THURSDAY 30TH JULY, 2020
THEME: Pray For Your Nation
PASSAGE: Daniel 9:1–19
HYMN: MHB 881-LORD While for all mankind we pray
MEMORY VERSE: Psalm 122: 6 – Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May those who love you be secure.
The life of Daniel provides a model of a true believer who is a doer and not just a hearer of God’s Word. He “understood from the scriptures, according to the Word of the LORD given to Jeremiah the prophet that the destruction of Jerusalem would last seventy years.” This insight inspired him to dedicate himself to a time of selfless prayer and fasting. In an age where people find it difficult to identify with anything outside of personal needs, the dynamic devotional life of Daniel teaches us how to align ourselves and our actions with God’s will.
When bidding prayers are made at corporate worship, it is not uncommon to have low enthusiasm when calls are made for intercession for the Church or nation, compared to the great passion displayed when directives are given for personal petitions. This is a result of the failure to see a direct connection between the welfare of the Church or nation with personal welfare. The psalmist admonished the people in Psalm 122: 6 to pray for the peace of Jerusalem, those who love her will be secured.
When the country is safe and peaceful, the citizens live in peace. When the country prospers, the people prosper. Paul makes this connection in 1Timothy 2:1–2 by charging Timothy to intercede, “for everyone, for kings and all those in authority,” for it is good and pleasing to God.
The bottom line is that when you pray for your nation, you are praying for yourself and making the will of God your will. Confess with your mouth that it shall be well with Nigeria, because if it is well with Nigeria, it shall be well with you and your family, too.
PRAYER: Lord, forgive the sins of this nation, heal our land and fill our leaders with the wisdom to work for the common good in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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