“I will proclaim the decree of the Lord: He said to me, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father. Ask of me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession” (Psalm 2:7-8).
This amazing passage of Scripture allows us to listen in on a conversation between God the Father and Jesus the Son. In a sense, the Father is saying, “Son, you will soon take on human flesh and live on planet Earth. Because of that, your inheritance will be the whole planet; every nation will be yours. But Son, because you will be fully human, you will have the same constraints that they have. This means that in order for you to receive from Me, you must ask. Even you, Son, must pray.”
When the Jerusalem church was ordered by the authorities to stop preaching in the name of Jesus (Acts 4), they began to pray Psalm 2 back to God in response. They understood that for Jesus to receive His inheritance of all nations, they had to continue preaching the gospel, in spite of the orders given by the rulers. God’s Word formed the basis of their prayer, and gave boldness to their preaching.
Today, Jesus has not yet fully received His inheritance. The nations must still hear. The ends of the earth have yet to be fully reached. It is time for us to join with Jesus, fervently asking for Him to receive all that the Father desires to give Him – the nations of the Earth!
–Adapted from Revolution on Our Knees: 30 Days of Prayer for Neighbors and Nations by David and Kim Butts; Click the title for more information on this resource.
Faithful Father, I thank You for the promise You have given to Jesus. I thrill at the thought that one day, every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. Yet my responsibility is for today…that the ends of the earth, every nation, would come to hear the good news of Jesus. So today, as part of the Body of Christ, I come before You on behalf of the head of our Body and ask, “Father, please give Jesus His inheritance! May all nations come to know Him and adore Him.” Please show me the part You have for me to play so that Jesus will receive all that You desire to give Him.
Praise Jesus, the true vine, for the privilege of being one of his branches. Thank him for the promise of union with himself (Jn. 15:4). Confess the times when you have proudly thought of yourself as the vine rather than as a branch. Commit yourself to remaining in the true vine. Ask God to keep you firmly attached to the vine so that you can bear much fruit.
Ask God to bless the fellowship of local church bodies where members are challenged to “remain in Christ.” Pray for unity among such Christians in neighborhoods and communities around the world.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend (Click on the blue title for more information about this resource).