Today’s Key Scripture (all references NKJV unless otherwise noted:
Then God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God relented from the disaster that He had said He would bring upon them, and He did not do it.
Another powerful example of prayer changing God’s plans is recorded in the book of Jonah.
God planned to destroy Nineveh. God told Jonah the prophet to go to Nineveh and proclaim God’s judgment upon the city. Jonah rebelled and went a different direction, but when the storms hit the boat he was riding in, he was thrown overboard and swallowed by a big fish. God got Jonah’s attention. He was delivered from the fish’s belly, and when he hit dry land, Jonah headed directly toward Nineveh to preach:
So Jonah arose, and went unto Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord…and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown. So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them. For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. —Jonah 3:1-6, KJV
God saw the hearts of the people of Nineveh as they repented of their sins and turned from their evil ways. As a result, God changed His plans to destroy the city: “He did it not.”
What an example for us today!
A Prayer for Today:
Heavenly Father, for Your mercy and grace. Of myself, I deserve judgement, just as the citizens of Ninevah deserved it. Yet, just as You poured out Your forgiveness upon them, so I ask for Your forgiveness and favor. I ask that You guide me and direct me through all the pitfalls and perils that the enemy of my soul wants to place in my path. Keep me strong, even as I become more dependent upon You. Help me to walk in Your path with certainty and purity. And may I rest upon Your promises, day by day, to be unafraid to walk boldly in Your light, even as I proclaim salvation through You. I pray this in the name of Jesus, Amen. Amen!