"Let everyone call urgently (cry mightily) on God..."
Jonah 3:8 (NIV)
God gave Jonah a mission: "Go to Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me." (Jonah 1:2). After Jonah ran away from the LORD, God dealt with his disobedience. Distressed, Jonah cried out the the LORD, and repented. The LORD delivered him from the belly of the fish.
Again, God told Jonah to go to Nineveh. Jonah obeyed, proclaimed: "Forty more days and Nineveh will be overturned." The Ninevites believed God. They declared a fast and put on sackcloth (Jonah 3: 4-5). The king issued a proclamation to fast, turn from evil, and urgently call on God (Jonah 3: 6-9). God saw what they did and had compassion. The LORD spared them from destruction (Jonah 3: 10).
Like Nineveh, our nation has sinned against the LORD. Pray that we, as a nation, will humble ourselves, turn from our wickedness, and call urgently on the LORD. Our God is gracious and compassionate; slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity (Jonah 4:2).
As Praying Grandmothers, our mission is to pray for our grandchildren and the world they live in. And their world, looks much like Nineveh. We have two opportunities before us:
- "If My People 2012" - Commit to pray for America for 40 days leading up to our national election. Sign up at www.ifmypeople2012.org You will receive emails with each day's prayer topic.
- "40 Days for Life" - Christians meet to peacefully stand and pray in front of local abortion clinics. Pray for God's grace and mercy, rather than protest.
Thank you for your praying hearts!