The attendance at our 21 Days Fasting & Prayers program has been very encouraging. I must commend our ever committed members at Destiny Impact Church. It looked impossible when I announced that we would meet daily in Church for the next 21 days. I told them; “haven’t you heard of people who visit the hospital daily for months to take care of a loved one?”

Friend, you need to factor in time-offs out of your busy schedules. Listen, there is no guarantee that you would be less busy soon. The earlier you realise this the better. Stop looking for a convenient time to retreat. Stop looking for when you would have the time. You need to be deliberate about creating one.

You will always have time for what you consider important. Everybody will have time when they have an emergency or crisis to deal with. You don’t have to wait until there is an emergency, or a crisis before you create time. You can choose to fast and pray, for renewal and refreshing, for sensitivity and accuracy, rather than allowing life’s problems, battles and challenges to make you fast compulsorily.

Problems are better avoided than trying to solve them. When you wait until you have problem before you pray, you truly have a problem. You need to pray preemptive prayers. You need to sow seeds of prayers into your tomorrow before you get there. Like Elijah, when depression and discouragement come, it is a sign that you have left your mountain of intimacy (1 Kings 19:1-14).

When God asks you, “where are you?” He’s not asking for your geographical position, He’s asking about your spiritual position. Where are you in God that depression has taken a hold of you? Where are you that ‘little’ sins and stuff that were not an issue to you before started becoming an issue? Where are you in God, that the future that looked exciting before now looks bleak?

Where are you that the devil now crusades your family, business etc. at will? Where are you that you now have to succumb to threats from Jezebel, the devil? Someone has left his position, and it is definitely not the devil (Ephesians 1:19-21, 2:5-6). Where are you in God that what used to be a walk over for you now looks mountainous? Where are you?

© ‘Demola Awoyele
Lead Pastor,
Destiny Impact Church
Akure, Nigeria