Ezekiel 22:23-31 “And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of man, say unto her, Thou art the land that is not cleansed, nor rained upon in the day of indignation. There is a conspiracy of her prophets in the midst thereof, like a roaring lion ravening the prey; they have devoured souls; they have taken the treasure and precious things; they have made her many widows in the midst thereof. Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things; they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they shewed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them. Her princes in the midst thereof are like wolves ravening the prey, to shed blood, and to destroy souls, to get dishonest gain. And her prophets have daubed them with untampered morter, seeing vanity, and divining lies unto them, saying, Thus saith the Lord GOD, when the LORD hath not spoken. The people of the land have used oppression, and exercised robbery, and have vexed the poor and needy: yea, they have oppressed the stranger wrongfully. And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none. Therefore have I poured out mine indignation upon them; I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath: their own way have I recompensed upon their heads, saith the Lord GOD.”
Esther 4:14b “who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
On February 13, 2016, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Antonin Scalia passed away in his sleep. The unexpected death of this stalwart jurist threw the future of the court into question. In some ways, the ultimate direction of our country depended on how things would transpire over the next days, weeks, and months.
Pastor Brad Wells and GraceWay Baptist Church (https://gracewaydc.com/) recognized the need for prayer in this situation, and met that weekend on the steps of the Supreme Court to pray for our nation and our leaders – to pray for revival in our land. It was a targeted application of the PLUS ministry concept that was urgently needed for such a time as this. And, for nearly seven straight years, Pastor Wells has led a gathering of GraceWay Baptist Church on Saturday night on the steps of the Supreme Court to pray for our nation and our leaders – to pray for revival in our land.
In many ways, the calling to do so was for someone to make up the hedge and stand in the gap for our land. Fortunately, in this case, unlike the situation in Ezekiel 22, God found someone obedient to answer His call – Pastor Wells and the members of GraceWay Baptist Church. And as they pray on the steps of the Supreme Court this Saturday evening yet again, may Christians all around this great nation be encouraged by their faithfulness and convicted of our own need in our own context to faithfully pray.
AMERICAN CHRISTIANS, PLEASE FAITHFULLY PRAY FOR OUR NATION AND OUR LEADERS – PRAY FOR REVIVAL IN OUR LAND. God is calling all believers to make up the hedge and stand in the gap in a nation that desperately needs us to do so.
ADMIN: This post is the first in a short series of thoughts during the next few weeks on the weekly prayer time at the Supreme Court, and how Christians around our land can apply such a concept in our own lives and in our own contexts.