Ezekiel 37 reminds me that we cannot mobilize an army of intercessors without the work of the Holy Spirit. Without His guidance and His breath of life we would neither discern the issues at hand, nor speak meaning into the situation before us. Three stages of obedience appear in the passage. First, in verses 1-3 Ezekiel goes to the place where God presents him with the big-picture dilemma....
"Son of man, can these bones live again?" Ezekiel plants himself in a place where he doesn't shy away from questions that are too big, or too heavy, or too far-reaching to answer. Instead, he trusts God to enlarge his vision and broaden his understanding along the way. He answers, "Sovereign Lord, You alone know," ultimately trusting God with the outcome.
Second, in verses 4-8 Ezekiel speaks the Word of God as he is commanded. In a context that is dry and motionless he speaks action and health. Rather than relying on his own intuition, he hears God's voice and becomes His mouthpiece. Suddenly, the bones come together, "bone to bone." Tendons and flesh appear, as well as skin for covering. With this second step of obedience comes greater revelation.
Third, in verses 9-14 Ezekiel waits for the anointing of the Holy Spirit, relying upon the breath of life to make the vision complete: "...they came to life and stood upon their feet-a vast army." The prophet speaks and then trusts God to add flesh, muscle, spirit and life.
What about us? With our burden to mobilize a vast army committed to pray for America, are we also committed to wait for the Lord's anointing, to speak His Word as commanded, and to trust Him with the final outcome? I pray that as you join us in saving America through prayer, the destiny of this nation would be revealed to us in greater and greater ways as we walk in obedience before Him.
Blessings in Christ,
Blessings in Christ,
President/CEO of Intercessors for America
THE GREAT FASTING CHAPTER (ISAIAH 58)
by Derek Prince
Isaiah once warned against the wrong attitudes associated with the kind of fasting that is not acceptable to God, and contrasted these attitudes with true, practical charity: If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity; and if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul. (vv. 9-10) "The yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity" may be summed up in three words: legalism, criticism, and insincerity....