GETTING THE MOST FROM GOD'S WORD:

"Do NOT labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting LIFE..." - The Gospel of John 6:27 (NKJV)
A systematic and daily reading of the Word of God is important in maintaining a strong Christian life. Establish a daily quiet time with God and His Word. Pray that the Holy Spirit will help you understand what you read. By following our daily Bible reading schedule through this blog, you will be able to read the Bible through in a year. Please note that you may utilize the ‘BIBLE READER’ app that is installed at the bottom of this webpage to assist you in reading the specified scripture portion for today.

To get the MOST from God's Word, please do the following intentionally:
1. REQUEST God to connect with you as you read the word of God with FOCUS and OPENNESS to see what God wants to speak with you.
2. READ the selected sections of Scripture slowly as you mark the words and phrases that intrigue you, even reading them the second time to get a better understanding.
3. REFLECT on what God is communicating to you; stopping long enough to let the seed of God's Word take root in your heart.
4. RESPOND to the passage speaking directly to God about what is in your heart, and then look out for ways to live out what you find - individually, and to others within your church and elsewhere.

As you read and meditate, ask yourself the following three questions:
a) What is God speaking to me through this passage?
b) Is there a command, a promise or a warning for me?
c) Is there an example for me to follow?

Please POST your comments below if there is a thought or message that the Lord has spoken to you through the passage that you are reading and meditating today. Please make sure that your post is aligned to the scripture passage mentioned at the header. All comments should pertain to the relevant scripture portions only, and should be aimed to glorify God (the true author of 'The Bible') & edify everyone who visits this blog site daily - both young and old. May God bless you abundantly for encouraging others through your comments!

Let's PRAY...
LORD, give me the desire to take a little time out of my busy schedule today as I read and meditate on Your Word. Give me this day MY DAILY BREAD. Speak to me clearly & lead me today as my Good Shepherd. Help me to be a blessing to others who interact with me as I attempt to be a living witness of Your Word today. In Your Name I pray, AMEN.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

UNDERSTANDING our ROLE as ‘INTERCESSORS’

UNDERSTANDING our ROLE as ‘INTERCESSORS’

August 5 Bible Reading: Isaiah Chapters 61-63

"I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; they shall never hold their peace day or night. You who make mention of the Lord, do not keep silent, and give Him no rest till He establishes and till He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth." (Isaiah 62:6-7)

In the above passage we see that Jehovah God has set watchmen on the walls of Jerusalem and has instructed them not to rest in their intercession or to give Him rest till Jerusalem becomes the greatest city of the world and a source of adulation from all the people of the world.

On the spiritual side, God appoints watchmen (overseers) for the further protection of His people. Watchmen are a symbolic figure for prophets (see Isaiah 56:10). God’s restoration will include watchmen of prayer. These are spiritual watchmen whose primary occupation is to pray on behalf of others, and based on Daniel 4:18 and I Kings 22:19, they could be angels. However, they are most likely intercessors who pray for the final peace of Jerusalem. They are not to hold their peace day or night but continuously offer intercessory prayer to God. They are also to pray persistently and intercede on behalf of the people (see Isaiah 64:12; 65:6). Along with that, they will look for the coming of the Lord victorious over Jerusalem’s enemies (see Isaiah 21:11-12).

When Jerusalem is restored, it will become “the praise of the earth.” God vowed on oath that His redeemed city will never again be oppressed by “foreigners”. God’s promises should become our prayers! Isaiah prayed that Jerusalem might be restored (Isaiah 62:1), and he urged the watchmen and all of God’s people to pray as well (vv. 6–7). The psalmist also prayed “for the peace of Jerusalem” (Psalms 122:6). When there is peace in Jerusalem, there will be peace in the world!

As we examine the role of a watchman, he/she is a person who oversees, stands in guard and observes. God has ‘set’ watchman on the walls. The word ‘set’ means to appoint. God is the one who did the choosing, and He had called certain individuals and churches to this ‘set’ place. Now it came to pass at the end of seven days that the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore hear a word from My mouth, and give them warning from Me" (Ezek. 3:16-17)

These watchmen shall never hold their peace…never be quiet. Day and night they keep at it, praying, calling out, and reminding God to remember His promises. If they are not quiet what are they doing? They are praying and declaring what they see and hear. "Prepare the table, set a watchman in the tower, eat and drink. Arise, you princes, anoint the shield! For thus has the Lord said to me: "Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he sees." (Isaiah 21:5-6)

Let us understand our role as intercessors, and go into the place of prayer where we ‘stand on the gap’ and pray for the restoration of God’s kingdom. Our prayer should be in line with God’s Word, and in conformity with the prayer that our Lord Jesus has taught His disciples: "Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven." (Matt. 6:10) Are you willing to spend time in God’s presence and pray for the restoration of His kingdom today?

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