Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Morning Prayer Guide - Tuesday

Read: Zephaniah 3:1-13 and Psalm 75

Zephaniah was the grandson of the great Israelite king Hezekiah. He lived and prophesied during the reign of Josiah, and he was quite outspoken about the need to remove the false gods from Jerusalem and the whole nation.

In this passage, Zephaniah nails Jerusalem for a second time, saying that those who have led and influenced worship will get it worst. Toward the end of the passage, however, the tone turns to one of promise. If the people will turn away from their evil ways, God will restore them. Even if he does have to punish them, God will still restore them to their former place. God wants them to be close to him and allow him to bless them.

How does this speak to you? How does it differ from yesterday’s passage? How is it similar? Take some time to think about this. Then, write your own prayer.

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