The Bible teaches that when God wants to reveal Himself to His people on a corporate level, He first asks them to examine and humble themselves on an individual level. ‘Consecrate yourselves,” Joshua told the Israelites, “for tomorrow the LORD will do amazing things among you” (Joshua 3:5). Consecrate means “to purify” – to make a person free from guilt or moral blemish. We purify ourselves through humility, confession of sin, and repentance.
God wants to do something wonderful in every community as a whole. But first, He is asking us to purify ourselves individually, This means careful self-examination, humility, honest confession, and earnest repentance of any revealed sin. Then, as a body of Christ, we will be ready to come together corporately to experience God’s presence.
It is as we humble ourselves before the Lord and repent individually that we have the platform to come together to repent and pray corporately. When we do, we cultivate a spiritual appetite and atmosphere in which the Lord can do amazing things among us!
–Adapted from Why Don’t We See More Community Transformations in America? by Arlyn Lawrence, an article in the Premiere Issue of Prayer Connect Magazine.
Today, please pray for the Media in our nation: Pray for love for truth, fairness, and godly standards. “Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32). See also Psalm 51:6; Zechariah 8:16.
Lord Jesus, we, Your people, long to see Your Name and Your purposes lifted up in the nation! Thank you for those in media who have been positive influences and who have balanced news with hope! Continue to fill the ranks of those in media with those who are godly. Renew the hearts of our national media so that what we hear, see and read is based on a foundation of fairness and truthfulness and filled with integrity and accuracy. May the work of Your kingdom be promoted so that we are once again “one nation under God.”
***On November 14th we will transition back to our regular Connection! devotions format, which has been devoted to praying for our nation over the past 40 + days. PLEASE do not stop praying for the nation! The prayer is not about the election – it is about seeking God on behalf of America. 2 Chronicles 7:14.
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