Saturday evening as the Shabbat rest came to an end, the quiet of the early evening was shattered in our small community. The Tzeva Adom alarm sounded to warn us all of the incoming rockets, and seconds later the loud explosion was heard as the rocket made a direct hit on a nearby factory. The flames and black smoke filled the sky. Houses were emptied as people came outside to see the horrific scene… their faces filled with fear.
The U.S. invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan had different original goals originally – the establishment of a threefold cord – Western democracy, a solid economy and a pro-Western military power. This week all three of those pillars have shattered with jihadi group ISIS taking control of Mosul and with the Iraqi government turning to Iran for help.
As the sun set in Jerusalem, the mood went from mourning to dancing. Israel has their Memorial Day the day before Independence Day to remember the cost of freedom. Today we have a short history in video by Maoz Israel. It starts with the First Zionist Congress in 1897 and goes through all the political and legal declarations of Israel’s statehood.
We as prayer leaders must beware to not just pray into “the tyranny of the urgent,” and we must not just use a shotgun approach in this era of information overload. Rather than just praying in response to the flood of news coming our way, we need to learn to enter into the “council of the Lord” like Daniel, one of the greatest intercessors of the Bible. Daniel was a man who understood the times and the seasons. Rick Ridings and others see a convergence of three factors which, taken together, would seem to say that the Lord is drawing our attention to be alert and seeking His counsel as to how we should pray in these “hinge years” of 2014/2015.
Jesus doesn’t say “Leave the kids with a babysitter while you have great times in my Presence.” He is saying a little child can enter into the kingdom of God. He’s saying it’s actually easier for them than it is for us. Why? Because a lot of what we adults think we know, we have to unlearn before we can enter into the kingdom of God. We have underestimated what children can do as we release them to minister in the power of the Holy Spirit.