Healing for America and Prayer Focus for BP Oil Spill
by Drs. Mahesh and Bonnie Chavda
For over fifty days the nation’s eyes have been watching incredulously as millions of gallons of oil spew unchecked into the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Every day we see the reach of this disaster spread along the coast, polluting delicate ecosystems, shutting down our fishing industries and poisoning wildlife. It is the worst man-made disaster in our nation’s history, and there is still no definite end in sight. If this spill is not contained soon, it could be decades before our shorelines will recover. In many ways our nation is facing an impossible situation.
Israel faced an impossible situation when she came to the waters of Marah. Days into the wilderness and in need of water to survive, all they found was a bitter pool. Millions of lives were at stake, and Moses cried out to God for mercy. What he got in return was more than fresh water, he tapped into a revelation of God that we drink from to this day:
Moses cried to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a log, and he threw it into the water, and the water became sweet. There the Lord made for them a statue and a rule…saying, “If you will diligently listen to the voice of the Lord your God, and do that which is right in His eyes, and give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you that I put on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, your Healer” —Exodus 15:25-26
Moses was a representative of God and an intercessor for his nation. When he threw the tree into the bitter waters, it was symbolic of Jesus taking the nation’s sins upon Himself. The moment Moses brought the connection of the Cross to the poison, the water was healed. It is no different for us. He is our Healer, and the power of the Cross is accessible to each of us who connects with it by faith.
Like Moses, we stand in intercession for America and plead the glories of the Cross on every bitter and poisonous thing cursing our waters. We pray for God’s mercy on the shorelines of the Gulf and the East Coast. We plead the Blood of Jesus over our nation. May God stop the flow of oil and heal our polluted waters.
America needs healing not only in our waters, but we need God’s healing in our government, our economy, our education system, our cities… and the list goes on. Our generation is drinking waters poisoned by humanism and abandonment of our Judeo-Christian foundations.
It may seem like America is in an impossible situation. But you are here in this time, in this nation, in these last days by God’s design. He still has a destiny for America that is reflected in the seed sown by our forefathers from the Pilgrims through the Patriots who fought for our freedom at the cost of their life and honor. God intends His relationship with you to impact the people, the city, the nation you are in. You are salt and light. You carry the solution in your heart. You CAN make a difference! As Christians and intercessors for this nation, let us plead the Blood of Jesus over our nation and claim for America — the Lord is our Healer.
Prayer Focus: The Gulf Oil Spill
FRIDAY, JUNE 11, 2010. The BP oil well continues to spill hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil per day, making it the greatest ecological disaster in U.S. history. It will destroy the livelihood of millions of residents of the Gulf and kill millions of sea creatures, poisoning the estuaries of this region for decades. The federal government seems confused after 40 days of the spill.
Cry out for mercy. Ask God’s intervention to stop the leak. As God had mercy not just for the humans, but for the livestock of Nineveh (Jonah 4:11), may God have mercy not only on the humans around the Gulf shores, but also for the sea creatures that are being poisoned daily. May the Lord inspire engineers with a solution.
Job 12:7-10, “But now ask the beasts, and they will teach you; and the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you; and the fish of the sea will explain to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this, in whose hand is the life of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind?“
Psalm 148:7-10, “Praise the LORD from the earth, you great sea creatures and all the depths; fire and hail, snow and clouds; stormy wind, fulfilling His word; mountains and all hills; fruitful trees and all cedars; beasts and all cattle; creeping things and flying fowl.“
Genesis 1:20-22, “Then God said, ‘Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the face of the firmament of the heavens.’ So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.’“
Jonah 4:11, “And should I not pity Nineveh, that great city, in which are more than one hundred and twenty thousand persons who cannot discern between their right hand and their left—and much livestock?“
Matthew 10:20, “For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.“
Drs. Mahesh and Bonnie Chavda have served together in full time ministry for nearly thirty years, reaching the nations with the gospel accompanied by signs and wonders. Hundreds of thousands have come to salvation and thousands have received healing from critical diseases like AIDS and cancer through their ministry. Many of these miracles have been documented, including healings of the lame, deaf and blind as well as the resurrection from the dead of a six-year-old boy. Through the The Watch television program produced by Mahesh Chavda Ministries, Mahesh and Bonnie are reaching a billion households every week with the saving message of Jesus and are equipping believers to walk in the power and anointing of the Holy Spirit. Together, the Chavdas pastor All Nations Church and Healing Center in Charlotte, NC and spearhead a global prayer movement, The Watch of the LordTM.
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