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Seeking God in September


Tue, Sep 1 -  Wed, Sep 30, 2020

Join fellow Christians across America in praying for our nation every day in September. Given the weak spiritual condition of our country, Christians need to band together in united and desperate prayer. We must humble ourselves, repent of our sins, and turn to God.

It’s time for Christians across the land to focus prayers on three key needs:

1. Christian Repentance - Pray that we as Christians would recognize the ways we have been unfaithful to God, that we would grieve over our sins, and that we would turn back to God with all our heart.

2.
National Healing - Pray that God would unite all Christians in humility and  mend our broken country.

3. Fearless Faith - Pray that we as Christians would stand for Christ and His truth against the threats and false ways of the world.  

1 John 3:22 says, “And whatever we ask we receive from [God], because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.” Could it be that we as a nation have not received the blessings of God in recent months and years because we have failed miserably to keep His commandments and do what pleases Him?

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May God hear our desperate cries, draw near to us, and answer our prayers.

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Day 19 Devotional – Seek God's Approval

For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? 
Or am I trying to please man? 
If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.  — Galatians 1:10   

Are you seeking to please God? Do you even need to try to please God? Some preachers today would say, “That’s wrong! Don’t try to please God! God is already fully pleased with you as you are!” That contemporary Christian maxim sounds wonderful, but if it’s true, then why did Paul say in Galatians 1:10 that he was seeking the approval of God? 

In my years of ministry, I have found that many Christians experience a pendulum effect in their relationship with God. They swing from grace to condemnation and back again. Some moments we feel God’s absolute love for us and other moments we doubt His unconditional kindness to us in Christ. 

Christian ministers aim to help those who are suffering from this vacillating spiritual experience, and that’s a good thing (and that’s partly my goal in this devotional!). However, the way to help those on the pendulum is not to push them back the other direction. Rather, it’s to pull them down from a groundless existence where circumstantial inertia has it’s way in their lives, to plant them on the unshifting ground of God’s word.

The Bible is solid footing that teaches us the contours of our relationship with God.  In the same letter of Galatians, God can teach us that we are declared righteous solely by faith – “we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ” (Gal 2:16)  – and that we must seek to please Him,  “If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ” (Gal 1:10). 

The Lord stabilizes our hearts in these truths by combining these ideas in just one sentence, “be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall” (2 Pet 1:10). 

We are loved by God and we seek to please God. It’s not one or the other. 

For the past 20 years I have been taking my wife on a date each week. Why? I don’t have to seek to please her, right? Wrong!  Just because we said “I do” two decades ago, I don’t neglect our relationship. Yes, we made an unbreakable covenant to each other on our wedding day, but I must continue to serve her and seek her love. After all, wasn’t that the covenant that I made with her – to serve her till death do us part or Christ returns? 

The same dual dynamic is true in our covenant relationship with God. When we received Christ, we pledged to serve Him, not just receive our eternal inheritance. Paul understood this relationship with God, and so must we if we are to have a mature relationship with our Lord, if we are to be “a servant of Christ” (Gal 1:10).

May God help us to be set free from the spiritual pendulum – “no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine” (Eph 4:14) – and instead be grounded in His truth and love, and so seek to please our God who died for us.

Thank You, Lord Jesus, for dying for me so that I can live for You. Enlighten us by the multi-colored insight of Your Scriptures. Help me to be secure in Your indescribable love and also to seek to serve You with all that I am, not trying to please people but only You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Chuck Hetzler, Ph.D.
Senior Associate, Christian Union Day and Night

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Fasting Resources

Throughout Scripture, we see examples of fasting accompanying and giving urgency to the desperate prayers of faithful men and women. Some participants of "Seeking God in September" may choose to not just pray, but also fast during the month as part of their commitment. American Christians are often unfamiliar with the practice even though fasting was common for Christians through the centuries and is regularly done in the international Church. For more information check out this FAQ for Fasting and this curated list of resources.

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America’s Christian heritage is among the greatest of all the nations in the world. God’s Kingdom has thrived here through the 1700s, 1800s, and 1900s, largely due to nationwide moves of God’s Spirit. We need another history-making move of God. By His sovereign grace, God ensures that we play a part in Heaven’s work. He draws near to us when we draw near to Him (James 4:8). We must ask, seek, and knock for an outpouring of His Spirit (Luke 11:5-13).

“Whenever God is about to do something truly great,
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God's Next Move in America

America’s Christian heritage is among the greatest of all the nations in the world. God’s Kingdom has thrived here through the 1700s, 1800s, and 1900s, largely due to nationwide moves of God’s Spirit. We need another history-making move of God. By His sovereign grace, God ensures that we play a part in Heaven’s work. He draws near to us when we draw near to Him (James 4:8). We must ask, seek, and knock for an outpouring of His Spirit (Luke 11:5-13).

“Whenever God is about to do something truly great,
He first sets His people praying!” Matthew Henry, 1662-1714

Over the last three centuries, revivals have had a great impact. Between 1730 and 1830 successive movements of the Holy Spirit brought a large proportion of the population into the churches. These awakenings are not ultimately the result of marketing or organization. They come, by God’s grace and in his time, in response to extraordinary prayer. Christian Union Day and Night is making a serious attempt to spark this kind of prayer and devotion. I welcome it, and I’m very encouraged by it.

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