was six years her senior I immediately became her mentor and friend. The three sisters older than her and younger than me never finished High School and ended up marrying early. So Liz and I had a kin spirit, having made it to High School and training in careers. That was how we came to bond; not as special but just different from the other sisters. We were the career girls of the family!

So it became normal for Elizabeth to spend her school holidays with me. This practice continued into her married life such that she would seek permission from her husband to come with her two little boys to Harare to spent school holidays with big sister. She and her police officer husband were based in Bulawayo at that time.

Finally the couple were both transferred to Harare and Liz and I practically spent all weekends together. That was how we also became members of the same church. One Sunday we were walking home from church and we were each holding the hand of Liz's little boy. As we approached a pole both of us assumed that the other would let go of his hand. That did not happen and we actually walked the poor child straight into the pole! If it was the days of cellphones someone would have taken a photo and put it on Facebook to show how stupid some parents could be.

But for Liz and I, it was not the stupidity we were worried about. We shared such a strong bond between us and our children such that they felt comfortable in either one's company. That was why either one of us did not let go of the child - he got hurt from the expression of too much love.

Some sisters' relationships are destroyed by infidelity; whereby one sister would not hesitate to jump into bed with her sister's husband. Liz helped look after my children during her school holidays as a single young woman. An opportunity presented itself one night while I was hospitalized. My then husband went on to make advances towards her night after night, to which she flatly refused him. She told me herself soon after I came home from hospital and to this day I thank her for her integrity. In our Shona culture some weak women even go the extent of having children by their sisters' husbands. God spared me from having to deal with the resultant anger and bitterness.

What Liz and I shared was very special. We were bonded by sisterly love and togetherness. It is no mystery to me that God chose that she slips away in the comfort of my home surrounded by family members rather than in the coldness of a hospital bed, not that there would be anything wrong with that. In Romans 8:38-39 we read that: ‘For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord’

The love that Liz and I shared can never be broken by death. She was a part of me and will always be a part of me till we are reunited at the second coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I am so privileged and honored to have been given a young sister like Elizabeth. She brought joy and fulfillment in my life. She may be gone in person by her spirit will always be with me. That is why I will not continue to grieve; she has just crossed over to the other side where she is now free from pain.

Thank you Lord for my life, for Emily Elizabeth's life and for intertwining us so meticulously. I salute You. May her soul rest in peace. Farewell farewell sweet angel of mine.

My challenge for you
Liz was diagnosed of cervical cancer while it was already at an advanced stage. Before that Liz was a very energetic, vibrant and active person. At her school she was also a sports instructor and she led many students through various sporting achievements. A year ago no one would have foreseen the pain and suffering she would have had to go through as the cancer took its toll on her once strong, vibrant and energetic body. But God knew. With each passing day He saw her getting weaker and delirious from the pain she had to endure. Finally, she began to cry out to Him to take her home. God heard her cries and on a Tuesday morning on the 6th of May 2014, just a month away from her 50th birthday God took her to her eternal home.

If you were to be diagnosed of a horrible disease today would you have the assurance in your heart to know that no matter the outcome God would come through for you? Jesus has given us victory over death. He says. 'I will never leave you nor forsake you', Hebrews 13:5 and ‘Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest’, Matthew 11:28


If you need someone to talk to please do not hesitate to email me on the email address below.

Monday, March 31, 2014

I Have Something Better For You

I just read a tweet which said that ‘God only gives three answers to prayer – Yes, Not yet, and I have something better in mind’.

I prefer the ‘Yes’ answer to the ‘Not yet’. I find not yet hard to stomach and it usually leads me to more prayer, fasting and a search into more of God’s promises. But that definitely has wonderful results as concerned to my spiritual growth! That amount of digging, searching and praying makes me grow spiritually.

The ‘Yes’ answer is my favorite. It is quick, easy and drives me to ask for more and some more. I do not pray much in this area because the answer comes soon enough. No struggles here and obviously hardly any spiritual growth either. Needless to say, most of the prayers answered in this window are usually small and insignificant. If they are big at all, they are usually few in number.

But then comes the answer I prefer not to have at all – the ‘wait, I have something better or different in mind’. I prefer to pray for what I see, feel or think. That God may see things differently or see into my future is not really my favorite thought. Yet, this ought to be the most exciting revelation ever!  God sees all my coming in and my going out. He knows my every thought. He knows every prayer that I pray even before I pray it. He knows what is best for me because He sees and knows everything, including that which is hidden from my limited vision and knowledge.

God can even turn around a situation for our own good, if only we would learn to trust Him and wait. At the beginning of the year the company I work for opened up a loan facility for us to buy personal vehicles. I spotted my dream car and it was within the loan amount I qualified for. Then something happened which led to the freezing of the loans. I was very disappointed, but what could do but to wait! Two and half months later the loans were unfreezed.

I began a new search for a vehicle, but somehow I could not find one that matched the one I had found in January. Finally I checked in my diary for the contact details of that seller, found him and asked if he had a vehicle for sale available. He told me that he had not found a buyer for the same vehicle I had ‘lost’ in January. God had kept that vehicle for me for two and half months and not only that, but the price had also been slashed by a whooping US$800.00! Beginning of the year the economy was positive, but now it has become quiet leading to price instability.

I still do not like the ‘wait’ answer or the ‘not yet’ but I would rather pray and wait for God’s best than settle for the small and insignificant.

You have searched me, Lord,
and you know me.
2 You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
3 You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
4 Before a word is on my tongue
you, Lord, know it completely.
5 You hem me in behind and before,
and you lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.
7 Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;

if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.

Psalm 139:1-12

Thursday, February 27, 2014

God's Choice of Wine

The blessings of God cost you nothing; just your obedience, faith and trust.

I was struggling with an illness that would not go away. I had been to doctors, spirit mediums and faith healers, with no success. Now here I was again at the door of one other faith healer. But as I walked into her house I noticed that there was something different from the other houses I had been to.
Firstly, she didn’t draw me into an inner, spooky room filled with strange looking objects. Instead she motioned me to sit on the sofa and quietly left the room. In a short while she returned, followed by a teenage girl carrying a tray of tea and cookies. ‘Strange’, I uttered silently to myself. I explained that I was not well and a woman I met at the shopping centre had given me her address.

She said she understood, got up and took her bible which was by the television stand. She opened it and read from a passage which I had no idea what it was talking about.

Isaiah 55:1-2 (NLT)
Invitation to the Lord’s Salvation
 “Is anyone thirsty?
Come and drink—
even if you have no money!
Come, take your choice of wine or milk—
it’s all free!
2 Why spend your money on food that does not give you strength?
Why pay for food that does you no good?
Listen to me, and you will eat what is good.
You will enjoy the finest food.

It has been about thirty three years now since that encounter with God. There had been other encounters before, but this was different in that the word of God was actually read to me. I enjoyed that good Christian lady’s hospitality. She even prayed for me.

But as I left her house I couldn’t help feeling frustrated. I was hoping to buy some sort of herb, special oil or water to cure my ailment. But all she did was read from her bible. I failed to appreciate what I now do of the power of God’s word. My heart was still closed to God. But I thank God for the Holy Spirit, who even while we are still ‘dead’ because of our sin, reaches out to us and makes us alive to God through the Word.

I would go to that woman’s house and thank her for her faithfulness in sharing the Word of God but I have no recollection of her address. Maybe you are like me then, feeling frustrated because you think the Word being read to you is of no use. The Holy Spirit is at work in you to heal and restore and give a life of abundance in Christ. Or maybe you are one who is reading the Word to an unbeliever and thinking it to be hopeless as you see no results. God says that His Word will not return to Him void without accomplishing what He has purposed it to do. Reference Isaiah 55:11

God bless

Monday, January 27, 2014

Touched By A Newborn Child

Loving and embracing a newborn child can do wonders to one's heart. From the book of Ruth chapter four we read these beautiful words of restoration.

13 So Boaz took Ruth into his home, and she became his wife. When he slept with her, the Lord enabled her to become pregnant, and she gave birth to a son. 14 Then the women of the town said to Naomi, “Praise the Lord, who has now provided a redeemer for your family! May this child be famous in Israel. 15 May he restore your youth and care for you in your old age. For he is the son of your daughter-in-law who loves you and has been better to you than seven sons!”
16 Naomi took the baby and cuddled him to her breast. And she cared for him as if he were her own. 17 The neighbor women said, “Now at last Naomi has a son again!” And they named him Obed. He became the father of Jesse and the grandfather of David.

I am a grandmother now and this passage particularly speaks to women like me. Women who have suffered pain and loss; whether it was through divorce or death. Women who have longed for comfort, restoration and fulfillment. 

God, in His sovereign timing restored Naomi's joy by giving her a grandchild. She cuddled him to her breast; I now know just how she felt when she did that. It is an indescribable feeling; only understand by God, the cuddlier and the cuddled. The best explanation I can give of this feeling is that one feels complete; as if an open or broken circle has just been closed or repaired.
God be glorified.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Be All There For The Glory Of God

 
From an RBC devotional message titled, "Be all there", I read this story: A young man secured a holiday job at a resort town. He didn't know what kind of a job he would be getting into until he got there. When he arrived they gave him a job as a dishwasher. He didn’t like that kind of a job, so he decided to quit even before he started. But his friend talked him into staying; not just for the pocket money, but to enjoy the new experience of being the best dishwasher he could be!
It was not his hands that mattered, but his attitude towards what was before him. As I reflected on this devotional message I realized that over the years God had brought me to many situations, people and circumstances which I had dismissed as 'not good enough for me'. I could have been right about those notions but I could have been wrong too.
I am reminded of the scripture passage in Acts 10: 9-16 wherein the Apostle Peter was offered different kinds of meat from heaven to eat; yet three times he refused to obey the instructions to eat. Peter felt that these meats were wrong for him, since eating them violated his Jewish culture. These are the different scenarios we are faced with in life.
But sometimes the circumstances are very simple like the young man's and yet our response could make or break a relationship or opportunity.
A couple of years ago we travelled as a Christian women's group to a conference hosted by one of our African countries. We were in a very jovial mood when we boarded the plane and landed in that country. For some of us it was a double blessing because not only was it the first time to travel outside our nation, but it was also the first time to board a plane. We were deeply excited and full of praise to God for His goodness to us. We had also managed to raise airfares despite our meagre resources. We were just over the moon with excitement and anticipation.
In less than an hour after arrival a luxury coach took us from the airport to the residential place where we would be staying for the week duration of the conference. The place was a college boys' student hostel. We alighted from the coach and stood in amazement at the sight of that building. None of us had been the least prepared to see the ugly sight of that building. It was old, run down and filthy. And that was just the outside we were looking at!
I think the coach crew read our changing emotions faster that we expressed them because they quickly unloaded our luggage and drove away, leaving us just standing there. We all wanted to go back home, right there and there. But we had no transport out of that place which we had no idea of its location on the map of that country' city. Our exceedingly abundant joy evaporated into tears of anguish and desperation for a reassuring word.
We dragged our suitcases to the entrance marked 'Reception' where some unconcerned college staff gave us keys to our rooms. Turning the keys and opening the hostel rooms led us into even more depression. The rooms’ walls and floors were equally filthy. Some of us needed to use the bathrooms urgently and rushed there only to be greeted with uncleaned toilet seats and sinks. Everything in those bathrooms was just despicable.
We regrouped as a team and sought among us who would find means to go to town and visit the conference organizers’ offices so they could urgently relocate us. While we were pondering this, one lady sheepishly suggested that we clean up the place. Most of us wanted to beat her up right there and then. But then one voice sheepishly agreed, followed by another and then another.
In a line we marched back to Reception and asked if at all they stocked blooms, bucket, mops and disinfectants. They eagerly led us to a small room at the back of the building which was fully stocked with all kinds of utensils and cleaners. We were shocked, again, as to how they could stock so much and yet clean up so little!
Armed with all we needed we spent the rest of the afternoon cleaning up our rooms, bathrooms including the stench stained men’s urinaries. We even went so far as sweeping up the courtyard. We were turning the place into ours and making it as pleasant as possible so we could be ‘all there’ without sharing our emotions with here and home.
At the appointed time in the evening we went down to the kitchen for our supper. The staff were punctual and soon we were enjoying our meal. But the plates were kind of tinted; we tried to ignore this but finally had to admit the fact that the plates were not thoroughly clean. There were some places we could not clean...
We needed God and we needed Him badly. We went into the lounge and we sat and wept and then sang to the Lord out of our despair. ‘By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat and wept, when we remembered Zion..’ (Psalm 137:1) God stirred up the hearts three ladies in our midst. One led us through songs of praise and worship, the other led us in prayer and the other preached the Word. Then we went to our rooms and slept.
That conference turned out to be one of the best Holy Spirit filled conferences I have ever attended. The devil wanted to crush our spirits before we even began so we could grumble and murmur all week long and miss out on the good that God had waiting for us. The devil comes to steal and destroy the abundance of joy and blessings that God has in store for us (John 10:10).
Every morning we would rise up early and have breakfast at 6am on dirty plates and come back in the evening in time for supper at 7pm again on dirty plates. But what was in between the day was the most important of all - the Word of God, the presence of the Holy Spirit and ministry through praise, prayer and healing.
I want to thank God for showing us how to be all there so that we would not miss the good that He had in store for us.
What about you? Are you grumbling and mumbling because of the long hours at work which are very poorly rewarded? Be all there for God’s glory. Or is it a below expectation marriage relationship? Be all there for God’s glory. An illness that limits your potential, a challenge in resources that stops you from achieving bigger, a church that will not acknowledge your gifting... Be all there in your situation for God’s glory. Take, eat and enjoy everything that God has put on your plate – for His glory.