Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Stand in the Gap

"And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none."   Ezekiel 22:30

The Lord is looking for someone to intercede for nations, not only the United States of America but other nations. Ezekiel was living in such a time of apostasy in Israel, they had turned from God, rejected His laws and persecuted and killed His prophets. They would not listen to sound doctrine and the warnings from the prophets of God. They utterly rejected and cast them off, and for this God sent them in captivity and brought destruction upon them.

I believe there are many nations that resemble Israel during the time of this writing. They have rejected God and His laws and will not listen to His prophets. In the midst of this though, God is looking for those who will intercede and plead for mercy; it gives God no pleasure to bring judgement and see the wicked perish (Ezekiel 18:32; 33:11). He desires to heal and to forgive and see many come to repentance, but this will only come to pass if someone is praying and standing in the gap for thousands upon thousands of souls. Will you give yourself to intercede today and ask for souls? Will I?

Father I thank you for your Word. Your word that bring conviction and speaks the truth. I pray that you would burden many of us to pray for our nations. That you would bring repentance to our nations and have mercy. Call many to repentance and faith in you. I ask this in Jesus name, amen. 

Monday, July 2, 2012

Sing to the Lord

"Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth." Psalm 96:1
"Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise from the ends of the earth,..." Isaiah 42:10

Isaiah the prophet echoes the exhortation from the psalmist to sing to the Lord a new song. He is expressing adoration and praise for the Lord, "Let all the earth sing to the Lord."

How important it is as Believers to cultivate a heart of praise and adoration for the Lord. The apostle Paul talks about, "Singing and melody in your heart to the Lord (Eph. 5:19)." This allows us to have our heart and mind on the Lord, nothing is crowding or taking His place in our heart.

Dear Heavenly Father, I thank you for your Word that is powerful and quick to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit. I thank you for this truth in your Word. May we put you first today and set our heart to worship and adore you. I praise you. In Jesus wonderful name, amen.