I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the
gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none…
Luke 13:1-5, some people came to Jesus to ask Him about the death of some
Galileans whom Pilate had killed while they were at worship, mixing their blood
with the blood of the sacrifices on the altar. In His response, the Master
referred to another event – the tower of Siloam which fell and killed eighteen
people. Jesus ascribed their misfortune to sin, and cautioned those He was
addressing that except they repented, they would all likewise perish.
such acts of judgment could sometimes be visited upon a nation or a people,
especially if the Christians in that nation are not fulfilling their priestly
ministry of intercession. It’s our responsibility as Christians in the regions
and nations where we live to put a halt to evil works masterminded by satan and
quell the terror he unleashes upon nations. When we pray for our countries,
there are increased activities of righteousness; the presence of God mantles
men’s hearts and God’s Word prevails in their lives.
countries today are groaning with the pangs of violence, war and disasters such
as earthquakes, tornadoes, tsunamis etc. The analogy of the Master in Luke
13:1-5 shows that these catastrophes don’t happen in a nation because the
people domiciled therein are the worst sinners. By interceding for our nations
we can haul back the forces of darkness in our lands. It’s our responsibility
to do this.
all need to realize that as Christians we’re the custodians of our environment;
we’re called of God to preserve the earth and its inhabitants through prayers.
In Matthew 5:13, Jesus said, “ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt
have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? Jeremiah 29:7 says “And
seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to be carried away
captives, and pray unto the Lord for it: for in the peace thereof shall ye have
responsible to God and to the country where you live to seek its peace and pray
to the Lord for it. So it doesn’t matter where you are, or what you do, this is
a call to you as an individual to intercede for the progress, peace, prosperity
and preservation of your nation.
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