Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Wearing A Sword At My Side As I Work

If you couldn't tell from my last post: I am ruined over the persecution in Iraq, Israel and All around the world.

I am fasting today as the only means I truly have to sacrifice for these beautiful people who are facing unspeakable acts of horror. 

I turned to Nehemiah today to pray during the time I would normally be eating breakfast and I was won over at the description of "Why read this book?" offered by the publishers of my Bible.

It says this book is for you if you have ever felt inadequate or overwhelmed by a task or a challenge.

Hello, overwhelmed!

I am BEYOND overwhelmed. I'm afraid I've stepped over compassion and jumped, feet-first right into empathy. 

But while reading Nehemiah, I had to stop and look out the window while processing what I'd just read. 

How could it be that a chapter in a book of the Bible I've never read before could speak so perfectly to what I'm feeling today?

Well, that's just one of God's specialties.

While Nehemiah was working with others to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, there were those who made fun of the Jews and even threatened to slaughter them and destroy the wall again. Catching wind of this, Nehemiah chapter 4, verses 16-18a says:

"From that day on, half of my men did the work, while the other half were equipped with spears, shields, bows and arrows. The officers posted themselves behind all the people of Judah who were building the the wall. Those who carried materials did their work with one hand and held a weapon in the other and each of the builders wore his sword at his side as he worked" (emphasis mine).

 Doing God's work sometimes requires that we work one-handed while carrying a sword in the other. We are to be vigilant, focused, and ever-ready to take up the sword to protect what is God's.

At times, we must act as the officers standing behind the people of Judah, watching and protecting.

Today, I am taking up a sword in one hand as I go about my daily routine with the other hand. I am caring for my family and my home while praying the Word of God in intercession for those who are being persecuted around the world.

Nehemiah had families join him in rebuilding the wall...will you join me?

Will you be in prayer with me today?

I posted this prayer on my Facebook wall:

My prayer today for those suffering persecution in Iraq, Israel and elsewhere:
"O Lord, God of Heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and obey his commands, let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant is praying before you day and night for your servants, the people of Israel." Nehemiah 1:5-6b.

Father, today we lift up to You those who are being persecuted because of their refusal to turn away from You. We ask that You end the killing, kidnapping, torture and abuses that are happening all around the world. 

We pray specifically for those in Iraq who are being driven away from their homes, beaten, raped and murdered. We pray for the innocent children who are being torn from their mothers' arms and brutally murdered. We pray for the men who are being tied and shot. We pray for the women who are being raped and murdered. We pray for the sick and elderly who are dying of starvation because they are running for their lives. We pray that ISIS is stopped in their tracks, by whatever means possible, and that they will be disbanded. we pray for salvation for their souls so that. like Paul, they can meet Jesus and realize they are grievously wrong. We pray that those families who have suffered unspeakable loss will find comfort and peace in You and in knowing they will see their loved ones again one day...

We bring to Your Throne the people of Israel who are running to bomb shelters and fearful for their lives because of the attacks by Hamas. Israel is Your people, God, and we know that You will call them back to Yourself. We pray for the bombing to stop, the rebuilding to begin and the healing to take place in their hearts. We pray for all the injured--especially the children who rely on their parents to shield and protect them. Please heal that nation, Lord. We pray Your hedge of protection around Israel.
And Father, we bring before You Pastor Saeed Abedini. He has been in an Iranian prison for almost 2 years because of his Christian faith. We pray that he will be released and able to be reunited with his family and seek medical care before he dies of internal bleeding. We pray that you will protect him while he is in prison from further beatings. We pray that he will continue to be a light in this dark world and that his courage won't wane. 

Father, we know You are capable of doing anything. We ask that You save these people from their enemies. We pray that they will cling to You during this time of unimaginable suffering. 

And we know that one day, Jesus will save us from it all...

"Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. He is clothed in a robe dipped in[a] blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords." 
Revelation 19:11-16
 In Jesus' name, AMEN!

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