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Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Corporate Dealings of God: Prayer Note #126

  Dutch Sheets shares from his book, Intercessory Prayer: Having the reason, (In the previous Prayer Note), I want to validate it by listing several ways in which God dealt with cities or regions in Scripture on a corporate level:

  1. Cities were addressed or prophesied to: Jonah 1:2; Nahum 3:1; Micah 6:9; Revelation 2 and 3.
  2. Cities and nations were judged: Nineveh, Sodom, Gomorrah, Tyre, Sidon, Bethsaida, Capernaum, Jericho, Jerusalem and others. The nation Israel was judged as a whole on many occasions in Scripture, as were other nations.
  3. Cities and nations were forgiven or spared judgment: Nineveh; Sodom could have been, had there been enough righteous people; the nation Israel was forgiven as a whole, as were others.
  4. Cities and nations had divine purposes or callings: Israel, Jerusalem, the seven cities of refuge, and many others.
  5. Cities were spoken of as being kept or preserved by God: (see Psalm 127:1).
  6. Cities and nations had principalities ruling them: Tyre (see Ezek. 28:12); Persia (see Dan. 10:13); Ephesus (see Acts 19:28); Pergamum (see Rev. 2:12).
  7. People groups have a corporate righteousness or sin level: Any nation (see Prov. 14:34); Sodom and Gomorrah (see Gen. 18:20, 21); the Amorites (see Gen. 15:16).
  8. Cities have a corporate faith or unbelief level: Nazareth (see Mark 6:5-6).
  9. Cities have a corporate peace or welfare (see Jer. 29:7).
  10. Cities can have revival: Nineveh (see Jonah 3:5-10).
  11. Cities can miss revival: Jerusalem (see Luke 19:41-44).

gave this entire list and the preceding explanation primarily to substantiate one thing: God deals with people as groups, not just as individuals. This fact is what also substantiates our intercession for people as groups.”

Today’s Prayer Note #125 - The Corporate Dealings of God, taken from Dutch Sheets’ book, Intercessory Prayer (251, 252)

The next Prayer Note: 3/26  Breaking Strongholds in Cities: Prayer Note #126

Prayer: Father, I ask for more of an open mind for areas around where I live. I understand that You're interested in groups of people, as well as us, individually. Help me pray for our leaders in my area, my state, and our government. They need Your guidance to make choices that are best for us. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Our Scripture for today: 1 Corinthians 15:58 "Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding the the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord."

Today’s quote: Lynn Karlsen “Not one person is missing on God’s timeline. He created the stars to shine in the heavens, and He created each individual to shine on earth at just the right time. He gave each of us talents and an appointed time to sparkle for Him.”

Our thought for today:  Ask God for His directions, and be willing to wait for His answers.

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