Monday, July 18, 2011

Morning Prayer Guide - Monday

Read: Nahum 1:1-13 and Psalm 75

The prophet Nahum prophesies against the Assyrian capitol city of Nineveh. The Assyrians have done awful things to people, particularly Israelites, and God is displeased. God will judge Nineveh, and it will not be pleasant.

Nineveh represented to the Israelites all that was evil in the world. In our culture, Las Vegas, Nevada tends to enjoy that status (“Sin City USA”), at least among Protestant evangelicals, although Las Vegas isn’t the capital of an empire known for child sacrifice and ritual child prostitution.

Verses two to eleven talk about how God is powerful. He has his way in the whirlwind and storm. He can dry up the sea and all the rivers. He pours out his fury like fire and hot rocks. But God is also good: He’s a stronghold in troubled times, and he will chase after his enemies with darkness.

Take a few moments to think this over. What does this passage say to you? How does it help reveal God to you? Write your own prayer.

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