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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.                      (Matthew 18:19)                                                                 ________________________________                                                                                                                               A Prayer for Staff                                                                                   Father, we begin this day rejoicing in You. We thank You for Your goodness, mercy, and grace toward us as individuals and as a ministry/company/business/school.We confess and proclaim that this is the day that You have made, and we purpose to rejoice and be glad in it. Father, we lift up the day with its activities, its relationships, its decisions and creativity. We offer it all up to You, acknowledging Jesus as Lord of all and asking You by Your Holy Spirit to use it for Your glory and honor. We pray for Your will to be done in us individually and as a ministry/company/business/school. We plead the blood of Jesus over this property, all staff members, every telephone contact, every person who enters these doors, including all those for whom we pray. We thank You for delivering us from the authority of darkness and translating us into the Kingdom of Your dear Son. We are living and growing up in the Kingdom of light. Father, You have given us choices. We choose life and blessings. You are our Strength, our Confidence, and our Courage. We are courageous, boldly proclaiming that Your anointing…Your burden-removing, yoke-destroying power is abiding in us individually and collectively. This anointing is working in, on, and through us this day to accomplish Your will. May You be glorified in all that we do. Thank You for Your love. We are imitators of You, walking in love, in truth, in light, and in wisdom inside and outside these offices. We are well-balanced and enduring in all things. We are asking for and expecting the former and latter rains to be poured out on us to fulfill Your assignments. You have called us by Your grace for such a time as this. We rejoice in the outpouring of Your Spirit. In the name of Jesus, amen.             
Question of the Week                                                                         Why did the Israelites take the Canaanites as slaves instead of destroying them as they were instructed?" (Josh.17:12-13, Judg.1:27-33)?                                                                               At the height of their power during this time, the Israelites made the Canaanites slaves rather than wiping them out. Perhaps the Israelites believed putting these people into forced labor was more beneficial than destroying them, though the text does not directly mention a reason. However, it is clear from Judges 2 that this decision was part of Israel’s disobedience that led to additional problems. In Judges 2:1–3 the angel of the Lord delivers a message to Israel: “I brought you up out of Egypt and led you into the land I swore to give to your ancestors. I said, ‘I will never break my covenant with you, and you shall not make a covenant with the people of this land, but you shall break down their altars.’ Yet you have disobeyed me. Why have you done this? And I have also said, ‘I will not drive them out before you; they will become traps for you, and their gods will become snares to you.’” These Canaanites would remain in the land and serve as enemies to the Israelites, a thorn in their side for years to come. The struggles recounted in the Book of Judges are the result of the incomplete obedience in the Book of Joshua. It is clear that God chose Israel as His people, not because they were the most faithful, but because of His love for them. God chose to fulfill His covenant with Abraham and his descendants, bringing the children of Israel into their land despite their many failures. While it is easy to look back and note the weaknesses of the ancient Israelites, their example illustrates our need for God as well. Despite God’s many blessings, we fail Him, too. That is why God sent His perfect Son, Jesus Christ, to be the substitute for our sins. Through faith in Him, we can have a relationship with God today as well as eternal life (Jn.3:16; Eph.2:8–9).