For the dismantling of any religious and Pharisaical spirit over the Church. For the Church to embrace the humility of Christ and walk into its full inheritance on Earth.
Jesus replied with a story: “A Jewish man was traveling from Jerusalem down to Jericho, and he was attacked by bandits. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him up, and left him half dead beside the road. “By chance a priest came along. But when he saw the man lying there, he crossed to the other side of the road and passed him by. A Temple assistant walked over and looked at him lying there, but he also passed by on the other side. “Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt compassion for him. Going over to him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. – Luke 10: 30-33
The high and lofty one who lives in eternity, the Holy One, says this: “I live in the high and holy place with those whose spirits are contrite and humble. I restore the crushed spirit of the humble and revive the courage of those with repentant hearts. – Isaiah 57:15
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”. – Matthew 11: 28-30
But the humble shall inherit the land, and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace. – Psalm 37:11
How blessed are those who are humble, because it is they who will inherit the earth – Matthew 5:5
Today the prayer focus is for the Church to be freed from all forms of religious blindness and walk fully in Jesus’s footsteps of humility.
Prompted by the Holy Spirit, I will not share much reflection here today. I believe the Lord wants to speak to each of us on areas he would like to uproot and set us free of our pride. He wants to impart to each of us specific strategy and insight on how to pray for the local, regional, and national Church in regard to the breaking of the strongholds of a religious Spirit. So I urge you to simply meditate on the Scriptures above and take a bit of extra time to sit and listen to Our Heavenly Father. Let Him teach us His ways!
I leave you with this. Jesus’s footsteps are the will of God for us as believers. Jesus, unlike the Pharisaical religious leaders, saw the need of humanity as dark and vile as it was, and he came to redeem it. He could have ignored it; He had the power to simply destroy the Earth, but instead He died for us. Let the cry of our heart be for both the Church and ourselves to walk as he did: without fear, motivated by love, empowered by the Father for supernatural restoration, and willing to die for those who would crucify us.
Heavenly Father, we repent for the pride of the religious spirit that infiltrates our hearts and the Church. Father forgive your Bride for her selfishness that defiles your name. Jesus we want to be like you with all our heart. To be the Church that washes the feet of the world, and dies to self that we may live like Christ. Father you have promised that the pupil will be like his master. Cleanse us with the blood of Jesus. Father transform your Church that in her ways the world will see your face and worship You. Lord open our eyes to the true prize in life, possessing your glorious nature. You once washed out feet, and now we bow at yours. Send your Holy Spirit to breath your life of humility into us. We thank you that our inheritance is peace, courage, and the whole earth as we walk in your ways. Thank you that you, the resurrected King, are resurrecting our hearts from the death born of pride. Father make our love complete. In Jesus name we pray. Amen