Luke 22:39-40,45-46 KJV
[39] And he came out, and went, as he was wont, to the mount of Olives; and his disciples also followed him.

[40] And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation.

45] And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow,

[46] And said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.
It was Jesus Christ who made us understand that we can pray against entering into temptations. It was Him who made us know that we can overcome temptations by praying and praying ahead.

More than 15years ago, a National agency decided to sponsor some people to a foreign conference festival. A representative of the agency called me on phone that I was chosen to be among the people that would be delegates at the International conference. I was to be among the National delegates to the conference. Then, some days later, they sent me the list of other delegates who would be going to the conference with me. I saw the list and the names of all the delegates including the head of the Delegates who was the Representative of the Agency.

Many of them were very familiar to me in the industry. There were about seven men and three women all together, including the Head of the Delegation who also was a woman.

I prayed over this invitation, and I felt deeply in my spirit that the Lord wanted me to go, however, it still amazed me why I would be contacted to be among the National Delegates, knowing full well that I am a drama evangelist. And also I was worried that I was the only drama minister among them going to the international film conference. When I prayed further on this, I felt further convinced that the Lord wanted me to go with the people, more so, that the invitation came from the government.

About two weeks to the time of departure to the international conference, my spirit began to raise some terrible alert. As I prayed further concerning this trip, I felt the Lord speaking to me to begin a 7 day fast for this journey.

So, I began the fast. My wife was on invitation to another foreign country to an annual women conference of a church in UK. She too was to travel three days before my own departure from Nigeria.
In the midst of the fasting, the Lord began to communicate with me ahead of the journey.

I began to feel that the journey was not an ordinary journey. I began to feel that there was more to the journey than just going to an International Conference sponsored by a government agency as one of the national delegate. Then, the Lord spoke to me expressly, to look for Bible Audio Cassettes and a handy cassette player; I looked for it and got it and packed it into my hand luggage. Then, the Lord told me to pack my Bible and Bible note in my hand luggage which will be with me on the plane.

A day to the trip, as the fasting was coming to the end, I heard the Lord speaking into my ears…”Demonic Networking…..! Dominically Organized Conspiracy….!” I never knew all what those things meant. But I continued the fasting and the prayers. On the day of the trip, I was driven from Ibadan to the airport. The flight was to be 2pm and I arrived the airport around 11.30am.

I was expecting to meet with all other faces of those who are going with me, but I saw no one. I was informed they were still on their way. I wondered what would have delayed the rest delegates who were all coming from within the city of Lagos.

The check-in was to be one and half hour to departure and I have not seen anyone except a staff of the government agency who had been sent ahead to the airport to welcome the delegates as they arrived. When it was an hour to the departure, the Head of the Delegation arrived, whom I was seeing for the first time. She was a young lady. I had thought she was an elderly woman. I looked around her to see all other delegates following her, but I found none. Then, I approached her and asked about the other delegates who were going on the journey, she broke the news that some of them could not make the trip and the agency also dropped the rest of them remaining only me. Her bosses in the agency had decided that only me should go and represent them at the International film conference and she would be the head of delegation.

This was like a fairy tale, but it is a true story.
I developed cold sweat instantly. Would I say I would not go again? Would I just return home and turned down this trip already fully sponsored by the government? How could I alone go on a foreign trip with a young lady as head of the delegation. I stood still for few minutes to decode the whole situation. Then, I understood all what the Lord had been saying to me. I realized the meaning of the instructions the Lord had been giving to me all these while. I knew the reason the Lord instructed me to embark on the fasting and the prayers ahead of the journey. Then, I knew what the Lord meant, when He rang into my spirit those words….”Demonic Networking..!

Demonically Organised Conspiracy….!” It was indeed a Demonic conspiracy. I was told ten people were going and that seven men would be on the delegation, only to come to the departure gate and found only me and a female head of delegation.
As we were boarding the plane, the Lord was dishing out the instructions of what to do step by step…I was told to bring out the audio Bible cassette and the cassette player. So, through out the journey, I listened to more than 25 chapters of the Bible. I discovered she too had the knowledge of the word of God and was a child of God, because when I brought out my Bible and began to listen to the Audio Bible, after some time, she brought out her devotional Booklet.

Through out the entire 10 days film conference, I would wake up in my room as early as 3am and listen to the Audio Bible and prayed till around 6am before I begin to prepare for the event of the day. The whole conference was almost converted to my personal retreat because of my daily spiritual experience very early in my room in the morning. Because I was the only independent film maker representing Nigeria and the other delegate was the head of delegation, I was the one given the mandate to speak on behalf of Nigeria film makers. At another time, the Head of Delegation was called upon to bring greetings from Nigeria.

All together, I became a great blessing to the young unmarried woman as I kept ministering to her from time to time, pointing her attention to her characters she had to work upon for her better future. The film conference organizers were extremely glad with the Nigeria delegates. We were among the ones specially chosen among other delegates to visit some strategic areas of the communist nation. We represented the Nation well and I represented the Lord Jesus well. On our trip back home, I counselled the young woman and prayed with her committing her life and future into the hand of God.

I arrived in Lagos airport to the arms of my wife, Gloria, who also had returned from her foreign trip to a women conference. I went, I saw and I conquered in the name of Jesus Christ.

When I queried further why the Lord would allow me to embark on the trip, he referred me to the Bible Passage:
John 4:3-4 KJV
[3] He left Judaea, and departed again into Galilee.
[4] And he must needs go through Samaria.
In ministry and in life, there are times a vessel of God would have to pass through moments which the Lord Jesus called: “The hour of the Power of Darkness”
Luke 22:53 KJV

When I was daily with you in the temple, ye stretched forth no hands against me: but this is your hour, and the power of darkness.
Moment of demonic conspiracy…Moment of organized temptations to destroy God’s plans and purpose.

That was the time the wife of Portiphar insisted Joseph should sleep with him…BUT he refused…That was the hour Peter was overwhelmed and He denied Jesus, that was the time David was overpowered by temptations and he sinned with Bathsheba, drunk her husband and killed him and took the man’s wife. Hours of the Powers of Darknesss. Hours of their Conspiracies.

From time to time, a child of God, ministers of God and God servant….Will come across the “Hours of the Power of Darkness”.
So Jesus Christ came to the disciples in the garden of Gethsemane and charged them:
Luke 22:45-46
45] And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow,
[46] And said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.

That night Judas brought the Priests and the Captains of the temple to arrest Jesus was the Hour of the Powers of Darkness for Jesus and the disciples….A night of Temptations.. A night of Demonic Conspiracy. Jesus prayed earnestly ahead of the time. He enjoined the disciples to do the same, but they were overwhelmed with sorrow and confusion and were just sleeping instead of praying till the event came upon them. So, Peter almost killed the priest’s son, but he cut off his ears…then, denied Jesus thrice….The rest of the Disciples abandoned their master and ran.

God bless you

Source: Evang. Mike Bamiloye

Jesus loves you, accept Him today, tomorrow might be too late.

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