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O’ what an anguished cry of the Holy Spirit through the prophet! Where are God’s people? Why are they not taking hold of God and calling upon His name to fulfill His covenant promises?
So often we act as if we are the ones who have to chase God do what is needed! How skewed and untrue is that! Rather, God has given us the Word, His Word; His covenant promises and has sealed them with the Blood of His Son and has assured us time and again, that he would stand by His Word and do what He has promised. All we have to do is seek Him, and stir ourselves up to take hold of Him! How wonderful is that! The word ‘stir’ means to awaken oneself! Do you put on an alarm clock to wake you up if you have an important engagement? Let your spiritual alarm clock ring loudly, and awaken you to get a hold of God for His Kingdom, for the Church, for Israel!
We are called upon to seek His face and call upon His name
Psa. 24:1 The earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein,
Psa. 24:2 for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers.
Psa. 24:6 Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob. Selah
Psalm 24 reminds us of the greatness of God and of His ownership of all creation; it calls us to seek His face. We are called upon to seek His face and call upon Him to fulfill His covenant promises, specifically His covenant promises to Israel.
Psa. 99:6 Moses and Aaron were among His priests, And Samuel was among those who called upon His name; They called upon the LORD, and He answered them.
Two dangers to our praying effectively
One of the dangers we face is that we might take the call of the Spirit to seek the Lord, in a self-centered way. The spirit of the age encourages and promotes self-seeking and self-centeredness, and the church is deeply affected by this. Thus we are tempted to seek the Lord only for ourselves, for our needs, our wants, our fears.
While there is nothing wrong with bringing our needs to the Lord, there is a danger in making that, the center of our spiritual life; of making it our primary motive for seeking God.
Instead, we are taught in scripture to seek the Kingdom of God first, or to be about our Father’s business, i.e., to center on His will and desire as revealed in the Word.
Moses, Aaron, and Samuel called upon the Lord in times of great crises and won forgiveness and grace for Israel, in times of great need.
We are called to do the same.
We are meant to seek the face of God, and call upon His name to fulfill His covenant promises. This ought to be our primary vocation as far as prayer is concerned. And He has promised to add everything else to us.
The second danger has to do with our attitude towards Israel. We are in danger of approaching Israel’s restoration in the last days, in a romantic, emotional way. What I mean is that if we are not careful, we might take Israel’s condition lightly. We could fall into thinking that because we are living in days of fulfillment and favor upon Israel that God has “winked” at Israel’s rejection of her Messiah, and at her sinful condition.
Nothing is further from the truth in this matter. After all, it has taken the blood of His Son, to reconcile us to God. This lax kind of attitude will, no doubt, lead to weak and superficial praying, which will cause our prayers to be totally ineffective; a waste of time (His and ours).
Instead we are called upon to give Him nor rest (Isaiah 62:7), to get a hold of
God (Isaiah 64:7), and to go through in prayer (Isaiah 62:10)
With this in mind we read Ezekiel 36:23-29 This wonderful prayer list is of a quite complete scope. Rather than write out our own praying, I am listing here the main verses we used in our praying, hoping you will be inspired by the Word and Spirit to stand with us for the fulfillment of these amazing promises.
Some of you have been praying these verses for quite a while, and perhaps you feel they are ‘old hat.’ Not so! The Word has an unfathomable depth to it. One can pray over the same scriptures and be so moved and impassioned to such intensity that is beyond the realm of the natural. May the Holy Spirit ‘breathe’ on you as you pray these verses and may you experience the answers to them, not only for Israel but in your own life.
We prayed into the following verse:
- The great motive of God in restoring Israel - Ezek. 36:23 And I will sanctify My great name, which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in their midst;
- The great result of Israel’s restoration - "and the nations shall know that I am the LORD,” says the Lord GOD, “when I am hallowed in you before their eyes."
- The great regathering of Israel - Ezek. 36:24 For I will take you from among the nations, gather you out of all countries, and bring you into your own land.
- The great cleansing of Israel - Ezek. 36:25 Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols.
- The great heart-change of Israel - Ezek. 36:26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
- The great outpouring of the Spirit - Ezek. 36:27 I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.
- The great outcome - Ezek. 36:28 Then you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; you shall be My people, and I will be your God.
- The great blessing - Ezek. 36:29 I will deliver you from all your uncleannesses. I will call for the grain and multiply it, and bring no famine upon you.
Thank You for standing with us and more importantly, with the Lord, for His end-time, Kingdom purposes. Surely those who pray for 'rain', will be soaked by it too, if they go outside (of the Church's conventional replacement theology box).
Blessings from Jerusalem,