God’s Mercy

In the recent event surrounding the presidential election some difficult emotions have been aroused in my heart. Questions like: “Did we as the praying and fasting community miss it? Was it part of God’s sovereign plan to allow Barak Obama to be elected? What does this mean for the unborn and Israel? Are we going to miss God’s mercy at other future junctures where must more is at stake?”

My carnal man is irked (a nice word for mad) at the media for painting our new president as some sort of acclaimed hero. The other day on public radio I heard this little ditty that nearly made me swerve off the highway, “The blood of Martin Luther King Jr. went into the ground so that Obama could make it into office.”

Let’s be real people, King was not martyred (yes, martyred) to put Obama in office.

I feel more spiritually provoked and bankrupt than ever before. How shall we endure much more intense battles if our prayer goes unheard? From my perspective we lost this battle. Clearly. What happens when the stakes our higher and our lives actually depend directly to answered prayer? It make one ask the questions, “Could more have been done? Did I really sow my strength into prayer?” It’s this gnawing feeling in my gut that is telling me that I’m not really that committed to prayer and fasting and I have much unbelief to weed out of the garden of my heart.

God is good. Save Obama. Amen.

3 thoughts on “God’s Mercy

  • i want to encourage you. this is a difficult time and i understand that you and others may feel as though your prayers have gone unheard, and maybe if anything at least unanswered. I just feel like God has been speaking to me in this area. reminding me that he has allowed in the past for wickedness or unjust rulers, specifically being reminded of Babylon and nebuchadnezzar.

    We have to rest in the fact that He DOES appoint kings and rulers, and he has NOT forsaken us. What God is speaking to me is that He of course is in control, but more over that He has given this nation what they asked for, and unfortunately it may not be what America needs and I believe that He will use this to draw his people closer to Him. I am looking at this standing back a little bit, trying to understand how to have wisdom in this. and i am led to pray for the kind of encounters that nebuchadnezzar had.

    I personally witnessed you and countless others committing their lives to pray hours a day for righteousness in our nation and government. Isaac, you are far from unbelief, and i see no lack of commitment in you. It is important for ZHOP and all the houses of prayer to know that it is by no lack of prayer and by no lack of effort in that regard, and it is by no means lack of mercy on Gods part, and certainly not a lack of God taking heed. He Is merciful and he IS a mystery.

    Mercy, righteousness and wisdom for our nation are now even more urgent. and i have to believe that the state of our government will fuel now even more prayer, and cause our nation to turn to seek the face of God, because they will soon realize their ONLY hope or “hope for change” is not found in a man but in the Lord.

    i want this to be encouragement. keep fasting, keep praying it is our mandate and He loves it.


    I hope this makes sense, if you want to talk or want me to expand on any of what I said, find me on my blog or message me on facebook.

  • Issac, I have been wanting to respond this all weekend, but haven’t had the chance. The time i did start to write, I somehow deleted everything I had started to say, but I’m going to try and get it out now.

    For the past three months or so there has been a passage of scripture that I have been meditating on and coming back to again and again. There is another that is similar to it that I want to give you to consider with it as well in response to what you have written here.

    Here they are;

    “Hast thou utterly rejected Judah? hath thy soul lothed Zion? why hast thou smitten us, and there is no healing for us? we looked for peace, and there is no good; and for the time of healing, and behold trouble!

    20 We acknowledge, O Lord, our wickedness, and the iniquity of our fathers: for we have sinned against thee.

    21 Do not abhor us, for thy name’s sake, do not disgrace the throne of thy glory: remember, break not thy covenant with us.

    22 Are there any among the vanities of the Gentiles that can cause rain? or can the heavens give showers? art not thou he, O Lord our God? therefore we will wait upon thee: for thou hast made all these things.

    15 Then said the Lord unto me, Though Moses and Samuel stood before me, yet my mind could not be toward this people: cast them out of my sight, and let them go forth.” Jer 14:19-15:1

    “O Lord, how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear! even cry out unto thee of violence, and thou wilt not save!

    3 Why dost thou shew me iniquity, and cause me to behold grievance? for spoiling and violence are before me: and there are that raise up strife and contention.

    4 Therefore the law is slacked, and judgment doth never go forth: for the wicked doth compass about the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceedeth.

    5 Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvellously: for I will work a work in your days, which ye will not believe, though it be told you.

    6 For, lo, I raise up the Chaldeans….” Hab 1:2-6

    Two men of God, intercessors, prophets that stood in the very counsels of God; and both in perplexity at the national situation of thier time. They looked to their own efforts in prayer and wondered why the Lord was not answering thier cries for His intervention. They questioned if God even heard them at all, thier situation was only growing worse with the passing days.

    I mean, look at Habakkuk (this is the one I have been looking at). This is the perfect situation that mirrors the Justice issue of abortion in our day here in America. Red warriors crying our in front of courts and clinics all over the nation crying for heaven to break in with power and change hearts and lives, to end this holocost. Only to have a president elected that will further undermine our objectives. Truly, the wicked surround the righteous so that wrong judgement proceeds from our high courts in the land.

    We cry out even of violence, yet the Lord does not deliver and save the innocent in the womb! How could God not hear, and how could His eyes be holden that He could not see this?! I think that there is a malady that has crept into our thinking here in the west that resist the thought of pain. It’s an affinity with reletive comfort and ease, and it has effected our perception so that we do not understand the ways of God.

    It’s not always the design of God to fix the physical symptoms of a greater ill. There comes a time when it takes radical surgery to cut the cancer out of the patient. In both passages, the Lord indicates clearly that He has heard the cries of His people, but that His answer to solve the problem was not one that would bring a quick fix, but one that would bring a radical transformation in the whole society.

    There is a clear pattern throughout scripture where we see the childern of Israel from the time Moses brought the out of Egypt, till they were carried away by Babylon, the time of the Macabees, and the time of destruction of Titus in 70 AD, thta the Lord has brought such radical shifts in that nation.

    The 70 year judgment in the wilderness, I would submit to you, was not a surprise to God, like many infer with their preaching of it. He knew exactly thier character coming out of Egypt, they were full of idolotry and fear, and not prepared for the warfare and occupation of the promise land. He bropught them to it to see it, and He exposed thier condition as being fearful and full of unbelief. They were not ready to come in, but He sent them for 70 years of refining to prepare them to come into the promise.

    Many today think that we will just be swept away with the rapture. While others think we are ready to go forward in this great flash of glory to prepare the way of the King with great signs and wonders: and have no real concecration of holiness that is necessary to sustain such warfare and power. I can think of a recent example, and the reason it was so widely aired abroad is so that we could understand the issue. God is speaking- have we been listening?

    there are all kinds of ideas out there for the reasons why things are the way they are, but it is my understanding that some of what we are seeing is divine strategy. It’s determinded counsel of the Lord to allow this to come in the way it has to awaken His people and to transition us in a time of great turmiol to be prepared for the great battles of the end of the age.

    How elese will He unify such a fractured body unless we are forced by necessity and despreation to rely upon each other and put up with the differences we have. How else will He purge out the sin and coruption that keeps us listening to erronious doctrines of demons, and all kinds of man’s theologies and get back to the real meat of the Word and stay upon that?

    My brother, we are standing at the door of the greatest of all transitional shifts the earth has ever known, and this transition will carry us into the final hours of this age and the rise of the antichrist. Judgment must come to purge and awaken the bride to the hour in which we live, without it, we will never be divorced from our own ways. Behold both the goodness and the severity of God. Behold both the goodness and the severity of God.

    The goodness because He cares for us and He knows the thoughts He has for us, to give us the expected end. The severity because He will by not means clear the guilty. Amen.

  • Arin, thank you for the encouragement. I am far from discouraged to point of hopelessness (I would be a fool to trust in a political party). Though I agree that Lord honors the commitment of the faithful, there is something else that is missing in the arena of a corporate/individual spiritual groan that births answers.

    John, I agree with what you’ve said. Clearly the Lord was rooting out the Egypt of the Israelites. I feel that the body over the last 20 years has experienced much rooting and less planting and nurturing. I somewhat feel like a farmer sowing the seed onto the unprepared soil. I don’t only want to build my own spiritual kingdom and receive sure salvation or reward, I want my city (and nation) to know God and experience His love and mercy.

    I think it comes down to opposed intercession. On one hand you have the Bride who is contending in intercession that God would resist wickedness. On the other hand you have a majority who are also contending through lifestyle/ideology intercession. These two opposed cries are ascending before the Lord. We must realize that according to Luke 11 that God gives to “Everyone who asks” not only believers. We’re not the only Luke 18 widow knocking on the door of heaven (though clearly the Bride isn’t a widow); there is another, right along side of the believer asking, seeking, knocking. We’re not the only ones groaning with desire.

    My point in writing this post was to not “gloss over” the reality of what our nation has chosen. The spiritual condition of a nation falls on the shoulders of the church, not upon the ungodly. The ungodly will continue to be ungodly; nothing more is required or expected of the sinner except sin. The rebellious have not been entrusted with the talent – believers have. The church is be shining light, and from this present election, clearly the church (or those who call themselves the church) is a flicker at best.

    Honestly, my desire is to live in the days of repentant Ninevah, not Babylonian or Egyptian captivity. Let us press to the promise and actually lay hold of the “who knows” (Joel 2). If the salvation of a nation rests on the “who knows”, we just missed it by a long shot.

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