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How to Pray for the Nations and the World Around Us
At a time when the sins of God’s nation, Israel, and His city, Jerusalem, were so multiplied and pervasive, that they cried out for the wrath of the God of justice, He sent a stunning word to His prophet Ezekiel. And I sought for a man among them, who would build up the wall, and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found no one. Therefore I have poured out my indignation on them; I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath. (Ezek. 22:30-31) Read the first 29 verses if you have the stomach to see how evil their culture had become: people, priests, and princes.
Consider this picture: I can see the Sovereign LORD of history, the eternal God of justice, crying on His throne because He is looking for a reason not to punish the people He loves, even though they sorely deserve it. One intercessor, sensing His heart cry and calling for mercy, would have brought an extension of grace for the entire nation! But there was not one in the earth.
Every year in June we celebrate the birthday of the Rock Church and World Outreach Center. We often enjoy hearing how it all started with 12 people and a box of Kleenex. Some things have changed over the years but the same heart of faith and cry for the lost has remained, in fact, you will still find tissue boxes under the seats in our sanctuary.
Honoring M O M
Having just come through Easter season, I was reading in all of the Gospel accounts of the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. One of the things that stuck out to me was that even in His dying moments, Jesus still made arrangements for His mother’s future care:
“When Jesus therefore saw His mother and the disciple whom He loved [John] standing by, He said to His mother, ‘Woman, behold your son!’ Then He said to the disciple, ‘Behold your mother!’ And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home.” (John 19:26-17)
Calling all men
Jesus said, I call all men to become fathers, brothers and sons.
For if you were to have countless tutors in Christ, yet you would not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel. - 1 Corinthians 4:15
We have been commissioned by Jesus to be his followers and build kingdom men for him.
This year is a vision of sowing. So this year we are sowing in the lives of men at the Rock a men’s conference. Where we are calling men to become God`s warriors and his leaders in a time where men are leaving their post and being distracted not become the strong leaders they are called to become. We have an answer to this, and we are calling it “Battle Ready” .......