Friday, August 8, 2014

A Day For Praying the Strongest Prayers God Gave Us

Are you keeping up with the news of what's going on in Iraq?

Clicking HERE will get you started.

This is a day for the strongest prayers God gave us.  Earlier today I gathered my family, explained what was going on (the blood of the martyrs—and how seriously Jesus takes it—is something we've been reading about in Revelation recently), and prayed.

We ended our time of prayer with Psalm 83.

O God, do not keep silence;
do not hold your peace or be still, O God!

For behold, your enemies make an uproar;
those who hate you have raised their heads.

They lay crafty plans against your people;
they consult together against your treasured ones.

They say, “Come, let us wipe them out as a nation;
let the name of Israel be remembered no more!”

For they conspire with one accord;
against you they make a covenant—
the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites,
Moab and the Hagrites,
Gebal and Ammon and Amalek,
Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre;
Asshur also has joined them;
they are the strong arm of the children of Lot. Selah

Do to them as you did to Midian,
as to Sisera and Jabin at the river Kishon,
who were destroyed at En-dor,
who became dung for the ground.

Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb,
all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna,
who said, “Let us take possession for ourselves
of the pastures of God.”

O my God, make them like whirling dust,
like chaff before the wind.

As fire consumes the forest,
as the flame sets the mountains ablaze,
so may you pursue them with your tempest
and terrify them with your hurricane!

Fill their faces with shame,
that they may seek your name, O Lord.

Let them be put to shame and dismayed forever;
let them perish in disgrace,
that they may know that you alone,
whose name is the Lord,
are the Most High over all the earth.


  1. Tommy, I am but an occasional follower of your site and like all I see. I appreciate your heart and your thoughtfulness evidenced in your posts. You may have already seen this post from The Gospel Coalition, but I think it may be worth posting yourself as a follow-up to the post on beheadings in Iraq.


  2. Thanks, IrelandRomania. I may be coming to Dothan sometime, actually. If so, I'd love to meet you.

    I did see that article, as well as the response (bitter though much of it was) which leads me no firm conclusions either way on the specifics of that individual, particular report. However, on the general persecution of Christians by ISIS/IS/ISIL, there can be no doubt. God's people still need to be called to prayer for these very real brothers & sisters -- "Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body." (Hebrews 13.3).

    If we get a solid followup on this question (that's more than mere suggestion), please send it to me. I don't always see these things, but would be very interested in posting that.

    Thank you very much for this interaction. May the Lord bless you!