Sunday January 11, 2015 “Better Than the Average”

Matthew 5:20-22 20 For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. 21 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’ 22 But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’ shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire.
This week we have been looking at the sermon on the Mount and using its truth as a prayer guide. Tonight as we join in prayers of agreement between the hours of 6 and 9 pm (all time zones) it is asked that you invest at least 15 minutes in intercession for the 3 needs listed below.
God expects Christians to live at a higher level of righteousness than those who are not God’s people. We are called to be better than the average person in society. If not, the overall standard of morality and behavior will be lowered dramatically in a day that America cannot afford any more losses in the area of righteousness.
Jesus addresses the subject of anger in Matt 5:22. He says “if we are angry with a person without a cause we will be in danger of being judged by the council.” It is as if one actually commits murder the Lord teaches when you consider v.21.
Prayer Focus #1 Outward compliance to the commandment not to murder is not enough. True obedience flows from the core of our being . Human courts judge the act but God sees and judges according to inward attitude. God looks at the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7
Pray that believers in America allow the Holy Spirit to have total control of their hearts. We must not be like those who oppose God in our heart for what is allowed to simmer there will eventually result in actions that dishonor God.
Prayer Focus #2 It is obvious that a human being will never get to the place where they will never be angry again but anger allowed to “stew” will result in hatred, bitterness and even result in murder. Looking at the current activity in the streets of America it is obvious that many people have allowed a seed of anger to be planted and nurtured and now the harvest is violence and has even resulted in murder.
Let us pray in agreement tonight that spirits of hell that “fan the flames” of anger be bound in our fellow Americans. Also pray that there be a loosening of a spirit of peace, unity and love to touch the hearts of Americans. This will result in peace, reconciliation and tolerance among our citizenry.
Prayer Focus #3 Cain was angry because his brother Abel’s sacrifice was acceptable to God but his own was not. Cain stoked the embers of his wrath until it burst into flames. Rage let to the first homicide.
God did not condemn Cain for his anger, he cautioned him that sin was couched at the door waiting to overcome him. Cain refused to listen to the voice of God instructing him to do well and all turn out ok.
Pray tonight that people in America who have allowed the sun to go down on their wrath for many days will still their soul enough to hear Gods voice and do well – let go of their anger before it takes them where they will regret going to sin and destruction.
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