Devotional for Day 17 – September 17, 2013
Carol Saia, The Sentinel Group, Documenting & Teaching on Transformation Worldwide
God wants to transform entire communities – not just individuals. He can change desperate situations that seem impossible to us.
“If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain… or if I send pestilence among My people, and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:13-14 NASB)
Sins such as idolatry, bloodshed, and broken covenants defile the land – literally. But if we repent and return to God He promises to heal the land – literally.
In Almolonga, Guatemala, villagers had worshiped an idol for 500 years. Many men were alcoholics who beat their wives and did not provide for their families. Drunks slept in the streets and jailors sent their overflow to surrounding prisons. Today, 88% of villagers are Christians, priests have taken their idol elsewhere, and all four jails closed – no longer needed. Parents teach children to work hard, and the village prospers. Even in drought, moist soil in Almolonga produces giant vegetables which villagers sell to several countries.
Desperate Christians in Manchester, Kentucky began to pray together, repent, and, at God’s direction, they marched against drugs and corruption. 22 corrupt officials were jailed. Churches began working together with government agencies to rehabilitate young people from drugs, and now funerals of young people are no longer common. Even the land is being healed. The ecology has changed so black bear, Rocky Mountain elk, wild turkeys, and large fish now supplement the diet of the poor.
Desperation is a common element in these stories of contemporary transformation. Christians learned to set aside differences of denominations – to pray together and then obeyed what He showed them to do.
Pray this Prayer:
Lord, may Your kingdom come and Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Thank you Your fire has fallen in communities in our lifetime, with many saved and restored, the land healed, and social structures and governments dramatically changed.
Forgive our complacency with less than You desire for our lives, families, communities, and nations. Give us Your heart for the lost. Teach us what to pray and do. Increase our hunger to spend time in Your presence and Your Word. Help us learn to hear Your voice. Do not let us be satisfied until we see Your glory. In Jesus’ name.
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 find Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
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.