Intercession

Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O LORD, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God?  Then will the LORD be jealous for his land, and pity his people.

Joel 2:17-18

In these verses, we see a blueprint for making intercession for our people and our country.  The priests and the ministers were supposed to weep for their people, saying “Spare thy people, O LORD, and give not thine heritage to reproach.”  We should be praying this way for our people today.  We should be asking the Lord to spare our nation and spare our people.  Our people have sinned against the Lord, and we should be the ones praying and making intercession for them.  It’s easy to look around and see the ills of society and the blasphemers and the drunkards and blame them for everything.  It is a different matter to take a long, hard look at ourselves and start things there.

II Chronicles 7:14 tells us, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”    I Peter 4:17 tell us “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God…”

We are the ones who should be weeping and praying for our nation.  We are, in the New Testament, the “priests and ministers.”  We need to pray that the Lord would spare our people, that the Lord’s people would not be reproached, that the heathen would not rule over them, and that God would not be mocked.  These are all important things that are applicable to our situation today.

When was the last time we really prayed for our nation and our people?

2 responses to this post.

  1. Thank you, Ben. I need to heed that call to pray, more and more. God bless you as you remind us of Him each day!

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