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God's Man
By Dr. Jack Graham | June 20, 1999

If you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding -indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.  For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.

Proverbs 2:1-6 (ESV)

The word education comes from the Latin word “educare”, which means “to train or to mold.” What a beautiful picture of what God wants to do in our lives, molding us into the image of His son Jesus! We are called by Christ to love God with all of our mind as well as our heart and soul (Matthew 22:37).

So how do we obey this command? We start off with listening and being attentive to his instruction. God gives us a promise in Proverbs 2 that if we call out for wisdom and seek instruction, we will find the knowledge of God. God asks us to pray for wisdom (James 1:5).  We then grow in wisdom by spending time in God’s Word and learning from the counsel of godly people who have walked the path before us.

Therefore, it is critical that our educational institutions, from preschools to graduate schools teach subjects and use methods that support our faith or at the very least not teach in direct opposition to God’s law.  Because these institutions greatly affect the paths our children take, we should pray for their administrators and their teachers.  We should pray they have the courage to stand up for their faith and that...

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And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.
 
Mark 3:25 (ESV)
 
Ever since the creation of the universe, God has established the family as the basic community in which God wants His people to live. In God’s design, and as history has shown, communities based upon His design for families thrive; those that fall short pass away.
 
One of the ways Satan tries to attack the people of God is by destroying the relationships in the family. In Mark 3:25, Jesus is explaining to the religious leaders of the day that the miracles He had just performed could not have come from Satan. He gives them an illustration about unity in a physical house.  However, it is clear this truth applies to the family unit as well.
 
Your family may be normal or dysfunctional, but God has specifically placed you in your family to shine His glory on a daily basis. Consistent with his original design, God knows that if the family can be transformed to love and serve Him, then the whole church, community, and nation can be revived to follow God as He has called us all to do.
 
Pray this day for your family, families in our nation, in your state, and throughout your community. Pray with passion for the Lord to protect and to strengthen marriages, encourage parents toward His priorities, heal relationships, and secure His values in their homes.
 
PRAY FOR OUR NATION'S FAMILIES TODAY

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If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
 
2 Chronicles 7:14 (ESV)
 
The passage above, one so close to my heart, encapsulates the reason to pray, how to pray, and what to pray.
 
Notice, the verse is directed to "my people;" God, our Heavenly Father, surely listens to the cries of His children.
 
Our Lord then asks us to humble ourselves before him. He is our sovereign; we are his servants.
 
Almighty God then commands us to pray, seek Him, and repent from our sinful selves.  Then, there is the wonderful promise, that if we do those things, then we will be forgiven and He will heal our land.
 
Absent the Civil War, I know of no other time when our nation needs more healing than now. Our beloved nation is hurting and deeply wounded.  The institutions that are the foundation of our society are under attack.  Over the next seven days, I urge you to continue with these devotions and pray with me for these institutions­—families, educators, media and entertainment, the military, businesses and workers, churches, and our government.
 
However, before healing and restoration can occur, it must start with those of us who call ourselves by His name. We must humble ourselves.  We must pray and seek His will, not our own.  We must turn from our wicked ways.  We must end complacency in our churches.  Then and only then can this great nation experience the spiritual awakening which it so desperately needs.

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