In a song that King David wrote, he is exhorting that one pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee. Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces. I would think that since the Bible is written about King David’s kensmen who live in this region of what is now called Israel the country, that we too should do as King David suggested.
Jesus tells His beloved disciples that the destruction of the temple and the destruction of the world would be two separate events, each different in time and in circumstances that would lead up to their own perspective end.
It would be understandable for the disciples to be afraid, but Jesus left His disciples with lots to pray about. Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He will send forth labourers into His harvest. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
Jesus also said, But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee and Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you. And He said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.
Jesus told His disciples to watch themselves, not the global events. But he also said, And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet. Jesus goes on to say that all these things must come to pass, but that does not mean the end is near. Peter said, “Therefore, beloved, looking for to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless; and consider that the longsuffering of the Lord is salvation” Our ‘Elohiym (God our creator and ruler) said through the mouth of His prophet Isaiah, “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
Jesus gave His disciples the power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over ‘all’ the power of the enemy, not some measly power over ‘a few’ powers of the enemy but over ALL the powers of the enemy and then Jesus told them, “nothing shall by any means hurt you.”
We are His disciples too. We only need to pray as He told them and to receive from Him the same love that He gave them because we know that He is no respecter of persons right? We need to walk in obedience to His will for our lives that is written in His last testimony that He left for us through the power of the Holy Spirit who has watched over God’s word, that He “will hasten my word to perform it.” I remember when my dad died and left His will for all of us kids. ( I had nine siblings at the time) If we never picked up my dad’s will and read it, how would we ever known our inheritance and what he had left for us. I feel the same way about the Bible. It is Jesus’ last will and testimony for us.
God has given us everything He has to give. We must not ignore the opportunity while we have it. He has given us Himself, through His Son and now through His Spirit. We must not loose or make light of our status with Christ Jesus. The only way I know of to stay in alignment is by following what John taught: 1John 2:3-6 ¶ And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee. But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
We may have to finish this race on our knees but praise God that we have them and are able to use them to get across that final stretch In holiness and righteousness before Him, all the days of our life so that we seek Him in His Holy Place. We just gotta stay focused, stay the course, stay connected. O Lord, how we love You and are so thankful that we are all kept in Your name.
O Lord, how we love You and are so thankful that we are all kept in Your name.
While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled. ~ Christ Jesus