The Divine Invitation
2 Chronicles 7:14 NKJV
if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
Jeremiah 29:7 KJV
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.
From the text above, it is obvious that the conditions in the cities in which we live are actually a reflection of the prayer lives of the believers therein. Prophet Jeremiah of ancient Israel speaks authoritatively words that are applicable to us today. He says, “Seek the peace of the city…and pray unto the Lord for it: for in the peace thereof is your peace.” This reveals to us that if we want to see peace in our streets, cities or nations, then we must answer the call to persistent prayer individually and corporately.
It is therefore evident that none of us can blame anyone for the condition of our streets, cities or nations. The church is to blame for not accepting and appropriating its prayer mandate. It is up to us believers everywhere in the world to begin to take our place in prayer. It is time for churches to begin to have definite prayer meetings focused on praying for their cities, nation and other nations of this world. Selah. Let’s look at a few Scriptures:
Isaiah 56:7 NKJV
“Even them I will bring to My holy mountain,
And make them joyful in My house of prayer.
Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices
Will be accepted on My altar;
For My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations.”
Matthew 21:13 NKJV
And He said to them, “It is written, My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a den of thieves.’ ”
Prayer is one of the primary callings and responsibilities of the Church. Jesus reiterates the words of the Prophet by saying, “My house shall be called a house of Prayer.” We are the house of God in the New Testament, therefore, we should be known for praying and for prayer. This is why the Bible emphatically says, “Pray without ceasing,” “Continue earnestly in prayer,” and “Continue steadfastly in prayer.” God’s will in the earth cannot be done or fulfilled without the active frontline involvement of men in passionate obedience to the prayer mandate. See 1 Thessalonians 5:17; Romans 12:12; Colossians 4:2; Ephesians 6:18; Matthew 6:10; Galatians 4:19.
1 Timothy 2:1-3 NKJV
Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior.
For all who desire peace anywhere in the world, they must embrace the call to prayer. It is through prayer that we enforce God’s will in the earth. Prayer restrains evil and unleashes peace. God is counting on us to pray. If your city, state or nation will be healed according to 2 Chronicles 7:14, then you must pray. You must make time for it, encourage others to do it and join those who do. It is through active, passionate prayer that we can enjoy quietness and peaceableness in all our spheres of influence. Let’s pray!
Please repeat the following words out loud, but mean them from your heart:
Dear Heavenly Father, in the Name of Jesus Christ, I accept the call to personal and corporate prayer for my city, my state and my nation. By faith in the Name of Jesus Christ, I receive the outpouring of the Spirit of grace and supplications. I receive the grace for consistency in prayer in Jesus Name. Holy Spirit, I yield myself to you; spirit, soul and body to become an instrument for the fulfillment of God’s will in the earth, Amen.
I pray for you: May God the Father through His Holy Spirit give you a desire and a fervor to pray purposefully, passionately and persistently like never before. May God give you a heart of compassion for the suffering, the persecuted and the disenfranchised that will make you an advocate of God’s purposes wherever you live. May God embolden you to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves in the Name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
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