The trend of pay ‘before you see the pastor’, or ‘fill the form with a specified amount of money’, operated in some churches, is not only embarrassing to the Christian community but it is also an ungodly trend. ‘Freely you receive, freely give’; this is the very injunction of the Bible and Dr. Daniel Olukoya, General Overseer of Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries, MFM, did not mince words when condemning the act.
He said, “I want to say this without apology, any pastor asking you to pay money for prayer is not from God. Freely we were given and freely shall we give it. But because those people do not get it freely, that’s why they are monetizing it. They got it from somewhere and not from God.”
Dr. D.K. Olukoya, condemned the act, while speaking at the ‘Power Must Change Hands, PMCH’, a monthly prayer meeting, held at the church’s Headquarters in Yaba on Saturday, August 7.
Olukoya, known for his fiery messages and prayers against satanic manipulations encouraged Christians to be fervent in prayers if they want to survive the wiles of the wicked raging in the world these days.
Olukoya, “If you have not been praying before, this’s the time to intensify prayers because of the rage of the wicked. There’s wickedness everywhere now more than before.”
He advised his church’s worshippers to ensure they participate in the 70 days fasting and prayers program that will be starting on Monday August 9. The senior pastor also made public the fasting daily routines. He said, “You will break your fast on Mondays and Fridays by 5pm, while on other days 2pm.
Dr. Olukoya emphasized that, “Prayer is the key to everything. Most of the crises all over the world is as a result of lack of intercessors. Most of the economic and security crises are beyond the governors and presidents, most of it would have be resolved through intercession.” He stressed that the importance of prayers cannot be over emphasized.