Pray: Your Kingdom Come!
Pray that we will possess the land God is giving us and let Jesus’ kingdom reign!
Key verse: “May God Almighty bless you and make you fruitful and increase your numbers until you become a community of peoples. May he give you and your descendants the blessing given to Abraham, so that you may take possession of the land where you now reside as a foreigner, the land God gave to Abraham.” Genesis 28:3-4
How is this verse relevant to us, Jesus’ church in Melbourne? Take some time to consider this.
This week ask yourself this question:
Will you take possession of the land in your area for the reign of Jesus’ kingdom?
This call to pray for Melbourne from May has aligned with a prophetic word given to this city by a global prophet, David Wagner who regularly comes and speaks into God’s plans for Melbourne. On or around “May Day” 2014 David Wagner spoke at Yarra Vineyard about a coming “May Day” season. We believe the call to pray for Melbourne commencing in May 2016 has fulfilled this. David said the days between May 25 and the first Sunday in July would be vital. In 2016 this period was 40 Days – and a vital period of prayer for our federal election for the House of Representatives and the Senate! 40 Days can be a time of temptation and shaking to determine whose authority we choose to reign over us. In his 40 days in the desert, Jesus faced temptations about who he would rely on for bread, power and authority.
David Wagner spoke about two passages of scripture that would become relevant to this period.
”Count off seven weeks from the time you begin to put the sickle to the standing grain. Then celebrate the Festival of Weeks to the Lord your God by giving a freewill offering in proportion to the blessings the Lord your God has given you. And rejoice before the Lord your God at the place he will choose as a dwelling for his Name—you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, the Levites in your towns, and the foreigners, the fatherless and the widows living among you. Remember that you were slaves in Egypt, and follow carefully these decrees.” Deuteronomy 16:9-12
Deuteronomy 16:9-12 speaks of ‘Shavuot’ the Feast of Weeks - commemorating Harvest. This commemoration of harvest aligns with the date of Pentecost accurately recorded by the Hebrew calendar. We are in the time commemorating God’s outpouring of his Holy Spirit and the harvest of souls described in Acts 2. We sense this is a vital time to pray for God’s Spirit to be poured out for the harvest of souls in the local place God has chosen for our dwelling –in our local areas, city and nation. [Source: http://www1.cbn.com/weak-weeks-feast-shavuot-pentecost]
The second passage David Wagner referred to is Numbers 13 & 14 when Joshua and Caleb and others spied out Canaan - the land God said they were to possess.
“The Lord said to Moses, “Send some men to explore the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the Israelites. From each ancestral tribe send one of its leaders.” When Moses sent them to explore Canaan, he said, “Go up through the Negev and on into the hill country. See what the land is like and whether the people who live there are strong or weak, few or many. What kind of land do they live in? Is it good or bad? What kind of towns do they live in? Are they unwalled or fortified? 20 How is the soil? Is it fertile or poor? Are there trees in it or not? Do your best to bring back some of the fruit of the land.” (It was the season for the first ripe grapes.)25 At the end of forty days they returned from exploring the land.” Numbers 13:1-2,18-20, 25
This story reveal three strategies for taking the land God has given us.
1. Spiritual mapping – seeing God’s perspective of the territory to be possessed.
Question: Who are the ones who see God’s perspective of the land in your local area?
Prayer Point: Let’s pray that God will raise up bold, wise and courageous ones who he can use to explore and then wisely possess the land.
Question: Is God speaking to you about establishing his kingdom in a particular area or sphere of influence? Is this in a local neighbourhood or workplace or one of the 31 local cities of Melbourne? See the 31 Day Local City Prayer Plan.
Question: Are you called to be a leader like those in the passage below – sent to explore a region? If so we would love to hear from you….
Prayer Point: Lord me Your perspective of the place You are taking me. Open my eyes to what my heavenly Father is doing and saying.
Unfortunately the watchmen who entered Canaan relied on what they saw with their physical eyes. The majority came back fearful and so the people failed to step in to their promise. We can do this too and get very anxious about what we are facing.
“They came back to Moses and Aaron and the whole Israelite community at Kadesh in the Desert of Paran. There they reported to them and to the whole assembly and showed them the fruit of the land. They gave Moses this account: “We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here is its fruit. But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large…Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it." But the men who had gone up with him said, “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.” And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored. They said, “The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size. We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anakcome from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.” Numbers 13:26-33
You may find it helpful to use these questions about the place you are called to occupy:
Question: Do you seek God’s perspective of the forces opposing you?
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
Question: Do you trust God’s will and authority to bring good from evil?
Let’s see the grace of Lord toward the people he was leading to possess Canaan.
“That night all the members of the community raised their voices and wept aloud. All the Israelites grumbled against Moses and Aaron, and the whole assembly said to them, “If only we had died in Egypt! Or in this wilderness! Why is the Lord bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword? Our wives and children will be taken as plunder. Wouldn’t it be better for us to go back to Egypt?” And they said to each other, “We should choose a leader and go back to Egypt.”
Then Moses and Aaron fell face down in front of the whole Israelite assembly gathered there. Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had explored the land, tore their clothes and said to the entire Israelite assembly, “The land we passed through and explored is exceedingly good. If the Lord is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us. Only do not rebel against the Lord. And do not be afraid of the people of the land, because we will devour them. Their protection is gone, but the Lord is with us. Do not be afraid of them. But the whole assembly talked about stoning them. Then the glory of the Lord appeared at the tent of meeting to all the Israelites. The Lord said to Moses, “How long will these people treat me with contempt? How long will they refuse to believe in me, in spite of all the signs I have performed among them?” Numbers 14:1-11
2. Intercession is praying on behalf of others. It is most powerful when the Holy Spirit leads us in what to pray so we align with God’s will and find ourselves one with Him in His glory.
Moses interceded for the people under his care – crying out to God to forgive them. “If you put all these people to death, leaving none alive, the nations who have heard this report about you will say, ‘The Lord was not able to bring these people into the land he promised them on oath, so he slaughtered them in the wilderness.’ “Now may the Lord’s strength be displayed, just as you have declared: ‘The Lord is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.’ In accordance with your great love, forgive the sin of these people, just as you have pardoned them from the time they left Egypt until now.”
The Lord replied, “I have forgiven them, as you asked. Nevertheless, as surely as I live and as surely as the glory of the Lord fills the whole earth, not one of those who saw my glory and the signs I performed in Egypt and in the wilderness but who disobeyed me and tested me ten times— not one of them will ever see the land I promised on oath to their ancestors. No one who has treated me with contempt will ever see it. But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it.” Numbers 14:15-24
Their disobedience and loss as a consequence, seem extraordinary until we humbly recognise our own ignorance, blindness and perversity in holding onto our perspectives and preferences.
Question: Will we miss our destiny or reign with Christ?
“For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ! “so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 5:17,21
“Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires.” Romans 6:12
“If we endure, we will also reign with him. If we disown him, he will also disown us.” 2 Timothy 2:12
Prayer Point: God forgive us for our unbelief, belligerence and immovability! Open our eyes and hearts to align with you in one accord, One Spirit so you will is done by us and your Kingdom reigns in us and through us!
2. Praise is a powerful tool for inviting the reign of God in our hearts and among us.
“The Lord reigns, he is robed in majesty; the Lord is robed in majesty and armed with strength; indeed, the world is established, firm and secure.” Psalm 93:1
Question: Do you know how powerful it is when we worship God - uniting with heaven to invite God’s authority to reign in us on earth?
“You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.” Revelation 5:10
Prayer Point: Fix your focus on Jesus! Praise Him with wonder that Jesus reigns in us and through us extends his kingdom reign to bring abundant life to all in our city and nation and beyond!
“The Lord reigns, let the earth be glad; let the distant shores rejoice.” Psalm 97:1
How are you moved to pray about this? Pray from your heart – in your own words.
You are Lord of all! Reign in me, reign through me,
so Your kingdom comes and brings life to the land and people around me,
in Jesus’ name.
Prayers we are praying:
We based our prayers on the Song of Moses, sung as they prepared to possess the land:
“And Moses recited the words of this song from beginning to end in the hearing of the whole assembly of Israel…Listen, you heavens, and I will speak; hear, you earth, the words of my mouth. Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants. I will proclaim the name of the Lord. Oh, praise the greatness of our God! He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he. Is he not your Father, your Creator, who made you and formed you? Remember the days of old; consider the generations long past. Ask your father and he will tell you, your elders, and they will explain to you. When the Most High gave the nations their inheritance, when he divided all mankind, he set up boundaries for the peoples according to the number of the sons of Israel .For the Lord’s portion is his people, Jacob his allotted inheritance…” “Moses came with Joshua son of Nun and spoke all the words of this song in the hearing of the people. When Moses finished reciting all these words to all Israel, he said to them, “Take to heart all the words I have solemnly declared to you this day, so that you may command your children to obey carefully all the words of this law. They are not just idle words for you—they are your life. By them you will live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to possess.” Deuteronomy 31:30-32:1-9, 44-47
Pray with us:
· We uplift the name of Yahweh! We praise his greatness, holiness, justice and faithfulness!
· In Your name we call upon the heavens and earth to receive the blessing of God, that the words of Your mouth might create life in the land and nature.
· Lord, remind us of the days and generations past and show us Father’s perspective so we can wisely discern what we are to learn from the times gone. May we honour our fathers and mothers so our days may be long in the land You are giving us. (Exodus 20:12)
· Lord, show us our designated land, our boundaries and inheritance that we might align with God’s will and possess the land and fulfil the purpose he has given us.
· Lord, help us take your words to heart and to plant them in our children’s hearts.
· May we possess the land you are giving us for your glory and your reign, your kingdom come.
What are you inspired to do as a follower of Jesus? Some ideas:
· Prayer walk the area around your home, school, workplace, community and be sensitive to how God may lead you to identify the boundaries of the land you are to pray over.
· Be alert to what God quickens you to see – aspects that need redemption, aspects in which the kingdom is already at work.
· Recognise those who are partnering with God in your area – and bless them, encourage them and as God leads, connect with them to pray together for your area at least once a month.
· See: What You Can Do and other sites at www.partnersinprayer.org.au
· Consider joining Transformers! They prayer walking local schools across Australia and now in many nations. See: www.partnersinprayer.org.au/transformers-prayer-walking-schools/
· Possessing the land relates to atmospheric changes, economic climates, laws and policies… Be alert to exercising the spiritual authority and influence in the social realm that God has given you.
“You, Lord, reign forever; your throne endures from generation to generation.” Lamentations 5:19