TUESDAY, MARCH 25
Scripture: Judges 6:17-24, Genesis 6:1,5-7
Gideon builds an altar and calls the name of it “The Lord Shalom” or “The Lord my Peace.” What Gideon was doing was making peace with God over his past failures. He was making peace over being least in his family, over having the least family in the tribe and over having the least tribe in all of Israel. Gideon was making peace with the Lord over failure at three levels. Once he established peace with God, then he had a platform to build on. Then he could take the authority of the altar and walk out the covenant of Sure Mercy, gaining the full measure of judicial mercy even destruction of the enemy so he could have the harvest. Gideon got his harvest! He understood there was a cutting down of the enemy to enforce a cutting off of evil. Gideon obeyed in cutting off false worship! Isn’t it time we stepped into that realm and watch God honor it? God maybe waiting on us! When God finds evil proliferating, He immediately comes up with a plan to arrest it. And our question has to be, how does God arrest evil when it gets to the point where it is rampant in a society? The answer is very simple – He judges it! He judges evil and destroys those who practice it. Now that is the kind of prayer that brings freedom and deliverance to the land a city or a nation. We have to pray the perpetrators into the judgment of God. And the judgment of God is released on the perpetrators then the land finds peace and rest. The church is looking for peace and rest. Judgment of the enemy precedes peace and rest. Until we pray judicially, we cannot expect a breakthrough. And when we realize the altar is in us, then it is time to pray some judicial prayers from the Psalms. It is time to follow God’s pattern and God’s pattern is consistent. God has a plan to stop evil. He judges those who practice it.