The Irresistible Kingdom – The Cry At Midnight

By Pastor Juliana T Akinbami



 (Matthew 25:1-13).
The delay in the bridegroom’s arrival serves as a critical factor that distinguishes the prepared from the unprepared. Let’s examine its implications, both literal and metaphorical.
Testing of Patience and Endurance
  • The delayed arrival of the bridegroom acts as a test of patience and endurance for the ten virgins. Those who were prepared for the delay could withstand it, whereas those who were not prepared found themselves in an unfortunate situation. We see the same thing play out in our daily lives, we always seem to be waiting for something and waiting for the marriage, baby, home, job, business breakthrough, healing etc.
  • But the Bible says there is a benefit to waiting. Patience must have its perfect work.
  • James 1:3-4: “Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”

PRAY – Divine Grace for Patience and Endurance

Lord, I ask that You empower me with Your Holy Spirit to withstand the seasons of delay and uncertainty. Infuse me with a spirit of patience that is beyond my natural capacity. Grant me the endurance to persevere through the trials I face, fully understanding that ‘the trying of my faith worketh patience.’
I pray that patience will complete its work in me, making me mature and lacking nothing. Help me to stay alert, prepared, and ever-faithful as I await Your perfect timing for every aspect of my life. I am confident that IT will come to pass.
In the mighty name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.”
Uncertainty of Timing
  • The delay accentuates the unpredictability of the bridegroom’s arrival time, emphasizing that the most crucial factor is not when he will come but whether the virgins are prepared when he does.
  • This is the “when shall these things come to pass situation. The Bridegroom will come, but are you expecting.? Is your hope still alive? The baby will come, and the breakthrough will happen, but are you still expecting, or has your heart given up?
Declare with me, “IT WILL HAPPEN, “ “AND IT CAME TO PASS”
  • Matthew 24:42: “Watch, therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.”

PRAY – Anchoring Faith in Uncertain Times

“Heavenly Father, Creator of time and seasons, Ecclesiastes 3:1 reminds us that ‘To everything, there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.’ Yet, in the season of waiting and the uncertainty of timing, it becomes challenging to keep our lamps trimmed and our oil filled, as the virgins in the parable should have. The delay brings unpredictability, and unpredictability tests our faith.

Today, I declare ‘IT WILL HAPPEN,’ and ‘AND IT CAME TO PASS,’ not as a mere repetition of words but as an affirmation of Your promises and a reflection of the trust I place in You. Lord, may Your Spirit keep my hope alive and steadfast. Whether it’s the longing for a child, the need for a breakthrough, or the fulfillment of Your promises, may my spirit be attuned to Your timing.

Grant me, Lord, the grace to be prepared, to be watchful, and to expect Your divine intervention at any time. Let not my heart waver or grow weary. Fill me with Your Spirit that I may bear the fruit of patience, endurance, and unwavering faith as I await Your perfect timing.

In the name of Jesus Christ, who makes all things beautiful in His time, Amen.”

Specific Time: Midnight is not a random time but is indicative of unpredictability. The bridegroom could have arrived at any time, but he comes at a time when most are likely to be unprepared or asleep, thereby testing true vigilance.

Mark 13:35 Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming—in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning

1 Thessalonians 5:For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night.

Pray – The Vigilance of Midnight Moment

Father, I realize that midnight is not just a time on the clock but a representation of the unexpected and trying moments in my life, moments that test my readiness and my faith. It is straightforward to be vigilant when all is well, but the midnight moments are the real test of my spiritual preparedness and resilience.
Lord, as I walk through these ‘midnight moments’ of uncertainty, grant me the strength and spiritual stamina to remain vigilant. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit so that I may not slumber or lose sight of Your eternal promises. Let my heart be ever alert, my spirit receptive, and my faith unwavering.
I pray for the discernment to understand the seasons and the times, and for the courage to stand firm in faith, regardless of when You choose to move in my life. May I be found awake, with my lamp burning brightly, ready to meet You whenever You come.
In the powerful name of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, I declare and pray, Amen.”

3. Moment of Reckoning: These are life-defining instances where your preparedness determines your future course. In your work on marriage and family relationships, for example, the cry could metaphorically be an unexpected crisis that tests the strength and commitment of the relationship.

Romans 14:12 So then each of us shall give account of himself to God.

Galatians 6:Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.

Pray – The Moment of Reckoning in Life and Relationships

Lord, I recognize that there are moments of reckoning in life—defining instances that test my readiness, my integrity, and my commitment. Whether these moments manifest in my ministry, my marriage, or any other relationships, I understand that they serve as touchstones for the path that lies ahead.

Father, in these critical moments, equip me with Your wisdom and fortitude. Let the foundation of my actions and decisions be rooted in Your Word and guided by Your Spirit. When unexpected crises arise, may I be anchored so firmly in You that I can withstand the storm, fortified not just by human love but by divine grace.

I pray for the humility to accept my shortcomings and the courage to make amends. Let Your Spirit infuse my relationships, fortifying us against the trials that come to test our strength and commitment. Prepare me, Lord, for these moments of reckoning so that they may not catch me unprepared, but find me steadfast, immovable, always abounding in Your work.

In all things, let my life glorify You. As I navigate these inevitable moments, may my actions bear testimony to Your transformative power and unfailing love. In the invincible name of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen.”


Consequence of Unpreparedness: The closed door also serves as a stark manifestation of the results of not being prepared. The five foolish virgins find themselves locked out due to their lack of foresight and diligence, which emphasizes that some life consequences are irreversible.

Proverbs 27:Do not boast about tomorrow,
For you do not know what a day may bring fort

Accountability and Personal Responsibility: The closed door leaves no room for excuses or blame-shifting. Each virgin is solely responsible for her state of readiness, highlighting that we, too, must take personal responsibility for our spiritual state and life choices.

Pray – Consequence of Unpreparedness and Accountability in Life Choices

Lord, grant me the prudence and discernment needed to prepare for the times and seasons You have ordained for me. May I never find myself spiritually, emotionally, or relationally unprepared for the tasks and trials that You have sovereignly placed on my path. Guard me against negligence and complacency that may lead to irreversible consequences.

Moreover, Father, I pray for the spirit of accountability and personal responsibility to be at work within me. Let me not find fault in others for my own state of unreadiness. Equip me to take inventory of my spiritual health, my relationships, and my responsibilities. Impart to me the wisdom to recognize that the state of my life is a result of the choices I have made, and empower me to make choices that align with Your will.

Father, as I journey through life, let the doors You open usher me into blessings and opportunities, and may the doors You close serve as lessons learned and wisdom gained. Above all, may I be found ready when You call.
I offer this prayer in the matchless and mighty name of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior. Amen.”

Boundaries in Relationships: The closed door can also symbolize the setting of boundaries, either by us or others. In relationships, these boundaries can protect emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being, even though they may sometimes entail painful separations or missed opportunities.

 Respect and Dignity: Closed doors in relationships safeguard our self-worth and signal to others how we wish to be treated, aligning with the biblical principle of loving oneself as a requisite for loving others.

1 Corinthians 15:33 Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.”

2 Corinthians 6:14 Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness


Lord, I ask for the wisdom and courage to establish and maintain healthy boundaries that honor You and safeguard my emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being.

Enable me to discern when a door needs to be closed, and grant me the strength to close it.

Father God, I also bring before you boundaries I have set. They are not just fences but signals, signifying to myself and others how I wish to be treated. May these boundaries align with Your will and reflect the biblical principle of loving myself as a precursor to loving others.

I pray that these boundaries would also protect my self-worth and dignity, reinforcing my identity in Christ. Equip me, Lord, to respect the boundaries of others as well, understanding that this mutual respect is foundational to any healthy relationship.

I commit my relationships and the boundaries therein to Your loving and capable hands. May Your Spirit guide me in all things, and may Your peace be the strength in my heart.

In Jesus Christ’s mighty name, I pray. Amen.


In everything, no matter the missed opportunities, closed doors and wrong choices, the faithfulness of God can bring new opportunities. God’s mercy will give us another chance. You might be feeling that you missed it and the door closed when the cry went at midnight, But today, ask for a new door ask for a new opportunity.

Lamentations 3:22 Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed,
Because His compassions fail not.
23 They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.

Isaiah 43:18 “Do not remember the former things,
Nor consider the things of old.
19 Behold, I will do a new thing,
Now it shall spring forth;
Shall you not know it?
I will even make a road in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert.


“Gracious and Loving Father, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of everlasting mercy and second chances, I come before You today in the name of Jesus Christ, my Savior and Redeemer. Your Word declares that Your mercies are new every morning, and Your faithfulness is great.

Lord, I acknowledge that life has presented me with doors that have closed—missed opportunities, wrong choices, and moments when my vigilance wavered. Yet even in the midst of my shortcomings and failures, You, O God, remain steadfast in Your love and unchanging in Your promises.

Today, I cling to the assurance that You are the God of second chances. Your love endures forever, and Your grace knows no bounds. Though I may have missed the cry at midnight and found a closed door before me, Your mercy and faithfulness assure me that a new door can open, a new opportunity can arise.

Heavenly Father, I humbly ask for this new door, this new opportunity to present itself in my life. Whether it’s in my relationships, career, or spiritual journey, (Be specific) I pray for another chance to demonstrate my love and commitment to You, to make right the wrongs and to walk in the purpose You have for me.

Your grace is sufficient for me, and Your power is made perfect in my weakness. May Your Holy Spirit guide me through this new door, equipping me with wisdom, understanding, and discernment for the journey ahead.
As I seek this new beginning, I promise to give You all the glory, knowing that this second chance is not by my might nor by my power, but by Your Spirit.

I lay down my past at the foot of the cross and step forward into the future You have prepared for me, confident that You who began a good work in me will bring it to completion.

Thank You for being the God of second chances. Thank You for Your unfailing love and everlasting mercy. I claim my new opportunity in faith, trusting that You are working all things together for my good.
In the matchless name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen.”

Glory to God, we have come to the end of this weekend’s watch. These prayers are things that you should meditate on as we journey into the fullness of what it means to be Kingdom citizens.

Here are ten declarations for this week:

  1. I declare, “It will happen,” (mention what it is) affirming God’s promises and the trust I place in Him for His perfect timing.
  2. I assert that my hope will remain alive and steadfast, nourished by the Holy Spirit, as I await divine intervention.
  3. In the midst of life’s ‘midnight moments,’ I declare the strength and spiritual stamina to remain vigilant and faithful.
  4. I proclaim that my actions and decisions are rooted in God’s Word and guided by His Spirit during life’s defining moments.
  5. I declare that I will take personal accountability for my state of readiness and spiritual health, rejecting negligence and complacency.
  6. I affirm that the doors God opens in my life will lead to blessings, and the doors He closes will impart wisdom.
  7. I declare the establishment of healthy boundaries that honor God and safeguard my well-being, fortified by divine wisdom and strength.
  8. I proclaim that I will embrace new opportunities and second chances, trusting that God’s mercy and grace are ever-renewing and sufficient for me.
  9. I declare that I have laid down my past at the foot of the cross, and I am stepping into the future God has prepared for me with faith and thanksgiving.
  10. I announce my readiness to meet the Lord at any time, with my lamp burning brightly and my faith unwavering.