Devotional for Day 1 – September 1, 2013
Candace Lahr, HOPE WA (House of Prayer for Everyone), Australia
The world is waiting for the church to WAKE UP and call on our God!
“A violent storm arose….But Jonah had gone below deck, where he lay down and fell into a deep sleep.” (Jonah 1 taken from verses 4-12)
CAPTAIN: How can you sleep? Get up and call on your god! Maybe He will take notice of us, and we will not perish.
CREW: Tell us, who is responsible for making all this trouble for us?
JONAH: I know that it is my fault that this great storm has come upon you.
In these days God has been using the story of Jonah to sound a WAKE UP CALL to the Church particularly in the area of prayer. As Jonah was given a responsibility to preach to the city of Nineveh, the Church has been given the responsibility to pray for the people of our cities and nations and especially those who lead them (1 Timothy 2:1-6). And much like Jonah, we have fallen asleep and run away from our responsibility. As a result we find our world experiencing a great storm and the question is echoing across the nations: Who is responsible? Some would say it’s the devil’s fault…others would blame a particular group or religion. But the story of Jonah speaks to us that we, as God’s people, must take responsibility. In many ways, it is our fault.
Thankfully, though, as in the story of Jonah, there is HOPE and a second chance! During these 36 days as we WAKE UP and take responsibility (Jonah 1:12) for our prayerlessness, as we cry out day and night from the belly of the whale (Jonah 2:2), and as we turn away from our worthless idols (Jonah 2:8) or anything that we are putting above God, then the Lord who is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love (Jonah 4:2) will hear and respond to our united cry for mercy! The world is waiting!
Please Pray this Today:
Father, we honor You as our gracious and compassionate God who is slow to anger and full of unfailing love! We humbly bow before You and confess that we have run away from our responsibility to stand in the gap on behalf of the world and cry out day and night for justice. We also confess the many worthless idols we have run to that have stolen our hearts away from this responsibility to pray. We ask for Your forgiveness and for Your grace to strengthen us to wake up and become the House of Prayer You always had in Your heart for us to be! Amen!
Continue in prayer using the 4 prayer points as the Lord leads you.
1. Pray for a worldwide outpouring of the Holy Spirit for revival and transformation of the nations of the world.
2. Pray for the lost to repent and find Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord.
3. Pray for a multiplication of prayer, praise and worship to God across the world as never before, to bring great glory to God.
4. Pray for the ReFRESH conferences, Sherwood and our part in seeking revival in our country and the nations.