30 days of praying 3 hrs in tongues – day 5

Today’s prayers was really good. I was able to pray effectively and time did not seem so long. I realised that I am walking less during the prayers so that I can concentrate more.

I have noticed that since I am spending so much time in prayes during the day, I have reduced the time I spend reading scriptures. So from today I am have decided to fix an extra time for scripture reading just before the time for prayers.

We had a great time at the Cell leaders Training. It was an all day event so I did not do much more after the meeting except grocery and a little rest so that I can pray effectively from 12:00am.

I look forward to the testimonies that would be shared at Church tomorrow.

Be fervent in Spirt, serving the Lord.

30 days of praying 3 hrs in tongues – day 4

Wow! Only 4 days? It looks like a long time, Indeed what Pastor E. M. Bounds said about prayer is true. I would like to share this quote with you. From his book titled, The Power through Prayer.

Praying is spiritual work; and human nature does not like taxing, spiritual work. Human nature wants to sail to heaven under a favoring breeze, a full, smooth sea. Prayer is humbling work. It abases intellect and pride, crucifies vainglory, and signs our spiritual bankruptcy, and all these are hard for flesh and blood to bear. It is easier not to pray than to bear them. So we come to one of the crying evils of these times, maybe of all times — little or no praying. Of these two evils, perhaps little praying is worse than no praying. Little praying is a kind of make-believe, a salvo for the conscience, a farce and a delusion.

As I have been sharing with you, I find that praying these 3hrs everyday has been so much of a blessing spiritually, but at the same time it is very physically exerting. It is also humbling in the sense that it brings me to the truth that I cannot do much by myself and even though there is no intellectual explanation for the power of prayer, I agree that it exists and so I must continue to pray because I see the results of it in my life.

Today I found that the first hour was very engaging and time seemed to run, then in the 2nd hour I felt the time was standing still, the third hour has always been the best time. I found that in praying for revival for the church, I have been praying for the individuals in the Church.

The Lord opened an opportunity for follow-up for some brothers that I have been praying for today. I will elaborate on this at a later time. I will spend a good time praying for them during my prayer time tomorrow morning.

I look forward to the Cell Leaders Training for tomorrow – I think it will be Olu, Jean-Yves and I.

Also as a fallout of this 30days challenge, I think I need to re-draw my 24hr schedule. To do that I plan to make a log of all my activities during the day for the next 7 days starting on Sunday. At the end of the Week I will then draw a realistic 24hr time-table having my new schedule in mind.

By the way, I find that I am unable to keep up with walking while praying, so I stand for some mins, then walk and stand and so on.

Cell Meeting was great, I thought I would let Bate begin to lead without my help, but something came up and I decided to go in. I am so glad I came because, the Lord used it to open some other doors. And Rumbi was there! It was a good time.

Stay blessed and keep praying.

Reach your goal faster: Use the 80-20 rule

One of the biggest challenges in the life of an individual is the challenge to lead. It is a big challenge. Indeed such person can be made or marred by the actions taken in the exercise of that responsibility. This is true in any organization: be it a profit oriented venture like a business or a not for profit organizations like charities, religious organizations, improvement union or even government agencies.

The question on the lips of anyone who is given such opportunity in business or even in other forms of relationships is HOW WILL I SUCCEED in the new challenge?

Concerning an entrepreneur who is in business, it is expected that proper leadership and direction be given to his employees, whether they are paid employees or members of the family who are assisting in the business. A supervisor is required to lead his team to achieve the stated goal.

A man as the leader of his household in the traditional family setting is expected to lead his family effectively. It is the ability to provide effective leadership that determine the failure or success of the endeavor

For the entrepreneur who fails to prioritize, chaos and lack of direction for the enterprise will be the result. As for the head of a family it may lead to “a vote of no confidence” passed by the spouse or members of the family if no meaningful steps are taken to help the members of the family achieve their individual goals. It is a common incident today to see leaders/head of the family being considered “useless” by members of the family because of lack of effective leadership. This is very sad.

Prioritizing is indeed the key. To lead effectively you have to SET GOALS and then PRIOTIZE.

The first step in setting goals and prioritizing is to personally develop what you will attain at some point in the future. The vision need to be able to lead to the goals desired.

The mission is crucial in determining your vision. Your vision needs to coincide with the big picture. The term “vision” suggests a mental picture of what the future will look like. The concept also implies a later time horizon. This time horizon tends to be mid to long term in nature, focusing on as much as 2, 5, or even 10 years in the future for visions affecting the entire organization or union.
Vilfredo Pareto, a 19th century economist, theorized that most effects come from relatively few causes; that is, 80% of the effects come from 20% of the possible causes. For example, 20% of the inventory items in the business accounts for 80% of the inventory value. 20% of our activities actually accounts for 80% of our success result.

Some leaders fall into the time wasting trap of going after the 80% of items that only have a value of 20% of the total net worth. Your visions need to picture the 20% that will have the greatest impact on your organization, union or even your marriage. Although it is nice to have small victories every now and then by going that easy 80%, spend the majority of your time focusing on the few things that will have the greatest impact…that is what a good leader does.

If you want to see how real it is, as an exercise list all the activities in your business, or even your relationship. If the activities are 10, surprisingly 2 out of those10 activities will be responsible for about 80% of the desired result. While the rest 8 activities accounts for only 20 % of the desired result.

The strategies is to identified and concentrate more on that 20% of activities and spend less energy on the 80% that lead to only 20% of the success of your mission. By so doing you are working SMART instead of working HARD.

A lot of leaders are involved in 80% perspiration and 20% exploration, It is should be the reverse.
Once you have a vision, it needs to be framed in general, measurable terms and communicated to your team. If possible write it where everyone will read it over and over again. Your team then develops the ends (objectives), ways (concepts), and means (resources) to achieve the vision by priotising. The next you identify the 20% that lead to 80% of the result you desire. Then concentrate on that 20% so that 80% of your goal is achieved almost seamlessly. This is called the PARETO rule or 80-20 rule.

This aticle was written by George Onaifo, MBA FCIM, Post-MBA (McGill) is a Chartered Manager. He was Manager of the Year 1999, and Chief Consultant at Go Konsulting, a Canadian Business and Management consulting firm.1-514-887-3722 // www.gokonsulting.com

30 days of praying 3 hrs in tongues – day 3

Today was harder than the two previous days physically, but I connected faster this time. It took less that one hour to settle down and really begin to pray. I also feel in my heart, an increasing desire for revival, an increased focus on the truth that Jesus is alive, and a desire to see God’s name glorified.

I went to the Pastors Prayer meeting today, we have been meeting every other Thursday since last year. It was a real time of soul searching prayers for personal revival. Since I was leading the prayers, I shared some of what the Lord had been laying on my heart these past 3 days and it was a great time of praying. It looks like I have begun to see some of the results of the prayers.

Other than that, its been a busy day, time seems to fly when you love what you do. I praise the Lord for His grace. I am looking forward to the time of fellowship with my Lord tomorrow morning.

Till tomorrow. Bye for now.