Reading, Reflection & Prayer: Thu, 13 July – Ezekiel 31-36 ~ heal our land

Reading, Reflection & Prayer

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Opening(Northumbria Community)

One thing I have asked of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life; to behold the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple.

Praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ, King of endless glory.

Reading: Ezekiel 31-36 (NLT) – click here

Reflection & Prayer

What joy for the nation whose God is the Lord, whose people he has chosen as his inheritance. – Psalm 33:12 (NLT)

Sovereign Lord: The Scriptures teach us that kings and kingdoms come and go, according to your good pleasure. You sustain those who revere you; you destroy those who rebel against you. Human history records the rise and ruin of once-great civilizations; and here I stand on the brink of the ruin of my own country because of our rebellion against you. Lord, have mercy on me and my country.

Ezekiel 31:14 (NLT)This is what the Sovereign Lord says… “Let the tree of no other nation proudly exult in its own prosperity, though it be higher than the clouds and it be watered from the depths. For all are doomed to die, to go down to the depths of the earth. They will land in the pit along with everyone else on earth….”

+ Sovereign Lord: Deliver us from inordinate pride in our achievements and accomplishments. You alone are the source of our nation’s prosperity; you alone can satisfy the desires of our hearts. Deliver us from the corruption of profligate materialism, and the false belief that more “stuff” can fill the emptiness of godless lives. Stay your hand of judgement, and restore us as “one nation under God” – that we may be your instrument for justice and peace throughout the world.

Ezekiel 33:1-5 (NLT) – Once again a message came to me from the Lord: “Son of man, give your people this message: ‘When I bring an army against a country, the people of that land choose one of their own to be a watchman. When the watchman sees the enemy coming, he sounds the alarm to warn the people. Then if those who hear the alarm refuse to take action, it is their own fault if they die. They heard the alarm but ignored it, so the responsibility is theirs. If they had listened to the warning, they could have saved their lives.

Sovereign Lord: Where are we in our nation’s cycle of prosperity, rebellion, judgement, repentance and restoration? Can America be restored as “one nation under God,” or is it too late for that?

Clearly many people inside and outside of our country have seen the election of Donald Trump as a disturbing sign of our downfall. And yet, you have used unlikely people before as instruments of your sovereign will. Is he the one to call America back to our Judeo-Christian foundations? Is he the one to defend the values of Western civilization?

I pray that Donald Trump might be America’s watchman; give him your wisdom and direct him by your Word and Spirit through godly, believing advisors to do what’s right in your sight. And, I pray that your people would take action and heed his warning.

Ezekiel 33:10-11 (NLT) – “Son of man, give the people of Israel this message: You are saying, ‘Our sins are heavy upon us; we are wasting away! How can we survive?’ As surely as I live, says the Sovereign Lord, I take no pleasure in the death of wicked people. I only want them to turn from their wicked ways so they can live. Turn! Turn from your wickedness, O people of Israel! Why should you die?”

+ Sovereign Lord: Restore our country by restoring your church in America – cleanse us from our wicked behavior, that we may live in faithful obedience to your Son, Jesus Christ.

Raise up faithful shepherds of your people after the example of Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd – that they might speak the truth in love and lead your people along the path of godliness. Transform our lives by the renewal of our minds that we may eagerly do what is just and right – caring for the weak, healing the sick and brokenhearted, and seeking those who have wandered away and are lost.

Ezekiel 36:22-23 (NLT)“Therefore, give the people of Israel this message from the Sovereign Lord: I am bringing you back, but not because you deserve it. I am doing it to protect my holy name…. I will show how holy my great name is—the name on which you brought shame among the nations. And when I reveal my holiness through you before their very eyes, says the Sovereign Lord, then the nations will know that I am the Lord.”

+ Sovereign Lord: I welcome you as our Lord and God on behalf of my country; lead us on the path of peace. Wash away our sin and cleanse us. Turn our stubborn hearts of stone into tender, responsive hearts. And fill us with your Spirit that we may happily follow your life-giving laws. Protect your people and your church; rescue us and set us free to live without fear in the security of your loving-kindness.

Join us in covenant with your people Israel through our Lord Jesus Christ – that the world may know that we are your people, the sheep of your pasture; that we are your people, and you are our God. Through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

“Heal Our Land” – Michael Card


Blessing – (Northumbrian Community)

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

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