National Day of Prayer 2014

For the United States of America, May 2nd is the National Day of Prayer: A day intended for all Americans to join in prayer to God, express their humility before God, and to Seek God for the right path for our nation.

What Should We Do?

As believers in Jesus Christ, our obligation is simple:
* We must humble ourselves, yet be strong in Him and courageous
* We must seek God’s presence and be aware/hear His voice
* We must turn from our wicked ways and walk worthy of Him
God in turn promises that if we do this He will:
* Hear our prayers
* Forgive our sins
* Restore our land

This profound Scripture is often quoted as a framework for how to pray: …. my people, my God-defined people, respond by humbling themselves, praying, seeking my presence, turning their backs on their wicked lives, I’ll be there ready for you: I’ll listen from heaven, forgive their sins, and restore their land to health (THE MESSAGE 2 Chron 7:14).

Prayer: Pray, be humble, and seek God as to what He wants for our nation today.

(This post failed it’s scheduled post, so will be sent today from England too.)

Jesus Gives Direction and Authority to Believers

Jesus said, “From now on, whatever you request along the lines of who I AM and what I am doing, I’ll do it. That’s how the Father will be seen for who he is in the Son. I mean it” (THE MESSAGE John 14:13.14).

THE MESSAGE: John 14:11-15: Matthew 28:16-20; Luke 10:3-10
In your Bible: John 14:11-15; Matthew 28:16-20; Luke 10:3-10

This amazing promise may confuse us. But the Eyewitness and The Message make it poignantly clear, the believer can ask God for anything along the lines of who Jesus is and what he does. What gives us that privilege? Because we are in Jesus. That’s a wonderful and powerful thing.

Concept of Asking of God

1. Frank Ball in the Eyewitness, says the “in My Name” phrase is best described as “under my direction and authority” (Eyewitness John 14:13,14).

2. Eugene Peterson’s interpretation shows the magnitude of what Jesus says about asking of God. “From now on, whatever you request along the lines of who I AM and what I am doing, I’ll do it. That’s how the Father will be seen for who he is in the Son. I mean it. Whatever you request in this way, I’ll do” (THE MESSAGE John 14:15).

3. These interpretations will likely bring the believer a new understanding of God’s view of asking of him.

Meaning for the Believer

1. Twice before the great commission, Jesus sent out the 12 and the 70 Jesus giving specific direction and authority for what they should do. Jesus told them to “heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, cast out evil spirits, and raise the dead” (THE MESSAGE Luke 10:3-10).

2. At the great commission Jesus expanded this charge: “God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age” (THE MESSAGE Matthew 28:16-20).

3. This significant direction, includes believers today! It’s the reason the believer can be assured of using Jesus name and authority correctly. Embrace this.

4. Jesus showed this when he said, “I don’t do anything on my own, but asking the Father what to do and say” (THE MESSAGE John 5:19,20). The Father shows and Jesus does. We should do the same.

Application: Believers should seek God’s thoughts and desires in every situation and make our requests according to what we discern he wants. The Son was in constant communication with the Father. Jesus says believers can be also.

Prayer: Father, I want to keep in communication with you all the time, not merely when I ask you for something. I need your direction in all I do. I ask this because I know it’s your will and my need. I know I have authority by being in Jesus. Thank you.