For the 40 days prior to Convocation Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr. is asking that the Church of God in Christ set aside “40 Days of Prayer: 11 petitions unto the Lord for at least 11 minutes per day,” along with praying the Monthly Prayer Calendar.
Bishop Blake is also calling the Church to fast on Tuesdays and Fridays during this period. “Fast and commit ourselves to the Lord, and by the time we finish this 40 days of prayer and commitment to the Lord,” said Bishop Blake, “our personal lives are going to be rejuvenated revived; changed and transformed by the power of Almighty God.
“All over the world, we want every member of the Church of God In Christ to be involved in this time of prayer, consecration and miracles, in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.”
Links to the COGIC 11/11/40 Prayer Petitions and the West Angeles Monthly Prayer Calendar can be found below.
Bishop Blake’s 11am October 4, 2015 sermon entitled, “When People Hate You” , is available on CD and DVD at the West Angeles Emporium, or HERE, on West Angeles Gospel On Demand. Highlights from the sermon are below:
“All of us at one time or other has felt like we were the outsider, walking by ourselves, rejected by everybody.”
“All of us can agree that the capture and torture of Jesus was one of the most hideous in the history of the world. But it would be a mistake to assume that what happened on the night and morning of His crucifixion was all that was done to Jesus.”
“He was the Son of God, doing good works, but they criticized, ‘He does that by the power of the devil, and he’s possessed by a demon.’”
“We say that demon-possessed people are insane.”
“Not only did they say Jesus has a demon, but they lied on Him. Has anybody in here ever been lied on?” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.
“In the midst of all the things you’re going through, you need your family to stand by your side.”
“Jesus was the object of undeserved hostility. There are many people in this room who are mad at people who have never done anything to you.”
“You’re mad because they didn’t do what you wanted them to do…say what you wanted them to say…because they didn’t become the friend you wanted them to be…So many people have an erroneous sense of entitlement.”
“Nobody has to do anything for you.”
“If people don’t do what you need or ask, thank them and understand that they’ve got…obligations, too.”
“Grant to people the freedom that you would wish to have yourself.”
“When you’ve got something going on, you’re not into somebody else’s business!”
“Be careful because you don’t know who you are dealing with.”
“When you have confidence in God, you can hold your peace and let God fight your battle. Hallelujah! Hallelujah!”
“When you have no confidence in God, you think that somebody else’s success is your failure.”
“If you really want God to Bless you just pray for people…and believe in God’s miracle-working power in their lives.”
“There are some folks you better leave alone! Because if you mess with them, you’re going to find yourself messing with God Himself. And you don’t want to mess with God.”
“When you have confidence in God, you can let God fight your battle. Hallelujah!” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.
“Be sensitive to the fact that God might not check with you every time he wants to Bless somebody.”
“Hatred and anger are painful and destructive emotions.”
“Don’t be a hater!”
“They responded to ideas with physical violence. They responded to words with physical force.”
“Husbands and wives need to learn how to talk to one other. Brother, keep your hands off your wife in a violent way… And some of you ladies have the nerve to be trying to go upside your husband’s head, going in the kitchen and getting hot grits and all that kind of stuff. Got husbands afraid to go to sleep at night!”
“Intelligent people resolve their disputes without resorting to violence.”
“Jesus went about His business and pursued His goals. There were folk who hated Him…folk who tried to block Him. But Jesus kept right on working. He kept on doing the work of God the Father. Halleluiah.”
“Don’t be surprised by hostility.”
“I’m busy…I’m working…I’m doing God’s Will – and I’m not going to let a hater stop me from serving the Lord” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.
“Child of God, keep on working for God Keep on loving serving God. Don’t let an enemy cause you to lose your momentum. Keep on marching by faith in God.”
“God is taking you somewhere. The reason they’re fighting you is because they see God’s destiny and God’s purpose at work in your life.”
“Don’t hang out with your enemies. The best thing you can do with your enemies is forgive them and move on.”
“Don’t hang out with crazy folk. Find some folk who love God like you love God.”
“Keep your eyes on Jesus.”
“Every one of us has a wall to build…God has much for you to do. You can’t build your wall by looking at my wall, or someone else’s wall. Build your wall. Build it for Jesus.”
“How do I know you’re going to rise up out of your predicament? How do I know that your enemies are not going to destroy you? Because Jesus got up on the third day! Oh yes! Come on and praise Him!”
“We fall down, but we get up! Tell your neighbor, ‘Get back up again!’”
“The trial you’re going through is going to take you higher, and make you better, in the name of Jesus.”
SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES – John 15:18, Matthew 9:33, 12:24; John 8:48, 11:47-49, 9:24, 10:49, 8:58, 10:31, 7:7; Acts 5:38; Job 42:10; Matthew 7:1; Isaiah 53:3; John 4:34; Luke 9:51; Philippians 3:14 ; John 15-17; Psalm 46:1, Matthew 26:36-46.
Are you ready for your miracle? This season, please join the Church of God In Christ in prayer for all Christians, for our nation, and for our world. Download COGIC’s Prayer Guide Book and the “11/11/40″ Petitions of Prayer HERE.