Scripture Reading: 2 Chronicles 7:14
Today the Holy Spirit inspires that we should remember our hometowns and our communities in prayer. We believe by the grace of God, by this act, many hometowns in many nations will be prayed for because of the number of people using the Daily Strength Devotional. This is so because the land needs healing and the fresh breath of the Holy Spirit to make everything new again. In Luke 4:16-19, the Bible told us that Jesus visited His hometown and proclaimed the message of salvation there thus: “Then Jesus went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath, He went as usual to the synagogue. He stood up to read the Scriptures and was handed the book of the Prophet Isaiah. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it is written, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has chosen me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free the oppressed and announce that the time has come when the Lord will save his people.” Today we are following Jesus to go to our hometowns to begin the journey of salvation. We are making a spiritual journey of prayer that will eventually bring about the liberation of your hometown. In God’s own design and time after this spiritual journey of prayer, will follow physical manifestation, such that will lead to eventual liberation of your community. Note that whenever the children of God relax, spiritually, the powers of darkness gradually enthrone their kingdoms on our communities. Your community can be that little town in Bethlehem, in Dallas, Texas, Cape Town, Nigeria, Ghana, etc., where things used to work out very well before, but today, have changed – communities where youths formerly lived in the fear of God, but now live in waywardness and are not ashamed of immorality but freely live shameless lives; where young girls who used to be decent now live unworthy lives. The nature of strange deaths occurring around us shows that something is wrong; some sicknesses and afflictions occurring defy natural and scientific cure. It is unfortunate also that our communities, where hitherto one could come at any time of the day without fear, and sleep without issues of insecurity have now been held siege by men hunting down the lives of their fellow human beings. Our communities are now where a lot of abominable acts are carried out without qualm of conscience; where people gather no longer to discuss unity, peace and progress, rather, how to do away with one another; communities where men and women are no longer prosperous. A community which where hitherto ruled by selfless leaders are now ruled by leaders who milk their subjects dry; who see their followers as tools to achieve their own pleasures and goal. A community where Jesus no longer reigns, but bondage-bond traditions and wealth at all costs preoccupy the minds of people. This is the community we should pray for. Why should we pray? We should pray because people are even afraid of their communities, people are afraid of going to their home town. We should pray because most communities are just mere shadows of itself. During our school days, we went for a burial of a mother of one of us, in their community. What we saw were only old people, and mud houses. When we inquired why this was so, they said people were afraid of coming home to accomplish any meaningful development. We should pray because we have relaxed spiritually to the detriment of our communities. We have relaxed so much so that evil is now gaining an upper hand. The Bible says in Matthew 13:25, “One night, when everyone was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away.” We must rise up and pray. God says, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (NIV)
MASS: GREEN/WHITE Tobit 12:1.5-15.20; Ps Tobit 13:1b.2.3-4a.6efgh.6ij.8 (R.1b); Accl. Mt 5:3; Mk 12:38-44 B.V.M (OptMem)
1. Thank God in a worship song for the gift of your community.
2. Hand over your community to God in prayer.
3. Rededicate your community to God.
4. Use the Blood of Jesus to destroy everything that is not of God in your community.
Exercise: Make an offering before the Altar of God to counter every altar standing in your community.
Meditation: Psalms 24:1