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"What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; and what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the housetops." ~ Matthew 10:27

Deborah O Daniel (Toyin) is an Evangelist and a Christian Writer. She grew up in a strict, religiously confused household, but found Christ on her own, when it became clear to her that she had no relationship whatsoever with Him and had no purpose in life, in spite of her upbringing. Deborah surrendered her life to Christ in 1992 but kept running from her calling owing to the severe trials she faced and the cares of the world, until she had a personal encounter with Him years later. She steps out of her comfort zone as led to fulfill her calling. She also speaks openly about her childhood difficulties and the struggles she has had in life, to testify of the mercy of God and His awesome power. For more messages and a heart talk on living a fulfilled life in Christ, get the book, Walk the Winning Walk - English (American), English (British), free and available to new believers in Christ, from Divine Literature International.

This Blog is written in Standard British English for the benefit of international visitors. Style of Writing is casual and conversational!

  • Writer's pictureDeborah O Daniel (Toyin)


The Bible says the fervent prayer of the righteous is powerful and very effective (James 5:16). This means that when genuine born-again spouses, family members, friends, or associates pray, the Lord listens and hearkens to their voices. He loves to hear from them. One Word of prayer they utter on your behalf can change your life. However, if you are not yet born-again (surrendered your life to Jesus Christ), saying "Amen" to their prayers is like pouring water into a basket – it will amount to nothing. Why is this so? The Bible says the Lord does not listen to sinners (John 9:31). Whatever they utter in prayer is detestable to Him (Proverbs 28:9). Your own prayer, which is the uttered, "Amen" (meaning, "Let it be so") went unheard. Your loved ones heard it, but the Lord paid no attention to it.

Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshipper of God and does His will, He hears him (John 9:31). Who are the "Sinners" referred to in this verse? Sinners are those who do not do the will of God. Those who continue to reject the salvation of Jesus Christ are also not doing the will of God. Master Jesus and the Bible in totality used the following terms for such individuals – "Sinners"; "The Wicked"; "The Rebellious Ones", and more. They are still under the dominion of satan, whether they choose to believe it or not (1 John 3:10, 1 John 3:8, John 8:42).

Personally, when I know someone is not in Christ, and they say a word of prayer for me, such as: "God bless you"; "You are blessed"; "It is well with you," I smile out of courtesy without saying, "Amen". It is not that I do not appreciate their kindness - and I sincerely have no hard feelings; but who did they offer the prayer to, really? In whose name have they offered it since they are not in Christ?

Albeit, our Lord is rich in mercy, not willing that anyone should perish. Surrender all to Jesus Christ today to be an adopted child of God. You will then be a beneficiary of the prayers your loved ones are offering up for you, and in turn be a blessing to others too with effective prayers.

Firmly in His Grip,

Deborah O Daniel (Toyin)


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