Prime Time with God: City Transformation
By Os Hillman
Dear God, I lift up men to you today. I pray that you will continue to reach out and draw them to you. I pray that every man will have his deepest spiritual need met...to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. I pray that men will stand up and be strong Christian men who live their biblical values, who are loving and full of your joy, who are disciplined and focused, who are honest and just. May you touch them today. Anoint them to fulfill the special purposes and tasks you have planned for them. Guide them, direct them, protect them as they go about your business and as they live each day as beacons of your love and examples of your strength. May they become great men of integrity and influence, great leaders in their homes, communities, nations or the world--according to your desire for them. May they give and receive respect for others, as they respect your Word and your will. We love you, Father, and thank you for hearing our prayer. In Jesus' name, amen.
City Transformation Begins in Two Places
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2, by Os Hillman
"While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was greatly distressed to see that the city was full of idols. So he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and the God-fearing Greeks, as well as in the marketplace day by day with those who happened to be there" (Acts 17:16-18).
In order to transform a city or nation, it must take place in two areas; the marketplace and the local church. Paul was burdened for Athens when he saw all of the idols in his city. So, he began a strategy to win back his city by preaching in both the synagogue to the religious leaders and Jews and also in the marketplace every day.
The Old Testament records reveal that even at the time of the temple construction it was clear that foundations must be built through the marketplace and the synagogue. "He erected the pillars in the front of the temple, one to the south and one to the north. The one to the south he named Jakin and the one to the north Boaz" (Chron 3:15-17). Jakin was a priest of the Lord that represented the spiritual foundation of the Church. Boaz represented the strength of the marketplace and its role to have impact on the society through workplace ministers, or kings.
God is moving today in cities across the world through collaborative coalitions made up of priests, kings and intercessors. This is a city transformation trinity that the Holy Spirit is forming to rid our cities of idols and to restore the spiritual foundations.
When we begin to equip and release those in the workplace to fulfill their godly roles in business, government, media, arts/entertainment, and education we will begin to see the idols in our cities removed. Pray that God raises up Godly workplace leaders who will lead with a biblical worldview.
Today God Is First (TGIF) devotional message, Copyright by Os Hillman, Marketplace Leaders.
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