"Lo, I will send you the prophet Elijah before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes. He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children and the hearts of children to their parents, so that I will not come and strike the land with a curse" (Malachi 4:5-6).
Your Father heart is to bless and not curse, to build up and not to destroy, to save and not condemn. You want our land and our lives to prosper and express the witness of Your glory and grace in this world. But our hearts much be right, in relationship with You and with one another. "God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.... Humble yourselves before the Lord and He will exalt you" (James 4:6-10).
So send Your Word and send Your Spirit to change our hearts and heal our land. Send the Spirit of Elijah to prepare the way of the Lord in the earth and in Your people, now before Your second coming, just as You did before Your first coming (Matthew 3:3). That day will be both "the great and terrible day of the Lord"-"great" for those who turn to You in humility and faith, but "terrible" for those who persist in the pride of their own way in rebellion to You.
Lord, restore the love and respect between generations. Empower us by Your grace to honor one another, even willing to lay down our lives for one another. Instead of the jealousy, resentment, and strife that flow out our selfish, wounded, and fearful hearts, give us the heart of the Father and the mind of Christ so we can flow in the power and love of Your Holy Spirit. Then our land and our lives will be blessed, even in the midst of this broken and fallen world. Then we will be the Body and Bride of Christ, shining in the light of Your glory, prepared and expectant for the coming day of the Lord. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
Be encouraged today! In the Love of Jesus, Tommy Hays
Friends, Sylvia and I, along with a teaching and prayer ministry team from Messiah Ministries, will be speaking at a Spiritul Retreat this week for Korean-American and International Youth at Country Lake Christian Retreat near Lexington, Indiana, (Youth United Spiritual Retreat). Please keep us in your prayers for an outpouring of the Lord's power and love!
Also please pray for all our friends at the annual Aldersgate Conference this week in Charleston, WV on Spirit-filled Life and Ministry. Wish we could somehow be there too! It's my favorite spiritual renewal gathering every summer, hosted by Aldersgate Renewal Ministries (Aldersgate 2012 Holy Spirit Conference).
Be empowered, equipped, and encouraged to fulfill your destiny in Christ!
Tommy & Sylvia Hays | Messiah Ministries
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