For us as humans the answer should be a resounding YES! We should cry for the sinner but hate the sin. We should love the sinner but hate the sins, for our sins are many. Yes our sins are great, but the compassion that Yeshua has shown us is great. We are all sinners saved by the grace of King Yeshua. Because we all sinned and are still sinning, we should humbly ask the Father our Lordto forgive us.Are we ashamed of our sins yet?
Have our sins started to stink on our nostrils yet?
I know some of us dare to call ourselves sinners, but the truth of the matter is, that we are.
Yes some have mastered the art of sinning less, but has the heart and mind been tamed yet? Maybe so or maybe not.
Only Yeshua truly knows. Yes the Father knows, how we think and the inner thoughts and actions that have defined us.
But have we discovered the things that will cause us to think rightly and to sin less? Yes I would say it is the Son Himself – Yeshua our Messiah and Lord over all!!!But has your heart ever become so heavy that you cry for your sins?
Have you ever felt such a sorrow swelling up within you that you cry for your sins?
I feel that Yeshua cries for the sins of the world, but are we crying too.
Must Yeshua bear the cross alone and all the world go free? I would like to think not.
Are we fighting to help the people in the world realize that sin has consequences. Those consequences hurts us all or will hurt us all.
Example: My son was involved in a crime, went to prison, he didn’t realize that there were two families he had hurt. His family and the other man’s family. At the moment we don’t think that sin has consequences but it does. Sometimes you feel the consequences right then and then sometimes you don’t feel it until years later. But we will have a chance to witness its after effects.
So when I say “Is our sins worth crying over, I mean have we been hurt enough to realize that our sins and the sins of others hurt”!! Do we hurt enough to cause our tears to shed?
When we cry for our sins and the sins of others, we’re asking God to forgive and clean us up, clean up our heart and mind. We’re asking Him to help us. To change us, to forgive us.
“All it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”(Edmond Burke)
“The world is a dangerous place. Not because of the people who are evil; but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.”(Albert Einstein)
Ezekiel prophesied about the ones marked by God that they would “sigh and cry over the abominations” of the land. Those that stand by passively are slain. I believe these words speak to us TODAY. If you discern, REALLY DISCERN, what the enemy has been allowed to do, I’m sure you would “sigh and cry.” I’m sure your heart would break for the people caught in the snare of sin! I’m sure you would bemoan the compromise, bloodshed and idolatry in the land. All we need to do is open our eyes. Sin and wickedness is blatant all around us.
What will you do?
Will you stand passively by or as an Ambassador do something about it?
There is power in tears! There is power in trumpeting the
warning call of truth!
In the midst of evil we must keep our eyes on our King. Jesus is preeminent! If we fail to keep our focus on Him, we can become overwhelmed with what the enemy is doing. This can lead to discouragement and deep depression. We cannot be effective “light” in the midst darkness if we fail to keep connected to our Life Source – Jesus! We need to be full of Life to “make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before God for the land” as intercessors
Heed this warning from the Lord.
The Book of Ezekiel says:
“He cried also in mine ears with a loud voice, saying, Cause them that HAVE CHARGE OVER THE CITY TO DRAW NEAR, even every man with his destroying weapon in his hand. 2 And, behold, six men came from the way of the higher gate, which lieth toward the north, and every man a slaughter weapon in his hand; and one man among them was clothed with linen, with a writer’s inkhorn by his side: and they went in, and stood beside the brasen altar… 4 And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof. 5 And to the others he said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity: 6 Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man
upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house… 8 And it came to pass, while they were slaying them, and I was left, that I fell upon my face, and cried, and said, Ah Lord GOD! wilt thou destroy all the residue of Israel in thy pouring out of thy fury upon Jerusalem? 9 Then said he unto me, The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is exceeding great, and the land is full of blood, and the city full of perverseness: for they say, The LORD hath forsaken the earth, and the LORD seeth not.”(Ezek. 9:1-9)
“And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 24 Son of man, say unto her, Thou art the land that is not cleansed, nor rained upon in the day of indignation. 25 There is a conspiracy of her prophets in the midst thereof, like a roaring lion ravening the prey; they have devoured souls; they have taken the treasure and precious things; they have made her many widows in the midst thereof. 26 Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they shewed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them. 27 Her princes in the midst thereof are like wolves ravening the prey, to shed blood, and to destroy souls, to get dishonest gain. 28 And her prophets have daubed them with untempered morter, seeing vanity, and divining lies unto them, saying, Thus saith the Lord GOD, when the LORD hath not spoken. 29 The people of the land have used oppression, and exercised robbery, and have vexed the poor and needy: yea, they have oppressed the stranger wrongfully. 30 And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none. 31 Therefore have I poured out mine indignation upon them; I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath: their own way have I recompensed upon their heads, saith the Lord GOD. (Ezek. 22:23-31)
We have a King that sees everything and is more grieved over sin and the abominable acts then we are. There is judgment coming for the wicked. (Ps. 94) Our job is to hold the line by the grace of God without compromising. We do good to resist evil, trumpet the truth and militantly pray. God calls us to “sign and cry over the sin of the land; “make up the hedge:” repair and build; and “stand in the gap” intervention and intercession before God for souls.
Kingdom Reality ©2008 • Jeffrey Leonard, Parrott • http://www.ActsInMotion.com
In Jeremiah’s day he also had a hard word to bring to his nation. Sadly, his nation had fallen into such an unrighteous and deceived state that the people, including the priests and prophets (Jeremiah 26). They wanted only soft words of blessing and prosperity. But God’s word was like a fire shut up in Jeremiah’s bones, he had to speak it.
“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and TURN from their wicked ways,
THEN I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”2 Chronicles 7:14
How Should We Pray?
America is a reflection of the Church. The Church has allowed the love of the world and it’s ways to take root and influence her!
There is hidden sin in the pulpits of America. See “Judgment is Coming to the Pulpits of America”
The Biblical Pattern
There is a clear Biblical Pattern in 2 Chronicles 7:14
“If MY people will…humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, AND…TURN from THEIR Wicked Ways…
THEN I will hear from Heaven, forgive their sin, and heal your land.”
Repentance must begin first in the Church, with the Leaders (1 Peter 4:17).
Please Pray For:
PRAY for a Great Awakening that will turn the heart and soul of our nation and our churches back to God! (See A Great Visitation )
PRAY that the Fear of God will return to the pulpits of America, to our churches, our nation, and it’s capital!
PRAY that America will take the right Path – turn back to God – so He can then show His goodness and mercy!
PRAY that our churches and America will return to their godly foundations and fullness of truth!
PRAY that our leaders will govern righteously, in a way that honors God.
PRAY the Church rise up cleansed, purified, unified and be Glorious – engage and influence the culture, laws, and legislation.
PRAY for Israel, for godly leaders, wisdom, protection, and for America to fully support her.
God’s Plan and Purpose:
God has a plan and purpose for His Church (see “God has A Dream: A Glorious Church – and He has a Strategy”)
God has a plan and purpose for America, and He longs to shed His grace and glory upon America once again, but she must first turn from her great sin.
We the Church MUST lead the way!
AWAKE CHURCH AWAKE – PRAY, REPENT, TURN, & OBEY!
Awake people Awake- Pray, Repent, Turn To Yeshua and Be Forgiven!
Awake Christians, Awake anyone who wants to see sinners SAVED!!!!
By Diane S. Dew
I. Great responsibility is involved in the ministry of intercession.
A. Because the Lord God did not find anyone to “stand in the gap,” to intercede for the land, He was requited to pour out the judgment due its disobedience.
B. He would not have destroyed Sodom, because of Abraham’s persistence, had He been able to find ten righteous men in the city.
C. Moses’ intercession for the people of God, in pleading with the Lord for mercy, held back the hand of God from consuming the nation in His wrath.
Exodus 32:7-14; Deuteronomy 9:8-9, 12-20, 23-27, etc.; Psalms 106:23
D. Because “prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God,” Peter’s “chains fell off from his hands,” “the iron gate … opened to them of its own accord,” and he was led out of the prison by an angel of God!
Acts 12:5-12, etc.
E. God told Jeremiah to search the city and see if he could find even one righteous man; that then He would spare the entire city (chapter 5:1). But Jeremiah knew that their hearts were all hardened against the Lord; that they were reprobate, beyond the place of repentance (ch. 5:3). God told him therefore to not even intercede for them (ch. 7:16; 11:14; 14:11).
II. God Himself seeks faithful intercessors.
Psalms 14:2 (2 Chronicles 16 :9)”The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children
of men, to see if there were any that did understand,that did seek God.”
Ezekiel 22 :30 “And l sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge,
and stand in the gap before Me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.”
A. The ministry of intercession is of divine appointment.
Isaiah 62:6″ Ihave set . . .”
B. But it is the responsibility of each individual to take the initiative to “stir himself up
to take hold of” God.
C. Scripture says that God was amazed “and wondered that there was no intercessor.”
III. The Bible expresses in a descriptive way the very nature of this ministry and the great heaviness of spirit and burden of prayer experienced by those in intercession.
A. “Mine eye runneth down with rivers of water for the destruction of the daughter of my people. Mine eye trickleth down, and ceaseth not, without any intermission, till the Lord look down, and behold from heaven.”
B. Job cried, “Oh, that one might plead for a man with God, as a man pleadeth for his neighbor!”
C. When God speaks of His intercessors (“watchmen”) and their persistence in prayer,
He says that they “never hold their peace day nor night” and “give Him no rest.”
Isaiah 62:6-7; Lamentations 2:18-19
D. “Their heart cried unto the Lord, O wall of the daughter of Zion, let tears run down
like a river day and night: give thyself no rest; let not the apple of thine eye cease.
Arise, cry out in the night: in the beginning of the watches pour out thine heart like
water before the face of the Lord …”
E. “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…”
F. Moses told the children of Israel that in his intercession for them “I stood between
the Lord and you.”
Deuteronomy 5:5; Psalms 106:23
G. Jesus “began to be sore amazed, and to be very heavy; and saith unto them
(his disciples), My soul is exceeding sorrowful … And He went forward a little, and
fell on the ground, and prayed . . .”
IV. Certain people should be the focus of intercessory prayer on a regular basis.
A. Leaders and government authorities.
I Timothy 2 :1-2
B. The people of God.
Joel 2:12-13, 17; Romans 1:9; Ephesians 6:18
C. Those in spiritual leadership.
2 Corinthians 1:11; I Thessalonians 5:25; Hebrews 13:17-18a
1. That they may have boldness to speak the truth.
2. For their divine protection, spiritual strength, and victory over the enemy.
Luke 22:31-32 ; John 17:15; Acts 12:5; 2 Thessalonians 3:1-2
3. That they will have an open door of ministry.
Romans 15:30-32; Colossians 4:3; 2 Thessalonians 3:1-2
D. The community in which we live, or any city or nation.
Psalms 112:6; Jeremiah 29:7; Daniel 9:3, 16-19
V. True intercession involves more than prayer in general. The intercessor bears a sense
of burden and responsibility.
A. Great cries and tears in travail of prayer are known to those who have felt the
urgency of a burden revealed to them by God.
Ezra 10:1; Nehemiah 1:4; Isaiah 22:4 Jeremiah 13:17; 23:9
Lamentations 2:18-19; 3:48-51; Joel 2:12-13, 17; Hebrews 5:7
B. It often involves fasting.
Deuteronomy 9:8-9, 12-20, 12-27; Ezra 10:6; Daniel 9:3-4
Joel 2:12-14, 17-18; Jonah 3:5-10
VI. Characteristics of a successful intercessor.
A. Persistence and determination.
Lamentations 2:18-19 >”keep not silence, and give Him no rest…day and night …”
Isaiah 62:6-7; Lamentations 2:18-19
D. Severe self-discipline and selflessness (due to personal identification with the need).
Mark 14:33-35; Lamentations 3:48-50