Seek God For The City- Day 28March 12, 2013
Then Elisha prayed, “Lord, open my servant’s eyes, and let him see.“ The Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw that the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
2 Kings 6:17
In this hour more than any other, we need eyes to see. The eyes to see things as they really are! It is when we humbly cry out to God in a place of prayer that we are able to look beyond the natural circumstance and see what is truly real. Our God is able and his vision for our cities is greater than what we can ever imagine. So, as we seek God for our cities, pray that the Lord will remove the cataracts of our spiritual eyes and give us a clarity to see as He sees and to possess a heart to believe.
…“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him”– but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.
1 Corinthians 2:9-10
Seek God For The City – Day 25March 9, 2013
About noon the next day as they came near Joppa, Peter was going up to the roof to pray.
Peter went to the roof top to pray. It was a place of solitude, where he could escape the busyness of the day; a place where he could commune with God. It was there the Lord could speak to Peter and reveal His will for that hour.
If we are to reach our cities for God, we will need to understand that it will take more than our busy man-made attempts. It will take revelation knowledge to be at the right place at the right time, saying the right things that will bring forth the plans and purposes of God.
In this season, step away from the activities that can so easily swallow you up, and go to a higher place in your communion with God. But in this place, don’t just talk to Him, sit and listen. You will be surprised to hear He has a plan and it’s a better plan than you can do on your own. It will be a plan that will bear much fruit and add great strength to your life.
Seek God For The City – Day 24March 8, 2013
Even though Daniel knew that the new law had been written, he went to pray in an upstairs room in his house, which had windows that opened toward Jerusalem. Three times each day Daniel would kneel down to pray and thank God, just as he always had done.
Daniel did not back off or go undercover in his relationship with God even when men made laws to legislate their worship. Daniel continued to pursue (in a respectful manner) an open relationship with God. Daniel was aware that there might be natural consequences for standing firm, but, he also understood that prayer is the key to true victory. Daniel continued to pray consistently in challenging times.
What do you do when the going gets tough? Do you press in and persist? God is looking for people with the heart of Daniel in this hour; a people who will stand firm in their relationship with God, while serving in governmental or influential places. God is looking for a people with whom He can demonstrate His power and might and strength on the earth. Will you arise and be a Daniel that seeks God for his city?
Seek God For The City – Day 23March 7, 2013
So King Ahab went to eat and drink. At the same time Elijah climbed to the top of Mount Carmel, where he bent down to the ground with his head between his knees. Then Elijah said to his servant, “Go and look toward the sea.“ The servant went and looked. “I see nothing,“ he said. Elijah told him to go and look again. This happened seven times. The seventh time, the servant said, “I see a small cloud, the size of a human fist, coming from the sea.“ Elijah told the servant, “Go to Ahab and tell him to get his chariot ready and go home now. Otherwise, the rain will stop him.”
1 Kings 18:42-44
In this passage, Israel had been in a long season of drought, but the prophet heard from God that this is the season for rain. The prophet’s response after hearing from God was to prevail in prayer to release the rain. Elijah persisted in prayer, even when it seemed there was no evidence of rain, he continued until the Word of the Lord came to pass.
Will you persist in this season of drought that the rains will come and quench our land? If you persist, you will not be disappointed! God is looking for a people in this hour who will hear His Word and respond with prayers that prevail. Are you available to release the rain?
Seek God For The City – Day 21March 5, 2013
O Jerusalem, I have posted watchmen on your walls; they will pray day and night, continually. Take no rest, all you who pray to the Lord. 7 Give the Lord no rest until he completes his work, until he makes Jerusalem the pride of the earth.
We are encouraged to be persistent in our prayer, as watchman that He has placed on the walls of our city. We are called to stand guard in the night season every looking, ever prevailing for the safety of the land. We are being challenged in this hour to “take no rest,” that means do not back off or back up, but press in and prevail for His Kingdom to come and His will to be done in our lives and those with whom He has called to influence. God responds to a heart of faith that is persistent and unrelenting. So arise, stay awake and be unrelenting in your prayers, for surely He will respond!
The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.
Seek God For The City – Day 20March 4, 2013
The Lord had said he would destroy you, so I threw myself down in front of him for those forty days and forty nights. I prayed to the Lord and said, “Lord God, do not destroy your people, your own people, whom you freed and brought out of Egypt by your great power and strength. Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Don’t look at how stubborn these people are, and don’t look at their sin and evil. Otherwise, Egypt will say, ’It was because the Lord was not able to take his people into the land he promised them, and it was because he hated them that he took them into the desert to kill them.’
Deuteronomy 9:25-28 (NCV)
Moses understood the gravity of the situation and the judgment that the people were due. But he also understood the heart of God, as he prevailed for God’s mercy for God’s name sake. Moses concern was not just for the people, but for God’s reputation amongst the people of the earth. So he prevailed in intercession, not just for the deliverance of the people but for the exaltation of God.
As we pray for our cities, let us understand the gravity of our times, but let us also be a people who are concerned about the reputation of our God; a God who loves us with an everlasting love and has demonstrated this love throughout the ages and through His Son.
Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of Your name! Deliver us, forgive us, and purge away our sins for Your name’s sake. Psalms 79:9
Seek God For The City – Day 18March 2, 2013
Jesus answered, “That kind of spirit can only be forced out by prayer. Mark 9:29
We are living in a day, where the spirits of darkness have built a barricade around the hearts of men. If our cities are to be reached it will take the willingness of God’s people to come together in unified prayer. The kind of prayer that is reflected by our willingness to sacrifice the convenient that others may live. Let us be a people who force out the darkness and usher in the light of His love in this strategic hour by pressing in with our prayers!
Seek God For The City – Day 17March 1, 2013
Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.
In this passage, Jesus is teaching us the “key” to not falling into temptation. He tells us to “watch” and “pray”. This means to be vigilant, stay awake and commune with God in
a sincere and transparent manner.
Jesus communicates this because He is so keenly aware of the war that rages between the natural man and the spirit man. You cannot fend off the temptations of life and the enemy unless you are awake and empowered by God’s grace. So, as you press in diligently, in this season of prayer, expect a new strength to arise in you to resist the temptations that the enemy would try to send your way.
Our greatest enemy in this hour is the passivity and complacency that lulls us into a sleepy state spiritually. So arise in this hour and shake of your slumber and connect with your God in a fresh new way!
Therefore He says: “Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light.”
Seek God For The City – Day 15February 28, 2013
Return to the Lord, and let this prayer be your offering to him: “Forgive all our sins and accept our prayer, and we will praise you as we have promised. Hosea 14:2
As we press in on this 15th day of this season of prayer, let this be a season of deep returning to the Lord. Many times “God People” slowly drift from God and end up being a group of “good people.” “God people” are “good people”, but “good people” are not necessarily “God People.” Has life, its challenges, or influences reduced the “God” light in your life? Then spend time with the Creator of Heaven and Earth and allow Him to restore, refuel and re-fire your faith in this season.
*Sorry for the delay these past few days, we had computer issues. These devotions will continue to resume via CLC website mailings instead of my own email address.
One Nation Under GodSeptember 26, 2012
All one needs to do, is to look back into the archives of the history of our nation to discover the integration and impact of our faith in God and the affairs of our land.
As we prepare for this season of focused prayer and fasting, from Sept 28 – Nov 6, let us stop and reflect on the Words of President Lincoln as stated in this proclamation. Let us renew our stance to be one nation under God.
Proclamation Appointing a National Fast Day
March 30, 1863
(Senator James Harlan of Iowa, whose daughter later married President Lincoln’s son Robert, introduced this Resolution in the Senate on March 2, 1863. The Resolution asked President Lincoln to proclaim a national day of prayer and fasting. The Resolution was adopted on March 3, and signed by Lincoln on March 30.)
By the President of the United States of America. A Proclamation.
Whereas, the Senate of the United States, devoutly recognizing the Supreme Authority and just Government of Almighty God, in all the affairs of men and of nations, has, by a resolution, requested the President to designate and set apart a day for National prayer and humiliation. And whereas it is the duty of nations as well as of men, to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions, in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon; and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.
And, insomuch as we know that, by His divine law, nations like individuals are subjected to punishments and chastisements in this world, may we not justly fear that the awful calamity of civil war, which now desolates the land, may be but a punishment, inflicted upon us, for our presumptuous sins, to the needful end of our national reformation as a whole People?
We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us! It behooves us then, to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.
Now, therefore, in compliance with the request, and fully concurring in the views of the Senate, I do, by this my proclamation, designate and set apart Thursday, the 30th. day of April, 1863, as a day of national humiliation, fasting and prayer. And I do hereby request all the People to abstain, on that day, from their ordinary secular pursuits, and to unite, at their several places of public worship and their respective homes, in keeping the day holy to the Lord, and devoted to the humble discharge of the religious duties proper to that solemn occasion.
All this being done, in sincerity and truth, let us then rest humbly in the hope authorized by the Divine teachings, that the united cry of the Nation will be heard on high, and answered with blessings, no less than the pardon of our national sins, and the restoration of our now divided and suffering Country, to its former happy condition of unity and peace.
In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed. Done at the City of Washington, this thirtieth day of March, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the United States the eighty seventh.
By the President: Abraham Lincoln
William H. Seward, Secretary of State.
(Source: The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, edited by Roy P. Basler.)
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