You are currently browsing the monthly archive for October 2012.
The Church: Pray for the Church to be the Salt (flavor and preservation) and Light (revealing truth) for our city, state and nation.
Philippians 2:15: “…so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world…”
Righteous Leaders: Pray that no officials who call evil good and good evil will be put in positions of authority.
“…call evil good and good evil; who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness…who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight” (Isaiah 5:20-21)
The City: Pray for safety for children this evening; pray that there would be no fear but would experience the supernatural power and love of Jesus.
The Church: Pray for the Church in America to have a spirit of humility and repentance, so that God may heal our land.
Deuteronomy 4:30-31 “When you are in distress and all these things have come upon you, in the latter days you will return to the Lord your God and listen to His voice. For the Lord your God is a compassionate God; He will not fail you nor destroy you nor forget the covenant with your fathers which He swore to them.”
Righteous Leaders: Give us men and women who fear God and believe that our only hope is in Him. “…and He shall deliver you from the hand of EVERY adversary” (2 Kings 18:39b)
The City: Pray for the media in our city to report with fairness, integrity, honesty and respect, avoiding sensationalism.
…The Church: Pray that we as believers in Jesus Christ would truly repent for the condition of the Church in America; that the Church would be healed and walk in God’s full purpose.
Psalm 50:10-11 “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.”
…Righteous Leaders: Pray for elected officials who fear You more than the opinions of man or the forces of evil.
“Let us press on to know the LORD; his going out is sure as the dawn; he will come to us as the showers, as the spring rains that water the earth.” (Hosea 6:3)
It’s not enough to know about him. It’s not enough to live an outwardly holy life that’s good enough to con most people. That hunger in our hearts is a longing for communion with Him. Lets pursue his presence.
LINCOLN — The clouds rolled in this week. Thick ones with gray bottoms, bringing wind that stripped trees of their leaves and turned birds toward Southern homes.
It’s been nearly one month since Nebraska’s football team played at home, and the weather perhaps best associated with its biggest, best-known conference games will surround the occasion.
And on several levels, it is an occasion.
Michigan — college football’s all-time leader in victories with 900 — comes to town for the first time in nearly 101 years to play NU, which ranks fourth in all-time wins. The helmets. The fight songs. A Legends Division lead at stake. History on a cold, prime-time stage.
“Prayer is not learned in a classroom but in the closet.”
A dynamic praying church must be built from the inside out, employing all four levels of prayer: the secret closet, the family altar, small group praying and finally, the congregational setting.
(Developing your Secret Closet of Prayer by Richard Burr, p 19)
Author: OneCry Participant Date: Oct. 24, 2012
Laura, a prayer warrior in the OneCry movement, submitted these requests for us to pray over this week:
• Pray for God’s Word to penetrate our hearts with His Holy Spirit’s fire. (Jeremiah 23:29, “‘Is not my word like fire,’ declares the LORD, ‘and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?’”) Ask God to answer by fire. (First Kings 18:24, “The god who answers by fire—he is God.”)
• Ask God for a supernatural outpouring of His Spirit in us to accomplish His work—visibly recognized as something only God could do. (Nehemiah 6:16, “When all our enemies heard about this, all the surrounding nations were afraid and lost their self-confidence, because they realized that this work had been done with the help of our God.”)
• Pray for the Holy Spirit to bring a tidal wave of godly sorrow and repentance. (Second Corinthians 7:10, “Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.” Jeremiah 31:18-19, “‘Restore me, and I will return, because you are the LORD my God. After I strayed, I repented; after I came to understand, I beat my breast. I was ashamed and humiliated because I bore the disgrace of my youth.’”)
• Seek God for renewed hearts leading to radical change. (Hosea 10:12, “Break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the LORD, until he comes and showers righteousness on you.”) Lord, plow up that hard ground of our hearts—our callousness, deceit, complacency, insensitivity, fleshly desires, etc.—and give us new hearts. (Ezekiel 11:19, “I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them. I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.”) With new hearts, may people respond with radical life change. (Nehemiah 9:38, “The people responded, “‘We are making a binding agreement, putting it in writing.’”)
• Pray for Christians to “wake up” to what’s happening all around us (Romans 13:11, “The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed”); to live with “heightened alertness” (1 Thessalonians 5:6, “Let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be alert and self-controlled”); and to realize that we’re in a real spiritual battle, and to engage in it (Ephesians 6:11-12, “Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against … the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms”).
Author: Bill Elliff Date: Oct. 22, 2012
We are in the final throes of a very critical election in America. We’ve heard thousands of sound bites from every direction telling us, and the sheep we lead, exactly what the “real” problems are and what we “must” do.
But where is the voice from the pulpit? What should we say to our people at this vital moment in our history? Is there no word from God? How can we help them cut through the noise, listen to God, and make choices that will yield spiritual results—choices with which God is pleased?
There is no more opportune moment to equip our people. If God directs, why not take one of the next two Sundays and remind them of these vital truths? Lead them to see the real problem and the real solution. Remind them that …
God is still governing the affairs of men.
The LORD has established His throne in the heavens, and His sovereignty rules over all (Psalm 103:19 NASB).
God’s position is not decided by a popular vote. He is THE King. There is a throne established with ONE seated on it, and He is sovereignly ruling over the world He created.
He is dispensing judgment where it is needed, and showing mercy when His people humble themselves, turn from their wicked ways, and cry out. Part of His judgment is to allow us to eat the fruit of our own rebellious ways.
There is no political leader whose power trumps God’s. “The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the LORD: He turns it wherever He wishes” (Proverbs 21:1). Look at God’s sovereign manipulation of Pharaoh and Cyrus—both emperors at the top of their game—to see how powerless they really were when the real King wanted to utilize them to accomplish His objectives.
Often kings are used by God to execute judgment to bring His people to repentance. Sometimes kings were humbled so that God could deliver His people who were crying out to Him.
One thing is certain: Our sovereign King is moving human history to its ultimate conclusions. And He is right on schedule.
God’s Word is still the guide for every decision we make.
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path (Psalm 119:105).
With God as the perfect King, what He says is always right and authoritative. If, by the grace of God, we have become His faithful followers, His words are not only binding on us but also beneficial, because “in keeping them there is great reward” (Psalm 19:11).
As believers, our best option is to take political platforms and weigh them against the clear directives of Scripture:
• What does the Bible say about the sanctity of human life?
• What is the biblical definition of marriage?
• What are the biblical directives about finances?
• Does the Bible address homosexuality at all and, if so, what does God say?
• What are His exact prescriptions about the poor, and to whom are those words addressed?
Sadly, no political platform is purely and soundly biblical, so the best we can do is to consider those moral areas that are close to the heart of God and see which candidates line up most clearly with Scripture. We must understand deeply and respond accordingly to the truth that “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people” (Proverbs 14:34).
This should be one more fresh moment to teach people about the authority and value of God’s Word for our lives. Show them, once again, how relevant it is to every area of life. When the light of God’s Word is thrown on the political path, the fog lifts quickly.
The healing of our land will not come with a richer economy but with a repentant church.
If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people, and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land (2 Chronicles 7:13-14).
Secular politics is almost always driven by money. Politicians know that if they can appeal to the greed in human hearts, they can get elected.
But God’s great agenda in this age is His Bride. He is preparing her and perfecting her for a life in His eternal kingdom.
His great desire is to expand the church with people purchased by His blood “from every tribe and tongue and people and nation” (Revelation 5:9).