Morning by Morning, May 2 - National Day of Prayer - Remembering Our Dependence on God
Good morning, Lord Jesus. I bow my heart and open my spirit to seek Your face and listen for Your voice in these first moments of my morning to begin my day with You alone. ...
"When the entire nation had finished crossing over the Jordan, the Lord said to Joshua: 'Select twelve men from the people, one from each tribe, and command them, 'Take twelve stones from here out of the middle of the Jordan, from the place where the priests' feet stood, carry the over with you, and lay them down in the place where you camp tonight'.... This may be a sign among you. When your children ask in time to come, 'What do those stones mean to you?' then you shall tell them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off in front of the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it crossed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. So these stones shall be to the Israelites a memorial forever" (Joshua 4:17).
On this National Day of Prayer for our Nation, You are reminding me how Joshua crossed the Jordan and Washington crossed the Delaware. Both were men of prayer. Both were on their knees before their God seeking Divine protection of those entrusted to them and Divine victory for the cause assigned to them.
For both, the battle was won. Joshua led Israel to cross over the Jordan and enter their promised land to begin the possession of their inheritance. And Washington led the Continental Army to cross over the Delaware to change the course of the War for Independence and establish America as one nation under God. As the famous portrait of General George Washington on his knees after his victory proclaims, our independence as a nation is only the result of our dependence upon God.
Just as Israel was called to take twelve stones from the place of their Divine provision and set them down as an eternal memorial to the goodness of God for the generations to come, let America remember the goodness of our God who established us as a nation dedicated to God.
Lord, forgive us where we have forgotten You. Convict us where we have turned away from You. And remind us of our identity and destiny to be a nation called to honor You. "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people He has chosen as His own inheritance" (Psalm 33:12, NKJ).
On this National Day of Prayer, let us humble ourselves in the sight of our Lord that You may awaken us to remember our identity and yet fulfill our destiny. Across this land, may we join together with the sons and daughters of God across every land in every nation to embrace the promise of Your Covenant of Revival for the nation who prays and repents to embrace their inheritance in the Lord: "If My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray, seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land" (2 Chronicles 7:14). In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
Be encouraged today! In the Love of Jesus, Tommy Hays
My Friend, I join with you in humble prayer before the Lord our God for our nation and the people of God from the nations of this world to remember our dependence upon God. Let us humble our selves and pray, seek His face and turn from our wicked ways to call on His name and embrace His will for our lives and our nation. Let the kingdoms of this world become the Kingdom of our God and His Christ. God bless you, my friend! And God bless America!
Thank you for joining with us for our Evening of Healing with Max Lucado and Tommy Hays at Oak Hills Church, Crownridge campus at last night. The Lord was moving mightily among us with spiritual, emotional, and physical healing in the name of Jesus. I pray for His great blessings in your church community! Please pray the same for me. I'm sorry for the apparent problems with the Live-Stream last night.
We'll be continuing our Level 2 School of Ministry being hosted at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio tonight and then beginning our Level 1 School over two weekends in June. Please let us know if you'd like to come join us. DVD's and CD's are available on the web site from prior Messiah Ministries' Schools if you're not able to join us (www.messiah-ministries.org).