Intercessors, Finish the Task!
Nehemiah 5:14-7:73a tells us the Israelites rebuilt the broken down walls of Jerusalem in an astounding 52 days! We are in this window of time as well! August 14-October 4 is 52 days. Yom Kippur begins on October 4, which will be the fifty-second day! This meaningful Jewish holiday is a time to atone for our transgressions and become cleansed and purified from our sins. It is also a time to fast and put God back on the throne of your heart, making Him your number one desire. It is interesting to note that Yom Kippur is later this year, as well as five other major Jewish holidays.
I trust that God is never late, and neither are these holidays. Could it be, God is giving us a little more time and one more chance to repent, turn from our wicked ways so He will cleanse our land of evil, and give America, and the Ecclesia the fortitude and courage to rise to her original God-graced position? The Lord is coming back for His remnant, His bride! She will not only be spotless, dressed in fine linen, but also full of courage, gratitude, and thanksgiving for her bridegroom, Jesus Christ! (Rev. 19:7-8, 21:2) The massive harvest of souls needs to take place as well! Wake up, sleeper! We have work to do!
Revelation 3:1-3 to the church of Sardis is sobering, “I know all the things you do, and that you have a reputation for being alive—but you are dead. Wake up! Strengthen what little remains, for even what is left is almost dead. I find that your actions do not meet the requirements of my God. Go back to what you heard and believed at first; hold to it firmly. Repent and turn to me again. If you don’t wake up, I will come to you suddenly, as unexpected as a thief.”
I hear the Father telling America to get down on her knees, to pray, and repent. I sense the Lord is asking us to fast according to God’s will and way. I believe we are to be fervently interceding for the USA for the next 52 days. As we pray, fast, and intercede, God will rebuild the walls of our hearts, our earthly bodies, renewing a right relationship with Him as we diligently and earnestly pray to Him. Here’s some encouragement: as we pray, remember what the number 52 means spiritually. It means liberty, liberation, release, freedom, deliverance, rest, reward, multiplication, and association or agreement.
Walls spiritually in the Bible have many meanings, including protection, strength, restoring our relationship with God, hardened hearts (Rev. 3:1-3), and a call to introspection. (1 Cor. 11:28)
We can fortify our walls; we must strengthen the walls of our hearts and rededicate ourselves to His ways and His life. As we do so, God, the Lord Almighty, will create a “burst through!” 1 Chronicles 14:11, “David and his troops went up to Baal-perazim and defeated the Philistines there. ‘God did it!’ David exclaimed. ‘He used me to burst through my enemies like a raging flood!'” God creates amazing breakthrough and burst throughs as we pray, seek His face and fast.
Nehemiah had to handle continued opposition against rebuilding the walls.
Nehemiah 6:1-2a “Sanballat, Tobiah, Geshem the Arab, and the rest of our enemies found out that I had finished rebuilding the wall and that no gaps remained-though we had not yet set up the doors in the gates. The doors not yet set up indicates prophetically what God opens; no one can shut. And, what He shuts, no one can open. (Rev. 3:7-8)
(Nehemiah catches onto their scheme to harm him, but he stays focused). “But I realized they were plotting to harm me, so I replied by sending this message to them: ‘I am engaged in a great work, so I can’t come. Why should I stop working to come and meet with you?'”
“Four times, they sent the same message, and each time I gave the same reply. The fifth time, Sanballat’s servant came with an open letter in his hand.”
(We see more threats, bullying, and intimidation by the enemy, which is the same for us today).
“They were just trying to intimidate us, imagining they could discourage us and stop the work. So I continued the work with even greater determination.” Nehemiah poured on the determination!
“But I replied, ‘Should someone in my position run from danger? Should someone in my position enter the Temple to save his life? No, I won’t do it!'” Nehemiah realized they were lying to him again. Then they would be able to accuse and discredit him.
“The wall was finished—just fifty-two days after we had begun.” When our enemies and the surrounding nations heard about it, they were frightened and humiliated. They realized this work had been done with the help of our God.
The Lord has given you a specific task, a calling, your destiny to be proactive with! Every believer has a part to play in these last days. We will not back down when the enemy tries to stop or detour us! We can all pray, praise, and worship Jesus! As Tim Sheets says, “Spend your influence!” Use what is in your hands to further the kingdom of God here on earth! Your labor will make a difference!
As a believer, your decrees and declarations have great power in them because of Jesus’ resurrection power living within you! Your decrees have an invisible force that will hit a divine target. When you say your decree out loud, there is a shift or a move in the spiritual realm. Whether you can see this shift or not doesn’t matter, continue to believe Him as you speak God’s promises over America. Like Nehemiah and the Israelites, we continue to do His work of decreeing, praying, and believing God can!
So, remnant! Please join me! I will be praying, fasting, and interceding for America diligently and faithfully over the next 52 days! I’ll be posting daily on my Instagram page.
“I decree safety, peace, and hope in you, God!
You are our help and our shield.
In you, our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in your holy name.
Let your unfailing love surround us, Lord,
for our hope is in you alone.”
I hear Holy Spirit say, Ecclesia, “It’s Go Time!” It’s time to be a prayer warrior! “Let’s Roll!”
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Holly LaChappell is an encouraging and prophetic writer, intercessor, educator, and speaker. Her passion is to see Jesus’ beloved grow closer to Him in intimacy through His LOVE and mighty resurrection power. She has a zeal to help others receive freedom by powerfully applying the Word of Truth to their fears and live out their God-given royal identity and mission! Holly has written several adult and children’s books. Email Holly at [email protected]. Website: www.heartforthecross.com. Photo Credit: Ben White on Unsplash.
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