𝐑𝐨𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐬 𝟏𝟑:𝟗-𝟏𝟏— [𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬 “𝐃𝐨 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐢𝐭 𝐚𝐝𝐮𝐥𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐲, 𝐃𝐨 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐦𝐮𝐫𝐝𝐞𝐫, 𝐃𝐨 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐚𝐥, 𝐃𝐨 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐜𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐭, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐚𝐧𝐲 𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬, 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐬𝐮𝐦𝐦𝐞𝐝 𝐮𝐩 𝐢𝐧 𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐝𝐞𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐞: 𝐋𝐨𝐯𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐧𝐞𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐛𝐨𝐫 𝐚𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐟. 𝐋𝐨𝐯𝐞 𝐝𝐨𝐞𝐬 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐰𝐫𝐨𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨 𝐢𝐭𝐬 𝐧𝐞𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐛𝐨𝐫. 𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐥𝐨𝐯𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐟𝐮𝐥𝐟𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐋𝐚𝐰. 𝐀𝐧𝐝 𝐝𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐨𝐜𝐜𝐚𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧. 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐭𝐨 𝐰𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐮𝐩 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐬𝐥𝐮𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫, 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐬𝐚𝐥𝐯𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐢𝐬 𝐧𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐫 𝐧𝐨𝐰 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐰𝐞 𝐟𝐢𝐫𝐬𝐭 𝐛𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐝….]
Father, hear our prayer, with a heavy heart we are on our knees with hands lifted high as we praise your name and seek your voice. Quiet our soul, silence the noise as we draw near to you, give us ears to hear and eyes to see. Father, remind us all that we are first and foremost intercessors in Your mighty kingdom. Right now, I obediently lift up the leaders of our country in prayer, I place a hedge of protection over our President, his cabinet, and their families as they are faced with tough decisions and plenty of judgements and persecution. Let them feel a supernatural strength and give them wisdom as they are faced with tough decisions, because just as we are beginning to reopen our nation after a deadly virus that has left our country in shambles, we are faced with another crisis, a crisis of hate, racism, and division. A crisis that is bringing more destruction to an already fragile economy. A crisis that is destroying us a nation and as a community.
You have commanded us not to be terrified so give us courage, Lord because you have already warned us of these things that are transpiring, Your Word is being fulfilled right before our very eyes. Heavenly Father, give us an outpouring of wisdom so that we can keep watch over our tongue and bring it in align with how you have instructed us to live and to speak. Let us not grow cold to the events of that world that we become silent and numb, but if we must speak, Father help us be mindful of what we are sharing, expressing, and posting on our social media platforms. There are many people who are wounded, angered, and deeply disturbed by the current events unfolding. Our words and postings can tear down or they can build up, let us choose those things that speak life, bring comfort, build one another up, and bring us hope. Keep our eyes focused on you so that we don’t allow self-centeredness and bitterness to take root at a time when unity, love, and selflessness is desperately needed for healing. It is times like this when the condition of a person’s heart will be fully revealed, we are not to point fingers but rather recognize our own internal wounds and judgements that hinder us from seeking you and hinder us from speaking in a way that communicates the heart and nature of your son, Jesus Christ.
Father, I thank you for your mercy and grace, for the mistakes we have made and things we have done because we have operated out of anger and judgement and emotions that are not sanctified. Thank you for your forgiveness and give us the heart and capability to extend the same grace to others who have done and said things that have hurt or offended us. Continue to shine your light in all our dark places and continue to show us how much WE NEED YOU! We need you to speak to a hurting, scared world. We need you to win over a people who are watching us every day, We cannot do this without you, My Lord. Fill us with your Word, your ministry, and your instructions.
Deliver us from the spirit of division and racism. Division and racism are the works of the enemy, Division and racism is what destroys relationships, It is what destroys friendships, it destroys cities, and it destroys nations and a kingdom divided shall not stand. Division and racism breeds hate and destruction. So, If we must hate something, Father let us hate these things and not one another.
Begin a work of healing and restoration on our land and in the hearts of your people. Remove the roots of racism, bitterness, selfishness, and hate. Let us love one another deeply and guard our hearts so that we are not easily moved by the spirit of offense. Give us your words to speak, words that will comfort, exhort, and build up. Give us your words and give us Godly behaviors that will allow us to be a beacon of light during these times. Let us prepare our hearts, My King for the time is coming and your return is near.
𝐑𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐥𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝟐𝟐: 𝟏𝟐-𝟏𝟑 “𝐁𝐞𝐡𝐨𝐥𝐝, 𝐈 𝐚𝐦 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐨𝐨𝐧! 𝐌𝐲 𝐫𝐞𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝 𝐢𝐬 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐦𝐞, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐈 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐠𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐚𝐜𝐜𝐨𝐫𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐡𝐞 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐝𝐨𝐧𝐞. 𝐈 𝐚𝐦 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐀𝐥𝐩𝐡𝐚 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐎𝐦𝐞𝐠𝐚, 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐅𝐢𝐫𝐬𝐭 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐋𝐚𝐬𝐭, 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐁𝐞𝐠𝐢𝐧𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐄𝐧𝐝.