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A 5-day devotional by Ade Ayoko  

Day 1 // OPEN MOUTHS GET FILLED 

PSALMS 81:10
For it was I, the Lord your God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it with good things.

 

PSALMS 103:5 
He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s!

 

Have you ever tried to feed a fussy child? Mouth clamped shut, lips tightly pursed so nothing can get past. Sometimes all it takes is an aeroplane or quick toe-tickle to get that mouth giggling and open before PLOP! Dinner is in their mouth and they’re munching happily away. Just like a fussy child, our lives cannot be filled with the good things God wants for us until we are willing and open our mouths to receive them. 

 

God desires to fill our lives with all that we need, but many times we need to open our mouths to receive it. Through this devotional, we’re going to learn a few different ways we can open our mouths to receive all God has for us.

 

PRAYER:

Dear God, I pray that over these next five days I would be open and ready to receive from You. Help me to keep these lessons in my heart so I can draw on them in the future and always be open to receive from You.

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Day 2 // GOD WANTS TO FILL US 

PSALMS 81:10
For it was I, the Lord your God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it with good things.

 

PSALMS 34:8
Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!

JAMES 4:6-8a
6And he gives grace generously. As the Scriptures say, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” 7 So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Come close to God, and God will come close to you.

God is a good God. He is not a God of empty promises or broken gifts. There is no annual quota of blessing we can receive from God; He has not divided provision, healing, or love among us to be begrudgingly shared and rationed each day. He is our Heavenly Father with cattle on a thousand hills, who blesses His children with abundance, with more than enough. 

 

God wants to fill our lives with good things; with provision, healing, direction, faith, hope, love, kindness, strength, joy. But our God is a gentleman and requires a willingness from us to receive all He has to give. The question is, will we come to Him with openness and humility?

 

PRAYER:

God, thank you for having good things for me, for wanting to fill me and my life with those good things. Help me to come to You with openness and humility, so that I can receive all that You have for me.

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Day 3 // THE POWER OF PROCLAMATION 

PSALMS 81:10
For it was I, the Lord your God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it with good things.

PROVERBS: 18:21
The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.

 

MATTHEW 12:37
The words you say will either acquit you or condemn you.

 

MATTHEW 8:5-13
5 When Jesus returned to Capernaum, a Roman officer came and pleaded with him, 6 “Lord, my young servant lies in bed, paralysed and in terrible pain.” 7 Jesus said, “I will come and heal him.” 8 But the officer said, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come into my home. Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed. 9 I know this because I am under the authority of my superior officers, and I have authority over my soldiers. I only need to say, ‘Go,’ and they go, or ‘Come,’ and they come. And if I say to my slaves, ‘Do this,’ they do it.” 10 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed. Turning to those who were following him, he said, “I tell you the truth, I haven’t seen faith like this in all Israel! 11 And I tell you this, that many Gentiles will come from all over the world - from east and west - and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob at the feast in the Kingdom of Heaven. 12 But many Israelites - those for whom the Kingdom was prepared - will be thrown into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” 13 Then Jesus said to the Roman officer, “Go back home. Because you believed, it has happened.” And the young servant was healed that same hour.

 

Proverbs tells us there is power in our speech, in our proclamation. That every time we open our mouth and speak, we are releasing creative power and potency into the atmosphere. Simply put, speech isn’t just communication, it’s creation. God spoke the world into being before there was anything to build with; He created life with words and proclamation. When we proclaim, we verbally come into agreement or alignment with what Heaven has already decreed. In Matthew 8, Jesus heals the centurion’s servant not by praying for him or laying hands on him, but by coming into alignment with the healing Heaven already decreed (Psalms 107:20-22)

Every time we open our mouth and align ourselves with Heaven, we are creating the space for God to fill it with good things. Are you using your open mouth to speak life over your situation?

 

PRAYER:

Lord, I speak life over my current situation. That there would be restoration, blessing and provision in it and throughout my life. Help me to remember to use my words to speak life and truth into all my situations and to have faith that they will be changed.

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Day 4 // THE POWER OF PRAYER  

PSALMS 81:10
For it was I, the Lord your God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it with good things.

 

JAMES 4:2a
Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it.

1 JOHN 5:14-15
14 And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him.15 And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for.

JEREMIAH 32:26 - 27
26 Then this message came to Jeremiah from the Lord: 27“I am the Lord, the God of all the peoples of the world. Is anything too hard for me?”

1 PETER 5:7
Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.

 

If there is power in proclamation, we can surmise there is power in prayer. James 4:2 tells us there are things in our lives we don’t have purely because we have not prayed. In other words, if we open our mouth to pray, God will fill it with the answers to our requests. Sadly, many of us stop praying because we lose heart, subconsciously believing some things are too hard for God. Or we stop praying because we think our problems are too small for God to concern Himself with. It is hard to continue to pray when our prayers seem to go unanswered or when we feel our problems feel insignificant compared to the rest of the world.

 

We need to push past those feelings and lies in our heads and keep believing and keep praying because there is nothing God cannot do. Let’s continue to cast all our cares – the small, the big, the insignificant – to God in prayer because He cares for us. Be encouraged to keep opening our mouths in prayer no matter what because God wants to fill our mouths and lives with good things.

 

PRAYER:

God, help me to stay persistent in opening my mouth in prayer, help me to truly believe that you care about all my needs and that nothing is impossible for you. Thank you for hearing me and working all things together for good and your glory.

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Day 5 // THE POWER OF PRAISE

PSALMS 81:10
For it was I, the Lord your God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it with good things.

PSALMS 22:3
Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel.

PSALMS 100:1-5
1 Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth! 2 Worship the Lord with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy. 3 Acknowledge that the Lord is God! He made us, and we are his.We are his people, the sheep of his pasture. 4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name. 5 For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation.

PSALMS 34:1
I will praise the Lord at all times. I will constantly speak his praises.

PSALMS 51:15
Unseal my lips, O Lord, that my mouth may praise you.

 

Have you ever received a compliment or piece of praise that made you smile for the rest of the day? It’s like you just sit in that space and bask in the feeling it gives you. God does the same thing. He loves and lives in the praises of His people. When we open our mouth and praise Him, God shows up and resides, or is enthroned, in the middle of our praises. The significance of this is that in ancient times the throne room was where important and significant decisions were decreed. And the God of the universe tells us that when we open our mouths to praise Him, the place of heavenly decisions is within our grasp.

 

When we praise, we invite the very presence, power and peace of God to fill our world and lives. No matter where we find ourselves, no matter how dire the situation we can always choose to open our mouth in praise. Open your mouth in praise today and God will fill it with good and wonderful things.

 

PRAYER:

God, unseal my lips so that my mouth will declare your praises. Through the trials and the victory, help me to speak your praises in every moment. Thank you for being with me through every season so there is never a reason to not praise you.

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