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  • Writer's pictureOlufunmilayo Adekusibe

A PRAYER OF AN AFFLICTED MAN


 

Today’s Readings:

Psalm 102:1-17; Prov. 3:13-18; John 8:31-38

”Hear my prayer, oh LORD, and let my cry come to you” (v. 1)

 


Psalm 102 is an individual lament written by an unknown author. Though the suffering of the psalmist appears very personal (verses1-11) yet he doesn’t look for personal deliverance, rather he looks for national restoration (verses12-23). It is very possible therefore, that his suffering was not really caused by personal problems but because he carried in his heart the suffering of the whole nation of Israel.


Affliction is a state of pain, suffering, distress or agony. It may be self-inflicted or otherwise. But affliction is not a friend of one’s soul. Some people experience self-inflicted affliction examples include an individual who is addicted to smoking, liquor or bad habit. Addiction is a form of self-inflicted affliction. One may be enslaved, battered and beaten yet he doesn’t know the way out. It is even possible to be enjoying the addiction in one aspect but actually affecting major aspect of one’s life yet cannot stop it.


Are you also afflicted by anything whether internal or external, you have tried all the methods to stop it but you are frustrated. Why not cry out to God for help as the Psalmist does in the text above. You may need to have an accountable partner who is more matured and spiritually inclined, such a person will be able to monitor and help you out. Fighting the battle alone may not be an easy ride. Devil will tell you that you can’t overcome, that you should continue with it. But be rest assured that God is on your side and victory is ascertained in Jesus name.

JAMES ALADE


 

Prayer:

  1. I come before You Lord to confess my weaknesses, Lord help me, in Jesus name.

  2. Every form of affliction that has led to addiction and enslavement I receive my deliverance today by the power in the blood of Jesus.

  3. I curse ever power of affliction in my life to die, in Jesus name

  4. I decree into every lives under the bondage of sin that they are delivered in Jesus name.

  5. Let the power of the cross and of the Holy Spirit be released to dethrone flesh in the body of Christ, in Jesus name.

  6. Power of God visit our nation for total victory, in Jesus name.

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