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Pray For The Land – CAC Living Water Devotional

THE LIVING WATER DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE

Sunday, April 25, 2021

TOPIC: PRAY FOR THE LAND

Read Hosea 4:1-10
1 Hear the word of the LORD, You children of Israel, For the LORD brings a charge against the inhabitants of the land: “There is no truth or mercy Or knowledge of God in the land.
2 By swearing and lying, Killing and stealing and committing adultery, They break all restraint, With bloodshed upon bloodshed.
3 Therefore the land will mourn; And everyone who dwells there will waste away With the beasts of the field And the birds of the air; Even the fish of the sea will be taken away.
4 “Now let no man contend, or rebuke another; For your people are like those who contend with the priest.
5 Therefore you shall stumble in the day; The prophet also shall stumble with you in the night; And I will destroy your mother.
6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.
7 “The more they increased, The more they sinned against Me; I will change a their glory b into shame.
8 They eat up the sin of My people; They set their heart on their iniquity.
9 And it shall be: like people, like priest. So I will punish them for their ways, And reward them for their deeds.
10 For they shall eat, but not have enough; They shall commit harlotry, but not increase; Because they have ceased obeying the LORD.

Memorise:
If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7: 14).

EXPOSITION
A keen look into our society today reveals the picture of the Bible says of Hosea chapter four. We are in a time and generation where the fear of God our Creator has no place in the heart of man. Almost every one is acting in an ungodly manner. Just like in those days, lying, corruption, killing, ritual killing, stealing, looting of public funds, lawlessness, terrorism etc. (Hos.4:2) are also the motions and activities now in our days.

Owing to the above, our hand is already in a mourning state (Hos. 4:3), wasting away its human and natural resources. We live in the midst of plenty but wallow in hunger and scarcity. Strange things are happening around us daily, including strange sicknesses (ebola, Lassa-Fever, Corona virus, etc). Today is World Malaria Day, and you would agree that the kind of Malaria ravaging some places in the world today is alarming. Only God can save us from this and many other consequences of deliberately disobeying God in this generation.

The ministers and church the truth and going into palliatives without digging deep into the real causes of these global maladies. The Church is no longer seriously raising “disciples” who would go into all spheres of life (education, banking, politics, sports, medical, etc) to reflect the love and standards expected by God. The worse is that the Church no longer has time for praying, fasting, and standing in the gap for the countries of the world.

The only way out is total repentance, using the standard recommendation of 2 Chronicles 7:14. The Church must repent, the nation must repent, and it must start from you today. Do it now!

PRAYER POINTS:

  1. O Lord, have mercy on me and my household.
  2. O Lord, have mercy on the Church and her leaders.
  3. O Lord, have mercy on our nation and save us from the terrible effects of disobeying Your Law.

EXTRA READING FOR TODAY:
I Samuel 3:29-7:7; Luke 17:2-17:23.

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