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Thursday, January 7, 2021

Seventeen Days of Prayer - Day Four - January 7, 2021

 

DAY FOUR:

 

“Righteous are You, O Lord, when I plead with You; yet let me talk with You about Your judgments. Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why are those happy who deal so treacherously?”[1]

 

Father, doom is upon us, and we are undone. Your Word says You have not given us who are bought with the precious blood of Jesus Christ a spirit of fear but one of power, love, and a sound mind. And while we believe this, O Lord, because of our inability to see beyond the physical, our souls are terrified by the evil descending. Deliver us from evil.

 

Help us hope in You because it’s hard for us, especially in America, to imagine the inhumane and vicious persecution of Christians in other countries, but I feel we will know it soon enough. Those who hate You are in power now. And while we understand through Your Word that you send the same sunshine and rain on the just and the unjust,[2] You also tells us not to fear because You are with us in the fire and the flood[3] of evil. So, thank You, Almighty God, for this comfort. Let us feel Your arms surrounding us. Help us continue to be about our Father’s business[4] and stand strong according to Your Holy Word. When faced with choices of denying You and living or proclaiming Your greatness and losing our life, let us remember this is not our home. When faced with death, give us firm resolve to not love our lives here, but Your grace to overcome the evil by the Blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony.[5]

 

The sin of our nation is great, and we do deserve Your judgment. So please hold us in the darkness, protect and comfort Your children until we hear the Lord’s shout, with the voice of an archangel and the trumpet of God. Then, in the twinkling of an eye, we shall be changed and caught up to meet Jesus in the air. Comfort us, O Lord, with these words.[6]

 

Lord Jesus, as a friend reminded me this morning, help us not to harbor hate in our hearts, but to pray for the authorities in power—for prayer moves Your hand. We love You and trust You with our future. In the precious name of Jesus Christ, we pray, Amen and amen.



[1] Jeremiah 12:1

[2] Matthew 5:45

[3] Isaiah 43:1-2

[4] Luke 2:49

[5] Revelation 12:11

[6] I Thessalonians 4:16-18;  I Corinthians 15:51-52

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