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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Zechariah 13:9 “This third I will put into the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are my people,’ and they will say, ‘The Lord is our God.’ ”
Zechariah 9:9, 10 Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. I will take away the chariots from Ephraim and the warhorses from Jerusalem, and the battle bow will be broken. He will proclaim peace to the nations. His rule will extend from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth.
Ezra 3:12, 13 But many of the older priests and Levites and family heads, who had seen the former temple, wept aloud when they saw the foundation of this temple being laid, while many others shouted for joy. No one could distinguish the sound of the shouts of joy from the sound of weeping, because the people made so much noise. And the sound was heard far away.
Daniel 2:30 “As for me, this mystery has been revealed to me, not because I have greater wisdom than anyone else alive, but so that Your Majesty may know the interpretation and that you may understand what went through your mind.”