Weigh it before you claim it (Part 2)

Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any people. – Proverbs 14:34

Part 1 of this devotion addressed me breaking down certain preconceived notions I had about Haiti in order to pray in accordance with what the Holy Spirit laid on my heart during my first journey there. Was I to ignore the facts, concerns or experiences of others shared with me? No! But I needed to find out first what was God’s will for me to pray… after all, He was the One who opened a door of opportunity to travel there.

I recall living in France, a nation which prides itself in being “secular”. That brand has earned it the frowns and wagging fingers of many Christians who believe the country to be going to “hell in a hand basket”. I even met believers who wanted to “flee” the country because revival had been far too long in coming and prayer seemed ineffective.

They had become discouraged, as have others in many Western nations, because the type of spiritual outpourings we long to see seem relegated to archives such as the Welsh revival, Azuza Street, or Billy Graham crusades.

Furthermore, several glimpses of revival we’ve had in the last decade and some were marred by conflict, corruption or confusion of one kind or the other.

So what do we do when it seems as if so few are open to accepting the gospel of Salvation? What do we do when our Governments are debating passing laws which run contrary to the will of God as outlined in his Word and international bodies pressure to withdraw funding if those laws aren’t passed? What do we do when our governing authorities wish that our countries be no longer referred to as “Christian”?

We pray.

We pray what pleases God, not that curses would rain down from heaven and wipe out the people… much in the same way that Jonah envisioned disaster as a just punishment for the wicked nation of Nineveh.

Ignorance of the scriptures causes persons to pray and claim into being all sorts of realities which run counter to God’s heart for a world He loved to the extent of giving up His only begotten Son!

Claim instead these things: open doors to preach Colossians 4:3; the outpouring of the Holy Spirit Joel 2:28-29; Church growth Ephesians 4:11-12; a nation exalted by righteousness Proverbs 14:34; just leaders 1 Timothy 2; national peace and prosperity Jeremiah 29:7.

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