Sunday March 30, 2014 Weekly Prayer Focus

Nehemiah 5:1-7 “And there was a great outcry of the people and their wives against their Jewish brethren. For there were those who said, “We, our sons, and our daughters are many; therefore let us get grain, that we may eat and live.” There were also some who said, “We have mortgaged our lands and vineyards and houses, that we might buy grain because of the famine.”  There were also those who said, “We have borrowed money for the king’s tax on our lands and vineyards. Yet now our flesh is as the flesh of our brethren, our children as their children; and indeed we are forcing our sons and our daughters to be slaves, and some of our daughters have been brought into slavery. It is not in our power to redeem them, for other men have our lands and vineyards.” And I became very angry when I heard their outcry and these words. After serious thought, I rebuked the nobles and rulers, and said to them, “Each of you is exacting usury from his brother.” So I called a great assembly against them.”
The first five verses of the chapter reveal that there were shadows of trouble among God’s people. There was selfishness and envy springing up due to circumstances they lived under. I think we would agree that “there is nothing new under the sun.” We have some of these same problems in our land today.
Today, being Sunday, we will focus upon 3 prayer points between 6 and 9 pm (all time zones) in prayers of agreement concerning Nehemiah’s response to the situation. Thank you for joining us in this time of intercession. Remember to invite others to join us every Sunday evening for a minimum of 15 minutes of prayer for America.
Focus #1: Verse 6 Nehemiah became angry when he heard the outcry. Pray that our sometimes hardened hearts be softened to hear the plea of those who are truly in need and hurting due to economic conditions brought on by circumstances outside of the control of the average American. Some people are being caught in the crossfire of change.
Focus #2: Pray that there be a righteous indignation that falls upon the church concerning the lack of brotherly love that will change the way we respond to people in need. The church is not a government that “throws money at problems” but we are to teach people how to apply Godly principles to their finances and be hard workers who will be an example to those who are not Christians.
Focus #3: Nehemiah rebuked the nobles and rulers for charging too much interest (usury) and he called together people who would act against those who made it difficult for the common man to survive in the conditions they lived under.
Pray that the tyranny of public policy that enslaves people will be broken in the hearts of decision makers and if they will not change, that masses of people will see the error and collectively find people to fill positions that govern such unfair policies and use their God-given privilege in this land of the free to vote for people who hold Biblical values.

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