FRIDAY, MAY 29
Scripture: Matthew 21:33-46
In Matthew 21:33-46 we see the parable of the landowner and the vineyard. The vinedressers took the landowner’s servants, beat one, stoned one and killed another. Finally when the son came, they killed him and seized the inheritance. The word for seized is kat-ekh-o and means, ‘To take a stand against; to seize; to detain; to arrest; to hold down; to restrain.´ Jesus taught that the father would kill the vinedressers and lease the land to others who would be honest in what they did. The interesting part of this parable is the usage of the word kat-ekh-o. Jesus made it clear in verse 43,44 that the Kingdom of God would be taken from them and given to a nation bearing fruit. He says in verse 44, “…whoever falls on this stone will be broken; but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder.” The prayers of the saints determine where that Stone falls and who it grinds to powder. The prayers of the church, right now, can cause the judicial power of the Living Christ to fall on radical jihadists so they are ground to powder. It is time we started praying!