2Chron. 7:14-“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked way, then I will hear from heaven and heal their land.
1 Tim. 1:1-Therefore I EXHORT FIRST of ALL that supplication, PRAYERS, INTERCESSIONS, and giving of thank be made for ALL men, (2) FOR KINGS and ALL WHO ARE IN AUTHORITY, THAT WE MAY LEAD A QUIET AND PEACEABLE LIFE in all godliness and reverence.
There is some Scripture found in the Book of 2 Kings which you may find very interesting! 2 Kings 17:22-For the children of Israel (Remember in the 24th Ps. verse six, it says, This is Jacob, the generation of those who seek Him, who seek Your face. Then we read in Gen. 35:10-And God said to him, “Your name is Jacob; your name shall not be called Jacob anymore, but Israel shall be Your name.” So here by faith we see God handing down the name of Israel to the generation of those who seek Him.) Returning to 2 Kings 17:20-Then Jeroboam drove Israel from following the Lord, and made them commit a great sin. (22) For the children of Israel walked in all the sins of Jeroboam which he did: they did not depart from them. (32) Until the Lord removed Israel out of His sight, as He has said by all His servants the prophets. So Israel was carried away from their own land TO ASSYRIA, AS IT IS TO THIS DAY. (So that could apply to us in a spiritual sense!)
(25) And it was so, at the beginning of their dwelling there, that they DID NOT fear THE LORD so therefore THE LORD sent LIONS among them, which killed some of them, (26) So they spoke to the king of Assyria, saying, “THE NATIONS WHOM YOU HAVE REMOVED and PLACED IN THE CITIES OF SAMARIA DO NOT KNOW THE RITUALS OF THE GOD OF THE LAND; THEREFORE HE HAS SENT LIONS AMONG THEM, and indeed they are killing them BECAUSE THEY DO NOT KNOW THE RITUALS OF THE GOD OF THE LAND.” (Now, I think that most of us are going to find these next few verses VERY surprising! (27) Then the king of Assyria commanded, saying, “Send there one of the priests whom you brought from there; let him go and dwell there, AND LET HIM TEACH THEM THE RITUALS OF THE GOD OF THE LAND.” (28) Then one of the priests whom they had carried away from Samaria CAME and DWELT in BETHEL, (Bethel means, House of God) AND TAUGHT THEM HOW THEY SHOULD FEAR THE LORD. (So we are learning HERE, that THE LORD IS GOD OF THE LAND!)
There seems to be trouble brewing in Iran which in a three year period could lead to them being able to develop a nuclear bomb! This is according to the on-line news story put out by my Internet Service Provider. According to this story Iran vows to ramp up uranium enrichment to hundreds of times larger than its current level. The story goes on to relate that the UN Security Council has demanded that Iran stop all enrichment activity due to its suspicions that the programs aim is to make weapons. This news article relates that Iran’s spokesman claims that Iran’s nuclear ambitions are peaceful and warns that the West trying to force them to abandon enrichment would cause everlasting hatred in the hearts of Iranians.
Most of the nations mentioned in this article agree that this is not a step in the right direction for Iran. The Russian Foreign Minister however, does not agree and has reiterated Moscow’s firm opposition to any military action against Iran. The Chief of the military intelligence reported that Iran could develop a nuclear weapon within three years by the end of the decade. According to this article the former president of Iran, who is a powerful figure in the country’s clerical regime warned in an interview, that pressuring Iran over enrichment might not have good consequences for the area of the world. (Scary thought!)
Iran is believed to have enough black-market components in storage now to build the 1,500 operating centrifuges it would need to make the 45 pounds of highly enriched uranium needed for one crude weapon. The article goes on to say the next stage is to install 3,000 centrifuges. “We definitely won’t have problems doing that. We just need to increase our production lines,” Saeedi Said.
After reading this story, great concern for our nation and for the future of our children began to grip me. We are given an exhortation to pray about such things in The Book of Timothy. 1 Tim.2:1-Therefore I EXHORT FIRST of ALL that SUPPLICATIONS, PRAYERS, INTERCESSIONS, and GIVING of THANKS be made for ALL MEN, (2) FOR KINGS and ALL WHO ARE IN AUTHORITY, that WE MAY LEAD A QUIET and PEACEABLE LIFE in all godliness and reverence. (3) For THIS IS GOOD and ACCEPTABLE in the sight of God our Savior. (4) who desires ALL MEN to be SAVED and TO COME TO THE KNOWLEDGE of THE TRUTH.
Well, there is some very important knowledge that these terrorists’ countries are soon going to find out, but we must be in obedience to pray! Let’s take a look at Ps. 2:1-Why DO THE NATIONS RAGE and the people PLOT A VAIN THING? (2) THE KINGS OF THE EARTH set THEMSELVES, and THE RULERS take counsel together, AGAINST THE LORD and AGAINST HIS ANOINTED, saying, (3) “Let us break Their bonds in pieces and cast away Their cords from us.” (4) He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; THE LORD WILL HOLD THEM IN DERISION. (5) Then He shall speak to them in HIS WRATH, and DISTRESS THEM in HIS DEEP DISPLEASURE: (8) “Yet I have set My King on My holy hill of ZION.” (7) I will declare THE DECREE: The Lord has said to Me, YOU are MY SON, today I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU. (8) ASK of ME, and I WILL GIVE YOU, THE NATIONS for YOUR INHERITANCE and THE ENDS OF THE EARTH for YOUR POSSESSION.
It is like God is revealing to us the outcome, but we must pray. 1 Sam. 2:10-THE ADVERSARIES of THE LORD shall BE BROKEN in PIECES; (Note:) FROM HEAVEN HE will THUNDER AGAINST THEM. THE LORD WILL JUDGE THE ENDS of THE EARTH.
Now we know that the United States is FAR from BEING LETTER PERFECT! But there is one thing that she has done, and that is to send her son’s to fight and to die for other lands. Not to rule or dominate, but to give the oppressed people of these lands a chance to be free! Jesus tells us in John 15:13-“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. (14)”You are My friends if YOU DO whatever I COMMAND you.” No one can deny that the United States has done just that, she has laid down her son’s lives time and time again, for these other nations! Also the word tells us in Matt. 5:9-BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS for THEY shall BE CALLED THE SONS of GOD.
Ps. 33:10-The Lord BRINGS the COUNSEL of THE NATIONS to NOTHING; He makes THE PLANS of the peoples of NO EFFECT. (11) THE COUNSEL of THE LORD STANDS FOREVER, THE PLANS OF HIS HEART to ALL GENERATIONS. (12) BLESSED IS THE NATION WHOSE GOD IS THE LORD, (Philip. 2:10-That at the name of JESUS every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, (11) and that EVERY TONGUE confess THAT JESUS CHRIST IS LORD, to the glory of God the Father. (We are the Gentiles who carry His name as Christian’s and these other countries that follow Mohammed look at us as infidels. In spite of our court system’s trying to rule God out of our lives, they cannot rule Him out of our hearts, and we are still, “one nation under God!”)
Returning to Ps. 33:12-BLESSED is THE NATION whose GOD is THE LORD and the people WHOM HE HAS CHOSEN as HIS OWN INHERITANCE. (13) The Lord LOOKS FROM HEAVEN; He sees ALL the sons of men. (14) From the place of His habitation He looks on ALL THE INHABITANTS of THE EARTH; (15) HE fashions their hearts individually; HE CONSIDERS ALL THEIR WORKS. (15) NO KING is SAVED BY THE MULTITUDE of AN ARMY; A mighty man is NOT delivered by GREAT STRENGTH. (18) Behold, THE EYE of THE LORD is on those who fear Him, ON THOSE WHO HOPE IN HIS MERCY. These terrorists’ nations SHOW NO MERCY!
Deut. 9:3-Therefore understand today that the Lord your God is He WHO GOES BEFORE YOU as a consuming fire, He will destroy them and BRING THEM DOWN BEFORE YOU; so you shall drive them out and destroy them quickly, as the Lord has said to you. (14) DO NOT THINK IN YOUR HEART, after the Lord your God has cast them out before you, saying, ‘BECAUSE OF MY RIGHTEOUSNESS the LORD HAS BROUGHT ME IN TO POSSESS THIS LAND: but IT IS BECAUSE of THE WICKEDNESS of THESE NATIONS that THE LORD IS DRIVING THEM OUT FROM BEFORE YOU. (5) IT IS NOT BECAUSE of YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS or THE UPRIGHTNESS of YOUR HEART that you go in TO POSSESS THEIR LAND, but BECAUSE OF THE WICKEDNESS of THESE NATIONS that THE LORD YOUR GOD DRIVES THEM OUT FROM BEFORE YOU, and THAT HE MAY FULLFILL THE WORD which THE LORD SWORE to YOUR FATHERS, TO ABRAHAM, Isaac, and Jacob. (6) Therefore understand that the Lord your God IS NOT GIVING you THIS GOOD LAND to POSSESS because OF YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS, for you are a STIFF-NECKED PEOPLE.
Gal.3:8-And THE SCRIPTURE, foreseeing that GOD would JUSTIFY THE NATIONS by FAITH, preached THE GOSPEL to ABRAHAM BEFOREHAND, saying, “In you all the nations SHALL BE BLESSED.” Acts 3:25-“You are sons of the prophets, and of THE COVENANT which GOD made with OUR FATHERS, saying to ABRAHAM, “And in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed. (26) To you FIRST, God, HAVING RAISED UP His Servant JESUS, sent Him TO BLESS you, IN TURNING AWAY EVERY ONE OF YOU FROM YOUR INIQUITIES.” Gal. 3:13-Christ has REDEEMED us FROM THE CURSE of THE LAW, (14) that THE BLESSING of ABRAHAM might come UPON THE GENTILES in CHRIST JESUS, that we might receive THE PROMISE of the Spirit through FAITH. Rom. 4:13-For THE PROMISE that he would be THE HEIR of THE WORLD was not to ABRAHAM or to his seed through the law, (That is why it could not come through the Jewish nation, which is of the law!) but THROUGH the RIGHTEOUSNESS of FAITH. (Gal. 3:29-And IF you are CHRIST’S, THEN you ARE ABRAHAM’S SEED and HEIRS according TO THE PROMISE.
That is what makes Christ the Cornerstone, connecting the Old Testament with the New. For God made this promise to Abraham way back in the beginning when he was willing to offer up his son Isaac, believing God could raise Him from the dead! Heb.11:19-By faith ABRAHAM, when he WAS TESTED, offered up Isaac, and he who had received THE PROMISES offered up his only begotten son, (18) of whom it was said, “In Isaac your seed shall be called,” ACCOUNTING THAT GOD WAS ABLE TO RAISE HIM UP, EVEN FROM THE DEAD, from which HE ALSO RECEIVED HIM IN A FIGURATIVE SENSE.
Acts 13:32-“And we declare to you GLAD TIDINGS- THAT PROMISE which was MADE to THE FATHERS. (33) “God has FULFILLED this for US their children, IN THAT HE HAS RAISED UP JESUS. As it is also written in the second Ps: “You are My Son, today I have begotten You.” The second Ps. goes on to read, (6) “Yet I have set My king on My holy hill of ZION.” (7) I will declare the decree: The Lord has said to Me, “You are My Son, today I have begotten You, ASK of ME and I WILL GIVE YOU the nations AS YOUR INHERITANCE (Handed down from His promise to Abraham) and THE ENDS OF THE EARTH as YOUR POSSESSION. (Handed down from His heavenly Father.) 1 Peter 2:6-Therefore it is contained in the Scripture, ‘BEHOLD I LAY IN ZION A CHIEF CORNERSTONE, elect, precious, and he who believes ON HIM will by no means be put to shame. (Then looking back at verse four: COMING to HIM as TO A LIVING STONE, rejected indeed by men, BUT CHOSEN by GOD and precious, (5) YOU ALSO, AS LIVING STONES, are BEING BUILT UP a SPIRITUAL HOUSE, a HOLY PRIESTHOOD, to offer up SPIRITUAL SACRIFICES ACCEPTABLE to GOD through Jesus Christ.
O Most Holy and Glorious Father, we praise You for this wonderful word that You have given us! We praise You for Your wonderful Son that You also gave to us, and for Your promises which are faithful. Father in regards to this nation of Iran and these other terrorist nations we lay all of this word out before You. By faith we just sprinkle it with the blood of the Lamb to give it strength and power and to loose it from the past to the present, and we present it to You in His name.
We now Father are His body and we by faith stand on the word where You said, Ask of Me and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance and the ends of the earth for Your possession. Father in His name, we ask that You will do just that! That You will go before us and drive out these other nations that are secretly plotting destruction against us and against any other peaceful nations.
We do not ask You to do it because of our righteousness, but because of Your promise to Abraham, and also because of the wickedness of these other lands. Right now Father we lift up Iran before You, and ask You to take a close look at them and to consider all of their works. We also ask You to look at their hearts which will tell the truth about their true intentions. We ask that You will come down Lord and make Your name known to this nation of Iran. That they may tremble at Your presence! Father, we have many young men already involved in trying to rebuild Iraq and trying to keep that land safe, Iran is well aware of that! May You spare our young men and take on this land of Iraq, and show them just who You are, that You are God and that there is NONE like YOU! Show them that YOU are GOD OF THE LAND! Your word tells us in Ps. 37:34-WAIT ON THE LORD, and KEEP HIS WAY, (His way is love not terrorism!) And HE SHALL EXALT YOU TO INHERIT THE LAND: When the wicked are cut off, you shall see it. Father we must be careful to keep Your way, so we bring this Scripture to light: Ps 54:5-He will repay my enemies for their evil. CUT THEM OFF IN YOUR TRUTH.
We ask that You will intervene and not allow them to go ahead with their scheme of building nuclear weapons to destroy us and other nations with. You know how to deal with them, without us sending our young men over there to lay down their lives. Father we would like to bring this to Your attention what we have read in the Gospel of Luke! Luke 1:68-“Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, For He has visited and redeemed His people, (69) And HAS RAISED UP a horn OF SALVATION for US IN the house of His servant David, (70) As He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets, who have been since the world began, (71) That WE SHOULD BE SAVED FROM our ENEMIES and FROM THE HAND of ALL WHO HATE US, (72) TO PERFORM the MERCY PROMISED TO OUR FATHERS and TO REMEMBER HIS HOLY COVENANT, (73) THE OATH WHICH HE SWORE to OUR FATHER ABRAHAM: (74) To GRANT US that WE, BEING DELIVERED from THE HAND OF OUR ENEMIES, Might serve Him WITHOUT FEAR, (75) in holiness and righteousness before Him all the days of our life. (77) To GIVE KNOWLEDGE of SALVATION to HIS PEOPLE by the remission of their sins, (78) THROUGH THE TENDER MERCY OF OUR GOD, with which the Dayspring from on high has visited us; (79) TO GIVE LIGHT TO THOSE WHO SIT IN DARKNESS and THE SHADOW of DEATH, TO GUIDE OUR FEET INTO THE WAY OF PEACE. Father please LET US SEE YOUR SALVATION WHICH YOU HAVE PREPARED before THE FACE OF ALL PEOPLES, A LIGHT to BRING REVELATION TO THE GENTILES, and THE GLORY of YOUR PEOPLE ISRAEL. Please come and save us from these hostile lands and GIVE THEM TO YOUR SON AS HIS POSSESSION.
We ask that You will send the KING of GLORY to do battle for us for we are told in Ps. 24:8-9, that THE LORD STRONG and MIGHTY, THE LORD MIGHTY IN BATTLE, HE IS THE KING OF GLORY!!! For the weapons of our war fare are not carnal, but they ARE MIGHTY IN YOU, for pulling down STRONGHOLDS, (5) CASTING DOWN ARGUMENTS and EVERY HIGH THING that EXALTS ITSELF AGAINST THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD. When we look at Isaiah 45:20, we see this: THEY HAVE NO KNOWLEDGE, who carry the wood of their carved image, and PRAY TO A GOD THAT CANNOT SAVE. Who has declared this from ancient time? Who has told it from that time? Have not I, the Lord? And there is NO OTHER GOD BESIDE ME, A JUST GOD AND A SAVIOR; There is NONE besides Me. (22) LOOK TO ME, and BE SAVED, ALL YOU ENDS OF THE EARTH! For I AM GOD, and THERE IS NO OTHER.
Father, Please make this word clear to the nation of Iran and these other terrorists nations that MOHAMMED is NOT GOD! That GOD is LOVE, NOT HATE! Father as it says is Is. 40:28-Have they not known? Have they not heard? The everlasting God, THE LORD, THE CREATOR OF THE ENDS OF THE EARTH, neither FAINTS NOR IS WEARY. Have they not heard Father, that You have promised the nations to Your Son and the ends of the earth to Him for His possession? Have they not heard what it says in 1 Sam. 2:10-THE ADVERSARIES OF THE LORD SHALL BE BROKEN IN PIECES; FROM HEAVEN HE WILL THUNDER AGAINST THEM. THE LORD WILL JUDGE THE ENDS OF THE EARTH. He will give strength to HIS KING and EXALT the horn of HIS ANOINTED. Have they not heard what it says in Ps. 2:1-Why do the nations rage, and the people plot a VAIN THING? (2) THE KINGS of THE EARTH SET THEMSELVES and THE RULERS take COUNSEL together, AGAINST THE LORD and AGAINST HIS ANOINTED, saying, (3) Let us break their bonds in pieces and cast away Their cords from us. (4) HE WHO SITS IN THE HEAVENS SHALL LAUGH; THE LORD SHALL HOLD THEM IN DERISION. (5) Then He shall speak to them in His wrath, and distress them in His deep displeasure: (6) Yet I have set MY KING on My holy hill of ZION. (7) I will declare the decree: THE LORD HAS SAID TO ME, YOU ARE MY SON, today I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU. (8) ASK TO ME and I WILL GIVE YOU THE NATIONS for YOUR INHERITANCE and THE ENDS OF THE EARTH FOR YOUR POSSESSION. Please Father, cause them TO HEAR THE WORD OF THE LORD!
We are standing IN THE GAP FOR THE LAND, FATHER, that it should NOT BE DESTROYED! OH GLORIOUS FATHER YOUR SON HAS RISEN NOW MAKE HIM SHINE!! In His name and for Your glory we ask it. AMEN and AMEN
Dear Sharon, You have layed before us a 'blueprint' of what we, as God's children, need to do. Per your wonderful example, we need to study God's Word and absorb it deep into our souls. Then, we need to BELIEVE God's promises and pray them back to God, in expectation! Armed with God's Word and the hope of His promises, we need to pray and share His Word and promises with the world, especially seeking the hearts of those in power. We need to ask God to soften their hearts so that God can mold them and shape them according to His will. Sharon, your words inspire us, always, and this piece takes things one step farther because you are addressing the world! That is what Christians need to do - step outside their comfort zones and into God's 'mission fields' which are all around us! You wrote a powerful call to arms... a call to Jesus' arms!!!! GOD BLESS YOU, dear friend! Love, Peggy
Yes, we really need to pray not only for the leaders of this nation, but for all the leaders of the world. Everyday, we hear bad news - killings, world chaos, terrorisms, etc. But there is Good News to those who trust and obey God. Jesus said that in this world we will have trouble, but He also said "But take heart! I have overcome the world." (John 16:33) Amen to your powerful prayer, and thank you for bringing us back to the power of God's Word. Love in Christ, Gloria
Praise God, Sharon! This is exactly the Word we need to hear, and as we fall on our kneed before Our Holy God, confessing our sins to Him and seeking His forgiveness, let us not forget that HE IS the Soveriegn God of all the earth, and will perform His righteous and Holy will. He WILL hear us, if we come to Him in humility. Thank you, Sharon, for leading in this most appropriate and timely prayer...