We believe in this Commission that: the Church of Christ is ordained for continuous and unending growth
-Mat. 16:18/ Pro. 4:18/Luk. 12:32
We also belleve that Churches like nation shall begin to rise in these last days by reason of supernatural growth and expansion-Mic. 4:1-2/1sa. 2:2-3/Obd. 21
But the greatest headache of the powers of darkness is the growth and expansion of the church, because the church is the Light of the world – Mat. 16:18/ Mat. 5:13-15
This is why, the greatest enemy of church growth is satan himself – 2 Cor4:4/1Thes. 2:18
Remember, when Israel was fast becoming a nation by reason of her population growth, all hell broke loose to stop her, just as the church of Christ on the earth today -Exo. 1:7-14/15-21/Exo. 12:12/Obd. 1:21
If the devil and his cohorts constitute the resisting forces against the continuous growth of the church, then the prayer of faith coupled with fasting as often as it is called for is what the church requires to prevail – Eph. 6:16/ Ezk. 36:37/Mat. 17:19-21
This is why whatever cannot stop the church from praying, cannot stop the church from growing -Isa. 66:7-8/Act. 6:4/7
Why do we have to continue to pray for Church Growth?
A. Church growth is a warfare – Matt 16:18.
✓ We must put up a fight to disarm the enemy and release his captives for salvation-Lk. 11:21-22/h.49.24-26
Prayer and fasting will provoke supernatural church growth – Acts 6:4/7/s. 66-7-8/Matt. 17:20-21
B. The Holy Spirit, who is the Lord of the harvest will only manifest Himself in response to our prayers – Ps.63.1-3,Lk 11:13
We must pray for the Holy Spirit to continue to mobilize men and women into our church services as He did in the upper room-Acts 2:2/6/Isa.5:26/Num. 11:3
C. Signs and wonders are powerful sickles of harvest
✓Praying for signs and wonders grows the church supernaturally – Jn.4-48/Acts 3-6-16/Acts 5 12/14/Acts 9.34-35
✓We must continue to pray for signs and wonders in our services – Acts 4:30-33, Acts 5 12/14
D. We must pray for new converts to be established in the faith
✔We must continue to pray for our new converts against the backsliding forces of all – Luk 11:24-26/ Gal 4:19
✔We must continue to pray to see our new converts and in the church established both – Heb. 7:25/Col.4:15
E. It takes the Word to sustain supernatural church growth.
✓We must continue to pray for continuous flow of revelation because eagles will only gather where fresh meat is found – 2 Thess. 3.1/Eph.6.19/Matt 24:28
✔It takes fresh revelation to sustain supernatural church growth – Acts 6:7, 2Cor.12:7/Acts.13:34/Ps.23.2
F. Praying for the needs of members.
✓Praying for others usually turns their challenges to testimonies-Phil. 1:19/Gal.6:5
✓Praying for others also turns our own captivities around -Job 42:10-14/Eph. 6:8
In conclusion, praying kingdom advancement prayer brings us into favour with God, which goes to impart on all aspects of our lives -Ps 102:13-15/Matt. 6:33
Jesus is Lord!
David O Oyedepo
CANAAN LAND, OTA-LAGOS