“God Still Loves His Backslidden Children” Praying Through the Book of Hosea

Hosea 1:1-2:1

We desperately need revival in America and around the world. According to the scriptures, before revival comes we must humble ourselves, pray, seek his face and repent (2 Chronicles 7:14). Before corporate revival comes to the church and then spreads to the nations, there must first be massive numbers of people experiencing individual revival. Personal revival must spread exponentially.

This means intentional cultivation of humility, intercession, intimacy and repentance in our lives and church must become the focal point if we expect real revival to visit us and our land. If repentance that brings revival is our goal, then there is no better place to start than the book of Hosea. Hosea calls God’s backslidden people to return to the Lord. Why don’t you join me on a prayer journey through God’s book written to his backslidden children.  Let’s start with this prayer of confession and repentance.

Prayer

Father, forgive me for being an adulterous wife to You.  Forgive my unfaithfulness.  Make me faithful to You.  Lord redeem my legacy and my offspring.  Lord, don’t discipline me for my sin and don’t punish my nation for it’s sin.  We are bloody with violence and aggression.  Forgive us and show us love.  Save us not by our strength, but by Your strength.  I want to be a part of Your people.  Bind me in close to You.  Draw my family, friends, neighborhoods, communities, states, provinces and nations close to You.  You deserve a people.  Make us Your people. Make us like the sand on the sea shore.  Make us Your great nation. Let us act like what we are – Your children.  Unite us!  Heal our divides!  May we rise up in the land and may we love one another. May it be done in Jesus name!

Hosea 1:1-2:1

The word of the Lord that came to Hosea son of Beeri during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and during the reign of Jeroboam son of Jehoas king of Israel:Say of your brothers, ‘My people,’ and of your sisters, ‘My loved one.’ When the Lord began to speak through Hosea, the Lord said to him, “Go, marry a promiscuous woman and have children with her, for like an adulterous wife this land is guilty of unfaithfulness to the Lord.” So he married Gomer daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son.

Then the Lord said to Hosea, “Call him Jezreel, because I will soon punish the house of Jehu for the massacre at Jezreel, and I will put an end to the kingdom of Israel. In that day I will break Israel’s bow in the Valley of Jezreel.”

Gomer conceived again and gave birth to a daughter. Then the Lord said to Hosea, “Call her Lo-Ruhamah (which means “not loved”), for I will no longer show love to Israel, that I should at all forgive them. Yet I will show love to Judah; and I will save them—not by bow, sword or battle, or by horses and horsemen, but I, the Lord their God, will save them.”

After she had weaned Lo-Ruhamah, Gomer had another son. Then the Lordsaid, “Call him Lo-Ammi (which means “not my people”), for you are not my people, and I am not your God.

10 “Yet the Israelites will be like the sand on the seashore, which cannot be measured or counted. In the place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’ they will be called ‘children of the living God.’ 11 The people of Judah and the people of Israel will come together; they will appoint one leader and will come up out of the land, for great will be the day of Jezreel.

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A Prayer Against Hurricane Irma and Other Storms in the Atlantic

 

I don’t know about you, but I serve a God that parts seas, calms storms and walks on water. This hurricane is nothing for my God. Why don’t you join with me in prayer and faith as we pray and speak against this hurricane. Nothing is impossible if we believe! Believe and agree with me and let’s stand and watch God move!  Let’s pray this prayer together!

Father, Your the God that parts seas and stills storms. You’re the creator of all things and nothing is too hard for You.  You’ve given authority and dominion to us, and we stand in that authority. (Matthew 28:18-19).  Through the name of Jesus, from whom our authority is derived, we tell Hurricane Irma to go back out into the sea. We declare this hurricane is losing its power. It’s heat and energy are being scattered. In the name of Jesus we strike down every demonic and natural force that’s driving this storm towards us.  She’ll not make war against our nation, economy or homes.  She will not kill, steal or destroy (John 10:10). I pray this will be the most underwhelming news story in media history. I declare nothing will come of this. No lives will be lost.  No homes will be destroyed.  Your kindness is bringing our nation to repentance (Romans 2:4). Everyone will make the connection between the death of this hurricane and Your miraculous hand. Your obvious intervention will be recognized, and Your fame will spread from coast to coast. Your name is being glorified as Your church is rising up in her authority.  We tell the storm to be still and settle in peace. We not only pray this for Hurricane Irma, but also Hurricane Kaita and Jose.  We speak this in the name of Jesus and for the glory of Jesus.

 

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A Prayer Rejecting a Self-Focused Life

Jonah 4:5-10

In the busyness of life the sad state of the lost often tumbles to the back of my mind.  Unfortunately, I sometimes have a cynical attitude toward those without Christ- either viewing them as a lost cause or even as the enemy, but this is not in line with the heart of Christ. I am sad to say that there have been moments when I could see myself reflected in the pages of the book of Jonah. Let’s go before Christ believing that He will deliver us from the disdain of Jonah.

Prayer

Father, so many times I am more concerned about my own comfort than the state of the people who don’t know You.  You are faithful to attempt to teach me compassion, but I am often like Jonah- unwilling to learn from Your voice and from the prompting of Your Spirit.  Make me malleable in Your hands, help me to get my focus off of myself and place the eyes of my heart on the people who need You.  Help me to learn from Jonah.  I can’t condemn him because I am so much like him, but with the help of Your Spirit, I believe I can be an effective evangelist just like Jonah. I believe I can develop in me the heart You were attempting to work in him in Jesus name, my sanctifier.

Jonah 4:5-10

Jonah had gone out and sat down at a place east of the city. There he made himself a shelter, sat in its shade and waited to see what would happen to the city. Then the Lord God provided a leafy plant and made it grow up over Jonah to give shade for his head to ease his discomfort, and Jonah was very happy about the plant.  But at dawn the next day God provided a worm, which chewed the plant so that it withered. When the sun rose, God provided a scorching east wind, and the sun blazed on Jonah’s head so that he grew faint. He wanted to die,and said, “It would be better for me to die than to live.” But God said to Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry about the plant?” “It is,” he said. “And I’m so angry I wish I were dead.” But the Lord said, “You have been concerned about this plant, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight.  And should I not have concern for the great city of Nineveh, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left—and also many animals?”

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A Prayer to Love the People We Serve

Jonah 4:1-4

If you’ve ever served people in obedience to the Lord, then you understand there’s an ebb and flow to the love of God that we feel for the people as we serve.  Sometimes serving is our greatest joy and at other times it’s a labor of love at best.  As we serve, there’s a danger zone we must learn to guard against.  The danger is this. We can love God and develop a disdain for people. Jonah, through God’s coercion, found himself obeying the command of the Lord with his actions but not with his heart. This is unacceptable to the Lord.  The Lord expects us to obey as his command to serve others with an attitude that is saturated in his love.  If we ever find ourself in a place mentally, emotionally and spiritually where we love God and dislike people, then we must repent.  Let’s pray this prayer to stir up our love for other people.

Prayer

Father, as I serve You never let me lose my heart for people.  Jonah was one of the most powerful evangelists in the Bible, but he didn’t have a love for the people You loved.  Lord, I tremble at Your word.  Give me Your heart of love and compassion for the people You love.  If these people are my enemies, then let me love them like Jesus loved his enemies.  Fill me with Your love in Jesus name, amen.

Jonah 4:1-4

But to Jonah this seemed very wrong, and he became angry.  He prayed to the Lord, “Isn’t this what I said, Lord, when I was still at home? That is what I tried to forestall by fleeing to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity. Now, Lord, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live.” But the Lord replied, “Is it right for you to be angry?”

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A Prayer of Intercession for the Great Cities of the World

Jonah 3:5-10

According to the United Nations, 54% of the world’s population lives in urban areas, and by 2050 it’s expected that two-thirds of the world’s population will live in cities. To read more about this, then click here.

This is an incredible opportunity for the church.  We need to pray that God will rock the major cities of the world.  An outpouring of the Holy Spirit that touches a major world city can change the course of history. Jonah, with all his sin and rebelliousness, is one of the few people in the Bible that saw an entire city shaken by the power of repentance.  If God did it then, he can do it now.  Join me as we pray for the major cities of the world.

Prayer

Father, Nineveh proves that citywide awakening is possible.  So Father I intercede for the great cities of the world.  I pray You will send them prophets and evangelists that are as effective as Jonah.  Prepare the cities of the world to turn to You in repentance, fasting and seek Your face.  Father, spread the fame of Jesus around the world and may the banner of Jesus be lifted above all the major cities of the world.  May these cities be the center of righteousness for their nations.  Lord, as the majority of the world’s populations now live in cities (United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, World Urbanization Prospects, the 2014 Revision), this gives us the opportunity for revival to spread faster around the world.  So set the cites of the the world ablaze for you, in Jesus name.  (You may want to pick out some of the major cites of the world and pray over them specifically.).

Jonah 3:5-10

The Ninevites believed God. A fast was proclaimed, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth. When Jonah’s warning reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, took off his royal robes, covered himself with sackcloth and sat down in the dust. This is the proclamation he issued in Nineveh: “By the decree of the king and his nobles: Do not let people or animals, herds or flocks, taste anything; do not let them eat or drink. But let people and animals be covered with sackcloth. Let everyone call urgently on God. Let them give up their evil ways and their violence. Who knows? God may yet relent and with compassion turn from his fierce anger so that we will not perish.” When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he relented and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened.

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A Prayer for a Willing Spirit and an Eagerness to Obey

Jonah 3:1-4

Prayers don’t have to be long to be effective.  If you pray this prayer, inspired by Jonah’s willingness to obey, consistently, then it will change your life.

Prayer

Father, help me to learn the lessons You teach me just like Jonah learned his.  I desire to be willing to obey, and eager to do what You are saying.  Give me a willing spirit in Jesus name.

Jonah 3:1-4

Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you.” Jonah obeyed the word of the Lord and went to Nineveh. Now Nineveh was a very large city; it took three days to go through it. Jonah began by going a day’s journey into the city, proclaiming, “Forty more days and Nineveh will be overthrown.”

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A Prayer to Respond Correctly to God in Times of Trouble

Jonah 2:1-10

We’ve all been there.  We’ve all made dumb mistakes, been rebellious and deliberately sinned.  If we’ve all done that, then we’ve all felt the sting of sin, and Jonah certainly felt the misery of self-inflicted wounds.  What do we do when we find ourselves in these situations that result from our rebellion?  We cry out to God!  This prayer is crafted from Jonah’s cry in the belly of the fish.  Pray this prayer with me, then pass it on to a friend. If your in a jam, then pray it really hard.

Prayer

Lord, thank You, that You hear me in my distress. When I am drowning in the circumstances of life, the challenges created by Your hands and the problems created by mine, in that moment, I can call on You and You will hear me.  Lord help me to always remember You.  I never want to forget You.  I always want to give thanks to You even in the midst of my problems.  I will keep my vows to You.  Never let trouble cause my commitment to You to waiver, and if problems are created by my sin, then prompt me to quickly repent.  I am Yours and You are mine.

Jonah 2:1-10

From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God. He said:

“In my distress I called to the Lordand he answered me. From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help, and you listened to my cry. You hurled me into the depths, into the very heart of the seas, and the currents swirled about me; all your waves and breakers swept over me. I said, ‘I have been banished from your sight; yet I will look again toward your holy temple.’ The engulfing waters threatened me, the deep surrounded me;seaweed was wrapped around my head. To the roots of the mountains I sank down; the earth beneath barred me in forever. But you, Lord my God, brought my life up from the pit. “When my life was ebbing away, I remembered you, Lord, and my prayer rose to you, to your holy temple. “Those who cling to worthless idols turn away from God’s love for them. But I, with shouts of grateful praise, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the Lord.’” And the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.

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A Prayer for a Redemptive Lifestyle

Jonah 1:16-17

Jonah is one of the most gifted evangelist in the Bible.  In spite of his rebellion people around him are always converting.  He eventually sees the entire city of Nineveh converted or at the very least the vast majority of its citizens repenting and turning to the LORD. This challenges me to live a redemptive life.  My desires is to have such grace abounding in my life that both my successes and failures to bring people to Christ. If that’s your desire, then let’s pray this prayer together.

Prayer

Father, help me to live a life that brings people toward You.  Use my successes and my failures to work redemption in others.  May the fear of the Lord be spread through my life in Jesus name.

Jonah 1:16-17

Then they took Jonah and threw him overboard, and the raging sea grew calm. 16 At this the men greatly feared the Lord, and they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made vows to him. 17 Now the Lord provided a huge fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

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A Prayer for Quick Obedience and Personal Responsibility

Jonah 1:4-15

It’s really easy to throw stones at Jonah, but perhaps we should learn from his mistakes instead. If it weren’t for the grace of God, then I could easily be a wandering preacher. His story strikes my heart with fear and trembling by convicting me of the importance of immediate obedience.  Despite his disobedience, Jonah challenges me by his willingness to ultimately take responsibility for his actions.   So let’s pray this prayer in response to Jonah’s failure, believing we will not make the same mistakes.

Prayer

Father, may I quickly obey, but if I do step out of Your will, then may I quickly recognize it, and immediately return to the path You have for me.  Don’t let me sleep comfortably in a spiritual stupor, but help me to live with spiritual eyes and ears wide open.  Lord, I ask no one will suffer for my disobedience and sin. When I make mistakes, just like Jonah, let me take personal responsibility for them.  Let me have the courage to own up to my sin, mistakes, and failures. I want to live for You, but when I fail I want to have the character to admit it and correct it. Give me a contrite heart that is willing to correct the problems I have created in Jesus name, amen.

Jonah 1:4-15

Then the Lord sent a great wind on the sea, and such a violent storm arose that the ship threatened to break up. All the sailors were afraid and each cried out to his own god. And they threw the cargo into the sea to lighten the ship. But Jonah had gone below deck, where he lay down and fell into a deep sleep.The captain went to him and said, “How can you sleep? Get up and call on your god! Maybe he will take notice of us so that we will not perish.”Then the sailors said to each other, “Come, let us cast lots to find out who is responsible for this calamity.” They cast lots and the lot fell on Jonah. So they asked him, “Tell us, who is responsible for making all this trouble for us? What kind of work do you do? Where do you come from? What is your country? From what people are you?” He answered, “I am a Hebrew and I worship the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land.” 10 This terrified them and they asked, “What have you done?” (They knew he was running away from the Lord, because he had already told them so.) 11 The sea was getting rougher and rougher. So they asked him, “What should we do to you to make the sea calm down for us?” 12 “Pick me up and throw me into the sea,” he replied, “and it will become calm. I know that it is my fault that this great storm has come upon you.” 13 Instead, the men did their best to row back to land. But they could not, for the sea grew even wilder than before. 14 Then they cried out to the Lord, “Please, Lord, do not let us die for taking this man’s life. Do not hold us accountable for killing an innocent man, for you, Lord, have done as you pleased.” 15 Then they took Jonah and threw him overboard, and the raging sea grew calm.

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A Prayer for a Willing Heart

Prayers Through Jonah Part 1

 

As we get ready to pray through the book of Jonah, I want to address one important issue.  Many people believe this book is like a fairy tail.  They don’t think it’s believable.  People don’t get eaten by fish, and if they do, they don’t live to tell about it.  Or do they?

In February, 1891. the whaling ship Star of the East was in the vicinity of the Falkland Islands, and the lookout sighted a large sperm whale three miles away. Two boats were lowered and in a short time one of the harpooners was enabled to spear the creature. The second boat also attacked the whale, but was then upset by a lash of its tail, so that its crew fell into the sea. One of them was drowned, but the other, James Bartley, simply disappeared without trace. After the whale was killed, the crew set to work with axes and spades, removing the blubber. “They worked all day and part of the night. The next day they attached some tackle to the stomach, which was hoisted on deck. The sailors were startled by something in it which gave spasmodic signs of life, and inside was found the missing sailor, doubled up and unconscious. He was laid on the deck and treated to a bath of sea water which soon revived him. At the end of the third week he had entirely recovered from the shock and resumed his duties… His face, neck and hands were bleached to a deadly whiteness and took on the appearance of parchment. Hartley affirms that he would probably have lived inside his house of flesh until he starved, for he lost his senses through fright and not through lack of air [1].

Prayer

Father, give me Your heart. When I see the great cities of the world and the wickedness of mankind, let me be moved with compassion. When I hear Your call to go, I desire to run in obedience.  Give me a willing and compassionate spirit.

Jonah 1:1-3

The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.” But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the Lord.

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