FRIDAY, AUGUST 31
Scripture: 2 Samuel 17:23, Psalm 143:12
David prayed judicially and he prayed based on his covenant of mercy. Psalm 143 may be the best outline to invoke judicial mercy that exists in Scripture because of its pattern. Verse 12 states, “In Your mercy cut off my enemies, And destroy all those who afflict my soul; For I am Your servant.” Are we serving the Lord? If we are serving the Lord, we have a covenant of Sure Mercy that accesses five layers of God’s love in order to aid us in bringing in our appointed harvest. The problem with today’s church is, at best, most saints are applying only one layer or two when we truly need all five. We should be equipped to subdue evil but we have enabled it! That is the purpose of learning the five layers of God’s love – so we can actually fulfill Matthew 5:48. “Be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.” In context it is, “Love the way God loves.” If we are led to evangelize, then we turn the other cheek and pray for our enemy. If we are facing a demonically-motivated politician or government bureaucracy that is trying to destroy our harvest field, that requires an entirely different prayer. Will the day come when the church can say to a demonized politician, “Do not make me ask God to visit you!”? When we are fully complete in God’s love we can say, in a pastoral way, “Do not take that course of action. Do not make me ask God to visit you.” When the church displays the fullness of Christ, Jesus the Judge will rule! I trust that day is not far off.