Reading, Reflection & Prayer: Thu, 20 July – Ezekiel 37-42 ~ come alive

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 37-42 (NLT) – click here

Reflection & Prayer

A Valley of Dry Bones

Ezekiel 37:11-14 (NLT)Then he said to me, “Son of man, these bones represent the people of Israel. They are saying, ‘We have become old, dry bones—all hope is gone. Our nation is finished.’ Therefore, prophesy to them and say, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: O my people, I will open your graves of exile and cause you to rise again. Then I will bring you back to the land of Israel. When this happens, O my people, you will know that I am the Lord. I will put my Spirit in you, and you will live again and return home to your own land. Then you will know that I, the Lord, have spoken, and I have done what I said. Yes, the Lord has spoken!’”

Sovereign Lord: You scattered your people among the nations and reduced them to a point of near extinction – hopeless, old dry bones. But you never forgot them; and, in your mercy, you poured out your Spirit and breathed life into them – that they might return home to the land you promised them.

And, in our time, you have done it again with the establishment of the secular state of Israel. Pour out your Spirit and raise up a godly people within that state – that Israel might know that you are the Lord – that they are your people and you are their God.

An Everlasting Covenant

Ezekiel 37:24,26-28 (NLT)“My servant David will be their king, and they will have only one shepherd…. And I will make a covenant of peace with them, an everlasting covenant. I will give them their land and increase their numbers, and I will put my Temple among them forever. I will make my home among them. I will be their God, and they will be my people. And when my Temple is among them forever, the nations will know that I am the Lord, who makes Israel holy.”

Sovereign Lord: You have made a new and everlasting covenant with your church through faith in your Son, Jesus Christ . You have placed your Spirit within her and established Jesus as her Head – the Shepherd King.

+ Rule and reign in the hearts of these your people;

+ Encourage the faithful that they may bear good fruit;

+ Raise the dead that they may return home to you;

+ Protect those who are oppressed and persecuted;

+ Supply all the needs of your people, especially those who are destitute;

+ Make us one in mind and spirit, through faith and baptism; and

+ Establish your presence among us through true, Spirit-filled worship.

Sovereign Lord: Look upon your covenant people, both Jew and Christian, with mercy and love. Pour out your Spirit on us, and breathe life into our dry bones and dead hearts. Raise up an army of believers to face the challenges of our troubled world with faith and trust in you; an army that will show the world that you alone can save. May your Kingdom come and your will be done, through Jesus Christ your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


“Come Alive” – Lauren Daigle


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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