July 31, 2014

Isaiah 57:15,18-19 Living Bible
The high and lofty One who inhabits eternity, the Holy One, says this: I live in that high and holy place where those with contrite, humble spirits dwell; and I refresh the humble and give new courage to those with repentant hearts. I have seen what they do, but I will heal them anyway! I will lead them and comfort them, helping them to mourn and to confess their sins. Peace, peace to them, both near and far, for I will heal them all.

O high and lofty One who inhabits eternity, O Holy One,
Peace, peace to the sufferers of autism, especially ______. Shalom, shalom to their bodies.
Shalom, shalom to their souls.
Shalom, shalom to their spirits. Amen.

ISIS and Deir, Syria

July 30, 2014

From ABC:  Islamic militants . . . try to consolidate their control of an area along the length of the Euphrates river stretching through Syria and Iraq. . . . The extremist Sunni Muslim group now has nearly full control over a corridor from the Syrian provincial capital of Deir el-Zour to the border town of Boukamal. The area neighbors parts of northern and western Iraq that it seized last month, allowing the group to flow freely between the two countries.

2 Kings 15:16 (ESV)
At that time Menahem sacked Tiphsah and all who were in it and its territory from Tirzah on, because they did not open it to him. Therefore he sacked it, and he ripped open all the women in it who were pregnant.

Menahem was a king of Israel.  The modern day location of Tiphsah is unknown, but it is most commonly associated with Deir, Syria.

In 1915, Deir became a major destination point for Armenians subjected to death marches during the Armenian Genocide.

The Euphrates corridor that ISIS controls starts at Deir, Syria and is extending toward Baghdad, Iraq.

Our Father in heaven,

Blessed are You, God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.  In love, You predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will.  In him we have obtained an inheritance.  For through him both Jews and Gentiles have access in one Spirit to the Father.  So I am a fellow citizen with the saints and members of the household of God,  built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone.

Father, I see through a glass darkly.  I do not know if the actions of King Menahem somehow enabled the spirits of genocide and death to exercise dominion in Deir in future times.  If so, I repent as a member of the household of God.

You are the great and awesome God, who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments.  We have sinned and done wrong and acted wickedly and rebelled, turning aside from your commandments and rules.  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. To you, O Lord, belongs righteousness, but to us open shame, as at this day, to the inhabitants of  Israel and to those adopted into the household of faith.  To us, O Lord, belongs open shame, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against you.  To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, for we have rebelled against him and have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God by walking in his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets.  We have sinned, we have done wickedly.

O God, listen to the prayer of your servant and to my pleas for mercy. O my God, incline your ear and hear. Open your eyes and see the desolations of Deir. For I do not present my plea before you because of my righteousness, but because of your great mercy.  O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive. O Lord, pay attention and act. Delay not.

If Deir is a portal of death and genocide, I cry out for it to become a portal of life.  Your Son Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life.  I declare his name over Deir.  Forgive us, the household of faith, the sacking and genocide of Tiphsah.

The name Tiphsah means ford or passage.  May it become a passage for Your holy angels, a highway of holiness, a portal of blessing.  Amen.

Ephesians 1, 2, Daniel 9


July 30, 2014

Job 38:16 (ESV)
“Have you entered into the springs of the sea,
or walked in the recesses of the deep?

Almighty God,
Only You have traveled the far reaches of creation. Only You know its intricacies. You have walked the recesses of the deep. You have walked the Hamas tunnels. We extol Your manifold greatness. Come to the aid of the Israeli Defense Forces and guide their footsteps in the dismantling of the tunnels. Amen.


July 30, 2014

Micah 5:4-5a (AMP)
And He shall stand and feed His flock in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord His God; and they shall dwell [secure], for then shall He be great [even] to the ends of the earth.
And this [One] shall be our peace.

O Anointed One, Ruler in Israel and the household of faith,
Stand and feed Your children suffering with autism, especially ____, in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord our God. You are their peace. Amen.


July 29, 2014

Deuteronomy 33:1,13 (ESV)
This is the blessing with which Moses the man of God blessed the people of Israel before his death. . . .
And of Joseph he said,

“Blessed by the Lord be his land,
with the choicest gifts of heaven above,
and of the deep that crouches beneath . . . “

Our Father in heaven,
I do not know what choice gifts lie in the tunnels that Hamas has dug in Gaza and Israel, but You do. You have promised Joseph with the choicest gifts of the deep that crouches beneath. We humbly beseech You to bless the descendants of Joseph with the choicest gifts from the Hamas tunnels. Amen.


July 29, 2014

Isaiah 48:17-18 (NKJV)
Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer,
The Holy One of Israel:
“I am the Lord your God,
Who teaches you to profit,
Who leads you by the way you should go.
Oh, that you had heeded My commandments!

“O Lord, great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and mercy with those who love Him, and with those who keep His commandments, we have sinned and committed iniquity, we have done wickedly and rebelled, even by departing from Your precepts and Your judgments. Neither have we heeded Your servants the prophets, who spoke in Your name to our kings and our princes, to our fathers and all the people of the land. O Lord, righteousness belongs to You, but to us shame of face, as it is this day. (Daniel 9:4-7)

Then your peace would have been like a river,
And your righteousness like the waves of the sea.

“O Lord, to us belongs shame of face, to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, because we have sinned against You. To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, though we have rebelled against Him. We have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God, to walk in His laws, which He set before us by His servants the prophets. . . . O my God, incline Your ear and hear; open Your eyes and see the desolations of ____, an autism sufferer who is a Christ-bearer and called by the name of Your Son; for we do not present our supplications before You because of our righteous deeds, but because of Your great mercies. O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and act! Do not delay for Your own sake, my God, for Your child ____ who is called by the name of Your Son.”(Daniel 9:8-10,18-19)


July 28, 2014

From Wikipedia: Slavery in Mali has persisted for centuries,and the Arabic population kept slaves well into the 20th century, until slavery was repressed by French authorities around the mid-20th century. There still persist certain hereditary servitude relationships, and according to some estimates, even today approximately 200,000 Malians are still enslaved.

James 5:1,4 (New Living Translation)
Look here, you rich people: Weep and groan with anguish because of all the terrible troubles ahead of you. . . . For listen! Hear the cries of the field workers whom you have cheated of their pay. The wages you held back cry out against you. The cries of those who harvest your fields have reached the ears of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.

Lord Jesus,
You are the door to freedom for the enslaved in Mali. May they open their hearts to You and find themselves in the spaciousness of Your presence, away from the strife of tongues and the hand of the enemy.
O Lamb of God, You have laid down Your life for the poor and oppressed.
O Door of Hope, open a portal in the heavens over them.
O Strong Deliverer, ride forth and rescue Your children from enemies that steal, kill, and destroy.
O Good Shepherd, come that they may have life and have it more abundantly.
Come, Lord Jesus. Come! Amen.
Psalm 31, John 10


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