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Saturday, October 25, 2014
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Prayer of Agreement
Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven.
A Prayer for Our Troops
Father, our troops have been sent into the world as peacekeepers. We petition You, Lord, according to Psalm 91, for the safety of our military personnel. We look beyond human instruments of conflict and address the forces and authorities and rulers of darkness and powers in the spiritual world. Righteousness and truth shall prevail. Nations shall come to the light of the Gospel. We petition heaven to turn our troops into a real peacekeeping force by pouring out the glory of God through our men and women in that part of the world. Use them as instruments of righteousness to defeat the plans of the devil. We entreat You on behalf of the citizens in these countries on both sides of this conflict. They are victims of the devil’s strategies to steal, kill and destroy. We pray that they will come to know Jesus Who came to give us life and life more abundantly. We stand in the gap for the people of the war-torn, devil-overrun land. May they call upon Your name and be saved. Father, provide for and protect the families of our armed forces. Preserve marriages; cause the hearts of the parents to turn toward their children and the hearts of the children to turn toward the fathers and mothers. We plead the blood of Jesus over our troops and their families. Provide a support system to undergird, uplift and edify those who have been left to raise children by themselves. Through Your Holy Spirit, comfort the lonely and strengthen the weary. Father, we are looking forward to that day when the whole earth shall be filled with the knowledge and peace of the Lord. In Jesus' name and so be it.
What does it mean that Jesus is "first-born" over creation?
The description "first-born of all creation" speaks of Christ’s preexistence. He is not a creature but the eternal Creator (Jn.1:10). God created the world through Christ and redeemed the world through Christ (Heb.1:2-4). Note that Jesus is called the first-born, not the first-created. The word "first-born" (Greek word "prototokos") signifies priority. In the culture of the Ancient Near East, the first-born was not necessarily the oldest child. First-born referred not to birth order but to rank. The first-born possessed the inheritance and leadership. Therefore, the phrase expresses Christ's sovereignty over creation. After resurrecting Jesus from the dead, God gave Him authority over the Earth (Matthew 28:18). Jesus created the world, saved the world, and rules the world. He is the self-existent, acknowledged Head of creation. Finally, the phrase recognizes Him as the Messiah: "I will make Him [Christ] My first-born, higher than the kings of the earth" (Ps.89:27). Six times the Lord Jesus is declared to be the first-born of God (see Rom.8:29; Col.1:15, 18; Heb.1:6; 12:2). These passages declare the preexistence, the sovereignty, and the redemption that Christ offers. Thus, the phrase "first-born of all creation" proclaims Christ’s preeminence. As the eternal Son of God, He created the universe. He is the Ruler of creation!