Pray For Scotland

CRY FOR MERCY – 40 DAYS OF PRAYER & FASTING

 
CONTENTS:
  • ‘Cry for Mercy’ – Day 7
  • The Lord’s Prayer at noon
  • The word is spreading
Cry for Mercy  –  Day 7

 “So he [the angel] said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty. “  [Zech 4:6] 
 
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.  “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. [Isa 55:8-9] 
 
Several years ago, I was praying with someone when they sensed they should challenge me about “second-guessing God”.  As I thought about it later, I realised there was truth in what they were saying.  Often, when the Lord was prompting me, I found myself saying “I’m not sure this is God” and I didn’t follow His direction.  Of course it is possible to mishear what God is saying, but to tentatively follow what we sense He is saying would be a better course of action.
 
The Lord challenged the Israelites as they returned to Jerusalem to be careful not to depend on their might or power, but to depend on His Spirit.  This independent attitude can show itself in our prayers when we ask God to bless our plans rather than listening for His direction.  Jesus set the example by only doing what He saw the Father do and saying what the Father gave Him to say.    
Jesus taught us to pray, “Your kingdom come”, but I wonder how often my prayers have been more about what I think God should do rather than what Heis wanting to do.  So, is it really His Kingdom I am wanting, or am I telling Him how to do His job, or maybe I think He is disinterested?  2 Chron 7:14 tells us to humble ourselves and seek His face as a prerequisite to Him healing the land.  Let’s be careful to align ourselves with His wise ways and His good plans.
 
Cry for Mercy:
  • Lord have mercy on us. We need your help to follow You more closely.
  • Lord I want to be more potent in my service for you.In your mercy show me how I can best please you; not with my ideas but with yours.
  • Lord, pray your prayers through me.
 
Maurice Howson
[Maurice lives in Paisley and is Chair of the Pray for Scotland Trustees]

The Lord’s Prayer at noon
 
Some years ago many of us prayed the Lord’s Prayer each day at 12 noon, or as soon as possible thereafter.  As well as praying the points given each day, why not start this practice again, declaring into the atmosphere over Scotland…….‘Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth, in Scotland, as it is in heaven, O Lord!’.

READ PREVIOUS ARTICLES: 

DAY 1 CLICK HERE DAY 2 CLICK HERE. DAY 3 CLICK HERE

DAY 4 CLICK HERE DAY 5 CLICK HERE DAY 6 CLICK HERE