Stand In The Gap

PRAYING FOR FAMILY, FRIENDS, CHURCH AND NATION

Stand for godly change; be a catalyst for good (Jer 15:1-4). #StandForGodliness #CatalystForChange #StandInTheGap

MORNING WATCH NOTES:

The line of unrepentant sin had been crossed by Judah. It started with king Josiah‘s father (Manasseh). The people of Judah may have thought there sin was no worse than the people of Manasseh’s time. But it was by their own choice that they continued in their sin. Not even the prayers of Moses or Samuel could save them.

Judgment by disease, the sword, famine and captivity was now eminent. Devastation will come by the destroyers. Their bodies would be dragged away by wild dogs, picked clean by vultures and devoured by other animals. In short, the nation would be decimated.

America should take a lesson from history. When the “body politic” perpetuates sin and tolerates godless leadership, the entire nation suffers. Lord, may the godly stand up to the status quo, turn the tide of godless ideologies and be the genesis of change.

Presumed Innocent

PRAYING FOR FAMILY, FRIENDS, CHURCH AND NATION

Own your sin; don’t presume upon God’s goodness (Jer 14:19–22). #SinOfPresumption #OwnYourSin #Don’tBlameOthers

MORNING WATCH NOTES:

Once again there is a prayer of contrition (see vv 7–9). But it is without true repentance. The people of Judah presume upon God‘s goodness. They say, “Of course we have sinned God – so did our ancestors. Still you saved them – save us. Don’t you have a reputation at stake here? What about your Covenant responsibility? Surely you are the best of the gods…You can send rain.“ PRETTY WEAK.

Is this old sentry (is America) like Judah? Do I take responsibility for my own sin? Do I view God as simply the best among many gods (v22). Do I point my finger and remind God of his Covenant duty (v21), and forgotten my own? Lord, may I (my beloved nation) not presume upon you. My sin is my own and I must own it, humbly repent and appeal to your grace alone for salvation.

Not A Pretty Picture

PRAYING FOR FAMILY, FRIENDS, CHURCH AND NATION

Give us a vision of the road ahead paved in unrepentance (Jer 14:17,18). #TheCostOfUnrepentance #TurnNowToGod https://bible.com/bible/1588/jer.14.17-18.AMP

MORNING WATCH NOTES:

The Lord sets Jeremiah aweeping. He envisions Judah – Jerusalem – as a precious virgin daughter, a woman in her young prime, struck down, lying mortally wounded. Oh what sorrow the Father must endure. In the countryside dead bodies are strewn, slaughtered by the sword of war (a judgment blow).

In the city there are more dead and dying in the streets from famine (another judgment blow). Sadly the false prophets and priests are not only still spewing their lies, they are led into a tragic captivity and there they will die. Not a pretty picture.

Lord, it is NOT hard to imagine an America where her leaders (civic and religious) have lied and led a gullible godless people into a place of devastation. There is no hope, UNLESS, there is true and genuine repentance in the land.

Truth Speak

PRAYING FOR FAMILY, FRIENDS, CHURCH AND NATION

May the mouths of God’s genuine messengers clearly speak TRUTH (Jer 14:13-16). #SpeakTruth

MORNING WATCH NOTES:

After being told the third time by God not to pray for Judah’s unrepentant people, Jeremiah reverently speaks up to God. “But God, false prophets have been leading the people astray. They tell the people that you say all is well.“

God speaks to Jeremiah, “I did not send them. [Iimplied here, “I sent you“].” “They speak lies [you speak truth]. They were not sent by me [you were]. Their visions are foolish, made up in their own heads [you Jeremiah have heard straight forward truth from me].“

Then God said, “False prophets will go down in flames. They will be among the first to die in judgment. As for those who listen to them [and not to my true prophets], they to will die in judgment.“

Culture is fond of saying, “Speak your truth.“ THERE IS ONLY ONE TRUTH! Lord, how important it is that the genuine messengers of God continue to speak the truth of your Holy Scriptures.

NonStarters

PRAYING FOR FAMILY, FRIENDS, CHURCH AND NATION

Present to God a genuinely surrendered heart (Jer 14:11,12). #Repentance #TrueRepentance #TurnNowToGod #WakeUpAmerica #Awakening

Acts of Worship Alone Mean Nothing

MORNING WATCH NOTES:

Again (3rd time), the Lord instructs Jeremiah not to pray for Judah (see also 7:16; 11:14). Implied here, in context, is that their fasting, worship and offerings are no substitute for genuine, sincere repentance. Worship and stone cold hearts toward God are “NONSTARTERS.“

God cannot and will not be bought off by religious activity. Instead God vows to destroy this people with the sword, famine and disease – “three hammerblows of divine judgment” (e.g. 26:23–26; Ezk 5:12).* Lord, there is NO substitute for a genuinely surrendered, yielded, heart to you.

Like Judah, the only hope for America is a genuine turning back to God. America, sitting in church pews across the country, with stone cold hearts is no substitute for genuine repentance.

* Bible Knowledge Commentary of the Old Testament

Sorry, Not =to Repentance

PRAYING FOR FAMILY, FRIENDS, CHURCH AND NATION

Express genuine mourning over our sin (Jer 14:7–10). #SincereRepentance #UnqualifiedRepentance

MORNING WATCH NOTES:

So, what is wrong with the apparent repentance of Judah, that God would not withhold his judgment? Well, the people seem to be blaming God for their troubles. In verse (v7) they say, “OK God we’re caught – yes, we have a habit of sin.“ Then, in vv8,9, they essentially blame God for their woes.

They say, “God, you act like you don’t know us. Are you confused? Are you helpless to save?“ Then, they tell God, “We are known as your people, you can’t abandon us now!“ Really? You see, “Sorry“ only works so many times. Insincerity is the height of indifference. Only a genuine morning for sin will bring a merciful God back to the table. Lord, may this old sentry know a genuine mourning for sin. May my beloved country know such mourning.

Heed The Signs

PRAYING FOR FAMILY, FRIENDS, CHURCH AND NATION

Walk in humble acknowledgment of God‘s sovereign Grace and holiness (Jer 14:1–10).

MORNING WATCH NOTES:

Here we see God sending a drought on Judah for her rejection of him. This should not have been a surprise. God warned them (Deu 28:22-24) this would happen if they turned their backs on him. The drought was devastating the city, the farmers and the livestock. Nobles, who never seem to be without, send servants for water. They returned with empty pitchers because the cisterns are empty.

The people had rejected the Living Water for false empty cisterns (2:13); false gods who offer no life-giving water. Their grief and crying is not for sin but for their own personal comfort. God will not answer. Lord, your warnings are clear. May we pay heed to the signs of judgment. May we acknowledge you as sovereign and humbly repent, while we still can.

Hardened Hearts

PRAYING FOR FAMILY, FRIENDS, CHURCH AND NATION

Do not put off repentance before God (Jer 13:24-27). #TutnNowToGod #Repent #DoNotHardenYourHeart

MORNING WATCH NOTES:

God now makes clear his intentions. If there was any doubt before, it is clear now. God will scatter the people of Judah. They will no longer have a homeland. Just as they have done detestable acts of idolatry, shamelessly done acts of prostitution (pagan orgies) in the open for all to see, so God will expose their naked lust for all to see.

It is decreed by God what is to be their lot…their end. Judgment will fall on them. Lord, my beloved nation is guilty of all of this and more. She flaunts her sin in your face. May she turn back to you before it is too late.

Accountable Leaders

PRAYING FOR FAMILY, FRIENDS, CHURCH AND NATION

Seek out godly leaders who will rule in righteousness and wisdom (Jer 13:21b-24). #EveryLeaderAccountable #Repent #PrayForGodlyLeaders #InWithTheGoodOutWithTheBad #TrunNowToGod

MORNING WATCH NOTES:

God turns to the people of Judah. He speaks in broad terms. Though there is a remnant who love and follow God, Judah, as a people, had left God behind. They have tolerated unrighteous and godless leaders. They held them UNACCOUNTABLE.

So, now God says the people cannot repent. They cannot repent any more than the African can change the color of his skin or the leopard can remove its spots. For Judah repentance is not an actual impossibility. It is, sadly to say, for them a moral impossibility. They could repent, but they will not.

So for America the question is not will she repent. The question is can she repent. Has she crossed the line of moral imperative. No one but God would know that. It remains for those who still can repent and will repent to continue speaking for God; raising the issue of repentance at every opportunity. Will we, like Jeremiah, now find ourselves weeping for the leaders/shepherds? They have failed to follow God. The sheep are being scattered. Will the remnant hold to a standard of righteousness and hold her leaders ACCOUNTABLE?

Defaulted Shepherd/Leaders

PRAYING FOR FAMILY, FRIENDS, CHURCH AND NATION

Give us righteous leaders who seek God‘s leadership & govern wisely (Jer 13:20,21a) #NeededRighteousLeaders #ShepherdLeaders

MORNING WATCH NOTES:

Jeremiah addresses the leaders of Judah as shepherds. He asks rhetorically – “Where are your beautiful flocks that God gave you?“ That is, where are your people who once loved and followed God? The implication is that these shepherds have ignored their flocks. Leaders, CIVIC and religious, are called into account. They ought to be embarrassed at the question. But they are not.

Judah’s leaders have ignored the people. They have spent more time pandering to allies, padding their own pockets and following other gods (who are no gods) than listening to Jehovah God and leading righteously. The Prophet says these godless allies will become their rulers. They will be the instruments God’s judgment.

There is blatant rejection of God in American politics and in certain segments of religious influence. They have led the people astray. These shepherd/leaders in America should be embarrassed. But they are not. America won’t like the alternative that will surely come. Lord, may my beloved nation have leaders who seek God‘s counsel & govern righteously.

What God Says, He Will Do

PRAYING FOR FAMILY, FRIENDS, CHURCH AND NATION

Live by the counsel of God‘s word (Jer 13:18,19). #GodDoesWhatHeSays #BelieveGodsWord #GodsWordIsTrue

Fall Of Jerusalem 587 BC As Prophesied

MORNING WATCH NOTES:

These two verses are a reminder to me that prophecy is real. Here Jeremiah predicts the fall of Judah. King Jehoiachin along with his widowed Queen mother, Nehushta, would be captured and sent into exile. Jeremiah exhorts them to humble themselves for their capture an exile were eminent (Jer 29:2; 2Ki 24: 1–15).

Nebuchadnezzar would capture the surrounding towns of Jerusalem. He would cut off any retreat of those fleeing Jerusalem from the invading army. The fall of Jerusalem came in 587 BC. What God says, he will do! Lord, I put my whole trust in the counsel of your Word.

Do Not Delay to Repent

PRAYING FOR FAMILY, FRIENDS, CHURCH AND NATION

Repent of a self-centered, self-righteous, know-it-all, attitude (Jer 13:15–17). #DoNotDelayRepentance #TurnNowToGod #Repent

Weep for the rejecting souls in darkness

MORNING WATCH NOTES:

Following two parables of sin and judgment (vv 1-14), Jeremiah warned the people of Judah once again. (Oh, how the Lord is long-suffering)

“Listen to the warnings of God. Give him honor before it is too late. The day is coming when you will find yourself groping in the darkness of your own soul. You will look for light, but there will be no light.”

Then, Jeremiah says, “I will weep great tears for you because your pride feeds your refusal to listen to God. Your exile (judgment) is on the way.” Lord, I humbly bow before you in repentance for my own self-centered, self-righteous and frequently know-it-all attitude.

Would that our beloved nation, America, turn now from her pride and rejection of God to the light, while there is still time.

Don’t Get “Smashed”

PRAYING FOR FAMILY, FRIENDS, CHURCH AND NATION

Humble yourself, seek God‘s counsel, listen to him and follow (Jer 13:12–14) #Don’tGetSmashed #Revival #SpiritualAwakening

MORNING WATCH NOTES:

Following Jeremiah’s living parable of the loincloth, illustrating how Judah had become so disgusting to God (v10), God explains the purpose of his choosing Israel. God chose Israel to be a people of praise, renown and glory unto him.

But the nation became proud, arrogant and stubbornly unwilling to follow after God. Therefore, God would fill their wine jugs with wine (signifying “drunkenness;“ that is judgment). Then God says he will “smash“ the jugs to smithereens. Every person from least to great will be mercilessly destroyed for their sin of rebellion.

May this Old Testament lesson be an example to me (1Co 10:6-12), that my arrogance and foolish pride doesn’t prevent me from listening to God and becoming all that God wants me to be. Oh Lord, may I humbly seek your counsel. May I listen and follow, that your purposes might be fulfilled in my life (that is, the glory of the Lord Jesus and the spread of the Gospel).

Lord, may my beloved nation humble herself, seek God’s counsel and become once again a beacon of light for the Gospel.

Message To God’s People

PRAYING FOR FAMILY, FRIENDS, CHURCH AND NATION

Pursue a pure heart for God (Jer 13:1–11). #MessageToGod’sPeople #PursueAPureHeartForGod

MORNING WATCH NOTES:

The Lord directed Jeremiah to act out a parable to the stubborn people of Israel/Judah. God said, “Buy a linen cloth and wear it. Don’t wash it.“ A linen cloth was worn next to the body like underwear. It was a sign of Israel’s once intimate closeness to God.

Then God told Jeremiah to go bury the cloth in a hole near the Euphrates. Sometime later he was told to retrieve it. Exposure to the elements had rotted the cloth. it was now good for nothing. This signified how thoroughly useless and disgusting God’s people had become to him.

Lord, how often this old sentry’s wandering heart is stained by worldly pursuits. May my greatest desire be to pursue a pure heart for you.

Time To Turn

PRAYING FOR FAMILY, FRIENDS, CHURCH AND NATION

Listen, heed God’s warnings and turn to him (Jer 11:1–5). #ListenHeedTurn #Repentance https://bible.com/bible/116/jer.11.1-5.NLT

TIME, WARNING, INSTRUCTIONS ARE CLEAR

MORNING WATCH NOTES:

This passage begins a fourth general prophecy/message dealing with Israel’s failure to keep covenant with God. Message #1 (2:1–3:5) revolved around Judah’s unfaithfulness to God; message #2 (3:6–6:30) is a summons to repent under king Josiah‘s godly reign; message #3 (7:1–10:25) exposed Judah’s false religion (confessing God with their lips but doing something entirely different).

Here, message #4 (11:1–12:17) focuses on Deuteronomy 28, where God explains the blessings of obedience to him and the consequences of disobeying him. The Takeaway for Judah then (and us today) is this. God gives man ample time, warning and instructions before acting in judgment. Lord, may I (my beloved nation) have the spiritual vision to see, understand and respond accordingly to you.

Mightier Still

PRAYING FOR FAMILY, FRIENDS, CHURCH AND NATION

Learn to exalt and honor the living omnipotent God (Psm 93:1–5). #Omnipotence #MightyGod

MORNING WATCH NOTES:

We have seen the powerful destruction brought on by mighty hurricanes, storms and tsunami‘s. We have seen the ravages of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Man is infinitely small and helpless in the path of such phenomenon.

But our God is more mighty, more powerful than all of these events in history. The earth is unmoved from its place in the universe by such cataclysmic events. Our God upholds and sustains the earth from his eternal throne. Our mighty God reigns forever on high in majesty and strength untold.

Lord, words fail this simple sentry to express the honor due your majesty. The words of inspired scripture do it the best. Perhaps a life well lived for you is a good option.

Who’s TheGreatest Of Them All

PRAYING FOR FAMILY, FRIENDS, CHURCH AND NATION

Boast not in self but boast in God’s greatness (Psm 75:7–10). #GodIsGreater

“Mirror, Mirror On The Wall…“

MORNING WATCH NOTES:

There are those who boast in their own greatness independent of a sovereign God. But it is God who decides greatness; who rises and who falls.

God further holds the cup of ultimate judgment. The wicked, the proud and the arrogant will be forced to drink from this cup, and drink it down to the last drop of sediment. God will break the strength of the godless and he will exalt the godly. Lord, may I not boast in my own accomplishments, but boast in you alone.

The Omniscient Calendar

PRAYING FOR FAMILY, FRIENDS, CHURCH AND NATION

Surrender your life and plans to an INFINITE OMNISCIENT GOD (Psm 75:2,3). #GodsCalendar #GodsInfinitePlans #Omniscience

MORNING WATCH NOTES:

God says, “At the time I have planned.“ I am treading on holy ground here. I (the finite one) am going to make an educated guess at how I think the INFINITE ONE works in time. That’s a pretty silly sounding thought. I’ll give it a shot.

God is at work in his calendar of time. He knows the appointed times of his justice, judgment and redemption. He knows how and what circumstances he will forge in the affairs of men. In all of that, he also takes into account the free will of man and how man will respond to him (Note Pro 16:9).

When I put things down in my calendar they are always tentative. Circumstances I am unaware of may change my plans without notice (Jas 4:13-16). God on the other hand is omniscient and knows all from beginning to end (Isa 46:9,10; 1Jn 3:20). When God created his calendar of time he did so with complete knowledge of all the events and circumstances of men.

The most important thing this old sentry can do is to humbly yield my plans and responses to circumstances to the INFINITE CREATOR GOD.

Thankful To God

PRAYING FOR FAMILY, FRIENDS, CHURCH AND NATION

Come to God with your heart full of thanks (Psm 75:1). #ThankfulHearts #GiveThanksToGod

MORNING WATCH NOTES:

Lift your heart in thanks to God. An unthankful heart breeds darkness; an unthankful heart leads men to foolish thoughts about their own aggrandizement and confusion (Rom 1:21). If men are not thankful to God, then to and for whom are they thankful but to themselves. This leads to arrogance and foolish self-confidence.

Such arrogant confidence in “self“ leads men to defiance of the sovereign God, the one who will judge all the thoughts and intents of the human heart (note vv 2-8). Lord, may thanks to you grow more deeply in the heart of the prayer sentry each day.

Majestic Might

PRAYING FOR FAMILY, FRIENDS, CHURCH AND NATION

May my beloved nation see, acknowledge and know the manifest power and glory of Jehovah God (Psm 68:28-35). #God’sMajestyAndPower #ShowUsGod’sGlory

MORNING WATCH NOTES:

Oh, you holy ones of God, summon the might and power of God to our world. Pray for God’s majesty to be revealed to the nations. Pray for those enemies of God and his holy ones to be brought low and bow in recognition of the magnificent one who rides (dwells) in the most high and honored heavens; whose voice thunders (resonates) from above.

Sing To He Who Rides The Highest Heavens

This is the God (Jehovah) whose light and glory shines down on his holy ones. He strengthens those who call upon him in the day of trouble. Lord, as the Psalmist so prays for his countrymen, so this sentry prays for his beloved nation and countrymen.

Lord Revive Our Nation

PRAYING FOR FAMILY, FRIENDS, CHURCH AND NATION

May there be a Psm 68:9-11 revival in our nation, communities and families: #Revival #Awakening

MORNING WATCH NOTES:

Lord, send an abundance of heavenly showers to refresh the souls of men;

May the people of our nation know God’s peace in their midst;

May there be a bountiful harvest of souls awakened to God’s saving power;

May the needs of your holy ones be met in every possible way;

Lord, raise up a mighty army to spread the Good News of the Gospel.

Standing With Floridians In Prayer

May civic and spiritual leaders in Florida be given the understanding of human need in this crisis.

Lord, may resources be mobilized and delivered to Floridians in a timely way.

Energize the people of Florida for the tasks of clean up, comfort in loss of life and property and rebuilding infrastructure.

May these precious Floridians place their faith in the God they trust.

Surround the people of Florida with ministers of encouragement, mercy, helps and prayer.

Celebrate Jehovah God

PRAYING FOR FAMILY, FRIENDS, CHURCH AND NATION

Give all praise to the living and victorious God (Psm 68:19–27). #AllPraiseToGod #CelebrateOurSovereignGod

MORNING WATCH NOTES:

Let the praises begin. Celebrate our victorious God. The smallest to the largest among us, the entire nation – top to bottom, will join the celebration (v27).

The enemies of God will be vanquished. God‘s holy ones will be victorious. Sin and the SIN MASTER will be crushed. Praise God all you holy ones. Praise the Lord, the source of our life, our faith-life. Lord, may there be continuous praise in the heart of this old sentry towards you.

Wings Of Praise

PRAYING FOR FAMILY, FRIENDS, CHURCH AND NATION

Come to your day carried on the wings of praise to our sovereign victorious God (Psm 68:7–20). #WingsOfPraise #ExaltOurSoverignGod

MORNING WATCH NOTES:

The Psalmist symbolically recounts the journey of God’s people from Mount Sinai, the place where God gave his law and promises, to Mount Zion, the place of his sanctuary. This is a Psalm of great victory for God and his people. It is a Psalm of praise.

I am reminded in this Psalm of the importance of God, his word, his promises and his victory for the people of God. It drives me to his word, to my Morning Watch (my personal cathedral praise) every day. It renews my strength and my vision for who God is to his people. Praise be to God, the Sovereign One who carries me and revives me every day.

Who God Is

PRAYING FOR FAMILY, FRIENDS, CHURCH AND NATION

Give us hearts to serve the destitute, discouraged and disenfranchised (Psm 68:5,6). #GodIsFatherToTheFatherless #GodIsDefenderOfTheDestitute #GodIsComfortToTheLonely #GodIsJoyToThePrisoner

This Is Who God Is

MORNING WATCH NOTES:

Reading Psalm 68:5-6, I think of the ministry God has called me to (spanning some 53 years). I have served in the church as well as Christian and civic organizations. Many of those years (some 36 years; about 70%), were spent serving the last, the least, the lost and the lonely – especially jail/prison inmates, their wives and children.

Serving alongside many dear Christian friends, I have seen firsthand God’s fatherly touch in the lives of the fatherless, the lonely, the widowed, abandoned wives and mothers, the prisoner. This is who God is (v5). Lord, thank you for the joy I have observed on so many faces as I have been witness to your multiplied deliverance in so many lives.