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by Phil Ware
I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. As you make your requests, plead for Gods mercy upon them, and give thanks. Pray this way for kings and all others who are in authority, so that we can live in peace and quietness, in godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior, for he wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth. For there is only one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and people. He is the man Christ Jesus. He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone. (1 Timothy 2:1-6 NLT)
Theyre called the winds of war. In recent months, they have been zephyrs rustling breezes with the warning stench of death. In the last few weeks, the winds have stiffened and war appears more imminent.
No matter your country of origin, you receive Heartlight because you are a believer. That means your ultimate allegiance is to a higher call and a transcendent Kingdom. (Philippians 3:20) This Kingdom does not know racial, ethnic, cultural, gender, or language boundaries. (Galatians 3:26-29; cf. Revelation 7:9-12) As children of God, we share our Fathers concern and want all people to be saved by coming to Christ Jesus who gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone. So as we hear the rumble of the War Winds, lets take a prayerful pause.
In that prayerful pause, lets first give thanks. Lets give thanks for our personal blessings and freedoms. Lets give thanks for the age in which we live. Lets give thanks for those we love and hold dear. Lets give thanks for an unshakable Kingdom (Hebrews 12:18-29) that is our security and hope in a world that is subject to death and decay (Romans 8:18-25). Lets give thanks for a loving God who loves us with an everlasting and inexhaustible love and will bring us into his presence in glory with great joy.
Next, lets plead for Gods mercy on those who do not know him or who live in rebellion to him. Some of these people are close to us they are in our family, spiritual family, or in the family of those we know well and love deeply. Some of these people are not so close to us they perceive us as their enemies and would like to see our destruction. Lets plead for Gods mercy on those who are ill and battling disease. Lets pray for the deliverance of those who have been told their illness is terminal. Lets pray for comfort on those who face ongoing physical hardships, handicaps, or diminishment. Lets pray peace on those facing mental and emotional struggles. In each of these situations, pray specifically for people by name or by group, asking for Gods mercy to be upon them and our Fathers presence to be real to them in their time of hardship.
Please dedicate yourself to prayer this week. If you fast as part of your spiritual discipline, please add a day of fasting and prayer to this week. Lets join together, hearts and prayers linked around the world, and lets ask that war can be averted and a solution can be found to ease the tension and remove the threat of mass destruction.
As the velocity of the approaching winds mount, lets pray that they can be stilled, that lives can be spared, that families can be re-united, and that peace will open up a highway for those that bring the good news of Jesus to those trapped in darkness, hatred, and unbelief.
One day Jesus said to his disciples, Lets cross over to the other side of the lake. So they got into a boat and started out. On the way across, Jesus lay down for a nap, and while he was sleeping the wind began to rise. A fierce storm developed that threatened to swamp them, and they were in real danger.
Author: Phil Ware
Publication Date: February 3, 2003
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