A Praying Life
5/31/11 at 05:27 PM 0 Comments


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JOEL 2:17 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, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God?

Our nation is in trouble, the people are in trouble and the land needs healing. The nation is being shaken by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, floods and tornados. It seems that we are facing one tragedy after another. Unusual occurrences are happening as evidenced by these headlines: Sep 16, 2010 ... Thousands more dead fish have turned up in Plaquemines Parish, the second large such kill in the area in the past few days, January 2011 200 cows found dead, and January 2, 2011 thousands of birds fall out of the sky dead. Yet the definition of marriage is being rewritten, the definition of family is being rewritten in a way that defies the law that God establish for a union to be between man and woman, male and female. Abortions are daily occurrences; our youth are being slaughter on the streets. Who will weep for the people?

Let the priests weep. Priest is defined as a person ordained to act as a mediator between God and man in administering the sacraments, preaching, blessing, guiding, etc. The priests are the ministers of the Lord. Their role is to before God on behalf of the people to offer up atonement for the sins of the people.

Let the priests weep. To weep is to shed tears, to express grief of anguish. Crying also indicates the shedding of tear but to weep speaks of the level of intensity. One may weep out of sadness, frustration and even anger.

Let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep between the porch and the altar. I ran across this description written by LeVite Camp and I quote it as follows: This porch and altar language references the layout of the ancient Temple. The porch was at the front of the sanctuary. Beyond the porch was the entrance into the Holy Place. The porch opened outward into the Inner Court which contained the large altar. This place between porch and altar was the place where the priests made intercession on behalf of the people of God who remained in the outer court, just beyond the walls.

Today we need priests, pastors, shepherds, and all of our religious leaders to lead the way to prayer. We need them to show the people by example how to rend our hearts and not our garments and seek forgiveness for our sins, mistakes, errors and disobedience. We need them to cry loud and sound the alarm against sin and unrightesouness. We need them to lead the way to humility, brokeness and repentance.

When the priests weep and cry out for mercy then the people will weep and cry out for mercy. When the pastors fall on their faces, lay prostrate before the king and seek his face in fasting and praying then the people will follow.

Sometimes when I am riding down the streets of Chicago and see the different churchs and their order of service I will look to see if they have a day or time dedicated to prayer. Sadly, many churches do not have a corporate day or time of prayer. No wonder the churches are weak because a church that does not understand the value and principle of coming together to pray corporately is lacking in strength.

Why should the priests weep?  He should weep for the disobedience of God's people. He should cry out for God's mercy, strength and grace that the church would regain her position of authority. He should cry out so that God's wrath would be turned and that he would lead a blessing instead of destruction.

What is the result of the priests weeping? The people are forgiven, the land is healed, what has been lost, stolen or destroyed is restored. The people turn from their sin and turn to a loving and forgiving God. The spirit of the Lord is poured out upon his people that the world might know that we serve a mighty God who is wonderful, gloroius, to be feared and reverant, great and greatly to be praised.

We challenged the priests, pastors, leaders to weep for the people of God. We challenge them to make a commitment to corporate prayers in their churches. We challenged them to come into unity with other churches and pastors just to pray. We challenge them to instead of preaching a sermon to instead lead the people to the altar, bow down in repentance and worship God. If pastors would begin to do this then the spirit of revival will break out because the spirit of revivial follows the spirit of conviction and repentance.

We speak the answer and not the problem today as we come to you, heavenly father and pray for our priests, pastors, leaders and shepherds. We lift up each and every one and we decree according to your word that you give us pastors after your own heart. We pray for the spirit of conviction and repentance to fall upon every pastor. We call them back to the altar and ask that you release a weeping spirit upon them, a burden for the lost, the hurting, the broken-hearted, the sick and the lost everywhere. We decree and declare that they shall cry loud and spare not. We decree and declare that they shall proclaim a solemn fast for your people and lead the way back to the old landmark. We decree and declare that they shall not be ashamed or afraid of the people's faces, what they will say or think but they shall speak boldly the truth. We decree and declare that their lips are touched with the live coal from heaven and they cry unto you, lord send me. We decree and declare that wisdom, knowledge, skill and understanding is theirs, the five fold ministry operates in their lives, they are clothed in santification and perfumed with holiness, you anoint their heads with the fresh liquid oil of your anointing and it flows down their robes and out to your people. We ask you to send the warring angels to assist with the warfare that is certain to come as our leaders make a recommitment to you. We ask that you send your ministering angels to minister to their every need. We cover them, their ministries, homes, families, finances, and every aspect of their lives with your blood. Now, father we bow down before you and we thank you for refreshing, reviving and restoration of the priest, the minsters of the Lord. We worship you and give you glory because you are that you are, almighty, all powerful God.

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