The Daily Word: Thursday, November 4th, 2021
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
“Then the Spirit lifted me up and brought me to the East Gate of the Lord’s house, which faces eastward; and there at the door of the gate were twenty-five men, among whom I saw Jaazaniah the son of Azzur, and Pelatiah the son of Benaiah, princes of the people. And He said to me: ‘Son of man, these are the men who devise iniquity and give wicked counsel in this city, who say, “The time is not near to build houses; this city is the caldron, and we are the meat.” Therefore prophesy against them, prophesy, O son of man! ’ ” – Ezek. 11:1-4
God showed Ezekiel what was really going on in the city of Jerusalem. The “princes of the people” (v 1) who were supposed to be advancing and protecting the city were really devising “iniquity” and giving “wicked counsel” (v 2). The city leaders were ignoring God’s instructions and doing whatever they wanted to do! The city was suffering as a result. So how did God tell Ezekiel to respond?
“Therefore prophesy against them, prophesy, O son of man” (v 4). God told Ezekiel exactly what to say, and Ezekiel prophesied: he declared God’s word out loud over the wicked men who were making bad decisions. He took authority over his city and expected the leadership to change!
No matter where you live, there are men and women in leadership over your city who need your prayers. Some might be righteous, and others may be wicked, but your prophecy will make a difference! Declare the word of God over your city’s leaders. Speak life and wisdom over them! Cancel the enemy’s counsel as he whispers wickedness in their ears. And as you do, the bad leaders will fall off (see v 13) or get better, and the Lord Himself will bring righteous men and women to lead your city who fear Him and follow after His heart.
Father, thank You for giving me a role to play in the prosperity of my city. I know that when I prophesy, things change! I will declare abundant life over my city and watch how You respond, in Jesus’ name.
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