FRIDAY, JULY 19
Scripture: Romans 1:30-32
Verses 30-32 make clear that these seven steps take us to the most precarious place of all. But in them is an answer. Verses 30-32 state, “…backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are worthy/axios of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.” Verse 32 gives us our New Testament marching orders! Axios judicial prayer begins in the book of Genesis and goes all the way through to the book of Revelation. Axios is a commercial, trading term. It means that you take the value of what you want to buy and you weigh that amount in silver or gold. It is a business weight and measure term. Applied to justice, axios is weighing out the penalty of any forbidden action to the perpetrator. Praying axios moves God’s Hand for justice against those bringing destruction to the land by their actions. Certain things in Scripture God says are so defiling and destructive that they deserve the full weight of the forfeiture of life. That is a New Testament assessment, a Romans 1 assessment. It is the same in the Old Covenant but Romans 1 makes it the same in the New. No one can confuse this issue by applying grace and mercy. If you commit the crime, you deserve the time. Romans makes it clear that the quickest way to lose a nation is to allow these seven things. To promote them, approve them or legalize them sets God’s judicial time-clock ticking. And every year the judgments grow worse and worse and worse. Discerning people realize it and need to embrace the remedy. The remedy is axios prayer! Unrestrained passivity forfeits the harvest!