Mercy!

As someone said the other day, time to go shopping for a handbasket, because guess where the world is headed? You don’t have to look very far to find yet another horror story of man vs. man. What have we become?

God’s heart must break as He watches His people suffering. Yet He is also a holy and just God, so I know He plans to seek justice for His people. When the time is right. 

As a mama, my heart breaks as I watch my kiddos suffering, whether it is from consequences resulting from their choices, or from the injustice and evil in the world. I pray for them and long for them to be safe and happy. Don’t we all? And I desire they would do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with their God (Micah 6:8). 

I am working at making prayer a priority in my life, but I have a long way to go. This past week, I stumbled upon a couple of passionate passages of prayer for children… 

“Arise, cry out in the night, at the beginning of the watches; pour out your heart like water before the face of the Lord. Lift your hands toward Him for the life of your young children…” ~ Lamentations 2:19

Arise, cry out in the night, and scream for mercy from the Lord. 

Now the weeping prophet, Jeremiah, penned these words after watching the horror of the seige and fall of Jerusalem. The people, desperate and starving, had eaten their own children. 

Now thankfully, we are not in such a terrible situation. (Thank you, God!) Yet our “adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” ~ 1 Peter 5:8b. Satan is eating our children.

Arise, cry out in the night, and scream for mercy from the Lord.

” ‘Now, my son, may the LORD be with you; and may you prosper, and build the house of the LORD your God, as He has said to you. Only may the LORD give you wisdom and understanding, and give you charge concerning Israel, that you may keep the law of the LORD your God. Then you will prosper, if you take care to fulfill the statutes and judgments with which the LORD charged Moses concerning Israel. Be strong and of good courage; do not fear nor be dismayed… know the God of your father, and serve Him with a loyal heart and with a willing mind; for the LORD searches all hearts and understands all the intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will cast you off forever.’ ” ~ I Chronicles 22:11-13; 28:9

“For I rejoiced greatly when brethren came and testified of the truth that is in you, just as you walk in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” ~ 3 John 3-4

Won’t you join me in pouring out our hearts like water before the face of the Lord? Let’s lift our hands toward Him for the lives of our children; for the lives of our families, friends, and neighbors. There is a fierce battle waging for their souls and for their physical health and well being. The battle is the Lord’s, but we must stand, “armored up” and in prayer.

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand… praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints…” ~ Ephesians 6:10-14, 18

Arise, cry out in the night, and scream for mercy from the Lord.


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