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As I prepare to write posts for Thursdays, I always pray and ask God to lead me in the scripture to a topic He would like to address, or He would like me to address. He always does this, and even on days when I am not particularly fond of the topic (usually rebukes), I try very heard to stay faithful.

So when I prayed this and I immediately heard Jeremiah 7:8 as clear as day, I was kinda excited. Yay, God answered fast. Usually it takes a little more prayer than just, God show me…etc. So it must be a great revelation to talk about. I was hoping for some encouragement or strengthening scripture…

Didn’t get it.

So, if you wanna know, go ahead and read Jeremiah 7:8-30. I don’t have the heart to type it out. I was crying when I read it. You see, ever since Christmas Day, my spirit has been experiencing a strange grieving/unsettledness that I just couldn’t quite place. God woke me up early Christmas morning and told me about how He was upset (and I do mean upset) with the state of our nation, how He was ready to pass judgment. I begged Him for mercy, to remember His remnant of believers in America who are truly striving after His heart. My soul was so saddened that I wept then too. I didn’t go back to sleep until He told me that He would hold back His hand of judgment.

But there continued to be a weight over my spirit, and it has grown heavier and heavier up to this day. I began to wonder what in the world is wrong with me? Why am I so sad? So gloomy? So weary? I just got off a two-week vacation for goodness sake! And then, as I read that scripture, it was like a dam broke; I cried, and a majority of the burden lifted.

This is nothing new to me. God has often allowed me to experience a fraction of the emotion He is feeling. Now I believe He is showing me how saddened He is with the Church’s state of continual backsliding and stiff-necked disobedience. This concern is wearying Him, sawing at His patient grace.

We must remember, brothers and sisters, that much of the Church, much of the world, is running solely on grace and a fraction of the people who cry for mercy, but grace does run out. We can’t keep talking the talk but not walking the walk. We must learn reverence for the Holiness of the God we serve.

Now, to clarify, mistakes do happen. That is not what the Lord is grieved with. He is grieved with blatant disobedience to His commands. We must pray against this. We must continue to cry out for mercy. God Himself doesn’t change, but He does change His mind. The good news is that Jeremiah continued to cry mercy and several chapters after chapter seven, God did hear and heed his prayers.

But here is the key that will buy us more time under God’s mercy; if we are to cry mercy we must also walk in ways of righteousness and call others to do so. Jeremiah 7 is a warning we must not take lightly. God’s judgment will come, but He desires that as many as possible be saved and walking in the faith before it does so. And for more people to be saved, we must cry for more time under mercy and grace. And we must walk in His ways.

You read the Word? How lovely. You pray? Three times a day? Really? Oh, wow. You even fasted twice last week. Impressive.

Hmm. I am highly impressed with your ability to skim words, mutter memorized phrases, and starve yourself. What did you say your name was, again? Danielle? Oh, my. And here I was thinking it was Gossiper. My mistake.

What was that? I’m being judgmental? Why do you say that?

Well, of course your Sunday attendance is extraordinary. I was simple stating that–

Yes. Yes. I know. But in the end, what does it matter how many times you go to church if you ignore every homeless man you come across?

Please, calm down. I was only pointing out that God requires more of us than Sunday worship and paying our dues through prayer and the occasional bible scripture.

I was not questioning your salvation, my sister. What? Don’t you think you’re getting a little upset? Hey! Watch the name calling! Highly unnecessary.

Look, I think this conversation is over. Clearly I have made my point.

What point? How can you ask what point? It is clear. Christianity is a life-style, not just outward motions designed to make us look good. We’re supposed to be beautiful examples of Christ inside and out.

Look here! I am not questioning your salvation, okay? I’m sure you are very beautiful. Yes, I assure you that I do have a relationship with God and–

No, I’m not questioning your relationship at all. I’m just making a point!

Why are you so blasted sensitive? Thank God I’m not like you. I actually walk this thing out, thank you very much.

What’s that?

How dare you accuse me of hypocrisy! You had better be careful who you’re talking to! I am the anointed of the most High God, and His word says not to touch His anointed. That means you better watch how you talk to me, young lady. Wouldn’t want the Lord smitin’ you with a curse…

You know what? I’m just going to pray for you. Really, really hard.

“I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” Luke 18:14