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FOCUS ON COMMUNITY

FOCUS ON COMMUNITY

Written by Steve and Theresa Comstock

 

Answer me when I call to you O my righteous God.  Give me relief from my distress; be merciful to me and hear my prayer.  Psalm 4:1

 

David knew that God would answer when he called.  David was asking for God's mercy (not giving us what we deserve) and for God to be a listener when he prayed.

 

We as believers know that God knows all the details before we ask.  He also knows the outcome.

 

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."  Jeremiah 29:11

 

David was not asking for God to eliminate his distress, but he was asking for assurance and support at a difficult time.  There are times when God wants us to remain under.

 

God is all powerful and He always acts at the right time.  He is sovereign over every situation.  God's power is shown by the ways He reveals Himself in creation, history, and His Word. When we feel powerless, God can help us.  His strength can overcome the despair of any pain or trial.  We can always pray that He will deliver, protect and sustain us.

 

This is where we must reach out to those that do not know Him,  through prayer, by showing love to them through acts of kindness, compassion, not being judgmental, continual singing God's praises, revealing the goodness in our lives as a result of accepting Him as our Lord and Savior.  Through the years we have discovered that in times of distress or discomfort we can press into God more to serve Him in ways that we would not have thought possible before.

 

We need to pray with the same confidence as David did in knowing that God is always present.  Sometimes we think that God will not hear us because we have fallen short of His high standards for holy living.  But, if we have trusted Christ for salvation, God has forgiven us, and He will listen to us.

 

Father, we come to You today seeking relief for those in our community, city, and county that need a daily application of Jesus' love to help them to deal with crime, drugs, immorality, gossip, homelessness, poverty,_____________________________________________________________.

FOCUS ON COMMUNITY

FOCUS ON COMMUNITY

Written by Karen Hampton

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 will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.  2 Chronicles 7:14

In chapter 6 of 2 Chronicles, Solomon's prayer is that the Lord would remember His promises in the future just as His promises in the past had been fulfilled in the building of the temple. In verse 16, Solomon restates God's promise to David and the condition for that promise was obedience.   

As Christians we are to intercede for others, not just individuals but for groups.  The Old Testament is filled with examples of how the leaders prayed for cities and nations.  Abraham successfully interceded for a city in Genesis 18:22-33.  Moses for a nation in Exodus 32:9-14. And even the exiles from Jerusalem were told to intercede for the cities they now lived in, Jeremiah 29:7.   We are told in in 2 Chronicles 7:14 that our prayers and lifestyles can cause healing for a nation, or a city.

So without question if we will only humble ourselves before God, and take heed to the stipulations that God lays down for a nation to experience His blessing, "cease from our sins, turn from living proud, self-centered lives, and pray to the Lord and yield our own desires to His will", then, He will send revival to our land.

Are you ready to walk in your calling as a Christian to be an intercessor?  To represent Jesus, and to tell about His benefits and His victories? 

Then as you pray today, ask God to reveal Himself to you, to show you what you need to confess or align with His will, so you can hear Him tell you how to pray for our city, our community, and who to pray for.