“So thay they may offer sacrifices pleasing to the God of heaven and pray for the well-being of he king and his sons. May God, who has caused his Name to dwell there, overthrow any king or people who lifts a hand to change this decree or to destroy this temple in Jerusalem. I Darius, have decreed it. Let it be carried out with diligence.” (Ezra10:10, 12)
History records that Darius and Cyrus deferred to the gods of he vassal nations of Persia. Darius realized the value of prayer in Israel’s God.
These foreign kings did not believe in he uniqueness of the God of Israel, but God makes even pagan rulers serve His purposes. Herein lies the universality of prayer, that even foreign kings were used by God through their prayers.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, You have no limitations whatsoever. You can use the prayers of anyone, for Your purposes, and then make it abundantly clear, that it was You and not some other god that responded. We know You hear our prayers, Abba, for we are Your people and you always hear us when we call out to You in prayer. Today, we pray that You will used us to spread the gospel of salvation through Your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, so that others will also respond to Your call in their lives and may they recognized it is You alone, who responds to their cries. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“God gives every bird its’ food, but He does not throw it into its nest.”
“These I will bring to my holy mountain and given joy in my house of prayer. Their burnt offerings an sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house will be called a house o prayer for all nations.” (Isaiah56:7)
The prophet promised salvation will be available to all, and all will come to the Temple to pray. Therefore Jesus called it a “house of prayer for all nations” (Mark 11:17). God wants all people to pray to Him. He sets no preconditions. I pray you all understand this clearly, as “He sets no preconditions.”
“Pray, Universality of”: (Jonah 1:-14–16)
The sailors had called to their own gods (verse 5). They understood Jonah’s reference to the universal God (verse 9). When Jonah revealed the reason for the storm, they called on Jonah’s God. Pagans are welcome at God’s altar when they learn to acknowledge Him. Prophets’ prayers lack meaning when not backed by obedience.
Second Thought of the Day:
“After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time o King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, ‘Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.’” (Matthew2:1-2)
God uses the natual order He created in exceptional ways to achieve His redemptive purposes. Eastern scholars had studied the starts long and carefully, charting their courses and historical evens to see how they affected human life. These students of thte skies discovered and followed one special star. They traveled with it to the Jerusalem to understand its great significance and to find the new Kin whose birth it announced.
These students or Magi were Gentiles. Whatever their office, they perceived that God was manifesting Himslef uniquely within the Jewish tradition. Jesus’ coming made clear God’s open door policy to all peoples.