I am up during the midnight watch and have questions and issues to raise. I have been praying over the last little while about you honoring your word and showing the world there is a demarcation between those who know you and call on your name in Truth, and those that do not.
My hearts cry is “There must be a difference between Israel and Egypt” – I mean spiritual Israel and spiritual Egypt, (see Exodus 12 ) where the ‘Passover principles’ (my italics) were established; those who chose you Jehovah God came out (ie they had marked their door post with the blood of the lamb). You made a difference between those two groups in that first born edit.
Those who had listened, obeyed and had the blood, were spared; but there was weeping on the part of those who (i)hardened their heart (ii)refused to hear (iii) didn’t take the necessary action for protection –
Lord, my thrust this week to those I speak to is ‘you can hear all you like and smile, but you have to do something!!’ Turn around ie REPENT and put the insurance THE BLOOD on the front door of your heart AND… be baptized. That is proof positive that the individual believes, and means business. Lord you waited for me all those years ago and I thank you, but for others it is getting very late. No one knows the hour or the time allotted them. What a reckless gamble, if one misses it!!
My God, I know that thou art a merciful God and that your are not a respecter of persons. Since Jesus, you have given us the assurance that anyone who believes and calls on His name, will be saved – both those born Jew and those born Gentile. This is what I tell them on your behalf and I believe it too. Jesus is our great high priest and our mediator and I thank you that I have been accepted in the Beloved.
Lord, you know I dont pray like I ought and i cant pray without you but my ‘one line’ prayer and tryst this week among other things is ‘ there must be a difference’ don’t let the heathen say you deserted us . Don’t let the heathen throw word or put you on par with the worldly dictators, taskmasters , soothsayers (or dare I say), wolf in sheep clothing pastors and leaders…merchandising your flock and heritage.
Surely.. you will come through for us to shame our enemies.
As Job said to his friends
2 “How long will you torment me
and break me in pieces with words?
3 These ten times you have cast reproach upon me;
are you not ashamed to wrong me?
4 And even if it be true that I have erred,
my error remains with myself.
5 If indeed you magnify yourselves against me
and make my disgrace an argument against me,
6 know then that God has put me in the wrong
and closed his net about me.
7 Behold, I cry out, ‘Violence!’ but I am not answered;
I call for help, but there is no justice.
8 He has walled up my way, so that I cannot pass,
and he has set darkness upon my paths.
9 He has stripped from me my glory
and taken the crown from my head.
10 He breaks me down on every side, and I am gone,
and my hope has he pulled up like a tree.
11 He has kindled his wrath against me
and counts me as his adversary.
12 His troops come on together;
they have cast up their siege ramp against me
and encamp around my tent.
13 “He has put my brothers far from me,
and those who knew me are wholly estranged from me.
14 My relatives have failed me,
my close friends have forgotten me.
15 The guests in my house and my maidservants count me as a stranger;
I have become a foreigner in their eyes.
16 I call to my servant, but he gives me no answer;
I must plead with him with my mouth for mercy.
17 My breath is strange to my wife,
and I am a stench to the children of my own mother.
18 Even young children despise me;
when I rise they talk against me.
19 All my intimate friends abhor me,
and those whom I loved have turned against me.
20 My bones stick to my skin and to my flesh,
and I have escaped by the skin of my teeth.
21 Have mercy on me, have mercy on me, O you my friends,
for the hand of God has touched me!
22 Why do you, like God, pursue me?
Why are you not satisfied with my flesh?
23 “Oh that my words were written!
Oh that they were inscribed in a book!
24 Oh that with an iron pen and lead
they were engraved in the rock forever!
25 For I know that my Redeemer lives,
and at the last he will stand upon the earth.
26 And after my skin has been thus destroyed,
yet in my flesh I shall see God,
27 whom I shall see for myself,
and my eyes shall behold, and not another.
My heart faints within me!
28 If you say, ‘How we will pursue him!’
and, ‘The root of the matter is found in him,’
29 be afraid of the sword,
for wrath brings the punishment of the sword,
that you may know there is a judgment.”
We of course will wait for you you until your hand moves. We will not lose confidence in you and because we know that you live and that you are a covenant keeping God. Your right arm of righteousness will give us the victory.
As we wait , we remember what you said…
Blessed are the poor in spirt for theirs is the kingdom of heaven
Blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comforted
Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth
Blessed are they which hunger and thirst after righteousness for they shall be filled
Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God
Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness sake; for theirs is the kingdom of heaven
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you , and persecute you and shall say all manner of evil against your falsely, for my sake,
Rejoice and be exceeding glad; for great is your reward in heaven ; for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you .
I close with:
“Surely the poor will have hope and iniquity will stop her mouth’” Job 5:16
Prayer Evangelist Linda J UK
Midnight prayer musings