Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Rhapsody of Realities for April 20th, 2016 | Earnestly Intercede For Your Country

Opening Scripture

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty…. (1 Timothy 2:1-4).

Our theme scripture is the Spirit’s admonition through Paul to the Church on the importance of earnest intercession for all men, our countries of domicile, and the leaders therein.

The result of such is an overwhelming experience of God’s blessings of peace and prosperity. Isaiah 1:19 says, "If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land." This is part of what you do in obedience—praying, contending for the hearts of men in your country, and around the world, that His righteousness will be established, and all forms of evil, turmoil, wickedness, and terror, be thwarted.

Today, the security and economic situations of the world are of great concern. But the Church holds the solution. The Church is the only restraining power against evil in the earth today (2 Thessalonians 2:7). Some Christians don’t pray for their country; instead they complain. Don’t be that way! If you don’t pray for your country, how would you enjoy the good of the land? Meanwhile, in every nation, the Bible shows that there’s a lot of good in the land. Psalm 33:5 says, "… the earth is full of the goodness of the LORD."

Rise to the challenge and take up the responsibility of prayer. Pray earnestly and fervidly for the nations and leaders of the countries where you live or work, and then the rest of the world. Declare that God’s righteousness prevails, and His glory rests on, and influences, men’s hearts as God’s people boldly proclaim the Gospel. Pray also for ministers, that they be granted more grace to preach the Gospel with boldness and power, that many more souls may be added to the Lord all around the world.

Until the rapture takes place, we, as God’s people, hold the true reins of power in the nations, and have the authority to direct their course through prayer.


PRAYER


Dear heavenly Father, I pray that your peace, progress and prosperity will reign in the nations of the world, and that you’ll grant the ministers of the Gospel the courage to preach and minister your Word boldly. I pray that the power and influence of their message will kindle your love in the hearts of men. Thank you for the tremendous and glorious transformation of many lives through the Gospel, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.


FURTHER STUDY:
Colossians 4:2;
Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;

Luke 18:1;
 And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;

Jeremiah 29:7;
And seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to be carried away captives, and pray unto the Lord for it: for in the peace thereof shall ye have peace.

1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Luke 18:15-43
1 Samuel 11-13

2 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Romans 13:1-14
Psalm 120-122


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