Broken bones, pleasant words, and the body of Christ

Proverbs 16:24 (New International Version)
Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.

Song of Solomon 4:10-11a (New International Version)
How delightful is your love, my sister, my bride! How much more pleasing is your love than wine, and the fragrance of your perfume than any spice! Your lips drop sweetness as the honeycomb, my bride; milk and honey are under your tongue.

Psalm 133:1-2 (New International Version)
How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity! It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down upon the collar of his robes.

Interesting how pleasant words are integral to the integrity of the human body and the body of Christ.

Dear Heavenly Father,
May the words of the Christians in the Mississippi Delta be like drops of honey, and may they bring healing to fractured bones and fractured churches in this land. Amen.

Jerusalem

Psalm 87:7 (NLT)
The people will play flutes and sing,
“The source of my life springs from Jerusalem!”

Ezekiel 47:1-12 (NLT)
In my vision, the man brought me back to the entrance of the Temple. There I saw a stream flowing east from beneath the door of the Temple and passing to the right of the altar on its south side. The man brought me outside the wall through the north gateway and led me around to the eastern entrance. There I could see the water flowing out through the south side of the east gateway. . .
When I returned, I was surprised by the sight of many trees growing on both sides of the river. . . There will be swarms of living things wherever the water of this river flows. Fish will abound in the Dead Sea, for its waters will become fresh. Life will flourish wherever this water flows. . .
Fruit trees of all kinds will grow along both sides of the river. The leaves of these trees will never turn brown and fall, and there will always be fruit on their branches. There will be a new crop every month, for they are watered by the river flowing from the Temple. The fruit will be for food and the leaves for healing.”

Our Father in heaven,
We bless Jerusalem, Your chosen city. We bless the life that springs from her and pray for her peace. Amen.

Governor Anselm J McLaurin

As a district attorney, Anselm J McLaurin participated in the convention for the writing of the Mississippi Constitution in 1890. He was the first Governor of Mississippi to be elected under the Mississippi Constitution of 1890, which disenfranchised most blacks by raising barriers to voter registration. These changes essentially ended the competitiveness of the Republican Party in the state, as well as severely weakening the Populist Party. The last Confederate veteran elected as governor, he served from 1896 to 1900.
McLaurin also served as US Senator. He was a cousin of my ancestors.

Psalm 85:7-9
Show us your unfailing love, O Lord,
and grant us your salvation.
I listen carefully to what God the Lord is saying,
for he speaks peace to his faithful people.
But let them not return to their foolish ways.
Surely his salvation is near to those who fear him,
so our land will be filled with his glory.

Our Father in heaven,

We confess our sins of covenant-breaking–-broken promises, broken commitments, broken relationships. Lord, have mercy.

We confess the sins of our forefathers in Mississippi in breaking covenant with the United States of America. Christ, have mercy.

We plead the Blood of the Lamb to cover the broken covenant between the state of Mississippi and the United States of America.

We confess our sins of racism and violence. We have shamefully treated our Afro-American brother and sisters. By institutionalizing these unjust laws, we have compelled and propagated racism. We are a stiff-necked people. Forgive us for our history of Jim Crow laws in Mississippi. Forgive our racism and hatred. Forgive our pride in naming a neighborhood and a school for a politician who supported institutionalized racism. Lord, have mercy.

We humbly seek Your pardon. If there are any curses attached to the name of McLaurin because of broken covenant and Jim Crow legislation, we claim the Blood of the Lamb over the name. If there are any curses attached to the offices of Governor of Mississippi and US Senator of Mississippi as a consequence of Anselm McLaurin’s actions, we cut those curses with the Sword of the Spirit.

Extend Your grace to the state of Mississippi. Extend Your grace to McLaurin Attendance Center in Florence and McLaurin Heights neighborhood in Pearl. We declare, Your kingdom come, Your will be done in these places, as it is in heaven.

We bless our Afro-American brothers and sisters in Mississippi.
We bless the descendants of Anselm McLaurin. Amen.

HB 1523

From Fox News:

Supporters of gay marriage in Mississippi are planning to file an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court in a last-ditch bid to stop a sweeping religious freedom law from taking effect next week.
House Bill 1523, also known as the Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act, was passed and signed into law last year. Its implementation was delayed after court challenges, but the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit has refused to keep delaying the law.

Our Father in heaven,
You have created a world of beauty and order. You have given Your people Your holy law by which to live. We thank You for the biblical principles that have been embedded in our system of jurisprudence.
You have raised up particular men and women to be judges of Your people. We bless the U.S. Supreme Court–Ruth, Anthony, John, Clarence, Elena, Samuel, Stephen, Sonia, and Neil. We thank You for their willingness to serve our nation in this critical role.
We ask now that You will grant unto them all of the gifts they will need to fulfill their duty regarding House Bill 1523. We ask that You give them the fidelity to the law possessed by Moses, the wisdom of Solomon, the courage of Deborah and Gideon, the righteousness of Samuel, and the heart of David. We ask that You protect them and their families from all harm. We pray that all of their judgments will be honest and true. We ask in the name of Jesus, our Advocate. Amen.

Reference: Portions of this prayer came from a prayer written by George F. Woodliff III.

Intercessors

Ezekiel 22:30 (AMP)
I searched for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand in the gap before Me for [the sake of] the land, that I would not destroy it, but I found no one [not even one].

Amos 7:7-8 (AMP)
Thus He showed me [a vision], and behold, the Lord was standing by a vertical wall with a plumb line in His hand [to determine if the wall was straight or if it needed to be destroyed]. The Lord said to me, “Amos, what do you see?” And I said, “A plumb line.” Then the Lord said,

“Behold, I am setting a plumb line [as a standard]
Among My people Israel [showing the defectiveness of the nation, requiring judgment].
I shall not spare them any longer. [The door of mercy is shut.] . . . ”

Dear Father,
For the sake of the Mississippi Delta, we ask You to stir the intercessors. Do not shut the door of mercy, we plea. Forgive us our sins, and forgive the sins of our forefathers. Amen.

Pray for all people

1 Timothy 2:1-2 (ESV)
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.

Dear Father,
You know our needs far better than we. We humbly ask for blessings upon all people in the Mississippi Delta, and for those in high positions over the Delta. Amen.

A prayer for the king

Psalm 72:1-7 (NLT)
1 Give your love of justice to the king, O God,
and righteousness to the king’s son.
2 Help him judge your people in the right way;
let the poor always be treated fairly.
3 May the mountains yield prosperity for all,
and may the hills be fruitful.
4 Help him to defend the poor,
to rescue the children of the needy,
and to crush their oppressors.
5 May they fear you as long as the sun shines,
as long as the moon remains in the sky.
Yes, forever!
6 May the king’s rule be refreshing like spring rain on freshly cut grass,
like the showers that water the earth.
7 May all the godly flourish during his reign.
May there be abundant prosperity until the moon is no more.

Our Father in heaven,
May it be for President Donald J. Trump, Governor Phil Bryant, and Mayor _____. Amen.