Topic: Prompt Intercession
[DCLM Daily Manna 2 April 2019 Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]
Text: Amos 7:1-6 (KJV)
Key Verse: “Then said I, O Lord GOD, cease, I beseech thee: by whom shall Jacob arise? for he is small” (Amos 7:5).
It was recorded of John Hyde that in the 1908 annual convention at Sialkot (now Pakistan), he dared to pray what was to many an impossible request that during the coming year in India, one soul would be saved every day, three hundred and sixty five people would be converted, baptised and publicly confess Christ as their Saviour. Impossible, yet it happened. Before the next convention, John Hyde had prayed more than four hundred people into God’s kingdom. This was achieved out of the depth of his spiritual insight and the ferocious burden he had for India as a nation.
In this passage, Amos received a vision of different images twice: swarm of locusts and fire, conveying the same meaning of God’s impending judgment on Israel. His prompt response is worth emulating. On two occasions, he immediately prayed that God should spare Israel (Verse 2,5) and the looming punishment was averted.
Prayer is a powerful weapon that God has given to His children in all ages to tackle prevalent evil occurrences in our nation and the world at large. Upon hearing, seeing and reading from the daily news, the alarming rate of bombing, ritual and religious killings, violence, insecurity and all forms of corruption and atrocities that attract God’s displeasure, most people resort to murmuring, complaining, blaming authorities, fear and agitation.
As genuine believers, we must, like Amos, Daniel and John Hyde, become burdened for our land. We must, as a matter of urgency arise as individuals, families or groups of believers to intercede for our nation and the entire world for God’s mercy and intervention through importunate and passionate intercession. Make up your mind to become a fervent and ardent intercessor today.
Thought For The Day: Faithful intercessors can hold back God’s wrath.
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