HANNA'S PRAYER - 1 1st of September, 2000
As far as I’m concerned I know that my joy is already full. … He is the King of Kings, He is the Lord of Lords, His Name is Jesus…What a mighty God we serve….. Let’s give the Lord a big hand! Glory be to God! Thank You Father!
Father! We want to bless Your Holy Name because You are worthy to be praised. We bow down before You. We give you all glory. We give You all honour! We give You all adoration because the day has come at last when You are going to perfect that which concerns all Your children. Glory, glory, glory, glory, glory be to Your Holy Name. Accept our thanks in Jesus’ Name! (Amen!) Tonight Father, whatever may remain as enemies in the way of fruitfulness of Your children, destroy in Jesus’ Name! (Amen!) Tonight, let every barren become fruitful (Amen!) So that Your Name forever will be glorified! Thank You Daddy! In Jesus’ mighty Name we have prayed! (Amen!) Amen! Let somebody shout ‘Alleluia!’ (Alleluia!)
1 Samuel 1 - God bless You! You may be seated! - from verse 9 to 20…. 1 Samuel 1:9-20. I will read it in English, the Yorubas can follow as we read along:
9 So Hannah rose up after they had eaten in Shiloh, and after they had drunk. Now Eli the priest sat upon a seat by a post of the temple of the LORD. 10 And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the LORD, and wept sore. 11 And she vowed a vow, and said, O LORD of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the LORD all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head. 12 And it came to pass, as she continued praying before the LORD, that Eli marked her mouth. 13 Now Hannah, she spake in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard: therefore Eli thought she had been drunken. 14 And Eli said unto her, How long wilt thou be drunken? put away thy wine from thee. 15 And Hannah answered and said, No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit: I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but have poured out my soul before the LORD. 16 Count not thine handmaid for a daughter of Belial: for out of the abundance of my complaint and grief have I spoken hitherto. 17 Then Eli answered and said, Go in peace: and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition that thou hast asked of him. 18 And she said, Let thine handmaid find grace in thy sight. So the woman went her way, and did eat, and her countenance was no more sad. 19 And they rose up in the morning early, and worshipped before the LORD, and returned, and came to their house to Ramah: and Elkanah knew Hannah his wife; and the LORD remembered her. 20 Wherefore it came to pass, when the time was come about after Hannah had conceived, that she bare a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, Because I have asked him of the LORD.
Now we are going to read verses 19 and 20 together in English….. Let somebody shout ‘Alleluia!’ (Alleluia!). I just want to talk to you very, very briefly on the prayer of Hannah. I will be very brief. I will just give you the skeleton and the Almighty God will cover it with flesh.
Hannah knew that there is a living God. Hebrews 11:6 says, He that cometh to God must believe that God exists. And I am sure you are here tonight because you know that there is a living God.
Number 2. She knows that this God can do anything. The Bible says in Psalm 62:11 that God has spoken once, twice have I heard him, that power belongs to God. The God that you have come to meet tonight is the one who said, Power belongs to me. He has the power to do anything as Luke 1:37 said, with God nothing shall be impossible. God had handled a case more serious than her own before. Hannah was not 90 years old. So she knew that the God that did that of Sarah is still on His throne and if God could do that of Sarah, she knew that God could do her own. And I’m sure that God can do my own too!
Number 4 Hannah knew that God is no respecter of persons. The Bible says in Acts 10:34 that God is no respecter of persons. And in every nation wherever we find those people who fear Him they are accepted of Him. So Hannah knew that if God had done it for someone before. He could do it for me! If God could take somebody who had been barren for 23 years and give that woman a child. As we saw here last month, I am sure He will do your own also. (Amen!)
Number five Hannah knew that what God had done before He can do it again because Malachi 3:6 says, I am the Lord, I change not and Hebrews 13:8 says, Jesus Christ the same, yesterday and today and forever. If He has ever made one barren person fruitful before then I am sure He can do it again. That’s why I’m confident that those who are here tonight trusting the Lord for the fruit of the womb, by this time next year, they will also be rejoicing. (Amen!)
Number Six, Hannah knew that where man can fail, God cannot because the Bible says in Numbers 23:19, it said God is not a man that he should lie, neither the son of man that he should repent; thus he has spoken, it is settled. I remember in Genesis 30: 1 and 2, that Rachel said unto Jacob, Give me a son or I die!” And Jacob said, "Am I in God’s stead? It is not man that can produce a child. It is God. That God will not disappoint you tonight. (Amen!) Hannah knew that this God can answer prayers and will answer prayers. The Bible says in John 14:14, it said, If you ask anything in my name. I will do it and it said in Psalm 50:15, it said if you call on me in the day of trouble, I will answer you. All those who are here tonight, who are in trouble because they have been waiting for the children to come and the children have not come, you will call on the Lord tonight. He will answer you (Amen!), He will deliver you! (Amen!) He will surprise you! (Amen!)
Now the Bible said that Hannah prayed, pouring out her heart unto God. She prayed the way that she had done because she knew that only God could help her now. She knew that the priest thought she was drunk. The husband is helpless so she knew that there’s only one way out and that is God. David said in Psalm 121:1 & 2, he said, I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. The one who made heaven and earth is the one you have come to tonight... If He can make the whole heaven and the whole earth making one baby should not be too difficult for him. In fact a set of twins should not be too difficult for him. (Amen!) Even a triplet – 2 boys and one girl should not be too difficult for him. (Amen!) Hannah knew that only God could help her now.
Number 2 - she prayed the way she prayed because she really wanted a child. There are some people who come like this, not because they wanted a child but because if they don’t come, their husband will say, “Why didn’t you go.” But those of you who have come because you want children; because our God is alive. 9 months from today you will rejoice with your own child. (Amen!)
Not only did Hannah want a child, she wanted one desperately! She really wanted one desperately and that’s why the pray of those who are desperate are always different from the prayers of those who don’t care. I mean if somebody comes to someone who already got three children and they say, let’s go for special Holy Ghost for the barren. She will say, if God didn’t give me any other one, these three are enough. But somebody who hasn’t got one at all and wanted one, when they say, let us pray, the prayer will be different.
The reason she wanted a child desperately is not that the husband didn’t love her. In fact the husband told her, I am more than 9 children unto you!” But the woman said, “thank you very much. Have you considered my co-wife that she’s tormenting me because I have no child!” Because the Bible says in 1 Samuel 1:6, it said, “And her adversary also provoked her sore for to make her fret. In other words they didn’t even call her the co-wife, they called her “adversary”! In other words she was an enemy. She was constantly tormenting her, telling her what is the value of a tree without fruit. You are just in my husband’s house, eating his food!” And I know there are some people like that, the in-laws have nearly killed you: What are you doing in my son’s house? Eating our food? Wearing our clothes? Living in our house? Without a fruit to show? I want to prophecy to you in the name of Jesus. All those who have been laughing against you – they will laugh with you! (Amen!)
And so Hannah felt that enough is enough; that she had suffered enough. So she decided – I better call on God now! It wasn’t the first time she came to the temple. Oh, she had come before! She had prayed before! But this particular day, something told her, it is now or never because the Bible says – you must seek the Lord while He may be found! Call on Him while He’s near! When God was fixing today for this Special Holy Ghost Service it was not yet decided that the lady who preached first was going to come. But the Almighty God is arranging everything for one fellow. I'm sure that today is the day for somebody. (Amen!) If you are the one say, “Yes, it is me!
And then the Bible says, she poured her heart out to God. She poured it out, like when you are pouting water out of a keg -–nothing hidden at all. She wasn’t saying this kind of educated prayer – no, no, no – she poured it out – she told God everything – the sins she had committed, she told God! The mistakes she had made – she told God! She poured it out – it was not a hypocritical prayer. She said God I am here – naked before you! I know I’ve done this, I’ve done that, I’ve done this, I’ve done that, I’ve gone wrong! I’ve offended You but I am here because I have nowhere else to go and the Almighty God heard and responded. God will hear somebody today. (Amen!) I say God will hear somebody today! (Amen!)
You know when we are talking about barrenness – there is barrenness physical – no baby. But there are barrenness spiritual – no matter how hard you try you can’t win a soul, you can’t win a soul. You are a Pastor, you are fasting, you are praying, you are preaching, people are coming to the church through one door and going out through another door – spiritual barrenness.
And then there is financial barrenness – as they say in Yorubaland; the crab has been making oil for 20 years and yet it cannot fill a bottle. Some of us have been working now for twenty years, we don’t even have a plot of land. Every form of barrenness – physical, spiritual, financial they are going tonight in Jesus’ Name! (Amen!)
And do you know one thing about Hannah’s prayer? When God heard and responded, God gave her the best. God gave her what? The best! Not only was Samuel a prophet, he was the first kingmaker in Israel. Not only was he the first kingmaker in Israel, he was also the first kingmaker in Israel. And when you are talking about Samuel, you are talking about power! A king took his dress and it tore. He said, “Ah, you tore my dress! Your kingdom is torn!” Some days later, not a single son of that king remained alive! Whenever Samuel arrived in a town. The elders would be trembling, until they know whether he has come in peace or he has come to quarrel. This is the son of a woman who had been called barren!
When you are going to pray tonight. Don’t pray for just a child! Ask God for the best! Ask God for a child that will become a world evangelist! Ask for a child that will be a hundred times greater than Pastor Adeboye. Ask for a child that will become President! Don’t ask for just a child! After all the elders have a saying – he who eats late, should not eat rubbish! How many of you will get the best from God tonight? Let me hear you shout ‘Alleluia!’ (Alleluia!”
And I know God is going to answer your prayers tonight. How do I know? Because He always answers my prayers and He knows that I love children! Oh, but for one reason or the other my wife and I wanted to have twelve… we thought it would be either twelve or fourteen! We thought eleven boys, three girls, that would be a good one so that the boys will form a football team and the girls will be there to clap for them! Now those that I didn’t have, you will have them for me! (Amen!) That’s why you see how I rejoice during Convention when they begin to bring in the children. God knows that that my desire is there so that when I pray for you tonight, it’s going to be from the bottom of my heart! How many of you want twins? How many of you want triplets? Let me hear you shout ‘Alleluia!’ (Alleluia!”
How do I know that those of you who are spiritually barren, you will also become fruitful? Because God knows my heart. I want all my children to be greater than I. It will be beautiful if at the end of every month there is Holy Ghost Service in every town with a crowd bigger than this one. It will give me joy. I have heard people say that some great people don’t want people to be greater than them. They must be very stupid! The greatness of a father is determined by the greatness of his children. If the father is great and the children are less, very soon the father will be forgotten. But if the father is great and the children are greater and the grandchildren are greater than the children that father will never be forgotten. That is why all of you will be greater than you in Jesus’ Name! (Amen!)!
And then why do I want you who are barren financially to become fruitful? Because my wealth is determined by your wealth. If I stand here today and I say, “My children, I want to go to my town tomorrow and I have no car. Will somebody please help me with his car?” How many of you will release your car with the driver and petrol? Let me hear you shout ‘Alleluia!’ (Alleluia!” But if you have no car, you will just begin to put one hand on the other, “Daddy we want to help but ehhh..” That is why, those of you who are here today, who don’t even know where you are going to get the money to pay your rent. Before the end of this year, God will surprise you! (Amen!)
Only one thing can hinder your prayer tonight and that is sin. David said in Psalm 66:18, he said, “If I regard iniquity in my heart, God will not hear me” Now if God doesn’t hear, how can He answer? I want God to hear you tonight. If He hears, He will answer! When I saw the thousands, several thousands who came forward with their children last month and I was dancing, God whispered to me. He said, “You haven’t seen all of them!” He said, “There are many who are already pregnant.” He said, “They will bring their own next year.” Then I said, Daddy, thank you for those who have brought their children. Thank You for those who have brought their children, but like Oliver Twist, I want more.” That’s why He said you should come this month. Those of you who are here, trusting God for the issue of the womb, tonight is your night. (Amen!) Turn to your neighbour and say, tonight is my night.
But if you are here and you have not surrendered your life to Jesus. If I regard sin in my heart, God won’t hear. But you can come and give your life to Jesus now. Like Hannah did – to come and pour out your heart to God and say, “Lord, I am a sinner, just have mercy on me, save my soul. That’s all I’m asking for!. If you are here and you are not yet born again, male or female, come now, come quickly, I have only 2 minutes for that because our time is going fast. So if you want to give your life to Jesus, come, He’s calling you, this is your night, come and surrender your life to him and say “Father, forgive all my sins. If I’m to count my sins one by one, even I know that they are many. I know they are many. I have lied, I have cheated, I have fornicated, I have done several wrong things, but Father, have mercy on me! Save my soul! Save my soul!” As you come, begin to call on Him, begin to pray and say, “Father, I have come for mercy. Have mercy on me Lord! Save my soul! Forgive my sins! I have come to surrender to you Lord! Just have mercy on me! Forgive all my sins!” Open your mouth and begin to pray! Begin to pray!
Those of you all ready born-again begin to pray for them! “Father, have mercy on me! I’ve come to confess my sins! There’s nothing I can hide from You! You know everything! So please, just have mercy on me Lord... Have mercy on me, my father and my God!” Men and women! If you are not yet born again – come! Come and call on the Almighty God! Say, ”God, have mercy on me! Save my soul! Save my soul! Save my soul! Father, Save my soul! Save my soul! Have mercy on me O Lord! Have mercy on me! Have mercy on me! Have mercy on me! Have mercy on me! Have mercy on me Lord! Have mercy on me Lord! Just forgive me! Forgive me! Just save my soul O Lord! Save my soul O Lord! Save my soul O Lord! I have come to you tonight Lord to expose myself before You. There’s nothing about me that You don’t know! Have mercy on me, Lord! Forgive all my sins and just save my soul! Save my soul! Father, save my soul! Save my soul tonight! Save my soul tonight! Save my soul tonight! Save my soul tonight! Father Save my soul tonight! Save my soul tonight! Have mercy on me Lord! Have mercy on me Lord! Just have mercy on me, my Father and my God! I’ve come to You tonight to open up to You Lord! I have offended You! Please forgive me! Save my soul O Lord! Father, just save my soul! Cleanse me in Your blood Lord! Be merciful unto me. Please save my soul! Save my soul! Father, please save my soul! Save my soul tonight! ….
… cleanse! Cleanse! Cleanse in Your blood! Thank You Father! Glory be to God! Thank You Father! Oh, Blessed be Your Name! Saviour of mankind, save our souls tonight and we will praise You for it. Thank You Father! In Jesus’ mighty Name we have prayed! (Amen!)
Father, we bless Your Name because Your Word says, No man can come unto me unless my Father draws him.” Thank You for drawing us and thank You that we have responded. Accept our thanks in Jesus’ Name. Father, if there are others in the congregation who are not yet born again and you are drawing them and they are resisting, Father, let them begin to run forward now! (Amen!) Before we finish this prayer, let them be in the front in Jesus’ Name! (Amen!) Now Father, we commit these Your children into Your hands. You said whosoever will come unto You You will in no wise cast out. They have come now. Receive them in Jesus’ Name! (Amen!) Whatever sins they have committed in the past – no matter how terrible, forgive them tonight in Jesus’ Name! (Amen!) Your blood that cleanses from all sins let it wipe away all their sins in Jesus’ Name! (Amen!) Father, save their souls (Amen!) Write their names in the book of life. (Amen!) And Lord, even as we begin to pray now, everything we shall ask for, give to us in Jesus’ Name! (Amen!) Thank You Father! In Jesus’ mighty Name we have prayed! (Amen!) Amen!
Now those of you in front, please just stay here. This is Holy Ghost Night. God just wants to do His own thing, His own way. I can feel the presence of the HS in a mighty way right now…. The rest of us where we are we will also stand and we are going to lift our voices unto God – whatever you want from God, this is the time to ask. Forget everybody. Open your mouth and cry unto the Lord. Tell Him what you want from Him! Open your mouth now and cry unto the Lord! … Thank You Father! Ohh Thank You Lord! Thank You Lord! In Jesus’ mighty Name we pray! (Amen!) Amen! (Amen!)
Now I want you to pray another prayer very quickly! The Spirit of God is moving in a mighty way right now! I want you to cry unto the Lord and say, “Father, Hannah got the best! In my life, in my home, in my business, in everything pertaining to me Father, give me the best! Give me the best! Give me the best! Give me the best! Give me the best! Give me the best! Give me the best! Father Give me the best! Give me the best! Give me the best! Give me the best! Give me the best! … Thank You Father! Alleluia! Thank You Father! Thank You Lord! In Jesus’ mighty Name we have prayed! (Amen!)
Finally, I want you to cry unto God and say, “Father, through me let the whole world glorify Your Name.” Let’s talk to the Almighty God. ‘Through me O Lord, let the whole world glorify Your Name! … Thank You Father! Blessed be the Name of the Lord! In Jesus’ mighty Name we have prayed! (Amen!)
My Father and my God, Eternal Rock of Ages, there is no one like you! (Amen!) All power belong to You! (Amen!) Man my fail, Pastor may fail, prophets may fail, evangelists may fail, but You can never fail. Glory be to Your Holy Name! (Amen!) Tonight Father, all those who are barren, physically, spiritually, financially, in any other way, let them become fruitful in Jesus’ Name! (Amen!). Father, Sarah got the beat, Hannah got the best, Elisabeth got the best, all those who are trusting You for the fruit of the womb and all those who are trusting You for one breakthrough or the other, Father, tonight, give us the best! (Amen!) Give us the best! (Amen!) Give us the best! (Amen!) Give us the best! (Amen!) Father, give us the best! (Amen!) Almighty, give us the best! (Amen!) Jehovah, give us the best! (Amen!) Through us, because of what You are going to do tonight. Let Your name be glorified! (Amen!) Thank You my Father! (Amen!) Glory be to Your Name! In Jesus’ mighty Name we have prayed! (Amen!) Let somebody shout ‘Alleluia!’ (Alleluia!)
Right! Now those of you who have come forward, I want to rejoice with you and I want to promise you that I will be praying for you. Tonight, the Almighty God wants to do something very special in our midst, not only those who are trusting God for the fruit of the womb but anyone who will notice any form of barrenness in his or her life, tonight is your night for deliverance. (Amen!) When we return the ministers of God are going to lay hands on as many of you as want to be laid hands on. But the Lord told me this afternoon while I was in prayer that before they lay hands on you, I should lay hands on them so that through them tonight by the grace of God my hand will touch every one of you. (Amen!) Now through my humble hands His hand will touch every one of you. (Amen!) So while we are waiting for those people, we’ll be laying hands on the ministers. You will please come. Once one row is full the rest of you will come and then you will take your position again …… Lord I lift Your Name on high…. Glory be to Your Holy Name! Accept our thanks in Jesus’ Name! Thank You Father! Glory be to Your Name forever. In Jesus’ mighty Name we have prayed! (Amen!) Let somebody shout ‘Alleluia!’ (Alleluia!) If you have been blessed already tonight let me hear you shout Alleluia! (Alleluia!) Thank You Lord! I know this is one night we will not forget in a hurry. (Amen!) And there’ll be testimonies galore in Jesus’ Name! (Amen!)
I just want to point out one or two things quickly and then we’ll begin to wind down. Don’t forget, December 14, 15 and 16 will be for Holy Ghost Festival and I’ve told you that Daddy said that Lekki ’98 and Festival ’99 were just warm up for the Festival 2000. For this one it is going to be “Open Heavens”. People are coming from all over the world and as they say in Yorubaland, I will not be by the fire and still develop maggots. I believe so shall it be for you also in Jesus’ Name! (Amen!). Tell your friends to mark off those days from their calendar, those are days that should not be given for anything at all! It is going to be absolutely wonderful. I am already excited because I know what Daddy has told me about it. Don’t forget – Glory be to God! – don’t forget next month is a Special Holy Ghost Service for Nigeria. It’s going to be very, very great.
And once again please, I am begging you, if anybody comes to you in my name,, in the name of my wife or he claims to be very close to the GO – the moment he talks about money just send for the police! Recently, just some days ago, one fellow went to Akure, claimed to be an elder in the church, a close friend of the General Overseer and he started collecting money from people. In spite of all my warnings! Anything about money, anything about business – I am not involved.
Then I heard that somebody told someone that Pastor Adeboye was expecting several million dollars from America and when the money got to Nigeria, some people seized the money and they were telling the fellow, they were telling: If you bring some naira we will give you part of the dollar. If you are not mad, you should know that that is 419 straight away! I have said it again and again and again – anything you see on this camp, the only foreign help we have is from God. Every other thing is done by naira – your generous contributions – that’s all! I don’t go abroad begging for money. I have never been a beggar. I will never be one! (Amen!) It is us by the grace of God, taking our naira to go and conduct Holy Ghost Service abroad! We don’t get help from anywhere, except from God. And if it is even true that somebody wanted to give money to a man of God and some people seized it on the way and then you want to share in it – then there must be something wrong with you too. So anything that has to do with money or business, the moment they mention my name along with it – get the police!
Not only that, I receive several letters now: Daddy, I did a business with so and so; they didn’t pay my money so help me collect my money.” When did I become debt-collector? You didn’t inform me when you were entering into the business. If everything ended up in gain, I won’t hear anything about it! Now they want me to be debt collector. That is not my calling. Let me face the job that God has given me to do. Do I hear ‘Amen’ to that? (Amen!)
Okay, 1st Samuel 1:11
And she vowed a vow, and said, O LORD of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the LORD all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head.
We find here Hannah making a very important vow to the Lord: God give me a son and I will give him back to you” And her prayers were answered immediately. Why? Because God needed a prophet. Eli has gone rotten. His children had gone completely away from the Lord. So God was looking for a prophet and Hannah was looking for a son. So Hannah said to God, You give me a son and You will get the prophet that you need. What is the importance of vows in prayers?
Number one you need to know that you cannot bribe God. You cannot buy precious things like a child from God with money. However, whenever you make a vow, you challenge God. When you say, “God do this for me and I will do this for You!” God will say, “All right, let us find out whether you will keep your promise.” Then He will do what you have asked for so as to finds out whether you will remember your vow or not. So a vow challenges God. For example in Genesis 28:20-22 Jacob vowed and said unto God, “If You will prosper me, I will build a house for You and I will pay my tithes.” And God said fine, now you are making a promise when you have nothing at all, I will prosper you and then I will see what you will do. The Bible tells us, in Genesis 30:43 that Jacob became exceedingly great. God said, “All right! You want me to prosper you and then you will do certain things for me? I will not just prosper you lightly, I will prosper you exceedingly.” And I know there is someone here tonight who will make a vow unto God and say “God do this for me and I will do this for you” and I can guarantee you, by this time next year you’ll be singing a new song!
I remember I made a vow to the Lord, after I became born again: “Lord heal me and I will serve You.” And He healed me instantly. And He waited for some time and came back and said, “What about your own part of the bargain?” That’s why I’m standing before you tonight.
When you make a vow unto the Lord you challenge Him. You say Lord, do this for me and I will do this for You.” I would advise that those of us who are trusting God, particularly for the fruit of the womb, we too will go to God and say, Father, do this for me and I will do this for You.”
Now it is important that once you have made a vow, that you pay your vow. In Deuteronomy 23:21 the Bible says, if you make a vow and you don’t pay it God will regard it as a sin. In fact in Ecclesiastes 5:4 & 5 the Bible says that when you make a vow, you must not even delay to pay the vow! But the most important thing about vow that I discovered is in Psalm 50:14 & 15. I have already quoted verse 15 tonight but you will not know the meaning of verse 15 unless you have read verse 14.
Verse 15 is the one that says, if you call on me in the day of trouble I will answer you and I will deliver you and you shall glorify me. But when you read verse 14 you will see the condition before that particular verse can be operative. Psalm 50:14 Offer unto God thanksgiving and pay thy vows unto the most high and call upon me in the day of trouble, I will deliver thee and thou shalt glorify me. Now those of us who can read, when you look at verse 14 at the end of it there is no full stop. The sign there is saying that the story continues in verse 15. It said do two things. One, offer unto God, thanksgiving and we are going to thank Him tonight and then number two, pay your vows unto the most high and then when you now call on the Lord in the day of trouble. He will surely deliver you and you will glorify Him.
I’m going to give you two minutes, those of us who want to make a vow. I have made several vows before and I can tell you one thing, God has never failed on His own. For example, I remember when we were building this auditorium and everything became very, very tight and I didn’t even know what to do next. And I looked at myself one day and said, Am I not a fool? Am I not a fool? Who asked me to embark on something this huge when I know I have no money in the bank?”
Many people think that Redeemed Christian Church of God is very rich. So are we because we have a God who is very rich. But there are moments when there will not even be enough money to repair a car and we tell the mechanic, “We will leave it till next month.” Why? Because the little that comes in, there are so many avenues waiting to swallow it. So I cried to the Lord, "Father finish this work on time and I will do the following. I won’t tell you what the following is! That’s not your business. But the Almighty God made sure that one week before the Convention of that year, the auditorium was ready.
When we first got to this camp, I made a vow to the Lord – there are so much to be done, 3 months to do all of them. Father, if you do all this within three months, I will do the following. And He did everything, it remains only one week to go – and we had problem with water. Now we’ve told all the children of God –Ehhh! Convention is at the camp!” But there is no water. As we were digging the wells the wells were collapsing! Father, if You finish this thing before the Convention, I will do the following”.
Seven days to the Convention one man was driving past and saw some activities going on here and he branched. And said, “Ah-ah, what’s going on here?” “Oh we want to build a camp for Christian gatherings. And he said, “What do you need?” The only problem we have is water. As we were digging the wells they were collapsing. He said, “What you need is a borehole.” I said, I know! It is what I will use to drill it that is not there. He said, “I will drill one for you!” “Thank you very much sir but what we need now, we need it in one week time – water, next week. The one you say you will drill, maybe that will be useful next year.” It was a Saturday. He said, “The engineers will report tomorrow.” Sunday evening the engineers came and they worked non-stop until they reached water. As they were drilling we were building the tank where we will put the something. The night before the Convention began, during moonlight, was when we were carrying the overhead tank to put on top. When the children of God arrived the following day water was flowing like nobody’s business!
I want you to bow your heads for 2 minutes and challenge the Almighty! Say, “Father do so-and-so for me and I will do so-and-so for you.” Talk to Him for a minute and I will pray with you in a moment. Just tell Him, Father, I know that You are the Almighty, there is nothing You cannot do. Do so-and-so for me and I will do so-and-so for You!”
Lets begin to bring our discussion between us and God to a close. In Jesus’ mighty Name we have prayed! Father You have heard Your children. I am asking that You will surprise them. (Amen!) Prove to them my Father and my God that You can do much more than they have asked for and do it very quickly in Jesus’ Name! (Amen!) And when You’ve done it for them Father, whatever they’ve vowed now give them the grace to fulfill in Jesus’ Name!. Thank You Father! In Jesus’ mighty Name we have prayed! (Amen!) If you believe it is done let me hear you shout Alleluia! (Alleluia!)
Just two things quickly and we will be on our way. Now we want to take one or two testimonies – if you hear your name, you come out quickly – Miss Debisi Adeola, Olori Antonia Falabi – if I pronounce it wrongly, forgive me – Mrs. Jesus. O Afolabi, Sister Adeoye Yemisi, Sarah Sekoni, Chief Emmanuel Adeoti Osunti, Pastor Peter Dairo, Brother Daramola Oladipo, Otunba Wole Odusanya and Mrs. Sonuga.
Now while these people are coming it is time to give our thanksgiving offering to the Lord. I thought you were going to shout Alleluia! on that one! Alleluia! The lady who spoke to us earlier tonight had revealed to you my number one secret. I have discovered long ago, if I can only praise God sufficiently I will have no problems at all. I’m sure you have never heard me, during any of our services that I begin to say, “Satan, I command you, get out of here! I bind you! I tie you up!” No and I hear people pray like that when I go to their services. You bound him yesterday…he got lose between yesterday and today? Now I don’t waste my time with that useless fellow. All I know is that if I praise God sufficiently He will come down. And when light comes, what will happen to darkness? I don’t waste my time telling Satan – “Get out of here!” Many of you honour Satan more than he is worth. Praise God, that’s all you need and when you praise Him, God will arise and when God arises his enemies will scatter.
We will remain seated but we will sing along with the band and then give our thanksgiving offering to the Lord. How many of you are ready to praise Him tonight? Now when it is time to praise the Lord your body may tell you you’re tired. Tell that body, I’m never going to be tired!” Tell your neighbour, “I will never be tired.” Say it as if you mean it! Okay! Over to you now!
Thank You Jesus the lover of my soul, Alpha and Omega You are worthy to be praised…..Jesus I love you oh, You do well, I thank you oh, you don make my life betta…. Victory, victory, alle,alle, Jesus conquered the devil, pata, pata…..Alleluia! Alleluia! Jesu ni baba, Jesu ni baba …Alleluia! Now if the ushers have not yet reached you shout Alleluia!…. Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest…emi na re Oluwa, emi na re Oluwa …shinekena ma ma ekele, ma ma ekele …ma bere mole ma gbe ga ma gbe Jesus mi ….Jesu mi seun, seun, Olorun mi seun, seun,…. wa wo wa wo….. We are saying thank You Jesus, thank You my Lord …Amen! If the ushers still haven’t reached you shout Alleluia! Okay
We are very, very grateful. Thank You for what You have done for us tonight. We know Lord that we shall have testimonies. Glory be to Your Holy Name Lord! Accept the offerings of Your children. Bless it Lord. Use it for Your glory. And I pray that all these people who are thanking You today, their joy will never cease in Jesus’ Name! (Amen!) Thank You Father! In Jesus’ mighty Name we have prayed! (Amen!) Amen! Let somebody shout ‘Alleluia!’ (Alleluia!)
Now we will listen to the testimonies very quickly! 2-2 minutes please. If it is longer we’ll postpone it to another time.
I am Sister Adeoye Yemisi. In 1996 I developed a very heavy menstruation but I came to the Holy Ghost Service, the Youth Holy Ghost Service in 1999 and our Father in the Lord spoke a Word of Knowledge concerning this case of mine and immediately I caught that miracle but unfortunately I couldn’t come out because I was expecting every manifestation of that heavy menses to leave me because the doctor has already diagnosed fibroid. I want to thank God because later I keep on trusting God, praying, coming to the Holy Ghost Services, attending the Mount Zion hour. I want to thank God today because my menstruation period which has been a period of reproach, a period of shame to me – is now over I want to thank God because my battle is over! Praise the Lord! (Alleluia!)
Chief Emmanuel Adeoti Osunti Our brother is testifying to the glory of God. He was formerly the leader of the witches and the wizards but the Lord revealed himself to him about five times in the dream. He’s now born again. Glorify God with him. Praise the Lord! (Alleluia!)
My name is Otunba Wole Odusanya, that is the name that people call me but the last 4 years I’ve been addressed as Evangelist Wole Odusanya when I saw that I must serve my God. I give God all the glory because He’s a good God. Last year I had an attack of jaundice. My eyes, palm, feet became yellow and instantly it was turning green. We went to UCH, all the reports and the doctors said to my friends, “Go and comfort him, he will die.” But I know that I have a God who has always been saying to me that you will not die but live to proclaim the goodness of the Lord. I refuse! I rejected it. Well, when there was Holy Ghost Night here in November my strength couldn’t come to the auditorium but I know that there is a God on this Zion, that every area of the land here. Jesus is there! So I checked into the room – 107 – I couldn’t get down into the camp even to the auditorium but I was following the service. Healing was coming on gradually. The bilirubin – well, I’m not a medical personnel but what the report we got from the hospital from all the tests the total bilirubin that was supposed to be 0-1 mine went to 25.7! And of course SGOT all sorts! My wife thought it was over. Well she’s a pharmacist she can see the dotted lines. But I know that coming to the camp, wherever I stay on the camp, healing is there waiting for me. So I came! I broke all the rules! As if that was not enough Satan was not going to let loose. At a point in time the General Overseer said, “Bring him down to our seats.” We take care. But the thing became tense. The June Holy Ghost Service I was in the room 107 again. I sent a note to Papa Adeboye, I said this is urgent oh!” You cannot do anything about this unless you see me or send for me after the Holy Ghost Night on Saturday the 2nd or 3rd of June. Papa couldn’t see me. Then he minuted a note to the Almighty GO Establishments, Pastor M.O. Ojo. Eventually he saw me. I was waiting in Baba’s office. Baba Ojo was waiting for me in the International House. I couldn’t breath, I couldn’t talk, even when I pick the phone it is problem to stay on the phone for long! But we then prayed. I trusted that well the unction, because what I wrote in the note is that I needed that unction! I was to travel overseas that month and I’m sure my wife was believing that maybe they will bring back my corpse. At a point in time, I started feeling the same way too. But to the glory of God we had a pray that morning. I delayed my going but I saw that strength came. I told the children, “I am healed!” But the couldn’t still believe themselves. They said, “You still have to come!” Okay. I then waited for the wonders night here in the camp on the 23rd June then I could walk straight to the auditorium! I said, the Lord that Papa Adeboye is serving, that all these Pastors,. anointed men of God and all of us are here with, is a faithful God. But I told the children, “Don’t worry, I am healed!” They said “No.” Okay, I will go on holidays but whatever business you want to make, make your arrangements. I travelled out to London. They put me in the Cromwell Hospital. They checked all the details. The bilirubin already that was supposed to be 0-1 which went to 25 came to .5! I was going to give this testimony during the Convention, because my children came, 2 of them came from London and Luton to listen to the testimony because they couldn’t believe themselves. But I gave this testimony in Jesus House Baltimore because it was boiling on me, I must say it somewhere. However when we got there, to the Cromwell Hospital …..They are saying that you should round up, thank you very much! Let’s give the Lord a big hand. Let’s rejoice with our brother. Let’s give the Lord a big hand! Glory be to God!
The remaining - 2-2 minutes please.
Praise the Lord! Praise the living Jesus. I am Mrs. Jesus. O. Afolabi, my daughter got married in 1997 and when the girl didn’t conceive in time we started hearing stories and as a result of that I developed hypertension and things started going down from every corner. My relations noticed that and one of such relations is in this congregation this morning and when she saw that I was really suffering, physically and mentally she suggested to me that I should go and see our Father in the Lord.. When I went to the Headquarters our Father in the Lord was not around. I was given a piece of paper to put down whatever my problems were. I did. In the process of writing them, our Father in the Lord passed by and that was my first time of seeing him. I left the letter. I forgot all about it but the surprise thing in my life is that later, I think about 6 or 4 weeks after I got a reply. Very short reply. Our Father in the Lord prayed for me in the reply and he said at the tail-end of the letter – you will come and give testimony! On the third, and a sister-in-law of mine is in this church this morning too, is a witness to what I’m saying – on the 3rd of August my daughter had a baby girl! And as I soon as I knew that the girl became pregnant I was getting better. I went to hospital. I kept on telling God, if water is given to me by the doctor, let water work and heal me! And today I am happy to stand before the men of God as a healthy somebody and I’m proud to be associated with the Redeemed Christian Church of God! Praise the Lord! with me! Alleluia! (Alleluia!)
My name is Olori Antonia Falabi. I want to testify to the Word of God that comes from our Father in the Lord during Convention time of 1999 which says, Father you are too much! Father has been too much for me since that August Convention 1999. I asked for 14 things and those 14 things met the divine touch of Almighty God in 100% folds! Among it is the salvation of some of my beloved ones. My aged mother saw Jesus Christ face to face in her dream. She saw Jesus Christ as the light. She said immediately she saw the light, the light was so big that she was afraid. Then said, What is this?” Then she was just hearing from through the light that: Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesu. Then my mother said she asked, “What do you want me to do?” My mother ran immediately, sat down, according to her, on the bed and later the light appeared to her again shouting, Jesus, Jesus” Then asked, “What do you want me to do? Okay I accept Jesus as my personal Saviour!” Now I give glory to God for the salvation of those ones that have been saved since that last year and even my mother! I give glory to God for every other good thing that the Lord has done! God has been too much for me! Help me to praise God! Alleluia! (Alleluia!)
Praise the Lord! My name is Sarah Shekoni 1998 Convention I was here on the Friday. When our Father in the Lord normally ministers to those trusting God for the fruit of the womb. But I came here with a very heavy heart that I had been coming for this Convention for up to 5 years and nothing, nothing. So that day I said I wasn’t coming out. When they now called us. I laid a mat on the floor and I slept off and I told God that if indeed the testimony of our Father in the Lord gave about the lady that had no womb yet had 3 children.. Then God will come and do my own for me and that you have to prove that what he was saying is true. But to God be the glory that December ’98 the doctor said, “No way!” And you know I was still discouraged. But by March my husband was coming in from Kaduna and they met Pastor Biodun Coker at the airport and they were waiting for our Father in the Lord who was coming in to Kaduna for Rev. Joe Olaiya’s programme. And my husband stayed with him and Pastor Biodun introduced him to our Father in the Lord and our Father in the Lord shook his hands and you know, it was like – God, for a man of God to shake my hand then my problems are over! And our Father in the Lord needed to use the convenience. He volunteered to take him there and when he came out again, he shook his hand the second time and then my husband now said, “Ah! All my problems are over!” And that when he got home he was going to lay the hands on me. And that was what he did. And you know, he didn’t even tell me anything, he just came and started laying the hands all over my body. And I said, ah what’s the matter now!” And he said, that “See you, you’ve been in Redeemed for how many years you have not shaken the hands of our Father in the Lord and that see me oh, not once bit twice! And that believe me oh – all our problems are over! And to God be the glory, May that year, I took in and God blessed me with a bouncing baby boy in January! Praise the Lord! Alleluia!
My name is Adeola Davis, I was once a diabetes victim but I thank God that the Lord healed me. I was sick so I came home. My auntie took me to the hospital for blood test. So on collecting the result they said I had HIV positive. I now said, I’m not the owner of that result! How could that be? So my sister told me that I should go to the camp and pray; that she didn’t believe that the something is real. So I now did another result so when the result came out it was negative. I just thank God for that.
Let somebody shout ‘Alleluia!’ (Alleluia!) I want you to stretch your hands forward. Father I pray that the anointing in this hand of mine will jump into all these hands right now in Jesus’ Name! (Amen!) Lay it on your head and say – my problems are over! If you believe that shout Alleluia! (Alleluia!)
The Lord said that there is a woman here you want children but you are afraid of birth pain. The Lord asked me to tell you, His grace shall be sufficient. (Amen!)
The Lord also said there is someone here, the story of your life can be written as still birth. In other words, whenever your hopes are high, just when it is about to become a reality, it will be dashed. Now the Lord asked me to tell you, from tonight, the tide has turned. (Amen!)
And then the Lord said there’s someone here, I don’t know what it is that you have done for the Lord but the Lord says, I am very happy with you (Amen!)
The Lord also said there is someone here, in your dreams you have been having sex with someone who had died. When you wake up you realize that, “Oh, that fellow had died!” The Lord asked me to tell you – that demon will never visit you again. (Amen!)
Let’s stand on our feet. Father we want to bless Your Name. What a wonderful night! What a glorious night! Glory be to Your Holy Name! Father, I commit Your children into Your hands as they go. Please go with them. (Amen!) Protect them. (Amen!) Support them. (Amen!) Bless them. (Amen!) On the way, let them meet with peace. (Amen!) At home, let them meet with peace. (Amen!) Before they reach home – multiply their testimonies. (Amen!) When they return next month let their testimonies bring their friends (Amen!) Thank You Father! In Jesus’ mighty Name we have prayed! (Amen!) Amen!
Pastor E. A. Adeboye