Friday, July 03, 2020

Even Warnings of Judgment become Messengers of Mercy when We Repent and Pray - July 3, 2020

Morning by Morning, July 3 - Even Warnings of Judgment become Messengers of Mercy when We Repent and Pray

Good morning, Lord Jesus. Your face do I seek; Your voice do I seek to hear, as I listen and wait for the leading of Your Spirit to deliberately and intentionally begin my day centered in You. ... 

Many have been stirred up, even into fear and panic, over some recent prophetic words speaking of the destruction of America and her cities soon to come. But even if they were true of what could come, prophetic words of destruction are our invitation to go to our knees in repentance and prayer -- praying for life instead of death, redemption instead of destruction, hope instead of despair. As You said when You walked this earth and continue to say as You fill our hearts, "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that (you) may have life, and have it abundantly" (John 10:10). 

You're our Redeemer, not our destroyer. You're our Savior, not our accuser. "For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved" (John 3:17). 

So where we've sinned and fallen short -- both personally and as a nation, in our times and throughout our generations -- convict us and lead us to repentance and forgiveness, that Your mercy may triumph over judgment and that Your redemptive purposes for Your people may be fulfilled. 

Even as Your beloved children of Israel, the sons and daughters of Your eternal covenant, turned from You and Your ways so that destruction was to come upon their land, You stirred up Your intercessors, Your watchmen on the walls of the cities, Your people who were called by Your name, to humble themselves and pray. And just as all the blessings of Abraham are ours in Christ, so are all the responsibilities to watch and pray, to intercede and repent, to call upon Your name, that our identity may be secure and our destiny may be fulfilled in every tongue and tribe and nation where You have called us and positioned us for Your purposes in our days. 

As we do, You stir our hearts with faith instead of fear. You call us to action instead passivity. You call us to our place of victory instead of defeat: 

“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.

The Lord has sworn by His right hand

And by the arm of His strength:

‘Surely I will no longer give your grain

As food for your enemies;

And the sons of the foreigner shall not drink your new wine,

For which you have labored.

But those who have gathered it shall eat it,

And praise the Lord;

Those who have brought it together shall drink it in My holy courts’” (Isaiah 62:6-9).

As Your watchmen on the walls of our cities and nations, of our families and communities and all You've entrusted to us on our watch, we humble ourselves to seek Your face and pray. We turn from our wicked ways in the humility of repentance for ourselves and our land. And we turn to You in trusting faith for all that You've purposed to still be accomplished in us and through us in our days(2 Chronicles 7:14).  

As we do, even warnings of judgment become messengers of mercy to revive us and awaken us to the fullness of our destiny in You.  Just as You promised in Your Word to Your watchmen all will hear what Your Spirit is saying to Your people who are called by Your name: "For Zion's sake I will not hold My peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, until her righteousness goes forth as brightness, and her salvation as a lamp that burns!" (Isaiah 62:1) In Jesus' name I pray. Amen. 

Be encouraged today! In the Love of Jesus, Tommy Hays

My friend, may you be free from fear and full of faith, as you follow the leading of the Holy Spirit in any way you're being called to humble yourself and pray for yourself and for your landin Jesus name. Please pray the same for me. God bless you, my friend!

Prayer for Revival in San Antonio!
Friends, I'm excited to be part of a group of prayer warriors in our community planning times of prayer for awakening and revival in our community and beyond, being led by Max Lucado in San Antonio. Please keep us in prayer to follow the Holy Spirit's leading. If you would like to be involved and help spread the word when the time comes, please send me a note:

New Mailing Address for Messiah Ministries:

Tommy & Rocio Hays
Messiah Ministries
17503 La Cantera Parkway, Suite 104407
San Antonio, Texas 78257

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