International Day of Repentance
Devotional for Day 40 – 14 Sept 2013
Intention: I ask, Lord, on this International Day of Prayer, Fasting and Repentance that you cleanse our consciences from dead works to serve You more intimately and with the zeal and joy of an overcomer.
Scripture: For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? Hebrews 9:13-14 (NKJV).
Reflection: Today is a huge day in the body of Christ in many nations. Thousands, taking time to be alone with the Lord; praying with the Holy Spirit’s loving guidance; “afflicting our souls” (Leviticus 23: 26-32) will seek and will receive forgiveness from the Lord for a laundry list of past sins, old strongholds, outdated inner vows, and generational curses.
We all have these “dead works” and they have weighed down our service to Him to advance His Kingdom. Repentance is a real change in life’s direction away from the flesh and the world towards His Purity. Today, and every day, thanks to the Lord’s perfect blood, is a day to become a clean vessel of the Holy Spirit, to repent, to become an overcomer, soon to sit with Him on His throne as He also overcame and now sits with His Father on His throne. (Revelation 3:19-21).
As we individually renounce the “dead works” we all carry around with us, He restores our souls (Psalm 23:3); and intimacy with the Lord and His joy always follows repentance. As the power of repentance catches on, lukewarmness in the body will dissipate; apostasy will be confronted; new believers will come into the Kingdom; unity in the body of Christ will increase. A growing remnant within the Bride will continue to awaken, more and more ready to meet the soon-returning Bridegroom. And repentance will be received as a common practice. We will serve the living God with fresh zeal for the power of repentance to change our lives and advance the godly destiny of our nations.
Prayer: Dear Lord, if one very reluctant man, Jonah, could trigger massive repentance in a wicked pagan nation, causing You, Lord, to relent from the disaster that You said You would bring upon them (Jonah 3: 10), we pray today that the outpouring of repentance in Your body on this holy Day of Atonement will please You and will awaken Your Bride to be ready for Your soon coming. I pray this in Your Holy Name, Lord Jesus.
Amen and amen.
[Blogger’s Comments: As I have opened my emails this morning, I am amazed at how much in the news today gives us fuel for prayer. Check out our Facebook page where many of these reports have been posted. On the positive side, my heart lept as I read:
Judge’s Ruling Makes North Dakota First
to Ban Abortions Based on Down Syndrome
Is this an answer of our cry for God to turn back the tide of death sweeping our nations today? Please keep praying especially regarding the judges and courts in the USA who so often rule against pro-life, pro-family laws introduced through the democratic process.
This day has finally come! I look forward to a rest from the computer as I set aside time now to fast, pray and especially repent for my personal sin and the corporate sins of the Church and my country.
- To learn how to be involved in this day, go to Billion Souls Revival Prayer Call.
- To help you prepare your heart, go to International Day of Repentance.
- To share your prayer across the world today go to Facebook Users Read More.
- To learn about the meaning and significance of this day go to Yom Kippur.
May God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit guide and lead you through this day. Amen.]
Make today a special day to cry out to the Lord using the 4 prayer points.
- Pray for a worldwide outpouring of the Holy Spirit for revival and transformation of the nations of the world.
- Pray for a billion people to find Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour.
- Pray for an end to abortion and for God to turn back the tide of death and immorality that is sweeping the nations of the world.
- Pray for a multiplication of prayer, praise and worship to God across the world as never before, to bring great glory to God.