Prayer Focus: Iran

Bible Reading: Isaiah 23-26

Scripture

See, the LORD is going to lay waste the earth
and devastate it;
he will ruin its face
and scatter its inhabitants—
it will be the same
for priest as for people,
for the master as for his servant,
for the mistress as for her servant,
for seller as for buyer,
for borrower as for lender,
for debtor as for creditor.
The earth will be completely laid waste
and totally plundered.
The LORD has spoken this word. (Isaiah 24:1-3)

Observation

There are occasions when God punishes an individual (e.g. Jonah). There are other times when a nation is destroyed. Once, God nearly destroyed the planet (sparing Noah’s family and some animals). During the Passover, God wiped out everyone in Egypt except for the Israelites that had blood on their doorposts. In this passage, the warning is to everyone, not only the masses but the priests, the rich and the poor, the powerful and the weak. God can do what He wants to whom He wants. He is truly sovereign and in control.

Application

It is easy to compare ourselves to others, thinking that we’re somehow above God’s wrath. This passage was not written to Scio Community Church in 2012, but there is an important lesson to learn—God accomplishes His plans and purposes. Period.

Prayer

LORD God Almighty, it is sobering to read this and other prophetic writings. The entire Bible is filled with accounts of people following and rejecting You and the consequences of their choices. As we stand between another Independence Day celebration and a presidential election, I am reminded that we are not “one nation under God” and it cannot truly be said that “in God we trust.” While I fear the judgment that we surely deserve, I also pray for spiritual awakening in our land. The USA is now one of the most unreached nations on the planet. Other countries are sending missionaries to us! We need You, LORD. Revive us. Revive me. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

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