Dear Friends, I have had this burning desire the last couple of days to share what I believe the Lord is stirring up in my heart to write to you. It is with sorrow that I write this as I feel these days have created a lot of division in the body of Christ. Call it a shifting, shaking, whatever you like, but I believe we, as the body of Christ, have become comfortable with dishonouring the Word of God and each other. Without moving into a lot of detail I sensed an urgency to repent before God in an identificational way for how we have misrepresented the heart of God, our Father, to the world and to one another.
Please join me in this plea for forgiveness. I believe the Holy Spirit has highlighted the areas that I am asking for forgiveness, in what I am subtitling as, The Plea of the "Ps".
The Scripture Context:
Ephesians 4: 31-32 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, outcry and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and tenderhearted to one another, forgiving each other just as in Christ God forgave you.
Mark 3:25 If a kingdom is divided against itself, it cannot stand. 25 If a house is divided against itself, it cannot stand.
Romans 12: 17-18 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Carefully consider what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible on your part, live at peace with everyone.
Father forgive us for being prayerless and quickly taking action, oftentimes hurtful actions towards others when we should start with praying, hearing and then obeying your voice. Lord, forgive us for not making prayer our priority and praying for each other and even our enemies (Mt.5:44).
Father forgive us for quickly protesting because we feel our freedoms or rights have been violated. Forgive us for not making the main thing, the main thing: preaching and living out the gospel message in spite of surrounding circumstances (Rev 12:11).
Father forgive us for judging our governmental leaders. We understand the difficulty to rule and rule well. We choose to pray for those in authority and to uphold the law of the land. Help us to be a kind-hearted people, full of authority, power, and anointing of the Holy Spirit when rules of law need to be challenged in a civil way just as Paul the Apostle demonstrated in his Apostolic ministry (Acts 25:11).
Father forgive us as leaders of Your Church when we misrepresent you. Have grace and mercy upon us when we lead our flocks astray. Help us to model the heart of the Good Shepherd who is not ignorant of the schemes of the enemy but to be wise in all our ways by putting on the full armour of God. Help us to bend our knee to Your will and desire in this day and hour (Eph 6:10-18).
Father forgive us for not understanding the times and the seasons and properly navigating through this pandemic. Give us the wisdom to overcome and to put to an end to the futile plans of the enemy. Forgive us for not placing our trust in you and believing and having hope in your ability, over and above all the things we place in priority (Deut. 28).
People. Position and Personal:
Father forgive as people who hold their personal positions and opinions over others in a superior or prideful way without representing the love of God as a Father. Forgive us Lord (James 4:6)!
Bring restoration Lord. Strengthen Your church. Bring unity and revival to hearts and to our land in Jesus' name we pray.