To God be the Glory.
God told Solomon who the spiritual condition of the world rested upon: “If My people who are called by My name.” If we do what God has called us to (in total trust in His power and might), we will see God reclaim the land unto Himself. God has given us spiritual weapons that are not of this world but are “divinely powerful.” (II Corinthians 10:4). He has given us His authority. (Matthew 20:18). He has given us the power of His Holy Spirit, (Acts 1:8), and He has given us His very presence. (Matthew 28:20). Therefore, we are without excuse when we fail to do what God has called us to do. However, when we choose to utilize the great blessings God has given, we will see God moving mightily.
Now remember that when God moves mightily, He is the one who deserves the glory. We have no power, strength or wisdom on our own. We must remember who we are, God’s people called by His name. Zachariah 4:6 says, “Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit says the Lord of hosts.” We are not mighty but our God is All Mighty. We have no power but our God is All Powerful. We have no wisdom but our God is All Knowing. When we choose to die to ourselves and come alive to the power of God, we give God permission to use us. God doesn’t need our permission; however, He will not work through us without it. Jesus said “apart from Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5). God used Paul in a phenomenal way; yet, it was Paul who said in Galatians 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.” In other words, he was saying my life is no longer about me; it’s all about the Christ who had redeemed me.
When we have been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb, we have entered into the family of God. God’s family is a powerful family not because of who the family is, but from whom the family derives its name. When someone is in a powerful and influential family he or she recognizes the responsibilities that come along with being a member of that family. If a person acts dishonorably, he or she not only dishonors themselves but they dishonor the family name. If a person acts in an honorable way he or she gives honor to the family name. God said in Isaiah 42:8, “I am the LORD, that is My name; I will not give My glory to another.” We live for His glory and not our own. Jesus said in Matthew 5:16, “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” The world will see the works that we do; yet; those works should point them to the Father and not ourselves.
Jesus said something astounding in John 14:12-14. He said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father. Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.” Wow! Jesus said even greater works we will do if we believe in Him. This text of scripture is often taken out of context and misinterpreted. Taking the whole of John 14, we see that Jesus was teaching that He and the Father are one. When you see Him you see the Father. Everything Jesus does or says is as a result of the oneness He has with the Father. With that in mind, Jesus said when we believe in Him even greater things will we do. It won’t be because we are greater than He is, but because we are working in oneness with Him for the purpose of continuing His work on this earth which in turn brings glory to the Father. When we as the people of God (called by His name) work in unity and oneness with Christ, the power and the abilities of God are unlimited and unimaginable. So I challenge you as a man or woman of God, stand up in His power, walk in His might, and magnify His name. Let’s reclaim this land for His honor. He is worthy, and the salvation of this world is worth it.
Day 16 Prayer Guide
- Ask God to reveal any sin or mindset that would prevent Him from hearing your prayers.
- Repent of any such hindrance and ask for God’s forgiveness.
- Ask God to remove any doubts and keep you focused on Him.
- Seek the Holy Spirit to consume you during this time to lead you. Be obedient to Him.
- Submit yourself to the Lord as a vessel for His glory.
- Spend some time praising God for the fact that He is able. Quote some scriptures or some of His characteristics to Him in praise.
- Pray that the people of God will repent of sins and mindsets that dishonor and hinder Him.
- Pray that all Christians will understand the depth of their salvation and as a result surrender to total service unto God.
- Pray that church will understand, and stand up to its calling.
- Pray that the people of God will stand in faith knowing God can reclaim this land.
- Pray that our churches would be devoted to, and peruse the things that honor God.
- Pray that our churches will be a shining light upon the hill.
- Pray that the people of God would see the need for revival and begin to seek God for it.
- Pray specifically for revival in your church. Pray for your pastor and church leaders.
- Pray that the people of God will be broken hearted over the lost.
- Pray that the church will be a gospel centered church with a heart to evangelize the world while starting in their own back yard.
- Pray that all Christians would take seriously their role as royal ambassadors and live a life of fulfilling the ministry of reconciliation.
- Pray that the power of God would fall on the church moving them to prayer and sowing the gospel seed.
- Pray for a great awakening in your community. Name off streets and neighborhoods.
- Do not be judgmental in this, but pray that if there is any within the church who do not have a genuine relationship with Jesus that God would convict their heart and save them.
- Make a list of individuals who are not saved and begin petitioning God for their salvation.
- Pray for repentance of sin and a great awakening in our nation.