SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21
Scripture: Deuteronomy 20:10-15
Deuteronomy 20:10-15 says, “When you go near a city to fight against it, then proclaim an offer of peace to it. And it shall be that if they accept your offer of peace, and open to you, then all the people who are found in it shall be placed under tribute to you, and serve you. Now if the city will not make peace with you, but makes war against you, then you shall besiege it. And when the Lord your God delivers it into your hands, you shall strike every male in it with the edge of the sword. But the women, the little ones, the livestock, and all that is in the city, all its spoil, you shall plunder for yourself; and you shall eat the enemies’ plunder which the Lord your God gives you. Thus you shall do to all the cities which are very far from you, which are not of the cities of these nations.” Deuteronomy 20 is about God’s principles that govern warfare. Why does God say that you have to bring destruction to wickedness and darkness? It is because if evil is allowed to stand that will teach others evil has no repercussions. Allowing this concept to take root destroys the fear of the Lord. It is a trend that we see in America right now. As evil increases without consequence, people progressively take a stand against God. The prayers of the church can move God’s Hand against evil so that many can be saved! It is surely time to pray that God will cut off the wicked, that those who will turn will repent and be saved. Whether God moves judicially as He did in Egypt or forbears the sin of the land is not our issue. It is God’s! But Scripture is clear that we have not because we ask not. Praying moves God’s Hand! And Deuteronomy 20 shows us what one person can do when we are pushed into divine warfare. It describes the attitude we need to have and the stand that we must be willing to take in prayer. I trust we are moving in that direction!