Love Your Church—Jesus Does! (6)

Love Your Church—Jesus Does! (6)

“The Lord shall lift up a standard [shield of defense].” Isa 59:19

Notice what Solomon prayed for at the dedication of the temple. “If there is famine in the land…if your people’s enemies are in the land…whatever disaster or disease there is…hear from heaven…Then they will fear you and walk in your ways as long as they live” (2Ch 6:28-31 NLT). When you’re functioning in your rightful place in church you can: (1) Pray with confidence in times of economic difficulty. One of the names by which Israel knew God was “Jehovah Jireh,” which means “The Lord will provide.” Your security isn’t in Wall Street, Main Street, or any other street! It’s in God’s unfailing goodness (See Ps 23:6). (2) Pray with confidence in times of sickness. God’s promise to you is this: “Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up” (Jas 5:14-15 NKJV). (3) Pray with confidence when you’re facing disaster. “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust’” (Ps 91:1-2 NKJV). (4) Pray with confidence when the Devil is attacking you. “When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard [shield of defense] against him” (Isa 59:19 NKJV). As a redeemed member of Christ’s church, these are your “rights,” so exercise them!

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