Praying Daily for the Elections – Day 21 – 10/08/2012
Fifty Days of Prayer for the National Election 2012 – Day 21
Day 21 October 8th
Be merciful to those who doubt; (Jude 1: 22) You, O LORD, will go before us and will be with us; You will never leave us nor forsake us. We will not be afraid; we will not be discouraged. (Deut. 31: 8) This is what the LORD says to us: “Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s. You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you.” (2 Chron. 20: 15, 17)
Today’s Prayer Focus: In Christ Jesus there is perfect safety.
The Lord shut him in. Genesis 7:16
And the key of the house of David I will lay upon His shoulder; He shall open and no one shall shut, He shall shut and no one shall open. Is. 22: 22
These are the words of the Holy One, the True One, He Who has the key of David, Who opens and no one shall shut. Who shuts and no one shall open. I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept My word and have not denied My name. Revelation 3:8
Almighty God, our Heavenly Father, We know from Your Word that Noah was shut in, away from all the world, by the hand of divine love. The door of electing purpose interposes between us and the world which lies in the grip of the wicked one. We are not of this world even as our Lord Jesus was not of this world.
Keep us from entering into the sin, the gaiety, the pursuits of the multitude. Keep us from playing in the streets of Vanity Fair with the children of darkness, for You, our heavenly Father, have shut us in. Noah was shut in with his God. “Come into the ark,” was Your invitation, by which You clearly showed that You Yourself intended to dwell in the ark with Your servant and his family.
We believe that all the chosen dwell in You and You in them. We are blessed to be enclosed in the same circle which contains the Trinity of Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. May we never be inattentive to that gracious call, “Come, My people, enter into My chambers, and shut My doors about You.”
Noah was so shut in that no evil could reach him. Floods lifted him heavenward, and winds wafted him on his way. Outside of the ark all was ruin, but inside all was rest and peace.
Without Christ we perish, but in Christ Jesus there is perfect safety. Noah was so shut in that he had no desire to come out; and we who are in Christ Jesus are in Him forever. We will never again go out, for eternal faithfulness has shut us in, and infernal malice cannot drag us out.
The Prince of the house of David shuts and no man opens. In the last days as Master of the house, He will rise up and shut the door, and it will be in vain for unbelievers to knock, and cry, “Lord, Lord open to us,” for that same door which shuts in the wise virgins will shut out the foolish forever. Keep us from indulging in the things that feed the flesh. You know the profound desire of our hearts to unite ourselves to You, to abide in You, in order to live Your life alone. You offer this to us, Your people, and we ask that You help us to embrace it with all our hearts. Lord, shut in Your people, Your Church, by Your grace.
(adapted from a Charles Spurgeon devotion)
O Lord, You have told us how to pray. Help us shut the door, shutting out the world, and the enemy and any fear or doubt which spoils prevailing prayer. May there be no distance between You and our souls as we pray for our nation. Jesus is the One Who opens and no one shall shut; Jesus shuts and no one shall open. You know our record of works and what we are doing. Set before us a door wide open – a call to our nation to righteousness. We pray that Your Holy Spirit will usher in spiritual revival, such as we have never seen before. We, in ourselves, have but little power against the forces that seek to destroy us, but we are indwelt with Your Spirit. We are keeping Your Word and are guarding Your message and have not renounced or denied Your name. Open our nation to receive Your Truth and close the door to national apostasy. Father, make your Church in America a fragrance in the earth, a spiritual force to be reckoned with, a compassionate hand extended to those in need, a truth-bearer to the nations. In Christ Jesus, we pray, to the glory of Your holy Name. Amen.
“A true patriot must be a religious man… He who neglects his duty to his Maker may well be expected to be deficient and insincere in his duty towards the public. (Abigail Adams)
We…the people of Massachusetts, acknowledging with grateful hearts, the goodness of the Great Legislator of the Universe … In the course of His Providence, an opportunity… and devoutly imploring His direction in so interesting a design .. (Preamble to the Constitution of Massachusetts)
Last week Rep. Stephen L. Fincher, who is also a member of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, introduced H. Res. 789, a resolution reaffirming the importance of religion in the lives of Americans and their freedom to exercise those beliefs peacefully. He writes: “It seems as though religion has been under attack in recent years, and I fear we will soon forget that everyone is free to practice or not practice any religion he or she chooses. The First Amendment to the Constitution says, ‘Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.’ This is a nation with freedom of religion, not freedom from religion. No faith should be silenced in the United States. That goes against the idea of freedom of religion, which we hold so dear and is the spirit of our country.
“Faith is simply part of our heritage through the convictions and decisions made by our first settlers, founding fathers, and lawmakers today. This in mind, I introduced this resolution as a reminder that we are fortunate in this country to have the freedom to choose our religion. It does not change the Constitution, state or federal law, or in any way affect our rights of freedom. It is simply a statement recognizing that many Americans value faith and make it an important part of their lives.”
We thank Almighty God that we live in a country where we are free from religious persecution. Please pray for passage of H. Res. 789.
Your troops will be willing on Your day of battle, arrayed in holy splendor, (Psalm 110:3)