“All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations will bow down before him, for dominion belongs to the Lord and he rules over the nations” (Psalm 22:27-28).
It’s pretty frustrating to watch the news and see how the nations regularly ignore the Lord. Virtually all governments operate as though there is no God in heaven Who is Maker of all things and Ruler of the nations. Because of this rebellious attitude, mankind finds itself increasingly mired in unsolvable situations that threaten all of human existence.
It would be easy to lose hope if we did not have God’s eternal Word as a sure promise. There is coming a day when the nations will: 1) remember, 2) turn, 3) bow down. The task of those who love God and already bow before Him in worship, is to continue to live in ways that honor the Lord and point people to Him.
The Psalmist says that “the ends of the earth will remember.” It’s a fascinating use of words. There is deep within all humankind a spiritual memory of our Creator. It may have been repressed, argued against, or legislated out of experience; however, the task of God’s people is to continually call the nations to remember Him, turn to Him and bow down in worship before Him.
God is waiting for the nations to remember, turn and worship. Our confidence in the midst of the trials of this world, is that there will come a day when the Lord will rule the nations.
Father, the nations are in an uproar because they have turned their backs on You. Forgive us for looking to men for answers when the only answer is in You. Lord, I’m eager for the day when all the ends of the earth will remember and turn to You. What a time of magnificent worship that will be! I pray for the leaders of nations today, that they will remember You and turn. I pray that the Church would persevere in its task of declaring Your Name to all the families of the nations.
–Adapted from Revolution on Our Knees: 30 Days of Prayer for Neighbors and Nations by David and Kim Butts. This book is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount.
Praise “the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows” (Jas. 1:17). Thank God for remaining the same throughout all eternity (Ps. 102:27). Confess that sometimes you are not as consistent as you would like to be in your walk with God. Commit yourself to remaining true to that which does not change, the eternal God (2 Cor. 4:18). Ask God to glorify himself in your life.
Pray that the stewardship of resources in your congregation will please God. Ask that members will be willing to give generously of their time and talents as well as their finances. Pray that they will experience joy in giving.
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