January 15, 2021 | Shelley McLaughlin, IFA Contributing Writer
Scripture is full of prayers, from the way that Yeshua taught us to pray to the prayers of Solomon and Daniel that are recorded. Considering the times that we are in, and the persecution we are facing just as Daniel did, we should see how these two prayers intersect and learn from the example of these men. Although Solomon strayed from the Lord’s ways throughout his life, the prayer that he prayed at the dedication of the first temple in 2 Chronicles 6 holds important information that Daniel later used, along with Jeremiah’s prophecy of return after a 70-year captivity (Jeremiah 9).
Please read through this blog and instructions and follow them just as you would follow directions to escape a building on fire or an impending tornado. The storm is upon us and the best thing we can do is stop, drop, roll and tuck into the arms of Israel’s only Savior.
In Solomon’s prayer in 2 Chronicles 6 he prayed the following in verses 36 through 39.
“When Your people go to war against their enemies, wherever You send them, and when they pray to You in the direction of the city You have chosen and the house I have built for Your Name, then may You hear from heaven their prayer and their plea, and may You uphold their cause.
When they sin against You—for there is no one who does not sin—and You become angry with them and deliver them to an enemy who takes them as captives to a land far or near, and when they come to their senses in the land to which they were taken, and they repent and plead with You in the land of their captors, saying, ‘We have sinned and done wrong; we have acted wickedly,’ and when they return to You with all their heart and soul in the land of the enemies who took them captive, and when they pray in the direction of the land that You gave to their fathers, the city You have chosen, and the house I have built for Your Name, then may You hear from heaven, Your dwelling place, their prayer and petition, and may You uphold their cause. May You forgive Your people who sinned against You.”
In this passage we learn the following:
- When WE (personally and corporately as God’s people) sin, for there is no one who does not sin.
- And when WE (personally and corporately as God’s people) come to our senses in the land to which we are taken (which means outside of the land Israel that God has apportioned for His people who are called by His name)
- And when WE (personally and corporately as God’s people) repent and plead with God saying WE have sinned and done wrong and WE have acted wickedly
- And when WE have returned (the word here is teshuvah – return – make a U turn back to God and His commandments and His ways which are not our ways or man’s ways) with all their heart and soul in the land where they are held captive
- And when WE pray in the direction of the land that God gave to our forefathers and the city He chose and the House that Solomon built for His Name
- THEN (Solomon’s request is) that Yahweh would hear from heaven the prayer and petition of these future people and would uphold their cause and forgive them.
Immediately after that Solomon requested that God’s eyes and ears are open to the prayers and that He will arise and enter His dwelling place.
The primary commandment that the Church continues to break today is the Sabbath. It is the commandment that He instructed us to remember. Ourselves, our families, our employees, and our animals are all to keep it. We are to cease on this day from working. We are to rest in the Lord. Every week. This special appointed time was created by God for us on the 7th day of the week, long prior to the giving of the 10 commandments.
What is the 7th day of the week and are you keeping His Sabbath? Do you cease? Do you go about business as usual and do what you want? Please read Isaiah 58 which tells us that if we keep the Sabbath according to what He prescribes then our light will shine forth and healing will come and He will cause us to ride on the high places.
The 7th day of the week is Saturday on everyone’s calendars. Traditionally this begins at sunset the night before with a meal with your family recalling God’s blessings and deliverances, a time of worship and praise together. Followed by a day of rest and study and withdrawal from whatever the world is doing. No buying or selling. No regular work.
I have twice witnessed the move of God in the last two years when the two sticks (Ezekiel 37) come together and the power that was unleashed as a result. With Christians and Jews working in unity with the Holy One of Israel, as in Christians honoring the Saturday Sabbath.
Please – let us take advantage of this and work in unison as God’s people this weekend. Let’s operate in obedience to the 4th Commandment as it is written. Let’s stop and let God know that we trust Him to move and act on our behalf. Put down the electronics and the news that the world is creating. Come inside and hide yourselves for a little while. Take a nap because we are all cranky.
And tomorrow, on Saturday at noon in your time zone, pray Daniel 9 toward Jerusalem. Confess corporately and personally that we have forgotten how to truly trust Him and rest in Him. Give Him that day back and let’s just see what He does.
Obedience is better than sacrifice. It obliterates idolatry and divination which are plaguing our land and holding us captive right now.
The judgments may still fall, and I believe more are to come, but we can sweeten them because His mercy is His first characteristic and His mercy always triumphs over judgment.
Sin causes our prayers to hit an iron ceiling. Humility and obedience and praise penetrate the Throne Room.
Daniel prayed the following:
And I prayed to the LORD my God and confessed, “O, Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant of loving devotion to those who love Him and keep His commandments, we have sinned and done wrong. We have acted wickedly and rebelled. We have turned away from Your commandments and ordinances. We have not listened to Your servants the prophets, who spoke in Your name to our kings, leaders, and fathers, and to all the people of the land.
To You, O Lord, belongs righteousness, but this day we are covered with shame—the men of Judah, the people of Jerusalem, and all Israel near and far, in all the countries to which You have driven us because of our unfaithfulness to You. O LORD, we are covered with shame—our kings, our leaders, and our fathers—because we have sinned against You.
To the Lord our God belong compassion and forgiveness, even though we have rebelled against Him and have not obeyed the voice of the LORD our God to walk in His laws, which He set before us through His servants the prophets.
All Israel has transgressed Your law and turned away, refusing to obey Your voice; so the oath and the curse written in the Law of Moses the servant of God has been poured out on us, because we have sinned against You. You have carried out the words spoken against us and against our rulers by bringing upon us a great disaster. For under all of heaven, nothing has ever been done like what has been done to Jerusalem.
Just as it is written in the Law of Moses, all this disaster has come upon us, yet we have not sought the favor of the LORD our God by turning from our iniquities and giving attention to Your truth. Therefore the LORD has kept the calamity in store and brought it upon us. For the LORD our God is righteous in all He does; yet we have not obeyed His voice.
Now, O Lord our God, who brought Your people out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and who made for Yourself a name renowned to this day, we have sinned; we have acted wickedly. O Lord, in keeping with all Your righteous acts, I pray that Your anger and wrath may turn away from Your city Jerusalem, Your holy mountain; for because of our sins and the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and Your people are a reproach to all around us.
So now, our God, hear the prayers and petitions of Your servant. For Your sake, O Lord, cause Your face to shine upon Your desolate sanctuary. Incline Your ear, O my God, and hear; open Your eyes and see the desolation of the city that bears Your name. For we are not presenting our petitions before You because of our righteous acts, but because of Your great compassion.
O Lord, listen! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, hear and act! For Your sake, O my God, do not delay, because Your city and Your people bear Your name.”