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Continuing in Prayer for the Gulf

If you have been keeping up to date on the Gulf oil spill, you know that the cap is still holding even though it is leaking slightly. Obviously, this highlights the continued need for prayer. We do not need the pressure to increase to the point that this cap is blown.

Another concern is the methane gas concentration in the Gulf of Mexico that has been detected. The Lord has shown Bob Jones that the methane gas is an issue over which the church must take authority so that it doesn’t cause major problems. Methane, is of course, poisonous to sea life. So when we hear reports that methane concentrations in the water are a million times higher than normal, that is very bad. It would also be catastrophically bad if concentrations of the highly flammable methane exploded. I’m sure there are all sorts of scenarios, real and imagined, keeping some folks up at night. However, those who know their God don’t have to stay up at night worried about what comes next, rather we can pray confidently with the authority he has given us to avert any potential negative outcome.

Please step up to the plate and pray. We are still not done with this thing.

BP Caps the Well!

This is really good news. At 2:25 PM Central Time, British Petroleum shut the vents on their newly installed caps and stanched the flow of oil that has been pouring into the Gulf of Mexico for 85 days. This doesn’t mean that we can quit praying, BP isn’t pretending that this is a permanent fix and are monitoring the well for blowouts and leaking from other areas.

We need to keep praying that this monster is permanently shut down and doesn’t become something worse. But today we can add a prayer of thanks for this encouragement. As Alabama Governor Bob Riley stated upon hearing the news, “I think a lot of prayers were answered today.”

Hurricane Alex/The Rest of the Season

As I write this, Hurricane Alex is just coming ashore along the Mexican coast about 110 miles south of Brownsville, Texas. Alex is a category two hurricane with sustained winds of 100 mph. While it can’t be pleasant on the Mexican coast, and we will know tomorrow whether this barely-category-two storm does any serious damage, we can certainly thank the Lord for his mercy. If Alex had gone up through the oil mess in the northern gulf, things would be even worse than they are.

It certainly is too soon to celebrate, especially since the Lord showed Bob Jones a major hurricane in the gulf for this year. Since these things are not normally foreordained, bur rather warnings for the purpose of prayer, we can certainly continue to pray for mercy, joining with like-minded people of faith to establish a hedge of protection in the northern gulf. We also can already start praying against any hurricane attaining major hurricane status in the gulf this season.

The Lord hasn’t spoken to me personally about hurricanes this year that I am aware. However, he did tell Bob Jones about one that we must be concerned about. While Bob has never told me the name of a hurricane that is coming our way, he has accurately predicted seasons that we were in harms way. So I respect Bob’s prophetic warning, and as in the past, expect to be able to turn any storms away from our immediate area of responsibility through focused prayer. Intercessors to the north and south of our area should already be praying to deflect this storm from their shores. It is always encouraging to see a storm turn from our coast, but it is never fun to see it make landfall further up the coast. Please pray that the Lord raise up intercessors all along the coast of Florida (and beyond) to turn any storms away.

Back in 2002 a friend of mine had a dream that Hurricane Irene’s sister was coming. Those of you who remember the Irene saga (read about it HERE), know that Irene’s sister is Bonnie. The dream did not give any time frames about Bonnie. But in the cycle of hurricane names, the last time the name Bonnie was used was in 2004. There was a tropical storm Bonnie that season, but it did not come anywhere near us. Now that Alex has been named, the next named storm will be Bonnie. Of course, we don’t know if this Bonnie is the one mentioned in the 2002 dream, but it at least piques our interest about this next storm, and keeps us on prayer alert. I’m letting you know about this dream so that you might be on prayer alert with me.

I’ll share more about this season as it develops. In the meantime, keep praying for mercy and grace.

Governors Call to Prayer and Fasting

An incredible thing happened last week, the governors of four gulf states (Louisiana, Alabama, Texas, Mississipi) and the Lt. Governor of Florida all issued official calls for prayer because of the gulf oil disaster. Throughout those states, through many of these United States, and in other countries around the world, God’s people came together yesterday and prayed as the representatives of these five states requested.

We know well the words of 2 Chronicles 7:14,

. . . if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray
and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven
and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

Elected representatives from five states humbled themselves in recognition that they needed divine help, and they requested that the residence of their states would also humbly call upon God for help in the gulf. While those that issued the calls to prayer may not have turned from their wicked ways (yet), those who prayed asked for mercy in response to this heartening call for prayer. Now we are watching for God’s response.

As we watch, let’s keep praying.

They Oppose Themselves

A friend of mine mentioned a particular email making the rounds about President Obama. The email encourages Christians to pray an imprecatory psalm over President Obama. I have seen the email because several other friends of mine have forwarded it to me. It says something about praying for our president biblically, then it references one of the imprecatory psalms. Imprecatory psalms are those psalms that curse the psalmist’s enemies (“May their house be desolate” etc.). They were written by Old Covenant people who directed them at God’s enemies under the Old Covenant. The New Testament’s “Love your enemies” and “Pray for those who persecute you” (see Matthew 5:44) had not yet been spoken by Jesus. In the New Testament, things have changed. Because we now have the Holy Spirit, we can pray for our personal enemies. That doesn’t mean that it is wrong to ask  God to hinder the actions of evil people. However, we do not curse the people, and we pray that God will change their heart toward him and salvation—as he did for the Apostle Paul.

When I received the emails that mentioned the imprecatory psalms, I understood they were sent in jest by people who are frustrated by some of the policies and plans of our president. Since I also know the character of the individuals, I know they would never pray against our president in the sense of releasing a personal curse. They understand that they must pray for kings and all those in authority, and that they owe honor to whom honor is due. That doesn’t mean they pray that God bless all of any president’s policies. They pray instead for his personal protection, spiritual blessing and insight, and that our president have wisdom to lead our country.

My friend with whom I had the conversation about the imprecatory email, had recently had to work with someone who has a problem honoring our current president. In fact, the man obviously disrespects him. My friend was so concerned about this that he spoke with the gentleman and told him that he was only hurting himself. Anyone who understands sowing to please the sinful nature, and from that nature reaping destruction (see Galatians 6:8) understands why dishonoring our president, no matter how much we disagree with his policies, is not good for us.

The scripture my friend mentioned to to the man was 2 Timothy 2:24-25 in the KJV:

And the servant of the Lord must not strive;
but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,
In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves;
if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth.

The servant of the Lord is to instruct those “who oppose themselves.” That isn’t quite how the NIV puts it, but the King James Version’s translation certainly makes you sit up and notice. When we are involved in things contrary to sound doctrine, we oppose ourselves. When we disrespect and disparage one whom God has called us to honor and intercede for, we oppose ourselves. When we gossip and tear down, we oppose ourselves. When we live contrary to whatever is biblically correct, we oppose ourselves.

There are many ways that we can do this, but I will stick with the theme at hand: honor. Let’s not oppose ourselves through tearing down our elected representatives. It is certainly appropriate to pray for the defeat of policies with which we disagree. It is appropriate to pray for the reversal of decisions and actions that we believe hurt rather than help our nation. Since we are a constitutional republic, it is very appropriate to inform others of our beliefs about bad policies, laws, actions, or decisions that our elected representatives are involved in. But it is not appropriate to pray imprecatory psalms over our elected representatives or personally deride them. Instead, let’s pray for them and for their salvation. Let’s pray for their growth in wisdom and integrity. Let’s pray that God raise them up as leaders who are a blessing for our land. In that way, we will not be opposing ourselves.