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  • Writer's pictureOlufunmilayo Adekusibe

YOU HAVE FED US WITH BREAD OF TEARS & A LAUGHING STOCK TO OUR BOASTFUL ENEMIES


 

Today’s Reading:

Psalm 80:4-12 (4-7)

“O Lord God of hosts, how long wilt thou be angry against the prayer of thy people? Thou feedest them with the bread of tears, and givest them tears to drink in great measure. Thou makest us a strife unto our neighbours and our enemies laugh among themselves. Turn us again, O God of hosts, and cause thy face to shine, and we shall be saved. Thou has brought a vine out of Egypt; thou hast cast out the heathen and planted it. Thou preparedst room before it, and didst cause it to take deep root, and it filled the land. the hills were covered with the shadow of it, and the boughs thereof were like the goodly cedars. She sent out her boughs unto the sea, and her branches unto the river; Why has thou then broken down her hedges, so that all they which pass by the way do pluck it.” (vv. 4-12)

 


“O Lord God of hosts, how long will you be angry against the prayer of Your people?” (v.4). This situation is very similar to the situation we are experiencing in our nation today. It can be very discouraging and frustrating to pray for a long period and it seems God is not listening to our prayers because there is no change to show for the result of our prayers. We have prayed for God’s anger to be averted, but it seems things are getting worse. It is when we experience the manifestation of the mercy and favour of God that we know that our prayers have been answered. We have long been praying for forgiveness of our sins as individual, as family, as society, as the body of Christ and as a nation, but we are still experiencing the consequences of Your anger. It seems our prayers are not being answered because we have not experienced the manifestation of Your mercies.


“Lord, you have fed us with the bread of tears; you have made us drink tears by the bowlful.” (v. 5). Normally bread and drink are taken for sustenance, but abundant tears have become the people’s bread and drink. This period is the worst period in the history of our nation. No food, market prices of items are skyrocketing daily. The roads are bad, no security. It is no more safe to travel from one city to another for fear of being kidnapped for ransom. It is as if Satan has come to pitch his tents in our nation. But it is our continuous sins that is making us not to feel the presence of Our Shepherd, the Lord God of hosts.


The walls of God’s protection were broken down … so that all who pass by pick its grapes (v. 12). Strange children have squandered our land and resources. It was not only passers-by that ravaged our land; so, do the boars from the forest …. , the creatures of the field and (spirits from the dry places (v. 13). The crops were ruined and there is no more harvest. We know O Lord God of host that this is the consequences of our grievous sins of not fearing You Lord God of host. This is a reversal of your plans for our land! “Turn us again, O God, and cause thy face to shine, and we shall be saved.”

OLUFUNMILAYO TITILOLA ADEKUSIBE


 

Prayer:

  1. Father, thank you for Your mercies and forgiveness of our sins, in Jesus’ name.

  2. Thank you for the power in the blood of Jesus to save, to heal and to deliver, in Jesus’ name.

  3. Thank You Lord, for You will sue the situation in our nation to populate Your kingdom, in Jesus’ name.

  4. Thank You Lord for fighting for us against our adversaries, in Jesus’ name.

  5. Thank You for You will build Your Church, and the gates of hell will not prevail, in Jesus’ name.

  6. Every spirit of prayerlessness, discouragement and vainglory in the body of Christ, be bound, in Jesus’ name.

  7. Let the spirit of brokenness be released upon your Church, in Jesus’ name.

  8. I decree realignment of the situation around Christian families to favour them in our nation, in Jesus’ name.

  9. Father, let all forces of darkness hindering the move of Your power in our nation be rendered impotent, in Jesus’ name.

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