A call for National Repentance by the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International, Ghana

The recent Covid-19 Pandemic has been a wakeup call to Ghana and the world, and there has indeed been a shaking.  Beyond the Covod-19 pandemic, is a looming socio-economic crisis of the likes that have not been seen since the great depression. Global experts declare the fortunes of Africa dire. Our illustrious Finance Minister speaks of at least 3 years to recover with best efforts.

For any renewal, there has to be a stirring in the hearts of God’s people in the Church and marketplace. A stirring calls for decisive action. From the spiritual perspective, we think these calls for nothing short of true repentance.

Repentance means a 180- degree change.  We must want the change with all our hearts. We must want to get rid of the wrong things, habits, attitudes, practices we have held onto for too long. Like Israel of old, we have plenty of false gods in Ghana – greed, selfishness, deceit, my prosperity, my church- My, My, My. We must turn our hearts to the Lord. We must Obey Him alone, and decide to put GOD FIRST.

We are convinced that it is only when we embrace the path of repentance and choose ethics, wholesome values and clean living, as individuals in the marketplace, as the Church and as Government, will God move on our behalf.

The Scripture 2 Chronicles 7:14 clearly lays out the pathway and the requirements for true repentance.

14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall, a humble themselves, and b pray, and cseek my face, and dturn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

In this scripture, God is clear and unambiguous about his requirements for healing the land. However, the scripture has been overused without understanding or commitment to follow its requirements to the letter as God intended. But without fulfilling all the requirements, our prayers, as has been the case in Ghana, are an exercise in futility. The outcome is clear; we cannot continue the same old pathway as we have done and expect different results.

As per 2 Chronicles 7:14, God reminds His people called by His name (The Body of Christ) of the four conditions of true repentance, namely. (1), Humbling; (2) Prayer; (3) Seek my face; and (4); Turn from their wicked ways, the totality of which is summed up as true repentance.

“Ghana- Repent and Live”, wishes to focus on condition (4), because it is the least addressed, by God’s people in the church and marketplace.

God blessed Ghana with an abundance of natural and human capital and caused her to lead Africa as the first nation in Africa South of the Sahara to attain independence.

Christian practice, ethics and wholesome values propagated through the Church, schools and civil service in no small way contributed to the molding of our young flourishing nation into a nation with great promise. However along the way, much waywardness has set in among God’s people. Hypocrisy, pollution, self-seeking, materialism, corruption, wickedness, indiscipline have replaced the sincerity and simplicity of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The bottom line is that a generation of Christians have emerged whom Christ can hardly recognize as His own. The youth, who are our future, are crying for mentoring, and we are woefully failing them.  We have dire need for Genuine Repentance as individuals, as corporate players, as the Church and as a nation.

AND SO OUR PLAN OF ACTION

  • We are calling for a Month of National Repentance – 1st May 2020 – 31st May 2020 (Day of Pentecost).
  • A Day of National Repentance – Saturday 30th May preceding Pentecost.
  • We are calling for nationwide prayers of repentance, for yourself, for you company for the church and for our nation Ghana.
  • A 24 Hour Prayer Chain throughout the Month of May by intercessory groups, in Ghana and elsewhere.
  • A weekly Zoom prayer meeting with invited participants.
  • Sharing of and meditation on scriptures leading to true repentance on Radio and TV stations around Ghana.
  • We will additionally participate in the World Day of Prayer ( 1st May)

And the Global Day of Prayer ( Global Day of Prayer ( 31st  May)

We call on All Church Denominations, Fellowships, Prayer Groups, Businessmen, Traders, Youth Groups, Professional and Business Christian Fellowship Parliamentary Christian Fellowship, Great Commission Movement, Government leaders. –  The entire Body of Christ to be part of this process.

  • .This is a marketplace driven initiative with the cooperation of ALL Churches in Ghana.

Luke 3:8-9 (NIV)

Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.”

GHANA MUST REPENT!    GHANA MUST LIVE!

Welcome to our daily post for the May “National Month of Repentance.” I have explained the meaning of biblical repentance on today’s audio and readers might find that helpful. Each week has a theme, and each day has a brief look at a Bible verse and 2 ideas for prayer.  Each day builds on what has gone on before and adds a little more to our understanding of “Ghana- Repent and Live” so that our repentance will be genuine. Those of us who manage the whole 31 days will get the best idea of what the Lord is saying to us.

 

Week 1: Theme: Repent and believe the good news. (Mark 1:15)

 

Jesus encourages us to repent. This week we are going to see what that might mean for us.

DAY 1- Friday May 1, 2020

This woman had committed a very serious offence. The Lord forgave her – as he does everyone who comes to him. But there was more to it than just forgiveness – she had to lead a different life. She had to turn away from her old life and lead a new one.

 

Repentance is like this – a changed way of living in which we turn away from the old ways and walk in a new way – the way of Jesus. If we, God’s people, slip into old and ungodly ways, we have to turn from them and turn back to him. This is the process of repentance for the Christian.

 

Repentance, as we will see in the coming weeks, is a wonderful blessing. It is God’s way of getting us back on track if and when we stray. It is his provision so that we can always find our way back to him.

 

Ghana has slipped from the Lord’s path. Corvid-19 could well be God’s call to turn back –  to repent. Individuals have to do this and so does the Nation. This is what the Lord is asking from us and from Ghana if we are going to escape the disasters coming on us and be the Nation which is a light to the world.  It must begin with us. It must begin with you. It must begin with me. Let’s prepare our hearts for the repentance which we need.

 

PRAYER: “Lord, at the beginning of this month of repentance, I open my heart to you. Do not let me be blinded by self, but be willing to listen to you and to your Holy Spirit working in me.”

 

PRAYER: “Lord we love our land and we know that you do as well. If we have strayed from the path you intended for us, please do not forget us, but like the waiting Father, call us home and welcome us back.”  (Waiting Father – Luke 15:20)

DAY 2 - Saturday May 2, 2020

Repentance is a change in direction. But it is not as easy to do as we might think. Our inner self will gets in the way. It will say to us. – “What have I got to repent of?” That is our self-will speaking. It is also full of pride, arrogance and an unfounded assurance that all is well. Most of all, it doesn’t want us to look honestly at ourselves. It does not want us to answer this question – “In what ways have I been unrepentant? In what ways have I contributed to the unrepentant heart of Ghana?”  Can we face this question? Our self-will says “No” but the Spirit says “Please do. It is the path to life for all.”

 

Today we are facing a very simple truth about the “turning-around” process. Jesus tells us we have to deny all things from our selfish will, and fix our eyes on him if we want to walk in the path of repentance. If we can’t, then trouble lays ahead for us and for Ghana. Not easy is it?  Repentance never is. Satan opposes it because he fears it. A repentant Christian is full of power, and a repentance nation is full of power and glory. He doesn’t want it. A struggle to repent is beginning. This is going to get tough.

 

PRAYER: “Lord, help me to block out the thoughts which come from my self-will. Help me to let your Holy Spirit examine my heart and show me any unrepentance in me.”

 

PRAYER: “Lord, we want a repentant Ghana. Then we can be your child and a joy to your heart. But there is so much self-will in our land. So many who look only to themselves. Individuals and the Church. Forgive us for this. We repent before you.”

DAY 3 - Sunday May 3, 2020

Repentant people live by different rules to unrepentant people. Repentant people live by the rules of the cross. These are simple – obedience, service, deep love and the willingness to follow whatever the cost. Sadly, the Christians of Ghana seem to prefer different rules – comfort, ease, position, money and a self-centred and self-satisfied prosperity based faith.

 

Repentance will challenge us to choose. We either “take up the cross” with its call to love, obedience and service, or we take up the prosperity path of comfort, ease and money. Which to choose? Prosperity has no answer to the agony of the virus. The cross has the answer to everything and the power to see us through every difficulty.

 

Which path will we choose? There is one spiritual principle which we have to learn – we cannot walk on both. It is time to choose before it is too late and our Nation is lost. Repentance will open the way of the cross and the way of hope, but it is a hard path. It’s time to make a choice.

 

PRAYER. “Lord, it is hard to follow your cross. I know I have not done it as I should and I repent before you. I promise you that, with your help, I will walk a cross-centred life with my eyes fixed on you.”

 

PRAYER: “Lord, the cross must be at the heart of Ghana and it is not as central as it should be. We repent for this and ask you to bring

DAY 4 - Monday May 4, 2020.

Repentant people copy the life of Jesus. So we are not proud, grasping or looking for our own personal blessings. This is the life we must follow:-

 

Jesus took the nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death – even death on a cross.” (Philippians 2:7-8)

 

Repentance is, as we are beginning to see, a huge challenge to our selfish will and the self-centred Christianity which has appealed to many in Ghana. But that kind of faith has brought us to the brink of disaster. We need something better – we need to be a repentant people with our lives built on the pattern of Jesus.  Will you be such a one? Will I? Or will I let my selfish will and fear of the cost, or the loss of my position hold me back?

 

PRAYER: “Lord, I have never seen the challenge of repentance quite so clearly before. I want it, but the price is so high. Please help me.”

 

PRAYER: “Lord Ghana is my land. It has strayed far from you. Maybe if I and others can repent and lead the new life, you can call the Nation back to yourself and give us back our glorious promise of being a light to the world.”

DAY 5 - Tuesday May 5, 2020.

Repentance has been seen as such a dull and hard experience. But that is far from the truth. The disciples were filled with joy when they saw the Lord. Joys is the mark of every Christian experience, including repentance.

 

Repentance changes our relationship with the Lord and instead of guilt or beating ourselves down, we are filled with joy and we are lifted up. Our lives are right with the Lord again and we can begin a new way of living. New opportunities for service will come to us. Perhaps we should replace the word “Repentance” with “Repentance with joy!” Putting our lives right with God is such a joyful experience.  Repenting people are a rejoicing people. When God’s people are filled with “repentance with joy” the nation also rejoices and all things are possible.

 

PRAYER: “Lord, I want to be filled with the joy of repentance. I open my heart to you. Show me the path of repentance.  Cleanse me and refill me with the joy of the Lord.”

 

PRAYER: “Lord, bring the nation back to you in repentance, so that Ghana can shine with the glory of the Lord.”

DAY 6 - Wednesday May 6, 2020.

Sometimes we get a glimpse of heaven in the daily life of Jesus, and we do in the story of the Lord sheep. It is not just the sheep who is happy to be found.  The Shepherd is happy as well. When we walk in the path of repentance, we are happy, but so is Jesus.

 

Repentance is not just to do with us. It brings joy to us and to the Lord. When the son returned (Luke 15:20) we read “When he was still a long way off, his father saw him and his heart was filled with compassion for him.”

 

It’s a great encouragement to me to know that as I struggle to repent of those things which have damaged my relationship with the Lord, I am bringing joy to him. This is a nice and reassuring thought. It helps me through the tough experiences of repentance. I think to myself “Jesus is with me in this repentance. It is an offering I can bring to him.”

 

PRAYER: “Lord I am the one who needs to repent and I am trying.  Yet you delight in my repentance. This is so incredible. Thank you for being such a loving Lord. Help me on.”

 

PRAYER: “Lord, if my walking the path of repentance brings joy to you, how much more joy will you get if a whole Nation repents. Lord, may my small repentance be multiplied so you can receive an abundance of joy.”

DAY 7 - Thursday May 7, 2020.

Let’s end this week on a positive note. If any person, church or Nation turns to repentance, the enemy will act. He fears repentance. He has seen what it can do in the past. (1 Samuel 7) He will mock us and claim that no one has authority to accept our repentance. We are prisoners to our failures, and that is that!

 

The Bible makes it clear that he is wrong.  Jesus has the authority to offer repentance and accept repentant people. He healed the paralysed men – proof to us that he can keep his word. So when he claims that “I have authority on earth to forgive,” we can trust his word. The Lord can grant our desire for repentance. He earns that right at Calvary. This is such a reassurance to those who are repenting. The enemy is lying –  as usual.

 

Quite a week of prayer. We have learnt that repentance is a changed way of living which is hard to enter and even harder to live out. The challenges of the cross are great –  especially as many have not taken that path in Ghana. But repentance can change everything. Joyful repentance is the key to a new future for Ghana. Is it possible? The authority of the Lord says it is. Our prayers and commitment this week has started a process of change. Next week we can go further if we want to. It is now up to us.

 

PRAYER: Lord, you are Lord of heaven and earth. All authority is in your hands. I know that you and you alone can hear my cry for repentance and that you and you alone can grant it.”

 

PRAYER: God bless our homeland Ghana.

Welcome to our daily post for the May “National Month of Repentance.” I have explained the meaning of biblical repentance on today’s audio and readers might find that helpful. Each week has a theme, and each day has a brief look at a Bible verse and 2 ideas for prayer.  Each day builds on what has gone on before and adds a little more to our understanding of “Ghana- Repent and Live” so that our repentance will be genuine. Those of us who manage the whole 31 days will get the best idea of what the Lord is saying to us.

DAY 8- Friday May 8, 2020

Many of God’s people are aware that something is wrong in Ghana but they do not know what, and they have been willing to go along with leaving things as they are. They have been unable to see that so many Churches are following a self centered and self seeking agenda, flawed by prosperity teaching which tells them they can have what they want, when they want with little effort, and live a life of comfort, with little challenge discipline, prayer, following the cross and serving the Lord without thought of reward.

The sins of the Nation have been swept under the carpet, just as Israel did in the presence of Prophet Jeremiah. “Neither Zedekiah or his attendants nor the people of the land paid any attention to the words of the Lord spoken through Jeremiah the Prophet.” (Jer. 37:2) The consequences of this rejection were disastrous. Are we heading in the same direction?

With a dangerous virus loose an a severely damaged economy, with personal freedoms restricted, an uncertain future and fear in our communities, has God got our attention now?

 

Prayer points:

“Open his eyes that he might see.” (2 Kings 6:17) If we are going to make progress in repentance as a nation, then many need their eyes open to see exactly where we are.The Nation is spiritually way out of line with where it needs to be. Prosperity has ruined our close and obedient walk with him. We have offended him once too often, yet still he gives us one more chance. Corvid 19 is shaking Ghana to the core. “Open our eye Lord that we might see the truth and come to repentance.”

DAY 9 - Saturday May 9, 2020

What is it about Ghana that is so offending God? Let’s start in Hosea 5:7

They are unfaithful to the Lord.” The Lord loved Ghana, and offered us the chance to serve him. But we chose a different path. We went after self gratification. The Lord sees this as unfaithfulness.

I’m sure many of us know this hymn – “When I survey the wondrous cross on which the Prince of glory died.” And it is totally right. The cross should be the centre of our National spiritual life – and nothing else. We kneel in adoration. We do not reach out to take. Once we replace obedience to the cross with anything else, we offend God, and that is just what Ghana has done.

Here is a vision of the church. We are living on the 37th floor of a high rise building. A fire begins in the lower floors, and a man rushes in to us. “The building is on fire” he says. “You must leave.” But we say “We see no flames and smell no smoke. You are wrong.”  The fire creeps up the floors, and each time the man rushes in and says “You must leave. The building is on fire.” But each time he gets the same response. Then at last he says “I won’t worry you anymore. The fire is now on the 37th floor.”

The virus has reached the 36th floor and an unfaithful church is unable to see. Our time is running out. Repentance is our only hope.

 

PRAYER POINT: “All the people of Israel turned back to the Lord.” Let’s pray that a turning will begin this day.

DAY 10 - Sunday May 10, 2020

The Jewish people would not listen to Jesus and his warnings to them. They were full of arrogance. So is Ghana. We are so convinced that God will never judge us that we refuse to listen to the warnings or read the signs. Hosea warns against it –“Israel’s arrogance testified against them.”

 

Our arrogance has testified against us. Our unfounded belief that God would never judge us is totally without foundation. It is us telling him what he can and cannot do. It is the behaviour of the builders of the Tower of Babel –“Come let us build ourselves a city with a Tower that reaches to the heavens that we may make a name for ourselves.” (Gen.11:4)

 

What can we do about this? We have to enter the path of national repentance. How do we do that? We can find the answer here:- (Luke 23:28-9)

 

“A large number of people followed Jesus, including women who mourned and wailed for him. Jesus turned and said to them “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children.  For the time will come when you will say “Blessed are the childless women, the wombs that’s never borne and the breasts that never nursed!”

 

We can begin to cry. Tears for our foolishness, for the emptiness of faith in Ghana, for the approaching disaster, for the loss of our promise. Tears for the disgrace and the shame of our land. Tears for the Lord who is so grieving over us, his beloved child.

 

When we begin to see these tears, we can begin to hope.

 

PRAYER POINT: Let’s ask the Lord to pour on us the gift of tears for the agony of his beloved Ghana. These tears will prepare the way for repentance. But we need rivers of them.

 

DAY 11 - Monday May 11, 2020.

What is the outworking of national sin?

Our promise is lost. The Lord wanted to use Ghana to touch the world. But our arrogance  and our unfaithfulness have lost us that promise, and Corvid 19 will destroy it.

 

Corruption destroys us. Corruption fills the life of Ghana at every level. The “dash” has become a way of life which appears to benefit those who do it. But what it really does is destroys our national relationship with God. The short term benefits of corruption have brought us to the brink of disaster.

 

The Name of Jesus is degraded. The precious name of Jesus has not been guarded and protected. Worse – it has suffered disgrace, as many of the corrupt ones claim to be his people.

 

No peace. The church has done what the false prophets did in Ezekiel’s day – “Because they lead my people astray saying “Peace” when there is no peace.” (13:10) The church and its leadership did not warn us of the danger we are in. We are at the brink of disaster because of their acceptance of the lazy and comfortable situation which developed. We are heading for spiritual destruction unless we repent and do so quickly.

 

PRAYER POINT: “For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”  Let us call passionately on his name – that he will hear our longing for repentance. Let this cry go up all over Ghana and beyond.

DAY 12 - Tuesday May 12, 2020.

We are all to blame for the mess we are in, because “we are the body of Christ.” No one can escape this responsibility – not even me. But hard questions will be asked of our national spiritual leadership, and such questions cannot be avoided. They should have been warning us of our error and the danger long ago. The situation may not have been their doing, but they have inherited it, so the responsibility rests with them. Today’s disaster lays at their feet.

 

Moses made no attempt to avoid his responsibility in a similar situation. When the people of God apostatised at with the Golden Calf, we read “Oh what a great sin these people have committed. They made themselves gods of gold. But now please forgive their sins – but if not blot me out of the book you have written.” (Ex.32:31)

 

Our spiritual leadership will, one day, have to give an account of what they allowed to happen. But we need them to follow the example of Moses now, who acted to save the people from disaster. We need them to confess their failure before us, repent and be prepared to lay down their lives that Ghana might live.

 

PRAYER POINT. “Lord you told us that the truth would set us free. We need to know the truth about those who lead us. Send your Holy Spirit into them. Lead them, with us to repentance.”

DAY 13 - Wednesday May 13, 2020.

By now we should have a good idea of what repentance is. But what stands in the way of its free movement? Many strongholds stand in the way and they must be broken. Pride, spiritual blindness, hidden sin, satanic activity –  they must all be destroyed before the Nation can repent. What breaks them? The blood of Jesus moving in a repentant people. His blood “speaks a better blood than the blood of Abel” (Hebs. 12:24), but it must flow in repentant hearts. How do we release the blood? Our month of repentance can do it. As we are changed, the power will be released.

 

If we block the flow of repentance, all is lost. The enemy knows this so has erected his strongholds to do just that. But the blood of Jesus, once reposed, will destroy all demonic  opposition.

 

We must pray harder for the movement of the Spirit –  touching hearts and opening the way.

 

PRAYER POINT: Release the Spirit of repentance among us, that the strongholds of the enemy might be broken and the nation turn in repentance back to the ways of the Lord.

DAY 14 - Thursday May 14, 2020.

I think it is time to make our first act of repentance, so that the blood of Christ can begin to flow. Here are the simple steps from Luke 15. Use them and expand them as seems right.

 

He came to his senses. “Father I acknowledge my unrepentance.”

I am starving to death. “Father I should never have left your protection.”

I will go back. “Father, I turn from my old way of life right now.”

I will say to him. “Father I am confessing with my lips my unrepentance.”

I have sinned.   “Father the fault is mine and mine alone.”

 

His father saw him and was filled with compassion. “Father thank you for wanting me back.” Threw his arms round him. “Father I will walk the repentant way from now on, with the cross at the centre of my life.

 

PRAYER POINT.  “Lord begin to move in repentance right now. Change hundreds of lives so that your name may be honoured and your power seen in Ghana. Begin with me.”

Welcome to our daily post for the May “National Month of Repentance.” I have explained the meaning of biblical repentance on today’s audio and readers might find that helpful. Each week has a theme, and each day has a brief look at a Bible verse and 2 ideas for prayer.  Each day builds on what has gone on before and adds a little more to our understanding of “Ghana- Repent and Live” so that our repentance will be genuine. Those of us who manage the whole 31 days will get the best idea of what the Lord is saying to us.

DAY 15 - Friday May 15, 2020

Now, we are going to move on in our thinking to National repentance, and as we do, a choice is before us. Prophet Zechariah makes the choice clear:

The golden lampstand: (Zech.4: 20) a nation can choose to walk by the golden light of Christ. This does not mean that we will not face hard times, but it does mean that we will face everything with him at our head. We will be able to fulfil our promise, and be a source of light to the world.

The curse of the flying scroll: (Zech. 5:1) if we do not accept the light, then the flying scroll of judgment will reach over the nation and judgment will fall.

There are 2 things to understand here. There is only one choice that has to be made. The only way to move from the scroll to the golden light is repentance.

COVID-19 is warning us that the scroll is reaching out over Ghana. Our only hope is national repentance. Time is short.

PRAYER POINT. “Open our eyes Lord, that we may see the reality of what is happening and the need for national repentance before it is too late.”

DAY 16 - Saturday May 16, 2020

Let’s begin to look at how we repent as a Nation. The people of Israel spent 20 years away from the Lord. What happened to bring them to the beginning of their repentance? The Hebrew can be translated “They lamented after the Lord.”

The beginning of national repentance is to accept that we have strayed from the path the Lord laid down for us, and to be deeply moved in our emotions and our spirit for what we have lost. It is the “coming to the senses” of our Lost Son, (Luke 15:17) but it is very painful.

I once stood in the Lord’s presence, and he opened his broken heart to me. I was nearly crushed there by sorrow for Ghana. He was “lamenting” and I was lamenting. So much promise lost – such a bleak and empty future.

We have to begin to lament for Ghana. In heaven our tears of sorrow and grief have to rise up to his throne. He needs to hear them, and ask His son – “What is that noise?” The Son will reply “It is our people of Ghana lamenting for their sin and their loss.”

Where are the grieving people? There are some here. Shall we join them today?”

PRAYER POINT. “My sacrifice O God is a broken spirit for Ghana. A broken and contrite heart you, O God, will not despise.”

DAY 17 - Sunday May 17, 2020

For there to be any hope of National repentance, Prophet Samuel demands 2 things:

“Rid yourself.” We have to get rid of our foreign gods. Idols and occult practices are obvious. Not so obvious as our inner gods – pride, greed, love of money, personal satisfaction. Less obvious still are the national sins – unfaithfulness, arrogance, blind and deaf ears to the voice of God, a failed spiritual leadership. We cannot come to national repentance carrying our old selves with us.

“Commit yourselves.” National repentance needs a new commitment. “Commit” means “to stand erect.” Peter committed himself in the boat (Luke 5:8) and Zacchaeus up a tree. But Samuel is not just looking at individual commitment. Our National leaders must have a new commitment to service, obedience, humility, walking the way of the cross- and they must lead us to repentance. Then the character of the Nation can and will be changed.

Do we have much time? During the night of my watch for Ghana, I saw storm clouds gathering in Heaven. The Father’s patience may be coming to an end.

PRAYER POINT: “Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy hill.” It’s time for heart prayer, before it is too late.

DAY 18 - Monday May 18, 2020.

Before we move on with Samuel, let’s think about our opposition.

I have always seen Ghana as a child, and I have been carrying that child for years. Now I see the child is close to death, because of our neglect. When the enemy sees this, he gets ready to advance.

I wrote this in “The Wasted child.” “The Prophet saw a dark satanic army gathering. For years it had been preparing for this day, when it could advance and take victory.”

Now, with Corvid 19 and an unrepentant church, the enemy is growing stronger. New dangerous forces have been released into our land. I have seen a very powerful and aggressive force, called the “Ethiopian” and I have seen the harlot Jezebel.

These are signs in the spiritual that the enemy sees his chance. But he might also be overseeing his chance. If we can come to national repentance, we can destroy these evil forces, and release our Promise, which will launch a wave of spiritual fire across the land.

We are approaching the battle front. The pressure is on us. The enemy knows it and we must know it too.

PRAYER POINT. “The child Ghana is in great danger. Please help us not to slip backwards but to go forwards into repentance.”

DAY 19 - Tuesday May 19, 2020.

Let us go back to Samuel. So far he has asked the people to turn round and to understanding their true position before God. Now he says, “Assemble at Mizpah and I will intercede for you.”

(1 Sam 7:5) It’s time for serious Cross-centred prayer. How do we do that?

We must embrace the dying Christ. If we want to intercede for repentance in Ghana, we have to do it from the cross. Not “at” or “under” but “from” the cross. The Lord is hanging and hurting for the lost child, Ghana. We have to go to the same place. (Gal.6: 14)

We go with him to the Father. Holding the crucified Christ, we go to the Father, leaving our personal issues behind. We just bring the bleeding and dying child, Ghana. (John 10:30)

We kneel in the blood. Nothing else will allow us in. Nothing else has the power of intercession in it or the power to change the Father’s heart. (Col.1: 20)

We cry for mercy. We have nothing to bring except our broken and unrepentant hearts. This is our last and only hope. (Luke 18:13)

PRAYER POINT. “Lord have mercy on us sinners for the sake of child, Ghana.”

DAY 20 - Wednesday May 20, 2020.

Samuel is asking the people to repent of their national sins. For them it was turning back to the Lord, getting rid of false idols and committing themselves to the Lord. This was the preparation for national repentance. What might be our national sins? Here are some to think about:

Unfaithfulness –                    “We have Abraham as our Father!” (John 8:39)

Arrogance and pride –         “I thank you Father that I am not like others.” (Luke 18:11)

Loss of our light position – “You are the light of the world.” (Matthew 5:13)

Hope fades. –                        “There is no one to comfort her.” (Lamentations 1.1-2.and 5-6)

Darkness   –                           “Night is coming.” (John 9:4)

Are we summed up in Laodicea? “I know your deeds, that you are neither hot not cold. I wish you were one thing or the other. So because you are lukewarm – neither hot nor cold – I am about to spit you out of my mouth. You say  ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realise that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. (Revelation 3:15-17)

If we can accept this analysis, then, how are we going to respond? More on that tomorrow.

PRAYER POINT. “Father it is not easy to accept these things, but if we can, great joy will be ours. Holy Spirit, help us.”

DAY 21 - Thursday May 21, 2020.

We are moving to the heart of Mizpah, and as we do, we have to be willing to offer the Lord a gift of tears. What are tears of repentance? The Bible shows us some:-

Hannah. Broken heart tears. “Hannah prayed to the Lord, weeping bitterly.” (1 Sam. 1:10)

A sinful woman. Tears of love.  “She wet my feet with her tears.”(Luke 7:38)

A Widow.  Tears of loss. “Don’t cry.”  (Luke 7:11-17)

Mary. Tears of hope. “Woman why are you crying?”  (John 20:11)

Here is the heart of repenting tears:- “Daughters of Jerusalem (Ghana) do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children.” (Luke 23:28) At Mizpah, speech is not enough. Maybe we should already be crying. Heaven is:-

“At the great celebration in heaven, one place was empty. The Father asked “Who should be here?” The Son replied “Your child Ghana.”  All heaven wept.

PRAYER POINT: “For the love of Ghana we offer you tears of repentance.”

Welcome to our daily post for the May “National Month of Repentance.” I have explained the meaning of biblical repentance on today’s audio and readers might find that helpful. Each week has a theme, and each day has a brief look at a Bible verse and 2 ideas for prayer.  Each day builds on what has gone on before and adds a little more to our understanding of “Ghana- Repent and Live” so that our repentance will be genuine. Those of us who manage the whole 31 days will get the best idea of what the Lord is saying to us.

DAY 22 - Friday May 22, 2020

For Samuel, the heart of the National repentance was sacrifice. (1 Sam.7: 9)  We have a better sacrifice – the sacrifice of the cross. This is where our repentance must flow.

HOW MUST OUR REPENTANCE FLOW:

  1. Accept the burden of national sinfulness as Jesus took the cross on himself: “Carrying

His own cross.”(John 19:17)

  1. Feel the burden. We have to carry the burden: “He bore our sins in his body on the

     Cross.” (1 Peter 2:24)

  1. Plead forgiveness. We must do as he did: “Father forgive them.” (Luke 23:34)
  2. Surrender all. We can keep nothing back: “He gave up his spirit.” (Matt.27:50)
  3. Plead the sacrifice. This is our foundation: Jesus’s blood which “speaks a better word

than the blood of Abel.” (Hebrews 12:24)

The cross is the heart of repentance – “He bore our sins in his body on the cross that we might die to sin and live for righteousness.” (1 Peter 2:24) Let this be true for Ghana.

PRAYER POINT: When I survey the wondrous cross on which the Prince of glory died, my richest gain I count but loss and pour contempt on all my pride.

DAY 23 - Saturday May 23, 2020

Repentance is a life changing experience for a nation.

It is a choice we make. But we have to bear in mind that the choice affects our destiny and that of future of generations.

CHOOSING REPENTANCE

“Go to Nineveh.” (Jonah 1:1) Jonah was sent by the Lord to preach against the sinfulness of Nineveh. His message was hard – “Forty days and Nineveh will be overthrown.” (3:4) This had a big impact on the King. He ordered a National repentance immediately. He said, “Who knows? God may yet relent and with compassions turn from his fierce anger.”

CHOOSING NOT TO REPENT

No one will enter the land. (Numbers 14:30) Moses was forced by the disobedience of Israel to experience the alternative – “Not one of you will enter the land I swore to make your home.” The disobedience of the people robbed them of their promise and they were forced into the wilderness for 40 years. (Joshua 5.6)

The rejection of the opportunity to repent can be fatal with disastrous consequences.

PRAYER POINT: Lord you love us. Please help us to take this opportunity, which you are giving us by your grace.

DAY 24 - Sunday May 24, 2020

National repentance must be the work of the Holy Spirit. How does He work?

Only He can break through our selfish hearts and our arrogance.  Those who heard Peter’s first message were arrogant. But when the Holy Spirit touched them they were changed   “What shall we do,” they asked? (Acts 2:37)

Only He convicts us of sin. Personal sin as Peter found: “Depart from me Lord; I am a sinful man.” (Luke 5:8) National sin as Nehemiah found: “The sins which we Israelites have committed against you.” (Nh.1:6)

Only He has the power to release change. After he moved at Ephesus – “The word of the Lord spread widely and grew in power.” (Acts 19:20)

For our Day of national repentance to be effective the Holy Spirit must work in us, reveal the sinfulness of the Nation to us, be released into us and pray with us. (Rom 8:26)

PRAYER POINT: Lord, release the power of your Holy Spirit on us now.

DAY 25 - Monday May 25, 2020.

Beginning with 2 Chronicles, gives us a powerful insight at the start. When Solomon prayed, I wonder what he expected would happen? He was in for a big surprise “The Priests could not enter the Temple because the glory of he Lord filled it.”

National repentance is about the Lord’s glory. It exalts him, honours him and allows him to show his power. His glory will be re-established in his child Ghana.

What is this glory?

From the beginning

St. John tells us “We have seen his glory” (Jn.1:14) – his holiness, his life, his power. Repentance will reveal God’s glory again in Ghana.

In us

We will shine with the glory again. Psalm 8:5 tell us – “He has crowned us with glory and honour.”

In the Church

St. Paul taught, “to him be glory in the church.” (Eph.3:21) The church is the Lord’s glory, and that is where he will reveal it. What an honour.

Isn’t it fantastic? National Repentance is for our benefit. It blesses God and brings an outpouring of his glory on and into us. Makes it very worthwhile doesn’t it.

PRAYER POINT. “Make us a repentant people Lord, so that w can see your glory.”

DAY 26 - Tuesday May 26, 2020.

Samuel, (1 Sam.7) gives us National repentance from the human point of view.

But 2 Chronicles 7 gives us National repentance from God’s point of view.

It is important to know the two points of view.

So how does God see it?

If… As we learnt, God gave us the freedom to choose. (Gen.2: 16-17)

We do not have to go to Mizpah. God wants willing volunteers, not forced people. See Gideon – (Judges 7:2-7)

Called by my name

Only God’s people can come to Mizpah. There is no place for unbelievers. St. John made this clear – “Nothing impure will enter the city.” (Rev 21:8). National repentance is our burden. We, and we alone are coming to Jesus, whose name we bear –  “The Disciples were first called Christians at Antioch.” (Acts 11:26)

Humble themselves

Arrogance and pride has taken over Ghana. That does not work with God. Jesus “humbled himself” (Phil.2:8) and Mary sang “he has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble.” (Luke 1:52)  Unless we come as humble servants, accepting our sinfulness and ask for mercy, we might as well not come.

PRAYER POINT. “Nothing in my hand I bring. I am coming to the King.” Lord, humble my heart, that you may be exalted.

DAY 27 - Wednesday May 27, 2020.

“If”, “called” and “humble” are just the beginning. Now the Lord makes his will plain.

Pray

This means ”Intercede.” Casual prayer will not do here. We have to follow Hannah’s example and “pour out our hearts before the Lord.” (1 Samuel 1:15)

Seek my face

This is better read as “desire.” We have to have a passionate longing to return to the Lord, like a child, which has lost its parents. The Psalm writer gets it right – “Take delight in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.” (Ps.37:4)

Turn

Now Samuel and the Chronicler become one voice. Samuel said – “If you are returning” and the Chronicler says – “turn from your wicked ways.” We are back to the Lost Son, but now nationally – “I will set out and go back to my Father and say ‘I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’” We will find that the Father has not changed  – “But while he was a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him.” (Luke 15:18-19 and 20.)

PRAYER POINT. “Compassionate father, we are your children turning back to you. Have mercy on us.”

DAY 28 - Thursday May 28, 2020.

“If”, “Called”, “Humble”, “Pray”, “Turn” and “Seek my face.”  Now we come to the promises:

I will hear from heaven

We know the Lord hears us. Jeremiah taught it – “Call to me and I will answer you” (Jer.33:3) and Jesus told us to “Ask anything in my name.”(Jn. 14:13)         But the key here is “from heaven.” The Lord is listening from the place of authority and power. “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” (Matt.28:18)  This is the place from which the Spirit will come – “You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you.” (Acts 1:8) The Lord has the power to do what we want and what he wants. The Philistines found this out painfully. “The Lord thundered with a loud thunder against the Philistines and threw them into a panic.” (1 Sam.7:10)

Forgive their sin

“Repent then and return to God, so that you sins may be wiped out.” (Acts 3:19) The words “wiped out” can be translated “blot out, obliterate, erase.” They are words of totality – the sin is totally gone. The Paralysed man who was lowered down to Jesus was promised, “Your sins are forgiven.” Israel was promised, “I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and remembers your sin no more.” (Isa.43:25)

The Lord has the authority to do what he wants. “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the Beginning and the End.” (Rev. 21:13) If he chooses to accept our repentance, it is done.

PRAYER POINT. “Sovereign Lord, we are trusting you to hear us.”

Welcome to our daily post for the May “National Month of Repentance.” I have explained the meaning of biblical repentance on today’s audio and readers might find that helpful. Each week has a theme, and each day has a brief look at a Bible verse and 2 ideas for prayer.  Each day builds on what has gone on before and adds a little more to our understanding of “Ghana- Repent and Live” so that our repentance will be genuine. Those of us who manage the whole 31 days will get the best idea of what the Lord is saying to us.

DAY 29 - Friday May 29, 2020

St. John wrote – “The leaves of the tree are for the healing of the Nations.” (Rev 22:2) What healing might the Lord offer? This is a big question. Here are a few of the changes we need to see and pray for.

The Lost Son healing

Ghana will be forgiven, healed and restored! “This son of mine was dead and is alive again.” (Lk.15:24)

The servant healing

Now we must begin a life of service as a Nation. Our promise was to the world, but as a servant Ghana. Mary said,  “I am the Lord’s servant” (Lk.1:38)

The obedience healing

No more wrong pathways. We are going to follow the way of our Promise, with the Lord’s help. “This is the way. Walk in it.” (Isa.30:21)

The purity healing

We have to give up our old ways – arrogance, pride, prosperity, self – and walk as a pure nation. “Blessed are the pure in heart. (Matt.5:8)

The cross healing

Here is the key. We have to follow the way of the cross – obedience, service, discipline, and endurance. This is where we have failed the most. From now on it must be – “I have been crucified with Christ.” (Gal.2:20)

PRAYER POINT: “Lord you are the Healer. Please heal our land.”

DAY 30 - Saturday May 30, 2020

Today we come to make a national act of repentance. What is our choice?

Nineveh?

The Ninevites saw their true situation and obeyed Jonah: “When Jonah’s warning reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, took off his royal robe, covered himself with sackcloth and sat down in the dust. He said, “Let everyone urgently call on God. Let them give up their evil ways and their violence. Who knows? God may yet relent.”

(Jonah 3:6-9)

The desert?

The Israelites rebelled against God. The result was disaster: “As surely as I live,  – in this wilderness your bodies will fall – everyone of you – who have grumbled against me – no one of you will enter the land I swore with uplifted hand to make your home.”

(Num.14:28-30)

The cross?

The price has been paid – “Obedient to death on a cross.” (Phil 2:8)

We must now make our choice.

PRAYER POINT. “Lord, have mercy on Ghana. We have sinned against you.”

DAY 31 - Sunday May 31, 2020

It’s Pentecost and the question we ask is –  How does the Holy Spirit work in repentance? The answer is that He brings an outpouring of power.

At the dedication  of the Temple a new sense of God’s power was released. “When Solomon finished praying fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices and the glory of the Lord filled the Temple.” (2 Chron.7:1) We need the Spirit to give us a new understanding of the love and power of the Lord.

At Mizpah the power released broke the enemy. “The Lord thundered  with a loud thunder against the Philistines and threw them into such a panic that they were routed..”

(1 Sam.7:10) We need the Spirit to break our enemies so that we can move forward.

At Ephesus, first a new purity came.  “Many of those who believed now came and openly confessed what they had done.” (Acts 19:17) On the foundation of this new purity there was a fantastic move of the Spirit – “The word of the Lord spread widely and grew in power.” (Acts 19:20) This we long for after our national repentance.

PRAYER POINT: “Breath on us breath of God. Move through our land in Pentecost power that we may again be your beloved Nation.”

DAY 1 - Monday June 1, 2020

Where do we go from here after our month of thinking and our day of repentance? Let’s begin at Ephesus. After the move of the Spirit there, many who believed came and openly confessed what they had done. Then – “A number who had practiced sorcery brought their scrolls together and burnt them publicly.” (Acts 19:19)

Repentance brings a new desire for purity. How can this touch our nation? It has to begin with us and move outwards in all areas.  That’s how Sodom would have been saved – the ten righteous people would have changed the rest. How does purity begin?

Pure: “Pure in heart” means “to be purified by fire.” We are purified by the fire of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:3) We must live these pure lives. Where do we need cleansing?  (Mk. 7:20-23)

Truth: The Psalmist said “You desire truth in the inward parts,” (Ps 51:6) even from the womb. If we live truth, corruption will eventually die. In all our actions we must act as if the Lord might appear in front of us and ask – “Is this truth?”

New creation: We must live as St Paul taught us – “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.” (2 Cor 5:17) We must live “New creation” lives.

All movements of the Spirit begin in individual lives, and move outwards, so this is where we must begin.

PRAYER: “Lord begin with me. Search me and know my heart. Make me clean.”

(See Ps 139:23 and 1 John 1:7)

DAY 2 - Tuesday June 2, 2020

Once Ephesus had repented, “the word of the Lord spread widely and grew in power.”

(Acts 19:20) A repentant people have unique access to new power from the Lord’s hand: –

Resurrection power. “He is risen!” (Matt 28:5-6) So we can break every stronghold

(2 Cor 10:4), pull down every wall (Joshua 6:20) and reclaim every inch of Ghana. Nothing can stand in our way. Ghana can be ours – and His!

Holy Spirit power.  We can speak the word boldly. (Acts 4:31-33) We can translate “boldly” as “free and fearless.” (Acts 2:14) The triumph has come. (Col.2:15)

Evangelistic power. I am believing for a new wave of evangelism. Peter saw “about 3000 were added…” (Acts 2:42) I would be looking for 2 million.

Healing power. Healing testifies to the truth of Jesus. Peter at the Beautiful Gate, speaks to the Paralysed man – “in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” (Acts 3:6) I am longing for an outpouring of healing power.

We will become a more courageous people, reaching out for the power of God to change our land by changing the lives of those who are ‘prisoners suffering in iron chains.”

(Ps 107:10)

PRAYER: “Show us your power Lord, and we will bless your name.”

DAY 3 - Wednesday June 3, 2020

A repentant church must live by cross-centred principles. Nothing else can keep us safe. What might we be looking at?

Humble.  One of the things which has so damaged Ghana is our pride and arrogance. We are the Pharisee of Luke 18 – “I thank you Father that we are not like other nations.” This has to be replaced with humility:-“He got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing and wrapped a towel round his waist. He poured water into a base and began to wash the disciples’ feet.” (John 13:4-5)

Service. Many of God’s people in Ghana do not want to serve but to have the highest place.

Jesus made his position very clear on this – “The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve.” ( Mark 10:45) Mary behaved exactly the same – “I am the Lord’s servant.”

(Luke 1:38)

No reward. The repentant church must destroy the dash culture. Our position is clear. “When you have done everything you were told to do, should say ‘We are unworthy servants. We have only done our duty.” ( Luke 17:10)

We have to live the cross. It has to become our daily experience. Then slowly Ghana will come under its shadow.

PRAYER.  “Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim, til all the world adore his sacred name.”

DAY 4 - Thursday June 4, 2020

One of the options the Lord has is to “pour out” his Spirit in reviving power. “Revive” (Ps.85:6) means to “quicken, to revive and to refresh.” Peter called this experience – “times of refreshing.” (Acts 3:19) How do we seek the Lord for this wonderful experience?

Repent. This is what we have tried to do – to cry out for mercy and forgiveness. The Pharisee might have said “I thank you Father that Ghana is not like other nations..!” But we need to be the Tax Collector –  “Lord have mercy on Ghana, a sinner.”  (Luke 18:13)

Desire. What is in our heart? Do we read of Mizpah,(1 Sam.7), Zechariah (Zech.12 and 13), Pentecost (Acts 2), Ephesus (Acts 19) –  and long with all our hearts for this to fall on Ghana. The Psalmist says “Take delight in the Lord and he will give you your heart’s desire.” (Ps.37:4) Do we desire a new Pentecost for Ghana?

Expect. Sometimes we limit God by our lack of expectation. Paul teaches “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think.” (Eph.3:20) Do we expect our great God to pour his reviving power on Ghana? I long for it, expect for it and am waiting for it.

Repentance and awakenings often go together. The Spirit descends – not like a dove but like a fire, and it shakes people. It shakes Churches, challenges leaders, breaks sinners and opens up new experiences of the Spirit.

PRAYER: “A-men. Come Lord Jesus.”

DAY 5 - Friday June 5, 2020

Jesus taught us this – “If the Owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into.” (Matt.24:43) Keeping watch is our protection against the thief. Ghana faced a thief who came to steal and kill and destroy. (Jn.10:10) But there were no watchers at the gates of the Nation, and he gained easy access. Now we need National Watchers to stand in the gates again, so that the fruits of our repentance will not be stolen. (Matt.3:8) What must they be like?

Sensitive. Jesus was very sensitive to the Spirit. He would not “break a bruised reed or snuff out a smouldering wick.” (Isa 42:3) Watchers must be very sensitive to the quiet voice of the Spirit, which warns of Satan’s approach to the National gates.

Wise. Satan deceives – as an angel of light, as a whispering servant, and as powerful.

(2 Cor.11:14; Genesis 3:1; John 19:10) Watchers have to have the spirit of wisdom. “The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him – the spirit of wisdom and understanding.”  (Isa. 11:2) Then they can rebuke this Invader.

Brave. Watchers have to be brave – they are the first line of defence against invasion. Jesus put it like this – “The Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand sees the wolf coming and..runs away.”(Jn.10:12) The Watchers cannot run away. They face the wolf- whatever the cost.

We need new Watchers. We must not leave the gates unguarded. Who are they?

PRAYER: “Lord, give us those who will watch and pray at the gates.”

DAY 6 - Saturday June 6, 2020

The intercession stream in Ghana has been very shallow. It has become, in many cases, just loud and long prayers. But intercession is a way of life. The Greek word means “to be intimately related to the Lord.” We are to live closer than a brother to him in “agape” love. (Prov.18:24. John 21:15) How do we do that?

Embrace the dying Christ. True intercession follows the way of the cross, and stands in the flow of Christ’s sufferings. Peter said “Christ suffered for your, leaving you an example, that you might follow in his steps.” (1 Peter 2:21)

Come to the Father. Holding the dying Christ, we come to the Father. We must go there because Jesus said “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30) As we ask the Father, within the shadow of the cross, then we will know we are moving in the right stream.

Plead the blood. Only because of the blood can we be in Father’s presence, and only the blood can change situations. We know that Jesus was “making peace through his blood shed on the cross.” (Col.1:20)

If we can move in this way, and more of us are beginning to understand this, then a powerful intercessory stream will sweep the nation. This prayer has huge power – Amos found that it could change the course of history for the better. (Amos 7:1-3) Repentance has opened the way for this. My hope and longing is that many will begin to move in this way, for the blessing of Ghana.

PRAYER. “Lord I want to go deeper in prayer for the sake of Ghana. Please help me.”

DAY 7 - Sunday June 7, 2020

We have looked at the need for Watchers over the gates. We also have a national responsibility to watch over our children – our heritage. They will take the flame from our hand and live by its light. Our enemy wants to destroy our heritage, so that the flame dies. (Matthew 2:16) What can we do?

Pray for the right heart. We need to protect the Heritage from the self-centred faith which has destroyed so much of our Promise. They are at great risk from the deceits of the world

(Luke 15:12). We need the Spirit to penetrate them – “Search me God, and know my heart. Test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me and lead me in the way everlasting.” (Ps 139:24) This opens the way for:

Pray for the Lord’s heart. As well as praying away the world from our heritage, we need to plant the Lord’s pure, passionate and servant heart in them. They need his purity (Matthew 5:8) and his passion (Psalm 69:9).  This will burn away the world from their hearts. They need his servant nature. (Phil 2:8)

Caleb. We need to call into them the spirit of Caleb – which the Lord called a “different spirit.” (Num 14:24) What is this spirit? It sums up all that we should be praying for the National heritage of the Lord “My servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me whole heartedly.” This will bring our heritage safely to their position of leadership and ensure their servant hearts.

PRAYER. “Guard our young ones Lord, and bring them to their position of leadership in the years to come.”

DAY 8 - Monday June 8, 2020

One of the national issues we have to deal with is innocent blood. Perhaps now that we have repentant power in us we can begin to take on this job. What is it and how does it damage the Nation?

It begins here after Cain has killed Abel:- “The Lord said “Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground.” (Gen.4:10) The innocent blood  cried out for justice. This cry has been increased many times as innocent blood has been spilt. When it is shed, the enemy gains strength. It’s a foothold for his strongholds, because “innocent blood pollutes the land. (Num 35:33) He can build on that pollution. It gives power to his arrogance. Lammach made that clear when he showed no remorse for murder. (Gen. 4:23-4) Good things have failed because innocent blood has not been covered, and Ghana needs this covering if we are going to fulfill our Promise.

Here is the change –  “We have come..to the sprinkled blood which speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.” (Hebrews 12:24) So what do we do it?

Seek the innocent blood. “For there is nothing hidden which will not be disclosed.”

(Luke 8:16)

Bind the innocent blood. We know there is resurrection power in repentance, so we have the weapon. “What you bind on earth will be bound in heaven.” (Matthew 18:18)

We pour the blood of Jesus.  The blood of Jesus will cancel all innocent blood. By his death he has provided justice and by his death he has provided mercy and peace. “This is my blood of the covenant which is poured out for many.” (Matt 26.28)

PRAYER. “Lord, release your blood to heal our land.”

DAY 9 - Tuesday June 9, 2020

Early in his life, Jesus had to deal with Satan, who claimed authority to give Jesus the world – “All this I will give you.” (Matt 4:9)  But Jesus broke his claim and so must we if Ghana is going to be free. What must we do nationally?

Deny Satan. Archangel Michael leads the way here, when in a dispute over the body of Moses, he said to Satan “The Lord rebuke you!” (Jude 1:9) We must begin to rebuke Satan at every level in our national life – corruption, misuse of power, greed, public sin – and  many more. He needs to be told “In the name of Jesus stop!” If we keep saying it at every level of society, change will come.

Claim our authority. We have right to rebuke him. We have authority – total and complete authority over everything he is and does. “At the name of Jesus every knee shall bow” (Phil.2:10) This includes Satan,

Raise the cross. This is the guarantee of our authority. The cross has power! (1 Cor.1:17)

Worship. As we worship, the Name is exalted in heaven and one earth, and the triumph is established. (Col 2:15)

PRAYER. Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim till all the world adore his sacred name.

DAY 10 - Wednesday June 10, 2020

Some years ago I held a programme in Ghana. On the last day, a Pastor came and asked me to repeat in his church. “Where is it?” I asked. It was three houses  from where I had just finished. “But why didn’t you bring your people here?” I asked. “Why should I?” He replied. I could repeat this story many times over as I have traveled around Ghana.

We are a dis-united family. This delights our enemies and grieves the Lord. One of the fruits of National repentance must be a greater unity and working together. What can we do?

One in the heart. Jesus told us that he and the Father are one. The desire for this unity must be in our hearts. It cannot begin with committees or organisations. That is imposing unity and seldom works. The desire must be in the heart of God’s people. We must grieve for division and long for unity. “My prayer is that all of them may be one.” (John 17:20-21).

The Spirit of truth. Unity can only come by a movement of the Spirit. The first church knew this:-“All the Believers were one in heart and mind.” (Acts 4:32) This is the fruit of the Holy Spirit at work. It’s a hard standard to achieve, but as we work towards it, we show our commitment to the National religious conscience, break the criticisms of our enemies and rejoice the heart of the Lord. “Just as you are in me Father, and I am in you.” (Jn 17.21)

If you love me. The desire for unity is a way of showing the Lord that we love him, and we should look for every opportunity to do that.  At the return of the lost son, the Father “threw his arms round his son and kissed him.” (Lk.15:20) Surely we would like to do that to the Lord? Desiring unity is embracing him in love and makes it one of the most blessed fruits of repentance – for him and us.

PRAYER. Lord, by your Holy Spirit, help us to seek the unity you so long for.”

DAY 11 - Thursday June 11, 2020

I heard today that one of the major hotels in Accra has not properly paid its workers. Another woman told me that her Employer owed her three months wages, but was refusing to pay, blaming Covid 19. Some Traders were driven back from the market by Police during shut down, even though they were selling food. How can they get justice? The poor and the abused have no power, no big name to use, no Champion. So they suffer – and continue to suffer. Yet the Bible is clear:-  “Whoever closes his ear to the cry of the poor will also call out and not be heard.” (Prov.21:13)

A repentant church must take a stand for the poor. What can we do?

Heart first. We are not being asked to become poor. If God has blessed us, we give him thanks. But we also need a heart for the poor. We must see their hardship and know it in our hearts. It begins in the heart – not in our heads or our pockets. It has to flow from compassion of Jesus – “When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” (Matt.9.36) We must be the same.

Practical. St. Paul saw the needs of the poor Jerusalem church and organised a collection.

(1 Cor.16:1) We need to be doing this, and urging our Government to give practical assistance when needed. But there is so much more to do that providing material assistance. Who will be a voice for the poor? Who will champion them against abuse and injustice? The Lord has chosen his national church to do that? Do we? Will we? “Whatever you did for the one of the least of these my children, you did it for me.” (Matt.25:40)

PRAYER. “Lord, give me your heart for the poor.”

DAY 12 - Friday June 12, 2020

We finish with prayer for our beloved nation, because it will need guarding as we move forward into our Promise. Many in Ghana do not seem to care for the Nation. I had this vision as I was praying. As I held up my hands, they were suddenly filled with doves. “What is this?” I asked. The Lord replied “These doves will take your prayers straight to Father’s heart. What will you ask them to take?” “Ghana” I replied.

We must lift thousands of hands and send many doves as a repentant church. Let’s gather some pictures to help  – holding, covering and watching.

Holding. “He took children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.” (Mk.10:16) Ghana needs to be held in our arms of prayer every hour.

Covering. “How often I have longed to gather your children together as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings.”(Mt.23:37) and “Under his wings you will find refuge.” (Ps.91:4) Ghana needs to be covered by our prayer every hour.

Watching.  “But while he was a long way off, his father saw him.” (Lk 15:20) We need to watch every hour, because “Your enemy the devil prowls around like a lion, looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)

Hold, cover, watch –  beautiful encouragements to us to keep Ghana safe, so that the full fruits of repentance will grow in us.

PRAYER.  “God bless our homeland Ghana.”