Saturday, December 04, 2010

Early in the Morning My Song Shall Rise to Thee

Job 1:5 (New Living Translation)

5 " When these celebrations ended—sometimes after several days—Job would purify his children. He would get up early in the morning and offer a burnt offering for each of them. For Job said to himself, “Perhaps my children have sinned and have cursed God in their hearts.” This was Job’s regular practice."

Arising early to seek God for others is something that people have done for 1000s of years... Tonight as we are in the hardest part of the 24 hours... the early time of day, people are waiting on the Lord for others just Job did here in this passage.
 This scripture is amazing even without knowing what we know about the book of Job.  Job was so concerned for his kids; the next generation and their relationship before the Lord that he would leave his warm bed, on a regular basis, and go to God on behalf of them.  He did this just in case they "sinned" against God.  This is what it means to interceed (intersession prayer ministry).  Intersession is to going to God on behalf of someone else... and he did this in the early part of the day.  
 As people right now are praying and have been doing so all night and seeking the Lord for others, we are following a long held pattern and spiritual discipline.  It is amazing to think that these are many people who are have been seeking God for you while you were sleeping, just a Job did for his kids while they were recovering from a party.  Job was asking God to forgive and watch over them.  We have been doing the same for you in the region.  You have been on our heart and we have been praying for you in the early hour...
God already has done some powerful things as we are into our 19th hour of NON stop 24 hours of prayer.  I am expecting to hear MANY more reports in the hours and days to come what all God has done in response to His people praying without cessing for one day! 

Mark 1:35
In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there.

Stay tuned!!  

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