WEEK 2: Delight in Who Your Father Designed You To Be
DESTINY QUESTION: Lord, Who do you say Australia is?
On each of the remaining Saturdays we will apply the week’s Destiny Question to our nation.
Pause to discern who Australia is from heaven’s perspective. Discuss what you hear and how this helps define your nation’s DESTINY. Share your insights via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/40DaysofDelight or www.40daysofdelight.com.au
DELIGHT in Jesus – as your Healer! This story begins with Jesus being welcomed with open arms! (John 4:45) “Jesus responds to love not religion; to hunger not curiosity. He is looking for those who want the pleasure of his company, not the entertainment of his company.” (Sheets 2014 p118-9) Jesus challenged the government official from Capernaum to have faith before seeing signs and wonders. “Then Jesus looked him in the eyes and said, ‘I promise you, your son will live and not die’” and “the man believed in his heart.” (John 4:50-51) “The barren, the widow, the orphan, the eunuch, the alien, all models of human hopelessness are fruitful and secure in God’s care.” (Williard 1998 p102) We cannot love well until we have encountered the source of love. (1 John 4:19) Our godly actions and behaviour – including God’s healing power through us – are the result of dwelling in love. It is love that does these things, not us. Love becomes our natural unselfconscious response. We are to love our adversaries by being genuinely committed to what is good for them and seeking their well-being, but not by giving in to them. (Willard 1998 p204, 176)
RESEARCH & DISCERN: Lord, Who do you say Australia is? Pause to feel God’s heart for your nation and to seek revelation of your nation’s God given identity. During these 40 Days explore the Christian heritage of your nation and key prophetic words spoken over your nation. These are resources on Australia’s DESTINY. If you are not from Australia, seek sources relevant to your nation.
- Christian History Research – www.chr.org.au
- Indigenous Australia – links http://partnersinprayer.org.au/vision/restorative-justice/
- Australian Prophetic Council – www.australianpropheticcouncil.com.au
- Bruce Lindley (2014) Fathering a Destiny – Growing Spiritual Sons & Daughters
- Mike Spencer (2014) One People One Destiny – A Christian History of Australia
- Kelvin Crombie (2013) The ANZACS and Israel: A Common Destiny
DESTINY BLESSING: Ask the Holy Spirit to seal Australia’s identity in Christ – through this blessing on our nation.
- DELIGHT in who God says Australia is and invite Jesus to fulfil our nation’s DESTINY.
My Lord, I am delighted by these revelations of who You are! Fill us with Your love! Transform us with Your love. Quicken Your love in us for others. Help us DELIGHT in discerning and claiming the wonder of Your fulfilled promises for our nation so we can fulfil the DESTINY You invite us to live.
- Invite Jesus into your friends’ DESTINY.
Pray for your listed friends. Jesus, help me DELIGHT in discerning Your timing and Your way to reach the friends who I am praying for. Help them discover who they are born to become so they can live abundantly.
- Invite Jesus to transform the DESTINY of your region.
Father, we pray for Your saturating love to be carried by Your Holy Spirit into the hearts of all who are open to receive Him. We pray for Jesus’ healing for all who are barren, widowed, fatherless, alien, or hopeless in our nation and for His healing of our nation. Release Your blessing on our nation – especially our first people. May we together fulfil our prophetic DESTINY as a South Land of the Holy Spirit.
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