“I have posted watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night. You who call on the Lord, give yourselves no rest, and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem and maker the praise of the earth.” (Isaiah 62:6-7)
“Call on the Lord” is a term for prayer. God’s intention was that Jerusalem exhibit His character an love for he world. The watchmen should pray ceaselessly for that end. Prayer is not a spasmodic activity; rather it is a constant involvement in seeking God’s will and committing oneself to do His will.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, today we recognize God’s blessing of the gift of prayer, not only for the benefit of communicating directly with Him, but that it also a continual witness to others of our commitment and willingness to do God’s will and then to carry out His will. Today we continue to pray for those who are suffering in body, mind, and/or spirit, with friends, family, for those we don’t know, especially the people in Ukraine, as they are fighting for their very lives and way of life. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“When life needs rebooting—-remember, Jesus saves!”
“Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” (Jeremiah 29:7)
Prayer is at God’s initiative. He will not reverse consequences but will weave the future to the good of those who obey Him. In Babylon, the captives should pray for its peace and prosperity. What God wants us to pray for sometimes surprises us. We need to let God change our will rather than trying to reverse His!
“I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none.” (Ezekiel 22:30)
This could possibly refer either to lack of prophets and teachers wanting the land or to lack of intercessors. One task of a prophet was intercessory prayer. God wants people strong in prayer to intercede for the sinful people
2ND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Then this, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one.’” (Matthew 6:9-13)
Believers in God through His Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ should pray that God will aid us in our struggle with “the evil one,” or Satan. Satan is the source of temptation. We seek God’s guidance in our lives, not Satan’s We depend on God to leas us away from Satan and his methods. Satan is the “Great Deceiver” or the “Great Liar,” because he never comes at us directly, he whispers here and there, and tries to trick people into following him and not God. On the opening of the 6th seal, Jesus will release Satan on this world, and he will come as the real Christ, and if you don’t know the difference, you can be deceived by him for all eternity. Satan is the Anti-Christ and you must know God’s Word in order to not fall into his tricks. Jesus returns upon the 7th and final seal is opened, and he will be coming back not as the humble servant, but in His all His glory to kick Satan and his followers into the Lake of Fire, once and for all. It is at this point, He will renew the earth to its original state and all will have final judgment. This why it is so important that we confess our sins humbly and with penitent hearts and receive forgiveness and our relationship with Jesus and God are restored for good. Are you ready? If not now, when?