I woke this morning and for the first time in some time, I was a bit overwhelmed by the darkness of the world around me. It may have been the video I saw of Irma hitting an Island in the Caribbean or the fires out west or Houston, or the anarchist that hate everything, or the word nihilistic I learned this week that is just dark, but whatever it was I had a very heavy heart. This heavy and dark feeling led me to the Word.
My first stop was the book of Daniel. I went to His prayer in Chapter 9. Then John 17 and Jesus prayer. After the Holy Spirit compelled me to pick up this new book I have, “The Book of Secrets” by Jonathan Cahn, and I closed out my time with a little Tozer. Let me take you through it.
Daniel was pondering all that lied ahead of Israel. The time that they had left of the desolation of Israel and all that the Jewish people had done and he just turned his face to the Lord seeking Him by prayer. When I read this prayer, I can feel the ache in his heart.
Daniel 9:3-6 (ESV)
3 Then I turned my face to the Lord God, seeking him by prayer and pleas for mercy with fasting and sackcloth and ashes. 4 I prayed to the Lord my God and made confession, saying, “O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, 5 we have sinned and done wrong and acted wickedly and rebelled, turning aside from your commandments and rules. 6 We have not listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land.
Daniel prayed a prayer of repentance defining the differences between God and rebellious men. In the end of his prayer he pleaded for God’s forgiveness not because the people deserved it but because of His great Mercy.
Daniel 9:18-19 (ESV)
18 O my God, incline your ear and hear. Open your eyes and see our desolations, and the city that is called by your name. For we do not present our pleas before you because of our righteousness, but because of your great mercy. 19 O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive. O Lord, pay attention and act. Delay not, for your own sake, O my God, because your city and your people are called by your name.”
I think of this prayer and I cannot help but look around at all the calamity in our nation. There is so much division and so many religions trying to push Christianity out using the lie of fairness. This prayer took me to John 17; The High Priestly Prayer.
Jesus opens that prayer defining His destiny. Then He asks for the Father to be with those believers he will leave behind.
John 17:8-10 (ESV)
8 For I have given them the words that you gave me, and they have received them and have come to know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. 9 I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours. 10 All mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them.
Jesus speaks of their need in verses 12-19
Jesus speaks of the disciples need for protection and growth. He does not want to take them out of the world but He asks that they are
protected from the evil one.
John 17:12-19 (ESV)
12 While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. 13 But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves. 14 I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15 I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. 19 And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth.
But his request does not stop there He prays for those to come, that might be saved by the teaching of the disciples.
Christ Jesus is about to be arrested and He is including me in a prayer to protect me against the evil one.
John 17:20-26 (ESV)
20 “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, 21 that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, 23 I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. 24 Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. 25 O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me. 26 I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”
He prayed for the salvation of all who might believe in God’s Word as taught by the Apostles. And as I pondered these two prayers the darkness was still there but it could no longer invade the light that the Word of God had filled me with. It was about now that I felt compelled to pick up Jonathan Cahn’s book.
The Serpent’s Blood
The secret for today was the Serpents Blood and it kind of gave me goose bumps because of Jesus’ prayer asking for protection for us against the evil one, who is often depicted by a serpent. But as I begin reading it the author speaks of the how cold-blooded creatures have no lasting power. They run out of steam. But warm-blooded creators can outlast them. I liked this passage.
“Evil is cold-blooded. What that means is this: Though evil may have its day, its victories, it time to move and strike – it remains cold-blooded… All evil is cold-blood. And so the power of evil is only of the short-term and the momentary. Its days are always numbered. And in the long run, it always fails”… “So, in the end, the good will always outlast the evil. Therefore persevere in the good, keep going in what is true, keep standing for what is right and you will overcome and prevail in the end.” “The Serpents Blood” from “Book of Secrets” by Jonathan Cahn.
I read that and thought about the circumstances we face and how we have a choice in dealing with them.
With all the darkness that we see, and the hardship that we and others face We really must decide what we will do. Do we stop and let the serpent regain his strength or we can continue to cling to Christ Jesus and “persevere in good”? It really is our choice. We can pray like Daniel and hold fast or surrender.
I look at these two prayers and Daniel prayed for Israel despite the evil they had done. He pleaded with God. Christ Jesus prayed that we may know Him as He knows the Father and that we may learn this through the Word. The decision is ours to make.
My decision is to hold fast to the Lord and persevere in doing good. My hope and salvation rests in Him. God promises that if we will endure with Him and believe we will be saved. I am thankful and I trust in His Word.
Matthew 24:13 (ESV) 1
3 But the one who endures to the end will be saved.
John 1:5 (ESV)
5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
Why would I not trust in Him.? He has shown me so many times that I can and I will continue in that trust and love even in the smallest things, and I will pray and respond in obedience to what he leads me to do.
Father, thank you for reminding me of your mercy and grace this morning. Thank you for shining your light in my heart when I had allowed the darkness of the world circumstances to envelope me. Father thank you for calling me again to prayer and showing me the path. Thank you for your wisdom and love in all things. This I pray in Jesus name. Amen!