Day SixteenPastor Jeff Schlemmer
Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.
Jeremiah 29:7 (NIV)
Prayer is so powerful! There are no unimportant prayers with God. Scripture says in 1 John 5:14-15 (NIV), “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.” Anytime a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ goes into prayer anything is possible. Jesus said, “All things are possible to those who believe.” (Mark 9:23) Prayer unleashes the ability of God in the earth to do only what He can do! Our prayers are powerful. When we bow our heads or lift our hands in Jesus’ name, God’s ability goes immediately into action. James 5:16 in the Classic Amplified Bible states, “The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].” Prayer, your prayer, can change a human heart, heal a broken marriage, restore decency, turn the economic tide, turn a hopeless situation around, and bring spiritual and moral lasting change to our region and our nation!
Right now we live in difficult times. The financial condition of our state is in chaos. Civility has flown the coup, and political partisanship and selfishness abound. It’s as if everything is upside down! But we have the inside information! Inside the Bible that is! We know hope is not lost because we serve the Almighty God who takes that which the devil meant for evil and turns it around for good! (Romans 8:28)
The best thing we can do in difficult times is to pray! You see we have the power to create lasting change. Not through anything we in and of our human selves can do, but by giving God room to work in hearts through our prayers! We can go to the scriptures like our text today and pray for the “peace and prosperity of the city (state, nation).” As we pray for our political leaders, our employers, our pastors and those around us, God’s spirit goes into action (1 Timothy 2:1-5) It’s our prayers that God can use to be an agent of change!
God has not left us! He has a good plan for each one of our lives. Jeremiah 29:11(NIV) “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.”
Let us seek God to hear His heart and pray out His plan for our state, our region, and our nation! So as you go about your day pray! Pray over your workplace, your neighborhood, and your child’s activities. Pray over the spiritual, social, economic and moral climate of our land.
Give God the opportunity to use His great power by sincerely and intensely praying from your heart for the needs of our area as if your very life depended on it. God has given us His Word and His Holy Spirit. We have the Greater One in us! (1 John 4:4) We have all we need to go out into life’s fight and win! All we need to do is bow our heads, lift our voice, and watch God work to change our community, our state, our region, and our nation!
Prayer: Father God, I know there is not anything too hard for the Lord. I lift up our land to you. I ask that you give us doors of opportunity so our land would experience God’s transformation power and You would use us and our prayers to affect the people of our area spiritually, socially, economically, and morally to bring about lasting change. Give us the wisdom to know what to do and Your plan as to how to do so. Lead us and guide us to help spread the good news of Jesus that all may hear and all may come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior in Jesus’ name, Amen!
We would love to hear how the 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting has impacted your life.
Start your weekday mornings off with a time of worship and prayer in the Sanctuary from 8:30am to 9:30am.