TUESDAY, APRIL 14
Scripture: 2 Kings 1:9-15
In 2 Kings 1:9-15, Elijah was faced with a contrary king, and Elijah had to restrain evil. So when the king sent a captain with 50 men and commanded Elijah to come down, Elijah prayed and called fire down from heaven. And when he prayed, fire came down and consumed the men. Then the king sent another captain to him with 50 more and Elijah prayed and the judicial display was repeated. The king sent another captain down with 50 men. Only this one dropped down to his knees and pleaded for his life. The captain said, “Man of God, please let my life and the life of these fifty servants of yours be precious in your sight. Look, fire has come down from heaven and burned up the first two captains of fifties with their fifties. But let my life now be precious in your sight.” Elijah restrained evil, “And the angel of the Lord said to Elijah, ‘Go down with him; do not be afraid of him.’ So he arose and went down with him to the king.” The Bible is full of examples where men are called to restrain evil. A number of years ago, the Lord gave me this passage and said that I was about to see a season where political rulers were going to command church leaders to bow their knee. He gave me this passage and He emphasized the word translated, “come down.” The Hebrew word is yaw-rad and means, ‘To bow down, to prostrate yourself, or to subdue.’ This season demonstrates that political leaders, presidents and judges render decisions attempting to yaw-rad believers into ineffectiveness. The Lord told me that for every yaw-rad that a judge or politician issued, we were to pray double back upon them. Every time the king issued a yaw-rad to Elijah, two yaw-rads came back upon the king. Whatever the biblical penalty is for what courts and government officials decree in their arrogance against God, it is our responsibility to pray a double portion of the Rock grinding them to powder. Whatever the Bible says is the penalty for dictating abortion or shedding innocent blood, is what we must pray against those championing or advancing abortion. If the government is going to command the church to be silent, then we pray the Angel of the Lord silence those who demand the church be silent. We can and must release the judicial anointing by what we pray, what we declare and what we decree. Because Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever, judgment is simple. When the Lord visits people, He can reward them according to their works. May the angels visit all of our leaders and politicians and reward the unrepentant according to their works!