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Dear Ones made in His Image,
What joy it gives me to know that in about 6 weeks we will be together lifting up the mighty names of Jesus, because that is exactly what God has told us to do for our Thursday, May 7th National Day of Prayer gathering. The National Day of Prayer’s theme is "Lord, Hear our Cry", so we are going to worship the One who has given us the power to cry out to the Most Holy God - Jesus, the Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
It would seem that many Christians in this country have forgotten that worship is foundational to advancing the Kingdom. We are wringing our hands over the problems facing our nation like the direction our leaders are taking us; the evil that seems to be overpowering our world; the battle over racial issues, and on and on it goes. Let us just stop for a minute and consider that the answer to each of these lies not in the minds of men but in the wisdom of Jesus, the Wonderful Counselor. Our example of leadership is Jesus, the Righteous Servant. The answer for race relations is the unity of the Body of Christ through the power of the Prince of Peace. Colossians 1:13 says "God did rescue us out of the authority of the darkness, and did translate us into the reign of the Son of His Love." So you and I are not under the reign of earthly leaders or evil terrorists, but under the kingship and care of the Mighty God. Living in this truth can be made easier when we read and believe our God given power and mandate from our Creator God in Genesis 1:27-28. God said that we are handcrafted by Him in His image and called to take dominion over the earth and to subdue it.
Looking at the Image Bearer, Jesus, more than we do the things of the world can cause us to take on the image that has been ours since the day of man’s creation. While Jesus walked among us He called Himself the Son of Man more than any of His many Names. Colossians 1:15 calls Him "the first born of all creation" and verse 18 "the first born from the dead"(resurrection). He is the very image of God as Man and the One who has gone before us in life and in death. Sounds like the words of a worship song, "Whom shall I fear. I know who goes before me. I know who stands behind."
Let us link shields today and pick a name for Jesus or an office that He holds(from perhaps Col. 1:16) and make that our 24/7 place of worship. When we lose our peace or focus during the day let us return to that name or position. Let us sharpen one another by asking who is Jesus to you today? Mine today is the One who holds all things together. What is yours?
Let us subdue the earth around us by lifting us the Name of Jesus,
Mary Mize Hellums
Coordinator for City Wide Women's Prayer
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PS. God is advancing the kingdom all over this world and here are a couple right here in San Antonio:
New school prayer groups are being birthed. Email Carol Graves: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
God is raising up 24/7 worship throughout our city. If you would like to have your worship team be a part of this or if you would like to join others in worship check out www.facebook.com/burn247sa or email firstname.lastname@example.org or www.satabernacle.org
All of these are answers to many years of prayer.
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Women's Prayer International