Monday, July 18, 2011

A Statewide Call to Pray - Day Thirty-One!

I started this "Statewide Call to Pray" on June 17 as my spirit responded to the story of Elijah and the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel.  See "A Statewide Call to Prayer."

Immediately after that great victory against their enemies of God, the rain comes with force.  Elijah outruns Ahab's chariot back to shelter.  When Ahab returns, he reports the day's activities to Jezebel.

And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, also how he had executed all the prophets with the sword. Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time.” And when he saw that, he arose and ran for his life, and went to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there.But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he prayed that he might die, and said, “It is enough! Now, LORD, take my life, for I am no better than my fathers!” Then as he lay and slept under a broom tree, suddenly an angel touched him, and said to him, “Arise and eat.” Then he looked, and there by his head was a cake baked on coals, and a jar of water. So he ate and drank, and lay down again. And the angel of the LORD came back the second time, and touched him, and said, “Arise and eat, because the journey is too great for you.” So he arose, and ate and drank; and he went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights as far as Horeb, the mountain of God. And there he went into a cave, and spent the night in that place; and behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and He said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” (1 Kings 19:1-9).

Well, the attacks are coming as we journey towards The Response!  Lawsuits are being filed.  Negative articles are being written.  Governor Perry and his "Army of God." are being targeted.

What should be our response?  We already know the answer (and it is not running away into the desert).  Our response is The Response.  It is to humbly present ourselves before our Lord and God.  It is about seeking His face and praising His name.  Let us persevere in prayer for Governor Perry.  This is a great risk for him that he is willing to take to honor God and to pray for our state and nation.  Pray for all of those in leadership and those who are actively endorsing the gathering.  Pray that we will be wrapped in a spirit of humility, righteousness, joy and mercy - not only as we press on to meet with God, but especially as we walk among those who do not understand.  Pray for them. Bless them.

If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)

The Lord is recalling to my spirit a song that we sang when we gathered with the Arkansas Apostolic Prayer Network about a month ago in El Dorado, Arkansas. It is written and arranged by Pastor Rory Green and is called Cry Glory (based on Psalm 29).  One portion reads:

Ascribe to the Lord, O mighty ones
Ascribe to the Lord, glory and strength
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name
Worship the Lord in His holiness

The Lord speaks over the waters
And the God of Glory thunders
The voice of the Lord is powerful, majestic and mighty
It breaks open the heavens

Lightning is flashing
Deserts are shaking
Bare oaks are thirsty
All His people cry glory

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