Praying For Our Nation ~ Week 3


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supreme-courtThis week we want to meditate on and pray the third petition for us and our nation.

capital“What do we pray for in the third petition? In the third petition we pray, that God, by His grace, would make us able and willing to know, obey, and submit to his will in all things, as the angels do in heaven.” Shorter Catechism

Dear Father, you teach us in your word that all secrets belong to you. We have learned that you have a secret will and a revealed will, which leaves all things in your hands.

As Jesus taught us, we pray that you reveal your will to us through your Word, and in time your secret will concerning the future of this nation. As we watch and wait to know who will be the next President of this country, open our hearts to your Word for us as your children, so that we may know and trust that all things work according to your will.

First, believing that we need you to work in us as your people, we pray that, as your will is done in heaven, we may know the rule of Christ over us and in the center of our lives, our families, and our churches. As the angels worship and adore Him, serving in obedience to Him, please move in our hearts to seek your will through a new, reviving, transforming work in us. Let Christ, through your church, be the light that is needed in this darkness.

Move the hearts of those who will rule this nation to know you and your will in their lives. Have mercy upon us as we place all our hope in you.
In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Movement

Activity is a manifestation of life. Activity is movement, or motion—the opposite of stillness. imagesActivity is movement in a certain direction, for a specific purpose.   This movement is a result of the act of God as He breathed His own Spirit into a form, which He made from the dust of the earth. The soul, or the being, called man, is the result—God’s act of creation. His Spirit, His breath, breathed into man from the beginning, has continued throughout the generation of man; although the guidance that came with it—the wisdom—of His Spirit was taken away in Adam’s willful disobedience to God. Non-the-less, the power of life—activity—remains with man.

In the deception of sin that comes with every life born into this world—that “lies in wickedness”—man is unaware that the life within is guided to move in a certain direction. Unregenerate man, unknowingly, moves in the direction of destruction. The spirit of man, without the wisdom of the Creator, has no Life force within him. All that is left to Adam’s generation is the motion toward death.

The guiding force of the Creator within man is always moving forward and upward, toward heaven, toward Himself, bringing those who have been regenerated with His Spirit closer and closer to Him, WHO IS LIFE, and the giver of life, the sustainer and nourisher of Life.

“Ye must be born again,” are the words of Jesus Christ—“the wisdom and knowledge of God”–speaking to man, to turn us back to God, so that He can give us His Spirit, His Life-force that turns us from the direction that our sinful nature is taking us—from death. Our spirits are regenerated; our eyes are opened to see the cliff that looms ahead in our path; our ears hear the words, “Stop.” “No,” “Turn around,” “Look at Me,” “Come toward Me, and Live.” Our direction is changed, for He reveals Himself in Christ, as everlasting Life, generated by an everlasting Love, moving us ever and always by His Spirit that dwells within, through Christ—–into a body of believers, His church, the “body of Christ.” It is here that the Word of God, in power, is given in His “grace and knowledge” in the “measure of faith” to each one who comes in obedience to His Word. It is here that the heavenly Father meets the needs of all His children. Without each other we will still be going in the wrong direction. With each other—“members one of another”—is the safety the Father gives us here on the earth. It is in the family environment, as His people, that He pours down the blessings that He has “prepared for those who love Him.”  F.R. 2/01

Dear Father, continue to move us, by your newborn Spirit within us, toward Christ and you, to accomplish all for which you created and redeemed us.  In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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