Miracles happen in our ministry. God opens doors and our ministry expands. But this did not happen overnight. I had to get ready. I resigned from my job in 1989. At first I had nothing to do, nowhere to preach. Only two or three places invited me, and I would go there over and over again. I said to God, “When I was working as a lecturer, I would work from Sam to 5pm. Now I have nothing to do with that time, so, instead of wasting my time, I will pray in your presence during those hours.” Every day I used to pray in tongues from 5am to 5pm. I had a desire to fast and pray. My mother would not allow me to fast every day; she would come and look at my plate to see whether I had eaten or not. I had an idea. Every day I invited a friend to lunch, and gave him mine, so my mother saw the empty plate and was happy. But I was fasting. The anointing on me today stems from that preparation in all the yesterdays when I fasted and prayed. And you too need to get ready, in case you miss the chance to do God’s will.
Forget about the critics. Those who have done nothing are not qualified to judge those who have done some thing. Don’t join the ranks of “Dr Dolittles”. Don’t allow your past failures to tie you down. Get up, shake off the dust and move forward with a heart ready to do the will of God. Abraham Lincoln’s life personified perseverance. He failed in business in 1831. He was defeated for stall-legislation in 1832. He tried and failed with another business in 1833. His fiancee died in 1835. He had a nervous breakdown in 1836. In 1843, he ran for Congress and was defeated. In 1848 he tried again and was defeated. He tried running for the Senate in 1856 and he lost. The next year he ran for vice president and was defeated. In 1859 he ran again for the Senate and was defeated. But in 1860, Abraham Lincoln was elected the 16th president of the USA.