Thursday, 6 September

2 Chronicles 7: 14-15 – “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 I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.”

In view of the current condition of our generation, which is hurting, sick, broken and blinded, have you ever felt frustrated, helpless, or even grieved? This was the case for Nehemiah, who was so saddened that he spent many days grieving when he received the answer to his questions about Jerusalem.

But there was one thing in particular that drew my attention in the response given to Nehemiah in verse 3 of chapter 1: “They said to me, Those who survived the exile and are back in the province are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire.”

For the people of God at the time of Nehemiah, the fact that the walls and doors of Jerusalem were broken down was the worst thing that could happen! 

The walls and doors represent the primary security and protection of a city, the means of sparing the people from attacks of potential enemies, and avoiding the intrusion and agression of bothersome and dangerous animals, that could come to kill or steal or destroy. Without walls and doors, we are at the mercy of any adversary. As the people of God, we need to realise that no matter what we are building, the work must begin and continue through fervent, constant prayer and intercession. 

In the same way today, our wall and our protection are ensured through our faithfulness and perseverance in prayer and intercession so that we can build in a permanent way the work that God has called us to build, for the good of our generation and that of the generations to come.

Let’s decide this year that we will build effectively, with one hand doing the practical work to advance the Kingdom and the other hand holding the sword, which represents both an offensif and defensive weapon that God has entrusted to us through prayer.

Prayer: 

Father, today I want to rededicate my life to seeking Your face, and to building the wall of protection, by my constant intercession for what you have called us to build in our church. Lord, I want to be among those who are building for the future, and who want to see You heal our nation. Teach me how to use the weapons that you have made available to me.  Amen.

Jean-Pierre PLACIDE

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