Daily D – Joel 2:12-13
That is why the LORD says, “Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning. Don’t tear your clothing in your grief, but tear your hearts instead.” Return to the LORD your God, for he is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He is eager to relent and not punish. JOEL 2:12-13 (NLT)
What does God say to us in a season of pandemic, protest, and politics?
- Turn to me while there is time.
- Give me your hearts.
- Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning.
- Don’t tear your clothing in your grief, but tear your hearts instead.
What words does God place in Joel’s mouth?
- Return to the LORD your God.
- He is merciful and compassionate.
- He is slow to get angry.
- He is filled with unfailing love.
- He is eager to relent and not punish.
This is good prayer guidance for the time left before Election Day. It is good prayer guidance for the morning after and for however many mornings it takes to figure out who really won.
This is good prayer guidance until things truly change for the better.
I will start with me. You start with you. Let’s see how many others we can get to join us.
Things have not yet bottomed out. Worse could come to worst. But it does not have to be that way. God offers us a way out. Let’s take it.
I will return to God wholeheartedly.
Our Father, our nation needs you. The political parties are not going to save us. The news media are not going to help us. Social media will not correct us. We need you. Thank you for your mercy and compassion. Thank you that you are slow to anger and filled with unfailing love. Thank you that you are more eager to relent than to punish. We come to you with our whole hearts. We come with fasting, weeping, and mourning. Our hearts are torn. We are helpless and hopeless without you. Amen.
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Leviticus 19:32-34 “Stand up in the presence of the elderly, and show respect for the aged. Fear your God. I am the Lord. “Do not take advantage of foreigners who live among you in your land. Treat them like native-born Israelites, and love them as you love yourself. Remember that you were once foreigners living in the land of Egypt. I am the Lord your God.”
Luke 6:27-31 “But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, offer the other cheek also. If someone demands your coat, offer your shirt also. Give to anyone who asks; and when things are taken away from you, don’t try to get them back. Do to others as you would like them to do to you.”