In December 2020, Rev. Funke Ewuosho led us in prophetic prayer, and the theme was restoration. Below are some notes on the prayer time.
Be glad then, you children of Zion, And rejoice in the Lord your God; For He has given you the [a]former rain faithfully, And He will cause the rain to come down for you—The former rain, And the latter rain in the first month. The threshing floors shall be full of wheat, And the vats shall overflow with new wine and oil. “So I will restore to you the years that the swarming [b]locust has eaten, The crawling locust, The consuming locust, And the chewing locust, My great army which I sent among you. You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, And praise the name of the Lord your God, Who has dealt wondrously with you; My people shall never be put to shame. Then you shall know that I am in the midst of Israel: I am the Lord your God And there is no other. My people shall never be put to shame. Joel 2:23-27 NKJV
Farmers who wait for perfect weather never plant. If they watch every cloud, they never harvest. Ecclesiastes 11:4 NLT
Despite the evil that is around God will preserve you.
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, for the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed.[a] He has sent me to tell those who mourn that the time of the Lord’s favour has come,[b] and with it, the day of God’s anger against their enemies. To all who mourn in Israel,[c] he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the Lord has planted for his own glory. They will rebuild the ancient ruins, repairing cities destroyed long ago. They will revive them, though they have been deserted for many generations. Isaiah 61:1-4 NKJV
Read Isaiah 60 and Psalms 126
- God is bringing restoration; He will vindicate you on every side.
- We are going to praise with shouts of joy and sing of the mercies and the goodness of God.
Focus on the Word, not on what is happening around. When we focus on Him, He will turn things around; like preserving Israel in Egypt in the land of Goshen.
‘Behold, I will bring back the captivity of Jacob’s tents, And have mercy on his dwelling places; The city shall be built upon its own mound, And the palace shall remain according to its own plan. Then out of them shall proceed thanksgiving And the voice of those who make merry; I will multiply them, and they shall not diminish; I will also glorify them, and they shall not be small. Their children also shall be as before, And their congregation shall be established before Me; And I will punish all who oppress them. Their nobles shall be from among them, And their governor shall come from their midst; Then I will cause him to draw near, And he shall approach Me; For who is this who pledged his heart to approach Me?’ says the Lord. ‘You shall be My people, And I will be your God.’ ” Jeremiah 30:18-22 NKJV
Then he restored the chief butler to his butlership again, and he placed the cup in Pharaoh’s hand. Gen 40:21 NKJV
- God is restoring your health, your name in the workplace, etc.
Another sign of restoration is being repaired –like the walls in the book of Nehemiah.
What needs to be repaired/mended in your life?
Healing: your health restored to the original condition
Then He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and it was restored as whole as the other. Matthew 12:13 NKJV
What parts of your walls are broken?
God is rebuilding the old ruins. He is rebuilding generationally in the lives of your children.
And they said to me, “The survivors who are left from the captivity in the province are there in great distress and reproach. The wall of Jerusalem is also broken down, and its gates are burned with fire.” Nehemiah 1:3 NKJV
Some things that characterize RESTORATION:
- Double for your trouble
Instead of your shame, you shall have double honour, And instead of confusion, they shall rejoice in their portion. Therefore in their land, they shall possess double; Everlasting joy shall be theirs. “For I, the Lord, love justice; I hate robbery [a]for burnt offering; I will direct their work in truth, And will make with them an everlasting covenant. Isaiah 61:7-8 NKJV
Rejoice in your inheritance; double honour; double celebration.
- The hand of God (anointing of the Holy Spirit) will come upon you
Read Ezekiel 37:1-14 (The Valley of Dry Bones)
- The things that have gone dry, maybe your business, your finances, your marriage or your relationships -God is restoring life to you.
- The breadth of God upon your life. Speak to issues in your life. Speak the Word of God and see the dead things be restored to life. God is opening the grave as you begin to prophesy.
Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; [a]blessed are you among women!” But [b]when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. 30 Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.” Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I [c]do not know a man?” And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. 36 Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. 37 For with God nothing will be impossible.” Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her. Luke 1:26-38 NJKV
And soon the sky was black with clouds. A heavy wind brought a terrific rainstorm, and Ahab left quickly for Jezreel. Then the Lord gave special strength to Elijah. He tucked his cloak into his belt[a] and ran ahead of Ahab’s chariot all the way to the entrance of Jezreel. 1 Kings 18:45-46 NLT
NKJV: Then the hand of the Lord came upon Elijah; and he girded[a] up his loins and ran ahead of Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel.
Elijah outrunning the chariots signifies speed, divine acceleration, etc.
- God will restore to you the wasted years.
How could one chase a thousand, And two put ten thousand to flight, unless their Rock had sold them, and the Lord had surrendered them? Deuteronomy 32:30 NKJV.
It is the Lord’s doing!
Read 1 Samuel 30
David in Ziklag – he lost all his family and people and his people, and he strengthened himself in the Lord. This is not a time to mourn, but to rise up and take your garment of praise. David recovered all without lacking anything.
The solution is to recall the goodness of God and begin to encourage yourself in the Lord.
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